Supervisory Wage and Hour Investigator (District Director)

Richmond, Virginia
Dec 01, 2020
Dec 02, 2020
Executive, Director
Full Time


The Wage and Hour Division (WHD) administers and enforces a variety of labor standards statutes that are national in scope, including the Federal minimum wage, overtime pay, record keeping, and child labor requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act. This is the full performance level of the position. This position is outside the bargaining unit.

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The District Director is responsible for establishing District Office goals and ensures that the District Office contributes in meeting all Regional and National operating plan goals and measures. The District Director is responsible for directing all office activity including legal soundness of potential criminal or civil actions; negotiations with employers, attorneys, and their representatives, providing assistance and support as necessary. Responsible for all administrative activities of the District Office including effective use of personnel and funds; directing, reviewing and evaluating subordinates work; ensuring sound administration of financial management systems; and effective relationships with employee-union representatives. Responsible for effective District Office public relations, information and education programs.

Travel Required

25% or less - Travel is required to attend conference/meetings and participate in onsite reviews.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential
14 - This is the full performance level of this position.


Conditions of Employment

  • May be subject to financial disclosure requirements.
  • Requires a supervisory probationary period if not met.
  • Requires a valid drivers license and ability to operate a motor vehicle
  • Candidate required to obtain the necessary security/investigation level.

You may not be aware, but in the regulations for agency ethics programs, there are requirements for supervisors. Section 2638.103 of Title 5 of the CFR states:

Every supervisor in the executive branch has a heightened personal responsibility for advancing government ethics. It is imperative that supervisors serve as models of ethical behavior for subordinates. Supervisors have a responsibility to help ensure that subordinates are aware of their ethical obligations under the Standards of Conduct and that subordinates know how to contact agency ethics officials. Supervisors are also responsible for working with agency ethics officials to help resolve conflicts of interests and enforce government ethics laws and regulations, including those requiring certain employees to file financial disclosure reports. In addition, supervisors are responsible, when requested, for assisting agency ethics officials in evaluating potential conflicts of interest and identifying positions subject to financial disclosure requirements.

Candidate required to obtain the necessary security/investigation level.

Applicants must meet time-in-grade, time-after-competitive-appointment and qualifications requirements within 30 calendar days after the closing date of the vacancy to be eligible for consideration for selection. Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.


Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-13, in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and ability to perform successfully the duties of the position that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. Applicants must meet at least two of the following three specialized criteria requirements:
  • General knowledge of Federal wage and hour labor laws, industrial occupations, wage scales, employment practices, or salary and wage administration practices.
  • Skill in analyzing written/verbal information and numerical data and making decisions on issues based on interviews, records review, reconstruction of missing or fraudulent records and applying legal or regulatory provisions, precedents, and principles to specific investigative matters.
  • Skill in personal contacts requiring the ability to explain requirements or rights and obtain information and cooperation from people with diverse backgrounds and levels of understanding, reconcile conflicting interests, and persuade others to comply voluntarily with requirements.
In addition to the criteria specified above, applicants must have knowledge of and ability to apply the provisions of Federal wage and hour labor laws pertaining to wages, hours of work, or related conditions of employment.

Examples of qualifying specialized experience include:
  • Developing, interpreting, or applying policies, procedures, and operating standards in determining compliance for an organization or government-based program.
  • Conducting interviews and providing information about laws and/or regulations.
  • Industrial personnel or salary and wage administration or responsible work in a certified public accounting firm.
  • Analyzing or applying labor legislation.
  • Reviewing and evaluating operations and procedures through analysis, audits, or surveillance inspections.
  • Federal, State, or self-regulatory agency work involving obtaining compliance with appropriate program requirements.
SUPERVISORY OR MANAGERIAL ABILITIES: Candidates must demonstrate in their work experience or training that they possess, or have the potential to develop, the qualities of successful supervision, as listed below.

