Supervisory Human Resources Specialist (Section Chief)

Arlington, Virginia
Jul 20, 2019
Jul 23, 2019
Full Time


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These positions are located in the Drug Enforcement Administration, Human Resources Division, Office of the Assistant Administrator in Arlington, VA.

If you are energized by providing superior customer service, collaborating across organizational boundaries and applying problem solving skills, the position is for you! These positions report to the Deputy Assistant Administrator and provides leadership, direction and coordination to effectively manage the major components of the recruitment and staffing functions. You will employ expertise in leadership and management creating a team environment that develops both your employees and the organizational value their efforts create. Drawing on your expertise as a collaborator, you will coach your team and work with counterparts to transform end-to-end HR service delivery to create organizational excellence. Through your efforts overseeing classification, recruitment and staffing processes, DEA applicants and employees will be positively impacted.

As a Section Chief, the incumbents will perform the following duties:
  • Lead or participate in large interdisciplinary teams to accomplish agency-wide special projects to solve agency challenges or implement human capital change initiatives.
  • Utilize leadership, problem solving, project management, and organizational skills to: develop written project and communication plans; monitor progress towards meeting established deadlines and objectives; and ensure high quality of final oral and written work products.
  • Serve as a change agent within Human Resources by identifying and facilitating change. Work with diverse groups of people and manage conflict. Employ management and leadership approaches that increase employee engagement and meet organizational challenges.
  • Serve as a strategic business partner by regularly meeting with senior leadership, managers and employees and providing expert advice and guidance. Answer complex and non-routine policy and operational questions, and make decisions on work problems presented by employees and managers.
  • Perform research and problem-solving on a wide variety of complex and unusual problems, questions, and issues. Recommend development of new or revised human resources procedures, practices, and policies. Research may require extensive review of relevant Federal policies, other written issuances, and outreach to personal contacts with other offices, agencies, or organizations to obtain additional information (e.g., benchmarking studies). Keeping abreast of current developments in the human resources area and advise staff regarding new trends.
  • Facilitate knowledge management and transfer by cross-training, mentoring and by overseeing development of operations related standard operating procedures, guides and instructions, policies, training information or presentations, and by serving as a mentor to other Human Resources staff in the agency to assist in the analysis and resolution of complex questions and issues.
We are looking for competitive applicants to fill two positions. One position will have authority for classification as well as recruitment and staffing for special hiring authorities and for our professional and administrative jobs. The other position will have authority for recruitment and staffing for the diversion, intelligence and forensic science workforce at the agency.

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
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Background and/or Security Clearance
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Drug testing designated position
  • Successful completion of an one-year probationary period is required (unless already completed).


GS-15: Must have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-14 Federal grade level or pay band performing the following duties: serving as a technical expert to high-level agency officials regarding a variety of talent acquisition and human resource matters, issues, and operations; presenting solutions to address management/customer needs and resolve potential problems; applying Federal Human Resources, laws, regulations and policies sufficient to provide technical oversight and direct the activities of subordinate staff in the areas of staffing, recruitment, position classification and position management and/or workforce planning.

Competencies: Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competencies in the following areas:

  • Managing Human Resources
  • Organizational Development
  • Planning and Evaluating
  • Project Management
  • Team Building


Education cannot be substituted for experience at this grade level.

Additional information

Direct Deposit: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.

A recruitment incentive may be authorized

All non-DEA applicants must complete a drug use questionnaire. Applicants who are found, through investigation or personal admission, to have experimented with or used narcotics or dangerous drugs, except those medically prescribed, will not be considered for employment with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Exceptions to this policy may be made for applicants who admit to limited youthful and experimental use of marijuana. Such applicants may be considered for employment if there is no evidence of regular, confirmed usage, and the full-field background investigation and results of other steps in the process are otherwise favorable. Compliance with this policy is an essential requirement of the position.

It is highly suggested that you complete the Drug Questionnaire form when submitting your application package. However, if you do not complete and submit this form with your application package, it will not disqualify you from the application process. You will be asked to complete the Drug Questionnaire form before extended a conditional offer. Click here to access the Drug Questionnaire.

To submit your completed Drug Questionnaire please follow the instructions for uploading in the "How to Apply" section of this announcement.

Click the below links for additional information.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)

How to Claim Veterans' Preference

Military Spouse Preference

Selective Service: MALE APPLICANTS BORN AFTER 12/31/1959 must certify prior to job offer that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law.

EEO Policy Statement

Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement

In accordance with 5 CFR 2635.704, applications will not be accepted in postage-paid Government envelopes.

The Drug Enforcement Administration participates in the USCIS Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program ( E-Verify ). E-Verify helps employers determine employment eligibility of new hires and the validity of their Social Security numbers.

If you experience technical issues with completing your online application, you may review online help resources or submit a ticket to the Help Desk by accessing the 'Help Center' (upper-right of your screen, next to the question mark icon).

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Only experience and education obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review in our office, in other Federal agency personnel offices, and on OPM's web site .

Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are basically 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.

Time-in-Grade: Federal employees and status candidates must meet time-in-grade requirements for consideration.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required

Required Documents

Failure to provide all required documents and information requested by the closing date will result in your application not receiving full consideration.

To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:
  • Your résumé showing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates (months/years) of employment and duties performed.
  • Required Documents;
    • Resume
  • Other supporting documents:
    • Cover Letter, optional
    • 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.)
    • Career Transition Assistance Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program 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.)
    All current Federal employees and reinstatement eligible applicants must submit an SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, documenting proof of competitive status, tenure, position, and grade level.

    NOTE: Please ensure that your resume contains the basic information outlined in the Applying for a Federal Job guide.

    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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