National Security Agency


Applied Social Scientist (43945463)
Location: Fort Meade, Maryland - United States
Posted: 12/16/2017

Applied Social Scientist

Responsibilities The NSA/CSS Office of Career Program Design seeks an experienced Applied Social Scientist for a full-time position. The incumbent will work as part of a new organization created to provide guidance and oversight to the Agency's 43 Career Development Programs. This organization's responsibilities include but are not limited to: identifying and implementing best practices, establishing processes and procedures, evaluating the effectiveness of programs, finding ways to support and improve existing programs, designing and defining standards for new programs, and collecting, analyzing, summarizing, reporting, and maintaining program-related data. The ideal candidate will possess experience in training/program evaluation and demonstrate exceptional skills in the areas of data analysis, problem solving, report writing, performance measurement, survey design, data visualization and client/project management. Attention to detail and self-motivation are critical. Using social science research methods to enhance the way we carry out our mission, the incumbent will: - Conduct, oversee, disseminate, and/or initiate improvements related to organizational development, human capital, and social networks - Conduct research and create system processes for evaluating and improving organizational effectiveness to ensure the environment is conducive to accomplishing the mission and preserving human capital - Perform workforce analyses that describe current states, predict future trends, and/or inform business decisions - Collaborate with academia and/or industry around the enhancement of individual, team, and organizational performance through learning and development interventions Example projects include: - Developing and executing plans to evaluate the impact of current and future programs and processes - Developing and analyzing workforce surveys - Developing communication and implementation plans to facilitate change management efforts - Conducting training needs analyses and evaluating the training effectiveness - Researching and identifying best practices in rotational development programs - Analyzing a variety of program-related data to drive strategic business decisions - Creating dynamic user-friendly visualizations of key program-related data and information Qualifications The ideal candidate for this position would be expected to: -Have 1-2 years of experience in training/program evaluation, performance assessment, education/training design, or a related field -Collaborate with team members across the organization and develop strategic partnerships throughout the Agency to help achieve organizational goals and needs -Keep abreast of best practices and new research in Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Education, Training, and related fields -Contribute to the conceptualization, design, analysis, and presentation of basic and applied research (applying appropriate quantitative and qualitative research techniques, data collection strategies, data analysis methods) to information technical and leadership decisions -Synthesize complex findings and detailed research into executive summaries and presentations intended for managerial decisions and/or publication -Present findings to technical and non-technical audiences -Provide high quality customer service to clients through superior technical work as well as effective project management and communication -Be proficient with MS Excel, MS Word, MS PowerPoint, and Statistical Software (e.g., SPSS, R) Salary Range: $66,510 - $103,639 (Full Performance) *The qualifications listed are the minimum acceptable to be considered for the position. Salary offers are based on candidates' education level and years of experience relevant to the position and also take into account information provided by the hiring manager/organization regarding the work level for the position. Entry is with a Bachelor's degree plus 3 years of relevant experience, or a Master's degree plus 1 year of experience, or a Doctoral degree and no experience. Degree must be in Applied Social Sciences or Applied Behavioral Sciences (e.g., Organizational Development, I-O Psychology, Business Administration, Human Resources Management, Sociology). Relevant experience must be in social or behavioral sciences (e.g., organizational development, organizational effectiveness, performance improvement, test development and validation, social network analysis, or systems thinking), some of the experience must be current (i.e., within the past 2 years) and must include performing research and analysis. Salary Range: $94,796 - $145,629 (Senior) *The qualifications listed are the minimum acceptable to be considered for the position. Salary offers are based on candidates' education level and years of experience relevant to the position and also take into account information provided by the hiring manager/organization regarding the work level for the position. Entry is with a Bachelor's degree plus 6 years of relevant experience, or a Master's degree plus 4 years of relevant experience, or a Doctoral degree plus 2 years of relevant experience. Degree must be in Applied Social Sciences or Applied Behavioral Sciences (e.g., Organizational Development, I-O Psychology, Business Administration, Human Resources Management, Sociology). Relevant experience must be in social or behavioral sciences (e.g., organizational development, organizational effectiveness, performance improvement, test development and validation, social network analysis, or systems thinking), some of the experience must be current (i.e., within the past 2 years) and must include performing research and analysis and formal/informal leadership. Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule This is a full-time position, Monday through Friday, with flexible hours. How To Apply - External To apply for this position, please click the 'Apply Now' button located at the top or bottom of this page. After completing the application and clicking the 'Submit Final' button, you will receive a confirmation email. Emails regarding your application status will be sent periodically. Please ensure your spam filters are configured to accept emails from noreply@nsa.gov. ***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. DCIPS Disclaimer The National Security Agency (NSA) is part of the DoD Intelligence Community Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS). All positions in the NSA are in the Excepted Services under 10 United States Codes (USC) 1601 appointment authority.

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Job Capacity:Employee (full-time)
Minimum Education Level:See Job Description
Visa Sponsorship: No
Related Industries:Human Resources

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