Human Resources Specialist (Human Resources Development)

Rockville, Maryland
Jan 27, 2022
Jan 30, 2022
Full Time

  • Analyzes the IHS strategic plan to identify Agency mission and strategic objectives. Formulates, recommends and implements training and educational policy, programs and standards to support long and short-range IHS strategic goals and objectives as laid out in the IHS strategic plan.
  • Coordinates courses of action for a training or educational program and serves as primary or co-project manager. In those roles, leads and coordinates the effort to develop and implement that program. Develops written directives and instructions necessary to implement the program.
  • Conducts briefings, prepares reports, promotes work efforts, products, and initiatives and takes other actions needed to inform, communicate, and market training and educational programs to customers and stakeholders.
  • Ensures that the IHS Training Policy is updated periodically to reflect the latest developments related to training and education in the Federal government.
  • Develops Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to support the IHS Training Policy or otherwise capture necessary steps for training-related processes or programs.
  • Serves as lead and point of contact (POC) for IHS use of the current HHS learning management software platform (e.g., the HHS Learning Management System or LMS). Coordinates between IHS and HHS to enable development and delivery of IHS-developed courses to go on the HHS learning management platform for employees to take (e.g., new mandatory courses on preventing abuse or other topics).
  • Participates in HHS work groups formed to develop requirements for new learning management software platforms and/or evaluate alternatives for new learning management platforms.


Conditions of Employment

Must pass pre-employment examination.
Selectee may be subject to a probationary/trial period
ESEP appointees typically serve a two year trial period
U.S. Citizenship is required
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

COVID-19 vaccination is required for all selectees prior to entrance on duty.

Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit .

Background Investigation: If you are selected for this vacancy, you must undergo a pre-employment fingerprint check and background investigation. Fingerprint results and background investigation documentation must be cleared prior to hire. After you begin your employment, your continued employment is contingent upon the outcome of a complete background investigation as determined by the sensitivity level of your position. The investigation must find that you are suitable for Federal employment in your position. If you are found not suitable, you will be terminated after you begin work. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or subject to possible criminal charges. You may be subject to a credit check as a part of the background investigation process.


To qualify for this position, your resume must state sufficient experience and/or education, to perform the duties of the specific position for which you are applying.

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; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer and part time experience. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.


In addition to the Basic Requirements, you must also meet the Minimum Qualifications stated below.

Your resume must demonstrate at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector performing the following type of work and/or tasks: Provides advice and guidance to managers on training and employee development policy, programs and standards; develops workforce training programs in accordance with organizational strategic goals and objectives; facilitates the delivery of courses on an electronic learning management platform; coordinates delivery of training sessions with course developers, customers and other stakeholders; and develops and updates training policies and standard operating procedures.

Time In Grade
Federal employees in the competitive service are also subject to the Time-In-Grade Requirements: Merit Promotion (status) candidates must have completed one year of service at the next lower grade level. Time-In-Grade provisions do not apply under the Excepted Service Examining Plan (ESEP).

You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.


There are no education requirements.

Additional information

Episodic and/or Part-time telework is available under the IHS Flexible Workplace Arrangement Program (FWAP).

Per IHS policy ( SGM 21-04 ) and E.O. 14043 , IHS selectees must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 before entry on duty or have IHS approve a medical or religious exemption. If an exemption is approved then wearing a face mask is required. Regular testing for COVID-19 will be required for staff located in federally operated hospitals, health centers, and clinics. Your Human Resources Specialist will provide a list of documents acceptable as vaccination proof and instructions for submitting a request for a legally required exception, if needed.

Due to COVID-19, the agency is currently in a maximum telework posture. If selected, you may be expected to telework upon your appointment. As employees are permitted to return to the office, you may be required to report to the duty station listed on this announcement within 30 calendar days of receiving notice to do so, even if your home/temporary telework site is located outside the local commuting area. Your position may be eligible for workplace flexibilities which may include remote work or telework options, and/or flexible work scheduling. These flexibilities may be requested in accordance with the HHS Workplace Flexibilities policy.

Additional selection(s) of candidates may be possible within 240 days from the date the certificate of eligibles was issued for this announcement.

Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. IHS may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their directly related previous non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.