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Job Title:Human Resources Specialist (Labor and Employee Relations)

Department:Department Of Health And Human Services

Agency:Food and Drug Administration

Job Announcement Number:HHS-FDA-13-MP-942425

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$74,872.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, August 15, 2013 to Thursday, August 29, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0201-12/13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

Many vacancies in the following location:
Bethesda, MD United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)

JOB 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.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Time in grade must be met by the closing date of this announcement
  • Most recent SF-50
  • Must provide documents to support eligibility

DUTIES:

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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.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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GS-12:  You must have one (1) year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-0201-11 grade level.  The experience may have been granted in either the public or private sector.  One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis.  Specialized experience for this position includes:  utilizing analytical and diagnostic concepts, techniques, practices, and procedures to provide assistance in solving workforce issues and implementing organizational and procedural changes advising top management on complex and difficult LR/ER issues; working closely with union and management officials to facilitate union pre-decisional involvement in decision making and to resolve problems.

 

GS-13:  You must have one (1) year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-0201-12 grade level.  The experience may have been granted in either the public or private sector.  One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis.  Specialized experience for this position includes:  applying a wide range of human resources management concepts, laws, policies, practices, analytical, and diagnostic methods and techniques sufficient to solve a wide range of interrelated human resources problems and issues; conducts extensive research into labor relations and employee relations cases to identify trends, patterns , or aggravating/mitigating circumstances; works closely with union and management officials to facilitate union pre-decisional involvement in decision making and to resolve problems; advise top management on complex and difficult LR and ER issues.

 

     

Documenting experience:  In accordance with Office of Personnel Management policy, federal employees are assumed to have gained experience by performing duties and responsibilities appropriate for their official series and grade level as described in their position description.  Experience that would not normally be part of the employee's position is creditable, however, when documented by satisfactory evidence, such as a signed memorandum from the employee's supervisor or an SF-50 or SF-52 documenting an official detail or other official assignment. The documentation must indicate whether the duties were performed full time or, if part time, the percentage of times the other duties were performed. It is expected that this documentation is included in the employee's official personnel record. In order to receive credit for experience in your resume that is not within the official series and grade level of your official position, you must provide a copy of the appropriate documentation of such experience as indicated above.


 

Conditions of Employment:

 

1. Security and Background Requirements:  If not previously completed, a background security investigation will be required for all appointees.  Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication.  Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action.  In addition, if hired, a background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time.  Applicants are also advised that all information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation.  False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection and/or appropriate disciplinary action.

 

2. E-Verify:  If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" System.  Federal law requires DHS to use the E-Verify System to verify employment eligibility of all new hires, and as a condition of continued employment obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is an E-Verify Participant.

 

3. Direct Deposit:  All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

 

4. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

 

5. Financial disclosure statement may be required.

 

6. One-year probationary period may be required.

 

7. Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid: No

 

8. Bargaining Unit Position: No

 

9. Drug Screening Required: No

 

10. Time in grade (TIG) must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Once the application process is complete, a review of the resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job.  If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration for this position.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.  Merit Promotion Procedures for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) procedures will be used to rate and rank candidates.  The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position.  Qualified candidates will be ranked into one of two categories:  Best Qualified or Qualified.
 

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

 

1.  Knowledge of and skill in applying laws, rules, regulations and policies to address unfair labor practices, arbitration, negotiated grievances, mid-term negotiations and other Federal labor relations functions.

 

2.  Knowledge of and skill in applying laws, rules, regulations and policies to address performance and conduct based actions, including but not limited to performance improvement plans disciplinary and adverse actions, third party appeals, such as MSPB, EEO, etc.

 

3.  Knowledge of and skill in conflict resolution.

 

4.  Ability to perform detailed analysis and draw conclusions in order to recommend solutions to complex labor and employee relations matters.

 

5.  Ability to communicate orally and in writing.

 

6.  Skill in serving as subject matter expert, managing one or more staff projects simultaneously, and conducting training.


BENEFITS:

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The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc.



OTHER INFORMATION:

If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility.  If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.  For more information on veterans’ preference see http://www.usajobs.gov/Veterans

 

Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see http://www.sss.gov).

 

For information on "People with Disabilities" please visit http://opm.gov/disability/PeopleWithDisabilities.asp

 

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) or Career transition Assistance Program (CTAP): 

For information on how to apply as an ICTAP/CTAP eligible see: http://opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ictap.  To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85.0 or above on the rating criteria for this position.



HOW TO APPLY:

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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 Thursday, August 29, 2013 to receive consideration.

  • 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.
  • 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, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, 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.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
   ·Resume

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
   ·DD-214
   ·SF-15
   ·SF-50


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 http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is TAG:942425.

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 TAG:Thursday, August 29, 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 http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf

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.

4. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the Bethesda Customer HelpDesk at (888) 478-4340; TTY/TDD: (800) 877-8339; or by email quickquestions@psc.gov.  The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

For Résumé and Application Tips visit: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Tips.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

FDA Helpdesk
Phone: (888)478-4340
Fax: (478)757-3144
Email: QUICKQUESTIONS@PSC.GOV
Agency Information:
HHS FDA Center
10903 New Hampshire Avenue
Silver Spring, MD
20993 Fax: (478)757-3144

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful.  The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  We expect to make a selection within 45 days of the closing date of this announcement.

You will receive notice via email or by mail, if no email address was provided by you during the application process, once this process is completed (generally 4-6 weeks).


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Job Announcement Number:

HHS-FDA-13-MP-942425

Control Number:

349491400