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Job Title:  Human Resources Specialist, GS-0201-09/11/12 (Part-time) (Status and VEOA Applicants) JAC
Department:  Department Of Transportation
Agency:  Research and Innovative Technology Administration
Job Announcement Number:  RITA.VOLPE-2013-0039

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$51,871.00 to $97,787.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 to Thursday, January 24, 2013
Part Time - Permanent
1 vacancy - Cambridge, MA, US  View Map
  • Current or former Federal employees with status OR
  • Veterans eligible under VEOA

If you are NOT a status employee or VEOA eligible, you may wish to apply under announcement  RITA.VOLPE-2013-0038, which is open to all U.S. citizens.


An innovative, fee-for service organization, the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center (Volpe Center), part of the U.S. Department of Transportation's (U.S. DOT's) Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is an internationally recognized Federal center of transportation innovation with a world-class, multidisciplinary technical team with expertise across all modes of transportation.

The Research and Innovative Technology Administration coordinates the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) research programs and is charged with advancing the deployment of cross-cutting technologies to improve our Nation's transportation system.


We are seeking to fill a Part-time (32 hour per week) Human Resources Specialist position. This position is also announced as Full-time under a separate vacancy announcement #RITA.VOLPE-2013-0037


As a Human Resources Specialist working in the Workforce Acquisition Staffing Branch of the Office of Human Resources, and the Employee and Labor Relations Branch you will be responsible for a full-range human responsibilities consisting of staffing and recruitment, classification and compensation and employee and labor relations.  Working with management you will review position descriptions and determine the appropriate classification, prepare job analysis used in the recruitment process, determine the recruitment avenue, i.e., merit promotion or delegated examining.  S/he will provide advise and assistance to management/clients/employees regarding promotions, reassignments, details, reassignments as well as advising management regarding adverse employee actions. S/he will attend job fairs at colleges, universities and professional and trade associations preparing displays to attract professional applicants.


If you enjoy working in a collaborative and entrepreneurial environment, then this job is for you!   


When you work at the Volpe Center you work with people like you –talented professionals who enjoy applying their expertise in the service of others and resolving real-world transportation problems.  We are located in the culturally diverse and academically rich city of Cambridge, MA (Kendall Square), and offer competitive benefits and a flexible and family-friendly work environment including on-site child-care services.


Please carefully read and follow the instructions described in the “How to Apply” tab in this announcement.


  • Must be status eligible and meet specialized experience or education.
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date.
  • Emailed applications will not be accepted, you must apply on line.
  • Relocation is not authorized.
  • Announcement also advertised open to US Citizens: RITA.VOLPE-2013-0038.
  • Job announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 30 days.


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As a Human Resources Specialist, you will:

  • Carry out projects and tasks in the areas of recruitment and placement, classification and compensation, employee relations and labor relations.
  • Provide technical assistance to all levels of management and employees on personnel matters of employment, pay administration, classification, etc.
  • Provide technical expertise to managers and employees providing answers and guidance to the most difficult HR questions.
  • Communicate in writing and present information sufficient to develop and deliver briefings, project papers, status/staff reports and correspondence to management as well as employees.
  • Attend business and professional job fairs, prepares professional displays to attract applicants.


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To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet either the education or experience qualifications for the grade at which you are requesting consideration.

LEVEL To qualify on Education, you must have: To qualify on Experience, you must have one year of specialized experience equal or equivalent to the following:
GRADE 9 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
  • Experience providing staffing AND classification management advisory services within an assigned area.
  • Experience in communicating in writing and presenting information to managers, supervisors, employees, and applicants with technically sound advice on a wide range of staffing and recruitment issues.
  You can also qualify based on a combination of education and experience
GRADE 11 Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree OR 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree OR LL.M., if related
  • Experience providing staffing AND classification management advisory services within an assigned area that contains a variety of different types of positions.
  • Experience in communicating in writing and presenting information to managers, supervisors, employees, and applicants with technically sound advice on a wide range of staffing and recruitment issues.
  You can also qualify based on a combination of education and experience
GRADE 12 There is no education substitute
  • Experience providing HR (Human Resources) consultative and authoritative technical services in a HR function (i.e., staffing and recruitment; training and development; classification; labor and/or employee relations; employee benefits; HR systems; performance management; human capital initiatives; etc.).
  • Experience in communicating in writing and presenting information to managers, supervisors, employees, and applicants with technically sound advice on a wide range of staffing and recruitment issues.
Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.
  • You must complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Some travel is required.
  • Position is subject to background investigation.


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.

To preview questions please click here.


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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 posting.
  • 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, please contact the DOT Automated Staffing Office during regular business hours (8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET) at (202) 366-1298. You may also email us at


The following documents must be provided by the close date:  

  • RESUME - Showing relevant experience and education and fully supporting the required specialized experience.
  • TRANSCRIPTS - verifying that you meet the stated education requirements, if  you are qualifying based on education.
  • 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 Resume and Application Online
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE E55
Washington, DC
Fax: 571-258-4052


You may check your application status by logging into (Select "My USAJOBS" and click "Applications"). Within two weeks of the closing date, a Human Resources Specialist will evaluate your application. Ratings will be determined based on the documents and information received by the closing date. Qualified candidates will be assigned rating category, prior to applying appropriate veterans' preference. The most highly qualified candidates are then referred to the hiring manager for further consideration. If you are selected for an interview, we will contact you directly. Once the position is filled, we will notify all applicants of their final status.

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