Personnel Research Psychologist

11/15/2021 10:42 AM | Anonymous

U.S. Office of Personnel Management

Location: Washington, DC; Kansas City, MO

Grade: GS-12/13

Salary Range: The salary range for this announcement reflects Kansas City, MO GS-12/1 @ $78,277 to highest GS-13/10 Washington, DC @ $134,798

Open & closing dates: 11/10/2021 to 11/19/2021

How to Apply:

About the Job

Are you an Industrial/Organizational psychologist with selection expertise? If selected, you may develop, implement, and evaluate selection or promotion assessments; conduct data analysis; write technical reports; or conduct job analysis. Additional selections may be made for psychologists with individual or organizational assessment expertise.

The positions are in OPM’s HR Solutions, Assessment & Evaluation Branch (AEB). AEB provides assessment services on a reimbursable basis to other Federal agencies and offers a fast-paced environment where your duties and responsibilities will involve interacting with other psychologists, HR Specialists, and program managers across offices within and external to AEB.

Typical duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Lead and/or participate on projects to develop and/or contract for innovative assessment tools.
  • Conduct Governmentwide and/or agency-specific job analyses.
  • Develop and implement competency models and hiring/promotional assessments.
  • Establish project objectives, activities, timelines, budgets, and staffing plans.
  • Advise agencies and internal senior management on implementing assessment strategies.
Key Requirements
  • U.S. Citizen or National
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Relevant experience (see Qualifications below)
  • Must complete initial online questionnaire and additional assessments


Basic Education Requirement: All applicants must have successfully completed a full 4-year course of study in an accredited or pre-accredited academic institution leading to a bachelor's or higher degree with a major or equivalent in psychology to receive further consideration. 

To qualify for the GS-12 position, which is the least senior position, you must have completed all requirements for a Ph.D. (or equivalent) in Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology or related field (e.g., applied, social, or applied social psychology, or organizational development); OR Completed 1 full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the Federal GS-11 grade or pay band in the Federal service performing I/O Psychology duties (i.e., leading/managing part of a project or working on projects involving conducting job analyses, performing statistical analyses and developing tests/assessment tools consistent with professional and legal requirements (e.g., Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection Procedures); and using knowledge of the principles, theories, and methods of I/O psychology or related field (e.g., applied social psychology, applied research/evaluation) to develop practical solutions to assessment problems, including experience with assessment development and validation methods; and knowledge of statistics and experience using a major statistical analysis package (e.g., SPSS, SAS, R); and planning and monitoring project budgets including experience monitoring budgets and managing resources to ensure delivery within budgeted amounts). An equivalent combination of education and experience may also be used to qualify for the GS-12 grade level.  Please see the job opportunity announcement for the specific qualification requirements for GS-13 grade level.

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