Human Resources Specialist (Recruitment & Placement/Classification)

Washington, D.C
Dec 01, 2021
Dec 07, 2021
Human Resources
Full Time

This position is located in EPA, Office of Inspector General (OIG), Office of Management (OM), Human Resources Directorate (HRD). The Office of Management serves as the corporate focal point, under the Immediate Office of the Inspector General. OM is responsible for organization-wide coordination and leadership in promoting the most efficient use and accountability for OIG resources in effectively achieving its mission and strategic goals. The Human Resources Directorate provides operational support for Human Resource activities such as recruiting and staffing while the Human Capital component addresses employee development and employee relations.


The ideal candidate will perform the following duties:
  • Researching and providing accurate and timely information in response to general or complex inquiries related to personnel actions, recruitment, hiring, position management, payroll, and other services. Coordinating with team members, subject matter experts, and other service providers to ensure accurate and timely resolution.
  • Utilizing human resources related automated systems and databases (e.g., FPPS, Monster, eOPF, etc.) to input and retrieve data for the accurate and timely processing of personnel actions, Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) for separations, within-grade increases, awards, etc., to include completion of supporting forms, records and documents and to query employee data for providing HR Reporting. Composing, reviewing and posting vacancy announcements, reviewing applications for minimum qualifications, and issuing certificates/referrals using merit promotion rules, regulations and procedures.
  • Instructing customers on preparation and submission of personnel actions. Screening requests for personnel action and related documents for completeness and accuracy, obtaining additional information as necessary. Ensuring priority consideration programs are appropriately utilized. Verifying employment eligibility, qualifications, salary determinations and set pay. Extending job offers, establishing reporting dates, and coordinating with all interested personnel to insure all pre-employment requirements are met. Serving as a liaison for benefits issues (e.g., FEGLI, FEHB and Thrift Savings Program, retirement, awards and performance management).
  • Participating in ongoing efforts to identify and remedy systemic Human Capital customer service issues (e.g., hold times, response times, and surges); working to improve the customer's experience of HCS products and services; and seeking to assist with volume and workload issues.
  • Reviewing laws and regulations to make recommendations for changes in agency policies. Preparing guidance or modifications to reflect new policies and procedures mandated by other Federal agencies and/or administration initiatives. Developing policy, program objectives and OIG implementation plans to achieve human capital management goals.


Conditions of Employment

Conditions of Employment
  • U.S. Citizenship Required.
  • Background Investigation Required.
  • Must meet education requirements.
  • Position has portable work and selectee may be eligible to telework.

Must be a U.S. Citizen.

This is a Public Trust Position. Employment in this position requires a background investigation. If you are selected and cannot obtain a favorable security determination within a reasonable period of time due to disclosed or undisclosed background issues, the tentative employment offer may be withdrawn.

If you are a male born after December 31, 1959 you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.

Selectees will be required to complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment", (OF-306), prior to appointment and the appropriate background investigation forms to determine suitability for Federal employment. False statements or responses on these forms can jeopardize your employment opportunity and subject you to disciplinary action, including removal from Federal service.

The selectee will be required to complete a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the I-9 Form. We will compare information provided on the I-9 Form to records available from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The system confirms employee's identity and eligibility to work in the United States. Learn more about e-verify , including your rights and responsibilities.


All applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the Federal Service

Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the candidate with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position.

Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following:

GS-12: 1) Experience in advising/recommending recruitment, placement, classification, and pay options to management (General Schedule and Senior Executive Service); 2) Reviewing, analyzing and making recommendations on human resources policies, procedures, and operations (General Schedule and Senior Executive Service); and 3) Ability to process personnel actions and research pay issues.

GS-13: 1) Experience in advising/recommending recruitment, placement, classification, and pay options to management (General Schedule LEAP, and Senior Executive Service); 2) Reviewing, analyzing and making recommendations on human resources policies, procedures, and operations (General Schedule and Senior Executive Service); and 3) Ability to process personnel actions and research complex pay issues.

Evidence of the above specialized experience must be supported by detailed documentation of duties performed in positions held. Your resume is the key means we have for evaluating your skills, knowledge, and abilities as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to be clear and specific when describing your experience. We will not make assumptions regarding your experience or based on job titles alone. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

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.

Applicants must meet the qualifications for this position within thirty (30) days of the closing date of this announcement.


This position does not have a mandatory education requirement.

Additional information

EPA OIG provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process, please contact the Human Resources Specialist listed in this vacancy announcement.

Payment of relocation expenses is NOT authorized.

All the information you provide will be verified by a review of the work experience and/or education as shown on your application, by checking reference and through other means, such as the interview process. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for not hiring you or for firing you after you begin work.

Additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement.

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