Basic Requirements: A degree in Psychology.
In addition to the Basic Requirements:
For the GS-12, applicants must have either (a) a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in Sociology, Psychology, Educational Research, Survey Methodology, or a closely related field, OR (b) one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the GS-11 level in the Federal service. This one year of specialized experience must be in or related to the field of Psychology and must have equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position to be filled. Specialized experience is demonstrated by performing highly creative research that (1) Led to the development of a basic principle, product, concept, method, approach, or technique; (2) Provided a body of basic information that opened the way for a major advance in the field; or (3) Led to general advances in the field.
At the GS-13 level, there is no substitution of education for experience. For the GS-13 level, applicant must have one year of specialized experience (through work in government, academia, the private sector, or nonprofit organizations) equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service. The incumbent should be thoroughly familiar with cognitive psychology laboratory techniques, survey research, and statistical measurement. The incumbent must be able to plan, conduct, and evaluate research on the cognitive aspects of design, and on refinements and/or modifications of currently employed survey methodologies for the purpose of improving survey forms and the quality of data collected for Agency BLS programs. In addition, this research must have (1) led to the development of a basic principle, product, concept, or method; (2) provided a body of information that opened the way for advancements in statistical methodologies; and/or (3) led to submissions of one or more articles to peer-reviewed journals.
College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign Education - Transcripts (in English) must be submitted if (a) a degree is required for the position, and/or (b) education is used as the basis for qualifying for this position. The Department of Labor does not recognize academic degrees from schools that are not accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the Department of Education. Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service. If courses were taken at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, or from several different colleges or universities, you must submit all the necessary transcripts. If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position. Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information.
Please note, you will be deemed ineligible for this vacancy if you do not submit college transcripts as proof of meeting education requirements. This applies to ALL applicants, including those currently or previously qualified in this series and/or grade.
Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements. Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be evaluated against the evaluation factors below and will be placed into a category based on your vacancy question responses.
Category A - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and has successful experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated superior proficiency in applying critical competencies required by this position to work of increased levels of difficulty and complexity.
Category B - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the critical competencies required by this position.
Category C - Meets the specialized experience described in the minimum qualifications requirements section of this announcement and demonstrates proficiency in the basic competencies.
Evaluation Factors (Competencies) - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies (click Evaluation Tools for information):
1. Interpersonal Skills - Shows understanding, professionalism, courtesy, tact, empathy, concern, and politeness, even with individuals who are difficult, hostile, or distressed. Demonstrates team effectiveness with sensitivity to the differences of others, e.g. diversity, race, gender, disabilities, and other individual differences.
2. Oral Communication - Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.
3. Planning and Evaluating - Knows and uses the principles, methods, or tools for developing, organizing scheduling, coordinating, monitoring and managing individual work, projects and resources.
4. Writing - Uses correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling to communicate information (for example, facts, ideas, or messages) in a clear, succinct and organized manner. Composes written information, which may include technical material, that is appropriate for the intended audience.
5. Research Psychologist Technical - Knowledge of and demonstrated ability in research methods, experimental design, and statistical analysis.
6. Customer Service - Works with peers, clients and those use or receive the services or products produced, to secure information, assess needs, provide information or assistance, resolve problems, or satisfy expectations in a manner that demonstrates a commitment to quality.
7. Decision Making/Problem Solving – Employs strategic and critical approaches to decision-making and/or problem solving, e.g. identifying, and considering issues/problems, determining accuracy and relevance of information, as well as generating, identifying, evaluating, and implementing alternative solution approaches, to resolve issues/problems, deliver services and provide value.
The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means (ex. interview). The examining Human Resources Office (HRO) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings. Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses to the vacancy questions. If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume.
Your evaluation may also include a review by a Human Resources Specialist or panel and may include other assessments (ex. interview, panel review, written test, writing sample, etc.)
INFORMATION FOR ICTAP ELIGIBLES ONLY: If you are eligible for special priority selection under ICTAP, you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration. ICTAP eligibles who are placed into Category A will be considered "well-qualified".
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