Lead Civilian Pay Technician (OA), ZS-0544-V (equivalent GS-9/10)

Gaithersburg, Maryland
Aug 16, 2019
Aug 20, 2019
Full Time


NIST's Office of Human Resources Management (OHRM) is seeking a highly dedicated and talented HR professional to join our Compensation and Leave Team. This position is located in Gaithersburg, MD.

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OHRM strives to deliver better Human Resources programs and services through better partnerships, technology & processes, and outcomes. We do this with curiosity, compassion, competency & customer focus. OHRM staff are committed to the NIST mission and all who positively contribute to it.

The incumbent will be leading, mentoring, and training staff in accordance with Federal laws, rules, and regulations related to payroll processing, time and attendance, and leave and pay administration (coding and processing of biweekly timesheets and salary payments; processing of payroll documents including, but not limited to, garnishments, child support payments, tax levies, bankruptcies, association and union dues, lump sum payments, restoration of forfeited leave, and time off awards; reviewing and certifying entitlements, indebtedness, pay and record transactions; and the maintenance, control, and disposal of payroll records and files); monitoring daily payroll reports to review status and ensure timely and accurate processing; providing advice, guidance, and training to staff on policies and procedures; researching and resolving complex processing, pay, and leave issues; performing quality review of payroll actions and document processing for accuracy and timeliness, providing feedback to staff as necessary; developing and recommending standard operating procedures to supervisor; and monitoring and reporting of performance metrics. Partners with assigned HR Specialists to ensure accurate and timely processing of leave recipient and donor applications, as well as completion of corresponding detailed leave audit under the Voluntary Leave Transfer Program (VLTP). Provides guidance, troubleshooting support, and training to client personnel on time and attendance coding and system application, as well as payroll processing and the resolution of pay and leave errors.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - This position is located in Gaithersburg, MD and may require occasional travel to Alexandria, VA; Boulder, CO; and other NIST and/or training locations.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen
  • You must be registered for Selective Service if applicable (www.sss.gov)
  • You must be suitable for Federal Employment
  • Merit applicants must meet time-in-grade/band requirements, as applicable
  • You must be able to type 40 words per minute (WPM)

Applicants must meet requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Time-in-grade/band requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement unless eligible for special hiring authority, reinstatement eligible, non-current Federal employee applying as a VEOA eligible which do not require time-in-grade/band.


One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-8 level (or ZS-III at NIST). Specialized experience is defined as experience interpreting and applying compensation and leave administration laws, regulations, policies, and practices pertaining to biweekly time and attendance and payroll processing; applying problem solving techniques to resolve payroll related issues; and experience providing guidance to employees in processing time and attendance records and resolving pay and leave errors.

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.

Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcement are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains Federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on the OPM website located at http:///www.opm.gov/qualifications

Applicants may request reconsideration of their qualifications determination within three business days from the date their applicant status was changed. Applicants should email the Agency Contact listed in this vacancy announcement with their written request listing the announcement number; explaining why the original determination was improper; what factors were not considered; and, should provide any other pertinent information that would enable reevaluation.


Additional information

A probationary period may be required.

This position is covered by an Alternative Personnel Management System (APMS). This system replaces the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and grade with career paths and pay bands. For information regarding how the pay bands correspond to the General Schedule, click here.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the job opportunity announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/No, Multiple Choice questions). Your resume and/or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered.

Please ensure that your resume contains specific information such as position titles, beginning and ending dates of employment for each position, average number of hours worked per week, salary, duties performed for each position, and if the position is/was in the Federal government, you should provide the position series and grade level/pay band.

The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:

* Ability to type 40 words per minute

* Ability to lead and train

* Knowledge of automated personnel and payroll related systems (ex: NFC, WebTA, eOPF, ServiceNow, or equivalents)

* Ability to troubleshoot system discrepancies

* Knowledge of payroll, time and attendance, pay and leave, processing regulations, rules, allowances, and procedures

To preview questions please click here .

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

The documents you are required to submit vary based on how you're applying (i.e., as a veteran or disabled veteran, current or former Federal employee, etc.). Please review the information on the following link to determine if there are any documents you need to provide - https://www.nist.gov/careers/applying-jobs-required-forms

Failure to submit required documents, based upon how you apply, may result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted. Official documents are not required at the time of application, copies are sufficient. If selected, official documentation must be submitted prior to appointment.

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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