Supervisory Human Resources Specialist

District of Columbia, D.C
Sep 21, 2019
Sep 24, 2019
Human Resources
Full Time


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Serving as a point of contact and providing advisory services and guidance on judges' pay and benefits from time of nomination, through appointment, active status, retirement, and survivor benefits as applicable. Benefits include federal employees' health and life insurance benefits, the Thrift Savings Plan, as well as retirement systems unique to federal judges and their survivors which are administered directly by the Judges Compensation and Retirement Division (JCRD). Information is provided one-on-one with judges, their spouses, and survivors in individual consultations, correspondence and written materials, and program briefings. Major duties include:

Managing the work of the Divisions' Judges Personnel and Payroll Advisory Services Team and the Judges Retirement and Advisory Services Team to include developing process improvements to enhance accuracy and efficiency;

Establishing performance goals and standards, completing performance reviews, coaching and coordinating staff development and training as needed to support Division work.

Providing a variety of data and reporting services in response to annual audit processes for the retirement trust funds, and coordinating the annual audit process with outside accounting and actuary contracting firms and Division staff to include conducting research and providing explanations and responses to audit findings;

Providing information and advisory services on pay, benefits and retirement issues for justices, judges, judge's spouses, and survivors on complex and sensitive benefits issues such as those involving spouse equity and Social Security/Medicare benefits;

Conducting briefings for judge nominees and presentations throughout the country to judges and their spouses, including at Circuit Judicial Conferences, orientations, workshops, and meetings;

Serving as the Division's primary point of contact on Social Security and Medicare program guidance.

Preparing written communications and notifications to judges, court officials, AO employees, and persons external to the judiciary and assists with preparing research and documentation in support of Judicial Conference Committees and judges' advisory group meetings; and

Completing time sensitive special projects and responding to inquiries from the White House, Congress and other high-level requests as directed by the Chief of the Division.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • All information is subject to verification. Applicants are advised that false answers or omissions of information on application materials or inability to meet the following conditions may be grounds for non-selection, withdrawal of an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed.
  • Selection for this position is contingent upon completion of OF-306, Declaration of Federal Employment during the pre-employment process and proof of U.S. citizenship for competitive status positions or conversion to a competitive status position with the Administrative Office of the US Courts. In instances where non-citizens are considered for hire into temporary or any other position with non competitive status or when it is confirmed by the AO's Human Resources Office that there are no qualified U.S. citizens for a competitive status position (unless prohibited by a law or statue), non-citizens must provide proof of authorization to work in the United States and proof of entitlement to receive compensation. Additional information on the employment of non-citizens can be found at . For a list of documents that may be used to provide proof of citizenship or authorization to work in the United States, please refer to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification .
  • All new AO employees will be required to complete a FBI fingerprint-based national criminal database and records check and pass a public trust suitability check.
  • All new AO employees must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of pay before appointment.
  • You will be required to serve a trial period if selected for a first-time appointment to the Federal government, transferring from another Federal agency, or serving as a first-time supervisor. Failure to successfully complete the trial period may result in termination of employment.
  • If appointed to a temporary position, management may have the discretion of converting the position to permanent depending upon funding and staffing allocation.
  • Relocation expenses may be provided, but only if authorized by the Director of the AO.

  • Qualifications

    Applicants must have demonstrated experience as listed below. This requirement is according to the AO Classification, Compensation, and Recruitment Systems which include interpretive guidance and reference to the OPM Operating Manual for Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions.

    Specialized Experience : Specialized Experience: One full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience in or directly related to the work of this position. Specialized experience must have demonstrated all of the following:
  • Providing leadership, supervision, and managing performance of teams of professionals to coordinate, deliver, and improve program operations to meet organizational needs.
  • Knowledge of human resources programs, audits procedures and experience with policy research and development; and
  • Demonstrated ability communicating complex benefits information to senior officials in face-to-face situations, by preparing written information and developing and presenting formal briefings.

  • Preferred not required: Knowledge of Medicare and Social Security benefits


    This position does not require education to qualify.

    Additional information

    The AO is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    We will review your resume and supporting documentation and compare this information to your responses on the occupational questionnaire to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for this job. If you meet the minimum qualifications for this job, we will evaluate your application package, to assess the quality, depth, and complexity of your accomplishments, experience, and education as they relate to the requirements listed in this vacancy announcement.

    You should be aware that your ratings are subject to evaluation and verification. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your resume and/or narrative responses, you will be assigned a rating commensurate to your described experience. Failure to submit the mandatory narrative responses will result in not receiving full consideration and/or rating credit. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you, withdrawing an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Not Required

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

    For this job announcement the following documents and/or information are required:
    • Resume - Any written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications.
    • Citizenship - Include country of citizenship on resume.
    • Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) - All applicants outside of the AO must submit a copy of your latest SF-50 to verify current or former Federal employment status.
    • Veterans Preference documentation - Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD Form 214), if applicable Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (SF-15) and an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying to the veteran's present receipt of compensation.

    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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