Human Resources Specialist

Washington, D.C
Jan 21, 2022
Jan 27, 2022
Human Resources
Full Time

You will:
  • Develop long-term strategies and sponsors key initiatives for current and future operations, activities, and change management needs related to employee engagement.
  • Contribute to the integration of employee engagement goals and/or activities into the employee lifecycle and relevant human capital processes and initiatives such as: succession management, employee recognition strategies, training plans, executive performance plans, organizational development or restructuring proposals, etc.
  • Direct project work developed by EPA's Employee Engagement Team, as well as Engagement Teams across the agency, to evaluate proposals, guide the teams through the maze of business processes and requirements, and oversee the implementation of new processes.
  • Utilize key data analytics to identify trends impacting employee engagement and development of new process improvement techniques and methodologies.


Conditions of Employment

  • You must submit a resume and required documents--see How to Apply section.
  • You must be a U.S. citizen.

As required by Executive Order 14043, if you are selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by 11/22/21, or before onboarding with the agency if after 11/22/21, except in limited circumstances. For information about COVID-19 workplace safety at EPA, as well as resources and health and safety guidance, visit COVID-19 Safe Federal Workplace .

If you are selected, you may be required to complete a one-year probationary period.

This position is designated as Moderate Risk and requires a background investigation. Unless an appropriate background investigation is already on record with the Office of Personnel Management, you must undergo a background investigation. All conditions of the pre-employment security process must be met before an official letter of employment can be issued with a report for duty date.

You must meet time in grade requirements no later than 30 calendar days after the closing date of this announcement.


We are looking for at least one year of specialized experience related to this position as described below:

To qualify for the GS-14 level, you need to have at least one year of full-time experience equivalent to the GS-13 level defined as establishing, implementing, or overseeing human resources processes and programs specifically on employee engagement.

Your answers to the online assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas:
  • Knowledge in human capital strategic planning, HR program administration, and associated laws, authorities, requirements, programs, systems, and operations.
  • Skill in written communication
  • Ability to identify risks, vulnerabilities, and mitigation strategies;
  • Ability to communicate ideas, concepts, methods, analyses and recommendations in logical, professional and convincing manner
  • Ability to establish strategic and performance goals, measures or standards.
  • Skill in managing programs and assessing program effectiveness
  • Knowledge in using data analytics
  • Skill in improving processes and techniques

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.

If you have part-time work experience, read this: EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures .


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

Are you a Displaced Federal Employee? If so, please read the Required Documents section and visit the EPA website for additional information: EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values at EPA. Our excellence can only be fully realized by staff who share our commitment to these values. Successful candidates are committed to advancing equity and inclusion in the Agency's workplace and mission. We encourage applications from candidates with a variety of personal experiences, values, and worldviews that arise from differences of culture and circumstance. At EPA, diversity is a vital element in bringing a balance of perspectives to bear on every challenge we face. We are committed to creating a diverse workforce because we know that the individual strengths and abilities of our employees make us a stronger organization. The more inclusive our employee base is, the greater the variety of ideas that are generated, and the more representative we are of the nation we serve. To learn more about how EPA values and supports our diverse workforce, visit Equal Opportunity Employment at EPA .

EPA participates in E-Verify. E-Verify is an Internet based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that enables participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees. For additional information: EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures .

Although the Service type indicated in the Overview section is Competitive, you may be appointed as Excepted Service based on your eligibility to be hired under certain appointing authorities.

This position is not in the bargaining unit.

If you are selected, travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid by EPA. Any travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting to work in this position will be your responsibility.

Except in special circumstances, those new to the federal government will be hired at the starting salary (step 1) of the applicable grade range listed in the Overview section.