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Job Title:  Human Resources Specialist (ER/LR)
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Benefits Administration
Job Announcement Number:  395-13-NC13-DF930148

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$50,923.00 to $66,195.00 / Per Year
Monday, July 29, 2013 to Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Full Time - Agency Employees Only
1 vacancy in the following location:
Denver, CO United StatesView Map
This vacancy is open to applicants who are eligible for noncompetitive consideration under one of the special employment hiring authorities (see below); you must submit documentation with your application to support eligibility.


Our mission: 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?

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 930148 (Please include on all documents.)


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 and leadership positions 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 professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. Click here for more information about careers in the Department of Veterans Affairs.


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. Contact the Agency Contact on the last page of the JOA for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.


  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing is not required for this position.
  • Required: Written Work Sample (see Required Documents section)


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This position is located in the Veterans Benefits Administration Human Resource Center (VBA HRC) - Denver.  As a Denver HRC labor and employee relations specialist, the incumbent will be responsible for a wide range of federal human resources management fields to include; union interactions, performance and misconduct issues, staffing, pay, classification, suitability, security, investigation, anti-discrimination, and worker’s compensation.

·       The incumbent provides advice, guidance and training to all management levels, as well as other Human Resource staff, on labor and employee relations. 

·       Incumbent spends a significant part of their time reading, writing and communicating in order to conduct research, interpret, analyze, and communicate the correct application of multiple sources of binding, conflicting, and ambiguous authority found in statutory, regulatory, policy and contractual rules. 

·       Communication and performance of duties involves managing a large workload, a diverse workforce, and managers tasked with significant agency authority and responsibility for large numbers of federal employees that require a viable recommended strategy and course of action in emotionally charged situations often with imperfect information and short response times.

·       Assists legal counsel to prepare and present the agency position, and occasionally represents the agency, before third parties reviewing personnel actions and conflicts with labor unions.

·       Provides assistance to management in drafting various types of communications to fulfill federal legal requirements during the disciplinary/adverse actions and labor relations actions.  Serves as technical advisor on all aspects of Administrative Investigations, and serves as negotiator for management during negotiations with the exclusive representative. 

·       Provides supervisors and managers with strategic counsel and advice interpreting and implementing provisions of agency policy, management of programs, and collective bargaining unit agreements and practices as they apply to individual cases. 

·       Travel is required on occasion for training and to support Western Area stations and Central Office missions as they arise.


Work Schedule: Monday – Friday (Actual hours to be determined).

Position Description: PD#: 025501

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.


Promotion Potential: The selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level.

The grade progression for this position is GS-09//11/12.

Full performance level of this position is GS-12.


Salary range:

GS-09 $50,923. through $66,195.

GS-11 $61,612. through $80,093.

GS-12 $73,484. through $96,001.


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To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Time in Grade: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements.

GS-09: To qualify for this position you must have at least one year time-in-grade at the GS-07 level or higher.

Specialized Experience:

GS-09 Level: 1 year of Specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level; or education substitution of a master’s or equivalent graduate degree, or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LLB. Or J.D., if related.

Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.  This specialized experience includes the ability to research, interpret and analyze multiple sources of binding legal authority and guidance.  Specialized experience also includes providing advice and counsel to assist decision-makers to make informed decisions and take action in compliance with all binding authority;


A combination of specialized experience as described above and more than one year of graduate education as described above which totals at least one year. (To compute, divide your total months of qualifying experience by 12. Then divide your semester hours of graduate education beyond one year by 18. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify.)


A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

COMPETENCIES:  You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) based on your application for this position.

·     Knowledge of Federal employee and labor relations statutes, regulations, principles, concepts, and case law.

·       Ability to research, interpret, analyze and communicate legal rules and principles from multiple sources of binding authority and provide counsel with analysis and recommendations that resolve the issues presented by factual circumstances that may differ from guidance and precedent.

·       Knowledge of all fields of human resources management assigned to the Denver – HRC examples; staffing, pay, classification, suitability, security, investigation, antidiscrimination, and worker’s compensation. 

·       Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with and gain the confidence and cooperation of employees, supervisors, and managers on difficult cases.

·       Knowledge of and skill in building consensus, negotiation, coalition building, mediation or alternative dispute resolution, and interest-based bargaining competencies to resolve problems, advise and counsel management of appropriate actions in tense situations, and to negotiate complex issues.

·       Ability to conduct studies and investigations, to gather information, analyze and evaluate it, and make policy and program management recommendations.  This includes adaptability of concepts, work processes, and methodologies.

If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume/application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

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: For foreign education, a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency must be submitted with your transcript. All education claimed by applicants will be verified.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  Work is primarily sedentary, with some walking, standing, bending, and carrying of lightweight items such as mail, supplies, files, records, and books.


Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.


Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form.  For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit


Your résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.


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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package.  This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:


VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies.  This position may be authorized for telework.  Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.


Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6, or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.  Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.


Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one of any combination of these methods to fill the position.

The personnel action taken as a result of this announcement will be in accordance with the policy and procedures set forth in the VA Human Resources Management Directive & Handbooks.
Application for consideration under this vacancy announcement authorizes examination of employee records (PL 93-579, Privacy Act of 1974).

This is a non-bargaining unit position.
Applicants will receive equal consideration for selection without regard to political, religious, labor organization affiliation or non-affiliation, marital status, race, color, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, non-disqualifying disabling condition, or age.

VBA provides reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. To receive a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Point of Contact listed at the beginning of the announcement. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.


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HOW TO APPLY: 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 TAG: Friday, August 30, 2013 Closing Date 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.

NOTE: 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.  The Vacancy ID is TAG 395-13-NC13-DF930148:Vacancy ID.

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 TAGFriday, August 30, 2013:Closing Date 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 TAG      View Occupational Questionnaire:Link to Full 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.


The following documents are REQUIRED:
  • Resume detailing your experience and competencies.
  • Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire (1203-FX if faxing).
  • Work Sample - Submit a four page maximum sample of your prior work that includes a discussion reflecting your research, interpretation, and analysis of rules or laws and your analysis that applies the binding authority to a relevant factual situation.  Excerpts of larger works are acceptable to meet the limitation.
  • Evidence of your eligibility to apply (ex. most recent SF-50 indicating grade and tenure; DD-214; Schedule A Letter; Civil Service Preference Letter; etc.)
  • Veterans documentation, such as a DD-214 or equivalent, SF-15 and VA Letter, as appropriate.

Use this checklist  to ensure you have submitted everything.

You will not be contacted for additional information.



Tammy Hill
Phone: (303)236-6172
Agency Information:
VBA Denver HRC
155 Van Gordon Street
Lakewood, CO


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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