Human Resources Specialist (Employee Benefits)

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Employer
USAJobs
Location
Falls Church, Virginia
Posted
Nov 20, 2020
Closes
Nov 28, 2020
Function
Human Resources
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This position is located in the Office of Human Resources Services, Office of Administration, Executive Office for Immigration Review, Department of Justice.

This is a Competitive Service position; additional positions maybe filled from this announcement within 90 days of certificate issuance.
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Responsibilities

The Human Resources Specialist (Employee Benefits) serves as an advisor and customer service agent providing counseling, education and processing services in the areas of: employee benefits, Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS), Federal Employee Retirement Systems (FERS), work-life programs, Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB), Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance (FEGLI), Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), Flexible Spending, Long Term Care Programs, and death benefits.

Duties include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Assisting agency employees at headquarters and nationwide locations with devising strategies for successful transition into retirement.
  • Counseling employees, spouses and beneficiaries on a range of employee benefits.
  • Liaising with the Office of Workers Compensation Programs and the Office of General Counsel regarding workers' compensation claims.
  • Managing work-life programs.
  • Conducting Federal employee benefits training and seminars.


Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
13

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • You must complete a background investigation, credit check, and drug test.
  • You may be required to complete a probationary period.
  • All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
  • You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement.


Qualifications

In order to qualify for the Human Resources Specialist (Employee Benefits) position, you must meet the following time-in-grade requirements and minimum qualifications:

TIME-IN-GRADE REQUIREMENTS: Merit Promotion and Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) applicants must meet the applicable time-in-grade requirement(s) to be considered eligible.
  • One year at the GS-11 grade level is required to meet the time-in-grade requirement for the GS-12 grade level.
  • One year at the GS-12 grade level is required to meet the time-in-grade requirement for the GS-13 grade level.
(You must submit your SF-50 that supports time-in-grade eligibility and indicates your title, series, and grade.)

AND

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: To be considered minimally qualified for this position, you must demonstrate that you have the required specialized experience for the grade level(s) to which you are applying:

GS-12

Specialized Experience:
Applicants must have at least one year (12-months) of specialized work experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service, performing the following duties:
  • Advising employees one-on-one to prepare retirement plans;
  • Making routine retirement and/or benefits determinations in compliance with applicable policies & procedures, regulations, and laws;
  • Supporting one or more work-life programs for an organization (e.g., Health & Wellness, Employee Assistance, Dependent Care, Workplace Flexibilities, Telework.); AND
  • Corresponding with employees, beneficiaries, and/or service-providers to optimize gains from available employee benefits.
  • (Your must support this experience in your resume.)

    GS-13

    Specialized Experience: Applicants must have at least one year (12-months) of specialized work experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service, performing the following duties:
  • Conducting pre-retirement seminars to assist employees with planning for retirement;
  • Making complex retirement and/or benefits determinations for hard to prove medical conditions or obscure entitlements;
  • Administering one or more work-life programs for an organization (e.g., Health & Wellness, Employee Assistance, Dependent Care, Workplace Flexibilities, Telework.); AND
  • Corresponding with employees, beneficiaries, and/or service-providers to optimize gains from available employee benefits.
  • (Your must support this experience in your resume.)

    IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

    For more information on the qualifications for this position, click here .

