Human Resources Specialist

  • Department of State
  • Washington, DC, USA
  • Jun 24, 2022

Job Description

Summary

This position is located in the Bureau of Global Talent Management, Employee Relations Office, Work/Life Division (GTM/ER/WLD). The Office of Employee Relations (GTM/ER) carries out legislatively mandated policies and programs that relate to core issues of employee conduct and suitability, employee communications, employee benefits and quality of work life features aimed at making the Department of State and other foreign affairs agencies world-class places in which to work.

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Overview
  • Open & closing dates

    06/23/2022 to 07/07/2022
  • Salary

    $126,233 - $164,102 per year
  • Pay scale & grade

    GS 14
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    Location

    1 vacancy in the following location:
    • Washington, DC 1 vacancy
  • Telework eligible

    Yes-as determined by the agency policy.
  • Travel Required

    Not required
  • Relocation expenses reimbursed

    No
  • Appointment type

    Permanent
  • Work schedule

    Full-time
  • Service

    Competitive
  • Promotion potential

    14
  • Job family (Series)

    0201 Human Resources Management
  • Supervisory status

    No
  • Security clearance

    Top Secret
  • Drug test

    Yes
  • Position sensitivity and risk

    High Risk (HR)
  • Trust determination process

    Suitability/Fitness

    National security
  • Announcement number

    HRSC/GTMEX-2022-0044
  • Control number

    661335900

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This job is open to
  • Individuals with disabilities
  • Federal employees - Competitive service

    Current or former competitive service federal employees.
  • Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)

    Federal employees who meet the definition of a "surplus" or "displaced" employee.
  • Land & base management

    Certain current or former term or temporary federal employees of a land or base management agency.
  • Military spouses
  • Family of overseas employees

    Family members of a federal employee or uniformed service member who is or was, working overseas.
  • Peace Corps & AmeriCorps Vista
  • Special authorities

    Individuals eligible under a special authority not listed above, but defined in the federal hiring regulations.
  • Veterans

Clarification from the agency

Status Candidates, Noncompetitive, Former Federal Employees with Reinstatement Eligibility, Land & base management, VEOA, Individuals with Disabilities, Military Spouses, Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, Vista, Eligible Family Member, Special authorities, ICTAP, and CTAP.

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Duties
  • Researches and writes regulations across the span of authority of the Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Personnel and the Director of the Office of Employee Relations. For particular benefit program areas.
  • Conducts in-depth analyses, and makes recommendations that factor in executive decision-makers, managers, specialists and stakeholders' interests and equities related to both mandated and discretionary benefits.
  • Evaluates new leave and/or travel directives and makes decisions on how to implement them for the Department.
  • Serves as the subject matter expert on leave and travel policy for the Department and is recognized in the interagency as an authoritative source.

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Requirements

Conditions of Employment
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.
  • Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit: www.dhs.gov/E-Verify/

Qualifications

Applicants must meet all the required qualification requirements described below by the closing date of this announcement.

NOTE: Applicants must meet time-in-grade and time after competitive appointment requirements, by the closing date of this announcement.

Time-In-Grade Requirements: Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade to satisfy time-in-grade restrictions, per 5CFR 300, Subpart F.

Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal service which provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position.

Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following:
  • Experience liaising with and providing authoritative expert advisory services to a broad range of officials and experts at all levels internal and external to the Department regarding the administration and management of leave and travel policy.
  • Experience utilizing a wide range of quantitative and qualitative methods to design and conduct comprehensive studies for assessing ER program effectiveness and developing modifications and improvements to programs, processes, and systems.
  • Experience performing comprehensive analyses and overseeing policy implementation to ensure that relevant provisions of law, regulation and policy are considered and applied in the implementation of benefits and in select employee relations areas, including leave and travel policy.
  • Experience serving as a technical authority in developing and applying new concepts, policies and perspectives.
There is no substitute of education for specialized experience for the GS-14 position.

Education

Education requirements do not apply to this vacancy announcement.

Additional information

  • For reasonable accommodation at the U.S. Department of State, please contact the Office of Accessibility and Accommodations at (202) 663-3474 or OAA@state.gov.
  • If eligible, telework and/or remote work agreements may be permitted with supervisory approval. Please note that any approved remote work arrangement is subject to the locality pay area of the alternative telework worksite.
  • Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement. If eligible, applicants to this announcement may be referred to other similar positions in other Bureaus/Offices in the Department for up to 240 days. Telework eligibility and security clearance requirements may vary for such similar positions.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Once the application process is complete, a review of your resume will be conducted and compared against your responses to the assessment questions to determine if you are qualified for this job. Note: Responses to questions that are not fully supported by the information in your resume may result in adjustments to your rating.

Applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements, as described in the "Qualifications" section of this announcement, will be assigned a score between 70 and 100. The assessment is used to measure the degree in which your background matches the competencies (knowledge, skills, and abilities) required for this position. Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies:
  • Knowledge of Voluntary Leave Programs.
  • Ability to analyze complex issues and identify appropriate solutions.
  • Knowledge of program management techniques.
  • Ability to communicate orally.
Applicants found to be among the top qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring official for further consideration and possible interview. Qualified non-competitive candidates must be deemed best qualified based on the applicant assessment in order to be referred to the hiring official for further consideration and possible interview.

Agency Career and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP and ICTAP) candidates must be rated "Well Qualified" for the position and earn a score of at least 85 (when applicants are rated in a range of 70 to 100) to receive consideration for selection priority.

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  • As a new or existing federal employee, you and your family may have access to a range of benefits. Your benefits depend on the type of position you have - whether you're a permanent, part-time, temporary or an intermittent employee. You may be eligible for the following benefits, however, check with your agency to make sure you're eligible under their policies.

    All required documents listed below, that are applicable to you, must be submitted to our automated system by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.
  • Resume showing relevant work/volunteer experience, education and training. Include the start and end dates (from month/year to month/year) and the number of hours per week worked/volunteered. Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must support your answers to the completed online assessment questions.
  • Performance appraisal, if applicable. Most recent (i.e., usually within the last 18 months) final (not a mid-year review) official (i.e., signed by the rating official and in original format) annual performance appraisal must be submitted by reinstatement eligible applicants applying to a position with a higher grade or more promotion potential than previously held and current or former Land Management employees.
All other current and former Federal employees are strongly encouraged to submit their performance appraisal for the hiring manager's consideration. If an appraisal is not available, you may provide a statement from you and/or your supervisor with an explanation along with your servicing HR Office contact information.

Note: You may be requested to provide an appraisal to the hiring official if one was not provided with your application. To receive a promotion, the current Federal employee's most recent performance rating must be "fully successful" or an equivalent level or higher. Employees who are tentatively selected to receive a promotion will be required to provide performance documentation within two business days of request. Servicing HR Offices may be contacted to verify performance ratings.
Most recent SF-50s (Notification of Personnel Actions), if you are a current or former Federal employee (including those applying under a non-competitive or special hiring authority). The SF-50s must show: effective date, position title, series, grade, salary, tenure, position occupied, full promotion potential, and name of agency. Multiple SF-50s may be needed to show all required information (e.g., promotion, within-grade increase, and separation SF-50s). Award SF-50s often do not show the required information. Veteran Documentation, if applicable.
  • Veterans who are preference eligible OR who have been separated from the Armed Forces under honorable conditions (honorable or general discharge) after 3 or more years of continuous active service may apply under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA). You must submit a DD-214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (Member Copy 4 preferred) showing the dates you served as well as your type of discharge and qualifying service campaign medals OR if you are still on active duty, you MUST submit a certification on letterhead from your military branch which contains your military service dates, expected date of discharge or release, and the character of service to show that your military service was performed under honorable conditions. The expected date of discharge or release must be no later than 120 days after the certification is submitted for consideration for this job announcement. Current Federal employees applying under the VEOA must submit a qualifying SF-50 to show time-in-grade requirements.
  • If you are applying as a preference eligible with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more, you must submit the documentation required by the SF-15 (Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference) to support your claim (e.g., DD-214, official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs). For applicants claiming 10-point derived veterans' preference (i.e., spouses, widows/widowers or mothers of veterans), a completed SF-15 must be submitted with the application with all required supporting documents listed on the form.
  • For more veterans' preference information, visit the USAJOBS Help Center.
Non-competitive or special hiring authority eligibility documentation, if applicable. Examples of such authorities include: Schedule A individuals with disabilities, returning Peace Corp or AmeriCorp VISTA volunteer, Fulbright/Gilman/CLS alumni, etc. ICTAP/CTAP documentation, if applicable. Visit our agency's ICTAP and CTAPsites for required documentation.
7. Current or Former Land Management Employee documentation, if applicable. Visit the Forest Service's site for required documentation.