U.S. Secret Service Supervisory Personnel Research Psychologist in Washington, District Of Columbia

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Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, interpretive U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidance, and Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring. These authorities are subject to change.

Building on a Tradition of Excellence and Meeting the Challenges of the Future The Secret Service is a premier law enforcement organization with two critical national security missions: protect our nation's leaders and to conduct criminal investigations. Our team members continue a tradition of excellence - whether investigating financial crime or protecting national and visiting foreign leaders. In the Secret Service, we serve the country with duty, loyalty, justice, integrity and courage. In the Secret Service, we:

  • Protect the President, the Vice President, and other leaders; investigate threats against them; and safeguard their residences and other facilities
  • Plan and implement security designs for National Special Security Events
  • Investigate financial crimes including fraud, identity theft and computer-based attacks on banking or telecommunications infrastructure Joining the Secret Service, Office of Human Resources, HR Research and Assessment Division will allow you to draw upon your expertise in research methodology and assessment development to provide effective Human Resources (HR) assessment strategies and services required for the maintenance of the agency's Human Resources assessment programs. Apply for this exciting opportunity to attract and recruit applicants for the Special Agent, Uniformed Officers, Administrative Professional and Technical positions, student programs and persons with disabilities. This Supervisory Personnel Research Psychologist position starts at a salary of $114,590 (GS-14, step 1), with potential to $148,967 (GS-14, step 10). For more information on the Secret Service click here. For definitions of terms found in this announcement, please click here.

More than one selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade and unit occur.

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Responsibilities

The selectee will serve as a Supervisory Personnel Research Psychologist in the Office of Human Resources, HR Research and Assessment Division. Typical work assignments include:

  • Performs the full range of supervisory functions: interviews candidates for position vacancies; provides technical and administrative support for employees in consultation with the division chief; evaluates employee performance; reviews evaluation reports and prepares performance standards.
  • Develops special-purpose tests and related instruments for application to specific and general examining needs.
  • Performs all phases of the research process, including problem definition, planning, execution, analysis, interpretation and reporting results; determines the proper interpretation and use of research findings and identifies implications to workforce initiatives; develops new approaches, methods, techniques and hypotheses related to assigned projects; and creates data collection plans for testing before use in large scale data collection programs. Ensures mandated DHS laws, rules and regulations are properly assessed for potential impact on Human Resources management and development.
  • Collects data for use in organizational planning, recruitment, selection, staff utilization, and to develop measures to survey employee morale, productivity, or similar matters.
  • Writes technical reports to document all components of the assessment development process, conducts research studies and presents findings that meet the needs of the Secret Service and complies with the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations and other professional guidelines. Provides formal and informal scientific consultation and advice to the supervisor, researcher, and agency officials.
Travel Required

Occasional travel - *

Supervisory status

Yes

Promotion Potential

14

Who May Apply
This job is open to…
  • Merit Promotion
  • Status Candidates
  • Former Overseas Employees
  • CTAP
  • ICTAP
  • VEOA
  • Schedule A (Individuals with Disabilities)
  • Military Spouses
  • Peace Corps
  • Americorps
  • Vista
  • Interchange Agreement Eligibles View common definitions of terms found in this announcement.

If you do not meet the requirements above, you may be eligible to apply through HUM-MJ137-18-DE.

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  • U.S. citizenship is required.

Conditions of Employment If selected for this position, you will be required to:

  • Obtain and maintain a top secret clearance. Completion of a single scope background investigation is required before appointment. For more information visit OPM Mythbuster Page.
  • Submit to a drug test prior to your appointment and random drug testing while you occupy the position.

NOTE: The person selected for this position may be subject to a one-year probationary period for supervisors/managers.

Qualifications

Basic Requirements:

Degree: Major or equivalent in psychology for all specializations except clinical psychology and counseling psychology; AND

GS-14: You qualify for the GS-14 level (starting salary $114,590) if you have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level performing duties such as: demonstrating and applying knowledge of test theory, psychometric methodology, quantitative statistical techniques, logic and innovative research methods; conducting research to address complex issues related to employee selection or promotion; writing technical reports documenting research findings; providing supervision and guidance to personnel research and assessment staff ; developing and guiding subordinates in proper assessment development and validation techniques; reviewing work products and providing constructive feedback to aid enhancement; and providing advice and consultation to senior and executive management.

National Service Experience (i.e., volunteer experience)Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Time-in-Grade: Current Federal employees must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade or equivalent grade band in the Federal service. Qualifications Must Be Met: The qualification requirements listed above must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.

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E-Verify Statement: DHS uses E-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities.

Mandatory Suitability Statement: If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment, and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, fine, or imprisonment.

This position will require a credit check after initial job qualifications have been determined.

