Human Resources Specialist (Workers' Compensation)

Washington, D.C
Sep 24, 2020
Oct 01, 2020
Human Resources
Full Time


This position is located in the Human Capital Management Division (HCMD), Employee Benefits and Services Branch. The selectee will serve as the Architect of the Capitol's (AOC) Program Manager for workers' compensation and be responsible for providing human resources advice, guidance, and program management leadership to managers and employees regarding workers' compensation claims, policies, guidelines, and procedures.

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As an expert on workers' compensation, major duties and responsibilities include:

Formulates for review and approval, AOC policies, procedures, and guidance materials on the implementation of new and modified methods and procedures to ensure compliance with government-wide workers' compensation regulations and AOC requirements. Defines problems, formulates strategies for problem resolution, and develops a strategic plan with goals and objectives for program implementation. Provides authoritative advice and guidance.

Analyzes changes in law and regulations that affect AOC operations, identifies and clarifies problems and issues, and proposes instructions to implement required actions. Researches laws, rules, regulations, and precedents at AOC and other organizations. Assesses the impact of several approaches and methods of resolution.

Develops strategies for evaluating and reporting on the effectiveness of workers' compensation programs at the AOC. Conducts studies of the effectiveness of "return to duty" and "light duty" assignments. Develops systems, procedures, forms, and performance indicators to be used by HCMD staff in implementing or revising the Agency's workers' compensation program. Participates in strategic planning efforts aimed at reducing workers' compensation injuries.

Develops strategies for source data automation of workload data and program parameters. Works with the Information Technology Division (ITD) to develop automated systems and procedures to produce documents, track personnel actions, and develop statistical reports on program trends and developments.

Develops an internal communications program to present new workers' compensation requirements to managers and employees. Presents workers' compensation training to keep all affected parties aware of changes in programs and operational procedures.

Thoroughly reviews complex worker compensation claims and ensures that accompanying documentation are complete and accurate. Determines the most equitable treatment for the injured employee and for those affected by occupational-related illnesses. Makes appropriate contacts to resolve concerns regarding inconsistencies, incompleteness, inaccuracies, or deception.

Reviews and submits completed requests in the Employee Compensation Management Portal (ECOMP) for final processing. Receives, reviews, and submits medical and other factual documentation to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). Corresponds with treating physicians and health providers. As required, corresponds with DOL regarding requests for second opinions, controverts, and challenges. Maintains constant review of case file status to reduce chargebacks submitted by DOL.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • You must be able to pass a drug test.
  • Your resume and question responses must demonstrate the job-related KSAs.
  • You must meet the definition of specialized experience.



You must meet the United States Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) qualification requirements (including specialized experience and/or educational requirements) for the advertised position. You must meet all eligibility and qualifications requirements by the closing date of the job announcement. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on the OPM web site at OPM qualification standards

Specialized experience: is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level.

Candidates for the GS-13 grade level must have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-12) in the Federal service.
Specialized experience is defined as the following: (1) Planning, organizing, or overseeing a workers' compensation program; (2) Formulating and updating workers' compensation policies and procedures for an organization; (3) Providing workers' compensation program oversight that crosses agency or organizational lines; (4) Providing technical expertise, program and policy advice and guidance to officials or executives on workers' compensation matters; and (5) Applying Department of Labor, Office of Workers' Compensation regulations and guidance.


Additional information

Welcome Veterans. The Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) gives veterans' preference rights in the legislative branch to certain veterans as applied by the Congressional Accountability Act. Veterans' preference is applied on this vacancy announcement. If you are a veteran and have been separated under honorable conditions, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility; SF-15, if applicable; and Department of Veterans Affairs documentation of disability, if applicable. For more information, please visit OPM vet guide

If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System. If you are exempt from registration under Selective Service Law, you must provide appropriate proof of exemption. Please visit the Selective Service System website for more information.

