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Job opening: Personnel Psychologist

Salary: $139 395 - 181 216 per year
Published at: Mar 26 2024
Employment Type: Full-time
This position is located in the Small Business Administration, Office of Human Resource Solutions - OHRS in Washington, DC. This position supports the full spectrum of human resources (HR) programs in OHRS through highly skilled professional work to include psychological principles and research methods, analysis and presentation of specialized HR program data where they are professionally responsible for the soundness and validity of their recommendations, reports, and services.


Collects and assists in human capital data analysis projects. Develops and implements a multi-level evaluation process to collect and analyze program data, including survey design, focus groups, interviews, and data analysis. Serves as staff level advisor, providing expert technical advice and assistance to program managers, and operation HR office within the Small Business Administration (SBA). Effectively and convincingly communicates both orally and in writing information about a variety of human capital programs with senior management, all management staff levels, and program officials. Supports and develops 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.


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • You must successfully complete a background investigation.
  • You may be required to serve a one-year probationary period.


Basic Requirements: Degree: Major or equivalent in psychology for all specializations except clinical psychology and counseling psychology. These two specializations have additional educational requirements, as stated below: Clinical psychology: For positions at grades GS-11 and above, satisfactory completion of all the requirements for the doctoral degree (Ph.D. or equivalent) directly related to full professional work in clinical psychology is required. Counseling psychology: For positions at grades GS-9 and above, satisfactory completion of 2 full academic years of graduate study directly related to professional work in counseling psychology, or satisfactory completion in an accredited educational institution of all the requirements for a master's degree directly related to counseling psychology is required. AND In addition to meeting the Basic Requirements, applicants must possess specialized experience to qualify for this position. For the GS-14: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal service, which includes: Implementing and managing human capital programs to include human capital program evaluation and HR Stat; and Developing program evaluation studies to support selection programs and human capital programs; and Developing communication and training materials to engage the workforce and improve employee engagement. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience. AND Selective Placement Factors: This position requires a special qualification that has been determined to be essential to perform the duties and will be used as a screen out element. Those who do not provide evidence they possess the following selective factor(s) will be rated not qualified. Experience with data analytic tools and software such as Tableau, R, and PowerBI. Experience using data visualization techniques to improve evidence-based approach to HR management. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on OPM's Qualifications web site: Psychology Series 0180 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: If you are a current career or career-conditional federal employee applying for promotion under Merit Promotion you must have completed a minimum of 52 weeks in positions at the next level lower than the position being filled. All qualification requirements must be met by 11:59 pm (Eastern Time) on 04/01/2024.


APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: 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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Verify School accreditation. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. *** If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. *** For further information, click on: Foreign Education.


  • Address Office of Human Resource Solutions - OHRS 409 3rd Street, SW, 5th Floor Washington, DC 20416 US
  • Name: Lorraine Atencio-Curry
  • Phone: (303) 844-7797
  • Email: [email protected]


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