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Job Title:"Recent Graduate" Wage and Hour Specialist

Department:Department Of Labor

Agency:Wage and Hour Division

Job Announcement Number:PW-13-HRC-WH-081

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$42,209.00 to $67,114.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, November 29, 2012 to Thursday, December 06, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1849-07/09

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

Few vacancies in the following location:
Washington DC Metro Area, DC, US

WHO MAY APPLY:

Eligible recent graduates from qualifying educational institutions.  Refer to "Qualifications and Evaluations" section for more information.

This appointment is apart of the Pathways Employment Program. 

JOB SUMMARY:

Opportunities are Open! Begin a challenging career with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), and you will help shape the workforce of tomorrow.  DOL offers rewarding opportunities to contribute to a noble mission; to serve and protect American workers, prepare them for new and better jobs, and to ensure the safety and fairness of American workplaces.

The Department of Labor values its customers. Every DOL employee is responsible for delivering good customer service through accurate, courteous, efficient and effective transactions.

This position serves as a junior analyst in the Wage and Hour Division (WHD). The Wage and Hour Division is responsible for administering and enforcing some of our nation's most comprehensive labor laws, including the minimum wage, overtime, and youth employment provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA); the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (MSPA); worker protections provided in several temporary visa programs; the prevailing wage requirements of the Davis-Bacon Act (DBA) and the Service Contract Act (SCA); job-protected leave provisions under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA); wage garnishment issues under Title III of the Consumer Credit Protection Act (CCPA); and the Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA). The work concerns the administration and enforcement of the regulations and programs of the assigned team.

The full performance level of this position is GS-12.

This position is inside the bargaining unit.

Relocation expenses will not be paid.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Must be at least 16 years of age.
  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
  • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
  • Subject to occasional travel.
  • Must have received qualifying degree within 2-yrs prior to appointment.

DUTIES:

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Performs a variety of staff level work in carrying out the following characteristic duties/responsibilities for the Team:

(l) Participates with a senior analyst in the formulation and conduct of a variety of studies to identify problems and develop policy and regulatory options in the assigned WHD programs. These studies and other coordinated efforts may ultimately result in or significantly contribute to major legislative, regulatory and/or policy initiatives.

(2) Reviews program policies, regulations, and other guideline materials for currency, relevance, and sufficiency, and initiates actions to ensure the maintenance of such standards.

(3) Participates with a senior analyst in providing feedback and interpretations to WHD staff and external interested parties on program policies, regulations, and other guideline materials, as well as through the Field Operations. Handbook (FOH).

(5) Participates in special studies on selected compliance activities and program initiatives as a basis for legislative, policy, FOH or regulatory change.

(6) Prepares educational, promotional, and explanatory materials; prepares responses and assists higher-level team members in oral presentations to inquiries from employers, employees, unions, business associations, State and local government officials, and members of Congress concerning program enforcement guidelines and interpretations, and responses to requests under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

(7) Assists higher-level team members in identifying field cases for National Office review and/or evaluates submitted field cases involving new policy, special public sensitivity, or unprecedented issues( often involving complex or novel interpretations that have multi-regional or nationwide implications or impact); reviews uniformity and consistency in the interpretation and application of policies and procedures and, assists in resolving enforcement questions of an interpretative or procedural nature in assigned areas.

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the Federal Service.

For the GS-07:  Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 level in the Federal government OR 1 full year of graduate level education with major study in industrial relations, personnel administration, or other field related to the position such as business administration, labor economics, or law OR Superior Academic Achievement.

Superior Academic Achievement is based on (1) class standing, (2) grade-point average, or (3) honor society membership.

1. Class standing -- Applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, such as the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Business Administration, based on completed courses.

2. Grade-point average (G.P.A.) -- Applicants must have a grade-point average of:

* 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B" or better) as recorded on their official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or

* 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B+" or better) based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum.

3. Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society -- Applicants can be considered eligible based on membership in one of the national scholastic honor societies listed by the Association of College Honor Societies, http://www.achsnatl.org/quick_link.asp.

