Lead HR Specialist (Recruitment and Placement)

Arlington, Virginia
Sep 25, 2021
Sep 29, 2021
Human Resources
Full Time


Human Resources Division - Arlington, Virginia

The selectee of this position serves as a Lead HR Specialist (Recruitment and Placement). You will be responsible for leading a team of HR Specialists, advising management on various recruitment concepts, practices, and regulations, validating accuracy in recruitment and staffing operations, capturing metrics associated with recruitment activities in addition to applying a depth of Federal Human Resources knowledge to various personnel matters.
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As a Lead HR Specialist (Recruitment and Placement) at the GS-0201-13 level, some of your typical work assignments may include:
  • Review vacancy announcements, assessments, referral lists and personnel actions utilizing automated tools.
  • Research and implement regulations and laws pertaining to staffing functions and Human Resources operations.
  • Provide technical training to team members for the accomplishment of individual and team tasks.
  • Provide advice on work methods, practices and procedures and assist the team and/or individual members in identifying the parameters of a viable solution.
  • Resolve simple, informal complaints of employees and refer others, such as formal grievances and appeals, to the Supervisor or an appropriate management official.
  • Ensure that the organization's strategic plan, mission, vision and values are communicated to the team.
  • Lead the team in identifying, distributing and balancing workload and tasks among employees in accordance with established workflow.
  • Check on work in progress and review completed work to see that the Supervisor's instructions on work priorities, methods, deadlines, accuracy and quality of work have been met.
  • Provides metrics to leadership on the work of the recruitment/staffing effort.
  • Responds to requests for technical information about Law Enforcement recruitment and staffing from internal and external sources.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

Must pass a pre-employment security investigation and drug screening.

May be required to successfully complete a trial/probationary period.


Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service.

Must be a U.S. Citizen or National

You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Status candidates must meet time-in-grade requirements (52 weeks at the next lower grade level).

Must be able to obtain and maintain a Public Trust background investigation.


GS-13 TIME IN GRADE REQUIREMENTS: Merit promotion applicants must meet applicable time-in-grade requirements to be considered eligible. One year at the GS-12 grade level is required to meet the time-in-grade requirements for the GS-13 grade level. (Must submit your SF-50 that shows Time-in-Grade eligibility and reflects your title, series, and grade. No award SF-50 will be accepted).

You may qualify at the GS-0201-13 level, if you fulfill the following qualifications:

One year of full-time specialized work experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service performing duties such as: 1) Performing quality control reviews on various HR documents and processes to ensure accuracy, completeness, and compliance with applicable regulations (i.e., Merit Promotion, Delegated Examining, SF-52/SF-50s, qualifications, etc.); 2) Experience applying a wide-range of recruitment/placement concepts, practices, laws, regulations, and policies; 3.) Experience advising/consulting on recruitment, staffing, payroll and compensation issues; and 4.) Experience preparing presentations, reports, and data summaries for senior and executive staff on research findings; and 5) Experience mentoring/training junior level specialists.

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


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

Multiple selections may be made from this announcement.

Applications will not be accepted if submitted using Government franked envelopes.

Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA): To be eligible for a VEOA appointment under Merit Promotion procedures, you must be a preference eligible or a Veteran separated after 3 years or more of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions.

Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see https://www.sss.gov/RegVer/wfRegistration.aspx ).

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 85 or above; and, (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. For more information visit:

Recruitment incentive may be authorized

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Once the application process is complete, your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the Occupational Questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. If you are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration. If referred, all relevant documents including performance appraisals and incentive awards submitted with your application will be available to the selecting official for review and consideration.

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies:
  • Computer Skills
  • Oral Communication
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Technical Competence
  • Writing

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

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

Trust determination process
Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:
1. Your résumé showing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment and duties performed.
2. Other supporting documents (Applicants should ensure that their personally identifiable information (PII) is protected.):
  • Cover Letter, optional
  • Most recent SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action" showing you are/were in the competitive service and the highest grade or promotion potential held (if applying as a status candidate with current or former Federal Service)
  • Copy of most recent performance appraisal with supervisor's signature showing the official final rating of record. In cases where the performance appraisal is incomplete or unavailable, applicants may provide an explanation of the reasons (if applying as a status candidate with current or former Federal Service).
  • Copy of SF-50 reflecting award received (if applying as a status candidate with current or former Federal Service).
  • Veterans' Preference documentation, if applicable (e.g., DD-214 Member Copy 4 showing type of discharge/character of service, SF-15 Form and related documentation, VA letter, etc.)
  • Noncompetitive appointment authority documentation, if applicable
  • Career Transition Assistance Program(CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program(ICTAP) documentation, if applicable (e.g., Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; and most recent performance appraisal.)

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