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Job Title:Wage and Hour Investigator

Department:Department Of Labor

Agency:Wage and Hour Division

Job Announcement Number:DE-13-BOS-WHD-45

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$32,089.00 to $51,677.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, January 28, 2013 to Monday, February 11, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1849-05/07

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - Albany, NY, USView Map
1 vacancy - Buffalo, NY, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

U.S. Citizens; ICTAP and CTAP eligibles in the local commuting area. Also being advertised as job #MS-13-BOS-WHD-46 for status & "Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA)" eligible applicants and the following non-competitive authorities: Veterans' Recruitment Act (VRA) up to grade 11; Veterans 30% or more compensable; persons w/disabilities; present/former Peace Corps personnel and former Peace Corps volunteers.  To be considered for each, apply to BOTH jobs.

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.

These positions are located in the Albany and Buffalo, NY offices of the Wage and Hour Division.  The WHD enforces Federal minimum wage, overtime pay,record keeping, and child labor requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act. The WHD also enforces the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Employee Polygraph Protection Act(EPPA), the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act(MSPA), field sanitation and housing standards in the Occupational Safety and Health Act, and a number of employment standards and worker protections provided in the immigration law. Additionally, the WHD administers and enforces the prevailing wage requirements of the Davis-Bacon Act and the McNamara O'Hara Service Contract Act and other statutes applicable to Federal contracts for construction and for the provision of goods and services.  This position is inside the bargaining unit. The full performance level of this position is GS-12.

The salary listed above is for the Buffalo position.  The salary for the Albany position is as follows:

GS-5  $31,315-$40,706.00

GS-7  $38,790-$50,431.00

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
  • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
  • Driver's license and ability to operate a motor vehicle at time of hire.
  • PCS may be authorized if in the best interest of the agency.

DUTIES:

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The incumbent observes and participates in a variety of applications of the provisions of the laws enforced by the Wage and Hour Division. Duties include the following: -This is a "basic trainee" position which will provide the incumbent with on-the-job and other training and instruction on the provisions of the wage and hour laws enforced. This training was developed to help develop the fundamental concepts needed to become an investigator and to develop human relation skills, and investigation and negotiation techniques. -Reviews available file material pertinent to cases assigned, performs necessary research, and seeks necessary guidance to become familiar with all aspects of the case. Demonstrates ability to understand, interpret and apply written material, much of which is technical or legal in nature. -Gathers and analyzes facts obtained; identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives and make recommendations regarding the nature and extent of any violations that may be found. Accurately performs necessary mathematical computations, choosing appropriate mathematical technique, to determine amount of back wage liability. -Prepares case investigation file, including written narrative reports and electronic forms for submission to the supervisor or higher level officials. Written material must use correct English grammar, punctuation and spelling, and must be succinct and organized and explain and document findings.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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To qualify based on EXPERIENCE, applicants MUST meet the following criteria: One year of specialized experience equivalent to next lower level in the Federal service. For example, one year of experience equivalent to the GS-4 level is qualifying for the GS-5 level and one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 level is qualifying for the GS-7 level. FOR GS-05: General experience that demonstrates the ability to understand legal provisions, regulations, and general principles and concepts, and to apply them to specific situations; to analyze verbal and numerical data, draw conclusions, and make decisions; and to present information or conclusions in clear oral and/or written language. FOR GS-07: Applicants MUST meet at least TWO of the following THREE specialized criteria requirements: -General knowledge of Federal and/or State wage and hour labor laws, industrial occupations, wage scales, employment practices, or salary and wage administration practices or other criminal or civil law enforcement experience. -Skill in analyzing written/verbal information and numerical data and making decisions on issues based on interviews, records review, reconstruction of missing or fraudulent records and applying legal or regulatory provisions, precedents, and principles to specific investigative matters. -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.


To qualify based on EDUCATION, applicants MUST meet the following criteria: FOR GS-05: 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree; Major study -- any field. FOR GS-07: One full year of graduate level education or bachelor's degree with superior academic achievement. Graduate education: Major study must be related to occupation in the following areas -- industrial relations, personnel administration, or other fields related to the position such as business administration, labor economics, or law, etc.  To qualify for Superior Academic Achievement you must have completed all the requirements for a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution AND meet one of the following criteria: -Class standing ~ You 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. -Grade-point average (GPA) ~ You have a grade-point average of: A. 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 B. 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. -Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society-You have membership in one of the national scholastic honor societies listed in the Association of College Honor Societies: Booklet of Information (1992-95) and/or Baird's Manual of American College Fraternities (1991). Membership in a freshman honor society cannot be used to meet the requirements of this provision.

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

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be evaluated against the evaluation factors below and will be placed into a category based on your vacancy question responses.
Categories
Category A - 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 critical competencies required by this position to work of increased levels of difficulty and complexity.
Category B - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the critical competencies required by this position.
Category C - 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):
CUSTOMER SERVICE INFLUENCING/NEGOTIATING DECISION MAKING SELF-MANAGEMENT WRITING INVESTIGATIONS WAGE & HOUR PROGRAM KNOWLEDGE. 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).  The examining Human Resources Office (HRO) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings.  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.)

INFORMATION FOR ICTAP ELIGIBLES ONLY: If you are eligible for special priority selection under ICTAP, you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration.  ICTAP eligibles who are placed into Category B or higher will be considered "well-qualified".

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. Employees on Part-Time work schedules receive all of these benefits on a prorated basis. 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, 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.

- Veterans 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


- Displaced Employee Placement Documents - Only required if requesting priority consideration under ICTAP Eligibility.

- Applicants with disabilities who wish to claim eligibility under SCHEDULE A)  of the excepted service (persons with severe disabilities) must submit the following documentation from a licensed medical professional or other authorized entity:
(1) proof of disability; and
(2) certification of job readiness.
For more details, please see http://www.usajobs.gov/IndividualsWithDisabilities.

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

- Peace Corps Document (if applicable) - Certification of satisfactory service from the Director of Peace Corps to receive consideration.

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.

College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign Education - - Unofficial Transcript (in English) - submit if using education as a basis for qualifying.  OFFICIAL Transcripts MUST BE RECEIVED prior to selection and report date.  Reference the "Education Section" for College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign Education.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

John Sylvia, HR Spec
Phone: 617-788-2810
Fax: 000-000-0000
TDD: 800-877-8339
Email: sylvia.john@dol.gov
Agency Information:
Labor, Wage and Hour Division
JFK Federal Building, Room E215
25 New Sudbury Street
Boston, MA
02203
US
Fax: 000-000-0000

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and refer candidates for selection consideration.  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:

DE-13-BOS-WHD-45

Control Number:

336569600