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Job Title:  Human Resources Specialist (Employee and Labor Relations)
Department:  Department Of Labor
Agency:  Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management
Job Announcement Number:  PW-13-HRC-HRC-215

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$51,630.00 to $67,114.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 to Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
FEW vacancies - Washington DC Metro Area, DC, US
Eligible recent graduates from qualifying educational institutions.  Refer to "Qualifications and Evaluations" section for more information.


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.

This is an appointment under the Department of Labor's (DOL) Recent Graduates program.  The program duration is one year.  Upon successful completion of the program and at the agency's discretion, the appointee may be converted to a term or permanent position in the competitive service.

Appointee must sign a DOL Pathways Program Participant Agreement.

The entire duration of the appointment constitutes a trial period.

Appointee must be a U.S. citizen in order to be eligible for conversion to a permanent position in the competitive service upon completion of the program.

This position is located in the Office of Employee and Labor-Management Relations (OELMR), which is within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management's (OASAM) Human Resources Center (HRC).

The mission of the OELMR is to develop and administer a comprehensive employee and labor-management relations program pursuant to Title 5 of the Civil Service Reform Act.  In the Department of Labor (DOL), this is done by establishing effective and sound relationships between management and employees, and with exclusive labor unions at all organizational levels.

The incumbent will provide technical advice and guidance to Departmental managers, as well as serve as a technical advisor to management's representative during the negotiation of bargaining agreements.

This position is located outside the bargaining unit.

The full performance level is GS-12.

This position will not be filled until the Department's Placement Assistance Programs have been fully utilized.

Applications for this announcement will be accepted online by clicking the "Apply Online" button.


  • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
  • Must be at least 16 years of age.
  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
  • The announcement may be used to fill additional like positions.


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- Develop responses to help administer or resolve employee relations situations/problems.

- Research the statutory or contractual obligation of Departmental management to communicate, consult, or negotiate with the DOL exclusive representatives concerning conditions of employment during the term of existing collective bargaining agreements.

- Along with senior specialist, assist DOL executives, managers, supervisors, and Regional and Agency Labor and Employee Relations Officers on employee and labor relations issues.

- Serve as the day-to-day advisor to managers and supervisors for client organizations related to disciplinary actions, adverse and performance based actions, grievances, and appeals.

- Research potential Department-wide impact and precedent-setting implications of pending disputes.

- Develop and recommend new or revised Departmental policy, standards, procedures and guidelines as a result of grievances, arbitrations, unfair labor practice cases, and MSPB cases, research, review of existing programs, changes in law or regulations or current developments in employee and labor-management relations.

- Assit with the preparation and representation of Departmental cases at third-party proceedings, i.e., before an arbitrator, the Federal Labor Relations Authority, Merit System Protection Board, or other adjudicative body.


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To qualify at the GS-9 level you must possess:

A master's degree or equivalent graduate degree,

OR; Two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or equivalent graduate degree,

OR; Specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 level in the Federal Government.  Specialized experience is defined as: drafting or editing documentation, and conducting research concerning complex human resources issues. Incumbent should be proficient in using a variety of office automation applications including word processing, spreadsheet software, and presentation software.


*Note: One or more additional assessment tools may be applied (e.g., a structured interview, panel review, written test, work sample etc.)

To be eligible for appointment, you must meet one of the following requirements:

a.  Completed all requirements for an associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational, or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution on or after December 27, 2010 (eligibility under this provision expires July 10, 2014); or

b.  Were released or discharged from active duty within the previous two years, where you are a veteran who, due to a military service obligation, were precluded from applying for a recent graduate appointment during any portion of the two-year eligibility period following completion of your degree or certificate requirements, provided that not more than six years have transpired since you completed your degree or certificate requirements.

In addition, if you wish use your education as a basis for meeting the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must submit academic transcripts demonstrating that you meet the qualifying educational requirements.  If specific course work is required to fulfill the minimum qualification requirements, you must supply transcripts from each academic institution in which the required courses were taken in order to receive credit for that course work.  See the Qualifications and Evaluations section of this announcement for more details.

If you do not submit sufficient academic documentation necessary to demonstrate that you meet the eligibility and minimum qualification requirements described in this announcement, your application will be deemed incomplete and you will be ineligible for further consideration for this vacancy.

College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign Education - The Department of Labor does not recognize academic degrees from unauthorized secondary schools or post-secondary institutions that are not accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the Department of Education.  Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service. If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position.

Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information.

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


Applicants meeting the eligibility and minimum qualification requirements will be evaluated against the competencies described below and will be placed into one of the following quality categories, based on responses to the vacancy questionnaire:

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 the 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 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):

1.  Writing – Uses correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling to communicate information (for example, facts, ideas, or messages) in a clear, succinct, and organized manner.  Composes written information, which may include technical material,  that is appropriate for the intended audience.

2.  Decision Making/Problem Solving – Employs strategic and critical approaches to decision-making and/or problem solving, e.g. identifying, and considering issues/problems, determining accuracy and relevance of information, as well as generating, identifying, evaluating, and implementing  alternative solution approaches, to resolve issues/problems,  deliver services and provide value.

3.  Oral Communication - Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.

4.  Customer Service - Works with peers, clients and those use or receive the services or products produced, to secure information, assess needs, provide information or assistance, resolve problems, or satisfy expectations in a manner that demonstrates a commitment to quality.

5.  HR Program Knowledge and Application - Uses programs, principles, practices, guidelines, systems and other techniques pertaining to Federal human resources management.

6.  Labor Management Relations – Works with the development of case strategies;  articulates and meets all necessary elements of just cause and burdens of proof, grievability, timeliness, appropriate remedies, negotiability, and arbitability; recommends and drafts the specific content and organization of grievance responses; proposes settlement offers/agreements and prepares submissions; and applies negotiation, coalition building, interest-based problem solving, alternative disciplinary programs, and other conflict resolution techniques.

7.  Employee Management Relations - Works with the development of case strategies;  articulates and meets all necessary elements of just cause and burdens of proof; recommends the specific content and organization of proposal and decision notices; proposes settlement offers/agreements; prepares MSPB initial submissions; serves as technical advisor or advocate in administrative litigation; and applies negotiation, coalition building, interest-based problem solving, alternative disciplinary programs and other conflict resolution techniques.

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).  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.)

Referrals will be made in accordance with applicable reemployment priority and/or veterans' preference requirements.  Click Application of Veterans Preference for Category Rating Jobs for more information.

To preview questions please click here.


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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.


The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.



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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 .  For help, refer to the Vacancy Contact in the "Questions about this job" section.  SAVE your information before the 30 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, 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.  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


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.

- Proof of Eligibility:  Academic transcript or other official documentation from the qualifying educational institution showing that you meet the eligibility requirements for a Recent Graduate appointment, as described in the "Qualifications and Evaluations" section of this announcement. If you are claiming extended eligibility due to military service performed during the two-year period following graduation, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 showing the dates of such service.  (For active duty service members expecting to be honorably discharged or released within 120 days, click Active Duty)  

- Proof of Qualifications:  Academic transcripts sufficient to demonstrate that you meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, as described in this announcement, where you are seeking to qualify, at least in part, on the basis of your education.  See "Qualifications and Evaluations."

- Veterans' Preference 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:

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

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.


Brady Smith
Phone: 202-693-0410
Fax: 000-000-0000
TDD: 202-693-7758
Agency Information:
Labor, Ofc Asst Sec Admin and Management
200 Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC
Fax: 000-000-0000


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.

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