Human Resources Specialist (Labor Relations)

Washington D.C.
Jul 03, 2017
Jul 18, 2017
Human Resources
Full Time

USDA provides leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, rural development, nutrition, and related issues based on sound public policy, the best available science, and efficient management. Our vision is to expand economic opportunity through innovation, helping rural America to thrive; to promote agriculture production sustainability that better nourishes Americans while also helping feed others throughout the world; and to preserve and conserve our Nation's natural resources through restored forests, improved watersheds, and healthy private working lands.

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The position is located within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Departmental Management (DM), Office of Human Resources Management (OHRM), Employee and Labor Relations Division (ELRD), Labor Relations Branch (LRB). USDA provides leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, and related issues based on sound public policy, the best available science, and efficient management. The primary purpose for the position is to serve as a senior labor relations specialist for USDA responsible for providing leadership and coordination in the formulation, administration and evaluation of Departmental and Mission Area labor relations and negotiations.

  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional Travel

  • No

  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • A 1-year probationary period is required.
  • Satisfactory background investigation and/or fingerprint check.
  • Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including the specialized experience as defined below. 

    Specialized experience:  Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the specialized experience requirements. Specialized experience is defined as experience that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled and has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.

    For the GS-14 level:  Qualifying experience for the GS-14 includes one year of specialized experience comparable to the GS-13 which is directly related to the work of this position and has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. For this position, specialized experience is  experience in providing advice and guidance to management officials and union representatives on  Labor Relations issues which includes planning, executing, and implementing labor management agreements, grievance processing, unfair labor practice charges and arbitrations.

    For more information on the qualifications for this position, click here: 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, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. 

    (Note: This experience must be demonstrated on your resume/supporting documents).

    There is no educational requirement for this position.

    Entrance on duty is contingent upon completion of a pre-employment security investigation. The position may require a Confidential, Secret, or Top Secret security clearance or be subject to a Public Trust background investigation at the time of appointment, and may be subject to reinvestigation every five years thereafter. A favorable adjudication of the clearance or background investigation at the time of appointment and on reinvestigations is a condition of employment.

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    The primary purpose of this position is to serve as a Human Resources Specialist (Labor Relations) with responsibility for performing the following duties:

    • Serve as a senior technical advisor to the planning, execution, implementation, and approval of labor management agreements and partnerships USDA-wide and assist with Departmental negotiations.
    • Advise top level management and executives of OHRM, USDA, and all Mission Areas and the Unions on the overall goals, policies and objectives of collective bargaining initiatives across USDA.
    • Lead or serve as a key participant in meetings, workshops, conferences, or teams representing the Chief, LRB, or the Director, ELRD, concerning negotiation and collaboration efforts between management and the Unions and other labor organizations.
    • Develop departmental position documents and materials and prepare departmental directives, issuances, memoranda, and other written guidance and recommendations with respect to the labor agreements and partnerships.
    • Serve as a senior technical advisor for interpreting provisions of the labor agreements and partnerships, highlighting substantive issues and the original intent or applicability to specific situations.
    • Interact with representatives of the Unions and employee associations and other labor organizations, regarding issues that have been either unresolved in the Mission Areas or that have implications Department-wide.

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