Human Resources Specialist

Washington, D.C
Nov 30, 2021
Dec 02, 2021
Human Resources
Full Time

This position is located in the Human Resources Management Division (HRMD), Talent Management Division (TMD), Office of Management (OM), Office of Inspector General (OIG), Department of Homeland Security. The OIG conducts and supervises independent audits, investigations, and inspections of the programs and operations of DHS, and recommends ways for DHS to carry out its responsibilities in the most effective, efficient, and economical manner possible. We also seek to deter, identify and address fraud, abuse, mismanagement, and waste of taxpayer funds invested in Homeland Security.

This position serves as Human Resources Specialist, responsible for Strategic Planning, Human Capital, and Diversity for the Office of Inspector General, Department of Homeland Security (OIG). Provides expert guidance and assistance in the management of complex projects, studies and action items, keeping TMD leadership informed of critical developments and providing expert advice on the administrative aspects of various problems or situations that may arise. Typical assignments include:
  • Formulating, developing, administering, implementing, and assessing the human resources management programs, policy.
  • Preparing reports, charts and briefings on accomplishment of strategic goals and objectives, and makes appropriate adjustments to align HR strategic plans with OIG corporate strategic plans.
  • Analyzing policies and procedures, originates and revises policies and procedures, performs program evaluation, and provides expert advice in the solution of complex problems.
  • Developing and issuing guidance in the form of regulations, policy and program objectives based on unique-to-specialized situations.
  • Providing staff level technical advice and assistance to all levels of management officials within the OIG on complex human resources management issues or problems impacting the overall workforce.


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation
  • You must be able to obtain Secret clearance level security clearance
  • You will be required to undergo periodic drug testing
  • Selective Service registration required
  • Completion of one year trial period probationary period may be required.


You qualify for the 13 grade level if you have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the federal service which has given you the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the GS-13. Specialized experience at this level may include:
  • Analyzing, evaluating, and developing major aspects of HR strategic workforce planning;
  • Providing expert guidance and assistance in the management of complex projects, studies and action items;
  • Preparing reports, charts and briefings on accomplishment of strategic goals and objectives;
  • Conducting outreach and education for customers and other stakeholders.
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.

The qualification requirements listed above must be met by the closing date 12/01/2021of this announcement.

Current federal employees must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade level or equivalent grade band in the federal service. The time-in-grade requirement must be met by the closing date 12/01/2021of this announcement.

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.


Additional information

DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to the DHS Careers website and select Benefits. Disabled veteran leave will be available to any Federal employee hired on or after November 5, 2016, who is a veteran with a service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more.

If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment , and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, fine, or imprisonment.

As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal 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 after November 22. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request of the agency a legally required exception from this requirement.

Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully pass a background investigation for Secret Security Clearance as a condition of placement into this position.

DHS uses E-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify , including your rights and responsibilities.

The Department of Homeland Security encourages persons with disabilities to apply, to include persons with intellectual, severe physical or psychiatric disabilities, as defined by 5 CFR § 213.3102(u), and/or Disabled Veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30 percent or more as defined by 5 CFR § 315.707. Veterans , Peace Corps / VISTA volunteers , and persons with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility for non-competitive appointment and to understand the required documentation, click on the links above or contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.

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