Personnel Psychologist

03/16/2020 4:23 PM | Anonymous

U.S. Department of Interior, Office of Strategic Employee & Organization Development

Location: Denver, CO or Washington, DC

Please see link to full vacancy announcement on USAJobs.gov at https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/562221500

Job Description

Responsibilities:

This position is located within the Department of the Interior, Office of the Secretary, Office of Strategic Employee and Organization Development, in Denver, CO or may also be filled in Washington, DC.  The incumbent will apply advanced technical knowledge of theories and practices related to personnel psychology to accomplish assignments and to develop plans and techniques to improve supervisory and leadership development programs and policies.

At the full performance level (GS-13) the major duties of this position include, but are not limited to the following:

  1. Apply personnel psychology theories and practices to accomplish assignments and develop plans and techniques to improve supervisory and leadership development programs and policies. Identify and evaluate alternative methodologies based on applicable scientific research with respect to validity, consistency, effectiveness, and ease of administration/application.
  2. Serve as a project manager addressing and developing assessment tools for employee selection/development, organizational assessments, and other human capital issues that require the application of new and emerging theories, approaches and testing methods.
  3. Identifies and improves processes for identifying current and future skill/competency gaps and ensures managers and employees have the ability to assess skill/competency gaps. Assists management with gap action planning and related evaluation and monitoring.
  4. Organizes, coordinates, and provides science-based quality control oversight for contract support enlisted to meet DOI human capital needs.
  5. Implements multi-level evaluation process to collect and analyze program data, including survey design, focus groups, interviews, and data analysis. Uses results to make program improvements and identify implications for other talent management programs (e.g., workforce and succession planning).
  6. Advises HR, learning, and management officials regarding appropriate uses and limitations of personnel measurement devices, or survey techniques in gathering data for use in training and development, supervisory and leadership initiatives, organizational assessments, and human capital initiatives.
  7. Write policies, research papers, and technical reports and make oral presentations and briefings to management on a variety of assessment issues, often recommending well-researched new approaches, and/or explaining unusual or unexpected data trends.

The Office of the Secretary has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.

Qualifications:

To qualify for this position, you must meet the (1) Basic Educational Requirements AND (2) Specialized Experience for the grade to which you are applying(1) Basic Educational Requirement:

  • In addition to the specialized experience requirements for this position, applicants must meet the Educational Requirement described below:
  • Degree:  major or equivalent in psychology from an accredited college or university.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  You must submit a copy of your transcripts or other verification to verify that you meet the educational requirement.

GS-11

To qualify for the GS-11 grade level applicants must meet either A, B or C as defined below.  

A. Specialized Experience - To qualify for the GS-11, you must possess at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level in the Federal service, or comparable experience not gained through Federal service. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.  Specialized experience is defined as demonstrated experience in ALL of the following:  (1) Provide support to evaluate and analyze data related to employee recruitment, morale, job satisfaction, and the relationship between managers and subordinates in the workplace; (2) Provide support to consult and assist in the implementation of human capital practices and initiatives, such as employee engagement, change management, organizational assessments and development, competency modeling and workforce assessment.

*Applicants MUST meet both of the specialized experience statements and your experience MUST be clearly written in your resume*

OR,

B. Education –Three full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.

C. Combination – A combination of specialized experience and education that equals 100% of the requirement for the GS-11 grade level.

GS-12

To qualify for the GS-12 level, all applicants must possess at least one FULL year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-11). Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Specialized experience is defined as demonstrated experience. (1) Assist with evaluating and analyzing data related to employee recruitment, morale, job satisfaction, and the relationship between managers and subordinates in the workplace; (2)Assist with consultations and in the implementation of human capital practices and initiatives, such as employee engagement, change management, organizational assessments and development, competency modeling and workforce assessment.

Applicants must meet both of the specialized experience statements and your experience MUST be clearly written in your resume.

Note: At the GS-12 level you may not substitute education for experience.

GS-13

To qualify for the GS-13, you must possess at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service, or comparable experience not gained through Federal service.  Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.  Specialized experience is defined as demonstrated experience:  (1) Evaluate and analyze data related to employee recruitment, morale, job satisfaction, and the relationship between managers and subordinates in the workplace; (2) consult and assist in the implementation of human capital practices and initiatives, such as employee engagement, change management, organizational assessments and development, competency modeling and workforce assessment; AND (3) facilitate sessions with leadership teams and groups of employees to conduct action planning, team development and change management.

Applicants MUST meet all three (3) specialized experience and your experience MUST be clearly written in your resume.  

Note: At the GS-13 level you may not substitute education for experience.

How You Will Be Evaluated:

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

Once the application process is complete, we will review your application to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume, supporting documentation and responses to the online questionnaire will be made. Your responses to the online assessment will be used to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for this position. You are being evaluated under the Category Rating method, which means, if you are determined to be qualified you will be placed in one of three pre-defined categories. These categories are “Platinum”, “Gold”, and “Silver”.  However, your resume must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. Candidates placed in the “Platinum” category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.  Veterans' preference rules for category rating will be applied.

Your answers to the on-line assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas:

Scientific Knowledge – Knowledge of industrial/organizational or social psychology and the ability to apply measurement theory, psychometric methodology, and statistics. Ability to conduct complex scientific analysis which address areas of critical importance to major programs or issues in the professional field of industrial/organizational or social psychology. 

Analytical – Ability to analyze complex agency or government-wide programs and develop recommendations for new or substantially modified approaches to execute these programs more efficiently. Ability to analyze proposed human capital regulatory/policy changes and prepare recommendations.  Skill in analyzing assessment strategies, processes and procedures and make recommendations to management on appropriate tools and procedures. 

Research – Knowledge of the scientific principles, methods, and processes related to personnel psychology used to conduct a systematic and objective inquiry; including study design, collection analysis, and interpretation of data; and the reporting of the results. 

Communication – Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking in account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); ability to provide advice and information, and to interact effectively with all levels of management.  Skill in interpersonal relationships principles and practices, coalition building and partnership development.  Ability to document findings, make oral presentations, solicit feedback and negotiate with others in a sometimes-complex environment.  

If you are a status applicant (current career or career-conditional Federal employee or former permanent Federal employee with reinstatement eligibility in the competitive service), or are eligible under a special appointing authority and you are selected under this vacancy, you may be subject to serving a new one-year probationary period.

Agency Contact Information:

Contact Name: HR Assistant

Email: Human.Resources7@bsee.gov

Phone: 703-787-1446

Website: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/562221500


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