Human Resources Specialist

Washington, D.C
Oct 22, 2021
Oct 29, 2021
Human Resources
Full Time


This position functions within the Human Resources Office, Benefits Division. The Human Resources Specialist performs and coordinates technical work related to the Judiciary Benefit Programs, including providing advice and assistance to the judiciary workforce for all benefits/retirement programs; researching benefits/retirement questions; delivering benefits/retirement training; and processing retirement-related actions.
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The incumbent of this position will occupy an entry level Human Resources Specialist position. This opportunity offers tailored learning and development activities, to include formal and informal instruction, guidance, and mentoring. The goal of this career development plan is to enable the selected individual to meet the requirement of the full performance level. At the successful conclusion of the development period, the full performance salary range increases to$72,750 to $138,360.At the entry-level, the incumbent performs professional entry-level assignments specifically designed to prepare the incumbent for higher-level professional work. The incumbent will work with direct supervision to perform the work assignments. If the position is filled at the full performance level, the selectee will need to be able to complete tasks with minimal supervision and perform more complex work assignments.At the full-performance level, duties may include, but are not limited to:
  • Researching and providing counseling/guidance on all benefits and retirement program-related issues;
  • Serving as a primary contact on benefits and retirement programs for judiciary human resources staff and employees nearing retirement; developing benefits and retirement program communication materials;
  • Developing and delivering benefits and retirement program presentations and training to a variety of audiences using a variety of media applications, including in-person, webcasts, video, and teleconference;
  • Providing in-depth counseling to employees nearing retirement, as well as survivors/beneficiaries;
  • Processing retirement applications and death cases, calculating annuity estimates and prior federal and military service deposits/redeposits, processing individual retirement records, and researching and adjudicate Federal Erroneous Retirement Coverage Corrections Act (FERCCA) cases; and
  • Recommending and assisting management with implementing process improvements, setting work priorities, creating/updating standard operating procedures, and program reconciliations.

  • Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status

    Promotion Potential


    Conditions of Employment

  • All information is subject to verification. Applicants are advised that false answers or omissions of information on application materials or inability to meet the following conditions may be grounds for non-selection, withdrawal of an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed.
  • Selection for this position is contingent upon completion of OF-306, Declaration of Federal Employment during the pre-employment process and proof of U.S. citizenship for competitive status positions or conversion to a competitive status position with the Administrative Office of the US Courts. In instances where non-citizens are considered for hire into temporary or any other position with non competitive status or when it is confirmed by the AO's Human Resources Office that there are no qualified U.S. citizens for a competitive status position (unless prohibited by a law or statue), non-citizens must provide proof of authorization to work in the United States and proof of entitlement to receive compensation. Additional information on the employment of non-citizens can be found at . For a list of documents that may be used to provide proof of citizenship or authorization to work in the United States, please refer to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification .
  • All new AO employees will be required to complete a FBI fingerprint-based national criminal database and records check and pass a public trust suitability check.
  • E-VERIFY: New employees to the AO will be required to successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit .
  • All new AO employees must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of pay before appointment.
  • You will be required to serve a trial period if selected for a first-time appointment to the Federal government, transferring from another Federal agency, or serving as a first-time supervisor. Failure to successfully complete the trial period may result in termination of employment.
  • If appointed to a temporary position, management may have the discretion of converting the position to permanent depending upon funding and staffing allocation.

  • Qualifications

    Applicants must have demonstrated experience as listed below. This requirement is according to the AO Classification, Compensation, and Recruitment Systems which include interpretive guidance and reference to the OPM Operating Manual for Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions.

    Specialized Experience : Applicants must have at least one full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience which is in or directly related to the line of work of this position. Specialized experience is demonstrated experience ALL of the following areas:
  • In-depth experience of Title V statute, policies, regulations and guidance regarding federal retirement programs, including the Thrift Savings Plan;
  • In-depth experience of the federal benefits programs to include Federal Employees Health Benefit Program (FEHB), Federal Employees Group Life Insurance Program (FEGLI), Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP), Flexible Spending Program, and federal long-term care program; and
  • Experience utilizing retirement calculation systems/software such as GRB or FRB.

  • Education

    This position does not require education to qualify.

    Additional information

    The AO is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    We will review your resume and supporting documentation and compare this information to your responses on the occupational questionnaire to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for this job. If you meet the minimum qualifications for this job, we will evaluate your application package, to assess the quality, depth, and complexity of your accomplishments, experience, and education as they relate to the requirements listed in this vacancy announcement.

    You should be aware that your ratings are subject to evaluation and verification. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your resume and/or narrative responses, you will be assigned a rating commensurate to your described experience. Failure to submit the mandatory narrative responses will result in not receiving full consideration and/or rating credit. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you, withdrawing an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Not Required

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

    For this job announcement the following documents and/or information are required:
    • Resume - Any written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications.
    • Citizenship - Include country of citizenship on resume.
    • Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) - All applicants outside of the AO must submit a copy of your latest SF-50 to verify current or former Federal employment status.
    • Veterans Preference documentation - Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD Form 214), if applicable Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (SF-15) and an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying to the veteran's present receipt of compensation.

    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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