Washington D.C.
Aug 15, 2017
Aug 22, 2017
Human Resources
Full Time

The mission of the United States Air Force is to fly, fight and air, space and cyberspace.

To achieve that mission, the Air Force has a vision of Global Vigilance, Reach and Power. That vision orbits around three core competencies: Developing Airmen, Technology-to-Warfighting and Integrating Operations. Core competencies and distinctive capabilities are based on a shared commitment to three core values -- integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do.

Appointments under the Recent Graduates Program may be for 1 or 2 years depending on the position. After completing the 1 or 2 year period as a Recent Graduate, you may be non-competitively converted into a term or permanent position and placed on a "career or career-conditional" appointment. However, service in a Pathways Recent Graduate Program confers no right to further employment in the competitive service.

Any individual who completed all requirements for an associate, bachelor, master, professional, or doctorate degree from a qualifying educational institution within the previous two years meets the basic requirement to apply for the Recent Graduate Program;
Any veteran released or discharged from active duty within the previous two years, but due to a military service obligation, was precluded from applying for a recent graduate position during any portion of the two-year eligibility period following completion of applicable degree, and not more than six years have transpired since completing the requirements for the degree


  • Participant Agreement
  • Orientation program
  • Mentorship throughout the Program
  • Individual Training & Development Plan to assist with career planning, professional development, and training activities
  • At least 40 hours of formal, interactive training each year of the Program
  • Opportunity for career advancement
  • Recent Graduates who are selected for conversion must have completed all requirements of the program successfully
  • Demonstrated successful job performance consistent with the applicable performance appraisal program
  • Met the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) qualification standard for the position to which the Recent Graduate will be converted
NOTE: It is important to remember that eligibility for conversion does not guarantee that the Department of the Air Force will offer conversion.

  • Occasional Travel
  • You may be expected to travel for this position.

  • No

  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Must be registered for Selective Service, see Legal and Regulatory Guidance
  • Must sign a mobility agreement
  • Must sign a participant agreement
  • PCS expenses will not be paid
  • Recruitment incentives may be authorized
  • Student Loan Repayment Program may be offered for eligible candidates
  • GS-07: One year of specialized experience which includes practical knowledge of the fundamental principles, practices, and techniques of employee relations; standardized research techniques; and analytical and problem-solving methods required to advise on an resolve moderately complex, non-controversial, well-precedent factual, procedural, and/or recurring issues; make informed judgments on problems and issues; and perform advisory services for problems of limited scope. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the GS-05 grade/level position or equivalent in the federal service. NOTE: You must submit a copy of official transcripts.
    Education: One full year of graduate level education in a field which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position. NOTE: You must submit a copy of official transcripts.
    Bachelor's degree with Superior Academic Achievement. In order to be creditable under this provision, education must have been gained in a curriculum that is qualifying for the position to be filled. NOTE: You must submit a copy of official transcripts.
    Combination of Education and Experience: A combination of education and experience may be used to qualify for this position as long as the computed percentage of the requirements is at least 100%. NOTE: You must submit a copy of official transcripts.

    Qualified candidates will be considered in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management Pathways Guidelines . You can also visit: for additional qualification standards.

    PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

    VOLUNTEER WORK EXPERIENCE: Refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (i.e., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student and social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills that can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    This position has an education requirement. You MUST provide transcripts to support your educational claims. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    One full academic year of graduate education is the number of credit hours determined by the college, university or school to represent 1 year of full-time study. The high school curriculum must be approved by a State or local governing body. All education beyond high school must be accredited by an accrediting body or organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.


    • Must meet suitability for Federal employment
    • Must sign a Participant Agreement
    • Must sign a Mobility Agreement
    • You will be in a trial period throughout your entire Pathways appointment
    • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship
    • Work may occasionally require travel away from the normal duty station

    Q - Nonsensitive


    • The primary purpose of this position is to provide a variety of technical and administrative work in support of the Human Resources (HR) Workforce Effectiveness Section to include: Serving as a Human Resources Specialist (Employment Relations) by providing routine technical and advisory services to employees and managers concerning Employee/Labor Relations and Employee Benefits, to include FEHB, FEGLI, TSP, retirement benefits, worker's compensation, awards, leave entitlements, and performance management.
    • Serves as OPR for one or more employee benefit programs. Issues guidance, provides advisory services processes actions including necessary coordination, publicizes program objectives and procedures, maintains adequate stocks of certificates, medals or other required materials, initiates correspondence and maintains accurate records.
    • Participates in special assignments and projects. Assists higher-graded specialists who serve as the HR focal point for one or more of the designated employee relations programs or subject areas such as the Performance Management Program, the Office of Worker's Compensation (OWCP) Program, Unemployment Compensation, Leave and Absences, Hours of Work, etc.
    • Counsels employees on retirement options, benefits and procedures. Processes retirement calculation requests and applications.
    • Provides advice and guidance to managers, supervisors, and employee in regards to Performance Management Program for serviced activities. Prepares written correspondence and other documentation.

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