Human Resources Specialist

Herndon, Virginia
Jun 17, 2021
Jun 19, 2021
Human Resources
Full Time


This position is with the Office of Inspector General, Human Resources Division, in Herndon, Virginia. This office is responsible for providing the full range of HR services to the OIG's 262 employee workforce. If selected for this position, you will join a team of HR specialists and assistants to provide cradle to grave HR support to an assigned organization, primarily in the areas of staffing, classification, and compensation.

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Note: OIG employees are temporarily operating in a 100% telework capacity. This position will NOT be a permanent remote work or 100% telework position. If selected, you will be expected to report to the Herndon, VA duty station within 15 business days of when the OIG begins returning employees to the office
As a Human Resources Specialist, GS-0201-11/12/13, you will perform the following major duties:

Classification: Provides the full range of position management and classification functions, including identifying and justifying correct titles, series, and grades; preparing comprehensive evaluation statements; and recommending efficient organizational structures.

Staffing: Conducts merit promotion and delegated examining staffing functions, including vacancy preparation, assessment development, job analyses, applicant screening, processing personnel actions and certification.

Compensation: Advises management about pay requirements and flexibilities, such as recruitment, relocation, and retention incentives; student loan repayment; superior qualifications appointments; and premium pay.

Provides consultative service regarding various recruitment/staffing, classification, and compensation management.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. citizenship is required.
  • Successful completion of a background investigation.
  • May be subject to initial and random drug testing.
  • May be required to complete a one year probationary period.
  • OGE-450, Confidential Financial Disclosure Report may be required.
  • Time-in-grade requirement - Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade to satisfy time-in-grade restrictions contained in 5 CFR 300, Subpart F.


All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
Merit Promotion candidates must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the announcement closing date.

Minimum Qualifications GS-11

To qualify for the GS-11 you must possess at least education, one full year of experience equivalent to the GS-09 level, or a combination of education and experience as described performing all of the following:
  • Have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education (54 semester hours, 81 quarter hours, or the equivalent) leading to such a degree in a related field of study, or an LL.M (if related), which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the work of the position. ( Copies of college transcripts are required to support educational claims) .
  • Have a combination of appropriate specialized experience (as described below) and graduate education (as described above) that is beyond the second year of progressive graduate study to meet the qualification requirements.

Resume must fully demonstrate and support "ALL" the following to be considered:
  • Drafting job analyses and assessment questionnaires
  • Preparing vacancy announcements and issuing certificates using an automated staffing hiring
  • Assisting HR staff with initiating personnel actions using guidance such as the guide to processing personnel actions for accuracy.

Minimum Qualifications GS-12

To qualify for the GS-12 level, you must possess at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level, performing all of the following:

Resume must fully demonstrate and support "ALL" the following to be considered:
  • Auditing and drafting job analyses and assessment questionnaires to ensure compliance under delegated examining and merit promotion procedures.
  • Issuing certificates for multi-graded or multi-series positions using an automated staffing hiring system.
  • Setting federal pay according to the human resource pay-setting applicable laws, regulations, and policies identified under Title 5 of the Code of Federal Regulations (5 CFR).
  • Reviewing personnel actions using guidance such as the guide to processing personnel actions for accuracy.
Minimum Qualifications GS-13

To qualify for the GS-13 level, you must meet the required specialized experience listed above and also possess at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level. performing "ALL" of the following:

Resume must fully demonstrate and support "ALL" the following to be considered:
  • Advising managers on various merit promotion procedures and guidelines to ensure proper implementation.
  • Serving as an HR advisor and subject matter expert to supervisors on the full range of Federal hiring authorities and pay (i.e. 5 CFR, Agency, and OPM policies) to resolve technical HR staffing issues.
  • Providing advisory services regarding position management issues related to restructuring and re-organizations.
  • Auditing and training others on how to properly process personnel actions, using various guides such as the guide to processing personnel actions, OPM and agency requirements


There is no educational substitution at the GS-12 and 13 Grade level.

A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education at the GS-11 grade level.
GRADUATE EDUCATION: One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:
Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: . If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: .

