Interdisciplinary

U.S. Department of Defense
  • Location
    Alexandria, Virginia
  • Sector
    Government
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
    Aug-31-2021
  • Posted
    Aug 25

Position description

OPA is designated to serve in direct analytic support to the military Services and the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) to conduct analysis on how policy or environmental changes affect performance or composition. OPA provides the expertise for scientific assessments, data analytics, and outreach, to improve the lives of the DoD community. It enhances people-related policies and programs through collaborations, recommendations, and solutions in a responsive, customer-focused approach.

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Responsibilities

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

  • Oversee multiple simultaneous short and long-term research projects in the H&R division in the domain of gender relations, equal opportunity, diversity and inclusion, command climate, and/or mental health/resilience.
  • Apply theories, methodologies, and advanced analytic techniques from relevant areas of social science research, including psychology, sociology, survey methodology, and related disciplines, to work collaboratively, and to lead an interdisciplinary research team.
  • Development of research plans, literature and policy review, development of survey and focus group content, conducting data analysis (e.g., 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.
  • Maintains expertise in relevant research and policy content areas (i.e., sexual assault, sexual harassment, discrimination, equal opportunity, command climate, and/or mental health) and provides expert recommendations and insights to management officials regarding relevant theory, policy, research results, and ideas for future directions within the research portfolio.

 

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

13

Qualifications

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: Full Time
  • Overtime: Occasionally
  • Tour of Duty: Flexible
  • Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): Non-Exempt
  • Financial Disclosure: Not Required
  • Telework Eligibility: This position is telework eligible, at management's discretion
  • Security Clearance: Noncritical Sensitive (Secret)

Qualifications

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:

  • Experience with command climate research and surveys aspects of a variety of health and well-being topics within the DoD community.
  • Conducting a wide range of qualitative and/or quantitative methods of research for the assessment and improvement of complex programs, processes, plans, and/or and systems.
  • Present comprehensive reports and/or short summaries to scientific, management, or military audiences.


OR

B. Possess a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.

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

  • Leading command climate research and surveys aspects of a variety of health and well-being topics within the DoD community.
  • Leading a wide range of qualitative and/or quantitative methods of research for the assessment and improvement of complex programs, processes, plans, and/or and systems.
  • Overseeing comprehensive reports and/or short summaries to scientific, management, or military audiences.


Please keep your résumé to a reasonable length. If more than five pages are submitted, only the first five pages will be reviewed to determine your eligibility/qualifications.

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 series.

*NOTE: Failure to provide transcripts will result in you being rated ineligible for this position.

For the Psychology (0180) Series: Possess a Bachelor's degree (120 semester hours or 180 quarter hours) in psychology.

For the Sociology (0184) Series: Possess a Bachelor's degree (120 semester hours or 180 quarter hours) in sociology; or social psychology or political science that included at least 24 semester hours in sociology.

For the Sociology (0184) Series: Possess courses equivalent to a major in sociology (i.e., at least 24 semester hours), plus appropriate experience or additional education.

For the Statistician (1530) Series: Possess a Bachelor's degree (120 semester hours or 180 quarter hours) 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.

Education


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

ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY AT THE GS-12 GRADE LEVEL? You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims.

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.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: Foreign Education

Application instructions

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