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Job Title:Human Resources Specialist (Employee Benefits) GS-201-9/11/12

Agency:Small Business Administration

Job Announcement Number:DEU-13-030-ODP-851607

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$51,630.00 to $97,333.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, March 05, 2013 to Monday, March 11, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0201-09/12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Herndon, VA United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Are you motivated by helping people? Do you enjoy challenging but satisfying work? Why search any longer -- we have just the opportunity that you've been looking for! Small Business Administration's Office of Disaster Assistance (ODA) is a highly motivated and diverse team that seeks talented people to help families and businesses rebuild their lives after disasters. Come join us and make a difference.

You will serve as a Human Resources Specialist (Employee Benefits) in the Office of Disaster Personnel (ODP) in Herndon, VA. You will be responsible for assisting the Benefits Officer in performing a full range of benefits support functions including retirements, health and life insurance, workers compensation and other benefits for the ODA.

 

ODP is located in the business area of Herndon, VA.  It is conveniently located near various eateries and shops and is accessible via public transportation.

 

Additional selections may be made from this announcement if identical vacancies occur within 180 days from the closing date.

 

This position is also being announced under Merit Promotion Procedures, announcement# MPP-13-020-ODP-846042 

IMPORTANT NOTES:

· This is a Cadre position, which is a competitive service position with a full-time seasonal work schedule. Depending on the level of disaster activity, you may be placed in a non-duty status if there is insufficient work.  However, this would be very unusual and has not occurred in numerous years.
· Especially during times of substantial disaster activity, you may be required to work substantial compensated overtime up to seven days a week and twelve to fourteen hours a day, work various shifts, and travel to disaster field offices.
· You may be required to travel with little or no advance notice.
· You may encounter hazardous working and/or living conditions, for example, no water or electricity and/or minimal lodging facilities.
·Relocation expenses will not be paid.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. citizenship is required.
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a Government travel credit card.
  • Background investigation and credit check are required.
  • You may be required to complete a one-year probationary period.

DUTIES:

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As a Human Resources Specialist (Employee Benefits), you will provide support in the planning, coordinating, and managing the benefits program throughout the ODA. You will provide guidance and counsel on the full range of aspects pertaining to CSRS, FERS, TSP, and health and life insurance, from routine to the complex. Prepare and process various employee benefits actions such as life and health insurance, retirement actions, TSP, OWCP, etc. Conduct open season for TSP, health benefits, and life insurance in the appropriate time frame. You will keep abreast of regulatory and legislative changes and impact of court decisions affecting benefits and retirement. Investigate facts and develop cases relative to on-the-job injuries/illnesses; process non-routine and routine claims which require identifying and substantiating information; and compile pertinent information for use in filing OWCP claims. Provide technical guidance and procedural advice on flexibilities and appropriate uses of leave issues such as sick leave for family care and bereavement, compensatory, advanced leave, leave without pay, absence without leave, and military leave.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Generally, time in Non-Pay status is not creditable towards the specialized experience requirement listed below. 
You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.  
You may qualify based on experience, education or a combination of both.

 

Experience: 

 
To receive credit for experience, you must indicate the month and year as well as the average hours worked per week for each employer.  You must address the specific specialized experience required for each grade level of this position on your resume or application or you will be rated “Ineligible” for that grade level.  

 

GS-09: To qualify you must have at least 1 full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the GS-07 level in the Federal service that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skill, and ability to perform successfully in this position. This experience may have been gained in a Non-Federal service position. This Specialized Experience must demonstrate the following: 

*Researching and interpreting policies, regulations and procedures on benefits related issues and *Providing advisory services to employees on multiple types of benefits such as retirement, life and health insurance, unemployment compensation, workers' compensation (injury benefits).

GS-11: To qualify you must have at least 1 full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the GS-09 level in the Federal service that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skill, and ability to perform successfully in this position. This experience may have been gained in a Non-Federal service position. This Specialized Experience must demonstrate the following:

*Researching and interpreting policies, regulations and procedures on benefits related issues and *Providing advisory services to employees on multiple types of benefits such as retirement, life and health insurance, unemployment compensation, workers' compensation (injury benefits); and *Creating oral and/or written briefings/presentations on benefit-related matters.

 

GS-12: To qualify you must have at least 1 full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the GS-11 level in the Federal service that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skill, and ability to perform successfully in this position. This experience may have been gained in a Non-Federal service position. This Specialized Experience must demonstrate the following:

*Researching and interpreting policies, regulations and procedures on benefits related issues; and *Providing advisory services to employees on multiple types of benefits such as retirement, life and health insurance, unemployment compensation, workers' compensation (injury benefits); and *Creating oral and/or written briefings/presentations on benefit-related matters; and *Analyzing operational effects of changes in law or regulations on the organization's benefit program.


OR
Education:

If qualifying based on education, you must submit transcripts by the closing date.

GS-9: Masters or equivalent degree or have successfully completed 2 full years (36 semester hours or equivalent) of progressively higher level graduate educations from an accredited college or university leading to such a degree, or L.L.B. or J.D degree, if related.

GS-11:  Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or have successfully completed 3 full years (54 semester hours or equivalent) of graduate level study from an accredited college or university leading to such a degree, or L.L.M. degree, if related.