    Education

    This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

    Additional information

    This position is open to Competitive Merit Promotion, Non-Competitive, and Special Hiring Authority eligibles. You must meet the requirements for one of the following eligibilities:
  • Current permanent competitive service employees; former Federal employees who achieved career status in the competitive service; or former Federal employees who served on a career conditional appointment without achieving career status in the competitive service who was separated less than 3 years ago, must submit an SF-50 that indicates career or career-conditional (Tenure field 1 or 2); AND status in the competitive service (Position Occupied field 1.)
  • Veterans applying under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) must submit a copy of your latest DD-214 showing discharge under honorable conditions. To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, you must be a preference eligible OR a veteran who substantially completed 3 or more years of active service under honorable conditions. Current Federal employees applying under VEOA must submit an SF-50 to show you meet time-in-grade requirements.
  • 30% or more Disabled Veterans must a submit a copy of your latest DD-214 indicating character of service, SF-15, and disability letter from the VA dated 1991 or later.
  • Military Spouses are eligible if you are the spouse of: an active duty member of the armed forces; a service member who is 100% disabled due to a service-connected injury; or a service member killed while on active duty. You are no longer eligible if you remarry. You must submit supporting documentation which may include: active duty orders, proof of marriage status, SF-15, DD-214, disability letter from the VA.
  • Schedule A, DOJ is committed to ensuring that persons with disabilities have equal opportunity to be hired and advanced based on merit. You must provide " proof of a disability " documentation signed and dated by your doctor, a licensed medical professional, a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist, or any Federal, state, or local agency that issues or provides disability benefits; i.e., certification that you are an individual with an intellectual disability, severe physical disability or psychiatric disability, and can be considered for employment under Schedule A hiring authority. (This letter must be separate from veterans preference documentation.)
  • Peace Corps & AmeriCorps VISTA Alumni you must submit certification of service documents.
  • Other non-competitive authorities See "This job is open to" section.
  • Current or former term or temporary employees of a Land Management agency who are within two years of your last term or temporary job and eligible for appointment under the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act must submit SF-50s and performance appraisals that demonstrate you meet all of the requirements outlined.
  • Active Duty Service Members expecting to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions within 120 days may be granted tentative preference and/or special hiring authority for veterans eligibility by submitting a "certification" document in lieu of a DD-214. This "certification" is any written document from the armed forces that certifies you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date of the submission of the certification. For more information on veterans' preference and special hiring authorities for veterans click here .

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Applicants applying under merit promotion procedures will be rated in accordance with the EOIR's Merit Staffing plan. Once the application process is complete, your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed in 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 package, 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.

    You will be rated based on the following knowledge, skills, abilities (KSAs) or competencies:
    • Oral Communication
    • Personnel and Human Resources
    • Planning and Evaluating
    • Writing


    In order to be rated as meeting the minimum qualifications, we must be able to determine from your application package that you have the specialized experience required. Your resume must contain your full name, address, phone number, and the following employment information for each position held:
    • Employer name and location.
    • From and To dates (MM/YYYY-MM/YYYY or from MM/YYYY to Present). The month and year is required to fully credit your time.
    • For part-time positions, include number of hours worked per week. Positions that do not include this information will be assumed as full-time (40 hours per week).
    • Grade level(s) held for each Federal position.
    • Duty descriptions for each position held with supporting details for meeting the minimum qualifications.
    The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and have a final assessment score of 85 or better. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form. For more information about ICTAP eligibility click here .

    The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the Department of Justice with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your Department of Justice component has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and have a final assessment score of 85 or better. You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application. For more information about CTAP eligibility click here .

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Not Required

    Drug test required
    Yes

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Moderate Risk (MR)

    Trust determination process
    Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness

    Required Documents

    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
  • Your Resume; Cover Letter optional.
  • A complete online Assessment Questionnaire.
  • Other Supporting Documents, if applicable:
    • SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action, if applying as a status candidate with current or former Federal service, that indicates proof of status and time-in-grade eligibility. The SF-50 must include your position, title, series, grade, step, tenure, type of service (Competitive or Excepted) and career status (career or career-conditional). No award SF-50 will be accepted as proof of status and time-in-grade eligibility.
    • Veterans' Documentation, if claiming preference and/or special hiring authority for veterans eligibility, Member 4 Copy of DD-214, SF-15 with related documentation, and VA disability letter, if applicable.
    • Most recent Performance Appraisal with supervisor's signature showing the official final rating of record.
    • Any other supporting documentation required or requested for verification as described in the announcement. (e.g., certifications, licenses.)
    Note: Any documents submitted that are not required or requested for this vacancy will not be considered (e.g., training certificates, case filings, letter of recommendations.) All documentation and information is subject to verification prior to final selection.

    To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation are submitted prior to 11:59 PM (ET) 11/27/2020. Failure to submit a resume or supporting documentation may result in elimination for further consideration.

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