Human Resources Specialist

Washington, D.C
Nov 27, 2021
Dec 03, 2021
Human Resources
Full Time

Duties include but are not limited to the following:
  • Works with specialists to prepare information supporting civilian HR programs in a variety of areas such as: recruitment, staffing, placement, compensation, leave, position management, and classification
  • Completes data gathering and basic analysis for others in order to support responses or reports.
  • Prepares sections of routine human resources reports and analyses to support HR programs.
  • Applies basic knowledge of HR methods principles and practices to support and assist specialists in fulfilling their HR management responsibilities.
  • Communicates factual information clearly, orally, and in writing to operations center personnel, employees and managers on recruitment, examination, and selection processes
  • Researches the best practices regarding recruitment methods and policies, proposes recruitment strategies or outreach initiatives.
  • Becomes familiar with and uses detailed guidance to assist with the preparation of factual information and routine interpretations of compensation, leave and hours of work, staffing and classification policy and procedures
  • Performs all required HR assignments with an emphasis on providing specialists, supervisors, and employees with outstanding customer service.
  • Utilizes automated staffing systems to complete basic information to support staffing and placement reviews/reports, information on compensation, leave/hours of work, drug testing programs.
  • Assignments gain more complexity and independence as incumbent progresses toward full performance level of GS-12


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship Required.
  • May be required to complete background investigation and drug screening.
  • A one year trial/probationary period may be required.
  • Must provide resume and supporting documents (See required documents).
  • Time-in-Grade: Current or former Federal employees applying under merit promotion considerations must meet applicable time-in-grade requirements for consideration.
  • Meet Selective Service Registration Act requirement for males
  • All qualifications requirements for this position must be met by the closing date of this announcement.


As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal executive branch employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by November 22, 2021 or before appointment or onboarding with the agency (if later than November 22, 2021). The agency will provide additional information regarding which forms of documentation can be accepted and how you can request a legally required exception from this requirement.

In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience. If qualifying based on education, a copy of your unofficial transcripts must be provided with your application.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: To be considered minimally qualified for this position, you must demonstrate that you have the required specialized experience and/or education for the respective grade level in which you are applying:


You must have 3 or more years of general experience, with one (1) year, equal to or exceeding the GS-04 in the Federal government. General experience includes: Serving as a trainee or assistant to higher level Human Resources specialists performing in the various fields of Human Resources/Human Capital; Performing data gathering, research and or reviewing regulations/procedural guidance; communicating basic information to customers/staff; preparing or contributing to organizational reporting functions; utilizing automated systems to input, retrieve and document information.


Have successfully completed a full 4-year course of study in any field leading to a bachelor's degree, in an accredited college or university.


Have a combination of successfully completed education and specialized experience as described above, the total of which equals at least one year.


You must have one (1) year or more of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 level in the Federal service serving as a trainee or assistant in a human resources specialty area providing basic information on the procedural and regulatory requirements governing human resources processes; gathering and analyzing basic facts; and researching the basic laws, regulations, and precedents for guidance in the various fields of Human Resources/Human Capital Management; providing guidance, information and/or responses to questions in designated fields.


Have successfully completed one full year of graduate education, in an accredited college or university, that demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position.


Have successfully completed all of the requirements for a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and claim eligibility for superior academic achievement. (Superior Academic Achievement is based on (1) class standing, (2) grade-point average, or (3) honor society membership and must have been gained in a curriculum that is qualifying for this position.


Have a combination of successfully completed education and specialized experience as described above, the total of which equals at least one year.

TIME-IN-GRADE REQUIREMENTS: Merit promotion applicants must meet applicable time-in-grade requirements to be considered eligible. One year at the next lower grade levelis required to meet the time-in-grade requirements for each grade level. (Must submit your SF-50 that shows Time-in-Grade eligibility and reflects your title, series, and grade. No award SF-50 will be accepted).

Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

For more information on the qualifications for this position, click here .

Volunteer Experience: Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

You must include months, years and hours per week worked to receive credit for your work and/or volunteer experience. One year of specialized experience is equivalent to 12 months at 40 hours per week. Part-time hours are prorated. You will not receive any credit for experience that does not indicate exact hours per week or is listed as "varies".


To qualify based on education, you must submit a legible copy of transcripts from an accredited institution with your name, school name, credit hours, course level, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking. Transcripts do not need to be official, but if you are selected for this position and you used your education to qualify, you must provide official transcripts before you begin work.

If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet qualification requirements, you must show that your education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university.

PASS/FAIL COURSES: If more than 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) were taken on a pass/fail basis, your claim of superior academic achievement must be based upon class standing or membership in an honor society.

GRADUATE EDUCATION: One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study.

In addition, when reviewing applicant's transcripts, assumptions will not be made. Applicants MUST state which coursework is relevant.

Additional information

  • Selectee will be required to participate in the Direct Deposit Electronics Funds Transfer Program.
Physical Demands: Work is primarily sedentary. Some walking, standing, bending and carrying of light items such as papers and files is required. Carrying of heavier items such as boxes is also required. Occasional travel and evening and weekend work may be required.

Working Conditions: Work is performed in a typical office setting which adequately lighted and climate controlled.

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .