Human Resources Specialist (Labor and Employee Relations), GS-201-12/13 (MP) (Labor and Employee Rel

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Aug 23, 2019
Closes
Aug 29, 2019
Function
Human Resources
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This position is located in Office of Finance and Operations (OFO), Office of Human Resources (OHR), Workforce Relations Division (WRD), Labor and Employee Relations (LER) Branch, Washington, DC. WRD provides operational support to the Department in the areas of: Performance management; award; benefits administration; work life program; labor relations; conduct and discipline; leave administration; reasonable accommodations; and grievances.

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Responsibilities

APPLICATION LIMIT: This vacancy announcement is limited to the first 100 applications received and will close at 11:59PM Eastern Time on the day that we receive the 100th application, or at 11:59PM Eastern Time on the listed closing date, whichever occurs first.

We encourage you to read this entire vacancy announcement prior to submitting your application.

As a Human Resources Specialist (LER), GS-201-12/13, you will be responsible for:
• Providing expert guidance and assistance on a variety of labor and employee relations matters;
• Analyzing and evaluating complex issues, projects or programs, providing formal and informal assistance and advice related to the labor and employee relations programs;
• Managing and resolving conflicts, grievances, confrontations, or disagreements in a constructive manner consistent with applicable laws, rule, and regulations;
• Identifying complex, interrelated problems; determining accuracy and relevance of information; using sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and making recommendations;
• Representing the Department, or acting as a technical advisor, on third party actions as necessary {i.e. grievance hearings, arbitrations, mediations, FLRA proceedings (i.e. unfair labor practices, representation disputes, etc.), MSPB proceedings, EEOC proceedings, etc.}

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
13

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Relocation will not be paid.
  • Must be a US Citizen


You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

If you are a current federal employee, you must meet all time-in-grade and time-after competitive appointment qualifications within 30 days of the closing date of this vacancy announcement. To verify that you meet these requirements, we will review your responses to the core eligibility questions on the occupational questionnaire, as well as your submitted resume and required documents. To make an accurate determination, you will need to include on your resume your federal position title, pay plan, occupational series, grade level, agency, dates for which you held the grade level (stated as MM/YYYY to MM/YYYY, OR MM/YYYY to PRESENT), and total hours worked per week.

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).

Qualifications

Minimum Qualification Requirements
In order to qualify for the Human Resources Specialist (LER), GS-201-12/13, you meet the following requirements:

GS-12
At least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the federal service or equivalent:

1. Advising supervisors on complex, controversial, and/or sensitive employee relations matters (i.e., disciplinary and adverse actions, performance management and awards, administrative grievances, appeals, investigations, leave administration, work schedules, and probationary period terminations); preparing for, and participating in, third party appeals such as MSPB, EEO, etc.

2. Researching and applying a wide range of Federal sector employee and labor relations theories, concepts, laws, rules, regulations, precedents, procedures, and case law.

3. Providing holistic advice and guidance on the interpretation/application of labor agreements, negotiability and representation issues, unfair labor practices, and negotiated grievance procedures. Preparing for, and participating in, arbitrations and other third party forums under the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute..

GS-13

At least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the federal service or equivalent:

1. Advising supervisors on complex, controversial, and/or sensitive employee relations matters (i.e., disciplinary and adverse actions, performance management and awards, administrative grievances, appeals, investigations, leave administration, work schedules, and probationary period terminations); preparing for, and participating in, third party appeals such as MSPB, EEO, etc.

2. Researching and applying a wide range of Federal sector employee and labor relations theories, concepts, laws, rules, regulations, precedents, procedures, and case law.

3. Providing holistic advice and guidance on the interpretation/application of labor agreements, negotiability and representation issues, unfair labor practices, and negotiated grievance procedures. Preparing for, and participating in, arbitrations and other third party forums under the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute..

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs)
The quality of your experience will be measured by the extent to which you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). You do not need to provide separate narrative responses to these KSAs, as they will be measured by your responses to the occupational questionnaire (you may preview the occupational questionnaire by clicking the link at the end of the Evaluations section of this vacancy announcement).
1. Knowledge of, and skill in applying, a wide range of civil service laws, regulations, Executive Orders, case law and policies dealing with labor relations and employee relations.
2. Ability to make informed judgments on problems and issues and perceive the impact and implications of decisions.
3. Ability to persuade others to accept recommendations, cooperate, or change their behavior/position.
4. Analytical skill sufficient to identify, evaluate and recommend to management the appropriate human resources interventions.
5. Advanced skill in applying a wide range of consultative skills.