Relocation expenses will not be authorized.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your application will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the duties of the position. A score will automatically be calculated based on your answers to the vacancy specific questions. All answers provided in the online process must be substantiated by your resume. Upon review, your resume and/or supporting documents need to support your answer choices and reflect the one year of specialized experience requirement, in order to be considered. If the one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the next lower grade level cannot be identified in your resume, you will be considered not qualified. The competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job are:

  • Ability to plan, manage and advise on work efforts of subordinates; resolve issues; plan and organize projects; make recommendations relative to personnel research assessment; and provide authoritative advice and assistance to senior officials.
  • Ability to develop and validate written competency-based assessments for employee selection, promotion and/or organizational development purposes.
  • Knowledge of principles, applications, methodologies, theories and standards of personnel research and human resources management.
  • Ability to analyze data using qualitative and quantitative strategies in order to draw practical conclusions and answer research questions.
  • Skill in communication to provide consultation and advice to the supervisor, researchers, program officials and etc. Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the Federal government, you are not ICTAP eligible. View information about ICTAP eligibility on OPM's Career Transition Resources website. To be considered well qualified under ICTAP, you must be rated at a minimum score of 85.0 for this position. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement.

Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA): To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, the veteran must 1) be a preference eligible; or 2) be a veteran separated after 3 or more years of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement. Veteran’s preference does not apply under Merit Promotion procedures. View VEOA information on Feds Hire Vets.

Military Spouse Appointing Authority: Executive Order 13473, dated September 28, 2008, authorized the noncompetitive appointment of certain military spouses to competitive service positions. The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) codified implementing regulations at 5 CFR 315.612, effective September 11, 2009. For more information click here.

Interview Requirement: Interviews are required for this position. Failure to complete the interview may result in removal from further consideration.

Consideration will be given to performance appraisals and incentive awards as an indicator of quality of prior experience, no points will be assigned.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Top Secret

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Required Documents

In addition to addressing the vacancy specific questions, you must also submit the following documentation:

  • Resume - In order to receive credit for experience contained in an uploaded resume, your employment history should show work experience in month/year format (MM/YYYY), reflecting starting date and ending date, and include the number of hours worked per week.
  • If you are qualifying based on education, or the position has an education requirement, you must submit a copy of your college/university transcript (unofficial is acceptable) it must show school name, student's name, credit earned, degree, and date awarded. Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet Federal qualification requirements if you can show that your foreign education is comparable to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States. For example, specific courses accepted for college-level credit by an accredited U.S. college or university, or foreign education evaluated by an organization recognized for accreditation by the Department of Education as education equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. college or university. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence with your application. See Recognition of Foreign Qualifications for more information. Those with Foreign education, click here.
  • Special Priority Selection rights under ICTAP: Submit a copy of your agency notice, copy of your most recent performance appraisal (with at least a satisfactory rating),and your most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location.
  • Are you a veteran? Submit Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 or other (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) and/or documentation of service connected disability. If applying based on eligibility under the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act, you must submit certification from the Armed Forces that you will be discharged or released from active duty within 120 days from the date on the certification. This must indicate your dates of service, your rank, and confirm that you will be separated under honorable conditions. View VEOA information on Feds Hire Vets.
  • Are you a Military Spouse? If you are applying under Executive Order 13473, click here for required documents.
  • Are you a current or former Federal Employee? Submit a copy of your SF 50, Notification of Personnel Action, showing your tenure code, position occupied and highest grade and step. An award SF-50 does not contain the required information. If you are applying for a higher grade, please provide the SF-50 which shows the length of time you have been in your current/highest grade and that supports your claim for time-in-grade. Also submit your performance appraisals and/or incentive awards.
  • Are you claiming special appointing authority, such as Schedule A or VISTA/Peace Corps service? Submit proof of this eligibility. For additional information on special appointing authorities, click here.
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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A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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How to Apply

This position is being advertised via CareerConnector which is an automated staffing system. To begin your online application, click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register or sign into USAJOBS, take the online questionnaire, and submit the required documents. See Required Documents section for more detail. You must complete the application process and submit any required documents no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of this announcement. Instructions outlining the application process can be found at http://www.secretservice.gov/join/apply/. If you cannot apply online, you may contact the Talent & Employee Acquisition Management Division, Administrative, Professional and Technical Staffing Branch at hrsupport@secretservice.gov OR by calling (202) 406-6420 between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:30 pm EST (excluding Federal holidays) prior to the closing date of this announcement to receive assistance. The Secret Service provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities, on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.

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Talent & Emp Acq Mgmt Div
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202-406-6420

TDD

202-406-5390

Fax

999-999-9999

Email

hrsupport@secretservice.gov

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Next steps

Once your complete application is received we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your eligibility. Best-qualified applicants will be referred for further consideration and possible interview. We expect to make a selection within 45 days of the closing date of this announcement. If you are selected, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation. You may check the status of your application for this position by going to www.usajobs.gov. Click on the "My USAJOBS" tab, enter your user id and password, and click on "My Applications". You will also receive an email notification regarding your application status. For more information on applying for Federal employment, please click here.

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The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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  • Privacy Act
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  • Selective Service
  • New employee probationary period

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/496855900. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 04/16/2018 to 05/04/2018

Salary: $114,590 to $148,967 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 14

Work schedule: Full-Time

Appointment type: Permanent