Human Resources Specialist (Human Resource Specialist)

Washington, D.C
Nov 23, 2022
Nov 29, 2022
Human Resources
Full Time

Provides technical guidance and assistance to Central Office line staff and management on a wide range of human resource matters.

Contributes to staffing functions, scheduling and conducting interviews and preparing requests for security clearances.

Assists in maintaining accurate staffing projections and position accountability for the Central Office.

Provides training to managers in preparing accurate position descriptions and ensures position descriptions are appropriately submitted for classification.

Provides assistance to staff on such issues as the incentive awards program, performance work plans, performance evaluations and the leave administration program.

Assists in administering the employee-management relations program to ensure stable and cooperative relations between management and line staff.

Responsible for maintaining familiarity with all necessary laws, rules, regulations, policies and procedures, case law and other third party decisions, ensuring their consideration and applicability to the work at hand.


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship is Required.
  • See Special Conditions of Employment Section.

The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the Department of Justice with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your Department of Justice component has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP eligibility, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and score 85 or better on established ranking criteria. You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application. Additional information about CTAP eligibility is at: Click Here


To be considered for the position, you must meet the following qualification requirements:


GS-11: A Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related.

GS-12: There is no substitution of education for specialized experience for this grade level.

NOTE: Graduate education must provide the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position.



GS-11 and GS-12: You must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade level in the normal line of progress for the occupation in the organization. To be creditable, this experience must have equipped the applicant with the particular qualifications to perform successfully the duties of the position, and must typically be in or related to the position to be filled.

Some examples of this qualifying experience are:

  • Experience participating in equal employment opportunity committee meetings and activities as a resource person or program manager.
  • Experience composing a variety of technical correspondence to include congressional inquiry responses, policy reviews, and a variety of correspondence to applicants and staff.
  • Experience in providing assistance to staff on issues such as incentive awards program, performance work plans, performance evaluations and the leave administration program.
  • Experience in performing the functions related to position classification, compensation, staffing, recruitment and placement, human resources development, employee relations, and benefits and labor management relations.

  • Experience serving as the technical expert for problems and questions covering a wide variety of staffing and employee relations issues.
  • Experience participating in operational reviews, reviewing work for policy compliance and recommending changes to work operations to correct deviations.
  • Experience in providing guidance to supervisors and managers in the proper resolution of performance and disciplinary issues and researching responses to grievances and/or unfair labor practices.

If applicable, credit will be given for paid and unpaid experience. To receive proper credit, you must show the actual time (such as the number of hours worked per week) spent in activities.

**Your eligibility for consideration will be based on your responses to the questions in the application.**


See Qualifications Section for education requirements, if applicable.

ONLY if education is a requirement/substitution for specialized experience, applicant MUST upload legible transcripts as verification of educational requirement. Transcripts MUST be uploaded and electronically linked from USAJOBS at the time you apply and MUST include identifying information to include School Name, Student Name, Degree and Date Awarded (if applicable). All academic degrees and coursework must be completed at a college or university that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, Click Here .

Foreign Education: For information regarding foreign education requirements, please see Foreign Diploma and Credit Recognition at the U.S. Department of Education website: Recognition of Foreign Qualifications .

If you are selected for this position and qualified based on education (i.e. basic education requirement and/or substitution of education), you will be required to provide an OFFICIAL transcript prior to your first day on duty.

Additional information

This position IS NOT included in the bargaining unit.

The representative rate for this position is $98,818 per annum ($47.35 per hour).

Special Conditions of Employment Section:

Appointment is subject to satisfactory completion of a urinalysis, physical, and background investigation. All applicants are subject to National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and credit checks.

The addresses listed on the USAJOBS account/resume must be the primary residence at the time of application. You may be required to provide proof of residence.

Additional selections may be made if vacancies occur within the life of the certificate.

Current Federal Law Enforcement Employees:

Individuals selected who are under the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) or Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) and who have not had three years "primary" law enforcement retirement coverage, will not be covered by law enforcement retirement while in this position. To regain coverage, individuals must return to a position with "primary" coverage.


As the federal agency whose mission is to ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans, the Department of Justice is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. To build and retain a workforce that reflects the diverse experiences and perspectives of the American people, we welcome applicants from the many communities, identities, races, ethnicities, backgrounds, abilities, religions, and cultures of the United States who share our commitment to public service.