Lead Human Resources Specialist

Washington, D.C
Apr 02, 2021
Apr 10, 2021
Human Resources
Full Time


This position is located in the Personnel Section of the Executive Office (EXO) of the Antitrust Division (ATR) of the Department of Justice. The incumbent serves as a Team Leader and Human Resources (HR) Advisor providing advice and guidance to ATR personnel on all position management, classification, staffing, benefits, and recruitment and placement issues.

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As the Lead Human Resources Specialist responsibilities will include:
  • Serving as Team Lead for the development and implementation of recruitment and staffing, position classification and management as well as other HR initiatives.
  • Facilitating the Personnel Section's processes by working collaboratively with team members to ensure that tasks are completed, that good working relationships among team members and with management are maintained, and that team priorities and goals, needs, and achievements are coordinated with management.
  • Leading employees in the accomplishment of tasks and projects associated with position management, classification, pay, staffing, recruitment and placement, and benefits.
  • Identifying, distributing, and balancing workload and tasks among employees in accordance with established work flow, skill level, and/or occupational specialization.
  • Performing operational analysis, and advisory services on recruitment and placement actions that require identification and analysis of management staffing problems and resolutions from a total personnel management viewpoint.
  • Independently resolving controversial, complex, and difficult types of staffing and/or pay issues.
  • Serving as the Division's focal point and technical expert on implementing and administering position classification programs.
  • Acting as a consultant on program activities and objectives, priorities, identification of needs, resolution of problem areas, and other matters to assure classification accuracy, adherence to position management principles, and pay equity.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

    • You must undergo and clear a pre-employment security investigation.
    • You may be required to take and successfully clear a drug test.
    • You may be required to complete a one-year probationary period.
    • A writing sample may be requested of individuals identified as best qualified, to be forwarded to the selecting official along with your application package, upon referral.
    • You must be a United States Citizen or National.
    • You must meet all eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement and continue to meet these requirements throughout the hiring process. Offers can be rescinded if requirements are not met.
    • Additional selections may be made from this announcement.
    • SELECTIVE SERVICE: All male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must have registered for the selective service (see http://www.sss.gov). If selected for this position, the applicant must sign a statement certifying his registration, or the applicant must demonstrate exempt status under the Selective Service Law.
    • DIRECT DEPOSIT: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
    • Applications mailed using government postage and/or internal Federal Government mail systems will not be accepted.
    • This is a full-time, permanent appointment in the competitive service ineligible for inclusion in the bargaining unit.
    • The Antitrust Division participates in the E-Verify program.
    • This is a non-supervisory appointment, subject to a one-year probationary period


To qualify for the position of Lead Human Resources Specialist at (GS-0201-14), you must meet the basic qualification requirements listed below AND possess the required specialized experience specific to this series and grade you're applying to.
If you are a current government employee on a permanent appointment in the competitive service, you will need to demonstrate 1-year (52-weeks) at the next lower grade level, to meet the time-in-grade requirements for this occupational series and grade.

Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.

Examples of qualifying specialized experience at the GS-13 level include: serving as a technical expert providing advisory services on position management, classification, staffing, benefits, and recruitment and placement programs; evaluating HR programs for an agency or major primary organizational segment; servicing as a coach, facilitator, or negotiator coordinating HR team initiatives.

You MUST meet all qualification requirements, including Time-in-Grade, by the closing date of this announcement, 04/09/2021.

Your resume must support your responses to the online questionnaire and the qualification requirements. Failure to do so may result in an ineligible rating. See the Required Documents section for important notes about what must be included in your resume.
  • The Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) allows veterans to apply to announcements that are only open to "status" candidates, which means "current competitive service employees." To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, your latest discharge must be issued under honorable conditions (this means an honorable or general discharge), AND you must be either (1) a preference eligible (defined in title 5 U.S.C. 2108(3)), OR (2) a veteran who substantially completed 3 or more years of active service. When applying under VEOA, you must rate and rank among the best qualified when compared to current employee applicants in order to be considered for appointment. Veterans' preference does not apply to internal agency actions such as promotions, transfers, reassignments and reinstatements. Current or former Federal employees meeting VEOA eligibility can apply; however, current employees applying under VEOA are subject to time-in- grade restrictions like any other General Schedule employee. You must provide acceptable documentation of your preference or appointment eligibility. The member 4 copy of your DD214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty," is preferable. If claiming 10 point preference, you will need to submit a Standard Form (SF-15 Adobe Acrobat Version [152 KB]), "Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference."If you don't have your Department of Veterans Affairs letter establishing proof of disability, you may request it at http://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ or call 1-800-827-1000. Veterans Information: https://my.usajobs.gov/Veterans .
The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the Department of Justice with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your Department of Justice component has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your 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 satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified or better category (80 or above) using established category rating criteria. You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application. Additional information about CTAP eligibility is at: http://www.opm.gov/ctap/i ndex.asp.
The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over candidates from other agencies for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority over other applicants who are not employees of the Department of Justice if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP 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 satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified or better category (80 or above) using established category rating criteria. 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 eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form. Additional information about ICTAP eligibility is at: http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp.


No education is used to qualify at this level.

