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Job Title:Human Resources Specialist

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Benefits Administration

Job Announcement Number:348-13-011-DF 830790

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$50,021.00 to $94,300.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, January 23, 2013 to Monday, January 28, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Portland, OR United StatesView Map


This vacancy is open to current employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs only.


Our mission: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.


Only current employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs are eligible to apply to this vacancy announcement.

Relocation expenses are NOT authorized.

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 830790 (Please include on all documents if faxing)


  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation (MBI).
  • You must be a US Citizen to apply to this vacancy.
  • PD # 02521A
  • You must be a current Department of Veterans Affairs employee to apply.
  • Relocation expenses are NOT authorized.


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Incumbent is a generalist who must be familiar with all aspects of the Human Resources Management Program. Incumbent supports the Portland Regional Office's mission, productivity, and customer service goals through the following program areas:

  • Employee Benefits: Responsible for administering and providing advisory services regarding Federal benefits, such as: retirement, health and life insurance, Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), and serves as the specialist on injury compensation claims and benefits issues.

  • Program Evaluation Work: Assists in planning, initiating and/or conducting HR program surveys, studies, or evaluations. Also, assists with special studies or research projects.

  • Training: Arranges for and provides information concerning available training in accordance with established and approved plans.  Compiles and prepares reports and helps facilitate courses.  Maintains library of course catalogs and inventory of course materials, orders training materials as needed.

  • Labor/Management Relations: Assists in all matters relating to labor management, advising management on contract administration and implementation. Analyzes issues and recommends a course of action considering all alternatives. Serves as Special Emphasis Program Manager to provide support in creating and sustaining a diverse workforce.

  • Incumbent may be assigned a wide variety of HR duties that will directly affect the quality and validity of the overall personnel management program.


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To qualify for this position, applicants must meet the following requirements: 

1. Minimum Qualifications:  

   A. Specialized experience demonstrates the knowledge in applying Federal rules, regulations, and procedures applicable to personnel management, recruitment and staffing, classification, and employee and labor relations.

   B. Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for all grade levels.

   C. Click here for additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook or General Schedule Positions.

  • GS-09 Level: 1 year of Specialized experience which was equivalent to the GS-07 level; or education substitution of 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 JD, if related.
  • GS-11 Level: 1 year of Specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level; or education substitution of a 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.
  • GS-12 Level:  1 year of Specialized experience which was equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal service. There is no education substitution at this grade level.

2. Physical Demands: This position is primarily sedentary with some walking, standing, bending, stooping and carrying of lightweight items

3. Time-In-Grade: All applicants must meet time-in-grade requirements as outlined in 5 CFR, Part 300, Subpart F, within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.


**You must submit transcripts if you are using education to qualify**

Accreditation: 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. Applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Please click here to verify your school's accreditation. For foreign education, a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency must be submitted with your transcript. All education claimed by applicants will be verified.


COMPETENCIES:  All applicants will be rated based on their competencies, experience, education, etc.  The following competencies must be demonstrated in your resume: 

    • Knowledge of personnel laws and other pertinent regulatory guidelines relating to major functional specializations such as: classification, recruitment and placement, and employee and labor relations;

    • Ability to provide authoritative advice in all areas of personnel management and ability to identify, evaluate, and select alternative solutions to problems;

    • Ability to develop effective communications between management, employees and employee groups with a wide range of educational and socioeconomic backgrounds and divergent opinions and priorities;

    • Ability to gather, organize, analyze data, and apply sound judgment in order to recommend problem solutions or provide information for a variety of purposes (e.g. reports, correspondence, recommendations, etc.), in a clear and precise manner; and

    • Ability to manage multiple projects and initiatives and adjust priority deadlines.

    Veterans Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming 10-point preference must complete an SF 15 (Application for 10-Point Veterans Preference) and provide a copy of their VA Ratings Letter. Applicants claiming 5-Point Veterans Preference need only provide a copy of their DD-214. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted 5 points tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference. Please click here for more information on Veterans Preference.

    Your résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.


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Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.


The personnel action taken as a result of this announcement will be in accordance with the policy and procedures set forth in the VA Human Resources Management Directive & Handbooks.

Applicants will receive equal consideration for selection without regard to political, religious, labor organization affiliation or non-affiliation, marital status, race, color, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, non-disqualifying disabling condition, or age.

This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision regarding reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Application for consideration under this vacancy announcement authorizes examination of employee records (PL 93-579, Privacy Act of 1974).

Applicants selected at the lower grade level may be non-competitively promoted to the next higher grade level providing all of the following are met: demonstration of the ability to perform the duties of the next higher grade as certified and recommended by the supervisor, and the availability of enough ceiling, funds and work to support the position at the higher grade; meeting minimum qualification and time-in-grade requirements.

The grade progression for this position is GS-09/11/12.

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

This is a non-bargaining unit position.

This announcement does not preclude the Regional Office from filling this vacancy through other staffing methods, such as reassignment, demotion, reinstatement, transfer, or special appointing authorities such as those for disabled veterans, Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA) eligibles, severely handicapped individuals, etc.


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package (See "Required Documents" section below).  The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM EST on Monday, January 28, 2013. 
For a preview of the Qualifications & Eligibililty Questionnaires, click on the following link: View Occupational Questionnaire

Applying Online:
Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is easier, faster, and provides more information as applications are processed.

  1. Click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.
  2. Follow the prompts to complete the Qualification & Eligibility Questionnaires.
  3. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

To return to a previously saved or incomplete application, simply reapply through your account in USAJOBS. After applying, return to USAJOBS to see the status of your application, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID TAG: 830790 You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched up with your online application.
  2. Fax your documents to (478) 757-3144.
  3. If you are an AFGE employee, who has applied online, you may take your supporting documents and completed fax cover sheet to the local HR Office for faxing to the USA Staffing Processing Center, by no later than the closing date.
  4. Keep a copy of your fax transmittal receipt in case verification is needed.

If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the Qualifications & Eligibility Questionnaires View Occupational Questionnaire
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the Qualifications & Eligibility Questionnaires
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to (478) 757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
  4. If you are an AFGE employee, you may take your Qualifications & Eligibility Questionnaires, completed 1203FX, and supporting documents to the local HR Office for faxing to the USA Staffing Processing Center, by no later than the closing date.
  5. Keep a copy of your fax transmittal receipt in case verification is needed.


The following documents are required:

  • Résumé.
  • Responses to the Qualifications & Eligiblity Questionnaires (1203-FX if faxing).
  • Copy of your transcript, if you are using education to qualify.
  • DD-214, VA disability rating letter, etc. (if applicable).
  • Please use this Checklist to make sure you've submitted everything. You will not be contacted for additional information.


Danalle M. Freese
Phone: (303)236-6167
Agency Information:
VBA Denver HRC
155 Van Gordon Street
Lakewood, CO


Your application materials will be reviewed and your minimum qualifications and eligibility will be determined. After the vacancy announcement closes and a referral certificate is issued, an electronic notification letter - or e-mail - will be sent to applicants who provide an e-mail address. Otherwise, you will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service within 2 to 4 weeks. If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, to include but not limited to: responses to knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or be contacted for an interview.

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