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    Duties

    Summary

    This position is located in the Executive Office of the President (EOP), Office of Administration (OA), Office of Chief Administrative Officer (OCAO), Employee Relations and Learning and Development Division. The incumbent will serve as an Employee Relations (ER) Specialist, assisting the division in performing the full range of Employee Relations and 508 Accessibility Compliance duties for the Office of Administration and other components of the EOP.

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    Responsibilities

    As a Human Resources Specialist (Employee Relations), GS-0201-13, your typical work assignments may include the following:

    • Provides expert advice and assistance to employees and managers on areas of responsibility that includes but is not limited to conduct, performance, attendance, grievance procedures, reasonable accommodation (RA), Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Voluntary Leave Transfer Program (VLTP), and dispute resolution.
    • Advises on and guides managers through the disciplinary and adverse action process, explaining such concepts as nexus, efficiency of the service, documentation and supportability, consistency of penalty, and the Douglas Factors.
    • Independently conducts both broad and in-depth research on employee relations issues and incorporates research results to form recommendations for action.
    • Composes proposal and decision letters to implement disciplinary and adverse actions while ensuring that employees are afforded appropriate due process rights.
    • Provides expert advice and assistance to employees and managers on the RA process and serves as the RA Program Manager.
    • Receives, analyzes, and processes RA requests taking into consideration the needs of the organization and the needs of the employee and makes recommendations to management regarding the disposition of requests.
    • Processes FMLA applications and VLTP applications and donations.
    • Develops and delivers formal and informal training and outreach on employee relations topics before large and small groups.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    None

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    • U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Resident is required for this appointment.
    • Males born on (or after) 12/31/1959, must be registered with the Selective Service System or have an approved exemption. Visit www.SSS.gov for more info.
    • Must be at least 18 years old.
    • Subject to pre-employment and random drug tests.
    • Direct deposit is required per Public Law 104-134.
    • Relocation expense will not be paid.
    • Must be found suitable for federal employment, as determined by a completed background investigation.
    • May be required to successfully complete a probationary period.
    • Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit https://www.e-verify.gov/.
    • Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply).
    • Status candidates must meet time-in-grade requirements (52 weeks at the next lower grade level).
    • Only experience and education obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.

    Qualifications

    MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:
    All applicants must meet the qualification requirements outlined below to be considered minimally qualified for this position. The qualification requirements are in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management Qualification Standards. All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

    TIME-IN-GRADE REQUIREMENTS:
    Applicants possess one full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience at or equivalent to the next lower grade level or pay band in Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector.

    SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:
    Applicant possess one full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-12 grade level or pay band in Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector: (1) Provides technical guidance and advisory services to management officials regarding Employee Relations (ER) concepts, disciplinary, adverse, and performance-based actions, explaining such concepts as nexus, efficiency of the service, documentation and supportability, consistency of penalty, and the Douglas Factors. (2) Conducts research, analyzes and evaluates misconduct cases, and composes proposal or decision letters to implement disciplinary and adverse actions; (3) Processes reasonable accommodation requests, analyzes the needs of the organization and the employee, and makes a recommendation to management officials regarding the disposition of the requests.

    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service program (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; 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.

    Education

    Education cannot be substituted for specialized experience for this series and grade level.

    Additional information

    Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA): To be eligible for a VEOA appointment under Merit Promotion procedures, you must be a preference eligible or a Veteran separated after 3 years or more of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions.

    Active Duty Military Members may apply under this announcement due to the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act. You must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions along with your application for Federal employment. A certification is a document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days from the date of application. If selected, appointment eligibility requirements must be met prior to the effective date of appointment.

    Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered (see https://www.sss.gov/RegVer/wfRegistration.aspx).

    Inter-Agency Career Transition Assistance Programs & Career Transition Assistance Programs: 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. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: (1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; (2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 85 or above; and, (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. For more information visit: http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp. For more information about ICTAP eligibility please review the following link: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/unique-hiring-paths/federal-employees/ictap/

    Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Policy Statement: http://www.eeoc.gov/federal/index.cfm

    Employment Information Resources - Resource Center: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Main_Page

    Noncompetitive Appointment Authorities: For more information on noncompetitive appointment authority eligibility requirements:

    If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternative Application.

