- Duties Summary
JOB DESCRIPTION: Clinical Psychologists provide behavioral science expertise and guidance to detect, deter, and mitigate personnel behaviors that may harm or undermine NGA's assets, critical infrastructure, sensitive information and mission accomplishment. They serve as consultants to the Agency by supporting counterintelligence, personnel security and insider threat programs. They conduct psychological assessment
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The NGA Security and Installations Directorate, Insider Threat Office, Behavioral Science Division has an opening for a Lead National Security Psychologist who has the proven ability to operate both independently and collaboratively in support of four primary national security psychology functions: psychological consultation, research and development, training, and interagency liaison activities. The Behavioral Science Division is a component of the multi-disciplinary NGA Insider Threat Office, which deters, detects, and mitigates potential threats to NGA. The incumbent works with the Division Chief and Operations Officer to ensure that the Division anticipates agency needs, is responsive to agency requirements, and provides excellent services that are in accordance with the laws, policies, and authorities that govern Division activities. The incumbent collaborates with internal and external stakeholders to execute Division responsibilities and resolve problems in a manner consistent with the highest standards of professional practice. The incumbent provides government oversight to all contracted psychological services and participates in Division functions in support of the Insider Threat Office mission to detect, deter and mitigate potential threats to NGA personnel, facilities, systems and data. The incumbent works with the Division Chief to set priorities, leads and executes Division tasks according to those priorities, and serves as Acting Division Chief when required.Travel Required
25% or less - Travel Required 25% or LessSupervisory status
- Job family (Series)
- Requirements Conditions of Employment
- US Citizenship is required.
- Designated or Random Drug Testing required.
- Security Investigation
As a condition of employment at NGA, persons being considered for employment must meet NGA fitness for employment standards.
- U.S. Citizenship Required
- Security Clearance (Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information)
- Polygraph Test Required
- Position Subject to Drug Testing
- Two Year Probationary Period
- Direct Deposit Required
You must be able to obtain and retain a Top Secret security clearance with access to Sensitive Compartmented Information. In addition, you are subject to a Counterintelligence Polygraph examination in order to maintain access to Top Secret information. All employees are subject to a periodic examination on a random basis in order to determine continued eligibility. Refusal to take the examination may result in denial of access to Top Secret information, SAP, and/or unescorted access to SCIFs.
Employees with SCI access and who are under NGA cognizance are required to submit a Security Financial Disclosure Report, SF-714, on an annual basis in order to determine continued eligibility. Failure to comply may negatively impact continued access to Top Secret information, Information Systems, SAP, and/or unescorted access to SCIFs.
NGA utilizes all processes and procedures of the Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS). Non-executive NGA employees are assigned to five distinct pay bands based on the type and scope of work performed. The employee's base salary is established within their assigned pay band based on their unique qualifications. A performance pay process is conducted each year to determine a potential base pay salary increase and/or bonus. An employee's annual performance evaluation is a key factor in the performance pay process. Employees on term or temporary appointments are not eligible to apply for internal assignment opportunity notices.
This position is a DCIPS position in the Excepted Service under 10 U.S.C. 1601. DoD Components with DCIPS positions apply Veterans' Preference to preference 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 an external applicant claiming veterans' preference, as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C., you must self-identify your eligibility in our ERecruit application.Qualifications
MANDATORY QUALIFICATION CRITERIA: For this particular job, applicants must meet all competencies reflected under the Mandatory Qualification Criteria to include education (if required). Online resumes must demonstrate qualification by providing specific examples and associated results, in response to the announcement's mandatory criteria specified in this vacancy announcement: 1. Experience in one or more of the following positions: Operational Psychologist, National Security Psychologist, Forensic Psychologist.2. Demonstrated experience providing training to diverse audiences.3. Experience collaborating with other agencies, academic institutions or private-sector entities for the exchange of best practices or scientific advancement.4. Demonstrated experience communicating/briefing to senior executives and leaders at the strategic level.EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: EDUCATION: Must have a doctorate degree in clinical or counseling psychology from a graduate program by the American Psychological Association (APA). LICENSES/CERTIFICATIONS: Must hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to practice psychology at the doctoral level in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States (e.g., Puerto Rico), or the District of Columbia.
