Human Resources Specialist (Employee Benefits)
Relocation expenses reimbursed No
Specialized Experience: Applicants must possess one full year of specialized experience at the next lower grade level or pay band in Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector.
In order to qualify at the GS-11, applicants must meet one of the specialized experience statements listed below:
A) Applicants must possess one full year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-09 level or pay band in Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector: interpreting and applying federal laws, regulations, policies, and procedures governing Federal Benefits Programs; providing advisory services to management officials, supervisors, and employees on eligibility requirements for federal benefits such as, life insurance, health insurance, disability insurance, dental and vision plans, Thrift Savings Plan (TPS) and retirement plans; processing benefits and payroll actions utilizing automated systems; reviewing and submitting workers' compensation claims; identifying, troubleshooting, and resolving problems related to employee benefits and entitlements. -OR-
B) Applicants must possess a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree; or have completed three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent degree; or have obtained a LL.M. degree that is related to the position being filled. College transcripts must be included in your application package if you are qualifying based on your education. -OR-
C) Applicants must possess a combination of education and experience as described in the above statements that equates to one full year of experience.
In order to qualify at the GS-12, applicants must meet the specialized experience listed below:
Applicant must possess one full year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-11 level or pay band in Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector: interpreting and applying federal laws, regulations, policies, and procedures governing Federal Benefits Programs; providing advisory services to management officials, supervisors, and employees on eligibility requirements for federal benefits such as, life insurance, health insurance, disability insurance, dental and vision plans, Thrift Savings Plan (TPS) and retirement plans; processing benefits and payroll actions utilizing automated systems; reviewing and submitting workers' compensation claims; identifying, troubleshooting, and resolving problems related to employee benefits and entitlements.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service program (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (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. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Promotion to the next highest grade level is neither guaranteed nor implied.
NOTE: More than one selection may be made within 90 days of the issuance of the certificate, if additional vacancies occur.
Education can be substituted and/or combined with experience in order to meet the minimum qualifications requirements at the GS-11 level.
Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA): To be eligible for a VEOA appointment under Merit Promotion procedures, you must be a preference eligible or a Veteran separated after 3 years or more of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions.
Active Duty Military Members MAY apply under this announcement due to the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act. You must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions along with your application for Federal employment. A certification is a document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days from the date of application. If selected, appointment eligibility requirements must be met prior to the effective date of appointment.
Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see https://www.sss.gov/RegVer/wfRegistration.aspx).
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Programs & Career Transition Assistance Programs: These programs apply to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: (1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; (2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 85 or above; and, (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. For more information visit: http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp. For more information about ICTAP eligibility please review the following link: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/unique-hiring-paths/federal-employees/ictap/
Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Policy Statement: http://www.eeoc.gov/federal/index.cfm
Employment Information Resources - Resource Center: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Main_Page
Noncompetitive Appointment Authorities: For more information on noncompetitive appointment authority eligibility requirements:
- Person with Disabilities - Schedule A
- Special Hiring Authorities for Veterans
- Special Hiring Authorities for Certain Military Spouses
- Other Special Appointment Authorities
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Once the announcement has closed, your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine if you meet the qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application package, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this position. If you are found to be among the top qualified candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.
Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):
- Customer Service - Works with clients and customers (that is, any individuals who use or receive the services or products that your work unit produces, including the general public, individuals who work in the agency, other agencies, or organizations outside the Government) to assess their needs, provide information or assistance, resolve their problems, or satisfy their expectations; knows about available products and services; is committed to providing quality products and services.
- Personnel and Human Resources - Knowledge of hiring, classification, benefits, labor relations, negotiation, and federal, state, and local employment regulations.
- Problem Solving - Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.
- Teamwork - Encourages and facilitates cooperation, pride, trust, and group identity; fosters commitment and team spirit; works with others to achieve goals.