Personnel Research Psychologist (Pathways Recent Graduates)

02 Nov 2017 4:11 PM | Matisha Montgomery (Administrator)

U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM)

The Assessment & Evaluation Branch (AEB) within U.S. Office of Personnel Management has multiple openings for Personnel Research Psychologists (GS-180-9/11/12, salary range: $54,972 to $103,639 per year) in its Washington, DC office.  Applicants will be evaluated based upon responses provided on the job specific questionnaire that is required as part of the application process. Applications will be accepted from Wednesday, November 1, 2017 to Wednesday, November 15, 2017.

Applicants are placed in a dynamic 1 year developmental program with the potential to lead to a civil service career in the Federal Government. At the successful conclusion of this program, you may be eligible for non-competitive conversion to a Federal career or career-conditional position. Our Personnel Research Psychologists enjoy work flexibilities, independence, training and development opportunities, occasional travel, collaborating with passionate professionals, and an opportunity to make a difference to federal employees and the public. AEB offers a fast-paced environment requiring interacting at all levels, across offices, within and external to HRS and OPM. AEB has three sections: Selection and Promotion Assessment (SPA); Leadership and Workforce Development Assessment (LWDA); and Organizational Assessment (OA).

SPA develops, validates, and administers cognitive and non-cognitive competency assessments for selection, promotion, and diagnostic purposes to include written and non-written tests, job knowledge tests, performance tests, and computer simulations, and conducts job analyses and provides assessment training and support.

LWDA develops, validates, and administers leadership and workforce planning assessments to assess leader and employee effectiveness by targeting competencies, personality, and leadership potential and conducts competency modeling and gap analysis for workforce training and development.

OA develops and administers organizational assessments to assess climate and organizational outcomes including organizational climate, employee satisfaction, customer satisfaction, onboarding and exit surveys, and custom surveys, and conducts program evaluation and develops organizational effectiveness indices.

As a Personnel Research Psychologist at the GS-0180-09/11/12, some of your typical work assignments may include under supervision:

Lead and/or participate on project teams to develop and/or contract for innovative assessment tools.

  • Conduct Government-wide and/or agency job analyses.
  • Develop and implement competency models, workforce gap assessments, and leadership assessments.
  • Help agencies identify, evaluate, and solve organizational problems using customer action planning, satisfaction surveys, employee surveys, and focus groups.
  • Establish project objectives, activities, timelines, budgets, and staffing plans.
  • Advise agencies and internal senior management on implementing assessment strategies.
  • Evaluate training, candidate development, or other human resources programs.

For more information and to apply:

If you have any questions or would like to discuss the position further, please contact Melissa Haudek at


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