Human Resources Specialist

Washington D.C.
Mar 28, 2019
Mar 28, 2019
Human Resources
Full Time

25% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Relocation expenses reimbursed No

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
  • May be required to successfully complete a probationary period
  • Complete the initial online assessment and USAHire Assessment, if required
  • To qualify for this position at the grade GS-11, you must meet at least one requirement below:

    A. Education: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or completed at least three full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or LL.M. if related, or equivalent doctoral degree in human resources, business, public administration, management, or a directly related field of study which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities required by this position. One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that information cannot be determined from the school, 18 semester hours should be considered as equivalent to 1 year of full-time study.

    B. Specialized Experience: Have at least one full-time year (12-months) of specialized human resources work experience at or equivalent to the GS-9 grade level in the Federal service (obtained in either public or private sectors). Examples of qualifying experience are as follows:
    • Assisting in the development and execution of project plans and change management strategies for the challenges faced by clients implementing an automated system.
    • Maintaining effective working relationships with client agencies through regular meetings and site visits.
    • Providing system demonstrations and/or training and coaching on basic system functionality to customers both on-site and virtually.
    • Coordinating new user training including scheduling trainers, communicating with the customer, maintaining the training schedule, and reviewing course evaluations.
    • Assisting higher-graded Account Managers/Project Managers working with the customer to define problem statements and gather preliminary requirements for basic system enhancement requests.
    C. Combination of Education and Experience: You may qualify for this position if you have a combination of the education described in "A" above and specialized experience described in "B" above such that the percentage of required experience plus the percentage of required education equals 100%. (To calculate, first determine your total number of graduate semester hours, and divide that number by 18. Next, divide the total number of months of qualifying experience by 12. Then, add your percentage of education and experience. The two percentages must total at least 100% for you to qualify based on your combination of education and experience.) Only graduate education in excess of two years (i.e., 36 semester hours or above the Master's level) may be combined with experience.

    To qualify for this position at the grade GS-12, you must have at least one full year (12 months) of specialized human resources work experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the GS-11 grade level or pay band in the Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as experience in or directly related to the work of the position to be filled. Examples of qualifying experience are as follows:
    • Devising and executing project plans and change management strategies for the challenges faced by clients implementing an automated system.
    • Recommending Human Resources Information Technology (HRIT) system configurations and business processes that best meet client needs.
    • Providing system demonstrations, training, and coaching on basic and advanced functionality to customers both on-site and virtually.
    • Working with the customer to define problem statements and gather preliminary requirements for basic and advanced system enhancement requests.
    Merit promotion applicants must meet time-in-grade requirement as defined in 5 CFR 300, Subpart F. One year at the GS-9 level is required to meet the time-in-grade requirements for the GS-11 level. One year at the GS-11 level is required to meet the time-in-grade requirements for the GS-12 level.

    You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

    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, 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.

    Relocation expenses will not be paid.

    The full performance level of this position is GS-12. Appointments will be made at the GS-11 or GS-12 level.

    This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional similar vacancies across OPM.

    Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA): To be eligible for a VEOA appointment under Merit Promotion procedures, the veteran must be a preference eligible or a veteran separated after 3 years or more of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions.

    Noncompetitive Appointment Authorities: For more information on noncompetitive appointment authority eligibility
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    Reasonable Accommodation Requests: If you believe you have a disability (i.e., physical or mental), covered by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended and Americans with Disabilities Act 1990 as amended, that would interfere with completing the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, you will be granted the opportunity to request a reasonable accommodation in your online application. Requests for Reasonable Accommodations for the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments and appropriate supporting documentation for Reasonable Accommodation must be received prior to starting the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments. Decisions on requests for Reasonable Accommodations are made on a case-by-case basis. If you meet the minimum qualifications of the position, after notification of the adjudication of your request, you will receive an email invitation to complete the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments. You must complete all assessments within 48 hours of receiving the URL to access the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, if you received the link after the close of the announcement. To determine if you need a Reasonable Accommodation, please review the Procedures for Requesting a Reasonable Accommodation for Online Assessments here:

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

    You will be evaluated based on how well you meet the qualifications listed in this vacancy announcement. Your qualifications will be evaluated based on your application materials (e.g., resume, supporting documents), the responses you provide on the application questionnaire, and the result of the online assessments required for this position. You will be assessed on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics):

    Accountability, Attention to Detail, Customer Service, Decision Making, Flexibility, Influencing/Negotiating, Integrity/Honesty, Interpersonal Skills, Learning, Reading, Reasoning, Self-Management, Stress Tolerance, Teamwork, Writing, Systems Testing and Evaluation

    In order to be considered for this position, you must complete all required steps in the process. In addition to the application and application questionnaire, this position requires an online assessment. The online assessment measures critical general competencies required to perform the job.

    All qualified Non Competitive applicants and the best qualified Merit Promotion applicants will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration.

    The assessment includes a cut score based on the minimum level of required proficiency in these critical general competencies. You must meet or exceed the cut score to be considered. You will not be considered for the position if you score below the cut score or fail to complete the assessment.

    Overstating your qualifications and/or experience in your application materials or application questionnaire may result in your removal from consideration. Cheating on the online assessment may also result in your removal from consideration.

    Qualified applicants may be interviewed.

    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 80 or above based on the competencies listed above; and 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. For more information visit:

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    Drug test required No

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