Human Resources Specialist (Recruitment)

Washington, D.C
Sep 17, 2019
Sep 18, 2019
Human Resources
Full Time


This position is located in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)/Operations Division/Office of Human Capital in Washington, DC, and is responsible for developing innovative recruitment, outreach, marketing, and hiring strategies to attract and retain a highly qualified, diverse, and competent workforce for the CFPB.

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This position is also open under 19-CFPB-208-MP for all candidates who are: 1. Within the local commuting area and are current or former federal employees qualifying as Status Candidates, Federal employees currently serving on a VRA, CTAP/ICTAP eligible, eligible for special hiring authorities (e.g., the Schedule A appointment for persons with disabilities, or covered by an Interchange Agreement); OR 2. Individuals, no matter where you reside, who are VEOA eligibles; OR 3. Land Management employees eligible through Public Law 114-47.

As a CN-53 Talent Acquisition Specialist you will:

-Design, develop, and implement targeted, but flexible recruitment and outreach strategies based on the Bureau's staffing and workforce plans including:
  • Create and implement the campus recruiting strategy in line with entry level and developmental programs. Determine mix of campus events, virtual events, and other outreach activities to attract a diverse and well qualified pool of applicants.
  • Create and implement the online strategy to build the Bureau's employment brand among diverse, well qualified, passive job seekers. Online strategy will include social media, database mining, job advertisements, and other emerging outreach strategies.
  • Attend recruitment events and ensure Bureau representation at all registered events. Provide training to Bureau employees who are participating in recruiting events.
  • Source and attract candidates for highly specialized, difficult to fill positions such as senior level executive positions as well as high volume hiring efforts, such as Examiner hiring.

-Work closely with Staffing Consultants, hiring managers, and senior CFPB managers, developing and implementing innovative human resource approaches that result in the employment, and retention of the best qualified employees.

-Represent the "face of the Bureau," i.e., market the Bureau as an "employer of choice." This includes participating in the design, development, and promotion of an effective marketing brand and "selling" the Bureau through a variety of selected media, forums, networks, and career fairs, etc., that serve to motivate potential candidates to apply, including maximizing the use of social media.

-Participate as a senior member on ad hoc cross-functional teams tasked with identifying new recruitment strategies and flexibilities that will close skills gaps identified in the Bureau's workforce and succession plans. Summarize findings and recommendations and present to senior CFPB staff.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Please refer to "Conditions of Employment."
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  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S National
  • Public Trust background investigation will be required

The experience may have been gained in either the public or private sector or volunteer service . One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week on your résumé.


You must meet the following requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.

Specialized experience: For the CN-53, you must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the CN-52grade level in the Federal service. (For qualification purposes, the CN-52 is broadly equivalent to the GS-12.) Specialized experience for this position is defined as:

Knowledge of recruiting and outreach practices, principles, and techniques, especially those consistent with federal government hiring regulations;

Developing and implementing a data driven strategic recruitment strategy with a special focus on digital and event based marketing (i.e. social media, database mining, job advertisement, and other emerging outreach strategies);

Creating innovative methods to build employment brand among diverse, well qualified job seekers;

Advising managers and supervisors in the area of talent acquisition.


Additional information

- We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
- This is a non-bargaining unit position.
- We offer opportunities for telework.
- We offer opportunities for flexible work schedules.
-Ethics: Bureau employees are subject to government-wide ethical standards of conduct, financial disclosure requirements, and post-employment prohibitions, which applicants may review at In addition, employees must comply with the Supplemental Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (5 CFR 9401), which, among other things, prohibit an employee or the employee's spouse or minor child from owning or controlling a debt or equity interest in an entity supervised by the Bureau. Regulations also impose restrictions on the outside activities of certain Bureau employees, including examiners and attorneys. Applicants may review the Bureau ethics regulations and a summary of the regulations at Questions regarding these requirements and prohibitions should be directed to the Bureau Ethics Office at .

- A one year probationary period may be required.
- Must successfully complete a background investigation.
- Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment, at the time requested by the agency
- If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
- Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9 . Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your application includes your résumé, responses to the online questions, and required supporting documents. Please be sure that your résumé includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position; failure to provide sufficient evidence in your resume may result in a "not qualified" determination.

Rating: Your application will be evaluated in the following areas: Quality Results, Inclusive Relationships, Building Capacity, and Analytical Thinking.

Category rating will be used to rank and select eligible candidates. If qualified, you will be assigned to one of three quality level categories, A, B or C depending on your responses to the online questions, regarding your experience, education, and training related to this position. Your rating may be lowered if your responses to the online questions are not supported by the education and/or experience described in your application.

Veterans' preference is applied after applicants are assessed. Preference-eligibles will be listed at the top of their assigned category and considered before non-preference-eligibles in that category. Qualified preference-eligibles with a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest category.

Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to a selecting official for consideration. You may be required to participate in a selection interview.

If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee (eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) ) you must be assigned the middle category or better to be rated as "well qualified" to receive special selection priority.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Required Documents

It is anticipated that there will be significant interest in the announcement. As a result, the announcement will close at 11:59 p.m. ET on the date of receipt of the 150th application or at 11:59 p.m. ET on 09/17/2019; whichever occurs first. Any required documents should be submitted at the time that you apply as documents will not be accepted after the vacancy closes.

A complete application includes 1. A résumé, 2. Vacancy question responses, and 3. Submission of any required documents. Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you may not be considered for this position (or may not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible).

Please ensure all required documents, including any required work samples, narratives, or other materials as stated in this announcement, are attached to your application package. Documents can be uploaded under the category of "Cover Letter".

All applicants are required to submit a résumé either by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one of their own choosing. (Cover letters are optional.) To receive full credit for relevant experience, please list the month/date/year and number of hours worked for experience listed on your résumé. We suggest that you preview the online questions, as you may need to customize your résumé to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. Please view résumé tips .

VETERANS' PREFERENCE DOCUMENTATION: If you are claiming veterans preference, please see applicant guide for required documentation . In order to be considered for veterans preference, you must submit all required documentation as outlined in the applicant guide.

CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN (CTAP) OR INTERAGENCY CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN (ICTAP) DOCUMENTATION: If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee, click CTAP/ICTAP for eligibility and a detailed list of required documents you must submit in order to be eligible.

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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