Additional information

Applicants must meet initial and periodic suitability determinations based on favorable background investigations and updates.

Additional selections may be made within 90 days from the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

Career Transition Assistance Programs: These programs apply to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: (1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; (2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 80 or above; and, (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. For more information visit: .

Noncompetitive Appointment Authorities: For more information on noncompetitive appointment authority eligibility requirements:

- Special Hiring Authorities for Veterans

Note: Applicants who apply under this job opportunity announcement agree to have their application, associated documents and applicable personal information shared with other Bureaus/Offices within the Department of the Interior (DOI) who have vacancies with the same occupational series, grade, full performance level and in the same geographic location(s). Applying to this announcement does not replace the need to apply to other job opportunity announcements for which you wish to receive consideration.
Relocation incentives may be authorized (Tentative selectees will be asked to sign a mobility agreement prior to final selection.)

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Applicants will be evaluated based on their possession of the following competencies:
  • Knowledge of Basic HR Principles
  • Skill in communicating factual information

After the closing date of the announcement, we will review your resume per Category Rating or Numerical Scoring procedures to ensure that qualification and eligibility requirements are met. If we use the Category Rating procedure, and it is determined that you meet the minimum qualification requirements, your application will then be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified based on the degree that your application demonstrates possession of:

Knowledge in the areas of pay and leave administration, and/or other personnel related programs.

Ability to analyze problems to identify significant factors, gather pertinent data, and recognize solutions.

Ability to collaborate and negotiate with agency supervisors and management involving changes and/or conflicting issues.

Knowledge of/and ability to apply staff acquisition principles, concepts, laws, regulations, techniques, and guidelines sufficient to support the Office of Inspector General's recruitment and placement program.

Note: If a determination is made that qualifications and/or experience have been inflated, your score will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. You are required to select eligibility and submit supporting documents. Applicants who disqualify themselves will not be evaluated further.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

Trust determination process

Required Documents

All documentation, applicable to you, must be submitted by the closing date of this announcement. Failure to submit the required documents will disqualify you from further consideration for this position.

Resume (required) - Your resume must sufficiently describe how your experience fully meets the specialized experience requirements as stated in this announcement for each grade level(s) you are applying (see "Qualifications" section). Your resume must also support your responses to the assessment questionnaire. Credit will be given for paid and unpaid experience. We cannot assume you have performed the experience required for this position regardless of your employment history or academic career. We strongly recommend you use the USA Jobs online Resume Builder to submit a resume. If you choose to use your own formatted resume, you must ensure it contains all of the following for each experience/position listed: job title, name of employer, beginning and ending dates of employment (month/day/year format), hours worked per week, detailed description of duties performed, and if a Federal position, series and grade or equivalent. We will not access web pages linked on your resume to determine your qualifications. Do not include a photograph or video of yourself, or any sensitive information.

SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action - Documenting proof of competitive status, tenure, position, grade level, and step. Please do not submit award SF-50s as they do not provide the needed information.

Documentation Verifying Basic Education Requirement (GS-11 only) - You must submit documentation to verify you meet the Basic Education Requirement and/or Minimum Qualifications if using education to qualify. Such documentation includes transcripts. If selected, official copies of such documentation will be required prior to entering on duty.

Foreign education equivalency documentation - Required if you have qualifying education completed outside of the United States.

Performance Appraisal and Awards - While not required, due weight will be given to appraisals and awards submitted during the interview/selection process conducted by the hiring manager. Such documents will not be used in determining if you meet the experience requirements.

CTAP/ICTAP Eligibility - Such as a RIF separation notice, certificate of expected separation, SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action stating you were separated by RIF, OR a letter from your agency documenting your priority consideration status.

Veteran's Preference Documentation -If applying under VEOA, you must include your DD-214 member 4 copy, SF-15, and VA letter (if applicable). If you are still on active duty, you may submit a statement of service from your unit which states the date you entered active duty and the date you are separating. Your separation date must be within 90 days of the closing date of this announcement.

Interchange and Special Hiring Authorities: If you apply for this position based on eligibility under interchange agreement and non-competitive special appointing authorities, you MUST select the appropriate eligibility and submit proof to be considered.

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