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Job Title:HR Specialist (ER/LR), GS-0201-11/12

Department:Department Of Health And Human Services

Agency:Indian Health Service

Job Announcement Number:IHS-13-PX-848286-DE

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$58,715.00 to $91,487.00 / Per Year


Monday, February 25, 2013 to Friday, March 08, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




2 vacancies in the following location:
Phoenix, AZ United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Become a part of the Department that touches the lives of every American!  At HHS you can give back to your community, state, and country by making a difference in the lives of Americans everywhere.  Join HHS and help make our world healthier, safer and better for all Americans.

The Indian Health Service is required by law to give absolute preference to qualified Indian applicants and employees who are qualified and suitable for Federal employment. The Indian Health Service (IHS) by law is committed to affording employment preference to American Indian and Alaska Native candidates who meet the Secretary of the Interior's definition of Indian for appointment to vacancies within the IHS in accordance with established IHS policy as outlined in the Indian Health Manual Part 7, Chapter 3. In other than the above, the Indian Health Service is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

ORGANIZATIONAL LOCATION: Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Indian Health Service (IHS), Southwest Region Human Resources, Workforce Relations Division in Phoenix, AZ.WHO MAY APPLY: Any U.S. Citizen


Salary range: 

GS-11:  $58,715.00 to $76,327.00 per annum

GS-12:  $70,376.00 to $91,487.00 per annum

Promotion potential: GS-12

Merit Promotion Position: No

Travel Required: No

Supervisory/Managerial Position: No

Relocation Expenses Paid? No, Relocation expenses are not authorized and will not be paid.   

Is position covered by PL 101-630? No

Is drug testing required? No

Is government housing available? No

Is this a bargaining unit position? No

Alternative work schedule, call back, standby, rotating shifts, nights/weekends/holidays? No


  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • 1 year probationary period for initial appointment to competitive service


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Serves as an Employee/Labor Relations Specialist for the Phoenix Area IHS:

  • Provides employee relations and labor relations advisory services based on knowledge of Federal laws, rules, and regulations.
  • Will perform case and situation analysis of problems and apply knowledge and skills to solve diverse disciplinary issues, and provide accurate direction and instruction for procedural requirements on adverse and disciplinary actions.
  • Helps develop strategies and plans, develops new agency policies, procedures and guidelines when the issues under consideration are new and have no applicable precedent or are highly controversial and provides management with interpretations of policy and procedure.
  • Develops and maintains a sound working relationship with other Federal agencies, especially the Department of Labor (DOL), the Office of the Inspector General (OIG), and the Office of Regional Counsel (ORC) to ensure a viable program.
  • Develops solutions to extremely complicated problems with potential to impact all employees or the entire program for the organization, and institutes beneficial changes to the program to eliminate problematic developments in previous practices.
  • Performs duties associate with Labor Management Relations, including representing the Area Office in meetings and discussions with formal and informal employee groups determining the appropriateness of recognition required by employee organizations under Executive Order 11491 and serving as an advisor to management's negotiating committee for general agreements, and handling grievance cases in accordance with negotiated agreements as appropriate.
  • Advises management on appropriate procedures and practices to avoid unfair labor practices (ULP) changes on proposed actions, and is a technical advisor and/or representative on controversial and complex ULP and grievance issues, to include mediation and impasse proceeding before FMCS and FSIP.
  • Provides advisory services on performance management and the function of an employee appraisal program.
  • Provides benefit management advisory services to all employees on Federal health, dental, vision, life, thrift savings plan, agency leave programs, flexible spending account, long-term care, worker's compensation programs, and retirement.


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    GS-11, Applicants who meet at least one of the following may qualify for positions at this grade level:

    • Completion of a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressivly higher level graduate education leading to a doctoral degree or LL.M.  Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work; examples of eligible education may be in human resouces, business, or law; OR
    • One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level independently reviewing employee relations program activities and providing advice on complex and multi-faceted issues; independently providing advice and guidance on complex issues in the areas of performance and conduct-based actions, related employee relations program policies and practices, and issues in the area of discipline and adverse actions; researching case law to assure that the organization's actions are appropriate and legally defensible; OR
    • Have a combination of graduate level education and experience that meets 100% of the qualification requirements of this position.

