Employee Benefits Law Specialist

Washington D.C.
Feb 22, 2019
Feb 22, 2019
Full Time

Occasional travel - The employee may travel once or twice per year.

Relocation expenses reimbursed No

  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
  • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Must be at least 16 years of age.
  • Position requires Public Trust-Low Risk Background Investigation.
  • Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements.  Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.

    GS-14: Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to GS-13, in the Federal Service.

    Specialized experience is defined as: Progressively responsible experience that demonstrated the ability to perform work in the field of employee benefit plans and/or health insurance. Such experience may have been gained in (1) management, administration, development, analysis, audit, financial management, or termination of such plans; or (2) in closely related work, such as health insurance.

    Specialized experience may have been gained in government, employee benefit plan administration or consulting, a law firm, an actuarial or accounting firm, a labor union, a relevant trade association or research service, or an insurance company. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include:

    • Analysis and application of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and related laws, regulations, court decisions, and precedent rulings.
    • Development of employee benefit plans, petitions for exemptions, or requests for rulings under governing law.
    • Legal work, a substantial portion of which required interpretation of Federal laws and legal requirements concerning employee benefit plans, or in related fields as health insurance.
    • Auditing or accounting work that involved determining compliance with Federal and State laws governing employee benefit plans, or insurance.
    • Analysis of Federal laws or regulations, development of policy, and drafting of proposed changes in an employee benefit plan or a related function.

    Education is not a substitute for experience at the GS-14 grade level. 

    DOL seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees’ differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve. DOL fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration, flexibility and fairness so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential.


    Additional vacancies may be filled using this announcement, if authorized.

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    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be evaluated against the evaluation factors below and will be placed into a category based on your vacancy question responses.


    Category A - Best Qualified - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and has successful experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated superior proficiency in applying critical competencies required by this position to work of increased levels of difficulty and complexity.

    Category B - Well Qualified - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the critical competencies required by this position.

    Category C - Qualified - Meets the specialized experience described in the minimum qualifications requirements section of this announcement and demonstrates proficiency in the basic competencies.

    Evaluation Factors (Competencies) - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies:

    Oral/Written Communication - Expresses information to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately. Uses correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling to communicate information (for example, facts, ideas, or messages) in a clear, succinct, and organized manner.

    Critical Thinking/Problem Solving - Employs common sense approaches to problem solving, e.g. identifying and considering issues, determining accuracy and relevance of information, as well as implementing alternative solution approaches, to resolve issues, deliver services and provide value.

    Interpersonal Skills - Shows understanding, professionalism, courtesy, tact, empathy, concern, and politeness, even with individuals who are difficult, hostile, or distressed. Demonstrates team effectiveness with sensitivity to the differences of others; e.g. diversity, race, gender, disabilities, and other individual differences.

    Technical Competence - Knowledge and application of the laws, regulations, court proceedings, precedents, interpretations, and exemptions governing ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code and the operation of employee benefit plans.

    The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means (ex. interview).  The examining Human Resources Office (HRO) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings.  Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses to the vacancy questions.  If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume.  Your evaluation may also include a review by a Human Resources Specialist or panel and may include other assessments (ex. interview, panel review, written test, writing sample, etc.)

    INFORMATION FOR ICTAP/CTAP ELIGIBLES ONLY: If you are eligible for special priority selection under ICTAP/CTAP, you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration.  ICTAP/CTAP eligibles who are placed into Category B or higher will be considered "well-qualified".

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    Drug test required No

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