Applied Social Scientist - Mid/Expert Level

The National Security Agency
Fort Meade, MD 20755
NSA has numerous excellent opportunities in many different HR disciplines. Opportunities exist in HR research, HR Program Management, HR Policy, Recruiting and many more.",

NSA Overview

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 focusing on pre-employment assessments, you will work with other industrial/organizational (I/O) psychologists, strategic consultants, data scientists, and human capital professionals to build and implement assessments and tools supporting the hiring strategies at NSA. Using social science research methods to enhance the way we carry out our mission, you will:

- Lead and conduct projects developing, validating, revising, and implementing pre-employment assessments (e.g., CAT assessments structured interviews, cognitive and non-cognitive measures, and knowledge tests, work samples, and simulations);
- Contribute to the design and execution of job analysis studies;
- Conduct data-informed organizational consultations;
- Conduct EEO analyses for selection and promotion decisions; and
- Create 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
- Write detailed technical reports supporting the use and interpretation of pre-employment test scores
- Design assessments that create a positive candidate experience;
- Manage data sets and perform statistical analyses (e.g., correlation, regression, IRT, latent variable modeling, scaling, equating)
- Leverage relevant tools such as MS Excel, MS Word, MS PowerPoint, and statistical software (e.g., R)

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Applied Social Scientist - Mid/Expert Level

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