Human Resources Specialist (Compensation and Benefits)

McLean, Virginia
Jun 25, 2019
Jun 28, 2019
Human Resources
Full Time


As a Human Resources Specialist (Compensation and Benefits), you will be responsible for compensation and benefits. The ideal candidate has experience in Federal benefits, processing personnel and payroll actions in the National Finance Center's (NFC) EmpowHR or EPIC systems; processing timecards for the agency and creating ad hoc reports. This position is located in the Office of Agency Services, which manages human capital and administrative services for the agency.
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As the Human Resources Specialist (Compensation and Benefits), you will:

Oversee the administration of the National Finance Center (NFC) automated personnel/payroll system, including monitoring and running of T&A and pay output, processing payroll and personnel actions, running standard and ad hoc reports and serving as the Agency's point of contact with NFC;
Advise managers and employees on setting and adjusting pay including special salary rates, pay limitations, allowances, grade and pay retention, severance pay, recruitment and retention flexibilities, back pay and settlement of claims;
Advise employees on Federal and Agency-specific benefits and flexibilities, and processing related actions;
Prepare and analyze a wide range of standard and ad hoc reports to monitor compensation and leave-related activity and identify discrepancies or issues that require attention;
Conduct annual reviews of the compensation program to provide recommendations to management on locality rates, merit pay, salary range structures, etc.;
Serve as Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) for payroll and benefits programs and service contracts;
Serve as system administrator for NFC, Benefits Allocations System (BAS), HSPD-12 and back-up for e-OPF.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • One year probationary period, unless previously served.
  • Suitability for Federal employment, as determined by a background investigation.
  • Submission of a financial disclosure report may be required.
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • This is a Public Trust position. Public Trust is a type of background investigation, but it is not a security clearance. You must complete either the Standard Form 85 (SF 85) or 85P (SF 85P) questionnaire.
  • You must meet all qualification requirements and submit all required supporting documentation by the closing date of this announcement.
  • Time-In-Grade Requirements: Current and former Federal employees (including VEOA eligible) must have served one-year (52 weeks) at the next lower grade in the Federal service by the closing date of the announcement.
  • Time after Competitive Appointment: Current Federal employees must meet time after competitive appointment requirements per 5 CFR 330, Subpart E, by the closing date of the announcement.


You must meet the Selective Placement Factor to be considered for this position: Thorough knowledge of and demonstrated experience operating the USDA National Finance Center (NFC) automated personnel and payroll processing system AND extensive experience using various NFC sub-systems (IRIS, EPIC, SPPS, EPP) and related components.

You may qualify at the VH-38 (GS-12) grade level if you have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the VH-37 (GS-11) grade level in the Federal service that provided the ability to:

Analyze, interpret, develop, advise and/or implement on Federal laws, regulations, policies, and/or guidance involving subject matter areas within compensation administration e.g., pay and/or leave administration and advising management on the use of compensation flexibilities to help recruit, manage and retain employees;

Execute payroll output and monitor payroll and time and attendance transactions to ensure employees are accurately paid;

Serving as agency expert on processing a variety of payroll and personnel actions including researching non-routine payroll actions;

Provide comprehensive advisory service to employees on Federal employee benefits; and

Prepare reports on payroll, time and attendance and leave data

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.


There is no substitution of education for specialized experience for the VH-38 (GS-12) grade level.

Additional information

Only experience and education obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.
  • All FCA employees are subject to the conflict of interest laws and Standards of Ethical Conduct imposed upon all employees of the Executive Branch of the Federal Government and may be required to file a Financial Disclosure Report.
  • FCA's supplemental ethics regulations restrict certain FCA employees concerning their direct or indirect interests in, or connections with, Farm Credit System institutions. These rules also require all employees to obtain approval for outside employment or business activities. Please contact the HR Division for additional information on these rules.
  • FCA uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees.
  • This announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies if openings in the same series and grade occur.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your resume serves as the basis for the determination of your qualifications and should highlight relevant work experience and education (if applicable) as it relates to this position. Your resume must include the following information:
  • Paid and non-paid work experience including your position title, start and end dates (month/year) of employment, average number of hours worked per week and salary;
  • Position series and grade for Federal positions;
  • Indication of the knowledge, skills and education you have that are pertinent to this position;
  • Specific duties you have performed as a regular part of your job with indications of the level of responsibility and complexity of work;
  • Names and contact information for your current and/or previous supervisor(s).
You must provide the information specified above in your resume to be considered for this position. Your resume must include enough detail to permit a valid determination that you meet eligibility and specialized experience requirements for each grade for which you are applying. Take a look at this online video for ideas on how to communicate your qualifications . If review of your resume and your responses to the self-assessment questions demonstrate that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, a score will be manually determined that reflects your documented experience. This may result in a lower score which may eliminate you from consideration for this position.

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following knowledge, skills, abilities (KSAs) and other characteristics relevant to the duties of this position:

Oral Communication
Personnel and Human Resources
Problem Solving
Teamwork and Cooperation
Customer Service
Technology Applications

Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) candidates must be rated "Well Qualified" (score of 85 or higher) for the position to receive priority consideration.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk

Trust determination process
National security

Required Documents

You must provide a complete Application Package through USAJOBS that includes your resume, responses to the Applicant Questionnaire and supporting documentation:
  • Current Resume: All applicants must submit a current resume. See the Qualifications and Evaluation section of the announcement for details on the information required. You can use USAJOBS resume builder or upload your own resume. Need help? Get some tips from this online video on Federal resume-writing .
  • SF-50: Current Federal employees must submit a copy of a recent SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action that shows: a) career or career-conditional tenure; b) competitive status; c) position title, series, grade and step; d) full performance level of your position; and e) proof of time in grade. You may need to submit more than one SF-50.
  • CTAP/ICTAP applicants only: If you are claiming priority consideration under CTAP or ICTAP, you must submit a) A copy of your RIF Separation Notice or Certification of Expected Separation or other documentation indicating that you are a surplus employee; b) Evidence of full performance level of current position; c) A copy of your most recent performance appraisal; and d) A copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action.
  • Veterans' Preference eligibles: If you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release of Discharge From Active Duty, DD-214 (Member Copy 2 or 4), or other official documentation from a Branch of the Armed Forces or the Department of Veteran's Affairs showing dates of service and type of discharge. If you are currently on active duty, you must provide an official statement of service from your command/unit which states the date you entered active duty, expected discharge type and date, and campaign medals you have received OR other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions. If the appropriate information is not submitted to confirm your discharge status, dates of service, etc., you will not receive credit for the claimed active duty military service.
  • 10-point Preference Eligible Veterans: If you are claiming Veterans' Preference based upon a Compensable Disability, Widow or Spouse Entitlement, or as a Purple Heart recipient, you must submit your DD-214 (Member Copy 2 or 4) AND documentation to support your status, e.g., Department of Veterans Affairs letter dated 1991 or later, marriage license, death certificate, etc. If you do not submit appropriate or adequate information to confirm your eligibility you may not receive the credit claimed.

  • If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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