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    Duties

    Summary

    The Benefits Officer oversees and performs a wide range of duties related to benefits administration and operational support and services to the Court.  Supports the strategic plan by the accomplishment of projects, goals and operational objectives.

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    Responsibilities

    The Benefits Officer duties include but are not limited to the following:

    • Supervises and manages the Benefits, Operations and Support Services team that administer the Federal Employees Health Benefit and Federal Group Life Insurance Programs; Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), retirement (Judicial and Non-judicial), short and long-term disability, long term care, transportation subsidy, pre-tax parking, unemployment, worker’s compensation, and payroll operations.
    • Provides guidance, consultation and staff assistance to judicial, non-judicial employees, senior judges, top level managers, former employees, annuitants, spouses, survivors, and eligible family members regarding retirement, insurance, and benefit programs.
    • Counsels and advises employees and retirees on retirement benefit information including Social Security, Medicare, and disability retirement benefits; assists employees in making informed decisions.
    • Develops and implements procedures for the orientation of new employees; provides counseling to new employees regarding benefits.
    • Provides advisory service in the areas of benefits administration, HR support services, strategic and workforce planning. Serving as a consultant to internal customers on broad range of HR issues that flow from the full scope administration of a comprehensive benefits program.
    • Serves as Court liaison, Court coordinator and subject matter expert to health insurance carriers, the Federal Group Life Insurance office and OPM for retirement issues, flexible spending accounts, vision and dental plans, and long-term care program.
    • Coordinates the design, implementation, launch and facilitation of training for management and employees on program milestones.  
    • Stays abreast of best practices and regulatory updates that may be beneficial to the DC Courts or have an impact on current operations.
    • Provides individual counseling and calculations to employees contemplating retirement under the Civil Service Retirement System, Federal Employees Retirement System and the Judicial Retirement Survivors Annuity Fund.
    • Reviews all applications for retirement including retirement health and life insurance applications.

    The incumbent should be an enthusiastic and engaged professional who enjoys working with a diverse group of Court personnel and customers and lives the DC Courts’ values of Accountability, Excellence, Fairness, Integrity, Respect, and Transparency.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status

    Yes

    Promotion Potential

    14

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    • A background and/or security investigation is required.
    • Probationary period of one (1) year.

    To qualify for this position, you must submit the following:
    1. Resume
    2. Completed Vacancy Questionnaire
    3. Documentation /Proof of Education (e.g. copy of college transcript or degree)
    4. List of three (3) professional references

    All required documentation must be received by the closing date of the announcement.

    Qualifications

    Bachelor's degree in human resource management, business administration, public administration or a closely related field; plus six (6) years of experience in human resources of which at least three (3) years of experience must be in the discipline of benefits and a minimum of three (3) years of supervisory experience.  The successful candidate must possess strong verbal and written communication skills and be a subject matter expert in benefits, federal retirement and payroll.  

    An advanced degree is preferred.      

    Graduation from the Courts’ Management Training Program may substitute for one (1) year of supervisory experience.  You must provide documentation of your management training (i.e. copy of certificate) with your application.

    The safety of DC Court employees, contractors and the public is a top priority. In compliance with the guidelines published by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the Courts has maximized its telework flexibilities.  The ability and readiness for employees to telework impacts operational requirements and capabilities. This includes having a personal computer, tablet or mobile device which is not shared with secure internet connectivity.

    Documentation of education must be submitted with your application or your application will not be considered.
     
    *Applicants please be advised that your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience and that you meet the basic qualifications or you will not be determined qualified for this position.

    Please note that authorization for the release of your adult criminal record revealing any convictions and forfeitures, and any criminal cases currently pending before the courts are required.  If you are selected for the position, a criminal history records check will be conducted.  

    Education

    To qualify based on education, upload a copy of your college transcript or degree. The transcript must show the name of the college or university, your name, list of courses with credit hours, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking.

    Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for District of Columbia Courts employment.  You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/.  

    Foreign Education: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must upload a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript at time of application to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: https://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

    Additional information

    This job is being filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive Federal civil service.

    Please note there is a mandatory one year probationary period for all non-judicial new employees.

    All required information must be received by the vacancy announcement closing date.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure that you meet the minimum qualification requirements. Answers submitted in the questionnaire must be supported on your resume.

    Your resume must reflect the relevant experience and that you meet the minimum qualifications or your application will not be considered.


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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Other

    Drug test required

    No

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    Required Documents

    1. Resume
    2. Completed Vacancy Questionnaire
    3. Documentation /Proof of Education (e.g. copy college transcript or diploma)
    4. List of three (3) professional references

    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.

    This is not a federal position.

    The District of Columbia Courts is an independent agency of the District of Columbia Government and is not under the authority of the City Mayor or the D. C. Council. DC Courts' appropriation comes directly from Congress. All DC Courts non-judicial employees receive federal benefits for the following programs:  Life Insurance, Retirement Benefits, Health Insurance and Workers Compensation.

    Please click on the following for more information about these benefits:

    http://www.opm.gov/Insure/health/enrollment/new_employees.asp

    The DC Courts leave policy is as follows:

    Annual Leave:  New full-time employees earn four (4) hours of annual leave biweekly. After three years of service this increases to six (6)hours biweekly, and at 15 years it increases to eight(8)hours biweekly. Most military, federal and District of Columbia government service counts toward the time required to go into the next higher annual leave category. Employees can carry over no more than 240 hours of annual leave into the next leave year.

    Sick Leave is used for personal medical needs, care of a family member, or adoption related purposes. Full-time employees earn four(4)hours of sick leave biweekly. This leave can be accrued without limit.

    In addition to the federal health plans, the DC Courts offer employees supplemental vision and dental plans as well as commuter transit benefit subsidy, for a maximum of $150 a month. There are 26 pay periods in the year.

    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 begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the vacancy questionnaire. Afterward, click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

    To process your application successfully, DC Courts encourages applicants to use Internet Explorer (IE) 9 or IE 10 since these are internet browsers supported by our system.

    Agency contact information

    T. Morris

    Phone

    202-879-0496

    Fax

    000-000-0000

    Email

    Jobs@dcsc.gov

    Address

    District of Columbia Courts
    500 Indiana Avenue, NW
    500 Indiana Avenue, NW
    Washington, District of Columbia 20001
    United States
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    "Open to All, Trusted by All, Justice for All."  The District of Columbia Courts (the Courts) consist of the Court of Appeals, the Superior Court, and the Court System. The Courts constitute the Judicial Branch of the District of Columbia Government and is separate and distinct from the Executive and Legislative Branches.  The Courts' strong judiciary and workforce are its most important assets in providing high quality justice and service to the public..

    Next steps

    Once your completed application is received, the qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and a possible interview.  All applicants will be notified of the final outcome.

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/587303000. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.