NRO will select multiple motivated, highly qualified individuals to engage in the developmental program while applying creative solutions to complex technical and operational problems. In a developmental position, candidates will plan and accomplish the work of the position under close but decreasing supervision until all duties can be performed independently with little or no guidance. Upon meeting performance requirements, employees may be promoted up to the full performance grade (GG-12).Learn more about this agency
The developmental employee will receive training and guidance to prepare them to support the full performance level duties below.
Developmental Program Support Opportunities:
- Specific instructional guidance and a specific formal development plan to enable the individual to progressively perform increasingly technically complex assignments and tasks with more responsibility and less guidance.
- On-the-job training in providing human resource and professional advice on issues affecting the NRO.
- Formal training on how to originate new and improve existing applications and strategies for human resource concepts theories, and principles that affect the planning, completions and direction of financial and budget projects.
- Instructional guidance on making decisions to resolve specific issues and problems while considering different, incomplete and often conflicting information and alternatives.
- On-the-job training in budget and accounting necessary to develop, deliver, and sustain overhead reconnaissance systems.
- Diverse training in various mission areas includingbudgeting, accounting, and supporting human resource initiatives and/or operations.
- Pursuing full performance target level of GG-12 duties.
- Provide management consultative services in one or more of the HR Functions (e.g. recruitment and placement, position classification and management, workforce restructuring, performance management, awards and recognition, employee benefits, data systems, entitlements, and allowances, employee relations, rank-in-person promotion process, and employee development) rendering broad advisory services and/or policy interpretation on highly complex agency-wide or equivalent issues.
- Provide comprehensive and in-depth advice and guidance to applicants, employees, managers, and supervisors on civilian personnel regulations, policies, and procedures; and recommends solutions to personnel-related problems and issues.
- Perform workforce analysis, monitor trend and keeps the Human Resources leadership informed of issues, possible effects, and potential problems in the civilian workforce. Assist managers with planning and implementing reorganization that typically involve major mission changes and realignment of all/most positions and personnel, as well as identifying positions to be reclassified prior to making such changes. Participate in Directorates & Offices (D&Os) staff visits, internal and external briefings, meetings, etc., where human resources issues are discussed to increase awareness of issues; to assess HRM program effectiveness and efficiency; and to promote the overall quality, effectiveness and efficiency of HRM program operations throughout the D&Os.
- Manage, plan, initiate, monitor, and evaluate the NRO Cadre's civilian personnel management actions. The employee has full signature authority to approve and/or authenticate requests for personnel actions (RPAs) for the NRO Cadre workforce.
- Maintain liaisons with personnel, finance, and payroll offices to ensure personnel actions and entitlements are correctly and timely administered, and that problems are quickly resolved. Receive and respond to inquiries from personnel offices servicing the organization regarding complex and difficult problems in the programs as they relate to command support.
- Coordinate and conduct in-depth studies of special interest to identify and recommend solutions to problems. Perform necessary research, correlates and analyzes findings, and develop recommended program-oriented actions to improve civilian personnel support to the mission. Work closely with management at all levels, using a high degree of technical competence and insight combined with persuasiveness to obtain the best answer to policy and program issues.
- Responsible for implementation of an effective program in any one or more of the HR program areas cited above. Develop guidance, procedure, and standard for new and/or changing program areas. Analyze and evaluate program execution for the organization; recognize problem areas; and originate solutions to complex and unusual issues. Research HR laws, policies, regulations and reference material, analyzes information, selects appropriate approach and recommends corrective action.
- Perform special assignments and projects. Independently identify the need for and initiate special projects and studies. Ensure final products meet stated objectives, address pertinent issues, and reflect an understanding of the impact of the final product/project on the organization.
Occasional travel - May be required to travel in military or commercial aircraft to perform temporary duty.
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Conditions Of Employment
- Must be a US citizen
- Male born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service http://www.sss.gov
- Resume and supporting documents received by 11:59PM EST will be considered
- This is a Drug Testing designated position
- Position is a (DCIPS) position in the Excepted Service under U.S.C. 1601
- Must obtain/maintain Critical Sensitive TS/SCI clearance w/polygraph
- WORK SCHEDULE: Full Time
- OVERTIME: Occasionally
- TOUR OF DUTY: Flexible
- PCS (Permanent Change of Station): Not Authorized.
- FAIR LABOR STANDARDS ACT (FLSA): Exempt
- FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: Required
- TELEWORK ELIGIBILITY: This position is NOT telework eligible
- SELECTIVE SERVICE REQUIREMENT: For more information please visit: https://www.sss.gov/
QualificationsNRO Cadre employees in developmental positions may be promoted up to the full performance grade (GG-12) upon meeting benchmarks and milestones established by NRO Career Field Managers (CFMs), and in accordance with career development program standards and guidance. Further promotions will be accomplished competitively via voluntary participation in the NRO annual promotion process.
