Washington, D.C
Jan 22, 2021
Jan 25, 2021
Human Resources
Full Time


This position is located in the Human Capital Management Office (HCMO), and involves policy development, workforce planning and succession responsibilities. The incumbent serves as a senior HR policy specialist and workforce planning and succession technical authority with responsibility for assisting in the analysis, development, administration, coordination and oversight of key office programs, and for special projects and advisory services of complex HR activities as assigned.
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The Human Resources Specialist (Policy), will:

- Share responsibility with the Chief Human Capital Officer (CHCO), Deputy Chief Human Capital Officer (DCHCO), and Assistant Directors in coordinating HCMO strategic planning and implementing processes, for developing and evaluating HCMO policies and procedures, and for analyzing and administering HCMO
- Independently carry out complex studies and projects involving program planning, development, evaluation, and/or operations including difficult management advisory services within FTC. These are issues of immediate short and long-range concern to HCMO and the agency that would otherwise require the personal attention of the CHCO or DCHCO. Examples of project involvement include policy drafting or evaluation; special services for the Chairperson's office such as performance and recognition program development; special staffing program support for the Commissioners or the General Counsel; participation in emergency
planning; privacy issues; outsourcing analysis and assessment; and EEO program interface activity.
- Develop, modify, and maintain major HR policy, projects, or studies of significant scope and complexity, requiring managing associated office, and/or intra-agency resources. Plan and coordinate HCMO and intra-agency participation, assess progress towards HCMO and/or agency goals, determine alternative
courses of action, and administer and oversee implementation. Provide leadership in the development and completion of special studies, projects and activities.
- Develop and implement agency-wide strategies that identify current and future workforce competencies and for closing identified competency gaps through implementation of reduction strategies such as restructuring, strategic recruitment, retraining, retention and technology solutions.
- Develop and implement agency-wide policies and/or programs for the major areas of recruitment and staffing, workforce reshaping and forecasting in support of FTC workforce planning and succession. Ensure compliance with overarching policies established by FTC, Office of Personnel Management, and Executive Orders.
- Assist in identifying the human capital required to meet organizational goals and to develop strategies to meet these requirements. The incumbent is also responsible for assisting in the development of a strategic workforce planning model for managers to assess and analyze their workforce. Conduct analyses of
customer needs and workload distribution to provide guidance and assistance to leadership to ensure the agency is appropriately structured to allow the right mix and distribution of the workforce and right balance of supervisory and non-supervisory positions to support the agency mission.
- Serve as HCMO and/or FTC representative in inter and intra-agency negotiations, discussions, working groups, and both formal and informal advisory forums to present, defend, and negotiate sensitive HR positions as a recognized representative of the CHCO or DCHCO and senior administrative management. Serve as HCMO liaison to collect and disseminate information on HR program policies, procedures and strategies with representatives from FTC bureau/offices and Office customers and stakeholders.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

All applications must be received on-line via USA Jobs

Time-In-Grade Requirement: If you are a current or former Federal employee, you must meet the time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement.You must have at least 52 weeks (1 year) of specialized experience at the GS-14 or equivalent level in the Federal service.
Please refer to The Employee's Guide to Career Transition in order to find out if you meet the required criteria.
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ICTAP Priority: To receive selection priority for vacancies in other agencies you must have the following: - a current performance rating of at least "fully successful" (Level III) or equivalent*** ; - occupy (or have been separated from) a position in the same local commuting area of the vacancy; - apply for a specific vacancy at or below the grade level you are being (or have been) separated from that does not have greater promotion potential than your last position; - meet the application deadline; and - be found "well qualified" for the job.


To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet the experience qualifications for the grade at which you are requesting consideration.

