U.S. Defense Human Resources Activity
  • Location
    Alexandria, Virginia
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Oct 09

Position description

DHRA's mission is to provide program support, information management, and administrative services to the DoD Components on human resource matters and to collect, archive and provide management information, research and analysis of human resources and other related functional area databases for the DoD.

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As a Interdisciplinary at the GS-0180/0184/1530-12/13 some of your typical work assignments may include:

  • Develop research plans, literature and policy review, development of survey and focus group content, conducting data analysis (e.g., sampling, weighting, mean comparisons, regression, factor analysis, SEM, qualitative analysis) and interpretation, writing research reports, giving research briefings, and project management responsibilities including oversight of the research schedule and project team.
  • Serve as the primary contact with relevant stakeholders and customers to coordinate the research process and to understand their research questions and needs throughout the research lifecycle.
  • Provide expert recommendations and insights to management officials regarding relevant theory, policy, research results, and ideas for future directions within the research portfolio.
  • Oversee multiple simultaneous short and long-term research projects. This includes research design and planning, coordination and collaboration with key stakeholders, sampling, weighting, data collection (e.g., survey fielding, focus groups), data analysis, and reporting; all of which are informed by expertise in relevant research and policy areas and conducted as part of a team.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential



Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply)
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
  • May be required to successfully complete a probationary period
  • Work Schedule: Fulltime
  • Overtime: Occasionally
  • Tour of Duty: Flexible
  • Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): Exempt
  • Financial Disclosure: Not Required
  • Telework Eligibility: This position is telework eligible


You may qualify at the GS-12, if you fulfill the following qualifications:

A. One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service:

  • Assisting in the planning, developing, and administering survey instruments, questionnaires, and/or focus group protocols.
  • Assisting in the development of sample frames.
  • Collecting and analyzing quantitative and/or qualitative data.
  • Describing research results by writing technical, methodological and research reports; OR

B. A Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in psychology, sociology or statistics.; OR

C. You have some specialized experience as described in A, but less than one year; and you have more than one year but less than two years of education as described in B. You have computed the percentage of the requirements that you meet, and the total is at least 100%. (To compute the percentage, divide your total months of qualifying experience by 12. Then divide your semester hours of graduate education beyond the first year by 18. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify.)

You may qualify at the GS-13 grade level, if you fulfill the following qualifications:

One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service:

  • Oversight of a research team in developing survey and/or focus group content and conducting data analysis.
  • Preparing sample frames for surveys.
  • Presenting briefings and/or presentations to scientific, management, and/or government audiences.
  • Writing research publications, government policy documents or articles in academic journals.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

In addition to meeting qualifications, your application package must reflect the applicable experience to meet the Individual Occupational Requirements for the 0180/0184/1530 series.

For 0180 series: 
Degree: major or equivalent in psychology for all specializations except clinical psychology and counseling psychology. These two specializations have additional educational requirements, as stated below:
-Clinical psychology: For positions at grades GS-11 and above, satisfactory completion of all the requirements for the doctoral degree (Ph.D. or equivalent) directly related to full professional work in clinical psychology is required.
-Counseling psychology: For positions at grades GS-9 and above, satisfactory completion of 2 full academic years of graduate study directly related to professional work in counseling psychology, or satisfactory completion in an accredited educational institution of all the requirements for a master's degree directly related to counseling psychology is required.

For 0184 Series:
A .Degree: sociology; or social psychology or political science that included at least 24 semester hours in sociology.


B.Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in sociology (i.e., at least 24 semester hours), plus appropriate experience or additional education.

For 1530 Series:
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.


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.


Substitution of education may not be used in lieu of specialized experience for the GS-13 grade level.

ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY FOR THE GS-12 GRADE LEVEL? You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) unofficial transcripts are acceptable at time of application, or (2) If you are serviced by the office filling this position and your transcripts are on file in your official personnel folder, you are not required to submit. However, it is your responsibility to ensure transcripts are on file.

All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.

GRADUATE EDUCATION: One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours that your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study.

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