Human Resources Specialist (Recruitment and Placement)

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Washington, D.C
Oct 15, 2020
Oct 23, 2020
Human Resources
Full Time


As a Human Resources Specialist, you will be responsible for providing expert technical advice, guidance, and consultation in the areas of recruitment and placement.

Location of position: Office of Human Resources Management, Office of HR Services, Washington, D.C.

We are currently filling one vacancy, but additional vacancies may be filled through this announcement in this or other GSA organizations within the same commuting area.

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As a Human Resources Specialist, you will perform the following duties:

Operates as a senior human resources specialist and consultant in the recruitment and placement area. Develops job analysis worksheets and crediting plans to assess applicant's qualifications; posts vacancy announcements. Evaluates applications with respect to knowledge, skills, abilities, experience and education to determine if all qualification requirements are met. Prepares referral list of qualified candidates. Counsels managers and supervisors during selection process advising on the rules and regulations governing selection. Ensures proper security clearances have been authorized by the GSA Security staff prior to extending job offer to selectees. Provides administrative and technical guidance and advice to managers, supervisors, and employees on a variety of recruitment and placement issues. Assesses highly sensitive human resources situations involving hiring practices, application of the Code of Federal Regulations or candidate selection/qualifications assessments; serves as an authority on merit promotion competitive hiring procedures, exceptions to the competitive process, and prohibited personnel practices under recruitment and staffing, and issues pertaining to Delegated Examining Unit (DEU). Recruits for a wide range of positions from end-to-end, up to the GS-15 grade level. Ensures Requests for Personnel Actions are accurately coded with the appropriate nature of action code, legal authorities, and remarks. Communicates Government-wide and GSA personnel management goals, policies, practices in a clear, effective, and efficient manner to all managers, supervisors, employees, and employee groups. Conducts strategic recruitment conversation with hiring official and provides advice on the use of various hiring flexibilities to staff critical positions, ranking procedures, and assessment instruments. Provides guidance to the hiring official or Subject Matter Expert, on the full range of OPM competitive, non-competitive and excepted service appointment authorities. Analyzes recruitment issues and recommends appropriate short and/or long range course of action. Meets with and counsels top management for the purpose of providing and assisting managers and supervisors in the proper placement of employees in order to maintain an effective workforce. Provides training and instruction on a wide range of recruitment and placement topics to individual supervisors at all levels on HR procedures, including regulations and policies.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • US Citizenship or National (Residents of American Samoa and Swains Island)
  • Meet all eligibility criteria within 30 days of the closing date
  • Meet time-in-grade within 30 days of the closing date, if applicable
  • Register with Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/1959

If selected, you must meet the following conditions:
  • Receive authorization from OPM on any job offer you receive, if you are or were (within the last 5 years) a political Schedule A, Schedule C or Non-Career SES employee in the Executive Branch.
  • Serve a one year probationary period, if required.
  • Undergo and pass a background investigation (Tier 2 investigation level).
  • Have your identity and work status eligibility verified if you are not a GSA employee. We will use the Department of Homeland Security's e-Verify system for this. Any discrepancies must be resolved as a condition of continued employment.


For each job on your resume, provide:
  • the exact dates you held each job (from month/year to month/year)
  • number of hours per week you worked (if part time).

If you have volunteered your service through a National Service program (e.g., Peace Corps, Americorps), we encourage you to apply and include this experience on your resume.

For a brief video on creating a Federal resume, click here .

The GS-13 salary range starts at $102,663 per year. If you are a new federal employee, your starting salary will likely be set at the Step 1 of the grade for which you are selected.


You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 in the Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as experience in interpreting and applying human resources staffing and recruitment principles, practices, laws, and regulations in order to provide recruitment and retention strategies, organizational design, position management, restructuring, and pay/compensation integration for a range of regular/recurring to unique/difficult activities and seeking higher level advice only for the most complex situations.


Additional information

Bargaining Unit status: Not Applicable

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

You will be evaluated on the questions you answer during the application process, which will measure your overall possession of the following competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities. Your responses to these questions must be supported by your resume or your score may be lowered.
  • Knowledge of recruitment and placement activities and ability to make decisions and recommendations significantly changing, interpreting, or developing important nationwide policies or programs.
  • Knowledge of the various federal appointment authorities, including its governing laws, regulations, methodologies and/or policies, in order to provide sound and authoritative management guidance and technical guidance.
  • Skill in the researching, interpreting and applying federal HR rules, regulations, policies and directives to a variety of recruitment and placement issues.
  • Ability to use automated IT systems to process and maintain information about personnel actions.
  • Skill in written and oral communications required to provide technical advice and assistance and present sensitive recommendations to all levels of management; to ascertain the needs of customer organizations in the area of recruitment and selection; and/or otherwise articulate technically complex policies and procedures.

  • Additional assessments may be used, and, if so, you will be provided with further instructions.

    If you are eligible under Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan or GSA's Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP/CTAP) , you must receive a score of 85 or higher to receive priority.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Drug test required

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Moderate Risk (MR)

    Trust determination process

    Required Documents

    ALL required documents must be submitted before the closing date. Review the following list to determine what you need to submit.

    Note: If required to submit an SF-50 (Notice of Personnel Action), an equivalent agency Notice of Personnel Action form is acceptable. Such document(s) must show all of the following: effective date, position, title, series, grade, and rate of basic pay, tenure group 1 (career) or 2 (career-conditional), position occupied group, and name of agency. If you are a GSA employee (except in the OIG), you are not required to submit an SF-50.

    If you are a 30% or more disabled veteran, VEOA or VRA applicant or qualified spouse, widow/widower, or parent:

    (a) Copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD-214 that shows the dates of your active duty service. If selected, a DD-214 showing your type of discharge (member 4 copy) will be required prior to appointment.
    (b) If you are a disabled veteran, or are applying under VRA or VEOA as a spouse, widow/widower, or parent of a veteran, submit both of the following in addition to the DD-214: (1) completed SF-15 form; and (2) proof of your entitlement (refer to SF-15 for complete list).

    If you are active duty military- Certification on a letterhead from your military branch that includes your rank, character of service (must be under honorable conditions) & military service dates including discharge/release date (must be no later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted).

    If you are a current Federal employee or Reinstatement Eligible: Submit your latest SF-50.

    If you are eligible under an Interchange Agreement: Submit your latest SF-50.

    If you are a former Peace Corp or VISTA volunteer: Submit your Description of Service.

    If you are a current or former Land Management Agency Employee - Submit a and b:

    (a) one or more SF-50s, including your most recent one that shows you were on a competitive time-limited appointment(s) with a Land Management Agency and served on the appointment for a period(s) totaling more than 24 months without a break of 2 or more years.

    (b) Copy of your agency's annual performance appraisal(s) or written reference(s) from a supervisor at the agency verifying satisfactory performance during your appointment(s).

    If you have a disability: Submit proof of eligibility. For information on eligibility and required documentation, refer to USAJOBS's People With Disabilities page.

    If you are applying under another special appointment authority: Submit proof of your eligibility under the appropriate appointment authority. See USAJOBS's Resource Center for more information.

    If you are ICTAP / CTAP eligible - submit a, b, and c: (a) proof of eligibility including agency notice; (b) SF-50, and (c) most recent performance appraisal.

    If you are a current or former political appointee: Submit your SF-50.

    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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