Help Apply Psychological Science to Improve Federal Programs with the U.S. Office of Evaluation Sciences

The federal government’s premier organization applying behavioral science to improve federal programs is hiring. The Office of Evaluation Services (OES), a team of social and behavioral researchers applying their knowledge and skills in partnership with federal agencies on a number of evidence-based interventions, is looking to hire the next cohort of researchers, including psychological scientists. OES seeks new team members for a one-year fellowship in Washington, D.C., beginning in October 2017.

OES is a diverse team of applied researchers committed to improving the way government serves the public. As APS reported in an October 2015 article in the Observer, OES’s work seeks to test and strengthen the effectiveness of federal programs targeting a variety of social issues affecting all Americans, from those enrolling in college to those preparing for retirement.

Since 2015, OES has partnered with numerous federal agencies in 40 different collaborations. For example, the group recently collaborated with the Department of Education to successfully increase Public Service Loan Forgiveness form submissions, and with the Department of Housing and Urban Development, OES tested and expanded mail interventions to increase the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) completion rates for youth living in subsidized housing.

Just in the last year, OES conducted projects targeting improvements in subsidized school lunch, military retirement savings, and health and life insurance programs. For more information about OES’ portfolio to date, go to https://oes.gsa.gov/work/.

In addition, check out APS’s most recent coverage of OES in a November 2016 article in the Observer as well as APS member and former OES Director David Yokum’s article on the group’s important work. Yokum also spoke at the 2016 APS Convention in Chicago about opportunities for psychological scientists at the federal and local levels.

Apply Now

To learn more about the responsibilities and qualifications of Fellow and Associate Fellows at OES, and details on how to apply for this unique opportunity, please visit https://oes.gsa.gov/apply. Fellows should have knowledge and applied experience in at least one field within the social and behavioral sciences, including psychology. The opportunity is also posted on the APS job network, here.

The deadline to submit an application is 11:59pm EST Sunday, January 15, 2017.

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