Posted by: National Security Agency on Sep 01, 2021
Fort Meade , MD
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.
Description of Position
As an Applied Social Scientist, you 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. Using social science research methods to enhance the way we carry out our mission, you may support projects such as:
Designing and executing job analysis studies
Developing and validating assessments for selection and development purposes (e.g., structured interviews, cognitive and non-cognitive measures, and knowledge tests)
Developing and analyzing workforce surveys (e.g., climate, quality of hire, skills assessments)
Conducting data-informed organizational consultations
Developing and executing plans to evaluate the impact of current and future programs and processes
Analyzing program-related data to drive strategic business decisions
Developing and executing plans for evaluating the impact of Equal Employment opportunity and Diversity (EEOD) programs
Conducting EEO analyses for selection and promotion decisions
Conducting training needs analyses and evaluating training effectiveness
Creating dynamic, user-friendly visualizations of data
Applied Social Scientists collaborate with team members across the organization and develop strategic partnerships throughout the Agency to help achieve organizational goals; 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 and consultative skills, as well as effective project management and communication; and leverage relevant tools such as MS Excel, MS Word, MS PowerPoint, and Statistical software (e.g., SPSS, R).
Description of Skills
The ideal candidate will possess experience in job analysis, personnel selection and assessment, survey research, or program design and evaluation, and demonstrate exceptional skills in the areas of consulting, problem solving, data analysis, report writing, and client/project management skills. Attention to detail, self-motivation, flexibility, and resilience are critical and data visualization skills are a plus.
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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.
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