Human Resources Specialist (Payroll & Benefits)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Oct 16, 2021
Closes
Oct 19, 2021
Function
Human Resources
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This position is located within Peace Corps' Office of Human Resources, Employee Benefits and Payroll Division and serves as an Agency-wide Employee Benefits and Payroll Expert. The position provides assistance within the Division by making recommendations to the Chief based on research and analyses of laws and regulations and their operational effects on Agency policies and procedures concerning several Federal benefit programs and payroll administration.
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Responsibilities

The Human Resources Specialist (Payroll & Benefits) performs the following major duties:
    Federal Employee Benefits & Payroll Administration: The incumbent coordinates certain aspects of the Agency's employee benefits and payroll program. Counsels or advises individual client employees on sensitive or serious problems related to health or life insurance coverage. The issues require special coordination and/or confidentiality and are complicated by various complex eligibility determinations or by the highly personal and sensitive nature of the issues, such as long-term care needs, terminal illness, or dependent parents. The incumbent counsels employees on flexible spending accounts, dental and vision insurance, and the federal long-term care program.
    • Voluntary Leave Transfer Program (VLTP): The incumbent manages the VLTP for the Agency. Provides advice, guidance, and information to employees, timekeepers, and managers on the VLTP. Keeps abreast of changes in policy or procedures related to VLTP and issues appropriate and timely communications on an as needed basis, including sending broadcast emails to the Agency workforce. Develops SOPs to aid employees, timekeepers, and supervisors in the appropriate processes for applying, donating, or tracking donated leave.
    • Unemployment Benefits: Reviews and processes new and continued claims for the Peace Corps UI program; reviews for accuracy, completeness, possible continuing claimant eligibility; exercises considerable independent judgment in identifying and resolving problems that may prevent processing of claims; provides accurate and detailed information to claimants and state agencies regarding claims; prepares written responses to claims based on separation information, tracks all claims, charges and no charges
    • Payroll Processing: The incumbent leads and coordinates the Agency's payroll functions as it relates to the employee benefits programs. Serves as Peace Corps' primary liaison to the National Finance Center for leave and pay issues associated with Federal benefits, NOT including retirements. The payroll processing also includes VLTP. Processes automated actions to begin or terminate benefits (e.g., FEHB, TSP, FEGLI, etc.) in the HR system for the current and departing employees and enroll separated employees, their eligible children, and former spouses into the Temporary Continuation of Coverage (TCC) for health insurances. Researches pay and leave discrepancies using a variety of methods, including an automated inquiry system.
    Retirement Program Administration: Serves as the Agency's backup for Peace Corps' Retirement Benefits Program.
    Handles the more routine retirement cases and issues. Provides guidance and consultation to employees retiring or considering retirement regarding benefits, i.e., retirement, life insurance, and health benefits. Analyzes retirement laws, rules, and regulations related to retirement options and entitlements.


Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
3

Requirements

Conditions of Employment


Conditions Of Employment
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
  • You must successfully complete a background security investigation with favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet this requirement will be grounds for employment termination.
  • All Federal employees are required to have federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
  • A one year trial period is required.
  • This is not a bargaining unit position.
  • This position requires a Public Trust security clearance
Peace Corps Information
  • This is a Federal civilian job in the Excepted Service. PC employees are paid on the Foreign Service scale and employment is limited not to exceed (NTE) 5 years.
  • Qualified internal applicants will be given first consideration.
  • Additional hiring needs may be filled through this vacancy.
  • Peace Corps is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors.
  • Peace Corps is a drug free workplace and promotes a drug free environment.
  • Peace Corps is committed to maintaining a diverse and inclusive culture. Our goal is to attract and develop the best and brightest from all lifestyles and backgrounds. Peace Corps strives to create a culture of inclusion where individuals feel respected and are treated fairly in all aspects of differences. Our commitment is to make a difference in the lives of people around the world.
  • Peace Corps provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the hiring process, please notify the Office of Human Resources by calling 202-692-1200 or the Office of Civil Rights and Diversity on 202-692-2139. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation are made on a case-by-case basis.


Qualifications

Specialized Experience:

You must meet the specialized experience at the grade level(s) in which you choose to be considered by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on 10/19/2021 (the closing date of the announcement). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. To ensure full credit for your experience, please indicate dates of employment by month, day, and year and the number of hours worked per week in your resume.

This vacancy is being announced at one (1) grade level:

FP-3

Qualifying experience for the FP-3 level includes one year of specialized experience at least equivalent to the FP-4 or GS-11/12 level which is in or directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience includes: Experience providing counsel to employees regarding benefits entitlements; TSP laws, regulations, procedures, and legislative changes; annual, sick, and military leave; and military service regulations, and prior Government service; Experience processing automated actions to begin or terminate benefits; Experience responding to routine retirement questions by researching entitlements, interpreting and explaining laws, rules, and regulations.