Specialized experience for the GS-07 level is experience that equipped the candidate with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position being filled.  In order to qualify for this position, you must meet at least two of the following three specialize criteria requirements: 

1. General knowledge of Federal wage and hour labor laws, industrial occupations, wage scales, employment practices, or salary and wage administration practices. 

2. Skill in analyzing written/verbal information and numerical data and making decisions on issues based on interview, records review, reconstruction of missing or fraudulent records and applying legal or regulatory provisions, precedents, and principles to specific investigative matters. 

3. Skill in personal contacts requiring the ability to explain requirements or rights and obtain information and cooperation from people with diverse backgrounds and levels of understanding, reconcile conflicting interests, and persuade others to comply voluntarily with requirements.

Combinations of successfully completed post high school education and experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements.

For additional information, please refer to the Office of Personnel Management's Group Coverage Qualifications Standards for Administrative and Management Positions, http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/group-stds/GS-admin.asp.

For the GS-9: Qualifying using education: applicants can qualify with a master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related. Qualifying using specialized experience:

For the GS-9 grade level, applicants must possess 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-7, in the Federal service. Specialized experience is experience which has equipped the applicant with researching information; providing input, providing other administrative assistance in the performance of compliance and oversight work.


To be eligible, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:

a. Completed all requirements for an associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational, or technical degree or certificate from a
qualifying educational institution within the previous two years; or

b. Completed all requirements for an associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational, or technical degree or certificate from a
qualifying educational institution on or after December 27, 2010, and before July 10, 2012 (eligibility under this provision expires July 10, 2014); or

c. Was released or discharged from active duty within the previous two years, where the applicant is a veteran who, due to a military service obligation, was precluded from applying for a recent graduate position during any portion of the two-year eligibility period following completion of his/her degree or certificate requirements, provided that not more than six years have transpired since the applicant completed the requirements for his/her degree or certificate.

Academic transcripts (in English) must be submitted to demonstrate eligibility and in order for your education to be considered as a basis for meeting the minimum qualification requirements of this position.  The Department of Labor does not recognize academic degrees from schools that are not accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the Department of Education.  Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service. If courses were taken at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, or from several different colleges or universities, you must submit all the necessary transcripts. If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position.  Click
Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information.

Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements. Please reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Applicants meeting the eligibility and minimum qualification requirements will be evaluated against the competencies described below and will be placed into one of the following quality categories, based on responses to the vacancy questionnaire:
Category A -  Best Qualified- Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and has successful experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated superior proficiency in applying the critical competencies required by this position to work of increased levels of difficulty and complexity.
Category B -  Well Qualified- Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the critical competencies by this position.
Category C -  Qualified- Meets the specialized experience described in the minimum qualifications requirements section of this announcement and demonstrates proficiency in the basic competencies.
Evaluation Factors (Competencies) - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies (click Evaluation Tools for information):

Interpersonal Skills - Treats others with courtesy, sensitivity, and respect. Considers and responds appropriately to the needs and feelings of different people in different situations.

Attention to Detail - Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.

Written Communication - Expresses facts and ideas in writing in a succinct and organized manner.

Oral Communication - Expresses ideas and facts to individuals or groups effectively; makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others; facilitates an open exchange of ideas.

Information Management - Identifies a need for and knows where or how to gather information; organizes and maintains information or information management systems.

Planning and Evaluating - Organizes work, sets priorities, and determines resource requirements; determines short or long-term goals and strategies to achieve them; coordinates with other organizations or parts of the organization to accomplish goals; monitors progress and evaluates outcomes.

Teamwork - Encourages and facilitates cooperation, pride, trust, and group identity; fosters commitment and team spirit; works with others to achieve goals.

The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means (ex. interview).   Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses to the vacancy questions.  If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume.  Your evaluation may also include a review by a Human Resources Specialist or panel and may include other assessments (ex. interview, panel review, written test, writing sample, etc.)

