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Job Title:Supervisory HR Specialist (ER/LR), GS-0201-13

Department:Department Of Health And Human Services

Agency:Indian Health Service

Job Announcement Number:IHS-13-PX-848625-DE

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$83,687.00 to $108,791.00 / Per Year


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




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy 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.


Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Indian Health Service (IHS), Southwest Region Human Resources, Workforce Relations Division, Phoenix Area Office in Phoenix, AZ.


Merit Promotion Position: No

Travel Required: Yes, intermittent travel to Phoenix/Tucson Area Service Units

Supervisory/Managerial Position: Yes, you may be required to serve a one year probationary period for new supervisors

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
  • Third party representation experience required, see Qualifications


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Serves as the Employee Relations/Labor Relations (ER/LR) supervisor for the Southwest Region Human Resources Office which serves the Phoenix Area IHS and Tucson Area IHS:

  • Responsible for a region-wide ER/LR program that provides professional support for management to resolve complex issues.
  • Serve as senior technical advisor on all issues relating to ER/LR.  This includes determining the degree of regulatory compliance and procedural accuracy of ER/LR program requirements; and reviewing relevant ER/LR decisions and rulings for impact on the organization.
  • Serve as management representative for all labor relations issues covered under the Collective Bargaining Agreement.  Will represent the agency before the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA), the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) proceedings, and other third party case matters.
  • Supervise a group of employees performing technical ER/LR work and provides administrative and technical supervision as necessary.


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In order to be considered, applicants must both of the requirements listed below:



Skill in third party representational activity such as Collective Bargaining Agreement(s), Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), or other related third party litigation.  Examples of this may include:

  • Conducting Administrative Hearings before the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB); or
  • Work with opposing counsel, general and/or investigative attorneys, and Administrative Law Judges; or
  • Negotiate settlement agreements before the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA); or
  • Manage the contents of local or multiple union contract(s) provisions.

Failure to meet this selective factor will result in loss of consideration.


You may be considered for this grade level if you have 1-year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level applying a wide range of employee relations and labor relations policies and practices to perform detailed analyses and draw conclusions on complex legal issues.  Examples may include:

  • Use legal research methods, information-gathering techniques, and analytical skill sufficient to locate, interpret, and analyze for applicability and appropriateness, precedent and substantive decisions, and/or legal opinions that various courts and administrative bodies have rendered;
  • Apply negotiation procedures and techniques, advocacy, mediation, interest-base bargaining, and other non-adversarial problem solving approaches sufficient to resolve problems and advise management;
  • Employ conflict resolution techniques sufficient to interact in occasional highly charged emotional situations because of delicate or highly contested case matters and determinations; and
  • Use oral and written communication techniques sufficient to formulate and present arguments and advisory opinions and to prepare legal and case documents.
  • Prior leadership and/or supervisory experience for a ER/LR staff is highly desirable.

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: employee relations, labor relations, customer service, and supervision.

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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The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at:

Condition of Employment

- Selectee 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: 848625.

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.


You must provide the required documents listed below; if any of the following are missing when the announcement closes we will deem your application incomplete.

·         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.

·         PL101 Form - Childcare Protection (aka Addendum to Declaration for Federal Employment): This form asks if you have ever been arrested for or charged with a crime involving a child and is required with your application:

·         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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