James Sharf

James Sharf

CEO, Sharf & Associates

As EEOC's Chief Psychologist in the mid-1970s, Jim drafted the Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection Procedures He subsequently returned to government to serve as Special Assistant to EEOC's Chairman for whom he drafted the "race norming" prohibition in the Civil Rights Act of 1991.

Jim has successfully defended the validity generalization (VG) of measures of cognitive ability (Taylor v. James River Corp., 1989 WL 165953 (S.D. Ala. 1989; McCoy v. Willamette Industries, Inc. U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia, Savannah Dicision, Civil Action No. CV401-075 (2001)) - his VG reasoning having been affirmed by the Fifth Circuit (Bernard v. Gulf Oil Corp., 890 F.2d. 735, 744 (5th Cir. 1989). Jim has also successfully defended validity generalization challenged by OFCCP (TIMKEN) and EEOC (SMECO). 

For four years, Jim was industrial psychology's expert writing the licensing exam required of all psychologists in the U.S. and Canada. Jim was awarded the M. Scott Myers Award for Applied Research in the Workplace by the Society for Industrial/ Organizational Psychology for developing the valid, legally defensible employment tests used by TSA to hire fifty-thousand airport security screeners. 

With Metrics Reporting, Inc., Jim and the Competency Validation Center team are now partnering with the Hope Street Group nonprofit network both to document and to assess legally defensible, job-related competencies in the healthcare and manufacturing sectors. GOALS: Employers will be able to communicate Talent Supply Chain competencies; Individuals will accumulate stackable credentials documenting their competencies; and Talent Suppliers will align competency-based education with employer requirements.


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