Supervisory Human Resources Specialist (Employee Programs)

Washington, D.C
Jan 15, 2022
Jan 21, 2022
Full Time

The Chief, Employee Programs Branch, leads a small team of human resources professionals supporting the delivery of key human capital strategies and services which directly support employee engagement and employee programs. This role will provide an opportunity to lead and manage the direction of the Employee Programs Branch ensuring the effective implementation of human resources functions including an ambassador program, awards and employee recognition, commercial driver's license (CDL) drug testing, employee communication and engagement, and unemployment insurance programs, from a customer-centric focus.

The incumbent will have ability to develop, implement and manage agency-wide programs that are central to the AOC's Human Capital Strategy which aim to enhance the employee experience throughout the employee cycle. As Branch Chief, the incumbent will be responsible for administering AOC human capital programs, policies and function, and maintaining awareness of public and private sector trends to ensure AOC and the Employee Programs Branch are developing and implementing policies, programs and practices that align with or surpass best practices.

This position will be responsible for creating methods to measure the effectiveness of employee programs to ensure the branch is successful in achieving established goals and objectives. Based on program metrics, the ability to identify gaps and correct operational procedures or performance will be an important component to administering a suite of effective programs.

The position will also be responsible for establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with AOC leaders and employees and provide expert advice and solutions to human resources challenges involving employee programs. Additionally, developing effective internal communications to inform AOC employees and managers of new human capital policies and/or initiatives or changes to existing human capital programs will be important to ensuring all employees are aware of programs available to enhance their experience.

The Branch Chief will be expected to provide a vision for branch staff, cultivating a culture of inclusion, professional development and collaboration, with a focus on providing optimal customer service to AOC staff and stakeholders.


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 and background check.
  • Your resume and question responses must demonstrate job-related elements.
  • You must meet the definition of specialized experience.


Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform 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-14 grade level must have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-13) in the Federal service.

Examples of specialized experience for this position include:

(1) Experience in leading or coordinating core human resources programs or functions in a customer-centric environment. (2) Developing new and revising existing policies, plans, guidelines and procedures to meet strategic goals or evolving operational needs.


Although, there is no education requirement for this position, a minimum of a bachelor's degree is preferred. SHRM-CP/SCP or PHR/SPHR certification is also 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 .

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 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.

BACKGROUND CHECK: 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.

E-VERIFY: 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, 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 on a case-by-case basis.

Moving expenses are not authorized.

Relocation expenses are not authorized.

PROBATIONARY PERIOD: A newly appointed selectee(s) 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.

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