Student Trainee (Human Resources Management)

Washington, D.C
Aug 17, 2019
Aug 22, 2019
Full Time


The Division's work ranges over the entire spectrum of the U.S. economy. Its merger and civil enforcement cases can affect the structure and performance of an entire industry, and its criminal enforcement detects and punishes white-collar antitrust crimes that rob American consumers.

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This position is in the Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, Executive Office (EXO), Personnel Staff. The Executive Office provides administrative and management support to the Division and includes the Personnel Staff, which manages all personnel services, including hiring, promotions, disciplinary actions, training, benefits, and payroll. The incumbent serves as an advanced trainee, researching and providing advice and guidance to ATR personnel on all classification, personnel processing, recruitment and placement issues.
As an advanced trainee, increases competence, knowledge, skills, and abilities in the Human Resources occupation. Researches regulations and other pertinent directives for answers to questions prior to consulting with the supervisor or a higher-grade employee. Successfully completes required formal and on-the-job training, and demonstrates a progressive ability to independently accomplish assignments.

Additionally, the incumbent will:
  • work under a senior specialist primarily responsible for analyzing human resource issues and concerns to identify, consider, and resolve a variety of human resource-related questions and problems.
  • Communicate with co-workers, supervisors, and employees in performing human resource advice and assistance work.
  • Write reports, letters, or other documents to convey information related to human resources.
  • Perform classification and staffing duties for assigned sections/units of the Antitrust Division, which involves drafting position descriptions and crediting plans for new positions or updating existing position descriptions/crediting plans; preparing vacancy announcements; performing qualifications analysis; and referring qualified candidates to management officials, all in accordance with appropriate established guidelines.
  • Process the full range of personnel actions, which involves coding requests for personnel actions, including remarks, and/or entering position data into automated personnel systems; troubleshooting personnel action rejects from automated systems; ensuring that employee SF-75 information is requested; reviewing and approving pay setting for hires, promotion, etc.; and reviewing personnel actions as required.
  • May be assigned project work associated with any area of personnel or any concern of the Executive Office.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to be considered for this position.
  • You must undergo a pre-employment security investigation.
  • You may be required to take and successfully clear a drug test.
  • You must submit a complete application package by the closing date of announcement.
  • You must meet all eligibility and qualification requirements by the closing date of announcement.
  • Applications must be received no later than 2 years after the completion date of all requirements of an academic course of study leading to a qualifying associates, bachelor's, master's, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution.
  • SELECTIVE SERVICE: All male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must have registered for the selective service (see ). If selected for this position, the applicant must sign a statement certifying his registration, or the applicant must demonstrate exempt status under the Selective Service Law.
  • DIRECT DEPOSIT: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
  • This is a full-time, term appointment in the excepted service, ineligible to be included in the bargaining unit.
  • This is a non-supervisory appointment, subject to a 2-year trial period in accordance with 5 CFR 362.303(f).
  • Appointment is eligible for non-competitive conversion to a term or permanent position in the competitive service, provided that incumbent has met all Program requirements; however, conversion is not mandatory or guaranteed for participants.
  • The Antitrust Division participates in the E-Verify, employment verification program.
  • When promotion potential is shown, the agency is not making a commitment and is not obligated to provide future promotions to you if you are selected. Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval.


To be eligible for this two-year Recent Graduate PATHWAYS appointment, ALL of the following requirements must be met:
Recent Graduate Status: Recent graduates must apply within two-years of being awarded a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution, as defined in 5 C.F.R. § 362.302. The two-year period of application eligibility will be extended up to four years for veterans who, due to a military service obligation, were precluded from applying to the Recent Graduates Program during any portion of the 2-year eligibility period described above, and an additional 2-year period of eligibility will be granted upon his or her release or discharge from active duty. In no event, however, may the individual's eligibility period extend beyond 6 years from the date upon which the individual completed the requirements of an academic course of study.

Please Note: Applications will be accepted from students who expect to complete qualifying education within 9 months from the date of application; however, agencies are required to verify that the education has been completed successfully before any applicant can be appointed (report to work), therefore, your selection or start date may be impacted by proof and completion of all PATHWAYS eligibility requirements.

