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Social Science Analyst (ORA)


As a Social Science Analyst in the Division of Human Resource Development (DHRD), Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA), you will be expected to apply your knowledge and skills in the “I” side of Industrial and Organizational Psychology when completing tasks including performing job task analyses; developing, validating, and implementing content-valid tests;  and conducting curriculum and program evaluations.  The DHRD Social Science Analyst must have excellent written and verbal communication skills and be able to facilitate focus groups and meetings, prepare and present the results of studies to diverse audiences inside and outside of FDA, and actively participate in the development of organization-wide policies and procedures.
This position is located in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA), Division of Human Resource Development, located in Rockville, MD.
Description of Duties:
  • Design and conduct the appropriate analyses to identify the KSAOs for specified positions leading to the development of training, tests, and credentialing programs.
  • Design and administer surveys to support the development and implementation of training, testing, and organizational development programs.
  • Conduct qualitative and quantitative analyses of survey results and other data sources.
  • Apply best practices in development, validation, and administration of content-valid tests administered by the Certification Branch of the Division of Human Resource Development.
  • Consult to stakeholders groups both inside and outside of the organization as needed on topics such as training design, test design, and organizational development.
  • Actively participate in other related professional duties.
Basic Requirements (Transcripts Required):
Degree: Behavioral or Social Science with at least one course in both research methods and statistics.
Combination of education and experience that provide the applicant with knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.
Four years of appropriate experience that demonstrated that the applicant has acquired knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.
In addition to meeting the basic requirements above, candidates must possess one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade:
GS-13: Applicant must have at least one year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service that included conducting professional studies to prepare long and short-range organizational development planning guidance; conduct job task analyses to identify critical job content for training and testing; conducting testing and assessment activities (i.e. test development, pilot-testing, test and item analysis, test revision and maintaining exam security); assisting in the development of an organization's change management policies; and influencing managers to adopt new approaches to organizational operations. 
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: http://www.ed.gov.
Grade (Salary) Levels:
Federal General Schedule (GS) grade levels at which social science analyst positions are commonly filled are:
  • GS-13