Referrals will be made in accordance with applicable reemployment priority and/or veterans' preference requirements.  Click Application of Veterans Preference for Category Rating Jobs for more information.
To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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The Department of Labor (DOL) offers a great benefit package to eligible employees.  The benefit package includes but is not limited to health benefits, supplemental dental and vision plans, flexible spending accounts, 13 days paid sick leave per year, vacation leave and 10 paid holidays per year.  We offer a variety of employee benefit options, a family-friendly work environment, a child care subsidy program, transit subsidy program, career assistance program, health services and fitness programs, access to LifeCare, a resource and referral service and more.  For a comprehensive site about all federal benefits, please refer to OPM.  For specific DOL benefits information, please refer to DOL BENEFITS.

OTHER INFORMATION:

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.  Refer to these links for more information: GENERAL INFORMATION, ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION, SELECTIVE SERVICE REGISTRATION, PROBATIONARY PERIOD, FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES

HOW TO APPLY:

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Follow the 5 steps below to apply.  Your application and ALL required supplemental documents must be received by 11:59 pm Eastern Time (ET) on the vacancy closing date to be considered.  Paper applications and supplemental documents submitted in any other manner without prior approval from the vacancy contact will not be considered.

For more details, click How To Apply Detailed Instructions Document or How To Apply Video.  For help, refer to the Vacancy Contact in the "Questions about this job" section.  SAVE your information before the 60 MINUTE TIMEOUT!

STEP 1 - Create USAJOBS Account, including Resume and Saved Documents
Your resume must provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses in the self-assessment vacancy questions.  If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the competency indicated by resume content.

STEP 2 - Answer Vacancy Questions (DOORS)
Click the Apply Online button, which is available when you search for a job on www.usajobs.gov, click on the title and proceed.

STEP 3 - Submit Supplemental Documents
Submit the required documents (only if applicable to you) specified in the "Required Documents" section of this vacancy by the close date.  For details: click How to Submit Supplemental Documentation Document or Submit Supplemental Documentation Video.  Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission.

STEP 4 - Review Application and click Finish  Click here to submit an updated resume after initial application.

STEP 5 - Edit Application as needed by 11:59 pm ET of Close Date


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. Follow the instructions: click How To Submit Supplemental Documentation Document or Submit Supplemental Documentation Video.  You are not required to submit a document if it does not apply to you.  Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission.

- Proof of Eligibility:  Academic transcript or other official documentation from the qualifying educational institution showing that you meet the eligibility requirements for a Recent Graduate appointment, as described in the "Qualifications and Evaluations" section of this announcement.  If you are claiming extended eligibility due to military service performed during the two-year period following graduation, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 showing the dates of such service.  (For active duty service members expecting to be honorably discharged or released within 120 days, click Active Duty)  

- Proof of Qualifications:  Academic transcripts sufficient to demonstrate that you meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, as described in this announcement, where you are seeking to qualify, at least in part, on the basis of your education.  See "Qualifications and Evaluations."

- Veterans' Preference Documents (if applicable): To be considered as a 5-point preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD214. Your DD-214 must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty.  To claim 10-point preference, you must submit a copy of your DD214; an Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference, SF15; and the proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability.  (For active duty service members expecting to be honorably discharged or released within 120 days, click Active Duty)  Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference.  For more information, go to: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/hire/hrp/vetguide/index.aspx.

- Cover Letters are not mandatory and will not be used to verify experience, but may be submitted.

Applicants selected for employment who are not current DOL employees will be required to provide proof of citizenship, and the E-Verify system will be used to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Malcolm Smith
Phone: 202-693-7842
Fax: 000-000-0000
TDD: 202-693-7758
Email: smith.malcolm.l@dol.gov
Agency Information:
Labor, Wage and Hour Division
200 Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC
20210
US
Fax: 000-000-0000

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of the outcome. A selection is expected to be made within 30 calendar days from the issuance date of the certificate. To check the status of your application: Click here. To sign up for Application Status Updates via email: Click Here.

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Job Announcement Number:

PW-13-HRC-WH-081

Control Number:

332443200