Human Resources Specialist

Washington, D.C
Jan 27, 2022
Jan 30, 2022
Human Resources
Full Time

  • Initiates, develops, coordinates and administers policies, regulations and procedures that are used by all agencies for governing interagency personnel systems and personnel residing abroad and serving in all types of overseas appointments.
  • Studying and guiding implementation of major new and/or revised programs to facilitate management of this program and reporting to Department principals, management and staff, all posts, and all Federal agencies that use Locally Employed Staff.
  • Directing the development of new or revised regulations and procedures, special guidance to post management, and changes in program policy. Develops appropriate communication strategies.
  • Leads and oversees the conduct of specialized studies of the overseas employment programs to analyze and evaluate their effectiveness, applicability, and ease of administering the systems policies, guidelines, procedures, regulations, and standards.
  • Formulates and/or develops new and/or modified policies, procedures, guidelines, standards, regulations, and controlling executive orders or statutory authorities of any of the applicable HR functions to meet the Department's and posts requirements.


Conditions of Employment

  • Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.
  • One year probationary period, unless excepted by regulation.


Applicants must meet all the required qualification requirements, including education, and any selective placement factors described below by the closing date of this announcement. If you are qualifying based on education OR if there are mandatory education requirements listed below, you MUST submit a copy of your college transcript with your application.

NOTE: Applicants must meet time-in-grade and time after competitive appointment requirements, by the closing date of this announcement.

Time-In-Grade Requirements: Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade to satisfy time-in-grade restrictions, per 5CFR 300, Subpart F.

Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal service which provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position.

Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following:

Experience developing new and revised operating policies, programs, and initiatives regarding overseas employment.

Experience providing briefings and recommendations to senior level officials to obtain consensus and defend findings.

Experience representing, speaking and negotiating on behalf of the organization on a variety of Department-wide topics via intra-inter agency committees, task forces, etc. to identify, address and resolve complex HR problems/issues.

There is no substitute of education for specialized experience for the GS-14 position.


See the qualifications section of this vacancy announcement for education requirements, if applicable.

Additional information

For reasonable accommodation at the U.S. Department of State, please contact the Office of Accessibility and Accommodations at (202) 663-3474 or .

If eligible, telework and remote work agreements may be permitted with supervisory approval. Please note that any approved remote work arrangement is subject to the locality pay area of the alternative telework worksite.

If eligible, applicants to this announcement may be referred to other positions in other Bureaus/Offices in the Department that may require a higher security clearance.

Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination for Federal Employees:

As required by Executive Order 14043 , 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 by November 22, 2021, or before appointment or onboarding with the Department of State, if after November 22. The Department of State 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.