Human Resources Specialist

Washington, D.C
Jan 14, 2022
Jan 20, 2022
Human Resources
Full Time

If selected for this position, you will perform a wide range of duties in human resources operations and policy, including direct service to organizational components in the areas of staffing, position classification, and employee benefits. As a member of the Talent Management Team, you will also serve as a member of the Delegated Examining Unit (DEU) and be responsible for the following;
  • Performs a wide range of merit staffing and competitive examining functions as a member of the agency Delegated Examining Unit certified by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM). This role requires application of qualifications, eligibility, and procedural requirements to the examination of applications for employment. Serves as a first point of contact for applicants who are responding to agency recruitment notices. Coordinates action plans with selecting officials to prepare recruitment strategies for staffing actions. Prepares public notices of employment opportunities, under both the agency merit promotion plan procedures and the procedures of the DEU, and ensures their correct distribution.
  • Focuses on human capital-related components, workforce planning, succession planning, gap analyses, and the strategic use of human resources in supporting the mission-critical objectives of the Commission.
  • Serves as a consultant to hiring managers on best practices in staffing positions, advising them of options for recruitment and hiring, and the hiring process. Prepares job analyses and rating schedules to document the selection procedures used for staffing cases.
  • Determines basic eligibility of applicants, both in terms of their qualifications and other eligibility requirements such as competitive status, veteran's preference, or other applicable factors. Rates and ranks applications, or leads a panel of raters assembled for that purpose. Prepares and issues certificates of eligibles and explains the rules for their use to the selecting official. Responsible for onboarding processes to include; creating tentative and final offer letters, ensuring selectees complete the security process, and coding the appointment personnel action.
  • Manages a staffing program for student recruitment program under the Pathways Program. Develops strategic recruitment plans to advertise the Pathways program to colleges and universities, and creates information sessions and create branding materials. Works with the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI) to ensure a diverse applicant pool
  • Performs operating tasks in the area of position classification, including the gathering of information from supervisors and employees to allow development of position descriptions, evaluation statements, and other documentation of actions in this area.
  • Works with assigned Division of Administration teams to plan and complete a range of personnel actions, including their entry into the National Finance Center (NFC) personnel/payroll system.
  • Performs tasks related to the creation and maintenance of required records of employment, such as Notifications of Personnel Action (SF-50). Performs coding assignments in order to master the guidelines for the handling of such systems of documents and acquires a wider range of experience with the more complex coding decisions and their underlying calculations (such as service computation dates).
  • Conducts research in files, handbooks, regulations, agency instructions, and by phoning private organizations and other agencies in order to resolve questions of procedures for or specific applicability of the principles and practices relating to all of the functional areas of the unit. Ensures that merit principles are preserved, along with the confidentiality of all information passing through the unit and DEU.
  • Serves as a Specialist for one or more functional or subject-matter areas, as assigned. These assignments include areas such as position classification and position management and others as assigned by the Talent Management Supervisor.
  • Performs writing assignments including development of agency instructions, summaries of survey results, and other complex tasks involving research in regulations and other source materials.
  • Incumbent provides advice and guidance to managers and supervisors as necessary to deal with issues involving staffing and classification and responds to questions on technical matters. Prepares confidential and specialized correspondence, reports and other documents as requested, requiring special handling.


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Background/Security Investigation.
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Time In Grade


You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs):
  • Recruitment/Placement - Knowledge of HR concepts, principles, and practices related to identifying, attracting, and selecting individuals and placing them into positions to address changing organizational needs.
  • Classification - Knowledge of classification concepts, principles, and practices related to structuring organizations and positions and determining the appropriate pay system, occupational grouping, title, and pay level of positions.
  • Analytics/Problem Solving - Ability to identify and analyze problems; weigh relevance and accuracy of information; generate and evaluate alternative solutions; and make recommendations.
  • Technical Competence - Skill in using knowledge of the laws, rules, and regulations provided in Title 5 governing recruitment, staffing, and classification to perform one's job. Ability to understand and evaluate technical information and advise others on the recruitment, staffing, and classification issues.
  • Customer Service - Ability to anticipate and meets the need of both internal and external customers. Skill in delivering high-quality products and/or services and is committed to continuous improvement.


CT-12: To qualify for the CT-12, you must possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the CT/GS-11 level. Specialized experience is defined as experience that has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Examples of specialized experience include:
  • Experience performing job analyses and posting vacancies using an automated staffing system; determining best qualified applicants for selection and issuing referral lists via delegated examining and merit promotion procedures; AND
  • Experience researching and ensuring compliance with federal personnel rules and regulations; and advising management and employees on HR-related programs and processes, such as: payroll and personnel processing; staffing; classification; and compensation.

CT-13: To qualify for the CT-13, you must possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the CT/GS-12 level. Specialized experience includes:
  • Experience applying knowledge of principles, concepts, laws, and regulations of federal human resources management in the area of staffing sufficient to provide authoritative and technical guidance to senior management officials and employees; AND
  • Experience providing authoritative management advisory services, which includes researching, analyzing and evaluating the issues, determining applicable precedents, recommending innovated methods and strategies to resolve complex integrated human resources problems, and identifying the most effective approach; AND
  • Experience working with hiring managers to develop a recruitment strategy that will attract a highly qualified diverse applicant pool that meets the needs of the organization. Preparing job opportunity announcements, determining applicants' eligibility and qualifications, ranking candidates and referring highly-qualified candidates for selection.

*As of November 21, 2021, required by Executive Order 14043, all 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 before onboarding with the agency. 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*

Additional information

More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.

Relocation. Relocation expenses will not be paid.
Time-in-Grade. You must meet time-in-grade requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). The ICTAP provides eligible displaced federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must score 85 or better on established ranking criteria. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Additional information about ICTAP eligibility is at: candidates MUST submit:
  • A copy of their agency reduction-in-force notice;
  • A copy of your most recent Performance Rating;
  • A copy of your most recent SF-50 noting current or last position held, the grade level, and the duty location; and
  • A copy of your notice of proposed removal for declining a directed reassignment or transfer of function outside the local commuting area or documentation showing you were separated as a result of RIF or declining a directed reassignment or transfer of function outside the local commuting area.

  • Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP).Provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the CFTC with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If CFTC has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must rate equivalent to the Well Qualified or better category using established rating criteria. You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application. Additional information about CTAP eligibility is at: .

    EEO Policy Statement. The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, genetic information, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.

    Reasonable Accommodation. Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.