HR Specialist

Washington, D.C
Jun 21, 2019
Jun 27, 2019
Human Resources
Full Time


This position is a GS-0201-12/13 in the Program Development and HR Systems Group, Program Development and Accountability (PDA) Team. The PDA team is responsible for strategic human resources activities, policy and standard operating procedures development and guidance, HR accountability reviews, training, and report writing. You will work on special projects, cross-functional teams and other activities that support the strategic management of the OPM's internal employee and management workforce.
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  • Develops agency policy issuances, guidance, and procedures to reflect legislative/ regulatory changes and emerging requirements.
  • Educates agency workforce via education/information campaigns; ensures that employees and managers understand new policies and programs.
  • Conducts reviews of HR program effectiveness; recommends or suggests changes which should be made to improve programs.
  • Independently reviews Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and prepares appropriate and timely responses.
  • Resolves complex human resources issues and provides proactive customer service, support, and problem resolution.
  • Provides authoritative policy guidance, consultation, and assistance to managers, supervisors and employees regarding various HR functional areas and programs.
  • Represents the agency on internal and external task forces and working groups, and conducts agency-wide training courses and briefings.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • 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


For the GS 12: You must have one year of specialized experience at the GS-11 grade level in the Federal Government (or equivalent). This experience must have included work in one or more HR specialties areas (e.g., recruitment, staffing, classification, pay administration, leave administration, HR accountability reviews/audits, performance management, compensation (e.g., awards, dual compensation waivers, pay flexibilities), work life/benefits (e.g., Telework), executive resources, etc. Specialized experience must have included providing HR guidance, delivering training/briefings, drafting written reports, policies and procedures for the use of management officials, employees, and other program staff.

For the GS 13: You must have one year of specialized experience at the GS-12 grade level in the Federal Government (or equivalent). Experience should include work in two or more HR specialties (e.g., recruitment, staffing, classification, pay administration, leave administration, HR accountability reviews/audits, performance management, compensation (e.g., awards, dual compensation waivers, pay flexibilities), work life/benefits (e.g., Telework), executive resources, etc. Specialized experience should also include providing expert HR guidance, developing and delivering training/briefings, developing complex, written reports, policies and procedures for the use of OPM management officials, OPM employees, and other OPM program staff.

You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements within 30 days of 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.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

Relocation expenses will not be paid. Current OPM employees may qualify as an exception.

The full performance level of this position is GS-13.

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

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document that you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application:

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
requirements visit the following websites:
  • Persons with Disabilities-Schedule A
  • Special Hiring Authorities for Veterans
  • Special Hiring Authority for Certain Military Spouses
  • Other Special Appointment Authorities
Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see )

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Once the application process is complete, your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the Occupational Questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

  • Oral Communication
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Problem Solving
  • Writing

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

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

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Moderate Risk (MR)

Trust determination process

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
  • Your Resume listing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment and duties performed.
  • Other supporting documents:
    • Cover Letter, optional
    • Your most recent Promotion, Within Rate Increase (WRI/WGI), or Appointment/Conversion SF-50 or Notification of Personnel Action (if applying as a current or former Federal Employee) showing you are/were in the competitive service and the highest grade or promotion potential held.
    • Worker's Compensation Separation: Agency certification of inability to place employee AND Notification of Separation OR Separation SF-50.
    • Disability Annuity Termination: Notification from OPM of disability annuity termination AND Separation SF-50 of the last position held.
    • Military Reserve or National Guard Technician Special Disability Retirement Annuity under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456: Certification of special disability retirement annuity from a military department or National Guard Bureau AND Separation SF-50 of the last position held
    • Veterans Employment Opportunity Act, Veterans Recruitment Appointment, and 30% Disabled Veteran Eligible: DD-214, SF-15 Form and VA letter, or certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions within 120 days
    • Schedule A, Persons with Disabilities Appointment Eligibles: Schedule A letter from a physician, local, state or federal rehabilitation office citing your eligibility under 5 CFR 213.3102 (u).
    • Certain Family Members Eligible under E.O. 12721: Your most recent non-award SF-50 and performance appraisal.
    • Certain Military Spouses Eligible under E.O. 13473: Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders, issued within the last 2 years, that lists you as authorized to accompany the Military member to the new duty permanent station; OR verification of the member's 100% disability (VA Letter); and/or verification of the member's death while on active duty (DD-1300 and Death Certificate) AND verification of the marriage to the service member (i.e., a marriage license or other legal documentation verifying marriage).
    • Interchange Agreement with Other Merit Systems Eligible: Documentation of eligibility as listed in each individual interchange agreement.
  • Failure to submit any of the above mentioned required documents may result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted.

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