Human Resources Specialist, GG-0201-9/11/12, Census-DE-TST

Washington D.C.
Apr 25, 2019
Apr 25, 2019
Human Resources
Full Time

Not required

Relocation expenses reimbursed No

  • U.S. citizen
  • Suitable for Federal employment.
  • Registered for Selective Service, if applicable. (
  • You may be required to complete a financial disclosure (OGE-450).
  • Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

    This vacancy is advertised under 2 different announcements.  Please read the 'Who May Apply' section carefully to determine your eligibility.  If you are not eligible under this announcement, please see HRD-2019-0064, Human Resources Specialist, GG-0201-9/11/12, CENSUS-DOC-TST.

    This is a Term Appointment, initial appointment is not to exceed (NTE) 9/30/2020. This appointment may be extended 2 additional years at management’s discretion.

    A trial period may be required.

    This position is ELIGIBLE for telework; additional criteria will be required (e.g., supervisory approval).

    This is a NON-BARGAINING unit position.

    Relocation expenses may be paid.

    Specialized Experience: For the GG-09, you must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-07 in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes: providing collaboration, and consultation with internal and external customers, stakeholders, and responding to general inquiries ensuring that responses comply with appropriate laws, rules, and regulations on various human resources issues. Experience observing employment relationships, formulating recommendations, and holding discussions and managing difficult customers. Experience in responding verbally or in writing to controlled correspondence, customer requests and inquiries, and providing information consistent with organization’s policies, practices and guidance.


    Education: GS-09: Master's or equivalent graduate degree OR 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading such a degree OR LL.B. or J.D., if related

    Specialized Experience: For the GG-11, you must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-09 in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes providing guidance and assistance to customers on labor relations topics, (eg. conflict resolution, grievances, guidance on meetings); assisting management with responses for negotiated and administrative grievances; conducting research and issuing findings through formal reports; responding to routine inquiries via telephone or in person.


    Education: GS-11: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree OR 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree OR LL.M., if related

    Specialized Experience: For the GG-12, you must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-11 in the Federal service. Experience for this position includes performing analytical activities that include advising supervisors and managers on labor relations programs, providing guidance on administrative or negotiated grievance process, regulatory and procedural issues related to labor relations or other human resources activities. Researching federal regulations, case law, bargaining agreements, preparing reports of findings, and communicating with a variety of stakeholders. Working with managers and supervisors to prepare and finalize complex grievance matters.

    GS-12: Education cannot be substituted for experience at this grade level.

    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.

    The following links provide information on various hiring authorities that may enable you to apply through merit assignment procedures, or be eligible for a non-competitive appointment.

    VRA (GS-11 or below)

    VEOA (permanent positions)

    30% or more disabled veteran

    Person with Disability



    The Department of Commerce provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Office. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. TTY users can contact the Human Resources Office via the Federal Relay Service, 1-800-877-8339.

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

    Your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the job opportunity announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/No, Multiple Choice questions) and place you in one of three pre-defined categories. These categories are "gold," "silver," and "bronze." Your resume and/or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. Candidates placed in the "gold" category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.

    How you will be evaluated for preference eligibility:  Within each category, those entitled to veterans' preference will be listed at the top of the pre-defined category for which they are placed.

    Preference eligibles with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category (gold).

    For more information on category rating, please go to:

    The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:

    • Ability to communicate verbally and in writing with customers and stakeholders concerning the status of inquiries and when to expect resolution on labor management matters.
    • Ability to research laws, rules, federal regulations, case law, labor management principles, customer inquiries, and knowledge of the collective bargaining agreement.
    • Ability to build relationships and resolve conflicts with customers through phone contact, meetings, correspondence, written reports, and presentations.
    • Ability to keep informed of branch strategic goals and track required data through various tracking systems, ie. Excel spreadsheets. 

    We recommend that you preview the online questions for this announcement before you start the application process.

    To preview questions please click here.

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    Drug test required No

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