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 Applied Social Scientist - Mid/Experienced Level - Fort Meade, Maryland, United States

Job information
Posted by: National Security Agency (NSA) 
Hiring entity type: Government 
Work authorization: Not Specified for United States
Position type: Direct Hire, Full-Time 
Compensation: ******
Benefits: See below
Relocation: Not specified 
Position functions: Health - Psych/Behavioral/Mental
Travel: Unspecified 
Accept candidates: from anywhere 
Languages: English - Fluent
Minimum education: See below 
Minimum years experience: See below 
Resumes accepted in: English
Cover letter: No cover letter requested
Job code: 1145155 / Latpro-3735637 
Date posted: Apr-03-2020
State, Zip: Maryland, 20755


The professionals at the National Security Agency (NSA) have one common goal: to protect our nation. The mission requires a strong offense and a steadfast defense. The offense collects, processes and disseminates intelligence information derived from foreign signals for intelligence and counterintelligence purposes. The defense prevents adversaries from getting access to sensitive classified national security information. Managers at NSA, where people are a priority, are responsible for leveraging the diversity of their work force to create innovative solutions that support the Agency's missions.

NSA seeks mid-level to experienced human capital professionals with emphases on job analysis, personnel selection and assessment, training/program evaluation, performance measurement, leader development and/or survey research for full-time positions in a variety of organizations within NSA. Incumbents will work with industrial/organizational (I/O) psychologists, strategic consultants, survey researchers, data scientists, and other human capital professionals to drive human capital initiatives and strategies at NSA.

Ideal candidates will possess experience in one or more of the above areas and have exceptional skills in the areas of consulting, problem solving, report writing, and client/project management. Expert research design and data analysis skills, attention to detail, and self-motivation are critical.

The Applied Social Scientists on the Diversity Equality and Inclusion team focus on issues of fairness in policy, procedures, practices, and outcomes. They regularly carry out barrier analyses (quantitative and qualitative) and lead integrated process teams composed of stakeholders from across the Agency. The Applied Social Scientists determine the best statistical analyses to use for longitudinal studies, relevant labor force metrics, survival analyses and causal connections. They meet regularly with leaders to review metrics, study findings and the inclusion quotient with senior leaders. They partner with other team members to aid organizations looking to shift to improved outcomes as well as with many organizations across the Agency in their daily work.

Using social science research methods to enhance the way we carry out our mission, incumbents will support projects such as:

- Designing and executing job analysis studies
- Conducting training needs analyses and evaluating training effectiveness
- Developing and validating assessments for selection and development purposes (e.g., structured interviews, cognitive and non-cognitive measures, and knowledge tests)
- Developing and executing plans for evaluating the impact of EEOD programs
- Conducting EEO analyses for selection and promotion decisions
- Developing and analyzing workforce surveys (e.g., climate, quality of hire, skills assessments)
- Developing and executing plans to evaluate the impact of current and future programs and processes
- Analyzing a variety of program-related data to drive strategic business decisions
- Contributing to basic and applied research projects
- Creating dynamic, user-friendly visualizations

Ideal candidates would be expected to:

- Hold an MA/MS or PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Survey Research, Quantitative Psychology, or related field (e.g., Organizational Development, Sociology, Educational Psychology)
- Collaborate with team members across the organization and develop strategic partnerships throughout the Agency to help achieve organizational goals and needs
- Contribute to the conceptualization, design, analysis, and presentation of applied research (applying appropriate quantitative and qualitative research techniques, data collection strategies, data analysis methods) to inform technical and leadership decisions
- Keep abreast of best practices and new research in I/O, human capital management, and related fields
- Synthesize complex findings and detailed research into executive summaries and presentations intended for managerial decisions and/or publication
- Provide high quality customer service to clients through superior technical work as well as effective project management and communication
- Be proficient in relevant tools such as MS Excel, MS Word, MS PowerPoint, and Statistical software (e.g., SPSS, R)


-Conduct front-end analyses.
-Design and develop human resource policies, programs, processes, or systems (for example, employee development programs, recruitment and staffing programs, performance management systems).
-Conduct workforce analyses that describe current states, predict future trends, and/or inform business decisions.
-Develop human capital solutions that address customer requirements and meet mission needs.
-Execute communication campaigns and strategies.
-Analyze corporate or customer requirements to develop, design, and deliver communication strategies or products
-Develop research approaches and methodologies.
-Establish research objectives.
-Identify research questions.
-Review scientific or technical literature to support research efforts.
-Conduct research, including studies, experiments, and investigations.
-Analyze data using appropriate tool set.
-Evaluate research for practical application.

How To Apply - External
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***PLEASE NOTE: U.S. Citizenship is required for all applicants. Reasonable accommodations provided to applicants with disabilities during the application and hiring process where appropriate. NSA is an equal opportunity employer and abides by applicable employment laws and regulations. All applicants and employees are subject to random drug testing in accordance with Executive Order 12564. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a security background investigation and polygraph.

This position is a Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS) position in the Excepted Service under 10 U.S.C. 1601. DoD Components with DCIPS positions apply Veterans' Preference to eligible candidates as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 USC, in accordance with the procedures provided in DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 2005, DCIPS Employment and Placement. If you are a veteran claiming veterans' preference, as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C., you may be asked to submit documents verifying your eligibility.

Please note that you may be asked a series of questions depending on the position you apply for. Your responses will be used as part of the screening process of your application and will assist in determining your eligibility for the position. Be sure to elaborate on experiences in your resume. Failure to provide the required information or providing inaccurate information will result in your application not being considered for this position. Only those applicants who meet the qualifications for the position will be contacted to begin employment processing.

Please Note: Job Posting could close earlier than the closing date due to sufficient number of applicants or position no longer available. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

DCIPS Disclaimer
The National Security Agency (NSA) is part of the DoD Intelligence Community Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS). All positions in the NSA are in the Excepted Services under 10 United States Codes (USC) 1601 appointment authority.


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