National Security Psychologist
Company: National Geospatial Intelligence Agency
Location: La Plata
Posted on: April 9, 2021
ASSIGNMENT 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 assessments in order to
vet applicants and employees to possess security clearances and
encumber special assignments. They perform risk/threat assessments,
and confer regarding employees demonstrating concerning behaviors.
They provide trainings, briefings and workshops, conduct research
and surveys, and engage in internal and external working groups and
Additional Job Information
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The Counter Insider Threat Office (SII) has
an opening for a National Security Psychologist who has the proven
ability to operate both independently and collaboratively in
support of psychological consultation, research and development,
training, and interagency liaison activities. The incumbent works
with the Behavioral Science Division (SIIB) Chief and Lead National
Security Psychologists to ensure that SIIB anticipates Agency
needs, is responsive to Agency requirements, and provides excellent
services that are in accordance with the laws, policies, and
authorities that govern SIIB activities. The incumbent provides
direct psychological consultation, training, research and
development and liaison services to internal and external mission
partners. The incumbent works with the SIIB Division Chief and Lead
National Security Psychologists to execute tasks according SIIB
priorities, and represents SIIB at internal and external functions
when required. The incumbent collaborates with internal and
external stakeholders to execute division responsibilities and
resolve problems in a manner that reflects the highest standards of
Additional Application Requirement: You may be asked to complete
one or more assessments in addition to the application you submit
on this website as part of your application to NGA. These
assessments may include but are not limited to:
1) Online questionnaires or assessments that require you to
describe your job-related knowledge, skills, abilities, or other
characteristics that are aligned with the mandatory and desirable
qualifications of this job posting. The information you provide in
the application you submit must support the response you provide to
You will receive an email to describe any additional assessments
required. Please monitor your emails and complete any required
assessments as soon as possible.
MANDATORY QUALIFICATION CRITERIA: For this particular job,
applicants must meet all competencies reflected under the Mandatory
Qualification Criteria to include education (if required). Online
applications 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, Investigative Psychologist, or Military
2. Demonstrated effectiveness providing training to diverse
3. Experience collaborating with other agencies, academic
institutions, or private-sector entities for the exchange of best
practices or scientific advancement.
4. Demonstrated effectiveness communicating/briefing to senior
executives and leaders at the strategic level.
EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: A. Education: Doctorate degree (Ph.D. or
Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology or Counseling Psychology from a
graduate program accredited by the American Psychological
Association (APA). -AND- 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.
Highly Desired Qualifications
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
2. Experience conducting threat assessments and providing
consultation to leaders and decision-makers that includes
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.
Additional Job Requirements
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.
Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule
PROMOTION OPPORTUNITY: Promotion opportunities allow applicants at
all band levels to be considered. Qualifications for NGA positions
do not include specific time-in-band requirements. NGA will
emphasize quality of experience, rather than duration, and assess
how the quality of the experience demonstrates possession of the
knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies necessary for
successful job performance in the NGA occupational structure.
Band 04 $93,494 - $159,286
PERMANENT CHANGE IN STATION: PCS expenses are not authorized.
Pay is only part of the compensation you will earn working for the
Federal Government. We offer a broad array of benefits programs and
family friendly flexibilities to meet the needs of you and your
For more information on the array of benefits programs, please
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. Applicants should place their
narrative information in the Cover Letter / Other Professional
Who may apply
External Applicants Only
How to apply
Application submission involves applying using the Intelligence
Community's Applicant Gateway on-line application process.
ONLY ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.
How will I be evaluated?
APPLICANT EVALUATION PROCESS: Applicants will be evaluated for this
job opportunity in three stages:
1) All applicants will be evaluated using the Mandatory
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.
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
All candidates will be considered without regard to race, color,
religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, disability, or
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 email@example.com. The
decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a
Conditions of Employment
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
* Polygraph Test Required
* Position Subject to Drug Testing
* Two Year Probationary Period
* Direct Deposit Required
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 your application.
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