SUPERVISORY OR MANAGERIAL ABILITIES: Candidates must demonstrate in their work experience or training that they possess, or have the potential to develop, the qualities of successful supervision, as listed below. Accountability: Accountable for measurable high-quality, timely, and cost-effective results. Determines objectives, sets priorities, and delegates work. Accepts responsibility for mistakes. Complies with established control systems and rules. Customer Service: Anticipates and meets the needs of customers. Delivers high-quality products and services. Decisiveness: Makes well-informed, effective, and timely decisions; perceives the impact and implications of decisions. Flexibility: Is open to change and new information; rapidly adapts to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles. Integrity/Honesty: Behaves in an honest, fair, and ethical manner. Shows consistency in words and actions. Interpersonal Skills: Treats others with courtesy, sensitivity, and respect. Oral Communication: Makes clear and convincing oral presentations. Problem Solving: Identifies and analyzes problems; evaluates alternative solutions; makes recommendations. Resilience: Deals effectively with pressure; remains optimistic and persistent, even under adversity. Recovers quickly from setbacks. Written Communication: Writes in a clear, concise, organized, and convincing manner. Work experience should reflect level of expertise selected in your responses to the questions selected.


There is no educational substitution for specialized experience at this grade level.

Additional information

DOL seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees' differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve. DOL fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration, flexibility and fairness so that all individuals are able to

Based on the Agency's needs at the time of hiring, more than one selection may be made from this JOA.

Refer to these links for more information: GENERAL INFORMATION , ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Click here for Evaluation details. For Displaced Employees ONLY: if you meet the eligibility requirements for special priority selection under CTAP , you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. CTAP eligibles will be considered "well-qualified" if they attain at least a rating score of 85 in a numerical rating scheme. Be sure to review DOL Account Eligibility Questions #24 and 27 to reflect that you are applying as an CTAP eligible and submit supporting documentation.

Evaluation Factors (Competencies) - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies: Management and Leadership: Uses teamwork effectively to achieve business results. Communication: Clearly and effectively conveys information orally and in writing. Experience includes personal contacts, the ability to explain requirements/rights and obtain information/cooperation from others and persuade others to comply voluntarily with requirements. Program Knowledge: Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, legal practices and documents, government regulations, including principles, practices, and techniques for conducting the wage and hour labor laws, industrial occupations, wage scales, employment practices, or salary/wage administration practices and documenting findings and conclusions in a legally defensible manner.

The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means (ex. interview). Your evaluation may also include a review by an HR Specialist or panel and may include other assessment tools (ex. interview, structured interview, written test, work sample, etc). The examining Human Resources Office (HRO) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings. Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your vacancy question responses. If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume.

To preview questions please click here .

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
High Risk (HR)

Trust determination process

Required Documents

The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission. Also, do not upload password protected documents.

- The following documents are required from all applicants (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY):

ARE YOU A CURRENT OR FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEE? If applying as a status candidate with current or former Federal Service, please provide a copy of your last or most recent SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action" which shows your appointment eligibility for the position for which you are applying. Your SF-50 must identify the highest grade you held on a permanent basis, Pay Plan/Pay Schedule, Series, and Grade/Pay Band, and career status. Multiple SF-50 may be submitted to demonstrate your highest previous rate and eligibility.

*WARNING: An award SF-50 (ex. cash or time off award) may not indicate grade, step and competitive status. For current DOL employees, an award SF-50 DOES NOT indicate grade and step.

- Most recent performance appraisal/evaluation signed and dated within 18 months is requested by the agency, but will not disqualify candidates if not submitted. If not submitted during the application process, one may/will be requested at the time of the interview if the opportunity is extended. Applies to current and former Federal employees.

- The following documents are required if applicable:

- Displaced Employee Placement Documents - Only required if requesting priority consideration under CTAP Eligibility .

- Cover Letters are not mandatory and will not be used to verify experience, but may be submitted.

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.