Chantilly, Virginia
Sep 18, 2020
Sep 26, 2020
Human Resources
Full Time


About NRO:
NRO Focuses on designing, building, launching, and maintaining America's intelligence satellites. Whether creating the latest innovations in satellite technology, contracting with the most cost- efficient industrial supplier, conducting rigorous launch schedules, or providing the highest-quality products to our customers, we never lose focus on who we are working to protect: our Nation and its Citizens.

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The NRO will make selections at the GG-13 level for this position.


As a HUMAN RESOURCES SPECIALIST you will be responsible for the following duties:
  • Provides management advisory/consultative services in one or more of the HR Functions (e.g. workforce restructuring, performance management, awards and recognition, data systems, entitlements and allowances, employee relations, rank-in-person promotion process, and employee development) rendering broad advisory services and/or policy interpretation on highly complex agency-wide or equivalent issues.
  • Provides comprehensive performance management advice and guidance to applicants, employees, managers, and supervisors on civilian personnel regulations, policies, and procedures; and recommends solutions to personnel-related problems and issues.
  • Performs workforce analysis, monitors trends and keeps the Office of Human Resources (OHR) leadership informed of issues, possible effects, and potential problems in the civilian workforce.
  • Assist managers with planning and implementing reorganization that typically involve major mission changes and realignment of all/most positions and personnel, as well as identifying positions to be reclassified prior to making such changes.
  • Plans, initiates, monitors, and evaluates the NRO Cadre's civilian personnel management actions.
  • Coordinates and conducts in-depth studies of special interest to identify and recommend solutions to problems.
  • Performs necessary research, correlates and analyzes findings, and develops recommended program-oriented actions to improve civilian personnel support to the mission.
  • Analyzes and evaluates performance program execution for the organization; recognizes problem areas; and originates solutions to complex and unusual issues.
  • Maintains liaisons with personnel, finance, and payroll offices to ensure personnel actions and entitlements are correctly and timely administered, and that problems are quickly resolved.
  • Receives and responds to inquiries from personnel offices servicing the organization regarding complex and difficult problems in the programs as they relate to command support.
  • Researches HR laws, policies, regulations and reference material, analyzes information, selects appropriate approach and recommends corrective action.
  • Performs special assignments and projects.
  • Independently identifies the need for and initiates special projects and studies.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a US citizen
  • Male born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Resume and supporting documents received by 11:59PM EST will be considered
  • This is a Drug Testing designated position
  • Position is a (DCIPS) position in the Excepted Service under U.S.C. 1601
  • Must obtain/maintain Critical Sensitive TS/SCI clearance w/polygraph
  • WORK SCHEDULE: Full Time
  • OVERTIME: Occasionally
  • TOUR OF DUTY: Flexible
  • PCS (Permanent Change of Station): Not Authorized.
  • TELEWORK ELIGIBILITY: This position is NOT telework eligible
  • SELECTIVE SERVICE REQUIREMENT: For more information please visit:


This position is a Full Performance Level DCIPS position. DCIPS Full Performance Level positions include GG-13. The NRO is accepting applications from both Federal Government employees and non-federal government employees for this position. Federal Government employees, who currently are GS/GG-13, or equivalent, may ONLY apply for lateral reassignment at their current grade level and step.

**Federal applicants who exceed the advertised grade may voluntarily request acceptance at the lower grade IAW DoDI 1400.25 Volume 2006.

This position has a Basic Requirement for the 0201 series:
  • Practical knowledge of personnel activities to include one or more of the following: leading teams doing recruitment and placement, position classification, workforce restructuring, performance management, awards and recognition, data systems, employee benefits, entitlements and allowances, employee relations, promotions, and employee development.
  • Practical knowledge of human resource management (HRM) principles, concepts, regulations and practices, analytical methods and techniques and sufficient to provide advisory service and develop policy interpretations; to resolve HRM problems; identifying and proposing solutions to HRM problems and issue; and evaluate an recommend overall plans and proposals for HR projects.
  • Ability to coordinate with others; work closely with managers to gain acceptance; and to advise on policy and program issues in all functional areas of HRM.
  • Knowledge of and proficiency in the use of personnel management applications, systems, and procedures as required to accomplish work assignments.
  • Skilled in written and verbal communications to prepare briefs, proofread, edit and write reports, awards, correspondence, instructions, and guidance and to present briefings.
  • Coordinates tasks, meetings, and developing common ground solutions.
The experience described in your resume will be evaluated and screened from the Office of Personnel Management's (OPMs) basic qualifications requirements. See:, i.e. for professional positions or positions with a basic education requirement:
classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0100/foreign-affairs series-0130/; i.e. for positions with no IOR:
and - program-analysis-series-0343/) for OPM qualification standards, competencies and specialized
experience needed to perform the duties of the position as described in the MAJOR DUTIES and QUALIFICATIONS sections of this announcement by 09/28/2020

