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    OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

                                     VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. 

    For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.

    NOTE: This announcement is open only to permanent employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs.  If you do not meet this area of consideration, you will not be considered for this position. 

    A relocation incentive may be offered to a highly qualified candidate. 

    Learn more about this agency


    This full-time, permanent position is located at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston, Texas, in the Human Resources Management Service.  The incumbent will be responsible for providing advisory and technical services regarding a wide variety of labor relations issues - including disciplinary/adverse actions, employee conduct, negotiated/agency grievances, third-party appeals, collective bargaining agreements, performance management, and unfair labor practice complaints - for an assigned segment of one of the largest and most complex facilities in the Veterans Health Administration. Specific responsibilities associated with the position include, but are not limited to:

    • Providing advice and guidance regarding the appropriate courses of action for employee conduct issues
    • Composing letters related to disciplinary/adverse actions and developing and maintaining evidence files
    • Processing grievances filed under negotiated and agency grievance procedures
    • Processing third-party appeals (filing initial agency response and appropriate motions, preparing witnesses and exhibits, acting as agency representative or technical advisor, composing post-hearing briefs, etc.)
    • Providing advice regarding the Federal Labor Relations Statute and the collective bargaining agreement
    • Responding to union requests in a timely and appropriate manner
    • Preparing management for local negotiations and settlement discussions
    • Providing performance management advice and processing performance appraisals and proficiency reports
    • Interpreting regulations and policies, implementing changes, completing reports, and conducting training for one or more assigned program areas (performance management, leave administration, standards of ethics, suitability, etc.)

    Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 7:30am-4:00pm. Alternate work schedule may be available.

    Position Description Title/PD#: Human Resources Specialist (Labor Relations)/3438-A

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    Agency Employees Only

    Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

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    Conditions Of Employment

    • You must be a permanent VA employee to apply for this job.
    • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
    • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
    • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

    Physical Requirements: The work is primarily sedentary. The regular and recurring work of the position involves sitting at a desk or in conferences and/or meetings, with some walking, standing, bending, light lifting/carrying, and occasional visits to other work areas. The occasional use of an automobile may be required. No special physical exertion is required.

    Time-in-grade: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements. For this GS-12 position, you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-11 level.


    To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

    Specialized Experience:

    Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-11) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. For this position, specialized experience is experience providing advisory and technical services related to disciplinary/adverse actions and employee conduct - as well as issues such as negotiated/agency grievances, third-party appeals, collective bargaining agreements, performance management, and unfair labor practice complaints - for a complex organization.

    There is no educational substitution for the GS-12 level.

    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; religions; 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.



    Additional information

    The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provides eligible displaced VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified, you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified for this vacancy. Information about CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website.

    It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those who have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

    This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

    How You Will Be Evaluated


    You will be rated on the following competencies based on your application for this position.

    Competency 1 – Knowledge of personnel procedures, policies, and regulations pertaining to Federal Labor and Employee Relations programs

    Competency 2 - Ability to plan, organize, and establish priorities while meeting time constraints and working under stressful conditions (to include working both independently and as a member of a team)

    Competency 3 - Ability to gather information, analyze and evaluate it, and make recommendations (to include adaptability to new concepts, work processes, and methodology)

    Competency 4 - Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds

    Competency 5 - Ability to provide assistance and consultation to managers, supervisors, and employees

    If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.

    Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Not Applicable

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    Required Documents

    All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):

    Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:

       ·Cover Letter

    NOTE:  Please provide a copy of your most current non-award SF 50 showing your tenure, grade and step.  (See checklist for more details).

    Please use this checklist to ensure you have included other documents required for your application, such as CTAP documentation (for displaced VA employees).  You will not be contacted for additional information.

    Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:  You are encouraged to apply online.  Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options.  The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 2027323.

    NOTE:  If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

    VA offers a comprehensive benefits package.  This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/benefits/index.asp.

    VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies.  This position may be authorized for telework.  Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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    How to Apply

    All applicants are encouraged to apply online.

    To apply for this position, you must complete the View Occupational Questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

    The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, January 03, 2018 to receive consideration.

    1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

    2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.  

    NOTE:  It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.  

    To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

    To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

    Agency contact information

    Karen M. Reynard


    VHA Houston VAMC HRMS
    Department of Veterans Affairs
    Houston, TX 77030
    Learn more about this agency

     Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 2027323

    Next steps

    After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your resume and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued, and applicants will be notified of their status by e-mail (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified of such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.


    You may check the status of your application at any time by logging in to your USAJOBS account and clicking on "Application Status." For a more detailed update of your status, click on "more information." Information regarding applicant notification points can be found in the USAJOBS Resource Center.

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

Legal and regulatory guidance

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/486773500. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.