Human Resources Specialist

Washington, D.C
Aug 17, 2019
Aug 20, 2019
Human Resources
Full Time


This position is located in the Department of Health And Human Services, Office of Inspector General, Office of Management and Policy. The incumbent will be responsible for providing human resources management advisory services pertaining to internal placement and recruitment, position classification, external placement and recruitment, compensation, and organizational design work within the Human Resources Division (HRD).
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As a Human Resources Specialist, GS-201-07, the incumbent will be responsible for performing the following functions:
  • Provides support to higher grade specialists in implementing the internal recruitment program.
  • Compiles information for staffing vacancies, develops familiarity with staffing regulations, learns job analysis techniques and prepares draft vacancy announcements.
  • Develops understanding of position classification standards to include pay plans, series, titles and grade determinations.
  • Learns and applies regulations and laws on compensation issues to include basic pay, pay setting rules, overtime, and leave administration.
  • Assists higher graded specialists with processing basic personnel and payroll actions.
  • Develops understanding of compensation program and related regulations.
  • As a Human Resources Specialist, GS-201-09, the incumbent will be responsible for performing the following functions:
  • Interpret agency's recruitment and placement procedures, practices, policies, and guidelines.
  • Provides employees with information and interpretations of the agency's compensation, wage administration, and position procedures, practices, policies, and guidelines.
  • Provides review for initial salary setting and pay adjustments.
  • Provides a range of external placement and recruitment duties for a multi-mission, or an organization, for which innovative and assertive recruiting strategies are needed.
  • Utilizes automated staffing systems, such as Web-based applications, to perform internal staffing and placement work that includes generating job analyses, vacancy announcements, and referral lists.
  • Works with higher graded human resources specialist in providing information concerning the merit promotion and delegated examining programs to applicants and managers.
  • Advising management and staff on staffing policies or program issues.
  • Works on staffing tasks for assigned organizations and managers.

  • Travel Required

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

    Supervisory status

    Promotion Potential


    Conditions of Employment

    • U.S Citizenship is required.
    • Registration with the Selective Service (if applicable).
    • Suitability for Federal employment determined by background investigation.
    • One-year probationary period may be required.
    • Time in grade must be met within 30 days of closing date of announcement.


    Applicants must meet all the qualification requirements,including education, and any selective placement factors described below within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement. Education used as part of an application package will only be considered if complete transcripts are submitted and must be from an accredited institution as recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. To see if your institution is accredited, please follow this link:

    Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service which provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position. Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following:

    Specialized experience at the GS-07 grade level : Federal sector or private sector experience in working with senior human resources specialists applying fundamental human resources management methods, principles and practices in recruitment/placement and staffing; researching, analyzing and interpreting human resources management laws, rules and regulation as it relates to merit promotion and delegating examining recruitment; and researching, interpreting and applying qualification standards as it relates to occupational series and grade levels. OR

    In lieu of specialized experience, the applicant may qualify through education at the GS-7 grade level: one full year of graduate level study or superior academic achievement that provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to do the work of this position as a human resources specialist. (Eighteen semester hours is generally equivalent to one year of graduate education). NOTE: Applicants must submit supporting transcripts if qualifying based on education.

    Specialized experience at the GS-09 grade level : Federal sector or private sector experience in advising management and staff on staffing policies or program issues; working on staffing tasks for assigned organizations and managers, to include preparing job analysis, assessment tools, vacancy announcements, and generating offer letters; and preparing case files for audit purposes on a regular routine basis. OR

    In lieu of specialized experience, the applicant may qualify through education at the GS-9 grade level: two full years of graduate level study leading to a master's degree, or possess a master's or higher degree that provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to do the work of this position. (Eighteen semester hours is generally equivalent to one year of graduate education). NOTE: Applicants must submit supporting transcripts if qualifying based on education.


    Foreign Education: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Click on the link for a list of accrediting organizations recognized as specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials.