DESIRABLE QUALIFICATION CRITERIA: In addition to the mandatory qualifications, experience in the following is desired:
1. Experience using statistical software (e.g., SPSS) to measure the relationship between various types of data and behavioral outcomes.2. Experience conducting threat assessments and providing consultation to leaders and decision-makers that includes actionable recommendations.3. Experience leading professional staff and making critical decisions that impact mission, readiness and the safety and security of the workforce.4. Experience providing psychological consultation to security and/or intelligence activities.5. National Board Certification (e.g., ABPP) in Clinical Psychology, Police and Public Safety Psychology, Consulting Psychology, or other related sub-specialty.EducationAdditional informationHow You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Applicants are not required to submit a cover letter. The entire cover letter cannot exceed the specified limits provided in the Cover Letter field (3,000 characters). Pages exceeding this limit will not be considered. THE COVER LETTER IS RECOMMENDED BUT IS NOT REQUIRED FOR EMPLOYMENT CONSIDERATION WITH THE NATIONAL GEOSPATIAL-INTELLIGENCE AGENCY.
APPLICANT EVALUATION PROCESS: Applicants will be evaluated for this job opportunity in three stages: 1) All applicants will be evaluated using the Mandatory Qualification Criteria, 2) Qualified applicants will then be evaluated by an expert or panel of experts using a combination of qualification criteria to determine the best-qualified candidates, 3) Best-qualified applicants may then be further evaluated through an interview process. Military retiree applicants, if selected, may be impacted by the 180-day appointment restrictions of DODI 1402.01. HD personnel will provide additional information if applicable.Applicants are encouraged to carefully review the Assignment Description, Additional Information Provided By the Selecting Official, and the Qualification Requirements; and then construct their resumes to highlight their most relevant and significant experience and education for this job opportunity. This description should include examples that detail the level and complexity of the performed work. Applicants are encouraged to provide any education information referenced in the announcement. If education is listed as a mandatory requirement, only degrees obtained from an institution accredited by an accrediting organization recognized by the Secretary, US Department of Education will be accepted. As a condition of employment at NGA, persons being considered for employment must meet NGA fitness for employment standards.In accordance with section 9902(h) of title 5, United States Code, annuitants reemployed in the Department of Defense shall receive full annuity and salary upon appointment. They shall not be eligible for retirement contributions, participation in the Thrift Savings Plan, or a supplemental or redetermined annuity for the reemployment period. Discontinued service retirement annuitants (i.e., retired under section 8336(d)(1) or 8414(b)(1)(A) of title 5, United States Code) appointed to the Department of Defense may elect to be subject to retirement provisions of the new appointment as appropriate. (See DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 300, at http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives.)All candidates will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, disability, or sexual orientation.NGA provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applications will only be accepted online. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us at firstname.lastname@example.org. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.Background checks and security clearanceSecurity clearanceDrug test required
- Required Documents
NoneIf you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from .
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
- How to Apply
Application submission involves applying using NGA's on-line application process. Application Instructions can be found by visiting: http://www.intelligencecareers.gov/NGA
All announcements close at 11:59PM EDT on the closing date listed. Be sure to complete and submit your application by that time in order to be considered.
ONLY ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.Agency contact information RecruitmentNext stepsPhoneAddress
7500 GEOINT Drive
Springfield, VA 22150
After visiting https://www.nga.mil/Careers and applying via NGA's on-line application process, applicants can follow their status via that same NGA on-line application functionality. Several other topics relating to what is involved in the hiring process and how long it takes can be found by visiting http://www.intelligencecareers.gov/NGA and choosing Frequently Asked Questions.
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The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
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