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Employment Type:
Full time
Posted:
8/24/2017
Job Category:
Science
Industry:
Government
Compensation:
$66,510 - $103,639
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Applied Social Scientist - Mid/Experienced Level (30000333)
National Security Agency | Fort Meade, Maryland
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Job Description

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.

About National Security Agency

The National Security Agency (NSA) is a world leader in Signals Intelligence. We carry out some of the nation’s most important and sensitive intelligence activities to secure information superiority for America and its allies. 

We have two primary missions. Our Information Assurance mission is the defense: it protects U.S. information by preventing foreign adversaries from gaining access to our information systems. Our Signals Intelligence mission is the offense: collecting foreign signals and producing intelligence to give U.S. policy makers and warfighters the decision advantage. NSA also enables network warfare operations to defeat terrorists and their organizations at home and abroad, consistent with U.S. laws and the protection of privacy and civil liberties.

At the nation’s top cryptologic organization, we employ the best and the brightest, who use their intelligence to solve some of the nation’s most difficult challenges. We are also the largest employer of mathematicians in the country, as well as one of the most important centers of foreign language analysis and research.