    Additional information

    Recruitment Incentives: Private sector work experience may be approved as credit for your Annual Leave accrual.

    Security and Background Requirements: A background security investigation will be required for all appointees. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action. In addition, if hired, a background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time. Applicants are also advised that all information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation. False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection and/or appropriate disciplinary action.

    E-Verify: If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" System. Federal law requires DHS to use the E-Verify System to verify employment eligibility of all new hires, and as a condition of continued employment obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is an E-Verify Participant.

    Direct Deposit: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

    Career Transition Program (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Documentation: If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee eligible for consideration under the CTAP or ICTAP, you MUST submit proof of eligibility. Appropriate documentation such as a reduction-in-force (RIF) separation notice, an SF-50 reflecting your RIF separation, or a notice of proposed removal for declining a directed reassignment or transfer of function to another commuting area. You MUST also submit documentation to reflect your current (or last) performance rating of record along with your application package. Those eligible for consideration will need to be rated as well-qualified at 85.0 or above on the rating criteria for this position in order to exercise selection priority. For more information about ICTAP, go to:

    EEO Statement: HHS is an equal opportunity employer. Selection for this position will be based solely on merit without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, national origin, political affiliation, disability, sexual orientation, marital or family status, or other differences.

    Telework: Telework is not a guaranteed right for employees. Federal law requires agencies to establish telework programs, but it does not confer upon every employee the ability to telework. Approval to telework is at management's discretion pursuant to applicable policies and procedures.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Your eligibility for consideration and qualifications for the position will be determined based upon a review of your detailed resume and your responses to job specific self-assessment questions. Your resume will be evaluated based on evidence of your ability to demonstrate possession of any specialized experience and how well your background and experience relates to the self-assessment questions in the job announcement.

    The self-assessment questions relate to the following competencies. You do not have to provide a narrative response to the competencies.
    • Attention to Detail
    • Customer Service
    • Recruitment/Placement

    Your responses to the self-assessment questions serve as the basis for your initial rating. You will receive a numerical score based on your responses to these questions. Next, your responses will be evaluated by a Human Resources Specialist and/or a subject matter expert against the information provided in your resume. Your resume must support your answers to the self-assessment questions, or your score may be adjusted or lowered accordingly which may affect your overall final rating. Falsifying your background, education, and/or experience is cause for not hiring you or for changing your scored responses to questions you've answered, which may affect your overall final score.

    Please note that a complete application is required for consideration. (Please review the "Required Documents" section of this job announcement to see what must be included in a complete application).

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Drug test required

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Moderate Risk (MR)

    Trust determination process

    Required Documents

    All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
    • Resume
    • Responses to the Assessment Questionnaire
    • Most Recent SF-50 (indicating time in grade, highest grade and step attained)
    Note: Current or former Federal employees MUST submit a copy of their SF-50 Form which shows competitive service appointment ("position occupied" block 34 on the SF-50 should show a "1"), tenure group (block 24 should show a 1 or 2), grade, and salary. If you are applying for a higher grade, please provide the SF-50 Form which shows the length of time you have been in your current/highest grade (examples of appropriate SF-50s include promotions, With-in Grade/Range Increases, and SF-50s dated a year apart within the same grade/job). If you have promotion potential in your current position, please provide proof. Employees applying with an interchange agreement must provide proof of their permanent appointment. FAILURE TO SUBMIT ALL OF THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION, COULD AFFECT YOU RECEIVING CONSIDERATION AS A STATUS CANDIDATE.

    Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s), which may not be required for all applicants:
    • Other Supporting Documents: (Only submit if applicable to you)
    • College transcript (if qualifying all or in part based on your education)
    • Veterans' Preference documentation - If you are a veteran, you must submit a copy of your DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (Member Copy - 4) and, if applicable, and Application for 10-Point Veterans Preference and an official document dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces that supports your claim.
    • CTAP/ICTAP documentation
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    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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