Human Resources Specialist, GS-0201-09/11/12 MP

Alexandria, Virginia
May 14, 2021
May 18, 2021
Human Resources
Full Time


This position is located in the Staffing and Classification Branch (SCB), Division of Human Resource Management, Office of Information and Resource Management. SCB has the responsibility for providing expert operational, consultative, and advisory services in the areas of recruitment/staffing, compensation, and classification to the agency and for developing policy in these areas.

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As a Human Resources Specialist, the selected candidate will primarily manage recruitment efforts for Excepted Service recruitments for permanent and temporary Administratively Determined (AD) employees under the NSF Act, as well as Visiting Scientists, Engineers and Educators (VSEEs) and Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) appointments.

Specific duties include:
  • Provides the full range of staffing, recruitment, position classification, position management, compensation, and workforce planning services.
  • Participates as a member of an HR Service Team supporting two to three customer organizations within NSF.
  • Develops and maintains effective relationships with senior management officials to provide thorough HR management advisory and technical services on a broad spectrum of substantive HR issues/problems/concerns.
  • Analyzes data/reports and provides recommendations to address organizational needs.
  • Conducts workforce planning activities with assigned organization(s) by providing input and analysis to organizational workforce goals, staffing gaps, and workforce transformation activities.
  • Coordinates and facilitates the completion of recruitment/staffing and classification actions, and reorganizations for both the competitive and excepted service.
  • Performs quality control and quality assurance activities related to human capital functions.
  • Participates and manages special projects related to human capital issues.
  • As opportunities present themselves, the incumbent may also manage Competitive Service recruitment efforts for General Schedule (GS) hires, Experts (EE/ED), and Excepted Service hires under Pathways, Schedule A, Disabled Veterans, and other special appointing authorities.

  • Federal HR Knowledge
  • Oral and Written Communication
  • Problem Solving/Analysis
  • Customer Service/Interpersonal Skills
  • Teamwork/Collaboration

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Background investigation.
  • Selective Service registration required for male applicants, unless exempt.
  • US citizenship.

It is NSF policy that NSF personnel employed at or IPAs detailed to NSF are not permitted to participate in foreign government talent recruitment programs. Failure to comply with this NSF policy could result in disciplinary action up to and including removal from Federal Service or termination of an IPA assignment and referral to the Office of Inspector General. Foreign Talent Definitions

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience

You must meet eligibility and qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date.

Time in Grade Requirement: Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must have 52 weeks of Federal service at the next lower grade or equivalent.

You must answer all job-related questions in the NSF eRecruit questionnaire.

All online applicants must provide a valid email address. If your email address is inaccurate or your mailbox is full or blocked, you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

This is a non-bargaining unit position.


Candidates with creative thinking, self-management skills, and high levels of integrity are likely to succeed in this role and are highly desired .

To qualify at the GS-09 level, you must have at least one year of specialized experience performing human resources functions equivalent to the GS-7 level in the Federal service. Examples of such experience may include assisting higher graded HR Specialists in operational assignments; preliminary phases of program development or evaluation functions; and applying knowledge and skills in the use of pertinent principles and techniques in securing, analyzing, and evaluating the essential facts needed for personnel decisions. OR

Possess 2 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education OR Master's or equivalent degree (such as LL.B. or J.D.) that has equipped you to perform the duties of this position. OR

Possess a combination of graduate level education beyond the first year of progressive graduate study and appropriate experience that together meet the qualification requirements for this position.

To qualify at the GS-11 level, you must have one year of specialized experience performing human resources functions equivalent to the GS-9 level in the Federal service. Examples of such experience may include: providing strategic advice and assistance to managers on effective methods of recruitment and staffing; conducting job analyses and developing crediting plans; making qualification and eligibility determinations and issuing certificates; processing personnel actions for competitive and excepted service employees; conducting position classification; developing position descriptions, preparing evaluation statements; and overseeing the recruitment process. OR

Possess a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree OR 3 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. OR an LL.M., if related. OR

Possess a combination of graduate level education beyond the first 2 years of progressively higher graduate study and appropriate specialized experience that together meet the qualification requirements of this position.

To qualify at GS-12 level, you must have one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal service performing a full range of human capital functions. Examples of specialized experience for this position include: providing strategic management advisory services related to classification, staffing, recruitment, and compensation for professional, administrative, & scientific positions; making & overseeing qualifications & eligibility determinations, & issuing certificates under Merit Promotion, Delegated Examining, & various excepted service authorities; providing guidance & oversight on pay-setting, processing personnel actions & other compensation related activities for excepted & competitive service employees; performing tasks related to classification & position management; providing advice & support on planning & implementing long & short term strategic human capital activities & workforce planning functions; & overseeing the entire recruitment process.


