Human Resources Specialist

Gaithersburg, Maryland
May 14, 2021
May 22, 2021
Human Resources
Full Time


NIST works with industry and science to advance innovation and improve quality of life. We're looking for a Human Resources Specialist to join our team!

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  • Provide human resource guidance and services to client organizations at NIST.
  • Work strategically with NIST management in order to attract and maintain a world-class workforce by utilizing unique authorities delegated under NIST's Alternative Personnel Management System (AMPS).
  • Provide guidance and services in the areas of staffing, classification, organizational structure, position management, and pay flexibilities.
  • Provide, as necessary, support to the various program areas within OSPD and training to client organizations in order to support a more efficient HR operation.
  • Advise customers on and apply authorities, laws, and regulations applicable to all other Federal agencies in achieving NIST's goal.
  • Advice in matters such as pay administration, awards and leave will be provided to NIST managers, employees, and prospective applicants.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional Travel. This position is located in Gaithersburg, MD and may require travel to Alexandria, VA; Boulder, CO; or other NIST locations and/or training sites

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. citizenship
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Suitable for Federal employment



To qualify, applicants must have one year of specialized experience at least the GS-07 level. Specialized experience is defined as experience applying human resources (HR) laws, regulations and rules; experience providing management advisory services on human resources issues, which includes evaluating the issues, identifying applicable precedents, and recommending the most effective approach.


Master's or equivalent graduate degree


2 Full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree


LL.B. or J.D., if related


To qualify, applicants must have one year of specialized experience at least the GS-11 level (or ZA-II at NIST). Specialized experience is defined as experience providing management advisory services in staffing, recruitment, and classification; experience preparing and posting vacancy/job opportunity announcements, determining applicants' eligibility and qualifications, and rating candidates for referral; experience conducting job analyses on a wide variety of grade levels and/or pay plans; and experience staffing personnel actions.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done. We will credit all qualifying volunteer experience in your application.

The qualification requirements in this vacancy announcement are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook .

Applicant Reconsideration


This position allows applicants to qualify with education. Transcripts must be submitted to validate that the education requirement has been met. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package. However, an official copy will be required prior to a final offer of employment.

Education completed outside of the U.S. must be evaluated by an accredited organization to ensure that it is comparable to education received in accredited institutions in the U.S. Click here to view a listing of accredited organizations from the Department of Education's website. A copy of the foreign education evaluation (containing the results with a course by course listing) is required with your application.

Additional information

The physical worksite for this position is located in Gaithersburg, Maryland. However, the Office of Human Resources Management is currently under a maximum telework posture due to the COVID-19 pandemic; therefore, this position is currently under a 100 percent telework schedule. The position's telework schedule will likely change in the future when Office of Human Resources Management moves away from its maximum telework posture. At that time, the incumbent will be expected to report to the physical work site in accordance with the updated status requirements of their supervisor. The nature and scope of future telework opportunities will be subject to the unit's telework policy, any applicable bargaining unit agreements, and supervisory approval. Payment of relocation expenses, as applicable, will be paid in accordance with this Job Opportunity Announcement. Non-compliance with the supervisor's telework-schedule requirement could result in adverse action, including separation.

This position is covered under NIST's Alternative Personnel Management System (APMS). The APMS is a pay-for-performance system with excellent HR flexibilities to help NIST recruit and retain top talent. Find out more about the APMS here !

A probationary period may be required.

We may share your application package with other selecting officials at NIST with opportunities like this one. Additional selections may be made through this vacancy.

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, optional cover letter and supporting documents to assess your qualifications for this position. If the minimum qualifications are met, we will compare this information to the responses on the occupational questionnaire (i.e. True/False, Yes/No, Multiple Choice questions). The application must support the responses to the questionnaire, or we may lower the score. To preview the questionnaire, click here:

Applications will be assessed on the following competencies:
  • Customer Service
  • Influencing/Negotiating
  • Technical Competence

Resume Guidance
Evaluation Process
CTAP/ICTAP Eligibility

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Moderate Risk (MR)

Trust determination process

Required Documents

The documents required vary based on how you're applying (i.e., as a veteran or disabled veteran, current or former Federal employee, etc.). Please review the Required Documents for this position to find out if there are any documents required with your application .

Failure to submit required documents, based upon how you apply, may result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package.

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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