Human Resources Specialist

Herndon, Virginia
Oct 22, 2021
Oct 23, 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 270 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. However, this position will NOT be a permanent remote work or 100% telework position, but will allow up to at least six days of telework a pay period. If selected, you will be expected to report physically to the Herndon duty station when the OIG begins returning employees to the office.

As a Human Resources Specialist, GS-0201-12/13, 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-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 GS-13 grade levels.

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: .

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.

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.

Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal civilian employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment.

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.

If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess the one-year time-in-grade, as required by this announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one-year time-in-grade, such as a Within Grade Increase.

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 Agreement/Miscellaneous Authorities Not Regulated by U.S. OPM/Special Hiring Authorities: If you are applying for this position based on eligibility under the Interchange Agreement or Miscellaneous Authorities Not Regulated by U.S. OPM, or Special Hiring Authorities you MUST select the appropriate eligibility and submit proof to be considered.

Military Spouse - If applying as a Military Spouse under E.O. 13832 and you are a spouse of a member of the armed forces on active duty, the spouse of a 100 percent disabled member of the armed forces, and/or the spouse of a deceased member of the armed forces you must submit acceptable documentation of your appointment eligibility which may include the following:
  • Verification of the marriage to the service member if not listed on orders (i.e. a marriage license or other legal documentation verifying marriage);
  • Verification of a member's 100 percent disability; and/or
  • Verification of the member's death while on active duty.

30% Compensable disabled veterans: If you are applying under this eligibility, you MUST submit proof of eligibility (DD-214 member 4 copy, SF-15, VA Letter, and etc.) with your application. Eligible applicants may be considered non-competitively for Temporary or Term positions.

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