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Job Title:  Supv. Human Resources Spec. (ER-LR-ED) - GS - 0201 - 14 (Open to Status and VEOA Applicants) - BP
Department:  Department Of Transportation
Agency:  Federal Railroad Administration
Job Announcement Number:  FRA.AD-2013-0018

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$105,211.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, July 02, 2013 to Thursday, July 11, 2013
Full Time - - Permanent
1 vacancy - Washington, DC, US  View Map
  • Current or former federal employees with status OR
  • Veterans eligible under VEOA


The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is responsible for ensuring safety of the Nation's passenger and freight rail operations and infrastructure by promoting safe, efficient and accessible rail transportation. The mission and focus of FRA has grown to include the design and management of an unprecedented investment in the creation of a nationwide passenger rail network. FRA is providing leadership for the creation of a more balanced transportation system, transforming the way Americans travel.

You will function as the supervisor for the Employee Relations/Labor Relations and Career Development Staff (RAD-12) for the Office of Human Resources, Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), United States Department of Transportation (DOT) in Washington, D.C.  The assigned mission of the Staff is the planning, development, implementation and administration of programs related to labor management, employee relations, labor relations, performance evaluations, awards and recognition, employee development and training coordination and presentation.

The ideal candidate for this position will serve as a supervisor with experience providing authoritative advice and guidance to all management levels and employees on issues regarding employee relations, labor relations, employee development, performance management, awards and recognition, leave, work schedules, and telework. 



  • You must be a status candidate and meet specialized experience
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM ET on the closing date
  • Provide all required documents by closing date
  • Position is telework eligible
  • Announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 30 days


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As the Supervisory Human Resources Spec. (ER- LR-ED), you will:

  • Serve as the Supervisory Employee Relations Officer for the FRA. Also function as the FRA subject matter expert, charged with the overall responsibility for the receipt, analysis, preparation, coordination, review, finalization of material and ultimate closure and disposal of all cases bought within your purview.
  • Provide technical advice to FRA managers and supervisors assigned to posts throughout the Nation, concerning methods of handling all types of employee relations problems. 
  • Research and explain to supervisors and managers statutory and regulatory policies and procedures regarding subject matter.
  • Serve as the Office of Human Resources' technical expert in cases litigated before the Merit Systems Protection Board, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Federal Court System, or any other arbitration or appeal forum. Monitor and coordinate actions on cases appealed, analyze the issues involved in the appeal and prepare the FRA response based upon an understanding of the action and research into precedent decisions on similar cases.
  • Serve as technical expert on matters concerning Telecommuting, Alternative Work Schedule programs, pay and leave.
  • Be responsible for the design, implementation, and evaluation of the two performance appraisals systems (PMS and SES) utilized within the FRA and ensure their conformance to the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA).
  • Be responsible for the design, implementation, and evaluation of the FRA awards and recognition program.
  • Monitor, analyze, and evaluate the effectiveness of current FRA training plans, programs, studies, methods and results in terms of their fulfilling the overall and special training needs of FRA workforce.
  • Expert in the realm of partnerships, extending from the internal partnering activities between operational offices within the FRA; interagency partnerships within the modal administrations of the US Department of Transportation; and with the other US governmental agencies, offices, bureaus, etc.


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To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet the specialized experience requirements.

LEVEL To qualify, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equal or equivalent to the following:
  • Experience providing advisory services, authoritative case law, and alternative dispute resolutions to program managers OR rendering authoritative policy interpretation, case law and alternative dispute resolutions in employee conduct and performance AND labor relations matters.
Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.



  • SELECTIVE SERVICE: Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.
  • SUPERVISORY PROBATIONARY PERIOD: New Supervisors must complete a one-year supervisory probationary period (unless already completed.
  • GOVERNMENT TRAVEL CARD: You must be able to obtain and retain a Government contractor-issued travel card to be used for official business as a condition of employment. If unable to obtain and/or retain a card, you may be subject to removal. Those who fail to meet this condition of employment will have our offer of employment rescinded.
  • TIME-IN-GRADE: Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade to satisfy time-in-grade requirements contained in 5 CFR 300, Subpart F.


The Automated Staffing Office is ultimately responsible for determining your final rating. Please ensure that your resume and application provide enough detail to support your answers to the Vacancy Specific Questions. Your application will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position. Your answers to the Vacancy Specific questions, your self-determined rating, resume and supporting documentation are reviewed. If your resume and supporting documents do not support your answers to the Vacancy Specific Questions, your final rating may be modified.
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Benefits include health and life insurance, annual and sick leave, and retirement benefits. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal Employees here. This position is telework eligible.


Displaced employees may be eligible for ICTAP or CTAP priority consideration. For more information, please review the OPM Employee's Guide to Career Transition.


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You must submit a complete application package (including resume, vacancy questions and supporting documents) no later than midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.
  • To begin, click the Apply Online button on the job announcement.
  • Follow the directions to register, submit all required documents and complete the assessment questionnaire.
  • You may review your saved application(s) at
If you are having difficulty applying online, send an email to or call us at (202)366-1298.


The following documents must be provided by the closing date:
  • RESUME - Showing relevant experience and education and fully supporting the required specialized experience.
  • SF-50 - Which verifies grade, full performance level of position, and eligibility for consideration as a status applicant
  • DD214 - Verifying military service and eligibility for consideration under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act.
  • SPECIAL APPOINTING AUTHORITY DOCUMENTS - If requesting concurrent consideration for Non-competitive (NC) appointment eligibility (e.g. military spouse or persons with disabilities), you must provide appropriate supporting documentation such as PCS orders describing move & marriage certificate; letter from VA or DD214 describing 100% disability of spouse; letter from State Vocational Office certifying disability, etc. For more information, visit military spouse NC appointments or Persons with Disabilities NC appointments. Documents are only required if requesting non-competitive consideration.
  • DISPLACED EMPLOYEE PLACEMENT DOCUMENTS: - Only required if requesting priority consideration under https:</A>.  You must submit ALL of the FOLLOWING: your most recent performance appraisal, the proof of eligibility letter from the Agency and your most current SF-50, displaying current series and grade.  To receive priority consideration, you MUST be deemed well qualified for this vacancy (falling in the Gold Category).

Failure to submit any of the required documents by the closing date of the vacancy will result in your removal from consideration for this position.


Automated Staffing Office
Phone: 202-366-1298
Fax: 571-258-4052
Agency Information:
Submit Application and Documents Online
1200 New Jersey Ave SE / HAHR - 50
Washington, DC
Fax: 571-258-4052


You may check your application status by logging into your USAJOBS account. Within two weeks of the closing date, your application will be reviewed and rated. Ratings will be determined based on the documents and information received by the closing date. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration. If you are selected for an interview, the hiring manager will contact you directly. Once a hiring decision is made, we will notify all applicants of their final status.

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