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    The FMC is ranked in the top 10 Best Places to Work for Small Agencies!

    This position is located in the Office of Human Resources, Office of the Managing Director and serves as a Human Resources Specialist with primary responsibility for providing expert advisory and consultative services related to benefits, retirement, leave, and entitlements.

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    As a Human Resources Specialist for you will:

    • Serve as the agency expert in Federal Benefits and Retirements program.
    • Interpret Federal HR policies, and determines their effect on a wide range of HR matters including the retirement and benefits program; develop agency guidance, procedures, and directives; and, provide the full range of customized employee benefits counseling and assistance services including retirement, health and life insurance, death and survivor benefits, debt and over payments, and leave administration.
    • Create and conduct briefings concerning retirement options and eligibility requirements; make and manage retirement determinations, health and life insurance, and Thrift Savings Plan issues; provide advice on benefits procedures, forms, eligibility requirements, and coverage; compute benefits and process personnel action requests and employee elections; coordinate open seasons and enrollment periods; organize the annual FMC Employee Benefits Fair; respond to complex benefits questions.
    • Conduct personnel action processing using NFC and provide advisory services on complex HR processing issues.
    • Conduct new employee orientation sessions and ensure new hires are appropriately entered on the agency rolls, counseled, and all necessary actions related to benefits and the securing of information from prior Federal employment, and pay have been completed; ensures proper completion of required forms and follows up on important due dates.
    • Plan and prepare various HR reports including, but not limited to FMC's Annual Employee Financial Education Plan for submission to the Office of Personnel Management.
    • Serve as the agency's primary contact for leave administration and leave-related inquiries and issues.
    The following are the duties of this position at the GS-13 grade level. If you are selected at a lower grade, you will have the opportunity to learn to perform all these duties, and will receive training to help you grow in this position.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    Conditions Of Employment

    • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
    • A 1-year probationary period is required (unless already completed).
    • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Low Risk Public Trust background investigation.
    • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
    • We may fill like positions within 12 months of the close of the announcement.
    • This is a non-bargaining unit position.
    • Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment, at the time requested by the agency.
    • If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
    • Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
    • Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9. Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.
    • May be required to file a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report within 30 days of appointment and annually from then on.

    To preview questions click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10590569.


    You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement:

    For the GS-12 grade level: You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes:
    • Providing technical guidance on federal benefits programs;
    • Providing guidance to supervisors or employees on payroll, premium pay, and leave administration; and
    • Drafting procedural, planning, training or guidance materials related to benefits administration, pay administration, and leave administration.
    For the GS-13 grade level: You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes:
    • Serving as an expert in federal benefits programs;
    • Providing guidance to senior leaders, supervisors or employees on payroll, premium pay, and leave administration; and
    • Developing written policy, procedural, planning, training or guidance materials related to benefits administration, pay administration, and leave administration.


    This position does not have an education requirement.

    Additional information

    Experience may have been gained in the public sector, private sector, or Volunteer Service. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis.

    It is your responsibility to ensure your resume states complete information for each job entry. To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/year (MM/YYYY), and indicate number of hours worked per week, on your resume. If your resume does not provide enough information regarding your work history for us to make a creditable qualification determination, your application package may be rendered disqualified and you will no longer be considered for this position.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Your application includes your resume, responses to the online questions, and required supporting documents. Please be sure that your resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position; failure to provide sufficient evidence in your resume will result in a "not qualified" determination.

    Rating: Your application will be evaluated in the following areas:

    • Employee Benefits
    • HR Information Systems
    • Project Management
    • Problem Solving
    • Oral Communication
    • Writing
    Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to a selecting official for consideration. You may be required to participate in a selection interview. We will not reimburse costs related to the interview such as travel to and from the interview site.

    If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee (eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP), you must be assigned to the Well Qualified category or better to receive special selection priority.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance


    Drug test required


    Position sensitivity and risk

    Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

    Trust determination process


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    Required Documents

    A complete application includes 1. A resume, 2. Vacancyquestion responses, and 3.Submission of any required documents. Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you will not be considered for this position (or will not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible).

    All applicants are required to submit a resume either by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one of their own choosing. (Cover letters are optional.)


    SF-50: Submit a copy of your SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which shows your current (or most recent) grade and competitive service status. (The "position occupied" block on the SF-50 should show a 1 and your "tenure" block should show a 1 or 2.).

    • Award SF-50s will not be accepted.
    • Indicate on your application the highest permanent grade you have held; if this grade is different from your current grade, submit an additional SF-50 showing this grade.
    Performance Appraisal: Submit a copy of your most recent, signed, completed annual performance appraisal which includes the finalrating dated within the last 18 months.
    • If it is not dated within the last 18 months or if you have not received a performance appraisal, please explain why in your application (i.e upload a supplemental document reflecting this information).
    • Initial and mid-year plans will not be accepted.
    Non-Competitive Current/Former Federal employees: In addition to the SF-50 and Performance Appraisal identified above, submit a copy of your SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which reflects your grade level and promotion potential.

    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. If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee, you must submit the following documents:
    • To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; 2) be rated well-qualified for the position based on the competencies listed above; and 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility including:
      • Agency notice,
      • SF-50 that reflects current grade,
      • SF-50 that reflect full performance level of the position, and
      • Your performance appraisal which must reflect "full successful" or equivalent).
    • Displaced District of Columbia Government, Department of Corrections employees will be eligible for priority consideration and competitive appointment (Public Law 105-274). Eligible candidates are not restricted by geographic location or grade level in jobs for which they apply. Documentary evidence is the same as stated above.
    If you are applying under a special hiring authority (i.e. Schedule A persons with disabilities authority), submit a copy of proof of your eligibility.

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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.


    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

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

    • The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (EST) on the closing date of this announcement. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST, Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, please contact us by noon EST on the announcement's closing date.
    • 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.
    • Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
    • 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 saved application at a later date, 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

    Vicky Schenck


    Office of Human Resources
    800 North Capitol Street NW
    800 North Capitol Street NW
    Washington, DC 20573
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    Next steps

    You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto the USAJOBS My Account tab and clicking on Application Status. For a more detailed update of your application status, you may click on more information.

    Please notify us if your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement. Also, note that if you provide an email address that is inaccurate or if your mailbox is full or blocked (e.g., spam-blocker), you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

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 to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • 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.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Legal and regulatory guidance

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/544052700. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.