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Human Resources Specialist (Recruitment/Placement)

Naval Base, Virginia
Closing date
Oct 5, 2023

  • You will develop and update MSC civilian HR policies, procedures, and processes, for both Ashore and Afloat, based on command and customer priorities in the HR technical area of Recruitment and Placement.
  • You will plan and carry out projects and studies to identify and resolve problems pertaining to the assigned HR functional area, as well as other special programs.
  • You will continuously monitor, and review assigned command-wide HR management program areas.
  • You will develop guidance, procedures, and standards for new and/or changing program areas.
  • You will assure that all policy, regulatory and program issuances are properly integrated with other staff actions and are thereby fully supportive of the MSC's mission requirements, EEO objectives and the federal merit system.
  • You will recognize problem areas and originate solutions to complex and unusual issues.
  • You will research HR laws, policies, regulations and reference material, analyzes information, selects appropriate approach and recommends corrective action.
  • You will provide staff level technical advice and assistance to all levels of management officials within the command on complex human resources management issues or problems impacting the ashore and afloat civilian workforce.
  • You will study the operations of assigned programs and issues and identify weaknesses or gaps in needed policy guidance.
  • You will participate in focus groups, or action teams to explore policy issues.
  • You will develop advisory memoranda, regulations, and legislative proposals for Navy-wide application and dissemination.
  • You will prepare and present reports and briefings on program status and/or recommend action to key staff elements.
  • You will translate findings into specific corrective action including new or revised program requirements or guidance, training, or other appropriate measures.


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a US Citizen.
  • Must be determined suitable for federal employment.
  • Must participate in the direct deposit pay program.
  • New employees to the Department of the Navy will be required to successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit
  • Generally, current federal employees applying for GS jobs must serve at least one year at the next lower grade level. This requirement is called time-in-grade. Time-in-grade requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
  • Within the Department of Defense (DoD), the appointment of retired military members within 180 days immediately following retirement date to a civilian position is subject to the provisions of 5 United States Code 3326.
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • You will be required to obtain and maintain an interim and/or final security clearance prior to entrance on duty. Failure to obtain and maintain the required level of clearance may result in the withdrawal of a job offer or removal. .
  • This position may require travel from normal duty station to CONUS and OCONUS and may include remote or isolated sites. You must be able to travel on military and commercial aircraft for extended periods of time


Your resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-12 grade level or pay band in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector. Specialized experience must demonstrate the following:
  • Experience applying, a wide range of advanced HR concepts and practices, as well as seasoned consultative skills sufficient to participate as a senior subject matter expert/consultant for MSC in designing and planning Recruitment and Placement management projects which will have an impact on the workforce.
  • Experience applying human resources management principles, concepts, regulations, and practices, analytical methods and techniques to resolve HRM problems not susceptible to treatment by standard methods.
  • Experience interpreting personnel statutes, OPM policies, SECNAV Instructions, OPNAV Instructions, DON Personnel Instructions, U.S. Coast Guard regulations governing the U.S. Merchant Marine, and Civilian Marine Personnel Instructions (CMPIs) sufficient to research civilian personnel laws, rules, regulations, and policies in order to provide guidance on a wide variety of ashore and afloat personnel issues.
  • Experience designing and conducting comprehensive HR studies characterized by boundaries thatare extremely broad and difficult to determine in advance and to identify/propose solutionsto HRM problems and issues that are characterized by their breadth, importance, and severity and for which previous studies and established techniques are frequently inadequate.
  • Experience planning, organizing, and/or directing team efforts to persuade management to accept and implement recommendations, where the proposals may involve substantial resources or require extensive changes in established procedures and methods.
  • Knowledge of all of the available HR automated systems needed to complete the work of the position, such as CyberFeds, Microsoft Office Suite, DCPDS, etc. Familiarity with the Human Resources Management System (HRMS) applicable to the Civil Service Mariners.

Additional qualification information can be found from the following Office of Personnel Management web site:

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., professional, philanthropic, religious, spiritual, community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment.

Additional information

This position is covered by the Department of Defense Priority Placement Program.

Additional vacancies may be filled by this announcement.

A tentative offer of employment will be rescinded if the selectee fails to meet the pre-employment requirements, including failure to report to any of the scheduled appointments.

If you are unable to apply online and request information about the Alternate Application process, please contact the Department of Navy's Employment Information Center.

Federal annuitant information: The selection of an annuitant is subject to the Department of Defense and Department of the Navy policy on the employment of annuitants. Policy information may be found at:

ICTAP Applicants: To be considered well-qualified and exercise selection priority as an ICTAP candidate, displaced Federal employees must satisfy all qualification requirements for the position and receive a rating in the highly qualified category (score 85) or higher. ICTAP candidates must provide copies of all of the following documentation at the time of application: 1) agency notice; 2) most recent performance appraisal; and 3) most recent SF-50 or notification of personnel action that includes position, grade level, and duty location. Applicants who do not provide this documentation will not receive consideration as an ICTAP candidate. For more information about ICTAP eligibility please review the following link:

Military Spouse Preference applicants will receive priority consideration at the Full Performance Level (FPL) and if determined to be Best Qualified at the FPL, and selected, must be placed at the FPL. A BQ military spouse possesses knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies comparable to others who meet the competitive referral criteria for the specific position.

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