Applicant must have directly applicable experience that demonstrates the possession of the knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies necessary for immediate success in the position. Qualifying experience may have been acquired in any public or private sector job, but will clearly demonstrate past experience in the application of the particular competencies/knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to successfully perform the duties of the position. Such experience is typically in or directly related to the work of the position to be filled. Experience must be reflected in your resume.

Specialized experience required for this position is:
  • Providing program management and consultative services in human resources functions such as, performance management, employee development, and organizational development.
  • Perform workforce analysis and monitor trends to assist managers with planning and implementing employee development activities.
  • Facilitate training requirements and recommend course of action based upon end of course evaluations or other survey results; Create training solutions/aids and aid in development of curriculum utilizing adult learning principles.
  • Deliver training curriculum through a traditional classroom setting or use of distance learning technology. (Experience must be reflected in resume)
Specifically you will be evaluated on the following competencies:
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Technical Competence
  • Communication
  • Strategic Planning

  • Education

    Substitution of education may not be used in lieu of specialized experience for this grade level.

    Additional information

    All current and former civilian Federal employees must submit a copy of your latest SF50 (Notification of Personnel Action) showing your tenure, grade and step, salary, and type of position occupied (i.e., Excepted or Competitive); or similar Notification of Personnel Action documentation, i.e., Transcript of Service, Form 1150, etc.

    Interagency Career Transition Assistance Programs: This program applies to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet ICTAP eligibility criteria; 2) be rated well-qualified for the position; Well qualified is defined as possessing the type and quality of experience that exceeds the positions minimum qualifications. and 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your ICTAP eligibility. For more information:

    Please review the General Application Information and Definitions at: General Application Information

    Other Notes:
    • Applicants selected from this announcement may be required to serve a two-year trial period.
    • If selected, Federal employees currently serving in the competitive service must acknowledge that they will voluntarily leave the competitive service by accepting an offer of employment for a DCIPS excepted service positions.
    • If selected, NON-DCIPS candidates must acknowledge in writing that the position they have been selected for is in the excepted service and covered by DCIPS.
    • Selection under this appointment authority does not confer civil service competitive status.
    • All applicants must meet qualifications and eligibility criteria by the closing date of the announcement.
    • This is not a Delegating Examining announcement.
    • This is a DCIPS excepted service announcement.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills and abilities required of this position. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities.

    Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Top Secret

    Drug test required

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk

    Trust determination process

    Required Documents

    The documents you are required to submit vary based on the authority you are using to apply (i.e., applying as a veteran, applying as a current permanent Federal employee, applying as a reinstatement, etc.).

    Your complete application must include your COMPLETE resume, your responses to the online questionnaire, and documents which prove your eligibility to apply. If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and you will not be considered any further.

    The following documents are REQUIRED
    1. Your resume:
    • Your resume may be submitted in any format. It must include your name and contact information and support the specialized experience described in this announcement.
    • For qualifications determinations your resume must contain the dates of employment (i.e. month/year to present").
    • For additional information see: What to include in your resume.
    2. SF50
    • All current civilian Federal employees must submit a copy of your latest SF50 (Notification of Personnel Action) showing your tenure, grade and step, salary, and type of position occupied (i.e., Excepted or Competitive); or similar Notification of Personnel Action documentation, i.e., Transcript of Service, Form 1150, etc.
    3. Veteran's Documents
    • DD214 showing character of service, SF-15 Form and VA letter showing final percentage, or certification of expected discharge or release from active duty.
    • In accordance with DoD Instructions 1400.25 Volume 2005, veterans preference is not required to be applied when considering candidates with prior Federal competitive or excepted service who have completed a probationary or trial period and have not been separated for cause. Therefore, veterans preference will not be applied to applicants with current federal service, or former federal civilian service meeting the above criteria.


    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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