Human Resources Specialist

District of Columbia, D.C
May 02, 2021
May 07, 2021
Human Resources
Full Time


The AO Human Resources Office (AOHR) carries out the agency's HR management and pay authorities. This position provides comprehensive personnel processing services. The HR Specialist position will provide support in the area of staffing and recruitment. This includes advising managers on recruitment and staffing strategies, posting job announcements, conducting qualification analysis, preparing personnel actions, etc.
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This is a "cradle to grave" staffing and recruitment operation. The duties of this position include but are not limited to:
  • Providing guidance, consultation, and assistance to managers and supervisors on recruitment and onboarding procedures to include qualification requirements, applicant examination, pay setting, benefits, personnel actions, position management, and information systems programs.
  • Working collaboratively with subject matter experts to conduct a job analysis to develop effective assessment tools and position duties for several high-volume staffing priorities.
  • Applying knowledge of OPM Classification and Qualifications Standards to ensure written information adheres to agency staffing rules.
  • Utilizing the automated federal hiring system, USA Staffing, to create vacancy announcements, assess large volumes of applications to determine minimum qualifications, adjudicate veterans' preference, create and issue certificates of eligibles, audit selections, and send applicant notification letters.
  • Regularly responding to applicant inquiries via telephone and email regarding a variety of human resources issues such as application and selection procedures, pay-setting, and basic benefits.
  • Implementing the agency's pay-setting practices, extending tentative job offers, setting fingerprint appointments, and preparing case files for initial suitability review.
  • Conducting new employee orientation and preparing all onboarding documents to include coding SF-52s, reviewing service credit criteria and calculating service credit, and requesting individual records and other agency transfer documents.
  • Maintaining case file documents and closing out cases.

  • Travel Required

    Not required

    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 at least one full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience which is in or directly related to the line of work of this position. Specialized experience is demonstrated experience in ALL of the following:
  • Managing routine to complex human resources matters in federal and/or private sector recruitment and staffing; and
  • Using an automated staffing system to create vacancy announcements, perform qualifications review of applicants, and issue certificates of eligibles.
  • (Resume must show clear and convincing evidence of all areas of specialized experience.)


    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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