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Job Title:Interdisciplinary Personnel Psychologist/Statistician

Department:Department Of Justice

Agency:Offices, Boards and Divisions

Job Announcement Number:13-CRD-012 (DEU)

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

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SALARY RANGE:

$105,211.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, March 07, 2013 to Tuesday, March 19, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0180/1530-14/15

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

15

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC Metro Area, DC United States

WHO MAY APPLY:

U.S. Citizens, no prior Federal experience required

JOB SUMMARY:

 

The Department of Justice is the principal federal agency charged with enforcing federally-protected civil and constitutional rights. The Civil Rights Division's (Division) mission comprises two prongs: (1) defending individuals' federal civil rights through a panoply of means including civil litigation, consent orders, settlements, technical assistance, public outreach, and education programs; and (2) vigorous enforcement of the criminal laws prohibiting civil rights abuses, including 'color of law' violations by state officers, trafficking in humans, conspiracy to violate federally-protected rights, and criminal interference with housing rights.

The Employment Litigation Section enforces against state and local government employers the provisions of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, and other federal laws prohibiting employment practices that discriminate on grounds of race, sex, religion, and national origin. The Section also enforces against state and local government employers and private employers the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994, which prohibits employers from discriminating or retaliating against an employee or applicant for employment because of such person's past, current or future military obligation.

Division offices are near the Metro transportation system or other public transportation, and are conveniently accessible to restaurants, museums and other Washington, D.C. area attractions.  Most jobs in the Division offer alternative work schedules and other family friendly opportunities.  Most employees who commute by public transportation are eligible for a transit subsidy benefit.

This is an Interdisciplinary position that may be filled as a Personnel Psychologist, GS-180 OR Statistician, GS-1530.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • You must submit your application by 11:59 pm EST on the closing date.
  • Filling this position is subject to funding availability.

DUTIES:

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This position is located in the Division's Employment Litigation Section (ELS).  The candidate selected for this position will work as part of a team effort to identify potential targets for pattern-or-practice employment discrimination investigations using various information sources, including census data.  The principal duties of the position include:

  • Providing expertise and in-house consultation to assist ELS managers, attorneys and paralegals on projects related to the Section’s pattern-or-practice investigations and cases under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 2000e, et seq. 
  • Assisting in identifying employers as potential targets of ELS investigations; 
  • Analyzing applicant, hiring and other data obtained in investigations to determine whether an employer’s use of selection devices or other employment practices results in disparate impact on the basis of protected characteristics; 
  • Assisting in preparing and assessing settlement proposals and in monitoring compliance with consent decrees by analyzing applicant, hiring, promotion, testing or other data and by developing and/or evaluating potential less discriminatory alternative employment practices; 
  • Conducting statistical analyses relating to the job relatedness (validity) of such devices and practices; 
  • Providing advice and consultation regarding the validity of selection devices and other employment practices that result in disparate impact; and developing or evaluating potential alternative employment practices; 
  • Producing written and oral reports of analyses and issues relating to disparate impact and validation of selection devices in formats and language understandable to laypersons (managers, attorneys and paralegals); and  
  • Instructing ELS staff regarding statistical analyses and personnel psychology principles and standards used in evaluating selection devices and other employment practices for disparate impact and validity.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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PERSONNEL PSYCHOLOGIST:
BASIC REQUIREMENT FOR ALL GRADE LEVELS:

Successful completion of a full 4 year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor’s or higher degree in a major or equivalent in psychology for all specializations except clinical psychology and counseling psychology.

In addition to the Basic Requirement, applicants must meet the SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:


To qualify for the GS-14 level:  You must have one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the  GS-13 level.  Specialized experience may include:  

  • Conducting statistical analyses as part of a test development or test validation project. 
  • Participating in the development of a test or other selection device.
  • Preparing job analysis questionnaires or other job analysis materials. 
  • Reviewing selection devices to determine whether they are appropriate for use by an employer.

