Supervisory Human Resources Specialist, (Employee Relations and Labor Relations), GS-201-15-NF (Bran

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Alexandria, Virginia
Nov 21, 2020
Nov 29, 2020
Human Resources
Full Time


The position is in the Workforce Relations Branch (WRB), Division of Human Resource Management (HRM), Office of Information and Resource Management (OIRM), National Science Foundation (NSF). The WRB provides human resources management (HRM) advisory, consultation and advisory services to the NSF Employee and Labor Relations Programs, and the Performance Management Program.

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The employee serves as Supervisory HR Specialist (Employee and Labor Relations) with responsibility for managing and overseeing the NSF's Employee Relations (ER) and Labor- Relations (LR) Programs by providing consultation and authoritative advisory services and policy interpretations to NSF's senior management. Specifically:

Serves as the principal authority responsible for recommending the overall direction of NSF's labor relations program through policy and guidance as established by agency senior officials, including the Chief/Deputy Chief Human Capital Officer.

Serves as the technical authority and advisor to NSF's senior management in all Labor Management Relations (LMR) and Employee Relations matters and integrating these programs with other high profile and critical agency programs.

Provides authoritative interpretation of laws, regulations, policies, and procedures that govern LMR and develops broad LMR guidance for the NSF.

Establishes and maintains effective relationships with labor organizations that represent NSF employees and creates, promotes, and maintains as congenial a labor relations environment as possible.

Maintains management's position on issues, while fostering relationships with union officials.

Oversees the review of existing and proposed HR policies, both internal to the NSF and external (e.g., OPM and FLRA requests for comment) to the NSF to determine the effect, if any, on NSF labor-management agreements.

Serves as the principal advisor in negotiation and administration of agreements with labor union. Supports senior leaderships' efforts to identify and implement terms and provisions of agreements such as grievance adjustments procedures, dues withholding agreements, and employee-management communications.

Serves as the primary agency technical authority with respect to regulatory impact upon a sensitive or rapidly evolving employee relations program.

Provides managers and employees with information about NSF's employee relations policies, procedures, and guidelines.

Manages NSF's non-SES awards programs.

Manages general employee relations functions such as advising managers on issues related to employee performance and conduct.

The employee serves as the first level supervisor for a staff comprised of Human Resources Specialists.

The employee is responsible for furthering the goals of equal employment opportunities (EEO) by taking positive steps to assure the accomplishment of affirmative action objectives and by adhering to nondiscriminatory employee practices regarding race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability.


Labor Relations

Employee Relations

Legal, Government, and Jurisprudence

Written Communication

Oral Communication

Leadership and Team Collaboration

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Background investigation.
  • Selective Service registration required for male applicants, unless exempt.
  • US citizenship.
  • Supervisory/managerial probationary period.

It is NSF policy that NSF personnel employed at or IPAs detailed to NSF are not permitted to participate in foreign government talent recruitment programs. Failure to comply with this NSF policy could result in disciplinary action up to and including removal from Federal Service or termination of an IPA assignment and referral to the Office of Inspector General. Foreign Talent Definitions

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

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

Time in Grade Requirement: Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must have 52 weeks of Federal service at the next lower grade or equivalent.

You must answer all job-related questions in the NSF eRecruit questionnaire.

All online applicants must provide a valid email address. If your email address is inaccurate or your mailbox is full or blocked, you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

This is a non-bargaining unit position.


To qualify at the GS-15 level, you must have one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-14 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes all of the following: Overseeing programs for administering performance management, conduct, administrative investigations, probationary period tracking, awards and recognition practices; AND leading teams or supervising complex labor relations activities; AND comprehensive knowledge and experience providing expert advice to senior agency officials on labor relations policies, practices, regulations, and union agreements/contracts; AND negotiating and administering labor agreements; AND representing the organization in arbitration hearings.


Education may enhance skills required for this position; however, no substitution of education for specialized experience may be made at this level.

Additional information

Relocation Expenses will not be paid.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):
ICTAP and CTAP provide 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 or CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP or 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 meet the following: OPM qualification requirements for the position, all selective factors, where applicable; special OPM approved qualifying conditions for the position; is physically qualified with reasonable accommodation, where appropriate, to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry; and receives a rating of at least "Very Good" on the questionnaire. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP or CTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form.
Additional information regarding ICTAP or CTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources

Veteran's Preference:
If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency. For 5-point veterans' preference, please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions. For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation as specified on the SF-15.

NSF has determined that all of its positions are eligible for telework. Work suitable for telework depends on job duties; therefore, employees must receive approval from their supervisor for telework and have a telework agreement in place. Entering into a telework agreement is voluntary.

For additional information on the NSF eRecruit system, please visit our NSF eRecruit Applicant Guide .

This announcement may be used to fill like positions in other organizations within the National Science Foundation.

The Selected Candidate(s) may be subject to a background investigation.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Ratings will be assigned based on your responses to the occupational questionnaire. In some cases, additional assessment processes may be used.

Review your resume and responses carefully. Responses that are not fully supported by the information in your application package may result in adjustments to your score. A Human Resources Representative will validate the qualifications of those candidates eligible to be referred to the selecting official.

Applicants eligible for selection preference under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) must meet the agency definition of "well qualified." At NSF, this means a score of 90.0 or higher.

In the merit promotion selection process, formal performance appraisals may be considered if voluntarily submitted by the applicant.

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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

If you are an NSF employee on or eligible for a permanent, competitive service position or you are an NSF employee who is reinstatement eligible based on prior Federal permanent, competitive service, you need not submit documents to confirm status. All applicants are required to provide a resume, in any format they choose. Cover letters are optional.

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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