Human Resources Specialist

Washington, D.C
Jun 17, 2021
Jun 24, 2021
Human Resources
Full Time


This is a temporary appointment NTE 1 year with an INTERMITTENT work schedule NTE 1,040 and is open to ICTAP/CTAP candidates ONLY, and that if they are found well-qualified, will be afforded selection priority. An extension of this vacancy is possible without further announcement. The incumbent will serve as a HR liaison for the Office/Department and provide advisory support/services on policies, regulations and legislation regarding overseas employment for all USG appointment types.

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  • Initiates, develops, coordinates and administers policies, regulations and procedures that are used by all agencies for governing inter/intra-agency personnel systems and personnel residing abroad and serving in all types of overseas appointments.
  • Negotiates and obtains agreement with appropriate DOS regional and functional bureaus, participating agencies and as needed, regulatory organizations (OPM, OMB, etc.) to identify and resolve various HR management issues regarding overseas employment.
  • Identifies, analyzes and drafts resolutions to problems/issues involving complex new and unusual situations not covered by existing guidelines; interprets and adapts regulations, procedures, and policies to meet new and evolving requirements.
  • Initiate , plan and conduct studies and surveys to determine whether new or revised policies are needed to legally and efficiently forward the Departments' goals initiative and strategies for LE Staff employment.
  • Develop recommendations for legislation that would modify the way agencies conduct LE Staff employment program, evaluate new or modified legislation for impact upon existing employment programs or translate complex legislation to meet agency needs.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Verification of employment eligibility in the United States is required.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.
  • One year probationary period, unless excepted by regulation.


Applicants must meet all the required qualification requirements, including education, and any selective placement factors described below by the closing date of this announcement. Education may only be substituted in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order to be credited towards qualifications.

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Click on the link for a list of accredited organizations recognized as specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials.

NOTE: Applicants must meet time-in-grade and time after competitive appointment requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal service which provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position.

Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following:

Experience developing new and revised operating policies, programs, and initiatives regarding overseas employment.

Experience evaluating the content of legislation (existing, new and/or proposed) for impact to employment programs goals and objectives.

Experience providing briefings and recommendations to senior level officials to obtain consensus and defend findings.

Experience representing, speaking and negotiating on behalf of the organization on a variety of Department-wide topics via intra-inter agency committees, task forces, etc. to identify, address and resolve complex HR problems/issues.

There is no substitute of education for specialized experience for the GS-14 position.


See the qualifications section of this vacancy announcement for education requirements, if applicable.

Additional information

EMPLOYMENT ELIGIBILITY VERIFICATION PROGRAM (E-Verify) - U.S. law requires organizations to employ only individuals who may legally work in the United States - either U.S. citizens, or foreign citizens who have the necessary authorization. This agency utilizes E-Verify to compare information from the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to data from U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Social Security Administration (SSA) records to confirm employment eligibility. If the employee's information does not match DHS and/or SSA records, the employee is given an opportunity to resolve the problem. If eligibility cannot be verified, employment will be terminated.

For reasonable accommodation at the U.S. Department of State, please contact the Office of Accessibility and Accommodations at (202) 663-3474 or

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following knowledge, skills, abilities (KSAs) and other characteristics that are relevant to the duties of this position and must be fully supported by information in your resume:
  • Knowledge of a broad range of Human Resources principles, concepts, theories and best practices to include policies, regulations and interpretation thereof as it applies to employment and various appointment types.
  • Skill in providing advisory services on a wide-variety of complex Human Resource matters to all levels of personnel throughout the organization.
  • Skill in negotiating agreements to change/modify human resources regulatory requirements regarding employment, pay, performance management, personnel systems, and/or benefit administration, etc.
  • Ability to apply analytic and evaluative skills to evaluate the effectiveness of new, existing and/or proposed legislation, assess the impact it may have on HR employment programs and take appropriate action as needed.
  • Ability to communicate orally; brief management on a wide-variety of policies, regulations and guidelines.
  • Ability to communicate in writing; draft regulatory guidance on a wide variety of HR issues

Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience and education (if applicable) as it relates to this job opportunity. 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). Your resume should include the dates of all qualifying experience (from month/year to month/year) and the number of hours worked/volunteered per week. For assistance with creating a resume, please click here .

Qualified candidates are assigned a score between 70 and 100. Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) candidates must be rated "Well Qualified" for the position and earn a score of at least 85 (when applicants are rated in a range of 70 to 100) to receive consideration for selection priority. Applicants must meet all the qualification requirements and submit any required supporting documentation by the closing date of this job opportunity.

Your applicant package must contain sufficient information to make a valid determination that you fully meet the basic/specialized experience requirements as stated in this job opportunity announcement for each grade level(s) for which you are applying. Applicants found to be among the top qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring official for further consideration and possible interview.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
High Risk (HR)

Trust determination process

Required Documents

All required documents listed below must be submitted to our automated system "Gateway to State" by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

1. Resume - your resume or any other written format you choose should contain the required information as specified in the "How You Will Be Evaluated" section. Insufficient information will result in an ineligible rating.

2. A completed online job specific self-assessment questionnaire through the Department's automated system "Gateway to State".

3. Transcripts - if applicable, see the Qualifications section of the announcement. If selected, an official/sealed college transcript(s) will be required to verify education prior to employment.

4. If you are qualifying based on other criteria listed under the Qualification Section of this announcement, you must submit the required supporting documentation (certificates, certifications, etc.) with your application by the closing date.

5. Performance Appraisal - All current Federal employees and reinstatement eligible applicants must submit a copy of your most recent completed annual performance appraisal that includes the final rating. If a performance appraisal does not exist, is incomplete or unavailable, a Form DS-1812 (Applicant Appraisal) or equivalent form from another agency signed by the current supervisor is acceptable. Mid-year progress reviews will not be accepted.

6. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must submit a copy of the appropriate documentation with their application. See links below:

ICTAP Considerations
CTAP Considerations

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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