GS-12: There is generally no educational substitute for this grade level.

ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION:

1. Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) or Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP):
If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, provide a copy of your most recent annual performance appraisal (which must show at least a "fully successful" rating or equivalent), and proof of eligibility, i.e., a RIF separation notice or Certification of Expected Separation, and SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location.  CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must be placed in the "Well Qualified" category or higher in order to be given priority consideration. Information about CTAP and ICTAP eligibility is also on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at: CTAP/ICTAP.
2. If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form by the closing date.

3. If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

For this vacancy, the Office of Disaster Personnel will use a Category Rating system to refer qualified applicants for consideration.   This is a three-step process. First, your resume or other application is evaluated to determine if you meet the Qualifications, including the Specialized Experience described above, for the grade level(s) that you are applying for.   Secondly, if you meet the minimum qualifications requirements, your responses to the questionnaire, including narrative responses, if applicable, will be compared to your resume or other application.   If your resume does not support the answers you gave on the questionnaire, you may be rated "Ineligible," or you may be placed in a lower category.   Third, your name will be placed in one of the three following categories:

  • Best-Qualified – highly proficient with an overall comprehensive level of knowledge, skills and abilities related to this position.
  • Well-Qualified – competent in the position with an overall accomplished level of knowledge, skills and abilities related to this position.
  • Qualified - an overall basic level of knowledge, skills and abilities related to this position.

Application of Veterans' Preference:   The Category Rating process protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-veterans within each quality category. All the veterans must be selected before any non-veterans within each category.

For this position, disabled veterans who meet minimum qualifications for this position and have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% (CPS & CP) are placed at the top of the Best-Qualified category regardless of which category they would otherwise be assigned to.

Preference eligibles who do not have a service-connected disability of 10% or more (XP or TP) are placed at the top of their quality category.

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics).  You do not have to respond to the KSAs separately but your resume should contain sufficient information to demonstrate possession of the KSAs.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA's):

1. Knowledge of laws, regulations and policies governing an employee benefits program.

2. Ability to provide advice and counsel on retirement programs and employee benefits.

3. Ability to research and interpret various authoritative guidance/information and websites on employee benefits.

4. Ability to effectively communicate orally and/or in writing.

 

 


BENEFITS:

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If selected for this position, you will be eligible for benefits. The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees. To find out more click here http://www.usajobs.gov/resourcecenter/index/interactive/benefits.



OTHER INFORMATION:



HOW TO APPLY:

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The complete Application Package including required documents must be submitted by 11:59 PM (Eastern Time) on Monday, March 11, 2013

I.  APPLY ONLINE  

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the Occupational Questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

If you cannot upload the supporting documents using Application Manager you can fax them by completing this cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf  using the following Vacancy ID RH851607.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select My Applications, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.

II. APPLY BY FAX only if you cannot apply online.

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

2.  Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the Occupational Questionnaire http://www.opm.gov/Forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf and

3.  Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

Faxed documents will take 2-3 business days to process. To fax documents, you MUST use the special cover page. Print the pre-populated cover page on the upload documents screen of Application Manager. Or, you may click this link http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf to print a copy of the cover page. When faxing documents, follow the procedures outlined below.   

  • Include the 8-character Vacancy Identification Number RH851607
  • Provide your Social Security Number and full name in the spaces provided or we will not be able to associate your document(s) with the rest of your application.
  • You may submit multiple documents for the same vacancy announcement using one cover page.
  • Fax your cover page and documents to 1-478-757-3144.

Faxed documents submitted with missing information will not be processed. The following will prevent your documents from being processed: 

  • Not using the special cover page mentioned above.
  • Missing, incomplete, or invalid Vacancy Identification Number, Social Security Number or name. 


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

·         Resume or application (with average hours worked)
·         Occupational Questionnaire
·         Veteran documentation (if applicable)
·         Transcripts (if using education to qualify for the position) 

Submitting Documents

If you upload your documents using Application Manager, DO NOT FAX the same documents. To verify uploaded documents have been processed, please wait one hour to ensure they have cleared the virus scan. You can verify that your uploaded documents are attached to your application by checking the Details tab of your Application Manager account https://applicationmanager.gov/ for this vacancy announcement. Your documents will display under the Details tab in the Document area.

Note: If you have documents in your Application Manager account from a previous vacancy announcement they can be opened, copied, saved, then reused as an upload file for this vacancy. Uploading your documents will speed the processing of your application for this announcement. 

If faxing your application, you should call the contact below to verify receipt. DO NOT SEND YOUR RESUME OR ANY APPLICATION DOCUMENTS TO THE AGENCY CONTACT.

If you need assistance applying online or by fax, please contact OPM at ApplicationManagerHelpDesk@opm.gov

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Julia A. Kwiatkowski
Phone: (703)487-8100x6873
Email: JULIA.KWIATKOWSKI@SBA.GOV
Agency Information:
Office of Disaster Assistance
13221 Woodland Park Road
5th Floor
Herndon, VA
20171
USA

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and/or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.

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Job Announcement Number:

DEU-13-030-ODP-851607

Control Number:

338886900