Qualification requirements: Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications for this position as outlined below.
To qualify at the GS-09 level, applicants must possess one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-07 level. EXAMPLES of qualifying specialized experience at this level include:
  • Education : Completion of 2 academic years of graduate level education, or a master's degree or equivalent graduate degree;
  • OR
  • Specialized Experience : One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 grade level. EXAMPLES OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE at this level include: researching, identifying and applying the most relevant HR laws, regulations and guidelines to the accomplishment of work; effective communication, which involves expressing ideas respectfully and sharing information in a clear, concise manner, both orally and in writing; planning and organizing work; identifying sources of HR data and information and determining which is most relevant; utilizing HR Information Systems; effectively managing multiple assignments having competing priorities.
Please Note: Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position as described below, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled.

Additionally, one full academic year of undergraduate; graduate; vocational; trade; technical or high school education is the number of credit hours determined by the college, university or school to represent 1 year of full-time study. The high school curriculum must be approved by a State or local governing body. All education beyond high school must be received from an accrediting body or organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.


Please see " Qualifications" section of announcement to determine education level required.

FOREIGN STUDIES: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the qualification requirements, if the applicant can provide documentation indicating that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide such evidence when applying. For further information, please visit: .

Additional information

Schedule A Disability Hiring Authority: The PATHWAYS Program and the Schedule A authority for persons with disabilities are two separate hiring authorities with separate eligibility requirements and hiring processes. An applicant with a disability may apply to positions in the Pathways program by following the instructions found in this job opportunity announcement. When doing so, students with disabilities are considered for Pathways Programs positions in the same manner as other, non-disabled students in accordance with the provisions of 5 CFR part 302. Agencies are required to provide reasonable accommodations, as required by law, and may wish to consult with counsel or its human resources office concerning such matters.

PATHWAYS PROGRAM: Selectee will be required to sign a PATHWAYS Program Participant Agreement (a written agreement that defines the expectations and requirements of the position) prior to entry on duty.

Veteran Preference: If you are entitled to or claim veteran preference (VP), you should indicate the type of veteran preference (5 or 10 points) you are claiming on your résumé. In order to determine your eligibility, you can find additional information at:
NOTE: To verify your veteran preference entitlement, please submit a copy of the Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty); official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty; or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that shows your military service was performed under honorable conditions. (1) If you are claiming 10-point preference, you must submit Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 in addition to the supporting documentation required and identified on the reserves side of the SF-15, Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference. (2) If you are claiming 10-point DERIVED PREFERENCE as a relative you must submit Member Copy 4 of the veteran's DD-214, and an SF-15, Application for 10-point veteran preference, in addition to the supporting documentation required and identified on the reverse side of this form. If you fail to do so, you will receive consideration as a non-veteran.

EEO Policy Statement:
Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement: /Reasonable_Accommodation_Policy_Statement
Veterans Information:
Legal and Regulatory Guidance:

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your application will be evaluated and rated under DOJ's Category Rating and Selection Procedures.

Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the basic qualifications for the position listed in this announcement. Please Note: Basic qualifications will be determined based on a comparison of your resume against the quality and extent of experience or related education as reflected in the position requirements.

If you are found to be minimally qualified for this position, your resume and supporting documentation will be further assessed and compared to the responses of your occupational/assessment questionnaire. The rating you receive will be based on your responses to the Questionnaire. The rating is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the competencies, knowledge, skills, and abilities required for this position, and will determine the rank in which you place (Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Best Qualified). The "Best Qualified" candidates will be contacted to submit a job market paper or relevant writing sample.

Your application will be further assessed based upon the following competencies, knowledge, skills and abilities:
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Planning and Evaluating
  • Problem Solving
  • Strategic Thinking

Using Category Rating procedures, we will determine the "Best Qualified" candidates, who will then be referred for selection. Candidates within the "Best Qualified" category who are eligible for veteran preference will receive selection priority over non-veteran preference eligibles.

If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully as errors or omissions may affect your rating.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete application package which includes:
  • Cover Letter (optional).
  • Résumé - Applicants will be evaluated based on a comparison of the position requirements against the quality and extent of experience or related education as reflected in their resume and cover letter. Applicants are encouraged to ensure work experiences, as represented in their résumé, clearly show the possession of knowledge of the subject matter pertinent to the position, and the competencies and technical skills to successfully perform the duties of the position.
  • Completed Assessment Questionnaire.
  • Transcript - must identify for each completed course the college or university, semester or quarter hours earned, grade and grade-point received. An unofficial transcript is acceptable to qualify, but it must include your full name. If selected, you may be asked to submit an official transcript prior to appointment.
  • Documentation of eligibility for special hiring authorities (if applicable) to prove appointment eligibility. Examples Include: Schedule A disability letter, Peace Corps volunteer letter, military spouse hiring authority documentation, etc.
  • Veterans Preference Documentation (if applicable).

  • 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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