Human Resources Specialist (Employee and Labor Relations)

Arlington, Virginia
Jul 17, 2019
Jul 18, 2019
Human Resources
Full Time


Human Resources Division - Arlington, Virginia

The selectee of this position serves as a Human Resources Specialist (Employee and Labor Relations). You will be responsible for advising management on a variety of sensitive and/or difficult employee/labor relations issues, the performance management program, program evaluation for all labor and employee relations (LER) functions and labor and employee relations special projects.
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As a Human Resources Specialist (Employee and Labor Relations) at the GS-0201-13 level, some of your typical work assignments may include:
  • Serving as a senior employee and labor relations consultant within the USMS, with responsibility for providing management-employee relations advisory services to managers and supervisors.
  • Providing guidance/direction to USMS supervisors and management regarding misconduct, performance, and labor issues.
  • Acting as a liaison between labor and management relative to the interpretation/application of labor agreements, negotiability and representational issues, and official time.
  • Developing and preparing clear explanations of case facts and analyzing allegations to determine accuracy and applicability to cases.
  • Reviewing complex policy and procedures to ensure consistency in their application and recommending modifications.
  • Utilizing written and oral communication techniques sufficient to maintain effective working relationships with supervisors and managers and coworkers.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

Must pass a pre-employment security investigation and drug screening.

May be required to successfully complete a trial/probationary period.


Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service.

Must be a U.S. Citizen or National

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

Status candidates must meet time-in-grade requirements (52 weeks at the next lower grade level).

Must be able to obtain and maintain a Public Trust background investigation.


GS-13 TIME IN GRADE REQUIREMENTS: Merit promotion applicants must meet applicable time-in-grade requirements to be considered eligible. One year at the GS-12 grade level is required to meet the time-in-grade requirements for the GS-13 grade level. (Must submit your SF-50 that shows Time-in-Grade eligibility and reflects your title, series, and grade. No award SF-50 will be accepted).

You may qualify at the GS-0201-13 level, if you fulfill the following qualifications:

One year of full-time specialized work experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service performing duties such as: 1) Advising Supervisors as they resolve employee relations problems that contain complex, controversial and/or sensitive issues (i.e. disciplinary and adverse actions, performance management and awards, administrative grievances, appeals, special inquiries, leave administration and probationary period terminations); 2) Applying a wide range of Federal sector employee relations theories, concepts, laws, rules, regulations, precedents, and procedures; and 3.) Experience providing guidance on the interpretation/application of labor agreements, negotiability and representation issues, and negotiated grievance procedures.

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


Additional information

Multiple selections may be made from this announcement.

Applications will not be accepted if submitted using Government franked envelopes.

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.

Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see ).

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:

Recruitment incentive may be authorized

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. If you are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies:
  • Oral Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Technical Competence
  • Writing

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:
1. Your résumé showing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment and duties performed.
2. Other supporting documents:
  • Cover Letter, optional
  • Most recent SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action" showing you are/were in the competitive service and the highest grade or promotion potential held (if applying as a status candidate with current or former Federal Service)
  • Veterans' Preference documentation, if applicable (e.g., DD-214 Member Copy 4 showing type of discharge/character of service, SF-15 Form and related documentation, VA letter, etc.)
  • Noncompetitive appointment authority documentation, if applicable
  • Career Transition Assistance Program(CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program(ICTAP) documentation, if applicable (e.g., Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; and most recent performance appraisal.)

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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