Human Resources Specialist (Human Resource Development)

Washington, D.C
Oct 25, 2021
Nov 01, 2021
Full Time


This position is located in the Architect of the Capitol (AOC), Office of the Chief Administrative Officer, Human Capital Management Division (HCMD), Training and Employee Development Branch. The purpose of the position is to provide training and employee development advisory services and assistance to managers and employees.

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Provides technical and/or sensitive human resources advisory services to managers and employees on matters related to employee and career development and training.

Conducts training needs assessments to determine programs and opportunities to best meet the employees' training needs. Formulates options and recommendations for resolving employee and/or career development and training concerns and presents them to management. Recommendations to managers include available options when organizational policy or program changes are required to address specific issues or include providing customized workshops or assessments to meet their specific needs.

Researches best practices for assigned workforce development programs, develops and presents recommendations regarding learning and development programs and services.

Performs task analysis of positions to confirm the skill and knowledge requirements of positions and to identify any deficits in skills or knowledge that can be improved with training and development opportunities. Researches and recommends certain opportunities to address those deficits.

Develops training and development activities, materials, and resources for learning and development programs and services and cohort groups.

Conducts training and informational sessions related to assigned workforce development and continual learning services. When providing on-site training, ensures facilities are available and ensures training materials and equipment are available. When external training resources are recommended, determines the availability of training funds to cover tuition and other related costs and the applicability of the resources to meet the training need.

Maintains student training enrollment and completion records. Analyzes training course costs and develops training program budget. Collects and analyzes training data and reports the statistical results to the serviced organizations' managers.

Administers supervisory and leadership programs and other career development programs, to include design, development, implementation, monitoring and program analysis, evaluation and reporting for workforce development services. Coordinates with the Talent Acquisition and Classification Branch in the development of position descriptions and career ladders to provide opportunities to hire applicants with minimal qualifications into positions which will provide opportunities to develop skills and knowledge to allow advancement to full-performance administrative and journey-level trades and labor positions.

Monitors and provides program analysis, evaluation, and reporting for workforce development services.

Prepares and consolidates clear and concise reports, management briefing papers and presentations, correspondence, program guidance and/or participant guides.

Coordinates with internal and external stakeholders, other federal agencies, and professional associations to maintain awareness of trends and new developments in human resources development, employee development, and training needs analysis techniques.

Represents the AOC at professional human resources development, specifically training and employee development, meetings and conferences.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • A citizen of the United States;
  • A person who is lawfully admitted for permanent residence and is seeking citizenship as outlined in 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3)(B);
  • A person who is admitted as a refugee under 8 U.S.C. 1157 or is granted asylum under 8 U.S.C. 1158 and has filed a declaration of intention to become a lawful permanent resident and then a citizen when eligible;
  • A person who owes allegiance to the United States (nationals of American Samoa, Swains Island, and the Northern Mariana Islands, and nationals who meet other requirements described in 8 U.S.C. 1408); or
  • A person who is currently an officer or employee of the Government of the United States."
  • You must be able to pass a drug test.
  • Your resume and question responses must demonstrate the job-related KSAs.
  • You must meet the definition of specialized experience.


You must meet the United States Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) qualification requirements (including specialized experience and/or educational requirements) for the advertised position. You must meet all eligibility and qualifications requirements by the closing date of the job announcement. Additional information on the 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 OPM classification standards

Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level.

Candidates for the GS-13 grade level must have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service. Candidate must meet all the specialized experience criteria listed below in order to be referred for consideration.

Specialized experience is defined as the following: 1. Conducting training and informational sessions related to assigned workforce development and continual learning services. 2. Developing training activities, materials, and resources for learning and developing programs and services and cohort groups. 3. Preparing and consolidating clear and concise reports, management briefing papers and presentations, correspondence, program guidance and/or participant guides. 4. Providing advisory services related to employee and career development and training.


There is no educational requirement for the Human Resources Management series (0201); however a Bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university is preferred.

