Human Resources Specialist

Washington, D.C
Dec 04, 2020
Dec 11, 2020
Human Resources
Full Time


This position is located in the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM), Office of Management Services, Office of Human Resources. It is responsible for providing day-to-day expert level operating support to assigned organizational components, in the delivery of staffing and classification services, as well as participating in the development and evaluation of agency-wide policies and programs on a variety of workforce management issues.

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Duties include, but are not limited to:

Position Classification
  • Effects all position classification actions, including major reorganizations, significant changes in mission and functions, new programs, appeals, new positions, etc. to improve overall program management.
  • Develops standard position descriptions covering major groups of jobs within the agency to establish and maintain a uniform approach to, and consistency in, classifications.
  • Conducts studies of major occupations and/or organizations and recommends changes in organizational structure, workflow, job design, etc., to improve overall program management.
  • Reviews and comments on proposed classification standards issued by OPM, which cover positions in the organization.
  • Plans, develops, and writes policy and procedures on position management and position classification, as needed.
Personnel Staffing, Recruitment, and Placement
  • Provides day-to-day staffing and recruitment support for a broad range of administrative, technical, and clerical positions, including International Broadcaster positions, GS-2 through GS-15, for assigned organizations.
  • Plans and coordinates recruiting efforts and advises managers of alternate hiring mechanisms to ensure staffing goals are met.
  • Develops job analysis and crediting plans to identify the best qualified candidates. Evaluates qualifications of applicants, Counsels prospective candidates for employment, and processes personnel action requests. Conducts studies and surveys to analyze and evaluate agency staffing and recruiting programs and policies.
  • Prepares reports and recommendations for management consideration. Develops workforce plans for agency headquarters, VOA and/or OCB.
  • Designs, develops and implements staffing and recruitment policies and programs through the Agency's Merit Promotion Program to meet the Agency's unique staffing needs.
  • Researches and resolves major staffing problems or issues, which impact on Agency operations. Develops and implements innovative solutions.
  • Evaluates the impact of new OPM regulations or programs, and recommends plans for their implementation into current operations.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. citizenship required.
  • Candidates MUST meet all qualification requirements by closing date.
  • Applicants must complete online questionnaire.
  • This position is not covered by a union agreement.


Applicants must have a minimum of one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility comparable to the GS-12 or comparable pay band in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector.

Specialized Experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.

Specialized Experience: GS-13: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, GS-12, which is directly related to this line of work. Specialized experience at this level includes performing both position classification and personnel staffing assignments that includes advising managers and supervisors on complex issues and developing policies and/or procedures, as well as involving considering organizational impact and the impact of advice and recommendations on other functional areas of Human Resources.


Applicant cannot substitute education for experience.

Additional information

  • If you are an eligible Inter-agency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) applicant you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position. ICTAP eligibles must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a separation notice; a "Notice of Personnel Action" (SF-50) documenting separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456.
  • In addition to your resume, other "accepted" documentation may be required in some situations to support eligibility to apply and be considered, as indicated below:
  • Current and reinstatement eligible applicants must submit a Personnel Action (SF-50) indicating grade, competitive service, and career or career-conditional tenure.
  • Applicants applying under Schedule A Disability must submit an appropriate letter from a physician.
  • Applicants applying under Peace Corps or VISTA eligibility must submit a letter supporting eligibility.
  • Applicants applying under Veterans Employment Opportunity Act of 1998 must submit a member's copy (copy # 2 or 4) of their DD-214.
  • If you are still on active duty, you may submit a statement of service from your Personnel Command which states the date you entered active duty, the date you are separating, and the campaign medals you have received.
  • Applicants applying for consideration under an Interchange Agreement with Other Merit Systems must submit a recent SF-50 or other personnel action (e.g., Post Office, Non-appropriated fund), reflecting status as a current employee under an approved system.
  • If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.

  • How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Once your resume or application is submitted, a review of your qualifications will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements and competencies required for this position.

    Customer Service
    Oral Communication

    Possession of competencies may be addressed in a cover letter and/or resume. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your qualifications. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. You will then be placed in one of three rating categories:
    • Qualified Category
    • Well Qualified Category
    • Best Qualified Category

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Not Required

    Drug test required

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Moderate Risk (MR)

    Trust determination process

    Required Documents

    All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):

    Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s), which may not be required for all applicants:

    Although the required documents listed in this announcement only indicate that a resume is required, other documents, such as a SF-50, DD-214, Schedule A letter, Peace Corps/VISTA letter, and/or other personnel action, etc. may be required in specific circumstances, as indicated in application requirements in Other Information above.

    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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