  • To qualify for the GS-15 level:  You must have one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-14 level.  Specialized experience may include:  

    • Conducting job analyses. 
    • Leading test development or test validation projects.  
    • Drafting job analysis, test development or test validation reports.  
    • Providing written or oral expert analyses and opinions regarding the validity of selection devices.  


    STATISTICIAN:
    BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL GRADE LEVELS:

    A.  Degree: that included 15 semester hours in statistics (or in mathematics and statistics, provided at least 6 semester hours were in statistics), and 9 additional semester hours in one or more of the following: physical or biological sciences, medicine, education, or engineering; or in the social sciences including demography, history, economics, social welfare, geography, international relations, social or cultural anthropology, health sociology, political science, public administration, psychology, etc.  Credit toward meeting statistical course requirements should be given for courses in which 50 percent of the course content appears to be statistical methods, e.g., courses that included studies in research methods in psychology or economics such as tests and measurements or business cycles, or courses in methods of processing mass statistical data such as tabulating methods or electronic data processing.

    OR

    B.  Combination of education and experience: courses as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.  The experience should have included a full range of professional statistical work such as (a) sampling, (b) collecting, computing, and analyzing statistical data, and (c) applying statistical techniques such as measurement of central tendency, dispersion, skewness, sampling error, simple and multiple correlation, analysis of variance, and tests of significance.

    In addition to the Basic Requirement, applicants must meet the SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:


    To qualify for the GS-14 level:  You must have one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the  GS-13 level.  Specialized experience may include:  

    • Using standard statistical software (such as SPSS or SAS). 
    • Using tests of statistical significance (such as Chi-Square or t-test).
    • Compiling and maintaining data files for use in conducting statistical analyses.
    • Producing written reports that explain the results of statistical analyses


    To qualify for the GS-15 level:  You must have one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-14 level.  Specialized experience may include: 

    • Selecting and conducting appropriate statistical analyses to determine whether there is evidence that an employer or other entity is engaged in discrimination on the basis of race, sex or national origin or to determine whether a selection device results in disparate impact on the basis of race, sex or national origin. 
    • Conducting statistical analyses such as correlations, regressions or analysis of variance to evaluate the validity of a test or other selection device. 
    • Providing opinions as a consultant or expert regarding statistical analyses and evidence.   
    • Providing training on the meaning and use of statistical tests.


You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position.

You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days after the closing date of this announcement.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

The resume you submit for this position will be reviewed to determine whether your experience is sufficient to meet the specialized experience requirements as outlined in this announcement.  Your resume must reflect that you possess the competencies listed below.  Candidates who are found best qualified in accordance with established ranked will be referred to the selecting official for consideration. 
NOTE:  Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications for this position will be contacted to prepare a written narrative for each of the competencies below.  Your responses to the statements below will be evaluated to determine your rating. 

  • Knowledge of professional standards and guidelines, including the Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection Procedures, used in the field of selection device development and validation sufficient to evaluate and provide opinions regarding evidence of validity.  
  • Knowledge and proficiency in a wide range of descriptive and inferential statistics (including, but not limited to, correlations, multiple regressions, analysis of variance and tests of statistical significance) used in connection with the evaluation of selection devices and other employment practices for disparate impact and/or validity. 
  • Skill and proficiency in the use of standard social science statistical software (e.g., SAS, SPSS). 
  • Skill and proficiency in managing and compiling data, particularly large data files. 
  • Ability to communicate in writing to produce written work products that are accurate, thorough and present technical concepts in a form understandable to lay audiences. 
  • Ability to communicate orally to communicate technical concepts effectively to attorney-managers, attorneys and paralegals. 
  • Ability to work cooperatively and productively with others in ELS, including attorneys and paralegals, as well as others outside ELS and the Division, including expert witnesses and the staff of other federal, state or local agencies, if necessary.
     


BENEFITS:

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The Department of Justice offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; telework; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc.



OTHER INFORMATION:

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.