Additional information

Welcome Veterans. The Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) gives veterans' preference rights in the legislative branch to certain veterans as applied by the Congressional Accountability Act. Veterans' preference is applied on this vacancy announcement. If you are a veteran and have been separated under honorable conditions, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility; SF-15, if applicable; and Department of Veterans Affairs documentation of disability, if applicable. For more information, please visit OPM vet guide

If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System. If you are exempt from registration under Selective Service Law, you must provide appropriate proof of exemption. Please visit the Selective Service System website for more information.

DRUG TESTING: The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is a Drug Free Workplace. As part of the AOC's suitability assessment, a candidate tentatively selected for a position who is not currently an AOC employee is required to submit to screening for illegal drug use. Satisfactory completion of a drug test is a condition of employment with the Agency. A candidate must test negative prior to being eligible for appointment into a position. We will schedule, provide and cover the cost for the drug test.

The selectee(s) under the vacancy announcement for this position is subject to a criminal record check by the U.S. Capitol Police and satisfactory adjudication to be eligible for employment at the Architect of the Capitol.

The Architect of the Capitol is an E-VERIFY Participant. E-VERIFY is an Internet-based system that compares information from an employee's Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to data from U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Social Security Administration records to confirm employment authorization in the United States. If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the DHS Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-VERIFY" electronic system. For more information on E-Verify, please visit

The Architect of the Capitol is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information and/or disability.

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Moving expenses are not authorized.

Relocation expenses are not authorized.

Probationary Period - A newly appointed selectee is subject to the completion of a one-year trial/probationary period, regardless of whether or not a trial/probationary period has been completed previously with the Architect of the Capitol or another Federal agency.

This vacancy announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies in any of the jurisdictions of the Architect of the Capitol.

All application materials become the property of the Architect of the Capitol.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Review your resume and responses carefully. Your eligibility for consideration and qualifications for the position will be determined based upon a review of your detailed resume and your responses to job specific self-assessment questions.

Your resume will be evaluated based on evidence of your ability to demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) for this position, possession of any specialized experience, and how well your background and experience relates to the self-assessment questions in the job announcement. The self-assessment questions relate to the following knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies:
  • Ability to conduct training needs assessments to determine programs and opportunities to best meet the employees' training needs.
  • Ability to interpret and apply laws, regulations, policies, and practices to provide advice and guidance to officials, supervisors, and employees on a variety of HR Training and career development functions.
  • Skill in serving as a consultant to managers and employees in providing HR Training and development services and conducting detailed analyses of complex functions within serviced organizations and employees.
  • Skill in conducting training and informational sessions related to assigned workforce development and continual learning services.

  • Your responses to the self-assessment questions serve as the basis for your initial rating. You will receive a numerical score based on your responses to these questions. Next, your responses will be evaluated by a Human Resources Specialist and/or a subject matter expert against the information provided in your resume and optional cover letter. Your resume must support your answers to the self-assessment questions. Falsifying your background, education and/or experience is cause for non-selection or disqualification from further consideration.

    Please note that a complete application is required for consideration. (Please review the "Required Documents" section of this job announcement to see what must be included in a complete application).

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Not Required

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

    The Architect of the Capitol's (AOC) job application process is designed to ensure you only provide information necessary to evaluate your qualifications and eligibility for the position vacancy.

    To apply for this position, you only need to submit: a) your resume and b) answers to the online vacancy assessment questionnaire. The online questionnaire contains eligibility and screening questions and other relevant information. No additional documentation or attachments are required at the time of application.

    Your resume should list your education, training and work experience including job titles, employment dates, duties and accomplishments.

    Nothing further is required until it is requested by AOC's Human Capital Management Division. If additional documentation is required for the position, you will be asked to provide it during the interview or selection process. At that time, you may be asked to submit documentation to support statements made in your resume.

    For example, you may be asked to provide a copy of your diploma, college transcripts, or proof of Federal employment status. If the position requires licensure or certification, you will be asked to provide proof at the time of selection.

    If Veterans' preference is claimed, you will be asked to submit proof (DD-214, and, if claiming a 10-point preference, a SF-15 and the proof required by that form).

    Failure to provide the required documents will end further consideration and/or result in the withdrawal of any tentative job offers.

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