Human Resources Specialist (Classification/Recruitment & Placement)

Washington, D.C
Nov 08, 2019
Nov 15, 2019
Human Resources
Full Time


This position serves as a Human Resource (HR) Specialist for the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM), Office of Management Services, Office of Human Resources. It is responsible for providing day-to-day expert level operating support to assigned organizational components, in the delivery of staffing and classification services, as well as participating in the development and evaluation of agency-wide policies and programs on a variety of workforce management issues.
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The full performance level the position will provide expert level Position Classification, Personnel Staffing, and Recruitment and Placement support to assigned organizations, including agency headquarters offices, the Voice of America (VOA), and the Office of Cuba Broadcasting (OCB).

Position Classification
- Effects all position classification actions, including major reorganizations, significant changes in mission and functions, new programs, appeals, new positions, etc. to improve overall program management. Develops standard position descriptions covering major groups of jobs within the agency to establish and maintain a uniform approach to, and consistency in, classifications. Conducts studies of major occupations and/or organizations and recommends changes in organizational structure, workflow, job design, etc., to improve overall program management. Reviews and comments on proposed classification standards issued by OPM, which cover positions in the organization. Plans, develops, and writes policy and procedures on position management and position classification, as needed.

Personnel Staffing, Recruitment, and Placement - Provides day-to-day staffing and recruitment support for a broad range of administrative, technical, and clerical positions, including International Broadcaster positions, GS-2 through GS-15, for assigned organizations. Plans and coordinates recruiting efforts and advises managers of alternate hiring mechanisms to ensure staffing goals are met. Develops job analysis and crediting plans to identify the best qualified candidates. Evaluates qualifications of applicants, Counsels prospective candidates for employment, and processes personnel action requests. Conducts studies and surveys to analyze and evaluate agency staffing and recruiting programs and policies. Prepares reports and recommendations for management consideration. Develops workforce plans for agency headquarters, VOA and/or OCB. Designs, develops and implements staffing and recruitment policies and programs through the Agency's Merit Promotion Program to meet the Agency's unique staffing needs. Researches and resolves major staffing problems or issues, which impact on Agency operations. Develops and implements innovative solutions. Evaluates the impact of new OPM regulations or programs, and recommends plans for their implementation into current operations.

Assignments at GS-11 and GS-12 will involve providing operational staffing and classification to assigned organizations, typically not including developing policy and procedures. These assignments will be structured to develop incumbents to perform at the expert level, as described above.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. citizenship required
  • Candidates MUST meet all qualification requirements by closing date.
  • If selected, this position will require the completion of the SF-85.
  • Applicants must complete online questionnaire.
  • This position is not covered by a union agreement.


GS-13: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, GS-12, which is directly related to this line of work. Specialized experience at this level includes performing both position classification and personnel staffing assignments that includes advising managers and supervisors on complex issues and developing policies and/or procedures, as well as involving considering organizational impact and the impact of advice and recommendations on other functional areas of Human Resources.

GS-12: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, GS-11, which is directly related to this line of work. Specialized experience at this level includes performing the full range of operational level position classification and personnel staffing assignments, including providing advice and guidance to managers and supervisors.

GS-11: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, GS-09, which is directly related to this line of work. Specialized experience at this level includes performing assignments in either position classification or personnel staffing that provide a background in that specialization, as well as some knowledge of other HR functions.


There is no specific educational requirement and no substitution of education for experience at GS-12 or GS-13; however, education, especially that which includes relevant coursework, as supported by transcripts, may be considered as enhancing during the selection process.

At GS-11 level, you may substitute education for specialized experience as follows:

You have successfully completed 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education of Ph.D. LLM, if related, or equivalent Doctoral degree;


You have a combination of successfully completed graduate level education beyond the first year of progressive graduate study, and specialized experience at GS-09 that together meet 100% of the qualification requirements for the position.

Additional information

1. If you are a current career or career-conditional federal employee or former federal employee who has reinstatement eligibility, you MUST submit a copy of your latest SF-50, 'Notification of Personnel Action' and/or a copy of the SF-50 that reflects career or career-conditional tenure, or you will not be considered under the Merit Promotion process.

2. If you are an eligible Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) applicant you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position. ICTAP eligibles must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a separation notice; a Notice of Personnel Action (SF-50) documenting separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456.

3. Individuals who are eligible for consideration under a special hiring authority, (i.e. 30% compensable veterans, severely handicapped individuals, former Peace Corps and VISTA Volunteers) will be accepted and considered non-competitively for this vacancy. Eligibles must indicate on their application if they are applying under a special program and must submit proof of eligibility with their application.

4. If you are a veteran applying under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act, (VEOA), you must clearly annotate 'VEOA' on your resume. Veterans' documentation in filling under VEOA or claiming veterans' preference, (i.e. DD-214 or statement of service, VA letter, SF-15). If you are filling under VEOA, you must include in your application package a copy #4 of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are still on active duty, you may submit a statement of service from your unit which states the date you entered active duty, the date you are separating and the campaign medals you have received. For more information on VEOA, consult the Vets Guide at:

5. If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.

6. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlines in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review in our office, in other federal agencies personnel offices and on OPM's website at:

Additional selections may be made if additional/identical vacancies occur within 90 days of certificate issuance.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Once your resume or application is submitted a review of your qualifications will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements required for this position.
  • Classification
  • Customer Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Recruitment/Placement

Your resume and supporting documentation will be reviewed and compared to your responses on the occupational questionnaire to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for this position. If you meet the minimum qualifications your application package will be further reviewed by a Human Resources Specialist to assess the quality, depth, and complexity of your accomplishments, experience, and education as they are related to this position. Providing false information may be grounds for not selecting you or termination after appointment. Please follow all instructions carefully, as errors or omissions may affect your rating.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Moderate Risk (MR)

Trust determination process

Required Documents

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
  • Resume

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s), which may not be required for all applicants:

If you are applying under special hiring authorities, you must submit appropriate documentation as described in the SF-15 and/or the additional/other information section of this announcement.

You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

If you cannot complete the Application Package online, please contact the Human Resource office.

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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