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US Department of the Interior

HR Specialist

Duties
Summary

The Executive Resources Division, has primary responsibility for the development, coordination, policy formulation and administration of the Department's Executive Resources management program. This includes serving as the central point of contact for executive resources operational matters, administering most aspects of the Senior Executive Service (SES) program and coordinating analytical studies impacting executive personnel.

Responsibilities

This position is located within the Department of the Interior, Office of the Secretary, Office of Human Capital and Diversity, Executive Resources Division in Washington, DC.

At the full performance level GS-13 the major duties of this position include, but are not limited to the following:

1. Serves as a HR Specialist responsible for the full range of personnel programs related to executive resources, including, but not limited to Senior Executive Service (SES) members, Scientific and Professional (ST), and Senior-Level (SL) employees, political appointees, Schedule C employees, experts and consultants, and members of the SES Candidate Development Program (CDP).
2.Manages the recruitment and classification process for SES/SL positions for serviced organizations. Researches, analyzes and prepares all documentation and justifications to support recruitment requests for SES/SL position.
3. Develops, reviews and edits technical qualifications/crediting plans. Prepares and issues SES/SL vacancies; receives applications; conducts initial qualifications assessment, coordinates and manages executive rating panels, and prepares selection certificates.
4. Provides advice and guidance to selecting officials and organization/bureau leadership on laws, regulations, rules and procedures, as they pertain to the recruitment and staffing of senior executives and senior leadership positions.
5. Participates in conferences, seminars, briefings and similar meetings where the purpose is to inform and educate management, senior executives and senior leaders on executive resources program policy, problems, issues, developments and objectives.
6. Coordinates, develops, reviews and prepares in final form all required documentation to obtain Executive Resources Board approval for appointments, reassignments, transfers, and details to the SES/SL.
7. Coordinates and oversees the hiring and processing of approved candidates from selection through entrance on duty.

The Office of the Secretary has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.

Salary Range Information: GS-9: $59,534 - $77,396 per annum; GS-11: $72,030 - $93,638 per annum; GS-12: $86,335 - $112,240 per annum. First time hires to the federal government typically start at the beginning salary in the range for their respective grade level.

This vacancy may be used to fill additional positions as vacancies become available.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

13

Job family (Series)

0201 Human Resources Management

Requirements

Requirements
Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. Citizen
You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation/determination
You will be required to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit
You must submit ALL required documents and a completed questionnaire
Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service system, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See http://www.sss.gov/.
Qualifications

Minimum Qualification Requirements:
GS-09
To qualify for the GS-09 grade level applicants must meet either A, B or C as defined below. If qualifying on specialized experience, applicants MUST meet all three (3) specialized experience, and your experience MUST be clearly written in your resume:

A. Specialized Experience - To qualify for the GS-09, you must possess at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level in the Federal service, or comparable experience not gained through Federal service. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Specialized experience is defined as demonstrated experience in ALL of the following: (1) Utilize a human resources automated staffing system (i.e., USAStaffing, Monster) in determining qualifications of applicants; (2) research and interpret human resources laws and regulations and develop conclusions and recommendations; and (3) provide assistance to managers, applicants and employees on federal human resources matters.

OR

B. Education - 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, or LL.B. or J.D., if related Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.

OR

C. Combination - A combination of specialized experience and education that equals 100% of the requirement for the GS-09 grade level.

GS-11
To qualify for the GS-11 grade level applicants must meet either A, B or C as defined below. If qualifying on specialized experience, applicants MUST meet all Four(4) specialized experience, and your experience MUST be clearly written in your resume:

A. Specialized Experience - To qualify for the GS-11, you must possess at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level in the Federal service, or comparable experience not gained through Federal service. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Specialized experience is defined as demonstrated experience in ALL of the following: (1) Utilize a human resources automated staffing system (i.e., USAStaffing, Monster) in posting vacancy announcements, determining qualifications of applicants and issuing certificates; (2) research, interpret, and provide advice or council as it relates to human resources laws and regulations and provide strategic recommendations for hiring managers to take; (3) provide advice and guidance to managers, employees, and applicants on federal human resources matters; and (4) develop solutions to human resources problems and issues.

