Company Name:

Federal Bureau of Investigation


Washington, District of Columbia

Approximate Salary:

$114,190 Per Year

Job Category:

Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Other

Work Setting:

Government Agency

Position Type:

Full Time

Required Experience:

5 - 10 years

Required Education:

Bachelor's Degree

Date Posted:

September 13, 2019

Personnel Research Psychologist

The FBI’s Leadership Development Program (LDP) is seeking an experienced Personnel Research Psychologist to successfully support initiatives in the areas of leadership development, 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. LDP is located at FBI’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. There are no telework options for this position.

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 by integrating statistics and research for 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 senior leaders and effectively coach them to support their specific needs and development.

· Design 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 development 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.

· 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.

o 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, selection/validation studies, and building effective leadership development initiatives.

· Advanced project planning and time-management skills; ability to handle multiple projects, prioritize, and effectively organize work.

· 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

To apply for this position, you must provide your resume, transcripts and a cover letter detailing your relevant work experiences and submit to with the subject line Personnel Research Psychologist.

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