Personnel Research Psychologist II
United States Postal Service
How to Apply
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About the Job
External Publication for Job Posting 11382879
If this job requires qualification on an examination, the number of applicants who will be invited to take or retake the examination may be limited.
Job Posting Period
06/07/2023 - 07/07/2023
PERSONNEL RSRCH PSYCHOLOGIST II
475 LENFANT PLZ SW
WASHINGTON, DC 20260-0004
OTHER LOCATIONS MAY BE CONSIDERED
Reimbursement of relocation expenses will be authorized.
TITLE: PERSONNEL RSRCH PSYCHOLOGIST II
GRADE: EAS - 23
FLSA DESIGNATION: Exempt
OCCUPATION CODE: 0180-0015
NON-SCHEDULED DAYS: Saturday/Sunday
HOURS: 08:00 A.M. to 04:30 P.M.
NB11458056SALARY RANGE: 89,030.00 - 107,380.00 USD Annually
FINANCE NUMBER: 102023
BENEFIT INFORMATION: The salary will be based on previous experience, salary history, and current postal pay policies. We offer excellent benefits including health and life insurance, retirement plan, savings/investment plan with employer contribution, flexible spending, flextime scheduling of core work hours, annual and sick leave.
The Inspection Service criminal background check is conducted using United States information resources only (e.g., FBI fingerprint check, state and county checks). A criminal background check involves a 5-year inquiry for any location where the individual has resided, worked or gone to school within the United States or its territories. As a result of this limitation, the criminal background checks of individuals who have not resided in the United States or its territories for the preceding 5-years may not be considered complete. The Inspection Service may be able to process inquiries for U.S. Citizens only, but only if their time spent out of the country was spent as: a trailing spouse or dependent of someone working for the U.S. government (military or civilian), a missionary, a student attending school in a foreign country, a Peace Corps participant, or as an employee of a U.S.-based employer/company. If the Inspection Service is unable to perform a complete background check because of residency outside the United States, such individuals will be ineligible for Postal employment.
1. Leads small to medium scope selection and assessment development and validation projects. Develops, validates, and maintains selection and other assessment systems, tools, processes, and procedures including for employment and training purposes. Conducts content analysis and needs assessments to identify examination and assessment requirements and to ensure validity, reliability, and defensibility of the selection and learning instruments.
2. Leads meetings with stakeholders to discuss selection and assessment system, tools, and/or process needs. Develops project plans to include determining resource needs, timelines, and budget requirements. Identifies job, training, and/or development requirements using psychometric principles and methods to develop valid examinations and assessments measuring applicant and employee knowledge, skills, and abilities.
3. Develops, validates, and deploys selection and evaluation tools and systems of larger scope, impact, content, and complexity. Ensures development and validation methods, processes, and procedures used align with professional standards, legal guidelines, and internal requirements. Applies testing theories such as item response theory and classical test theory to develop, analyze, and calibrate reliable, valid, predictive, and legally defensible assessment systems, tools, and processes.
4. Compiles and analyzes data to investigate the psychometrics properties of assessments and related tools, and to gain insights into the characteristics elements of the sample being measured. Conducts technical and complex data analyses (e.g., Factor Analysis, MANOVA/MANCOVA, Multiple Regression) to develop, support, and improve selection, assessment and related tools using statistical analysis software (e.g., SPSS, SAS, R).
5. Serves as a technical resource (liaison) to the function and organization on selection and assessment-related topics. Consults with internal stakeholders to identify, address, or resolve problems with selection/evaluation systems. Collaborates with team members to implement personnel selection evaluation systems.
6. Researches current trends and changes in professional standards regarding selection and evaluation methodologies; develops recommendations to advance selection/evaluation programs and procedures. 7. Develops and presents technical reports and presentations summarizing results of projects (e.g., job analyses, validation studies, competency models) to technical and non-technical audiences.
Manager Test Development & Validation
1. Ability to use standard office software (e.g., Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Word) sufficient to develop reports, presentations, and graphically present data.
2. Ability to apply the principles of psychometric theory (e.g., classical test theory, item response theory) sufficient to analyze and estimate the reliability and validity of test content and related components.
3. Ability to design and conduct job analytic procedures (e.g., data analysis, needs assessment, competency modeling) and perform the appropriate data analyses in the development of reliable, valid, and legally defensible selection procedures.
4. Ability to perform advanced quantitative (e.g., Factor Analysis, MANOVA/MANCOVA, Multiple Regression) and qualitative (e.g., open coding, focused coding) analyses to make appropriate conclusions from data using standard social science statistical analysis packages (e.g., R, SAS, SPSS, Text Analytics).
5. Ability to communicate orally and in writing sufficient to convey a range of technical concepts related to selection programs, policies, and procedures to technical and non-technical audiences.
6. Knowledge of ethical, legal and professional standards related to testing and assessment development (i.e., Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection Procedures [EEO], Principles for the Development and Validation of Employee Selection Procedures [SIOP] and Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing [AERA, APA]) sufficient to identify legal and professional implications for the development and deployment of high stakes selection and training procedures.
7. Ability to develop, validate, and evaluate selection testing and evaluation initiatives and programs.
8. EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: Graduate degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology or degree in a closely related field, which included a focus on selection methods and/or psychometrics from a college or university accredited by a national or regional accreditation organization recognized and sanctioned by the U.S. Department of Education.
9. Knowledge of content, construct, and criterion-related validation methods, including the appropriate conditions under which each may be used and methodologies for establishing each type of validity of an assessment instrument.
10. SPECIAL CONDITIONS: Applicant must submit to a Moderate Background Investigation (MBI) or Tier 2 investigation. This investigation requires, among other things, completion of a questionnaire and fingerprinting for a criminal records check. The investigation may require a drug test. The successful applicant will be required to meet and maintain the requirements of this level of background investigation while holding this position.
** This position requires a MBI clearance. This process can take up to 6 weeks from the date the offer letter is returned. **This is a two-step application process requiring you to create a profile and submit an application for the position you are applying for. You will receive two email confirmations: 1. An email confirming your profile is complete. 2. After submitting your application you will receive a second email confirming your application has been successfully submitted. For information, please contact Sakenia Williams at Talent@usps.gov.
Qualified applicants must successfully pass a pre-employment drug screening to meet the U.S. Postal Service's requirement to be drug free. Applicants must also be a U.S. citizen or have permanent resident alien status.
Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m., Central Time, of the posting's closing date. Applicants claiming veterans' preference must attach a copy of member copy 4 (only) of Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD Form 214) or other proof of eligibility if claiming 10-point veterans' preference. The United States Postal Service (USPS) is an equal opportunity employer. The USPS provides reasonable accommodation for any part of the application, interview, and/or selection process, please make your request to the examiner, selecting official or local manager of Human Resources. This request can also be made by someone on your behalf. Explain the nature of your limitations and the accommodation needed. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.
SPECIAL NOTE: Current career Postal Service employees are ineligible to apply to this posting.