Job Overview

Summary

Become a part of the Department that touches the lives of every American!  At the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) you can give back to your community, state, and country by making a difference in the lives of Americans everywhere.  It is the principal agency for protecting the health of citizens.  Join HHS and help to make our world healthier, safer, and better for all Americans.

Who May Apply:  Federal employees with career or career-conditional appointments in the competitive service; former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility based on previous career or career-conditional appointments; displaced Federal employees requesting special priority selection consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP); veterans who are preference eligibles or who have been separated under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of continuous active service; Military Spouses; PHS Commissioned Corps Officers; and individuals with disabilities.

These positions are located within the Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration, Office of Human Resources, in Bethesda, MD.  This announcement may be used to fill multiple positions in multiple locations.

Duties

The incumbent works to ensure that expert labor and employee relations operations and services are provided to the assigned client base.  Assures that recommended courses of action are in full compliance with all applicable laws, rules, regulations, policies, collective bargaining agreement and all other civil service requirements and standards.  Is fully engaged in local mid-term bargaining and assists with contract negotiations.  Interacts with managers, union officials, national representatives and attorneys on labor relations matters.  Acts as technical advisor and may be called to represent the Agency before third parties; prepares cases and works with appropriate council to assure that cases and arbitration's are presented in a professional manner.

Provides client managers with interpretations of the agency employee-relations procedures, practices, policies, and guidelines, concerning highly controversial, precedent setting issues.  Review employee relations program activities and provide advice on complex and multi-faceted issues while serving as a technical expert on implementing and administering conduct and performance management programs.  The incumbent of this position will also serve as the expert in the area of discipline and adverse actions; provide guidance to clarify issues, resolve conflicting guidance and respond to program issues where there is the potential for serious impact on the Client's mission such as complaints, grievances, and appeals that overlap the EEO or Labor Relations Areas.