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Job Title:  Supvy Human Resources Spec.(Staffing/Recruitment) - GS -0201-14 (Open to Status and VEOA Applicants)
Department:  Department Of Transportation
Agency:  Federal Railroad Administration
Job Announcement Number:  FRA.AD-2013-0006

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

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$105,211.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 to Friday, November 30, 2012
Full Time - - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington, DC, USView Map
  • Current or former federal employees with status OR
  • Veterans eligible under VEOA


The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is responsible for ensuring safety of the Nation's passenger and freight rail operations and infrastructure by promoting safe, efficient and accessible rail transportation. The mission and focus of FRA has grown to include the design and management of an unprecedented investment in the creation of a nationwide passenger rail network. FRA is providing leadership for the creation of a more balanced transportation system, transforming the way Americans travel.

You will function as the supervisor for the Recruitment and Operations Team, providing full range of human resources staffing and ancillary services to managers, supervisors and personnel of the FRA that include recruitment, staffing, merit promotion and other related subjects. 

This position is perfect for a senior level Human Resources Specialist who is looking for challenging assignments by leading a team of HR Staffing Specialists and providing technical program expertise and management advisory services for the broad range of human resources staffing & recruitment services, operations, and hiring reform initiatives for all FRA positions.   


  • You must be a status candidate and meet specialized experience.
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date.
  • Provide all required documents by closing date.
  • Position is telework eligible.
  • Announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 30 days.


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As a Supervisory Human Resources Specialist, you will:

  • Provide expert advisory service and counsel to all management levels on executive recruiting, general employment recruiting sources within and outside the Federal Government, and on other topics relating to these specialized services. 
  • In conjunction with the HR Director, plan, develop and implement a streamlined, comprehensive program that addresses recruitment, staffing, human resources management, and diversity in the workforce.
  • Assign work, evaluate performance, and make decisions on work or problems impacting Staffing Specialists.  In addition, approve within-grades, leave, timecards, telework, and travel requests. Resolve grievances or complaints.  Recommends awards or bonuses and changes in classification.
  • In collaboration with FRA program managers, assess the personnel staffing requirements of the various offices within the organization and develop plans and strategies for meeting recruitment and staffing levels.
  • Perform research and analysis as may be required to address a variety of projects, programs, or procedures that may evolve from such discipline-specific activities. Collaborates with other members of the Office of Human Resources on various internal ad hoc work groups which are formed to address specific FRA proposals, initiatives, training programs and similar topics.
  • Develop the Memorandum of Understanding and SOPs for the Eexecutive Agent (EA) office handling FRA vacancies; schedule EA, DEU and other training for staffing specialists. Serve as primary point of contact with DOT on staffing and hiring reform issues and reports.
  • Represent the FRA at a variety of inter-departmental, inter-agency and inter-governmental initiatives, pertaining to the human resources topics which are the responsibility of the Recruitment and Operations Staff.
  • Attend conferences, meetings and work groups concerned with identification and integration of technological trends, legal decisions and innovative proposals and concepts and perform research and analysis as may be required to address a variety of  projects, programs, or procedures that may evolve from such discipline-specific activities.


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To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet the specialized experience requirements.

LEVEL To qualify, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equal or equivalent to the work performed at the next lower grade level for this occupation, which includes the following:
  • Experience serving as an advisor, consultant and technical authority to all levels of management/HR staff/employees on issues that impact recruitment and staffing operations.
  • Experience utilizing Human Resources principles, laws, policies, directives, regulations, and procedures to identify HR program deficiencies, make recommendations for improvement, and implement mission goals.
  • Experience applying staffing and recruiting laws, regulations and policies in order to advise managers and make sound recommendations regarding staffing and recruitment to include Delegated Examining and Merit Promotion program regulations.
Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.



  • SELECTIVE SERVICE: Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.
  • SUPERVISORY PROBATIONARY PERIOD: You must complete a one-year supervisory probationary period (unless already completed).
  • TRAVEL AND TRANSPORTATION EXPENSES: Travel and transportation expenses will be paid if the selection results in a promotion OR for a geographical reassignment if the FRA selectee occupies a position at the same grade level that has significantly different duties from that of this position vacancy. Travel and transportation expenses will not be paid if a candidate outside the FRA is selected OR a FRA employee accepts a change to the lower grade that results in a geographical reassignment for this position vacancy.
  • GOVERNMENT TRAVEL CARD: You must be able to obtain and retain a Government contractor-issued travel card to be used for official business as a condition of employment. If unable to obtain and/or retain a card, you may be subject to removal. Those who fail to meet this condition of employment will have our offer of employment rescinded.
  • TIME-IN-GRADE: Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade to satisfy time-in-grade requirements contained in 5 CFR 300, Subpart F.


The Automated Staffing Office is ultimately responsible for determining your final rating. Please ensure that your resume and application provide enough detail to support your answers to the Vacancy Specific Questions. Your application will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position. Your answers to the Vacancy Specific questions, your self-determined rating, resume and supporting documentation are reviewed. If your resume and supporting documents do not support your answers to the Vacancy Specific Questions, your final rating may be modified.
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Benefits include health and life insurance, annual and sick leave, and retirement benefits. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal Employees here. This position is telework eligible.


Displaced employees may be eligible for ICTAP or CTAP priority consideration. For more information, please review the OPM Employee's Guide to Career Transition.


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You must submit a complete application package (including resume, vacancy questions and supporting documents) no later than midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.
  • To begin, click the Apply Online button on the job announcement.
  • Follow the directions to register, submit all required documents and complete the assessment questionnaire.
  • You may review your saved application(s) at
If you are having difficulty applying online, send an email to or call us at (202)366-1298.


The following documents must be provided by the closing date:
  • RESUME - Showing relevant experience and education and fully supporting the required specialized experience.
  • SF-50 - Which verifies grade, full performance level of position, and eligibility for consideration as a status applicant
  • DD214 - Verifying military service and eligibility for consideration under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act.
  • SPECIAL APPOINTING AUTHORITY DOCUMENTS - If requesting concurrent consideration for Non-competitive (NC) appointment eligibility (e.g. military spouse or persons with disabilities), you must provide appropriate supporting documentation such as PCS orders describing move & marriage certificate; letter from VA or DD214 describing 100% disability of spouse; letter from State Vocational Office certifying disability, etc. For more information, visit military spouse NC appointments or Persons with Disabilities NC appointments. Documents are only required if requesting non-competitive consideration.
  • DISPLACED EMPLOYEE PLACEMENT DOCUMENTS - Only required if requesting priority consideration under CTAP/ICTAP. You must submit ALL of the following: (1) your most recent performance appraisal, (2) the proof of eligibility letter from the Agency, and (3) your most current SF-50, displaying current series and grade. In addition, you must meet the well qualified standards for this vacancy (meeting minimum requirements for position and scoring at least an 85).
Failure to submit any of the required documents by the closing date of the vacancy will result in your removal from consideration for this position.


Automated Staffing Office
Phone: 202-366-1298
Fax: 571-258-4052
Agency Information:
Submit Application and Documents Online
1200 New Jersey Ave SE / HAHR - 50
Washington, DC
Fax: 571-258-4052


You may check your application status by logging into your USAJOBS account. Within two weeks of the closing date, your application will be reviewed and rated. Ratings will be determined based on the documents and information received by the closing date. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration. If you are selected for an interview, the hiring manager will contact you directly. Once a hiring decision is made, we will notify all applicants of their final status.

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