Personnel Psychologist

Department Of The Interior in Denver, CO

  • Industry: Scientific Research - Neuroscience/Psychology
  • Type: Full Time
position filled
Duties SummaryThe Department of the Interior is devoted to protecting and preserving the natural resources of this great nation, including National Parks, Landmarks, and the well-being of communities, including those of Native American, Alaska Natives and affiliated Islanders.ResponsibilitiesThis 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 followingApply 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.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.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.Organizes, coordinates, and provides science-based quality control oversight for contract support enlisted to meet DOI human capital needs.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).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.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.Salary Information:Washington, DC: GS-11: $72,030 - $93,638 per annum. GS-12: $86,335 - $112,240 per annum GS-13: $102,663 - $133,465 per annum. Denver, CO: GS-11: $70,181 - $91,234 per annum. GS-12: $84,118 - $109,358 per annum GS-13: $100,027 - $130,039 per annum. First time hires to the Federal government normally start at the lower salary range of the grade level. Industrial Organization Psychology preferred but not required.Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid. All travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the sole responsibility of the selected employee. Security Clearance Required: You will be required to obtain and maintain a Public Trust Background Investigation if you are selected and hired for this position.This is a permanent, full-time, career/career conditional appointmentThis vacancy is also announced as OS-6040-20-IB-052(MP) for those applicants who wish to apply and be considered under Merit Promotion procedures.This vacancy may be used to fill additional positions as vacancies become available.Travel RequiredOccasional travel - Infrequent travel may be required.Supervisory statusNoPromotion Potential13Requirements Conditions of EmploymentYou will be subject to a background/suitability investigation/determinationYou will be required to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit.You must submit ALL required documents and a completed questionnaire.You must be a U.S. Citizen.Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service system, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See 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-11To 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-12To 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-13To 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.Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions and is available at OPM's website: qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.EducationEducation: If this position requires specific educational course work to qualify, or you are qualifying based in whole or part on education, you are required to provide transcripts as proof of meeting the requirements. Foreign Education: Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the specific educational requirements as stated above. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit: informationApplicants who include vulgar, offensive, or inappropriate language or information in their application package will be ineligible for further consideration for this position. Identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for and performance of higher-level duties.The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.Important Note: All Department of the Interior (DOI) employees are subject to the conflict of interest restrictions imposed upon all employees of the Executive Branch of the Federal Government and may be required to file a Financial Disclosure Report. In addition, DOI employees, GS-15 and above, who work in the Office of the Secretary; along with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) employees (at ALL grade levels), are further restricted concerning their interests in Federal lands and resources administered or controlled by the Department of the Interior. This includes holding stock in energy corporations which lease Federal lands (e.g.: oil, gas, coal, alternative energy resources, etc.). If you have any such investments you should contact the DOI, BOEM or BSEE Ethics Office before accepting employment. DOI employees are held to the highest level of integrity. Employees must be objective and impartial in the performance of their work. All potential issues (e.g.: work-related interactions with friends, family members, or previous employers) must be disclosed at the time of application or during the interview process.NOTICE: This employer participates in E-Verify and will utilize your Form I-9 information to confirm you are authorized to work in the U.S.A preliminary background check must be completed before a new employee can begin work with the U.S. Department of the Interior. The preliminary background check consists of a search of Office of Personnel Management and Department of Defense background investigation files and an FBI National Criminal History Fingerprint Check; it may take up to 3 weeks to complete. If selected for this position, you will be extended a tentative offer of employment pending a satisfactory background check. Current Federal employees or individuals with an existing completed background investigation may not be required to undergo another background check; these will be handled on a case-by-case basis in coordination with the Bureau security office.Read more How You Will Be EvaluatedYou 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.To preview questions please click here.Read moreBackground checks and security clearanceSecurity clearanceOtherDrug test requiredNoThis job is open toFederal employees - Competitive serviceCurrent or former competitive service federal employees.Military spousesThe publicU.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.VeteransClarification from the agencyThis position is open to all US Citizens.Locations1 vacancy in the following locations:Denver, COWashington, DCRelocation expenses reimbursedNoTelework eligibleYes as determined by agency policyOverviewOpen & closing dates03/12/2020 to 04/01/2020ServiceCompetitivePay scale & gradeGS 11 - 13Salary$70,181 to $133,465 per yearAppointment typePermanentWork scheduleFull-Time
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