Website National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)
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 taskforces.
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 professional practice. 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 this questionnaire. 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 Psychologist. 2. Demonstrated effectiveness 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 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 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.
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 family. For more information on the array of benefits programs, please visit
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 Details field.
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 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. 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 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 …@nga.mil. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.
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 Information) – 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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