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Job Title:  Human Resources Specialist (Employee Relations/Labor Relations)
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  VHA-652-13-PAD-909291

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$48,408.00 to $76,138.00 / Per Year
Monday, July 22, 2013 to Monday, August 05, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Richmond, VA United StatesView Map
Current permanent employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 909291 (Include on all documents) 

To fulfill President Lincoln's promise - "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. 

How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless.  With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips.  Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.

VA Encourages Persons with Disabilities to Apply


  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Designated and-or random drug testing required
  • Background and-or security investigation required
  • Time-in-grade requirements must be met by closing date


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The Human Resources Specialist is assigned to the Employee Relations/Labor Relations Section of Human Resources Management Service at the VA Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia.  The position is responsible assisting top management and supervisors in the operation of the Employee Relations/Labor Relations programs for the facility.  The HR Specialist in Employee Relations/Labor Relations:  

  • Provides advisory services essential to enable managers and supervisors to properly plan, develop, organize, manage, and evaluate the HR employee/labor relations program. 
  • Responsible for providing a wide range of advisory services to managers relative to disciplinary and adverse actions, grievances, appeals, unfair labor practices, contract violations, workforce/work environment factors, Family Medical Leave Act regulations and properly appraising and rewarding employees. 
  • Provides a broad range of information to employees on their rights, benefits, and obligations to assist them in taking action or making decisions. 
  • Modifies guidelines to resolve complex, precedent-setting employee/labor relations issues; proposes new policies regarding employee/labor relations. 
  • Conducts extensive research into employee/labor relations cases to identify trends, patterns, or aggravating and mitigating circumstances; represents management in grievances, arbitration cases, and unfair employee/labor practice and impasse hearings. 
  • Develops moderately complex management positions, plans, etc. for mid-term negotiations.
  • Prepares management for contract negotiations by providing contract interpretations. 
  • Represents management as negotiator or technical advisor and attempts to further the partnership between management and labor organizations.  
  • Assists supervisor in the development of complex agency positions.  
  • Implements negotiated agreement, providing supervisors and managers with interpretation of provisions as they apply to component practices, as well as, individual incidents. 
  • Provides training and orientation to supervisors and managers. 
  • Promotes alternate dispute resolution.  
  • Represents the activity as technical advisor or representative for management in third party proceedings with potential impact in several different serviced organizations.   Investigates grievances, ULP charges, and union complaints on routine matters in the pre-litigation stage for possible settlement or withdrawal.  
  • Provides guidance, consultation, advice and assistance to management on all aspects of employee relations issues. This includes, but is not limited to: grievances, disciplinary and adverse actions, ethics; employee assistance programs; performance based actions; reasonable accommodation and a variety of leave issues including family medical leave, LWOP and authorized absence. 
  • Assists management in ensuring timely delivery of performance appraisals, identification of performance-related deficiencies, and proper recognition of employee contributions. 
  • Provides situational analysis involving moderately complex employee relations matters to determine appropriate corrective action. Develops and proposes courses of action to resolve problems based on knowledge and interpretation of administrative case law, regulations, policies, and judgment. Coordinates and communicates with the servicing staff and legal office, as appropriate. 
  • Prepares cases and serves as technical advisor or personally represents the organization at hearings relative to adverse actions, performance-based actions, and grievances utilizing knowledge of the policies, procedures, and precedents of relevant adjudicating bodies. 
  • Adjudicates suitability cases. Assures that official case files are properly maintained with complete documentation to support recommended or final action. Informs employees of their rights and the avenues available to them in dealing with work issues and concerns.  
  • Analyzes grievances, appeals and complaints to identify systemic problems and recommends solutions.  
  • May be assigned to work various related special projects using established case files, databases, etc., and presents data in an orderly and timely fashion.  

Work schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Position Description Title/PD#:  Human Resources Specialist (Employee Relations/Labor Relations), GS-201-11,  PD#025860 (GS-201-9, #02460A)

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Status:  Exempt

Supervisory Position:  No.

Bargaining Unit Position:  No

Recruitment/Relocation Incentives:  May be authorized

Relocation Expenses:  Not authorized


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SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:  At least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 in Federal Service.