    NOTE: More than one selection may be made within 90 days of the issuance of the certificate, if additional vacancies occur.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Once the announcement has closed, your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine if you meet the qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application package, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this position. If you are found to be among the top qualified candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration. Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

    Employee Relations - Knowledge of laws, rules, regulations, case law, principles, and practices related to employee conduct, performance, and dispute resolution.

    Influencing/Negotiating - Persuades others to accept recommendations, cooperate, or change their behavior; works with others towards an agreement; negotiates to find mutually acceptable solutions.

    Oral Communication - Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Top Secret

    Drug test required

    Yes

    Position sensitivity and risk

    Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk

    Trust determination process

    Suitability/Fitness

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    Required Documents

    To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:
    1. Your resume showing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment and duties performed
    2. Other supporting documents:

    • Cover Letter, optional
    • Most recent SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action" showing you are/were in the competitive service and the highest grade or promotion potential held (if applying as a status candidate with current or former Federal Service). Do not submit an Award SF-50 as it does not identify all the required information needed for eligibility verification.
    • Most recent Performance Appraisal, optional
    • DD-214, SF-15 Form and VA letter, or certification of expected discharge or release from active duty from Veterans for consideration under Veteran hiring authorities. DD-214 must be a Member 4 or Service 2 copy which reflects the type of discharge/character of service.
    • Noncompetitive appointment authority documentation, if applicable
    • Career Transition Assistant Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program Documentation, if applicable (e.g. Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; and most recent performance appraisal.)

    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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    Benefits

    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.

    http://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/benefits/

    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 online application and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration.

    • To begin, click Apply to access the online application. You will need to be logged into your USA JOBS account to apply. If you do not have a USA JOBS account, you will need to create one before beginning the application.
    • Follow the prompts to select your resume and/or other supporting documents to be included with your application package. You will have the opportunity to upload additional documents to include in your application before it is submitted. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
    • After acknowledging you have reviewed your application package, complete the Include Personal Information section as you deem appropriate and click to continue with the application process.
    • You will be taken to the online application which you must complete in order to apply for the position. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation is included with your application package, and submit the application.
    To verify the status of your application, log into your USA JOBS (https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login) account, all of your applications will appear on the Welcome screen. The Application Status will appear along with the date your application was last updated. For information on what each Application Status means, visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/how-to/application/status/.

    It is applicant's responsibility to verify that information entered and uploaded, (i.e., resume, veteran's documentation, completed assessment, and SF-50's) is received and accurate. Human Resources will not modify or change any part of your application. If a document is not in legible format, applicant will not be able to view it in Application Manager which means applicant must again upload or fax the documentation by the closing date of this announcement.

    Application packages will not be accepted via mail. Due to security processes, mail delivery takes approximately 2-3 weeks to process at which time the vacancy announcement will be closed and no further consideration will be given to additional application packages. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10973973.

    Agency contact information

    Client Services EOP - OA

    Address

    Office of Administration
    725 17th Street
    Washington, DC 20503
    US
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    Begin a challenging and exciting career with the Executive Office of the President providing support to the President of the United States. The EOP is comprised of The White House, Executive Residence, Office of the Vice President, Office of the United States Trade Representative, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Office of National Drug Control Policy, Office of Management and Budget, Office of Administration, National Security Council, Council on Environmental Quality, and Council of Economic Advisers. The EOP has responsibility for tasks ranging from communicating the President's message to the American people to promoting trade interests abroad.

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    Learn more about what it's like to work at Office of Administration, what the agency does, and about the types of careers this agency offers.

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/

    Next steps

    Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. Your application will be evaluated by the Human Resources Office to determine your eligibility for the position. After the evaluation is complete, you will receive another notification regarding the status of your application. After a tentative job offer, we will conduct a security background investigation and drug screening. If the drug screening is negative and security background is cleared, then a formal job offer will be extended to candidate.

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/585516100. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.