HR Specialist (Employee Benefits)

District of Columbia, D.C
Nov 17, 2020
Nov 24, 2020
Human Resources
Full Time


This position is located in the Office of Human Resources, Office of the Managing Director and serves as a Human Resources Specialist with primary responsibility for providing expert advisory and consultative services related to benefits, retirement, leave, and entitlements.
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As a Human Resources Specialist (Employee Benefits), you will:
  • Serve as the agency expert in Federal Benefits and Retirements program.
  • Interpret Federal HR policies and determine their effect on a wide range of HR matters including the retirement and benefits program; develop agency guidance, procedures, and directives; and, provide the full range of customized employee benefits counseling and assistance services including retirement, health, life and long-term care insurance, thrift savings plans, flexible spending accounts, death and survivor benefits, debt and over payments, work life, telework, and leave administration.
  • Provide expert advice on benefits procedures, forms, eligibility requirements, and coverage; independently make retirement determinations; compute benefits and process personnel action requests and employee elections; coordinate open seasons and enrollment periods; organize the annual FMC Employee Benefits Fair; respond to complex benefits questions.
  • Advise and counsel employees on programs such as time and attendance, work schedules, telework, the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Voluntary Leave Transfer Program (VLTP), and Worker's Compensation.
  • Create and conduct briefings concerning retirement options and eligibility requirements.
  • Conduct personnel action processing using the National Finance Center (NFC) and provide advisory services on complex HR processing issues.
  • Conduct new employee orientation sessions and ensure new hires are appropriately entered on the agency rolls, counseled, and all necessary actions related to benefits and the securing of information from prior Federal employment, and pay have been completed; ensures proper completion of required forms and follows up on important due dates.
  • Plan and prepare various HR reports including, but not limited to FMC's Annual Employee Financial Education Plan and the Telework Data Call for submission to the Office of Personnel Management.
  • Conduct research to determine impact of new or emerging laws or regulations, make recommendations and implement changes to HR programs or policies as a result of changes in laws, regulations, policies, etc.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • The experience may have been gained in the public sector, private sector, or Volunteer Service. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure your resume states complete information for each job entry. To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/year (MM/YYYY), and indicate number of hours worked per week, on your resume. If your resume does not provide enough information regarding your work history for us to make a creditable qualification determination, your application package may be rendered disqualified and you will no longer be considered for this position.
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You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement:

You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes:
  • Serving as an expert in federal benefits programs;
  • Providing expert advice on retirement and benefits procedures, eligibility requirements, and coverage;
  • Independently advising employees on retirement options, making retirement determinations, computing retirement estimates, and processing retirement applications;
  • Providing guidance to employees on leave and compensation administration; and
  • Developing written policy, procedural, planning, training or guidance materials related to benefits and retirements administration.
In addition to the above requirements, Status Candidates must meet the following by the close of the announcement: For the GS-13 grade level: You must have been at the GS-12 for 52 weeks (time-in-grade requirement).


This position does not have education requirements or qualifications.

Additional information

  • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
  • We may fill like positions within 12 months of the close of the announcement.
  • Federal employees are required to adhere to the 14 Principles of Ethical Conduct .
  • This is a non-bargaining unit position.
  • A 1-year probationary period is required (unless already completed)
  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Non-Sensitive Low Risk background investigation.
  • Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment, at the time requested by the agency.
  • If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
  • Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
  • Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9 . Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.
  • May be required to file a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report within 30 days of appointment and annually from then on.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your application includes your resume, responses to the online questions, and required supporting documents. Please be sure that your resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position; failure to provide sufficient evidence in your resume will result in a "not qualified" determination.

Rating: Your application will be evaluated in the following areas:
  • Employee Benefits
  • Technical Competence
  • Problem Solving
  • Oral Communication
  • Writing
Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to a selecting official for consideration. You may be required to participate in a selection interview. We will not reimburse costs related to the interview such as travel to and from the interview site.

If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee (eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) ), you must score an 80 or better to receive special selection priority.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

Trust determination process

Required Documents

A complete application includes 1. A resume, 2. Vacancyquestion responses (eligibilities and occupational questionnaire), and 3.Submission of any required documents (below). Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you will not be considered for this position (or will not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible).

All applicants are required to submit a resume either by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one of their own choosing. (Cover letters are optional.)


SF-50: Submit a copy of your SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which shows your current (or most recent) grade and competitive service status. (The "position occupied" block on the SF-50 should show a 1 and your "tenure" block should show a 1 or 2.).
  • Indicate on your application the highest permanent grade you have held; if this grade is different from your current grade, submit an additional SF-50 showing this grade.
  • Award SF-50s will not be accepted.
Performance Appraisal: Submit a copy of your most recent, signed, completed annual performance appraisal which includes the final rating dated within the last 18 months.
  • If it is not dated within the last 18 months OR if you have not received a performance appraisal, please explain why in your application (i.e upload a supplemental document reflecting this information).
  • Initial and mid-year plans will not be accepted.
Non-Competitive Current/Former Federal employees: In addition to the SF-50 and Performance Appraisal identified above, submit a copy of your SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which reflects your grade level and promotion potential.

These programs apply 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. If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee, you must submit the following documents:
  • To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; 2) be rated well-qualified for the position based on the competencies listed above; and 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility including:
    • Agency notice,
    • SF-50 that reflects current grade,
    • SF-50 that reflect full performance level of the position, and
    • Your performance appraisal which must reflect "full successful" or equivalent).
  • Displaced District of Columbia Government, Department of Corrections employees will be eligible for priority consideration and competitive appointment (Public Law 105-274). Eligible candidates are not restricted by geographic location or grade level in jobs for which they apply. Documentary evidence is the same as stated above.
  • If you are applying under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) , you must submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 copy), or other official documentation (such as a statement of service) from a branch of the Armed Forces or the Department of Veterans Affairs showing dates of service and type of discharge.
  • Ten-point preference eligibles must also submit an Application for 10-point Veteran Preference, SF-15 , along with the required documentation listed on the back of the SF-15 form.
If you are applying under a special hiring authority (such as: Schedule A persons with disabilities authority , Military Spouse authority ), submit a copy of proof of your eligibility.

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