Human Resources Specialist (Labor Relations)

Washington, D.C
Aug 14, 2019
Aug 22, 2019
Human Resources
Full Time


The position is in the Office of General Counsel of the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) and is
generally responsible for performing the full range of duties associated with collective bargaining.
This will include negotiating and drafting collective bargaining agreements on behalf of the Agency.
The incumbent will provide expert level advice to management regarding matters of labor management

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  • The duties described are for the full-performance level. At developmental grade levels, assignments will be of more limited scope, performed with less independence and limited complexity.
  • The duties may include, but are not limited to:
  • Represents MSPB on all internal collective bargaining issues, including representing the MSPB in negotiations.
  • Represents MSPB in all internal employment matters, including but not limited to employee discipline, EEO complaints, administrative grievance proceedings, and MSPB appeals.
  • Advises the Deputy General Counsel, the General Counsel and the Executive Director on sensitive policy issues involved in labor-management relations and formulate, influence, and assist in the determination of Agency policy.
  • Provides expert advice to senior management on the impact of union proposals and recommend alternative proposals, counter- proposals, strategies, goals, and objectives on behalf of the Agency.
  • Review and approve employee disciplinary actions.
  • Investigate and evaluate complaints raised by the union or its members to determine the validity and viability and provide advice to senior management on approaches to resolution.
  • Interprets the collective bargaining agreement and ensures Agency and union adherence to the same.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a US Citizen or US National
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt
  • As a condition of employment, a background investigation may be required for this position.
  • Successful completion of a one-year probationary or trial period (if new hire to the Federal service).
  • Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check
  • Direct Deposit : Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution
  • Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit E-Verify at


Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including the following specialized experience and/or education, as identified by grade level. FOR THE GS-15 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-14 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates:
Expert level experience handling the full range of employee and labor relations matters to include advising management regarding complex disciplinary and adverse actions and grievances; reviewing and drafting proposals and decisions of disciplinary and performance-based actions, negotiating and administering labor agreements, including negotiating the impact and implementation of proposed management actions, responding to union information requests, and providing advice to management to ensure compliance with the collective bargaining agreement.

(Note: There is no education substitution for this grade level.)

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

  • Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): Visit the OPM website for information on how to apply as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible. To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/CTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP candidates must be rated and determined to be well qualified (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. When assessed through a score-based category rating method, CTAP/ICTAP applicants must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100.
  • First time hires to the federal government normally start at the lowest rate of the salary range for the grade selected..
  • Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid. Any travel, transportation, and relocation expense associated with reporting for duty will be the responsibility of the selected employee.
  • This position is eligible for telework within the local commuting area of the duty location of the position. Employee participation is at the discretion of the supervisor.
  • This is a term appointment not to exceed 18 months. (Appointment may be extended up to 4 years without reannouncing). For more details click: Term Appointments

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Applications will be evaluated in accordance with Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) Delegated Examining Procedures using category rating. Applicants who meet basic minimum qualifications will be placed in one of three categories: Highly Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. Category placement will be determined based on applicants' quality of experience and the extent they possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities (or competencies) :
  • Labor Relations
  • Negotiation
  • Technical Competence

The questionnaire will assess your qualifications for the job, and will be used to identify the best qualified applicants to be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews. Your ratings in this Assessment Questionnaire are subject to evaluation and verification based on the documents and references you submit. Later steps in the selection process are specifically designed to verify your ratings. Attempts to falsify information; inflate your qualifications or providing inaccurate information on federal documents may be grounds to adjust your rating or to not select you. Errors, omissions or providing inaccurate information on federal documents may affect your eligibility. If selected providing inaccurate information on federal documents could also be grounds for dismissing you from the position/agency. Please follow all instructions carefully.
To preview the application questionnaire, please visit:

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
High Risk (HR)

Trust determination process
Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness

Required Documents

The following documents are required for your applicant package to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, your system failure or downtime, etc. Encrypted documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.
  • Resume that includes the following information: 1) job information for which you are
    applying; 2) personal information; 3) education; 4) work experience including the work schedule
    and hours worked per week as well as dates of employment; and title, series and grade if applicable;
    5) supervisors phone number and e-mail address for each work period listed and whether or not we
    may contact them for reference checks; and, 6) other qualifications.
  • If claiming veterans' preference, you must submit a DD-214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty, which shows dates of service and discharge under honorable conditions. If currently on active duty you must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty service under honorable conditions within 120 days after the date the certification is submitted. The certification must be on the letterhead of the appropriate military branch and include the dates of military service. Veterans' preference must be verified prior to appointment. Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference and your application will be evaluated based on the material(s) submitted.
  • Writing Sample
  • DD-214 (Member 4 Copy): If you are an honorably discharged veteran who wishes to claim
    veteran's preference as a positive factor in your application. Please also submit an SF-15 with any
    other documentation required on the form, if applicable.
  • Current/Former Federal Applicants: MUST submit a copy of an SF-50, non-award Notification of
    Personnel Action, which preferably shows your current grade/position. If your current grade is not
    your highest permanent grade, submit a copy of an additional SF-50 showing your highest grade.
    AND current Federal employees must also submit your most recently completed annual
    performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) which identifies the employee's official rating of
    record, signed by the supervisor, or a statement advising why the performance appraisal is
    unavailable (e.g., length of time in current position, personnel system outage, etc.).
  • Other required documents may include: CTAP/ICTAP: Certification of Expected Separation,
    Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, Notice of Proposed Removal, or appropriate OPM/Agency
    certification; AND most recent performance evaluation; AND SF-50 demonstrating your separation or
    the position from which you will be separated.

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