Additional information on qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on the OPM web site at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/

Time-in-Grade Requirements: Internal applicants and Federal employees who are currently holding, or who has held within the previous 52 weeks, a position under a non-temporary appointment in the competitive or excepted service, must meet "time-in-grade" requirements (have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade of the grade for which you are applying (FP-4 or GS-11/12). NOTE: All current or former Federal employees (including internal employees) must provide a copy of their SF-50 (you may need to submit more than one), "Notice of Personnel Action" that indicates proof of status and time-in-grade eligibility. The SF-50 must include your position, title, series, grade, step, tenure, and type of service (Competitive or Excepted).

All qualification requirements must be met by 10/19/2021 (the closing date of this announcement). Qualification claims will be subject to verification.

Please note:
Peace Corps employees are employed using the Foreign Service Salary Schedule (FP). The FP pay plan does not follow the same structure as the GS pay plan. In the FP pay plan, as the grade-level numbers decrease the level/pay for the position increases (the FP-09 is the lowest, entry, level/pay and the FP-01 is the highest, senior, level/pay).

Education

This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

Intelligence Background Information

Peace Corps Manual Section 611 is applicable to this position. This section prohibits the employment of certain persons previously engaged in intelligence activities or connected with intelligence agencies within the past 10 years. If you have ever worked for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), you are not eligible for employment at the Peace Corps in any capacity, and you should not apply for employment.

Acceptance of employment with Peace Corps precludes employment by certain intelligence organizations for a specific period of time, determined by the employing agency, after Peace Corps employment ceases.

Applicants who are found to be otherwise qualified will be required to submit upon request in the future a completed Intelligence Background Questionnaire, or narrative signed statement, indicating whether the applicant has been involved in or has had any connection with intelligence activities or related work and, if so, the nature and dates of his or her involvement. Failure to meet this requirement will result in the applicant being rated ineligible for further consideration. If you have any other type of possible intelligence connection, your application will not be further considered until you submit this form. Except when the CIA or the National Security Agency (NSA) is involved (see below), if your connection with an Intelligence Agency involves an immediate family member who works or has worked in intelligence, the immediate family member should complete the form, not the applicant. Usually relying on memory is sufficient to answer most if not all of the questions.

If you have an immediate family member who works or has worked for the CIA, you should not give them this form to complete. Please contact your relative in person-not by phone, email, social networking, or any other means that is not in person- and ask him or her to contact the Office of General Counsel at the CIA.

If you or an immediate family member have been employed by or associated with the NSA, you or your family member must contact the NSA Prepublication Review Office at 443-634-4095.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your application will be evaluated based on your resume, attached supporting documentation and your responses to the self-assessment questionnaire. Your materials will be evaluated to validate your possession of any required knowledge, skills, abilities (KSA) and/or competencies. The following competencies will be evaluated in the self-assessment questionnaire:
  • Compensation
  • Employee Benefits

Please note that a complete application is required for consideration; including any documentation that is being used for qualifications. Your resume and supporting documentation will be reviewed by a Human Resources Specialist, which must support the answers you provided. Falsifying your background, education, and/or experience is cause for disqualification.

National Service (e.g., volunteer) refers to paid & unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional, philanthropic, religious, community, student).

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Other

Drug test required
No

Position sensitivity and risk
Moderate Risk (MR)

Trust determination process
Suitability/Fitness

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package. This includes: a detailed resume, a completed electronic self-assessment questionnaire, an SF-50 (for current and former Federal employees, including internal employees), and the submission of any other required documents. All required documents listed below, that are applicable to you, must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on 10/19/2021 (the closing date of this announcement).

Resume: Include relevant work experience including job title, duties and accomplishments, employer name and address, supervisor name and phone number, start and end dates, hours per week & salary. If you are a current Federal employee or former Federal employee, provide your pay plan, series and grade level (e.g. GS-0201-09).

Veterans Documents: Veterans' preference in appointment does not apply to this vacancy; however, if you are using your 30% or more disability rating to be considered, you must attach all required documentation; including a DD-214 reflecting the type of discharge, the SF-15 and a VA Letter. Proof of a service-connected disability is required at the time of application. For more information regarding veterans' preference, please review the OPM Vet Guide .

Federal Employees: If you are a current or former Federal employee (including internal employees), you must provide a copy of your most recent SF-50 (and/or the SF-50 which verifies your reinstatement eligibility). Please note that this appointment does not convey career or career-conditional tenure in the competitive service; however, federal employees who have earned career tenure will not lose it as a result of this appointment.

Qualifications Based on Education or a Combination of Education and Experience: If you are qualifying based on education or a combination of education and experience, you must submit a copy of your transcript(s) or an appropriate course listing with a diploma. Education must be accredited by an institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be used towards qualifications. Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by recognized institutions. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website .

Note: All applicants (including internal) are required to submit the applicable documents listed above as verification of eligibility. If you fail to provide the information requested, or the information you submit is insufficient to verify your eligibility, you may lose consideration for these positions.

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