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


The Federal Trade Commission is seeking a highly motivated and ambitious individual able to provide timely and accurate advice, guidance, support and training to team members and individuals. Possessing excellent leadership skills and having the ability to work with minimum supervision while leading a team of professionals. Having a proven ability to lead by example, consistently hit targets, and improve best practices.
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The incumbent serves as a Lead Human Resources Specialist in the Operations Branch of the Human Capital Management Office (HCMO). HCMO is responsible for the administration and management of human resources programs, operations, policies, and services for the FTC. HCMO also provides a wide range of technical advice and guidance to manager, supervisors, employees and customers of the FTC.

If you are selected for this position, you will perform the following duties:
  • Recruitment and placement: work that involves recruiting, examining, selecting and placing employees; performing job analysis; workforce planning and analysis; and advising management in identifying, attracting, and retaining a high-quality and diverse workforce that is capable of accomplishing FTC's mission;
  • Compensation: work that involves analyzing, interpreting, developing, and/or implementing laws, regulations, policies, and/or guidance involving subject-matter areas within compensation administration (e.g., pay and/or leave administration) and advising management on the use of compensation flexibilities to help recruit, manage, and retain employees; and
  • Classification: work that involves position evaluation, establishing and maintaining a position classification program to determine appropriate occupational grouping, title and grade of positions, and advising on position and organization design.
  • Identifies, distributes, and balances workload and tasks among employees in accordance with established workflow, skill level, and/or occupational specialization. Makes adjustments to accomplish the workload in accordance with established priorities to ensure timely accomplishment of assigned team tasks.
  • Maintains current knowledge and answers questions on procedures, policies, directives, etc. Gives on-the-job training or arranges for specific technical HCMO or administrative training necessary for accomplishment of individual and team tasks. Also prepares relevant written instructions and other guidance. Develops and implements quality control mechanisms and conducts quality assurance reviews to ensure work is correctly performed.
  • Provides information to the Director of HC Operations for employees' performance appraisals and recommend/request personnel actions such as assignments, reassignments, promotions, tour of duty changes, etc. Communicates team consensus and recommendations to the supervisor on actions affecting the team. Recommends employee and team awards, rewards, and recognition. Informs supervisor of attendance and behavioral problems.
  • Resolves informal complaints and refers others, such as formal grievances and appeals, to the Director of HC Operations or appropriate management official.
  • Approves emergency leave and phone-in requests for leave in the absence of the Director of HC Operations.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. citizenship requirement must be met by the closing date of this vacancy.
  • This position is subject to a background investigation.
  • Males born after December 31, 1959 must register with Selective Service.
  • You may serve a one-year probationary period under this appointment.
  • You must meet time in grade requirement by the closing date of the vacancy.
  • You must submit a copy of your performance appraisal with your application.


To qualify for a Lead Human Resources Specialist at the GS-14 level, you must meet the following requirements:

At the GS-14 Level: To qualify for the GS-14 grade level, applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in Federal service which provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position.Specialized experience must demonstrate the skill in applying comprehensive expert knowledge of HR principles, concepts, and practices, including position classification, and position management, recruitment and placement, pay and leave administration, and consultative skills.

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.


There is no education requirement for this position.

Additional information

Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA): To be eligible for a VEOA appointment under Merit Promotion procedures, you must be a preference eligible or a Veteran separated after 3 years or more of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions.

Career Transition Assistance Programs: These programs apply to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: (1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; (2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 85 or above; and, (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility.
For more information visit: ICTAP/CTAP

Noncompetitive Appointment Authorities:

For more information on noncompetitive appointment authority eligibility requirements:
- Persons with Disabilities-Schedule A
- Special Hiring Authorities for Veterans
- Special Hiring Authority for Certain Military Spouses
- Other Special Appointment Authorities

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Once the announcement has closed, your résumé and supporting documentation will be used to determine if you meet the qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are found qualified, your résumé and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application package, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this position. If you are found to be among the top qualified candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

Trust determination process

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:

1. Your résumé showing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment and duties performed.
2. Other supporting documents:
- Cover Letter, optional
- College transcript(s), if qualifying based on education
- Most recent SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action" showing you are/were in the competitive service and the highest grade or promotion potential held (if applying as a status candidate with current or former Federal Service)
- Most recent Performance Appraisal, if applicable (required for current federal employees)
- DD-214, SF-15 Form and VA letter, or certification of expected discharge or release from active duty from Veterans for consideration under Veteran hiring authorities
- Noncompetitive appointment authority documentation, if applicable
- 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.)

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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