SUBSTITUTING EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE:   Master's or equivalent graduate degree OR 2 full years of progessively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree OR LLB, or JD can be substituted for specialized experience when the edcuation is in a related field.


SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:  At least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 in Federal Service.

SUBSTITUTING EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE:   PhD or equivalent doctoral degree OR 3 full years of progessively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree OR LLM, can be substituted for specialized experience when the edcuation is in a related field.

COMBINING EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:   Education and experience can be combined.  Please see OPM Qualification Standards for the GS- TAG:Series series for details on how to calculate.

Education and/or experience should demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and abilities: 

  • Knowledge of labor and/or employee relations management theories, concepts, practices, laws and regulatory guidelines relating to Federal labor relations.
  • Ability to apply provisions contained in Federal regulations, policies and directives.
  • Ability to provide assistance and consultation to managers, supervisors and employees.
  • Ability to communicate orally and interact with individuals and groups.
  • Ability to gather, organize and analyze data and facts in order to recommend solutions and prepare.
  • Ability to use automation to present information and training.

Unofficial transcripts are required whenever qualifying based on education.  Education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. A transcript or course listing must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit OPM's web site at 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  The work is primarily performed sitting at a desk although it may involve some walking to attend meetings at other offices or worksites.  No special physical exertion is required. 

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. *** If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. ***



In order to meet time-in-grade for this position, individuals who have held a Federal non-temporary General Schedule appointment within the previous 52 weeks must have held the GS-7 grade or higher for one year. 


In order to meet time-in-grade for this position, individuals who have held a Federal non-temporary General Schedule appointment within the previous 52 weeks must have held the GS-9 grade or higher for one year. 


After the vacancy announcement closes, applications will be evaluated against the questionnaire responses to insure that you meet the minimum qualification requirements and that your application reflects the knowledges, skills, and abilities required of the position. 


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Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life.  For more information please visit us at


  • Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more
  • Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP):  Provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more before any veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at
  • Performance Based Interviewing (PBI):  PBI is utilized by our agency as part of the selection process.  Please consult the website at for further information.
  • Additional vacancies: This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.



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All applicants are encouraged to apply online.

To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 
Monday, August 05, 2013 to receive consideration.


1.    To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.


2.    Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.


It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. 


To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents.

You are encouraged to apply online.   Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.  If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

1.  To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information.  Identify your documents with the vacancy ID which is:909291.

2.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials.   The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, August 05, 2013 to receive consideration.   Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:

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

2.  Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items .  

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.


  • Mailed/e-mailed application packages will not be accepted.  Paper application packages can be faxed in Human Resources at the McGuire VA Medical Center in room 2K-150 from current VA bargaining unit employees ONLY.  Manual submissions must be received by 4:00 PM on the closing date of the vacancy announcement. 
  • Incomplete application packages will receive a rating of IFM (ineligible due to missing forms).  Requests for reconsideration will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package.  We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, fax transmissions, delays in mail service, etc.


The following documents should be included in your application package: 

  • Resume (required)  Include month/year "from' and "to" information for each position held.
  • Declaration of Federal Employment OF 306 – ( (all applicants except current Richmond VAMC employees)
  • Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire. (required)
  • Unofficial college transcript (required, if education is used to qualify) An official college transcript will be required before being selected.
  • Current Federal employees should submit a copy of their most recent performance appraisal.
  • Transfer/Reinstatement Eligibles must submit a copy of their latest/last Notification of Personnel Action SF-50B.
  • Veterans eligibility documentation such as DD-214 or equivalent, SF-15 and VA Letters, as appropriate.
  • Any other documentation of education/awards/training, etc. which would enhance your qualifications for this position. 


Patty A. Davis
Phone: (804)675-5095
Agency Information:
VHA Richmond VAMC
Department of Veterans Affairs MC
1201 Broad Rock Blvd
HR Management Service - 05
Richmond, VA


After the vacancy announcement closes and a referral certificate is issued, an electronic notification letter - or e-mail - will be sent to applicants who provide an e-mail address.  Otherwise, you will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service within 2 to 4 weeks.

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