Director of Human Resources

Washington, D.C
Sep 19, 2020
Sep 22, 2020
Executive, Director
Full Time


This position is located in the Office of Human Resources (OHR), Executive Office, Environment and Natural Resources Division. OHR is responsible for administering all human resources and payroll functions throughout the Division in Washington, DC and field offices. The incumbent serves as the Director, Office of Human Resources - a key position responsible for providing advice, assistance, policy, and operational support for all HR management functions in the Division.
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As Director of Human Resources, you will perform the following:
  • Provide first-level supervision to two Supervisory Human Resources Specialists performing GS-14 level work and second-level supervision to a staff of HR Specialists and Human Resources Assistants.
  • Perform the full range of supervisory and managerial responsibilities including establishing goals; managing performance expectations; conducting performance evaluations; making decisions on non-routine, costly, or controversial training needs; resolving informal complaints and grievances; and effecting disciplinary measures.
  • Further the goals of equal employment opportunity (EEO) by taking positive steps to ensure the accomplishment of the Department's diversity initiatives and by adhering to nondiscriminatory employment practices.
  • Provide expert advice to the Executive Officer, General Counsel, or other program managers on the development of solutions to complex and difficult program problems needing improvement.
  • Develop Division policies or guidelines in one or more Human Resources specialty area(s).
  • Serve on inter-agency, inter-service, or department special study work groups, task forces, or boards to research, develop, and improve personnel policy.
  • Perform human resource-related studies requiring detailed documentation, extensive research, and authoritative interpretations of the spirit and letter of the law, executive orders, court decisions, regulations, and broad policy statements that provide the framework for Division decisions.
  • Lead and advise senior management on preparation of position papers, reports, studies, summaries, and formal actions where there are few guidelines and broadly stated objectives.
  • Ensure that the Division's executive personnel resources are recruited, acquired, developed, and managed efficiently.
  • Employ change management process concepts and techniques, such as those involved with strategic planning and workforce development initiatives, by assessing organizational readiness for change.
  • Negotiate matters involving multiple, broad, and complex issues that require development of compromises, such as the development of a plan of action to deal with all of the human capital aspects of a decision to contract out a significant amount of work presently performed by Division employees.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen or national.
  • You must complete a background investigation to include pre-employment drug testing.
  • Selective Service Registration is required, as applicable.
  • You must complete or have completed a one-year probationary period and a 1-year supervisory probationary period if not already served.
  • You must maintain a bank account for direct deposit of salary.


To qualify for GS-15 : You must have one year of specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-14 Federal grade level or above executing the delivery of a wide range of human resources services for an organization (at least three): staffing and recruitment, position classification, employee and labor relations, employee benefits, compensation and pay, employee training & development, and automated personnel information systems.

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 skill and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Time in Grade : Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements (one year at the next lower grade) by the closing date of announcement.

YOUR RESUME MUST support your responses to the online questionnaire. Failure to provide support may result in an ineligible rating. Your latest resume submitted for this vacancy announcement will be used to determine qualifications and supersedes previous submissions.

YOUR RESUME MUST provide specific details as to how your experience meets the specialized experience as described in the vacancy announcement if you are using experience to meet all or part of the qualification requirements. Please ensure that your resume includes the month and year that you began and ended each position held or that position will not be credited toward meeting the specialized experience requirement. Part-time employment will be prorated in crediting experience. Failure to provide details will result in an ineligible rating.

Only experience obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.

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There is no substitution of education for experience at this grade level.

Additional information

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP/CTAP): ICTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. The Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in DOJ with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies.

If you have received written notification of your eligibility for consideration under ICTAP/CTAP, you may receive special priority consideration for this position, if this vacancy is within your ICTAP/CTAP eligibility and you are well-qualified for the position. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements and score 85 or better on established ranking criteria.

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. You can find additional information at:

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:

Benefits: DOJ offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; telework; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees:

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your resumé 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. If you are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration. All applicants' qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, and other characteristics):

  • Human Resources Policies
  • Leadership
  • Managing Human Resources
  • Oral Communication
  • Performance & Awards
  • Writing

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
High Risk (HR)

Trust determination process

Required Documents

  • Resumé demonstrating relevant experience and dates the experience was obtained (cover letter optional)
  • SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which shows career or career-conditional tenure in the competitive service or Federal reinstatement eligibility (Do not submit an award action)
  • For Federal employees, performance appraisal issued within the last 12 months
  • Veteran preference documentation, if applicable for VEOA consideration
  • ICTAP/CTAP documentation, if applicable
  • Schedule A documentation, if applicable
  • Supporting documentation for other special appointment authorities, if applicable
  • Your online responses to the Occupational Questionnaire
Your resumé MUST include full employment information such as periods of employment with month/year started and ended, title of position(s), FT or PT hours worked, and description of duties. If you have Federal employment, you must include the grade of the position(s).

To prove eligibility for the special ICTAP/CTAP selection priority, you must submit a copy of your latest performance appraisal showing a rating of at least fully successful AND one of the following :
  • 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 of National Guard Bureau notification that you retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456.
Additional information about ICTAP/CTAP eligibility can be found at

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