Human Resources Specialist (Employee Benefits)

Washington, D.C
Jan 22, 2022
Jan 30, 2022
Human Resources
Full Time

As a Human Resources Specialist (Employee Benefits), GS-0201-12/13, your typical work assignments may include the following:
  • Provides guidance and advice to employees covering a wide-range of topics as it pertains to the Federal insurance programs, which include: Federal Employees' Health Benefits (FEHB) Program, Federal Employees' Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP), Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance (FEGLI), Federal Long-Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP), and the Federal Flexible Spending Accounts Program (FSAFEDS).
  • Performs pre-retirement counseling to individuals and groups, prepares annuity estimates, and processes retirement applications for submission to the Office of Personnel Management.
  • Serves as the point-of-contact for workers' compensation claims/cases and is responsible for coordination with the Department of Labor, Office of Workers' Compensation Program.
  • Provides guidance and prepares necessary documentation for employees eligible for post-1956 military service deposits, civilian service deposits, and refunded service.
  • Performs one-on-one counseling for employees on topics such as: insurance benefits, retirement, workers' compensation, separations, death-in-service, civilian and military service credit deposits, and Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA).
  • Develops and coordinates benefit fairs, pre-retirement seminars, TSP briefings, and other presentations/seminars on benefits-related topics.
  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with operating officials at other agencies/entities regarding retirement, workers' compensation, and benefits-related items.
  • Interprets policy and regulations, and develops operating procedures for the benefits, retirement, and workers' compensation programs. Analyzes proposed and final changes in statutory, regulatory, and procedural policies for potential or actual impact on current operations.
  • Performs internal quality control reviews of employee records in the various HR systems and benefit program databases.


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or national
  • Selective Service registration is required if you are a male born after December 31, 1959.
  • Subject to pre-employment and random drug tests.
  • Must participate in the direct deposit pay program.
  • New employees to the Executive Office of the President will be required to successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit
  • May be required to successfully complete a one year probationary period.
  • You will be required to obtain and maintain an interim and/or final security clearance prior to entrance on duty. Failure to obtain and maintain the required level of clearance may result in the withdrawal of a job offer or removal.
  • Must be determined suitable for federal employment.
  • Status candidates must meet time-in-grade requirements (52 weeks at the next lower grade level).


MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: All applicants must meet the qualification requirements outlined below to be considered minimally qualified for this position. The qualification requirements are in accordance with the OPM Qualification Standards.


SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Applicants must have a minimum of one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility comparable to the next lower grade or comparable pay band in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector.

You may qualify at the GS-12 level, if you fulfill the following qualification requirement: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector that demonstrates the application of an advanced level of Human Resources principles, concepts, practices, analytical methods and techniques, and consultative skill of Federal employee benefits, and retirement.

You may qualify at the GS-13 level, if you fulfill the following qualification requirement: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector that demonstrates the application of a mastery level of advanced Human Resources principles, concepts, practices, analytical methods and techniques, and seasoned consultative skill sufficient to consult and resolve complex Federal employee benefits, and retirement problems.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service program (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.

*Worker's Compensation experience is desirable.


This position does not have an educational requirement.

Additional information

**Notice: More than one selection may be made within 90 days of the issuance of the certificate, if additional vacancies occur.**

A tentative offer of employment will be rescinded if the selectee fails to meet the pre-employment requirements.

Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA): To be eligible for a VEOA appointment under Merit Promotion procedures, you must be a preference eligible or a Veteran separated after 3 years or more of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions.

Active Duty Military Members MAY apply under this announcement due to the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act. You must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions along with your application for Federal employment. A certification is a document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days from the date of application. If selected, appointment eligibility requirements must be met prior to the effective date of appointment.

Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see ).

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Programs & Career Transition Assistance Programs: These programs apply to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: (1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; (2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 85 or above; and, (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. For more information visit: . For more information about ICTAP eligibility please review the following link:

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Non-competitive Appointment Authorities: For more information on non-competitive appointment authority eligibility requirements:
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  • Special Hiring Authorities for Certain Military Spouses
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