Human Resources Specialist

Washington, D.C
Oct 05, 2019
Oct 13, 2019
Human Resources
Full Time


The Office of the Inspector General is ranked number 1 in the best places to work in the Department of Justice and is one of the premier inspector general offices in federal government. We are seeking a highly-motivated professional employee with experience in providing superior customer service in support of our mission to detect and deter waste, fraud, abuse, and misconduct is DOJ programs and personnel, and to promote economy and efficiency in those programs.
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If you are selected as an Human Resources Specialist, your responsibilities would include, but would not be limited to:
  • Serving as an expert and advising hiring managers as to the best means for filing vacant positions, considering factors such as advantages of availability of well-qualified candidates and improvement of staffing patterns.
  • Performing complex position analysis, determining position requirements and areas of consideration, etc., and utilizing the most efficient techniques to fill vacancies and meet the personnel goals of the division. Locating, analyzing, and applying qualification standards. Preparing merit promotion evaluation plans.
  • Utilizing USA Staffing to prepare vacancy announcements and best qualified lists for positions in accordance with Delegating Examining procedures, Merit Promotion Plan Procedures, category ratings principles, CTAP & ICTAP requirements. Reviewing personnel actions for accuracy and completion.
  • Recommending policy and practices changes to strengthen and improve the staffing activities, strategies, and techniques.
  • Developing job analysis and questionnaires to document various competencies for positions being recruited.
  • Making use of multiple recruiting strategies including special appointment authorities, such as those for employees with disabilities, displaced employees, certain veterans, and direct hires to complete placements for the organization. Works with senior managers to develop contingency plans and alternatives to accommodate changes in missions, funding, manpower allowances, and technology.
  • Analyzing and classifying individual positions, explaining the standards, classification decisions, the impact of designated duties on classification, and complain and appeal procedures to employees, supervisors, and operating officials or managers.
  • Serving as the program coordinator for one or more individual program areas such as: Pathways, Veterans Employment, Workers' Compensation. Time and Leave Administration, Performance Management, Incentive Award Ceremonies and Special Award Programs, Reasonable Accommodation, Disability Recruitment and Placement, Medicals, New Employee Orientations, Special Training Initiatives, Data System Management, Office Property Management, Office Files Management, or Office Safety program activities.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance.
  • You must be registered for the Selective Service, if applicable.
  • You must successfully pass and are subject to random drug screenings.
  • You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
  • You may be subject to a probationary period.


To qualify for this position at the GS-13 grade level, you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level obtained in the public sector. (Specialized experience is paid or unpaid experience which has equipped you with the specific knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.)

Examples of specialized experience include such duties as serving as an expert and executing recruitment actions under Delegating Examining procedures, Merit Promotion Plan procedures, Pathways procedures, and CTAP and ICTAP requirements; independently preparing Job Opportunity Announcements using an automated system (USA Staffing, etc.,); developing job analysis, crediting plans, and questionnaires; conducting qualifications analysis of applicants and finalizing recruitment package documents; using multiple recruitment strategies and authorities to hire applicants with disabilities, veterans, direct hires, displaced employees, temporary appointments, etc.; providing advice and clarification of recruitment and placement policy and procedures to managers at various levels; reviewing, providing advice, and preparing justifications on various recruitment and pay incentives; providing advisory services for staffing and position classification; applying category rating principals; and coding personnel actions.

Time in Grade Requirement: Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must have 52 weeks of Federal service at the next lower grade level (or equivalent).

You may have to serve a probationary period.


Some federal jobs allow you to substitute your education for the required experience in order to qualify. For this job, you must meet the qualification requirement using experience alone--no substitution of education for experience is permitted.

Additional information

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP/CTAP) . The ICTAP/CTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP/CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP/CTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and (for scored examining) score 85 or better on established ranking criteria OR (for category rating criteria) rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified or better category using established category rating criteria. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP/CTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form. Additional information about ICTAP/CTAP eligibility is at: .

Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA): VEOA allows eligible veterans to apply and compete for positions announced under merit promotion procedures when the hiring agency is recruiting from outside its own workforce. To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, a veteran must be honorably separated and either a preference eligible or have substantially completed three (3) or more years of continuous active military service. If you are applying for a Merit Promotion announcement and wish to be considered under the VEOA, you must submit a copy of the Member Copy 4 of your DD-214, in addition to any other required documents listed on this announcement.

DOJ EEO Statement/Policy:

Reasonable Accommodation Statement: Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Schedule A: DOJ welcomes and encourages applications from persons with disabilities and is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department. DOJ also encourages eligible Schedule A applicants to submit their resumes to , and reference "Federal Career Opportunities" in the subject line. Additional information is found at: .

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. Additional information is found at:

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the online assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the below competencies. You are NOT required to provide a separate narrative written response. Rather, you must describe in your application how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the competencies identified below:
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Oral Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Reasoning
  • Writing
If you are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for further employment consideration.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

  • Resume showing relevant experience. Your resume showing relevant experience and dates the experience was obtained. 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, and social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. (A cover letter is optional).
  • SF-50 (most recent Promotion, Within Rate Increase, or Appointment/Conversion SF-50 or Notification of Personnel Action if you are applying as a current or former Federal Employee) that shows you have acquired competitive status, and the highest grade or promotion potential you held. Current Federal employees employed by the DOJ OIG are not required to submit the SF-50 unless you are applying for a higher grade, and your experience was gained at a Federal agency other than the OIG. Then, you must provide the SF-50 which verifies the length of time you have been in your highest grade and supports your claim for time in grade.
  • CTAP/ICTAP documentation (if applicable)
  • Schedule A documentation (if applicable)
  • An unofficial college transcript (Note: If you are selected for this position, official transcript(s) will be required prior to your first day.) (Use if education is being credited for the purpose of meeting minimum qualification requirements or if grade point average is being used to determine superior academic achievement.)
  • Your Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire.

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