Human Resources Specialist

Washington, D.C
Feb 28, 2021
Mar 08, 2021
Human Resources
Full Time


The Judges Compensation and Retirement Division (JCRD) is responsible for managing the personnel, payroll, and retirement systems for retired justices of the United States Supreme Court, judges of the United States and their surviving spouses. The incumbent of this position serves as an HR Specialist for the Judges Retirement and Advisory Services (JRAS) team. This includes benefits and retirement processing and advisory services.
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Duties include, but are not limited to:
  • Managing retirement cases for justices and judges of the United States;
  • Independently calculating pay and annuities for judges and survivors of justices and judges;
  • Providing counseling sessions and giving advice to justices and judges by phone and in-person on the Judicial Retirement System, the Civil Service Retirement System, the Federal Employees Retirement System, the Judicial Survivor's Annuities System, the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) to include TSP catch-up contributions, the Federal Employees Health and Life Insurance Programs, the Judiciary's Flexible Benefits and Long-Term Care Programs, the Dental and Vision Programs and also Social Security and Medicare;
  • Preparing written communications to judges on pay, benefits, and retirement;
  • Preparing personal benefits profiles for judges attending various Judges Benefits and Retirement Programs and traveling to meet with judges and their spouses to review the profiles and discuss their pay, benefits and retirement, including Social Security and Medicare;
  • Conducting presentations on pay, benefits and retirement planning to judges and judges' spouses held throughout the country each year in conjunction with Circuit Judicial Conferences, Federal Judicial Center Orientations and Workshops, and Judges Retreats and Meetings;
  • Assisting with the process for the annual audits of the judges' retirement and survivor annuity funds to include preparing and validating the data and coordinating with other AO offices; and
  • Managing death cases for deceased justices, judges, and spouses.

  • Travel Required

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

    Supervisory status

    Promotion Potential


    Conditions of Employment

  • All information is subject to verification. Applicants are advised that false answers or omissions of information on application materials or inability to meet the following conditions may be grounds for non-selection, withdrawal of an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed.
  • Selection for this position is contingent upon completion of OF-306, Declaration of Federal Employment during the pre-employment process and proof of U.S. citizenship for competitive status positions or conversion to a competitive status position with the Administrative Office of the US Courts. In instances where non-citizens are considered for hire into temporary or any other position with non competitive status or when it is confirmed by the AO's Human Resources Office that there are no qualified U.S. citizens for a competitive status position (unless prohibited by a law or statue), non-citizens must provide proof of authorization to work in the United States and proof of entitlement to receive compensation. Additional information on the employment of non-citizens can be found at . For a list of documents that may be used to provide proof of citizenship or authorization to work in the United States, please refer to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification .
  • All new AO employees will be required to complete a FBI fingerprint-based national criminal database and records check and pass a public trust suitability check.
  • All new AO employees must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of pay before appointment.
  • You will be required to serve a trial period if selected for a first-time appointment to the Federal government, transferring from another Federal agency, or serving as a first-time supervisor. Failure to successfully complete the trial period may result in termination of employment.
  • If appointed to a temporary position, management may have the discretion of converting the position to permanent depending upon funding and staffing allocation.
  • Relocation expenses may be provided, but only if authorized by the Director of the AO.

  • Qualifications

    Applicants must have demonstrated experience as listed below. This requirement is according to the AO Classification, Compensation, and Recruitment Systems which include interpretive guidance and reference to the OPM Operating Manual for Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions.

    Specialized Experience : Applicants must have one full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience which is in or directly related to the work of this position. Specialized experience is demonstrated experience:
  • Calculating pay and annuities;
  • Providing counsel and advice on retirement and/or benefits related matters; and
  • Researching, developing, and preparing correspondence on pay, benefits and retirement to employees.

  • Education

    This position does not require education to qualify.

    Additional information

    The AO is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    We will review your resume and supporting documentation and compare this information to your responses on the occupational questionnaire to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for this job. If you meet the minimum qualifications for this job, we will evaluate your application package, to assess the quality, depth, and complexity of your accomplishments, experience, and education as they relate to the requirements listed in this vacancy announcement.

    You should be aware that your ratings are subject to evaluation and verification. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your resume and/or narrative responses, you will be assigned a rating commensurate to your described experience. Failure to submit the mandatory narrative responses will result in not receiving full consideration and/or rating credit. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you, withdrawing an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Not Required

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

    For this job announcement the following documents and/or information are required:
    • Resume - Any written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications.
    • Citizenship - Include country of citizenship on resume.
    • Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) - All applicants outside of the AO must submit a copy of your latest SF-50 to verify current or former Federal employment status.
    • Veterans Preference documentation - Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD Form 214), if applicable Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (SF-15) and an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying to the veteran's present receipt of compensation.

    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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