DRUG TESTING: The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is a Drug Free Workplace. As part of the AOC's suitability assessment, a candidate tentatively selected for a position who is not currently an AOC employee is required to submit to screening for illegal drug use. Satisfactory completion of a drug test is a condition of employment with the Agency. A candidate must test negative prior to being eligible for appointment into a position. We will schedule, provide, and cover the cost for the drug test.

The selectee(s) under the vacancy announcement for this position is subject to a criminal record check by the U.S. Capitol Police and satisfactory adjudication to be eligible for employment at the Architect of the Capitol.

The Architect of the Capitol is an E-VERIFY Participant. E-VERIFY is an Internet-based system that compares information from an employee's Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to data from U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Social Security Administration records to confirm employment authorization in the United States. If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the DHS Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-VERIFY" electronic system. For more information on E-Verify, please visit

The Architect of the Capitol is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, genetic information, sexual orientation and/or disability.

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

Moving expenses are not authorized.

Relocation expenses are not authorized.

Probationary Period - A newly appointed selectee(s) is subject to the completion of a one-year trial/probationary period, regardless of whether or not a trial/probationary period has been completed previously with the Architect of the Capitol or another Federal agency.

This vacancy announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies in any of the jurisdictions of the Architect of the Capitol.

All application materials become the property of the Architect of the Capitol.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Review your resume and responses carefully. Your eligibility for consideration and qualifications for the position will be determined based upon a review of your detailed resume and your responses to job specific self-assessment questions.

Your resume will be evaluated based on evidence of your ability to demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) for this position, possession of any specialized experience, and how well your background and experience relates to the self-assessment questions in the job announcement. The self-assessment questions relate to the following knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies:

1. Knowledge of the laws, regulations, precedents, and practices that apply to HR related workers' compensation programs and interrelated HR policies and procedures.

2. Ability to identify methods and procedures required to assist managers of the employees effected by on-the-job injuries and occupational related illness.

3. Knowledge of, and skill in, fact finding, and analytical and problem-solving methods and techniques to resolve interrelated problems, identify trends, draw conclusions, and present alternatives and recommendations to management regarding workers' compensation concerns.

4. Ability to communicate technical workers' compensation information at various levels of complexity to management and other customers.

5. Knowledge and skill in the use of computer-based applications for the development of usable information tools.

Your responses to the self assessment questions serve as the basis for your initial rating. You will receive a numerical score based on your responses to these questions. Next, your responses will be evaluated by a Human Resources Specialist and/or a subject matter expert against the information provided in your resume and optional cover letter. Your resume must support your answers to the self assessment questions. Falsifying your background, education, and/or experience is cause for not hiring you or disqualification for further consideration.
Please note that a complete application is required for consideration. (Please review the "Required Documents" section of this job announcement to see what must be included in a complete application).
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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

The Architect of the Capitol's job application process is designed to ensure that we only ask you for the information that is absolutely needed to evaluate your qualifications and eligibility for the position.

To apply for this position, you only need to submit online the following: a) your resume and 2) answer the online vacancy assessment questionnaire. The online questionnaire contains eligibility and screening questions and other relevant supplemental information. No additional documentation or attachment is required at the time of application.

We ask that you prepare and submit a resume that best describes fully your background experience, skills, abilities, education, training and other relevant credentials. The resume should include dates of employment.

Nothing further is required until it is requested by the staff of the Human Capital Management Division. If additional documentation is required for a position, you will be asked to provide it during the selection process or upon selection. At that point, we may ask you to submit documentation to support statements made in your resume.

For example, we may ask you to provide documents such as college transcripts, copy of diploma or proof of Federal employment status. If the position requires a license or certification, we will ask candidate(s) to provide proof at the time of selection.

If you are claiming veterans' preference, we may ask you to submit proof of Veterans preference (DD-214, and, if claiming 10-point preference, the SF-15 plus proof required by that form).

If you fail to provide the required documents, we will withdraw a tentative job offer made and/or remove you from further consideration.

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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