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Job Title:Supervisory Human Resources Specialist, GS-0201-15

Department:Department Of Health And Human Services

Agency:Food and Drug Administration

Job Announcement Number:HHS-FDA-OHR-DE-13-781658

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$123,758.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year


Friday, November 09, 2012 to Friday, November 23, 2012




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Montgomery County, MD United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Become a part of the Department that touches the lives of every American!  At the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) you can give back to your community, state, and country by making a difference in the lives of Americans everywhere.  It is the principal agency for protecting the health of citizens.  Join HHS and help to make our world healthier, safer, and better for all Americans.


This position is located in the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Office of Human Resources (OHR) offices located in the Montgomery County, Maryland (Bethesda, Rockville, White Oak and/or Silver Spring, MD) commuting area.


This vacancy is also being announced concurrently with vacancy announcement HHS-FDA-OHR-MP-13-773680 under merit promotion procedures.  Please review that announcement to see if you are eligible for consideration under merit promotion procedures.  NOTE:  Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered.


PHS Commissioned Corps Officers interested in performing the duties of this position within the Commissioned Corps (not as a career/career-conditional employee) are encouraged to apply under the merit promotion announcement indicated above.

Additional selections may be made from this announcement.


  • U.S. Citizenship is required.


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Position will be instrumental in the establishment of a new Office of Human Resources organization to provide service to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  This position serves as the Division Director over the Workforce Relations Division (WRD).  The Division is responsible for directing and managing the Employee and Labor Relations, Awards and Recognition, and Workers' Compensation programs.  Incumbent serves as key managerial/supervisory position of the Workforce Relations Division and is responsible for providing advice and consultation with FDA managers and clients on human resources solutions to workforce issues in the areas of Employee and Labor Relations, Awards and Recognition, and Workers' Compensation.  Position serves as a supervisor with full supervisory authorities over a team of human resources specialists, assistants, and support staff assigned to the WRD. 

Major duties of the position includes, but is not limited to:

- Set long-term, short-term goals and general direction for the Division in alignment with organizational goals and objectives.

- Assure that recommended courses of action are in full compliance with all applicable laws, rules, regulations, policies, collective bargaining agreement and all other civil service requirements and standards;

- Set direction for the FDA labor and employee relations program.

- Fully engage in local mid-term bargaining and assist with contract negotiations;

- Interact with managers, union officials, national representatives and attorneys on labor relations matters;

- Act as technical/subject matter expert and may be called upon to represent the Agency before third parties;

- Prepare cases and work with appropriate council to assure that cases and arbitration are presented in a professional manner;

- Provide guidance to clients on the interpretations of agency employee-relations procedures, practices, policies, and guidelines concerning highly controversial, precedent setting issues;

- Review employee relations program activities and provide advice on complex and multi-faceted issues while serving as technical expert on implementing and administering conduct and performance management programs;

- Serve as technical expert in the area of discipline and adverse actions, provide guidance to clarify issues, resolve conflicting guidance and respond to program issues where there is the potential for serious impact on the client's mission such as complaints, grievances, and appeals that overlap the EEO or Labor Relations Areas;

- Direct and manage the Awards and Recognition and Workers' Compensation programs.  Work closely with staff to ensure the agency's awards and recognition and workers' compensation programs are effective.


Documenting experience: In accordance with Office of Personnel Management policy, federal employees are assumed to have gained experience by performing duties and responsibilities appropriate for their official series and grade level as described in their position description.  Experience that would not normally be part of the employee's position is creditable, however, when documented by satisfactory evidence, such as a signed memorandum from the employee's supervisor or an SF-50 or SF-52 documenting an official detail or other official assignment.  The documentation must indicate whether the duties were performed full time or, if part time, the percentage of times the other duties were performed.  It is expected that this documentation is included in the employee's official personnel record.  In order to receive credit for experience in your resume that is not within the official series and grade level of your official position, you must provide a copy of the appropriate documentation of such experience as indicated above.


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GS-15:  Applicants must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-14 grade level in the Federal service as defined in the next paragraph.