To Qualify for the GS-14:
On Experience, you must have at least one year of equal or equivalent experience, it must include:
- Experience at the GS-13 level in the Federal service in writing, developing and implementing human capital policies and procedures as they relate to Federal personnel rules and regulations.
- Experience in which writing and editing are the focus of the job and in which the applicant demonstrates
knowledge of the structure and tone of written products on multiple digital platforms, as well as knowledge of grammar usage, style, and basic publication processes.
- Experience developing metrics, goals, and objectives which have enabled an agency to accomplish its
organizational requirements.


There is no education substitute at this level.

Additional information

Displaced employees may be eligible for ICTAP priority consideration. For more information, please review the OPM Employee's Guide to Career Transition .

Financial Suitability - It is the policy of the government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. Information about an individual's employment experience will be used only to determine the person's qualifications and to assess his or her relative level of knowledge, skills, and abilities. Although an individual's personal conduct may be relevant in any employment decision, including conduct during periods of unemployment or evidence of dishonesty in handling financial matters, financial difficulty that has arisen through no fault of the individual will generally not itself be the basis of an unfavorable suitability or fitness determination.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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


If your resume or application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s). Your resume or application must contain sufficiently detailed information upon which to make a qualification determination. Please ensure that your resume or application contains specific information such as position titles, beginning and ending dates of employment for each position, average number of hours worked per week, and if the position is/was in the Federal government, you should provide the position series and grade level. If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of two categories: Best Qualified or Qualified, which is based upon your responses to the vacancy questions. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference that have provided supporting documents will receive selection priority over non-veterans. The top rated applications will be reviewed for the quality of your experience, education, and training relevant to the position. If your resume does not support the specialized experience or if your application does not support your answers to the Vacancy Specific Questions, your final rating may be modified and you may be disqualified from consideration. The Human Resources Office is ultimately responsible for determining your final rating. Your application will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position. The answers you select in the on-line process must be substantiated in your application package. If upon review, it is determined that your described work history, competencies, and/or supporting documents do not support your answer choices, you may not be referred to the selecting official. Please ensure that your work history provides enough details to support your answers.

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

Required Documents:
To help you ensure your application fully outlines your qualifications and eligibility for this position, please submit the following documentation as appropriate. Some of the items listed may not apply to you. Current and former Federal employees MUST submit their latest SF-50 and Performance Appraisal.

ICTAP required documents: If you are claiming ICTAP eligibility, you must provide the following documents as proof by the closing date of this announcement that you meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330 Subpart G for ICTAP or you will not receive consideration. This includes:
  • SF-50 reflecting your RIF Separation, or a notice of proposed removal for declining a directed reassignment or transfer of function to another commuting area;
  • Copy of your current or last performance appraisal.
  • APPLICATION PACKAGE CHECKLIST__ Announcement number, title, and grade(s) of the position__ Full name, mailing address (including zip code) and day and evening phone numbers (with area code)__ Statement that you are a U.S. citizen__ Current Federal employees and reinstatement eligibles must submit a copy of their most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50).__ Current Federal employees and reinstatement eligibles must submit a copy of their most recent Performance Appraisal.__ If you are basing your qualifications upon your education, you must submit a copy of your college transcript(s).For each period of Work experience listed on your resume include:___Job title___Series/grade (if Federal employment)___Duties and accomplishments___Employer's name and address___Supervisor's name and contact information___Starting and ending dates of employment (month/day/year)___Number of hours worked per week___Salary___Indicate if we may contact current supervisor/employer___Other job related information, such as training courses (title & year); skills (e.g., other languages, computer software/hardware, tools, etc.)___Certificates/licenses (current).___Honors, awards, and special accomplishments___A Legible copy of college transcripts (if qualifying all or in part on the basis of Education for this position)___Support documentation for eligibility for special hiring authorities, such as disability, Peace Corps service, etc.
    Documents for Auto-Request:
    • College Transcript
    • DD-214 Certificate of Release or Discharge
    • Graduate Transcript
    • ICTAP Eligibility
    • Performance Appraisal
    • Resume
    • SF-15 Application for 10-Point Veterans Preference
    • SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action
    • VA Letter to support 10-Point Veterans Preference

    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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