The experience described in your resume will be evaluated and screened from the Office of Personnel Management's (OPMs) basic qualifications requirements. See: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0200/human-resources-management-series-0201/ for OPM qualification standards, competencies and specialized
experience needed to perform the duties of the position as described in the MAJOR DUTIES and QUALIFICATIONS sections of this announcement by 12/09/2019
Applicant must have directly applicable experience that demonstrates the possession of the knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies necessary for immediate success in the position. Qualifying experience may have been acquired in any public or private sector job, but will clearly demonstrate past experience in the application of the particular competencies/knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to successfully perform the duties of the position. Such experience is typically in or directly related to the work of the position to be filled. Experience must be reflected in your resume.
Demonstrated specialized experience, through academic and professional achievement, required for this position:
For the GG-07:
1. Knowledge of personnel activities to include one or more of the following: recruitment and placement, position classification, workforce restructuring, performance management, awards and recognition, data systems, employee benefits, entitlements and allowances, employee relations, promotions, and employee development.
2. Understanding of principles, concepts, regulations and practices, analytical methods and techniques human resource management (HRM) principles, concepts, regulations and practices, analytical methods and techniques.
3. Knowledge of and proficiency in the use of personnel management applications, systems, and procedures as required to accomplish work assignments.
4. Ability to coordinate tasks and meetings within a diverse environment of military, civilian federal and contractors for the to advise on HRM policy and program issues
For the GG-07: At the GG-07 level, it is preferred candidates possess a bachelor's or equivalent degree (see education section for preferences below)
For the GG-09:
1. Experience with a wide range personnel activities to include one or more of the following: recruitment and placement, position classification, workforce restructuring, performance management, awards and recognition, data systems, employee benefits, entitlements and allowances, employee relations, promotions, and employee development.
2. Applies Human Resources Management (HRM) principles, concepts, regulations and practices, analytical methods and techniques and sufficient to provide advisory service and develop policy interpretations; to resolve HRM problems; identifying and proposing solutions to HRM problems and issue; and evaluate and recommend overall plans and proposals for HR projects.
3. Utilizes personnel management applications, systems, and procedures as required to accomplish work assignments.
4. Coordinates tasks and meetings within a diverse environment of military, civilian federal and contractors to advise on HRM policy and program issues
5. Advise and assist management officials and personnel on general and specialized aspects of civilian personnel programs.
For the GG-09: At the GG-09 level, it is preferred candidates possess a bachelor's or equivalent degree and must have greater than 12 months relevant experience. If substituting education for experience, at theGG-09level,a Master's or equivalent degree or 2 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such as degree or PhD.
All applicants will be evaluated on the following competencies:
1. Personnel and Human Resources
2. Technical Competence
3. Critical Thinking
Bachelor's degree in one of the following fields is preferred:
- Human Resources or Human Capital Management
- Business Administration or Business Management
- Organizational Development
- Public Administration
If substituting education for experience, at theGG-09level,a Master's or equivalent degree or 2 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such as degree or PhD.
- Superior Academic Achievement does not apply to DCIPS positions.
- If substituting education for experience, transcripts MUST be provided.
- Failure to provide transcripts will result in you being rated ineligible for this position.
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This position is a Developmental DCIPS position. DCIPS Developmental level positions include GG-07 and GG-09. Federal Government employees, who currently are GS/GG-07, GS/GG-09, or equivalent, may only apply for lateral reassignment at their current grade level and step. Those selected at the GS/GG-07 or GS/GG-09 grade level may be considered for future competitive promotion under the NRO internal promotion evaluation process.
**Federal applicants who exceed the advertised grade may voluntarily request acceptance at the lower grade IAW DoDI 1400.25 Volume 2006
VETERANS PREFERENCE CURRENT OR FORMER FEDERAL
In accordance with DoD Instructions 1400.25 Volume 2005, veterans preference is not required to be applied when considering candidates with prior Federal competitive or excepted service who have completed a probationary or trial period and have not been separated for cause. Therefore, veterans preference will not be applied to applicants with current federal service, or former federal civilian service meeting the above criteria.
Re-employed Annuitant: This position does not meet criteria for re-employed annuitant. The DoD criteria for hiring Re-employed Annuitants can be found at: http://www.esd.whs.mil/Portals/54/Documents/DD/issuances/140025/1400.25-V300.pdf
All current civilian Federal employees must submit a copy of your latest SF50 (Notification of Personnel Action) showing your tenure, grade and step, salary, and type of position occupied (i.e., Excepted or Competitive); or similar Notification of Personnel Action documentation, i.e., Transcript of Service, Form 1150, etc.
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Programs: This program applies 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. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet ICTAP eligibility criteria; 2) be rated well-qualified for the position; Well qualified is defined as possessing the type and quality of experience that exceeds the positions minimum qualifications. and 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your ICTAP eligibility. For more information: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/
- Applicants selected from this announcement may be required to serve a two-year trial period.
- This position is a Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS) position in the Excepted Service under 10 U.S.C. 1601.
