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Human Resources Specialist

Wallops Island, Virginia
Closing date
Sep 27, 2023

  • Utilize a wide range of HR practices, laws, regulations, policies, and precedents sufficient to provide expert federal civilian HR management advisory and technical services on complex and wide-impacting customer functions and work practices.
  • Serve as a senior HR Specialist, applying the full range of civilian HR methods, principles and practices to advise on and/or resolve the full range of operational problems in the areas of recruitment and placement and classification.
  • Analyze and classify individual positions descriptions.
  • Advise managers and supervisors on staffing requirements, resources, and problems in assigned offices involving a high degree of complexity.
  • Advise management on recruitment strategies, sources, special programs, recruitment, relocation, and retention incentive programs.
  • Manage and maintain full visibility over all Request for Personnel Actions (RPAs) from cradle to grave.
  • Mentor and conduct informal on-the-job training for lower graded human resource personnel.


Conditions of Employment

Selectee may be subject to a probationary/trial period.
ESEP appointees typically serve a two-year trial period.
U.S. Citizenship is required.
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

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Background Investigation: If you are selected for this vacancy, you must undergo a pre-employment fingerprint check and background investigation. Fingerprint results and background investigation documentation must be cleared prior to hire. After you begin your employment, your continued employment is contingent upon the outcome of a complete background investigation as determined by the sensitivity level of your position. The investigation must find that you are suitable for Federal employment in your position. If you are found not suitable, you will be terminated after you begin work. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or subject to possible criminal charges. You may be subject to a credit check as a part of the background investigation process.

This is a Term position NTE 2 years; the individual selected for this position may be extended or converted without further competition. Current Federal civilian employees may apply for this position using "Reinstatement" eligibility and if selected, a break in service of more than three (3) calendar days may be required prior to appointment to the position.


To qualify for this position, your resume must state sufficient experience and/or education, to perform the duties of the specific position for which you are applying.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer and part time experience. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

Your resume must demonstrate at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-11) in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector performing the following type of work and/or tasks: SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: One year of specialized experience which includes: 1) Interpreting and applying federal civilian human resources classification, recruitment and placement regulations, laws, policies and practices in regards to Federal Civilian pay plans such as General Schedule and Federal Wage System, et. 2) Advising on procedural and regulatory requirements governing the merit promotion process and the use of internal/external recruitment strategies to aid in strategic recruitment planning for Federal Civilian positions; 3) Creating federal civilian job announcements, determining applicant eligibility and qualifications, and issuing referral lists utilizing an automated tool such as USA Staffing; 4) Setting pay on a variety of personnel actions in the Federal Civilian service; 5) Providing position classification advisory services and classifying Federal Civilian positions; 6) utilizing civilian human resource automation/software such as EHCM to process personnel actions; and 7) Providing technical advice and quality control review to lower graded human resource specialist.

Time In Grade
Federal employees in the competitive service are also subject to the Time-In-Grade Requirements: Merit Promotion (status) candidates must have completed one year of service at the next lower grade level. Time-In-Grade provisions do not apply under the Excepted Service Examining Plan (ESEP).

You must meet all qualification requirements by 11:59pm (Est) of the closing date: April 10, 2023.


There are no education requirements.

Additional information

To ensure compliance with an applicable preliminary nationwide injunction, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the Federal Government will take no action to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees. Federal agencies may request information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine.

Additional selection(s) of candidates may be possible within 90 days from the date the certificate of eligibles was issued for this announcement.

Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. IHS may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their directly related previous non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

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