Human Resources Specialist

Washington, D.C
Jul 23, 2019
Jul 24, 2019
Human Resources
Full Time


Who May Be Considered:
  • U.S. Citizens

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Major duties of the HR Specialist, GS-0201-09 include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Advising management on recruitment strategies, source, special programs, recruitment, relocation, and retention incentive programs.
  • Providing guidance on merit system principles, prohibited personnel practices, and the development and use of valid selection criteria.
  • Orienting new employees on agency personnel policies, rules, regulations, rights, benefits, services, and related matters.
  • Controlling security data and maintaining records to ensure audit trail records are accurately maintained.
  • Entering SF-52 information into automated personnel systems for accurate and timely processing of action requests.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

You must be a U.S. citizen or national.

You must be able to pass a background investigation.

You may be required to serve a 1 year probationary period.

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

A background security investigation will be required for all new hires. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet those requirements will be grounds for termination.

Privacy Act Information:
The application that you submit for this position contains information subject to the Privacy Act of 1974 (P.L. 93-579, 5 U.S.C. 552a). Information regarding this Act is available upon request in the Office of Special Counsel.

Selected candidate will be required to complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment" (OF-306) prior to being appointed to determine their suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. False statements or responses on your resume can jeopardize your employment opportunity and subject you to disciplinary action, including removal from Federal service.

To be eligible for consideration, all forms and documents must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of this announcement.


You qualify for the GS-09 grade level (starting salary $57,510.00) if you possess one the following:
  • Have successfully completed a Master's degree or two (2) full years of graduate level study (36 semester units or the number of units your school uses to describe two graduate years of academic study) leading to a Master's degree or LL.B., J.D., if related, in business administration, public administration, economics or other directly related field that provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform this work.
  • Have at least one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service performing the following duties: 1) Advising management officials on various types of recruitment strategies; 2) Conducting reviews to ensure regulatory compliance and provide advisory services in personnel security; and 3) Analyzing employee and payroll information to identify and resolve pay-setting discrepancies.
  • Have a combination of graduate education and specialized experience (less than one year), that when combined equals 100% of the qualification requirement. To combine education and experience, first take the number of semester hours of equivalent earned towards a graduate degree, and divide by 18 semester hours of equivalent. Then, take the number of months of experience and divide by 12 months. Add the percentages together. The total must equal at least 100 percent to qualify.

  • Education

    ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.

    Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: forrecog.html . You must provide translated transcripts.

    Additional information

    The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be rated well-qualified by scoring 85 or better on the assessment. Additional information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at

    Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see ).

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

    If you are a veteran claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member Copy 4) or an official statement (including Character of Service) from your command if currently on active duty. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, in addition to the DD-214, you must also submit a Standard Form 15 (Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference) and the required supporting documents listed on that form. For more information on veterans' preference 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, a review of the best-qualified applications will be conducted. The résumé and supporting documentation will be compared against the applicant's responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if the applicant is qualified for this job. If, after reviewing the applicant's résumé and supporting documentation, a determination is made that the applicant has inflated his/her qualifications and/or experience, the applicant may lose consideration for this position and/or the applicant's score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect his/her skills and abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

    All U.S. Citizens: Eligible candidates will be assigned to a quality category: Best Qualified, Well Qualified or Qualified. Candidates in the highest category will be referred to the hiring agency. The Category Rating process does not add veterans' preference points but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-09 level or higher.)

    You will be evaluated on the following knowledge, skills, abilities (KSAs) /competencies:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Information Management
    • Oral Communication
    • Writing

    Although you should not submit a separate statement addressing the KSAs/competencies, evidence of each must be clearly reflected in your cover letter and resume. We recommend your cover letter and resume include examples that are clear, concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of the functions, activities, or services you managed; level of contacts; the sensitivity and criticality of the issues you addressed, and the results of your actions. Please DO NOT submit a separate statement addressing the competencies.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Not Required

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

    The following documents are required and must be received by email by 11:59 pm EST on the closing date of this announcement:

    1. Cover Letter (optional)
    2. Résumé (Please include full descriptions of duties and responsibilities that include the from and to dates (month/year). For the current position held, you may put the from date to present.)
    3. Other supporting documents
    • Transcripts, if applicable
    • Veteran's documentation (DD-214 member 4 copy, dated VA Letter, SF-15), if applicable
    • CTAP or ICTAP documents, if applicable
    • Current or former federal employees must provide their latest SF-50 and most recent performance appraisal. The SF-50 must show applicant's grade, tenure, and status.

    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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