    GS-12, Applicants who meet the following may qualify for positions at this grade level:  

  • One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level independently interpreting employee relations procedures, practices, policies, and guidelines when the issues involved are new or highly controversial; reviewing employee relations program activities and providing advice on complex and multi-faceted issues; serving as a technical expert on performance and conduct-based actions and related employee relations program policies and practices; serving as an expert in the area of discipline and adverse actions; and researching case law to assure that the organization's actions are appropriate and legally defensible.
  • Veterans Preference

    When applying for Federal jobs eligible Veterans should claim preference by submitting the appropriate documentation (see Required Documents). For more information on Veterans Preference please visit:


    We will review your application to ensure you meet the qualification requirements.  Applicants will be rated on the following skills or competencies: technical competence, attention to detail, planning and evaluation, and oral communication.

    If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of three quality categories:

    ·         Best Qualified - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and excels in most requirements of the position.

    ·         Well Qualified - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and meets most of the requirements of the position.

    ·         Qualified - Meets the minimum qualification requirements, but does not possess the relevant competencies to a substantive degree.

    Within these categories, applicants eligible for Veteran’s Preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans.

    Please answer all questions and follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may impact your rating or result in you losing consideration for the job.


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    Indian Health Service offers a comprehensive benefits package.  To find out more visit the Federal Benefits Summary Page:

    Conditions of Employment

    Selectee(s) may be required to travel and must possess a valid driver's license.

    Security Clearance

    If you are selected for this vacancy, you must undergo a fingerprint check.  Fingerprint results must be cleared prior to hire.  You will receive instructions on how to obtain and submit fingerprints.  After you begin your employment, your continued employment is contingent upon the outcome of a complete background investigation as determined by the sensitivity level of your position. 

    The investigation must find that you are suitable for Federal employment in your position.  If you are found not suitable, you will be terminated after you begin work.  If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or subject to possible criminal charges.


    Additional selections of candidates may be possible within 90 days from the date the certificate of eligibles was issued for this announcement, for filling additional or similar positions.


    Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection.  Basis of rating for a definition of well-qualified is 'meets the minimum qualification requirements and meets most requirements of the position' (see the 'How You Will Be Evaluated' section). 

    Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP.  This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of your most recent Performance Rating, and a copy of your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location.  Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible. 

    IHS Operated Properties are Tobacco Free


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    Applicants must submit a completed application prior to Midnight Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date: Friday, March 08, 2013


    Option A: Online application process (USAJobs to Application Manager)

    To begin, click the Apply Online button and create a new account or login to your existing USAJOBS account.  You will create a resume or select a resume to use and be redirected to Application Manager.  From there you will create a new account or login to your existing Application Manager account.  Answer the online questionnaire and submit all required documents listed below. 

    Document Upload:  If you are unable to scan and upload your supporting documents electronically you may fax them in using the official fax coversheet:  Faxed documents may take 2-3 days to appear as Processed.

    Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link:


    Option B: Fax

    We strongly encourage you to apply online.  If you cannot apply online:

    1. Click the following link to view and print the Occupational Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire,

    2. Print the OPM Form 1203-FX:, to provide your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire, and

    3. Fax the completed 1203-FX form along with any supporting documents to (478) 757-3144.  You must also cite Vacancy Identification Number: 848286.

    Faxed documents may take 2-3 business days to process.

    ·         When faxing make sure the OPM Form 1203-FX is on top of any other documents you are faxing.

    ·         If you are faxing any documents without the OPM 1203-FX form, use the official fax coversheet available here:

    Reasonable Accommodation

    This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact Human Resources at (602) 364-5219. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.


    ·         Resume – Describe your job-related qualification that include beginning and ending dates for paid and non-paid work experience, hours worked per week, month and year of employment for each job title listed.  Cover letter optional.

    ·         Transcripts – Copy of your transcripts related to your human resources (or related) education.  Unofficial transcripts are acceptable but official transcripts will be required before entrance on duty.

    ·         Indian Preference – If claiming Indian Preference, provide a copy of your BIA Form 4432 - Verification of Indian Preference.  You may normally obtain this document from your tribal enrollment office. Copies of Certificate of Indian Blood and Tribal Enrollment cards will not be accepted.

    ·         Veteran’s Preference – If claiming Veteran’s Preference provide a copy of your DD214 Form.  To claim 10-Point Veteran’s Preference, submit a SF-15 Application ( along with the appropriate supporting documentation. 


    Cheryl Clayton
    Phone: (602)364-5230
    TDD: (301) 443-6394
    Agency Information:
    Indian Health Service HR Center HR
    40 N Central Avenue
    Suite 510
    Phoenix, AZ


    The questionnaire will assess your qualifications for the job, and will be used to identify the best qualified applicants to be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews. We will notify you of the outcome after each of these steps has been completed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation. We expect to make a final job offer within 40 days after the deadline for applications.

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