Supervisory Human Resources Specialist

Washington, D.C
May 17, 2022
May 23, 2022
Human Resources
Full Time

As a Supervisory Human Resources Specialist you will:

1. Provide authoritative policy and technical advice, consultation and assistance to all Office of Human Capital Management (OHCM) employees and management on areas of responsibility.

2. Supervise assigned staff, administering leave policies, counseling employees and determining training and developmental goals and requirements. Establish priorities, assign work and evaluate collective and individual performance. Perform on the-job training to ensure compliance with processes, procedures, laws, rules and regulations.

3. Maintain awareness of laws, rules, and regulations governing areas of responsibility. Review best practices and information from other agencies. Identify the need for new or revised policy and procedures to enhance service delivery and compliance with law and regulation. Perform primary research using the U. S. Code, the Code of Federal Regulations and other regulatory and policy guidance. Draft proposed new or revised policies. Assure accuracy, adequacy and consistency with existing policy and thorough coordination with OHCM and other cognizant Pretrial Services Agency (PSA) staff.

4. Serve as the primary advisory consultant in areas of responsibility. Represent OHCM and PSA in internal and external forums, articulating policy and explaining procedures, requirements and processes. Participate in planning sessions with OHCM and other PSA staff. Perform special projects in areas such as process or delivery improvement, implementation of new programs or changes based on law or regulation or similar areas.

5. Has full responsibility for quality assurance in assigned areas, ensuring compliance with relevant law, regulation and Office of Personnel Management guidance and evaluating effectiveness in meeting PSA goals and requirements. Assure that documentation and records comply with federal and PSA standards. Coordinate responses to internal and external audits, assembling information and answering questions.

6. Work with the Deputy Assistant Director and Unit Chief of OHCM to identify goals and objectives for the entire Office and individual team. Ensure responsiveness to the overall mission needs of the Agency. Monitor progress towards goals, working to motivate staff and facilitate completion of tasks in the most effective and efficient manner possible. Identify and develop methods of addressing barriers and maximizes team strengths.

7. Collaborate and support cross-functional initiatives and internal/external customers at all levels.


Conditions of Employment

On September 9, 2021, President Biden signed Executive Order 14043, Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees , which requires all federal executive branch employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no later than November 22, 2021, unless they have a legally valid exception. On January 21, 2022, a federal district court judge issued a preliminary nationwide injunction prohibiting implementation and enforcement of this Executive Order. On April 7, 2022, the federal court of appeals dismissed the lawsuit challenging the mandate, reinstating the original Executive Order. PSA will continue to adhere to guidance from OMB and OPM regarding enforcement of the COVID-19 vaccination requirement pursuant to the Executive Order.

Conditions of Employment

1. Must be a U.S. Citizen
2. Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
3. Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
4. May be required to successfully complete a probationary period, if not already completed
5. All applicants are subject to a comprehensive criminal background investigation, and required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment
6. All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choice
7. Status applicants for promotion must have 52 weeks of service at the next lower grade
8. Time-in-grade requirements must be met by the close of this announcement

Telework: PSA supports the use of telework to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework based on supervisory approval and in accordance with the Agency's telework policy.

Virtual Position: This position is NOT eligible for remote work.


To qualify for this position, you must meet the specialized experience requirement below.

To qualify at the GS-14 level, you must have 1 year (52 weeks) of specialized experience related to the duties of the position comparable in difficulty and responsibility to the GS-13 grade level.

Specialized experience is defined as serving as a technical expert to an Agency in labor and employee relations on matters to include but not limited to collective bargaining and negotiations with the Union; making recommendations to senior agency officials on sensitive and complex personnel issues.

NOTE: Your resume must clearly show the specialized experience related to this position. Failure to demonstrate how you possess the experience requirements will result in an "Ineligible" rating.


There is no education substitution at this grade level.

Additional information

1. If you are an eligible Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) applicant, you may apply for special selection over other applicants for this position. Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the ICTAP must be well-qualified for the position. To be well qualified, applicants must satisfy all qualification requirements for the position and meet the well-qualified level (mid-level) of the crediting plan for all factors. ICTAP eligibles must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a separation notice, SF-50, Notice of Personnel Action, documenting separation, an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated, an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated, OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. Section 833(h) or Section 8456.

2. If you are a current career or career-conditional Federal employee or former Federal employee who has reinstatement eligibility, you must submit a copy of your latest SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action" and/or a copy of the SF-50 that reflects career or career-conditional tenure, or you will not be considered under the merit promotion process. Also, you should submit your most recent performance appraisal.

3. Veterans' Employment Opportunities Act of 1998: Veterans who are preference eligible or who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of continuous active duty service may apply. If you are applying under this provision, please submit a copy of your DD-214 (unedited long version).

4. If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.

5. You can apply for a non-competitive appointment if you meet the basic eligibility requirements and you are eligible for special appointment such as those authorized for the severely disabled; certain Vietnam era and disabled veterans; returned volunteers from the Peace Corps or AmeriCorps Vista , etc. Please indicate the type of special appointment you are seeking, if any, on your application and follow all other instructions for applying shown in this announcement.

6. Reasonable Accommodation, this agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of this application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation is made on a case-by-case basis.

7. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review in our office, in other Federal agency personnel offices, and on OPM's web site at .

8. Equal Opportunity Employer: The Pretrial Services Agency is an equal opportunity employer. Selection for this position will be based solely on merit without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, national origin, political affiliation, disability, sexual orientation, marital or family status or other non-merit based factors.