Additional information

The bullets below outline the various groups of applicants that fall under the term "status candidates". This vacancy is open to applicants from any of the groups listed below: When you apply you'll have the chance to claim an eligibility pathway, be sure you fully read each statement and any links provided to make sure you know which eligibilities you qualify for.
See a full list and learn more at USAJOBS, see: What does Status Candidate mean? or Which Jobs am I Eligible to Apply for?
  • Current & Former Federal Employees : For more information, see USAJOBS Federal Employees .
  • Career Transition Assistance Programs (CTAP & ICTAP) : For more information visit: USAJOBS Career Transition Programs
  • Preference Eligible Veterans and Certain Military Spouses: Please see USAJOBS Veterans Preference for more details.
  • Schedule A for Persons with Disabilities: Learn more at USAJOBS - Individuals with Disabilities .
General Employment Information :
  • Reasonable Accommodation Statement: Our policy can be found at: https://www.justice.gov/jmd/eeos/manual-and-procedures-providing-reasonable-accommodation
  • DOJ EEO Statement: The U.S. Department of Justice fosters an inclusive and diverse workforce, find our EEO statement online at: http://www.justice.gov/jmd/eeos/08-eeo-policy.pdf
  • Selective Service: If you were born male, on or after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. Additional information is found at: www.sss.gov .

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

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

Once the job opportunity announcement closes, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be conducted. The information will be compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine your eligibility for Federal employment, and then whether you are qualified for this particular position.If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your responses when compared to your background information, you may be deemed ineligible, or your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your skills and abilities.
Additionally, we will review your supporting documents and resume to determine if you are in the "Area of Consideration" for this vacancy. Government-Wide Merit Promotion vacancies may only accept applications from a limited audience, pay careful attention to the "Who May Apply" and the "Hiring Paths" information. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

ATR's Merit Promotion Procedures will be used to evaluate candidates. The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position.
Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, and other characteristics):
  • Customer Service
  • Managing Human Resources
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Writing

Performance Appraisals and Awards :

You will receive an additional point added to your final score for a fully successful or higher performance rating. An additional point will also be added to your final score for any one performance award received within the past three years that relates to the position for which you are applying. Please provide only one recent award. To receive credit, you must provide a copy of your performance rating and a copy of your performance award SF-50.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

  • To apply for this position, you must provide a complete application package which includes:
    Your Résumé (Cover Letter is optional) - Applicants will be evaluated based on a comparison of the position requirements against the quality and extent of experience or related education as reflected in their resume. Applicants are encouraged to ensure work experiences clearly show the possession of knowledge of the subject matter pertinent to the position and the technical skills to successfully perform the duties of the position.
  • Completed Assessment Questionnaire.
  • Documentation of eligibility for special hiring authorities (if applicable) to prove appointment eligibility. Examples include Veteran Preference documentation, Schedule A disability letter, Peace Corps volunteer letter, military spouse hiring authority documentation,
  • SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action (if applying as a status candidate with current or former Federal service) which shows type of service appointment, tenure group, grade, and salary. If you are applying for a higher grade, please provide the SF-50 which shows the length of time you have been in your current/highest grade (examples of appropriate SF-50s include promotions, Within Grade/Range Increases, and SF-50s over one year old). If you have promotion potential in your current position, please provide proof.
  • Most Recent Performance Appraisal (if current federal employee) received within the last two years.
  • SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, documenting receipt of a Performance Award received within the last 3 years. ALL APPLICANTS : You must submit a detailed resume containing the following pieces of information for each job listed:
    • official position title,
    • employer name and contact information,
    • start and end dates ( including month and year ),
    • a detailed list of duties & accomplishments,
    • your highest salary (or grade/step) achieved, and
    • the number of hours worked per week (or indicate full-time).
    If you're unsure about what to include in your resume, please review the USAJOBS Resume Writing Tutorial on YouTube. You are encouraged to use the USAJOBS Resume Builder , as this will ensure you're including everything that is required. If you are a current or former Federal employee applying for transfer, reinstatement, or reassignment :
    • You must submit your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) or equivalent agency form.
      • Do not submit a pay adjustment or an award document, these do not contain sufficient information about your appointment.
      • Your SF-50 should list the full position title, series, grade and step, organization, duty location, service computation date, effective date, and your service type and tenure status.
    • You must also submit a copy of your most recent performance evaluation or appraisal, signed, showing your final rating.
    • See USAJOBS Current & Former Employees for more information.
    If you are claiming a Veterans Preference eligibility :
    • When claiming a Veteran's Preference, you must submit your last DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) form, specifically the Member #4 Copy, indicating dates and character of service and discharge type.
    • If you are a V eteran with a service-connected disability rating of 30% or more , you will need to additionally submit the SF-15 (Application for 10-point Veterans Preference) and a copy of your VA Letter stating your disability rating.
    • If you are the qualifying parent or spouse of a disabled, deceased, or deployed Veteran, and are seeking a derived preference eligibility, you must submit appropriate supporting documentation such as the Veterans DD-214, SF-15, VA Letter, and/or Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders. See Veteran Family Preference for more information.
    • For more information on each type of Veterans Preference, and the documentation required for each, see FedsHireVets .
    If you are a person with a severe disability, claiming eligibility under Schedule A :
    • You must submit "proof of a disability" documentation.
      • "Proof of a disability" is a letter stating that you have an intellectual disability, severe physical disability or psychiatric disability.
      • You must get this letter from your doctor, a licensed medical professional, a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist, or any Federal, state, or local agency that issues or provides disability benefits.
    • For more information about Schedule A and verification requirements, please see OPM's Schedule A site .
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