- If selected, Federal employees currently serving in the competitive service must acknowledge that they will voluntarily leave the competitive service by accepting an offer of employment for a DCIPS excepted service positions.
- If selected, NON-DCIPS candidates must acknowledge in writing that the position they have been selected for is in the excepted service and covered by DCIPS.
- Selection under this appointment authority does not confer civil service competitive status.
- All applicants must meet qualifications and eligibility criteria by the closing date of the announcement.
How You Will Be Evaluated
Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills and abilities required of this position. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.
The documents you are required to submit vary based on the authority you are using to apply (i.e., applying as a veteran, applying as a current permanent Federal employee, applying as a reinstatement, etc).
Your complete application includes your COMPLETE resume, your responses to the online questionnaire, and documents which prove your eligibility to apply. If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and you will not be considered any further.
The following documents are REQUIRED
1. Your resume:
- Your resume may be submitted in any format. It must include your name and contact information and support the specialized experience described in this announcement.
- For qualifications determinations your resume must contain the dates of employment (i.e.,Month/Year to present").
- For additional information see: What to include in your resume.
- This position has a degree or education preference. If applicable please submit a copy of your transcript
- College transcript(s), required if qualifying based on education. We accept unofficial transcripts, as long as they contain the applicant's name, the name of the school, the date and degree that was AWARDED/CONFERRED, and the list of classes and credits earned.
- Failure to provide transcripts will result in you being rated ineligible for this position
- All current civilian Federal employees must submit a copy of your latest SF50 (Notification of Personnel Action) showing your tenure, grade and step, salary, and type of position occupied (i.e., Excepted or Competitive); or similar Notification of Personnel Action documentation, i.e., Transcript of Service, Form 1150, etc.
- In accordance with DoD Instructions 1400.25 Volume 2005, veteran's preference is not required to be applied when considering candidates with prior Federal competitive or excepted service who have completed a probationary or trial period and have not been separated for cause. Therefore, veteran's preference will not be applied to applicants with current federal service, or former federal civilian service meeting the above criteria.
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.
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.
How to Apply
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package as described in REQUIRED DOCUMENTS.
Click 'Apply Online' to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.
1. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire and upload required documents.
2. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application.
3. Applications must be received by the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration.
To review the status of an application through USAJOBS:
1. Log into your USAJOBS account
2. Click Application Status within your profile to expand your application
3. Locate the job announcement and click the more information link under the Status column for this position. You will be routed to Application Manager. The Details tab displays by default. The Details tab displays comprehensive information about the selected Application Package including: assessment(s) and the status, supporting documents and their status, correspondence sent to you by the hiring agency, and your application processing status.
Agency contact information
NRO Servicing Team
AddressNational Reconnaissance Office
14675 Lee Road
Chantilly, VA 20151
NRO's Developmental Program is for those with a passion for organization talent, a drive for human resource excellence, and who share in NRO's core values. The program accelerates participants' professional and human resource (HR) competency development within NRO's HR career paths and mission-critical human capital assignments. NRO Developmental Program graduates have the HR and mission foundation to proactively and continually make innovative contributions to NRO's future.
Members of the HR Cadre provide substantive advice across a full range of HR functional areas to include workforce planning, talent acquisition, staffing, employee development, compensation, benefits, policy, performance management, rewards and recognition, and retention. The chosen candidate will partner with senior managers to develop, implement, and influence HR policies, plans and strategies that align with NRO and Intelligence Community talent initiatives.
The NRO's HR Cadre come from diverse backgrounds and work in a team environment to attract, develop, and manage an NRO workforce. Interested candidates will have the opportunity to apply and build HR expertise in a rigorous developmental program, preparing them to contribute to the mission at a full performance GG-12, with an earning potential of $83,398 to $108,422/yr.
The NRO will make selections at the GG-07 or GG-09 level for this position. The determination of the Government Grade (GG) will be based on education and experience level.
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Once you successfully complete the application process, you will receive a notification of receipt. Your application package will be reviewed to ensure you meet the basic eligibility and qualifications requirements, and you will receive a notification. A review will be made of your online questionnaire and the documentation you submitted to support your responses. A list of qualified applicants will be created and sent to the selecting official. All applicants reviewed and/or referred will receive a notification letter.
The selecting official may choose to conduct interviews, and once the selection is made, you will receive a notification of the decision.
*NOTE: If you submit a resume but no questionnaire, you cannot be considered for the position. If you submit a questionnaire but no resume, you cannot be considered for the position. Your application will be appropriately documented and you will be removed from further competition against this announcement.
REGARDING INTERVIEWS: Interviews may be required for this position. Accommodations may be made to conduct telephonic interviews to preclude travel hardships for applicants. Note: Declining to be interviewed or failure to report for a scheduled interview will be considered as a declination for further consideration for employment against this vacancy.
The National Reconnaissance Office provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the point of contact for this job announcement. Your requests for reasonable accommodation will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.
This announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
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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.
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