Sr. Labor and Employee Relations Specialist

Rockville, Maryland
Oct 20, 2021
Oct 22, 2021
Full Time


The duty station for this position is Rockville, MD.

The supervisor is Bi Smith.

This position is Non-Bargaining Unit and not subject to Confidential Financial Disclosure reporting requirements.

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As a Senior Labor & Employee Relations Specialist, in the Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer (OCHCO), Associate Director for HR Operations & Policy (ADHROP), Policy, Labor & Employee Relations Branch (PLERB) you will provide expert advice and assistance in the development, management and administration of the Agency's Labor-Management Relations, Employee Relations Programs. You will:
  • Advise management on Agency obligations under Federal employment laws including, but not limited to performance management, conduct, labor relations, and security-related actions.
  • Review policy and proposed policy changes for compliance with employment law, rule, regulation (including executive orders) and collective bargaining agreement to ensure Agency compliance.
  • Provide advice and counsel to management on performance management, conduct-based actions, and mixed claim cases involving EEO and/or reasonable accommodation matters.
  • Represent the NRC at grievance meetings, oral replies, EEO investigations, etc.
  • As appropriate, conducts inquiries under the agency's anti-harassment policy and other programs.
  • Negotiate policy changes and engage in collective bargaining with the Union.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential
14 - The full performance level is a GG-14.


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. citizenship.
  • This is a drug testing position.
  • Background investigation.

You must meet the qualifications for this position by no later than 30 calendar days after the closing date of this announcement and before placement in the position.


To qualify for this position you must have at least one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade level in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector.


Labor and employment law experience; served as agency counsel or advisor to management regarding employment matters; processed unfair labor practices, grievances, arbitrations, and EEO or harassment claims; drafted disciplinary and/or adverse actions on behalf of management, including actions related to security decisions; researched employee relations issues and produced written guidance on behalf of management; testified at hearings, arbitrations and/or served as the agency representative at hearings and/or arbitrations; designed and conducted management inquiries and issued findings decisions; designed and conducted training on employee and relations issues.

The ideal candidate for this position will be able to demonstrate the following:
  • Skill in consensus building and facilitating difficult discussions with multiple parties who often have conflicting interests and/or competing priorities.
  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of Federal labor-management and employee relations law including knowledge of current issues, such as executive orders and EEOC, FLRA, and MSPB decisions.
  • Ability to evaluate proposed changes to working conditions and determine any negotiability requirements and as necessary, serve notice.
  • Demonstrated ability to evaluate and advocate positions against existing policies regarding employment matters and to present solutions for implementation by exhibiting strong oral and written communications.
  • Knowledge of employee and labor relations law and the ability to apply employee and labor relations practices in the resolution of sensitive management problems.
  • Ability to conduct management inquiries regarding claims of harassment and/or other misconduct to determine policy violations.

A description of how you possess the specialized experience as well as how you meet the qualifications desired in an ideal candidate should be addressed in your resume and additional space provided for supplemental response.


There is no education requirement.

Additional information

The NRC provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Individuals with disabilities may contact the Selective Placement Coordinator for assistance with the application or hiring process via . Deaf applicants may contact the Disability Program Manager by calling the NRC videophone at 240-428-3217.

Individuals who are eligible for non-competitive appointment under an OPM special appointing authority may apply for consideration under a comparable NRC non-competitive appointing authority. Veterans, please visit:

Selectees will be required to complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment", (OF-306), prior to being appointed to determine their suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. False statements or responses on your resume or questionnaire can jeopardize your employment opportunity and subject you to disciplinary action, including removal from Federal service.

A transferable security clearance from another agency or a background investigation leading to a clearance is required for all new hires. To begin work at the NRC without a security clearance, you must be granted a temporary waiver of the required clearance, referred to as a 145(b) waiver. To be eligible for a 145(b) waiver you will need a favorable education verification, reference, credit, and criminal history checks. If a wavier is granted, the successful completion of a background investigation and favorable adjudication is required for continued employment. If you have resided outside the U.S. for an extended period of time, the agency may not be able to (1) grant the 145(b) waiver where the required investigation cannot be completed in a timely manner, or (2) achieve timely completion of the background investigation required for a security clearance.

The NRC is a zero tolerance agency with respect to illegal drug use. Individuals selected for this position will be subject to pre-appointment drug testing unless currently in a NRC position subject to random drug testing AND will be subject to random drug testing upon appointment to the NRC.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

When the application process is complete, your application will be reviewed to determine if you meet the job requirements. You will be rated based on the information provided in your resume to determine your level of knowledge, skill and ability related to the job requirements. If you are among the top candidates for this position, your application will be referred to the hiring manager. Please keep in mind your resume is of key importance for evaluating your skills, knowledge, and abilities as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to submit a thorough resume that directly relates to this position.

You may provide additional information related to your knowledge, skills, and abilities (or qualifications) as they relate to this vacancy in the question provided for supplemental response

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
L Access Authorization

Drug test required

Required Documents

List of supplemental material that may be applicable:

If you are a NRC employee you are required to submit your most recent Rating of Record (Performance Appraisal) or a statement explaining that one is not available.

If you are a current/reinstatement eligible Federal employee with status (Tenure Group 1 or 2), you will be considered under our merit promotion procedures and must submit a copy of your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) to verify competitive status or reinstatement eligibility.

**Do not submit Award SF-50's, they do not contain the required information needed to verify your eligibility.**

If you are a Veteran applying to this announcement and wish to be considered through the NRC's equivalent of the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA), you must submit the Member 4 Copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or other qualifying proof of eligibility. You can find additional information about VEOA at . Veteran's preference does not apply.

If you are applying under the Schedule A Hiring Authority and wish to be considered you must supply supporting documentation. Documentation of disability is required, i.e., Schedule A Letter. Such documentation is used to verify that the individual being hired is indeed a person with an intellectual disability, severe physical disability, or psychiatric disability. This documentation must be provided to the hiring agency at the time of application, before an individual can be hired. Documentation of eligibility for employment under Schedule A can be obtained from a licensed medical professional (e.g., a physician or other medical professional certified by a state, the District of Columbia, or a U.S. territory to practice medicine); a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist (i.e., state or private); or any Federal agency, state agency, or agency of the District of Columbia or a U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits. You may refer to the following link to view sample Schedule A letters or Proof of Disability Documentation employment/getting-a-job/sampleschedaletters.pdf

All required eligibility determination documentation (i.e., SF-50's, proof of eligibility for VEOA consideration (DD-214, SF-15, etc.), special hiring authority documentation) must be submitted by the closing date of this announcement. Applicants who do not submit appropriate documentation will not be further considered.

All supplemental documents will now be collected electronically and should be submitted before the closing date of this vacancy announcement. Please note that each file upload is limited to 3MB in size. If your file size exceeds the size limitation, please reduce the file size or upload it in separate smaller files. You have three choices for submitting your supplemental documents:

1. Use the "USAJOBS" feature to download documents from your USAJOBS portfolio; or

2. use the "Upload" feature to upload documents directly from your computer. The following types of documents can be uploaded: .gif, .jpeg, .png, .rtf, .pdf, and .doc; or

3. use the "Fax" feature to print the Fax Cover Sheet and fax it, along with your supplemental documents to 1-571-258-4052.

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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