Personnel Research Psychologist (I/O Psychologist)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Feb 23, 2021
Closes
Mar 04, 2021
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This position is in the Departmental Offices, Office of Management, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Human Resources and Chief Human Capital Officer (DASHR/CHCO), Office of Human Capital, Strategy, Evaluation, and Analysis. Applies Industrial Organizational (I/O) psychological principles to conduct research and participate in projects supporting HR areas (e.g. workforce planning, succession planning, skills acquisition, strategic recruitment, learning and program evaluation).

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Responsibilities

The following are the duties of this position at the GS-14. If you are selected at a lower grade level, you will have the opportunity to learn to perform all these duties, and will receive training to help you grow in this position.

- Define problems, identify relationships, evaluate and determine quality, assess impacts, and arrive at conclusions through special studies to improve human capital programs and/or influence policy change that typically involve long-range, highly complex, and often politically sensitive topics within the framework of management objectives and priorities.
- Independently plan, design, and manage original research projects on ill-defined, complex problems and unexplored research domains. Adopt innovative I/O ideas and concepts (i.e. used outside the Government) and research ways to apply these ideas to agency operations.
- Formulate research plans, hypotheses and projects that move the scientific state of I/O psychology forward. Manage workgroups of technical professionals to execute plans and conduct research, and interpret findings in terms of how they meet research needs and objectives.
- Develop new, sophisticated research techniques which introduces significant research paths for further study and leads to the evolution of human capital programs, especially in the area of employee development.
- Complete research products typically result in documents or publications of considerable interest to other Personnel Psychologists within the Government and are important in solving significant problems related to I/O psychology and how to incorporate these ideas into current human capital programs.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
14

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Please refer to "Conditions of Employment."
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  • Must be U.S. Citizens or U.S. Nationals


This opportunity is also open to Status eligibles under Announcement 21-DO-209. Please refer to that announcement for details on open period, eligibility, and how to apply.

The experience may have been gained in either the public, private sector or volunteer service . One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/day/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week on your resume.

Qualifications

You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Specialized experience for the GS-14 position is one year of experience at the GS-13 level, or equivalent, that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, which include:
- Developing, conducting, and completing research projects, plans and hypotheses that require the application of the latest findings and methodologies in the field of personnel psychology which may have organizational wide impact; AND
- Developing measurement concepts and tools including written tests, methods for measuring and evaluating performance, employee attitudes, etc. This includes designing and delivering assessments used to measure specific criterion, conduct scientific analyses, and to address areas of critical importance in major Human Resources processes. This experience must include experience utilizing statistical software packages and other graphics software.; AND
- Designing Human Resource solutions and developing testing protocols in accordance with generally accepted psychological theories, methods, techniques and practices while serving as a technical authority, interpreting laws, rules, regulations and/or guidelines

Specialized experience for the GS-13 position is one year of experience at the GS-12 level, or equivalent, that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities.; to perform successfully the duties of the position, which include:
- Developing, conducting, and completing research projects, plans and hypotheses that require the application of the latest findings and methodologies in the field of personnel psychology; AND
- Developing measurement concepts and tools including written tests, methods for measuring and evaluating performance, employee attitudes, etc. This includes designing and delivering assessments used to measure specific criterion, conduct scientific analyses, and to address Human Resources processes. This experience must include experience utilizing statistical software packages and other graphics software; AND
- Designing Human Resource solutions and developing testing protocols in accordance with generally accepted psychological theories, methods, techniques and practices while serving as a technical consultant, interpreting laws, rules, regulations and/or guidelines; AND


Psychology Series, 0180 -- Individual Occupational Requirements
Degree: major or equivalent in psychology.

Education

Individual Occupational Requirements - Psychology Series, 0180
Degree: Major or equivalent in psychology

The education generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Additional information

- We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
- Relocation expenses will not be paid.
- This is a non-bargaining unit position.
- We offer opportunities for telework.
- We offer opportunities for flexible work schedules.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
- A one year probationary period may be required.
- Must successfully complete a background investigation.
- Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment, at the time requested by the agency
- If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
- Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
- Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9 . Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.
- Public Trust - Background Investigation will be required.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Your application includes your resume, responses to the online questions, and required supporting documents. Please be sure that your resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position; failure to provide sufficient evidence in your resume may result in a "not qualified" determination.

Rating: Your application will be evaluated in the following areas: Technical, Communication, and Analytical. Category rating will be used to rank and select eligible candidates. If qualified, you will be assigned to one of three quality level categories, A, B, or C depending on your responses to the online questions, regarding your experience, education, and training related to this position. Your rating may be lowered if your responses to the online questions are not supported by the education and/or experience described in your application. Your application may be reviewed by a Subject Matter Expert.

Veterans' preference is applied after applicants are assessed. Preference-eligibles will be listed at the top of their assigned category and considered before non-preference-eligibles in that category.

Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to a selecting official for consideration. You may be required to participate in a selection interview.

If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee (eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) ) you must be assigned the middle category or better to be rated as "well qualified" to receive special selection priority.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required
No

Required Documents

A complete application includes 1. A resume, 2. Vacancy question responses, and 3. Submission of any required documents. Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you may not be considered for this position (or may not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible). any required documents should be submitted at the time that you apply as documents will not be accepted after the vacancy closes.

All applicants are required to submit a resume either by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one of their own choosing. (Cover letters are optional.) To receive full credit for relevant experience, please list the month/date/year and number of hours worked for experience listed on your resume. We suggest that you preview the online questions, as you may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. Please view resume tips .

VETERANS' PREFERENCE DOCUMENTATION: If you are claiming veterans' preference, please see applicant guide for required documentation . In order to be considered for veterans preference, you must submit all required documentation as outlined in the applicant guide.

CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN (CTAP) OR INTERAGENCY CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN (ICTAP) DOCUMENTATION: If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee, click CTAP/ICTAP for eligibility and a detailed list of required documents.

EDUCATION DOCUMENTATION: You are not required to submit transcripts for this initial phase of the application process. Candidates will be referred for consideration based on their self-certification. If you are selected for a position which has a positive education requirement (as described in the vacancy announcement) and/or you are qualifying solely on your education, you will be required to submit official transcripts verifying your qualifications prior to a job offer being issued.

A college or university degree generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to Department of Education Accreditation page .

If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency, if you are selected. Refer to the OPM instructions .

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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