Education may be substituted for experience as described in "Qualifications" for the GS-09 and GS-11 level. Education may enhance skills required for this position; however, no substitution of education for specialized experience may be made at the GS-12 level.

Additional information

Relocation Expenses will not be paid.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):
ICTAP and CTAP provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP or CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP or 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 meet the following: OPM qualification requirements for the position, all selective factors, where applicable; special OPM approved qualifying conditions for the position; is physically qualified with reasonable accommodation, where appropriate, to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry; and receives a rating of at least "Very Good" on the questionnaire. 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 or CTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form.
Additional information regarding ICTAP or CTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources

Veteran's Preference:
If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency. For 5-point veterans' preference, please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions. For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation as specified on the SF-15.

NSF has determined that all of its positions are eligible for telework. Work suitable for telework depends on job duties; therefore, employees must receive approval from their supervisor for telework and have a telework agreement in place. Entering into a telework agreement is voluntary.

For additional information on the NSF eRecruit system, please visit our NSF eRecruit Applicant Guide .

This announcement may be used to fill like positions in other organizations within the National Science Foundation.

The Selected Candidate(s) may be subject to a background investigation.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Ratings will be assigned based on your responses to the occupational questionnaire. In some cases, additional assessment processes may be used.

Review your resume and responses carefully. Responses that are not fully supported by the information in your application package may result in adjustments to your score. A Human Resources Representative will validate the qualifications of those candidates eligible to be referred to the selecting official.

Applicants eligible for selection preference under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) must meet the agency definition of "well qualified." At NSF, this means a score of 90.0 or higher.

In the merit promotion selection process, formal performance appraisals may be considered if voluntarily submitted by the applicant.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Moderate Risk (MR)

Trust determination process

Required Documents

If you are an NSF employee on or eligible for a permanent, competitive service position or you are an NSF employee who is reinstatement eligible based on prior Federal permanent, competitive service, you need not submit documents to confirm status. All applicants are required to provide a resume, in any format they choose. Cover letters are optional.

If you are not an NSF employee as described above, but you are eligible under merit promotion , under an Interchange Agreements , under a non-competitive authority , or under a similar authority , you will be required to submit supporting documentation. This will typically require the submission of one or more of the following documents:

1. Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50s) or comparable federal agency forms to verify your eligibility for reinstatement and/or grade/step/salary if you are a current or former permanent federal civil service employee.
• SF-50 must indicate that appointment is/was to a competitive service position with permanent tenure or conditional tenure within the last three years; OR, to a similar position in the excepted service at an agency that has an Interchange Agreement.
• An example of a comparable agency form is a personnel action from a DOD Non-appropriated Fund organization or from the US Postal Service for a current and continuing appointment without a break in service.
• Documents that are NOT comparable and NOT acceptable substitutes for a SF-50 include a SF-52, a Performance Appraisal form, a Personnel Action Request (PAR), or a Request for Personnel Action (RPA).

2. Performance appraisals and awards may be considered during the evaluation process if voluntarily submitted.

3. DD-214 (Member-4 copy); and if applicable, the Department of Veterans Affairs Notice of Compensable Disability Rating from applicants requesting consideration under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA), Veteran Recruitment Act (VRA), or the disabled veterans appointing authority.

4. Schedule A Certification - from applicants requesting consideration under the Schedule A appointing authority for disabled applicants.

5. Other - Documentation which verifies you are eligible to be appointed to a permanent position in the federal competitive civil service.

If you are requesting consideration under a Special Hiring Authority listed below, you must submit the required documentation as outlined in the regulation or Executive Order. Please also annotate your application to reflect that you are applying under a special hiring authority. If you are requesting consideration under a Special Hiring Authority not listed below, please email or reach out to the point of contact listed on the vacancy announcement.

• Returned Peace Corp Volunteers
• Certain Military Spouses (Executive Order 13473)
• Former Overseas Employees
• Foreign Service Employees
• Career Service Employees
• Postal Rate Commission Employees
• Government Accountability Office (GAO) Employees
• Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts Employees

If you are requesting special employment consideration under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) or
CTAP, you must submit documentation provided by your current or former employing agency verifying your eligibility for that program. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of your most recent performance rating, and a copy of your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) showing your position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.

If qualifying based on education at the GS-09 and GS-11, you must submit TRANSCRIPTS (unofficial copies are acceptable) or a DIPLOMA that verifies that the requirement is met.

We also ask that you complete and submit the Applicant Survey . This will help NSF to ensure that our recruiting efforts are attracting a diverse candidate pool; it will be used for statistical purposes only.

All uploading must be completed before 11:59 PM Eastern time on the vacancy closing date.

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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