Human Resources Specialist (Policy)

Washington, D.C
Nov 05, 2019
Nov 12, 2019
Human Resources
Full Time


The incumbent serves as an Human Resources (HR) Specialist at the Senior Level (SL) in the Office of Chief Human Capital Officer (CHCO). The Office of the CHCO is responsible for providing the full range of Human Capital/Human Resources (HC/HR) services to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The Human Resources Policy Advisor (HRPA) serves as the primary consultant for managing CHCO's policy directives and handbooks; negotiating with customers and stakeholders on policy development.
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The incumbent serves as the primary advisor on managing HC/HR policy directives and handbooks, negotiating with customers and stakeholders to develop an annual plan of specific policy development and revisions, identifying emerging policy requirements, and ensuring consistency among all VA HC/HR-related policies and directives.

The incumbent acts as an agent to Office of the CHCO in tracking new statutes and regulations and ensures HR policy services issue Policy Alerts and moves toward policy development in accordance with established HC/HR policy development process.

The HR Policy Advisor (HR Specialist) works with HC/HR policy services to ensure that policy assessment plans and metrics are developed and tracked on systematic and regular bases. Works with HC/HR policy services and their customers and stakeholders to identify and develop legislative initiatives, presenting them to various review and appeal boards within VA and as well as to outside entities, as appropriate. Develops new and/or improved strategies to delivering policy directives, and handbooks electronically to customers, especially those in VA field facilities. Represents the Department at inter-agency meetings on HC/HR legislative and policy discussions and proposals.

The incumbent provides continuing advice and interacts with CHCO staff concerning the full range of HC/HR policies including evaluating internal processes and recommending/implementing procedures to ensure efficient application VA-wide. The HC/HR policy expertise rendered by the incumbent contributes to the overall success of the HC and HR staff VA-wide.

The position is critical to ensuring that VA's HC/HR policies continue to provide competitive pay, benefits, and employment practices that are critical to VA's ability to attract the best available healthcare professionals, benefits staff, and management staff. This position is critical to the Department's ability to address key pay and retention issues for mission critical occupations and senior officials.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • US citizenship is required.
  • One year probationary period required for initial SES appointment.
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • Incumbents of this position will be subject to a background investigation commensurate with the risk and sensitivity level of the position.
  • Successful completion of drug screening required.
  • Public Financial Disclosure Report (SF-278) is required.
  • May be subject to reassignment geographically or organizationally.


Applicants must have one or more years of specialized experience that clearly demonstrates the following knowledge, skills, and abilities below. This training and/or experience MUST be reflected by descriptions of your experience in your resume. IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Applicants must possess training and experience that clearly demonstrates the following knowledge, skills, and abilities. This training and/or experience MUST be reflected by descriptions of your experience in your resume.
  • Ability to manage HR policy directives and handbooks, identify emerging policy requirement, and ensure consistency among all subordinate organizations within a large, multifunctional, and geographically dispersed HR environment..
  • Skill and experience acting as an agent of senior executives for policy and programs in tracking new statutes and regulations and ensuring HR offices issue new and updated policies in accordance with established policy development processes.
  • Skill and experience in representing an organization on issues relating to HR legislative and policy discussions and proposals.
  • Ability to build coalitions, establish and maintain effective relationships and build consensus among stakeholders (internal and external) in the development, review, and revision of HR policies.
  • Knowledge of the process (e.g., participation of stakeholders, legislative process, union requirements, etc.) necessary for approval and implementation of HR Federal policy, legislation, and regulations.


Additional information

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Step 1: Review of resume for minimum qualifications (not to exceed 5 pages).

Step 2. SES Panel review to determine Best Qualified applicants for referral to selective official.

Step 3. Approval by the Selecting Official (may include additional screening such as interviews, background and reference checks)

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

A complete application for this position includes the following items:

1. Resume which demonstrates your experience, accomplishment, training, education and awards reflecting your ability to meet each of the MANDATORY Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required for this position. Elaborate on your experience and accomplishments, highlighting your level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of programs managed, work objectives met (results of your efforts), policy initiatives and level of contact. Ensure your resume does not exceed five (5) pages. Information beyond the five page resume will not be evaluated. DO NOT submit the application form OF-612, Optional Application for Federal Employment in lieu of a resume. DO NOT submit separate narrative responses to address the technical qualifications.

2. Your resume should include three references with at least one being the current or prior supervisor. Reference(s) will not be contacted without your permission.

3. Complete responses to the Occupational Questionnaire.

4. Proof of competitive status: (Proof consists of an SF-50 showing career/career conditional status in the competitive service.)

5. Documentation in support of eligibility under a special hiring authority. (e.g. DD-214 for VEOA, CTAP/ICTAP, Schedule A authority, etc.).

Non-Competitive Consideration: You are considered a non-competitive applicant if you are on a current career Senior Level (SL) appointment; an individual with SL reinstatement eligibility; or a current career Senior Executive Service (SES) member who has competitive service reinstatement eligibility (at any grade level) to any position in the competitive service. You may be considered non-competitively for appointment to this position if you meet the qualifications requirements. Proof of non-competitive eligibility is required. Proof consists of an SF-50 showing career/career conditional status on an SL appointment, or SES General or SES Career Reserved status and for SES members, proof of Qualifications Review Board (QRB) certification.

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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