Human Resources Specialist (Compensation)

Washington, D.C
Sep 23, 2020
Sep 30, 2020
Human Resources
Full Time


This announcement is open to current Career or Career-Conditional OPM employees.

As a HR Specialist (Compensation), GS-0201-14 with a full performance level of GS-14, you will be part of Employee Services, Pay and Leave Administration, Office of Personnel Management. If selected, you will be responsible for providing program direction and expert technical guidance in specific Federal pay and leave administration program areas.
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  • Conducts special projects, studies, and repots to develop new or improved Pay and Leave systems, policies, and regulations.
  • Responds to request for timely and authoritative interpretation, solution, and guidance concern pay and leave regulations, policies, and programs.
  • Reviews alternative pay and leave system proposals to assist in using pay and leave flexibilities.
  • Evaluates policies and programs on pay and leave administration through the collection and analyses of statistical information.
  • Designs analytical studies to evaluate the effectiveness of pay and leave policies and program and the impact on human resources management policies and programs.
  • Provides reports and recommendations for pay and leave policies, regulations, and guidance to Congress, the Administration, and others as required.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
  • May be required to successfully complete a probationary period
  • Complete the initial online assessment and USAHire Assessment, if required


For the GS14: You must have one year of specialized experience at the GS-13 level in the Federal Government (or equivalent). Specialized experience includes:
  • Apply concepts, principles, and practices of pay and leave administration and their relationship to other human resources management policies and programs and at least one of the following: Performance management concepts, principles, and practices used to plan, monitor, rate, and reward employee performance; Staffing concepts, principles and practices used for recruitment, hiring, and workforce restructuring; Position classification concepts, principles, and practices used to determine the appropriate pay system, occupational grouping, title, and grade or other work level of positions; Employee and labor relations concepts, principles, and practices; and/or Pay and personnel systems integration, including case law, pay claims and debt collection procedures, and related legal strategies.
  • Provide authoritative analyses, interpretation, guidance and innovative solutions relating to new, complex, or unusual pay and leave issues;
  • Compose technically accurate regulations and policies to implement legislation and administer pay and leave programs; and
  • Communicate policies and programs for which the Center for Pay and Leave Administration is responsible

Merit promotion applicants must meet time-in-grade requirement as defined in 5 CFR 300, Subpart F. One year at the GS-13 level is required to meet the time-in-grade requirements for the GS 14 level.

You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.

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, including volunteer experience.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

Relocation expenses will not be paid. Current OPM employees may qualify as an exception.

The full performance level of this position is GS-14.

s is not a Virtual Position. This position is physically located at 1900 E Street, NW, Washington DC. Telework is authorized.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional similar vacancies across OPM.

Reasonable Accommodation Requests: If you believe you have a disability (i.e., physical or mental), covered by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended and Americans with Disabilities Act 1990 as amended, that would interfere with completing the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, you will be granted the opportunity to request a reasonable accommodation in your online application. Requests for Reasonable Accommodations for the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments and appropriate supporting documentation for Reasonable Accommodation must be received prior to starting the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments. Decisions on requests for Reasonable Accommodations are made on a case-by-case basis. If you meet the minimum qualifications of the position, after notification of the adjudication of your request, you will receive an email invitation to complete the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments. You must complete all assessments within 48 hours of receiving the URL to access the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, if you received the link after the close of the announcement. To determine if you need a Reasonable Accommodation, please review the Procedures for Requesting a Reasonable Accommodation for Online Assessments here:

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, your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the Occupational 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. Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

  • Accountability
  • Attn to Detail
  • Cust Service
  • Decision Making
  • Flexibility
  • Influence
  • Integrity
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Learning
  • Oral Communication
  • Reasoning
  • Self Mgmt
  • Stress
  • Teamwork
  • Writing

In order to be considered for this position, you must complete all required steps in the process. In addition to the application and application questionnaire, this position requires an online assessment. The online assessment measures critical general competencies required to perform the job.

The assessment includes a cut score based on the minimum level of required proficiency in these critical general competencies. You must meet or exceed the cut score to be considered. You will not be considered for the position if you score below the cut score or fail to complete the assessment.

All qualified Non Competitive applicants and the best qualified Merit Promotion applicants will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration.

Career Transition Assistance Programs: These programs apply to Office of Personnel Management (OPM) employees who meet the definition of surplus or displaced from a position in the competitive service. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet CTAP eligibility criteria; 2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 85 or above based on the competencies listed above; and 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP eligibility. For more information:

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
High Risk (HR)

Trust determination process

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
  • Your Resume listing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment and duties performed.
  • Other supporting documents:
    • Cover Letter, optional
    • If you are requesting a reasonable accommodation to the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, submit documentation to support your request including the Reasonable Accommodation Request Form found here .
    • Your most recent Promotion, Within Rate Increase (WRI/WGI), or Appointment/Conversion SF-50 or Notification of Personnel Action showing you are in the competitive service and the highest grade or promotion potential held.
    • Most recent Performance Appraisal, if applicable.
    • CTAP Reduction-In-Force documentation, if applicable.
  • Failure to submit any of the above mentioned required documents may result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted.

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