Education

Additional information

Veterans' Career Counseling: If you are a veteran interested in receiving tips on preparing a Federal resume and/or how to prepare for an interview, you may email Iwork@ed.gov to schedule a session with a career counselor ("Veterans Counseling Session" should be placed in the subject line of the email).

Student Loan Default: If selected for this position, we will verify that you have not defaulted on any loan funded or guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Education. If you are found to be in default, we will contact you to make arrangements for repayment prior to making an official offer of employment.

Suitability and Investigation: If selected for this position, you will be required to complete the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) to determine your suitability for federal employment and successfully complete a pre-appointment investigation/background check.

Essential/Non-Essential: This position is considered non-essential for purposes of reporting to work during federal government closures.

Financial Disclosure: This position requires financial disclosure.

Telework: This position is telework eligible.

Bargaining Unit: This position is not included in the bargaining unit.

Selections: Agencies have broad authority under law to hire from any appropriate source of eligibles and may fill a vacancy in the competitive service by any method authorized. We may make additional selections from this vacancy announcement within 90 days from the date the selection certificates are issued, should vacancies occur. We may also share selection certificates amongst program offices across the agency.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

We use a multi-step process to review and evaluate applicants:

1. Eligibility and Minimum Qualifications
Once the vacancy announcement closes, we will review your submitted resume and documents to determine if you meet the eligibility and minimum qualification requirements, including any required education, experience, and/or selective placement factors. You will be rated as ineligible if you are outside of the area of consideration (i.e., who may apply) or your application is missing any required documents. You will be rated as not qualified if you do not possess the minimum qualification requirements.

2. Rating and Ranking
If you are found to meet both the eligibility and minimum qualification requirements, we will assess the quality of your experience and the extent to which you possess the required KSAs by comparing your submitted resume and documents against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. (The occupational questionnaire is the list of questions in the automated system that you will have an opportunity to answer once you apply for the position).

Based on the outcome of this evaluation, you will be assigned a numerical score (out of 100 possible). If your responses to the occupational questionnaire are not substantiated by your submitted resume, you may be eliminated from receiving further consideration.

3. Referral and Selection
If you are found to be amongst the most highly qualified applicants, you will be referred to the selecting official. As part of the assessment and selection process, the selecting official may invite you to participate in a structured interview, check your references, and/or request that you submit a writing sample or complete a written assessment or exercise to further evaluate your qualifications for this position.

To preview questions please click here .

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Other

Drug test required
No

Required Documents

You must submit (REQUIRED FOR ALL APPLICANTS):
• A resume demonstrating your education, experience, training, and accomplishments as it relates to the qualifications for this position and substantiating your responses to the occupational questionnaire.

If you are a current or former federal employee (including current U.S. Department of Education employees), you must also submit:
• A Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50), which demonstrates your competitive status eligibility. To verify your eligibility, we will review your SF-50 to determine your tenure (block 24) and position occupied (block 34). Examples of sufficient SF-50s include appointments, promotions, within-grade increases, and pay adjustments.

If you currently hold or previously held a federal position at or above the highest grade of this position or you have/had promotion potential at or above the highest grade of this position, you must also submit an SF-50 documenting your highest grade level held or promotion potential. Examples of sufficient SF-50s include appointments and promotions.

• A Copy of your Performance Appraisal and Awards, as applicable. Your performance appraisal and awards are requested to further assess the quality of your experience should your application be referred to the selecting official.

If you are claiming eligibility under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA), you must submit:
• A copy of your DD-214 that shows active service and character of discharge, member copy 4 (Separated Members only); OR
• A certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions within 120 days from the date of application (Current Active Duty Members only); AND/OR
• The Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (SF-15) AND all documents indicated on the form as proof of type of preference.

If you are claiming selection priority under Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), please visit:
CTAP: http://www.ed.gov/about/jobs/open/edhires/ctap.html
ICTAP: http://www.ed.gov/about/jobs/open/edhires/ictap.html

If you are claiming eligibility under any Special Hiring Authority, you must submit:
• Adequate proof of your eligibility (e.g., Documentation of noncompetitive eligibility as a returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Documentation of noncompetitive eligibility for employment under Schedule A as a person with severe physical disabilities, psychiatric disabilities, and intellectual disabilities.)

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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