Human Resources Specialist (Classification)

District of Columbia, D.C
Oct 11, 2019
Oct 19, 2019
Human Resources
Full Time


You are encouraged to read the entire announcement before you submit your application package. Your application may not receive full consideration if you do not follow the instructions as outlined.

This position is located in the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center , 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC., in the Human Capital and Talent Management (HCTM),

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As a Human Resources Specialist you will be responsible for:

• Carrying out routine position classification and position management activities.

• Planning and carrying out classification projects and studies of significant scope and unusual complexity assessing progress towards agency goals and as needed, determining alternative courses of action.

• Supporting the administering and the implementation of changes in classification standards and requirements.

• Coordinating precedent-setting classification actions having an agency-wide impact with senior officials and program managers, explaining in detail the rationale for classification findings.

• Evaluating problems, deficiencies, and inadequacies in classification programs and policies, and develops proposals and recommendations to address identified issues.

• Providing management advisory assistance to senior managers in establishing new or reorganized functions that have an agency-wide impact or are of unusual significance or complexity.

• Collaborating with Bureaus in the formulation of personnel plans.

Travel Required

25% or less - Travel requirement is to USAID Missions Worldwide

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential
13 - Full Performance Level is GS-13


Conditions of Employment

  • U. S. Citizenship is required
  • Relevant experience (see Qualifications below)
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance
  • Males born after 12/31/1959, must be registered with the Selective Service
  • Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) is required
  • Most recent SF-50 showing tenure code "1" or "2" (see Required Documents)

Time-in-grade requirements must be met by the closing date. This means that you must have served at least 52 weeks at the next grade level (or equivalent) below the grade advertised on this vacancy announcement.


GS-13: You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-12 level. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. Examples of qualifying specialized experience at the next lower level for this position include:

Experience using Federal Human Resource Management (HRM) principles, concepts, laws, regulations and practices for position classification which a full knowledge and understanding of federal position classification policies, issues and practices. Experience leading change management and operation improvement initiatives to enhance classification program compliance for a multi-facet international federal organization;skill in providing accurate and timely staff work, i.e., studies, reports as well as program evaluations for review by HR Senior Management and organization leadership;expert experience in federal position classification to lead and implement enhance and accurate position for Foreign Service National employees;experience leading change management and operation improvement initiatives to enhance classification program compliance for a multi-facet international federal organization.

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). 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, relevant to the duties of the position to be filled, including volunteer experience.


This position does not have a positive education requirement. Therefore, no Transcripts are required.

Additional information

This announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies within 5 months of the closing date.

These are Testing Designated Positions (TDP's) under the Agency's approved Drug Free Work Place Program. All applicants selected for this position will be subject to random drug testing once they begin working for the Agency.

Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer is required.

Mythbuster on Federal Hiring Policies:

EEO Policy: EEO Policy Statement

Reasonable Accommodation Policy: Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement

Veterans' Information: Veterans Information


Selective Service Registration: .

It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. Information about an individual's employment experience will be used only to determine the person's qualifications and to assess his or her relative level of knowledge, skills, and abilities. Although an individual's personal conduct may be relevant in any employment decision, including conduct during periods of unemployment or evidence of dishonesty in handling financial matters, financial difficulty that has arisen through no fault of the individual will generally not itself be the basis of an unfavorable suitability or fitness determination.

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 application package to ensure you meet the job and eligibility requirements, including the education and/or experience required for this position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/ No, Multiple Choice questions) to determine if your answers to the assessment questionnaire are supported in your resume. If your answers to the online assessment questionnaire are not supported in the resume it will affect your eligibility for further consideration. You may be found "not qualified" if you do not possess the minimum competencies required for the position. If your application is incomplete, we will rate you as ineligible. Candidates that are rated as Highly Qualified will be referred to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.

The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies:
  • Technical Competence
  • Customer Service
  • Communication
  • Planning and Program Evaluation
  • Team Building
  • Resilience

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

  • Resume showing relevant experience.
  • CTAP/ ICTAP Eligibles: Must submit a copy of the appropriate documentation such as a reduction-in-force (RIF) separation notice, a SF-50 reflecting your RIF separation, or a notice of proposed removal for declining a direct reassign or transfer of function to another commuting area.
  • If this position requires proof of higher education, you must include a copy of your transcript (unofficial or official) or a list of courses that includes the following information: name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. Please refer to for more information. Please be advised that an official transcript will be required if you are selected for the position.
  • Most recent copy of your SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action); your document must reflect grade, step, tenure code "1" (Career) or "2" (Career-Conditional), and type of position occupied.
  • Veterans' documentation, if requesting consideration under any Veterans' hiring eligibilities ( veterans' preference and Veterans Employment Opportunities Act ). If seeking eligibility based on any other special hiring authority (e.g. disabled veteran, Schedule A, special hiring programs ).
  • Peace Corps letter

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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