The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the Department of Justice with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies.  If your Department of Justice component has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy.  To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified or better category using established category rating criteria.  You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application.  Additional information about CTAP eligibility is at: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP). The ICTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies.  If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if:  1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy.  To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified or better category using established category rating criteria.  You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority.  Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form.  Additional information about ICTAP eligibility is at: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/.

Veterans’ Preference: If you are entitled to veterans’ preference, you should indicate the type of veterans’ preference you are claiming on your résumé. Your veterans’ preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.

  • For 5-point veterans’ preference, please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty); official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty; or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions. 
  • For 10-point veterans’ preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and the other required documentation identified on the SF-15 to support your preference claim.

 

Selective Service :  If you are a male 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 www.sss.gov.

In addition to applying through competitive procedures certain individuals with disabilities may be considered non-competitively under a Schedule A hiring authority. To qualify for employment under Schedule A, an applicant must provide proof of disability and certification of job readiness. As proof of disability and certification of job readiness, applicants may provide records, statement, or other appropriate information issued from a licensed medical professional (e.g., a physician or other medical professional duly certified by a State, the District of Columbia, or a U.S. territory to practice medicine); a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist (i.e., State or private); or an Federal agency, State agency, or an agency of the District of Columbia or a U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits. Proof of disability and certification of job readiness must be included in the application package. See https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Individuals_with_Disabilities

The materials you send with your application will not be returned.

Relocation expenses have not been authorized.

Entrance on duty is contingent upon completion of a pre-employment security check.  Continued employment is also contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background investigation, adjudicated by the Department of Justice.

Selectees who are not currently employed by the Offices, Boards and Divisions of the Department of Justice will be required to submit to a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment.

One or more positions may be filled from this announcement if identical vacancies occur 90 days from the date of the issuance of the certificate.

The Civil Rights Division participates in the E-verify program.



HOW TO APPLY:

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You must submit your resume and other applicable required documents so that it will be received no later than 11:59 PM EST on the closing date of the announcement.   If all required documents are not received, your application will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible.  See “Required Documents” for additional information.

Applicants must either fax or e-mail their application.  Please submit your application via fax at 202-514-6603 or by email to crt.vacancies-ELS@usdoj.gov.  If you are submitting your application via e-mail, please indicate the vacancy announcement number and position title in the subject line. 

If you are unable to fax or email your application, please contact the Human Resources Office at the telephone number listed below, prior to the closing date of the announcement, for alternate application procedures.

Application mailed using government postage or through an internal federal government mail will not be accepted.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

You must submit the appropriate documentation in order to receive consideration for this position, such as:  

  • Resume showing relevant experience (cover letter optional).  Applicants should clearly indicate all experience [including dates (month and year) and number of hours spent per week], training, include volunteer work experience, education, and awards relevant to the qualification requirements.    Training or self-development activities must reflect course title, classroom hours completed and date(s). Do not send position descriptions. 
  • Veteran’s preference documentation, i.e., DD-214, SF-15 or any other required supporting documentation, if applicable. 
  • CTAP/ICTAP documentation, if applicable.  
  • An unofficial college transcript, if qualifying based on education (Note: If you are selected for this position and receive credit for your education for the purpose of meeting minimum qualification requirements or if your grade point average is being used to determine superior academic achievement, your official transcript(s) will be required prior to your first day.) 
  • Non-competitive appointment authority documentation, if applicable.

 

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

CRT Human Resources
Phone: (202)514-3934
Fax: (202)514-6603
Email: CRT.VACANCIES-ELS@USDOJ.GOV
Agency Information:
U S Department of Justice Civil Rights Division
600 E Street NW
Room 3105
Washington, DC
20004 Fax: (202)514-6603

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

We will notify you of the outcome after each step of the recruitment process has been completed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.  We expect to make a final job offer within 80 days after the closing date of the announcement.

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Job Announcement Number:

13-CRD-012 (DEU)

Control Number:

338651900