Company Name:

Federal Bureau of Investigation


Washington, District of Columbia

Approximate Salary:

$114,590 Per Year

Job Category:


Work Setting:

Government Agency

Position Type:

Full Time

Required Experience:

5 - 10 years

Required Education:

Bachelor's Degree

Date Posted:

March 19, 2019

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Personnel Research Psychologist

The FBI’s Leadership Development Program is seeking an experienced Personnel Research Psychologist to successfully support initiatives in the areas of leadership effectiveness, including but not limited to: executive coaching, talent management, performance management, change management, selection system design, job analysis, and validation. You will collaborate with a team of Industrial-Organizational Psychologists who are experts in personnel assessment, selection and leadership development.

In this role, you will contribute to the FBI’s mission: to protect the American people and uphold the Constitution of the United States. We have a diverse culture of employees who work together to accomplish our goals. We provide investigative expertise, intelligence, resources and training to domestic and international agencies and partners. Our mission is simple, but our work is complex: protecting the nation from terrorism, espionage, cyberattacks and major criminal threats.


  • Interact with executives throughout the organization to assess leadership development needs and develop appropriate solutions
  • Plan and execute a wide variety of empirical research studies related complex psychological studies by integrating statistics and research related to recruitment, selection, promotion and development of leaders at various levels throughout the organization
  • Develop and implement leadership development solutions, including but not limited to: presentations, workshops and coaching programs for senior executives and other levels of leadership
  • Engage with leaders/aspiring leaders and effectively coach them to support their specific needs and development
  • Design and instruments, methods, procedures, or criteria for selection systems
  • Build positive and collaborative relationships with partners to drive the smooth implementation and alignment of selection and leadership coaching programs
  • Prepare for and facilitate strategic planning meetings with senior executives and leadership teams
  • Develop and conduct leadership program evaluations to determine if program objectives have been met and determine how the skills and knowledge obtained are being applied
  • Lead and support talent and culture change efforts by working with executive leaders on change-management initiatives.
  • Provide expert professional advice and guidance to executives and management officials related to complex and sensitive human resource-related issues

This position is at the GS-14 level; some travel is required, up to 25 percent of the time.


All applicants must meet these basic requirements:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must be able to obtain a Top Secret clearance
  • Must complete form FD-887, Request for Access to Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI)
  • Must pass an FBI polygraph examination
  • Must pass an FBI-administered urinalysis drug test
  • Must be in compliance with the FBI Employment Drug Policy:

o No use of marijuana within the last three years

o No use of any other illegal drug in the past 10 years

o No selling, distributing, manufacturing or transporting of any illegal drugs

o No use of a prescription drug or a legally obtainable substance in a manner for which it was not intended within the last three years

In addition, you:

  • Must never have been convicted of a felony
  • Must not be in default on a student loan insured by the U.S. government
  • Must be registered with the Selective Service System (males only, exceptions apply)

Required Education:

  • Bachelors in Industrial/Organizational Psychology or any Psychology related field. Copies of transcripts must accompany all applications

Preferred Education:

  • Master’s or PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Organizational Behavior, Organizational Development, or similar discipline. Copies of transcripts must accompany all applications
  • Successful completion of coach training and certification from a recognized and reputable program

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements if the foreign education is comparable to that received in a U.S. accredited educational institution.

Specialized Experience:

  • Minimum of five years experience in organization development/effectiveness, leadership development, management consulting or talent management and ability to work independently, as well as thrive in a team environment
  • Expertise in conducting psychometric studies, and selection/validation studies
  • Experience in building effective leadership development initiatives; advanced project planning and time-management skills; and ability to handle multiple projects, prioritize and organize
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully work with executive client base; experience providing formal/informal executive coaching and development in all areas of leadership; strong consultative and communication skills; and excellent facilitation and presentation skills
  • Highly proficient in data management and analysis procedures; proficient in data analysis programs such as SPSS or R, and Excel sufficient to evaluate and draw appropriate conclusions from data; and exceptional problem solving skills, including the ability to collect, assimilate and analyze data
  • Strong writing skills, specifically describing quantitative analyses to technical and non-technical audiences

Core competencies for this position include:

  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Interpersonal Ability
  • Research (data analysis)
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Behavioral and Social Sciences
  • Consultative Services


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  1. Your resume, specifically noting relevant work experience and associated start and end dates
  2. Other supporting documents:

  • College transcripts, if qualifying based on education, or if there is a positive education requirement
  • Veterans: DD 214; Disabled Veterans: DD 214, SF-15 and VA letter dated 1991 or later

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