Specialized experience is that which is directly related to the position and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position to include performing work independently under broad guidelines with a high degree of initiative and judgment, and provides guidance to others leading the performance of a wide variety of complex human resources assignments.  Specialized experience includes serving in a senior human resources role performing work in employee, labor and management relations, or experience developing, managing and coordinating the employee relations, labor relations, awards, or workers' compensation programs; one or more years of experience as a supervisor/manager over a group of professionals.

Conditions of Employment:


1. Security and Background Requirements:  If not previously completed, a background security investigation will be required for all appointees.  Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication.  Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action.  In addition, if hired, a background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time.  Applicants are also advised that all information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation.  False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection and/or appropriate disciplinary action.


2. E-Verify:  If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" System.  Federal law requires DHS to use the E-Verify System to verify employment eligibility of all new hires, and as a condition of continued employment obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is an E-Verify Participant.


3. Direct Deposit:  All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.


4. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.


5. Financial disclosure statement may be required. Certain positions within the FDA are subject to restrictions on financial holdings specifically FDA regulated financial holdings.  This position could be subject to these restrictions.  During the application and interview process, and prior to accepting this position, we advise applicants to seek additional information from the FDA Ethics Office at (301) 827-5511.


6. One-year probationary period may be required.


7. Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid: No


8. Bargaining Unit Position: No


9. Drug Screening Required: No


10. Recruitment incentives may be authorized: No


11. Student loan repayment incentive authorized: No


12. Annual leave for non-federal service authorized: No


13.  Supervisory position:  Yes  

Since this is a supervisory position, candidates must also have demonstrated or shown the potential to develop the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities.  A supervisory probationary period may ge required.  Applicants should describe any previous experience or responsibilities which could be used in relation to the supervisory requirements of this position.  Must provide 3 - 4 professional references and names of your supervisor for each position with your resume if you do not submit the USAJOBS format.  Your supervisor/former supervisor will not be contacted unless you give permission.


Once the application process is complete, a review of the resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job.  If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration for this position.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.  Category rating procedures will be used to rate and rank candidates.  The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position.  Qualified candidates will be ranked into one of three categories:  Best Qualified, Well Qualified or Qualified.


The Category Rating Process does not add veterans’ preference points but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category.  Preference eligibles who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher).  Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):


Knowledge of and skill in applying laws, rules, regulations and policies to address a variety of labor and employee relations matters, unfair labor practices, arbitration, negotiated grievances, mid-term negotiations, and other Federal labor relations functions.

Knowledge of and skill in applying laws, rules, regulations, and policies, in order to manage the agency's large scale awards, recognition, and performance management appraisal program, etc.

Experience leading and supervising a diverse team as well as manage and prioritize multiple competing projects.

Experience in leading an agency labor and employee relations program in a dynamic and evolving working environment.

Experience collaborating with senior executive and management to build and execute human resources programs to align with organizational goals and objectives.

Experience establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with senior management and labor organizations.

Skill in reviewing and developing for senior leadership oral and written communications regarding complex matters such as labor and employee relations, performance and awards, and workers' compensation.


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The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at


If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility.  If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.  For more information on veterans’ preference see


Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see


For information on "People with Disabilities" please visit


Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):  For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible see  To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85.0 or above on the rating criteria for this position.


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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 assessment questionnaire.  Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.


Note:  To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link:


To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 781658.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire and
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
  4. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the Bethesda Customer HelpDesk at (888) 478-4340; TTY/TDD: (800) 877-8339; or by email  The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.


To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:


1. Your Résumé

2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire

3. Other supporting documents:

         - Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable
              - College Transcripts, if applicable

Note:   You may submit an unofficial transcript or a list of college courses completed indicating course titles, credit hours, and grades received.  An official transcript from an accredited educational institution is required if you are selected for the position.


For Résumé and Application Tips visit:


The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, November 23, 2012.


FDA Helpdesk
Phone: (888)478-4340
Fax: (478)757-3144
Agency Information:
200 Independence Ave
Suite 801
Washington, DC
20201 Fax: (478)757-3144


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful.  The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  We expect to make a selection within 45 days of the closing date of this announcement.


You will receive notice via email or by mail, if no email address was provided by you during the application process, once this process is completed (generally 4-6 weeks).

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