OR

B. Education - Completed a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or three full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree, or LL.M., if related.

OR

C. Combination - A combination of specialized experience and education that equals 100% of the requirement for the GS-11 grade level.

GS-12
To qualify for the GS-12 grade level Applicants MUST meet all four (4) specialized experience, and your experience MUST be clearly written in your resume:

To qualify for the GS-12, you must possess at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal service, or comparable experience not gained through Federal service. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Specialized experience is defined as demonstrated experience in ALL of the following: (1) Utilize USAStaffing or other automated staffing system to prepare vacancy announcements, formulate crediting plans, evaluate applicant qualifications, issuing and auditing certificates, and notifying applicants of status; (2) ensure that all personnel actions meet statutory and regulatory requirements; (3) provide advice and counsel on recruitment and classifications strategies to hiring managers; and (4) draft HR related documents and memoranda.

NOTE: At the GS-12 grade level, education cannot be substituted for experience.

Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions and is available at OPM's website: https://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/indexes/num-ndx.asp

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

Merit Promotion candidates must also meet Time-in-Grade requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
Education

Education: If this position requires specific educational course work to qualify, or you are qualifying based in whole or part on education, you are required to provide transcripts as proof of meeting the requirements.

Foreign Education: Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the specific educational requirements as stated above. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-policies/#url=e4

Additional information

Applicants who include vulgar, offensive, or inappropriate language or information in their application package will be ineligible for further consideration for this position.

Identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for and performance of higher-level duties.

The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.

Important Note: All Department of the Interior (DOI) employees are subject to the conflict of interest restrictions imposed upon all employees of the Executive Branch of the Federal Government and may be required to file a Financial Disclosure Report. In addition, DOI employees, GS-15 and above, who work in the Office of the Secretary; along with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) employees (at ALL grade levels), are further restricted concerning their interests in Federal lands and resources administered or controlled by the Department of the Interior. This includes holding stock in energy corporations which lease Federal lands (e.g.: oil, gas, coal, alternative energy resources, etc.). If you have any such investments you should contact the DOI, BOEM or BSEE Ethics Office before accepting employment. DOI employees are held to the highest level of integrity. Employees must be objective and impartial in the performance of their work. All potential issues (e.g.: work-related interactions with friends, family members, or previous employers) must be disclosed at the time of application or during the interview process.

NOTICE: This employer participates in E-Verify and will utilize your Form I-9 information to confirm you are authorized to work in the U.S.
A preliminary background check must be completed before a new employee can begin work with the U.S. Department of the Interior. The preliminary background check consists of a search of Office of Personnel Management and Department of Defense background investigation files and an FBI National Criminal History Fingerprint Check; it may take up to 3 weeks to complete. If selected for this position, you will be extended a tentative offer of employment pending a satisfactory background check. Current Federal employees or individuals with an existing completed background investigation may not be required to undergo another background check; these will be handled on a case-by-case basis in coordination with the Bureau security office.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Once the application process is complete, we will review your application to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume, supporting documentation and responses to the online questionnaire will be made. Your responses to the online assessment will be used to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for this position. However, your resume must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. The best qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.

Your answers to the on-line assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas:

1. Personnel and Human Resources - Knowledge of, and skill in applying human resources management principles, concepts, regulations, and practices to provide comprehensive human resources services. Knowledge of a wide range of staffing and placement, position classification, and position management principles, concepts and practices.
2. Technical Competence - Uses knowledge of recruitment and classification of SES/SL process through formal training or extensive on the job experience to perform one's job, to resolve technical issues, understands and evaluates technical information related to the job and advises others on technical issues related to SES/SL recruitment and classification.
3. Problem Solving - Skill in applying and adapting analytical techniques and evaluation criteria to complex human resources issues and problems. Knowledge of the application of analytical human resources methods and techniques to issues and studies concerning the efficiency and effectiveness of programs.
4. Customer Service - Skill in giving advice and guidance to senior leaders in the department. Ability to foster collaborative staff interrelationships, to answer questions, and facilitate the accomplishment of the work of the office. Committed to quality services.
5. Written Communication - Skill in developing varied forms of communication such as policy, reports, briefings, memoranda, presentations, etc. Ability to express facts and ideas in writing in a succinct and organized manner.

