Supervisory Human Resources Specialist

Greenbelt, Maryland
Sep 14, 2019
Sep 22, 2019
Human Resources
Full Time


The Goddard Space Flight Center Human Resources Office (GSFC HRO) seeks a highly skilled human resources leader to serve as Branch Chief of a newly established branch comprised of human resources program advisers and workforce planning consultants.
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  • Do you have a strong desire to lead, inspire and develop people? Do you want your career to leave an enduring impact on others? Do you have a passion for exploration? If you answered yes, we want you! At NASA, the key to our success is our people.
  • We recognize the vital role that supervisors play to empower our diverse workforce to achieve goals. At NASA, supervisors must have a unique combination of technical competence, individual energy, and the ability to connect with and motivate others.
  • In return, we offer a range of missions and people to support, where you'll have the opportunity to contribute to work that matters while helping us create and sustain an environment that fosters connection, engagement, teamwork and innovation.
  • As a Supervisory Human Resources Specialist, you will supervise a team of human resources consultants in the development and execution of human resources programs and workforce plans and strategies to support the NASA mission.
  • You will develop and implement strategic and effective human resources plans and programs to support the Goddard Space Flight Center's evolving mission and programs.
  • You will provide advice and guidance to the HR Director on a wide range of topics, including areas for improvement, resource allocation, and proposed performance metrics for organizational effectiveness.
  • Provide sound technical advice to senior leadership at Goddard Space Flight Center on key HR topics.
  • You will serve as a change agent and foster open communication to ensure HR is poised to meet customer needs and expectations.
  • Provide expert consultative and authoritative advice in the resolution of complex HR problems or issues as well as recommended solutions to address challenges.
  • You will oversee the Goddard Space Flight Center's workforce analytics program and Pathways program including reporting, data analysis, managing key performance indicators and conducting studies.
  • You will identify strategic HR objectives and support development of the workforce master plan for the organization.
  • You will serve as consultant to senior Center and Agency management officials. Plan, implement, and manage a very complex Center-based Agency HR program aligned with the Agency's Strategic Human Capital (HC) Plan.
  • You will deliver innovative, management, and customer-focused human resources (HR) specialty consultative services and products that are high quality, value-added, timely, and supports NASA's vision, mission strategies, values, and business goals.
  • You will define jobs, select employees, and assign work; define technical work requirements and milestones; evaluate the organization and employee accomplishments by accepting or rejecting work products.
  • You will present and defend organization and employees work to senior management and Agency and other Federal HR and Business Partner (BP) offices.
  • You will recommend employee promotions and recognition; approve leave; implement performance modifications, and take corrective actions as appropriate.
  • You will strategically partner with other Centers and Headquarters HR managers and senior officials on significant HR challenges that have a broad Agency impact and may serve as a model for the Federal civil service.
  • You will provide assistance and leadership to organizations in assessing strengths, weakness, and effectiveness; and defines and explores options to expand or enhance organizational capabilities.
  • Develop strategies for improving organizational effectiveness.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel may be required for training or other work-related duties

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must meet qualifications requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
  • You must complete a financial disclosure statement.
  • Position requires public trust background investigation.
  • A one year supervisory probationary period may be required.
  • A one-year probationary period may be required.


You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GS-14), which has equipped you with the particular competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of the position described above.

Specialized experience is defined as leading the consultation of federal human resources programs and strategic workforce planning programs; and planning, designing, and implementing analysis for forecasting talent supply and demand, and developing strategies to mitigate workforce gaps.

You will provide equal opportunity in all Federal human capital and employment programs.

You will be expected to make decisions regardless of race, color, gender, national origin, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, affiliation or non-affiliation with a labor organization, political affiliation, or status as a parent.


There are no education requirements for this position.

Additional information

As identical vacancies are identified, additional selections may be made.

This position is announced in conjunction with vacancy announcement number (GS19C0203) open to status and certain noncompetitive candidates. Two positions will be filled as a result of these two vacancy announcements.

Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. See 'How You Will Be Evaluated' for definition of well qualified. Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP consideration must indicate their eligibility when applying for a position. The USAJOBS resume asks you to identify your ICTAP eligibility; the NASA Supplemental Information asks you to identify your CTAP eligibility. If you are selected for the position, you must be prepared to submit proof that you meet the requirements for CTAP/ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location.

As a condition of employment, male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. In order to receive preference in hiring, you must clearly identify your claim for veterans preference on your resume.

NASA's Applicant Guide provides the information needed to assist you in determining whether or not you can claim 5 or 10 point veterans preference. You should not submit documents to prove your eligibility for veterans preference at this time. However, you must be prepared to submit proof of veterans preference (DD-214, and, if claiming 10-point preference, SF-15 plus proof required by that form) as requested by the Human Resources Office. Veterans preference will only be considered based on what is supported For instance, if you claim 10-point preference, but are only able to document 5-point preference, you will be considered accordingly. If you fail to provide the required documents within the stated time period, we may withdraw a job offer and/or remove you from further consideration.

Your USAJOBS account asks you to assign a name to each of your resumes. When you apply to a NASA position, we will show you the text of the resume you have submitted, but we do not maintain the name you have assigned to that resume. If you wish to keep track of that information, we recommend you make note of it at the time you apply.

Fair Employment Opportunities for Applicants
NASA Credit for National Service

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

NASA uses an automated system (Resumix) that matches the competencies extracted from your resume to the competencies identified by the selecting official for the position. Based on the competencies you match, you are placed in one of three categories identified as 90, 80, or 70 pt. quality categories, which are defined as:

90 pt. Category - Tentatively meets (until subsequent confirmation upon referral) the basic qualification requirements identified in the vacancy announcement and has experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated superior proficiency in the primary requirements of the position.

80 pt. Category - Tentatively meets (until subsequent confirmation upon referral) the basic qualification requirements identified in the vacancy announcement and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the primary requirements of the position.

70 pt. Category - Fails to meet criteria described in the 80 pt. category.

Additional application guidance is available in NASA's Applicant Guide .

Information for Veterans : The Category Rating Process protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet qualification requirements and have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed at the top of the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher.

For the purpose of the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) and the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), candidates rated in the top quality category are considered well-qualified.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Required Documents

NASA's application process has been specifically developed to ensure that we only ask you for the information we absolutely need to evaluate your qualifications and eligibility. In order to apply for this position, you only need to submit your resume and answer the screening questions and supplemental information. No additional documentation is accepted at the time of application. (For example you need not submit narrative 'KSA' statements; they are not required and will not be evaluated.) In this way we allow you to focus on preparing a resume that best describes your background and abilities. For assistance in preparing your resume, consult the Applicant Guide . Nothing further is required until requested by the Human Resources Office. At that point, we may ask you to submit documentation to support statements made in your resume. For example, we may ask you to provide academic transcripts or proof of Federal employment status. If you are claiming veterans' preference, we may ask you to submit proof of veterans preference (DD-214, and, if claiming 10-point preference, SF-15 plus proof required by that form). If you fail to provide the required documents within the stated time period, we may withdraw a job offer and/or remove you from further consideration.

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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