DUE WEIGHT
Please submit 1) a copy of your most recent performance appraisal/evaluation and 2) a list of any awards (e.g. superior performance awards, special act or achievement awards, quality step increase, etc.) you received in the last 5 years. Any performance appraisal/evaluation and award documentation you provide will be forwarded to the selecting official. The selecting official will review this documentation and give it due weight consideration during the overall selection process.

If you do not have your most recent performance appraisal/evaluation, please submit a statement as to why it is not available. Please indicate if any prior performance appraisals/evaluations were at an acceptable level.

To preview the assessment questionnaire click: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10837783

Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Other

Drug test required

No

Position sensitivity and risk

Moderate Risk (MR)

Trust determination process

Suitability/Fitness

Required Documents

Required Documents

Your resume must contain information sufficient to make a valid determination that you fully meet the specialized experience requirements as stated in this vacancy announcement and OPM qualification standards for each grade level(s) for which you are applying. It is strongly recommended that you use the USAJobs Resume Builder as it was designed to ensure that your resume includes the standard information needed. The Resume Builder is available at
https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/How_to_create_your_resume

Your application package must include: (1) Resume showing relevant experience as written in your own words; (2) Completed online Assessment Questionnaire; (3) SF-50's showing (1) your highest FPL, and (2) most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, tenure, and duty station. Please note that all SF-50's submitted must show that you are a status candidate or eligible under this announcement. Please refer to the eligibility in the online questionnaire for more information; (3) College transcript (if applicable) for verification of qualifying education. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; (4) Certificates, license, etc. (if applicable); (5) Form DD-214 OR VA letter and Standard Form 15, if eligible under VEOA or VRA; (6) Proof of eligibility if applying under a special appointing authority; (7) Current or former Government employees are strongly encouraged to submit a recent performance appraisal.
NOTE: Applicants claiming eligibility under VEOA or VRA, must submit a copy of your DD-214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty," (Member 4 copy is preferred), showing the dates of active duty, type of discharge, and character of service (must be honorable); OR acceptable proof of verification of your preference (i.e., official document, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying that the veterans total combined serviced-connected disability rating is 10% or more).
NOTE: Applicants claiming eligibility based on 30% or more service connected disability, you are required to submit documentation that is indicated on the SF-15 as acceptable proof of verification of your preference (i.e., official document, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying that the veterans total combined serviced-connected disability rating is 30% or more.
You will find additional information on the following topics: (1) e-Verify; (2) Selective Service; (3) CTAP/ICTAP; (4) Education - accreditation; (5) Foreign education; (6) Veterans preference; (7) Special appointing authority documentation; and more can be found on our web site: https://www.bsee.gov/careers/usajobs-assistance OR http://www.boem.gov/USAJobs-Assistance/.

If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, you must submit proof by the closing date of the announcement that you meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP or you will not receive priority consideration. The proof includes a copy of the agency notice, your most recent Performance Rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty station. To be considered well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, you must earn a minimum score of 85 or above (prior to the assignment of veteran's preference) on the rating criteria for this position.

Benefits

Benefits

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Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)

Federal employees who meet the definition of a "surplus" or "displaced" employee.

Family of overseas employees

Family members of a federal employee or uniformed service member who is, or was, working overseas.

Federal employees - Competitive service

Current or former competitive service federal employees.

Federal employees - Excepted service

Current excepted service federal employees.

Individuals with disabilities

Land & base management

Certain current or former term or temporary federal employees of a land or base management agency.

Military spouses

Peace Corps & AmeriCorps Vista

Special authorities

Individuals eligible under a special authority not listed above, but defined in the federal hiring regulations.

Veterans

Clarification from the agency

This is a Merit Promotion announcement for Government employees and those who are eligible under the hiring paths listed. For further clarification please click here: https://www.bsee.gov/what-we-do/administrative-services/human-resources/eligibility
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