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Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:Citizenship and Immigration Services

Job Announcement Number:CIS-STU-983095-HCT

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$31,315.00 to $50,431.00 / Per Year


Thursday, October 24, 2013 to Monday, October 28, 2013




Full Time - Recent Graduates




5 vacancies in the following location:
South Burlington, VT View Map


Recent Graduate Eligibles within the local commuting area.


Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyber space and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services secures America's promise as a nation of immigrants by providing accurate and useful information to our customers, granting immigration and citizenship benefits, promoting an awareness and understanding of citizenship, and ensuring the integrity of our immigration system. Visit us at

This is a Recent Graduate position in the Pathways Program.  Selected individuals are placed in a dynamic one year developmental program in the excepted service designed to lead to a civil service career in the Federal government.  At the successful conclusion of this program, the agency may non-competitively convert individuals to a term or permanent position in the competitive service. Conversion to a Federal competitive service position will be at the discretion of the agency and is neither guaranteed nor implied.

Every day, our Human Resources Specialists perform a full range of activities in recruiting, screening, and referring qualified applicants to hiring officials; interpreting and explaining human resources policies, procedures, laws and regulations; conducting position reviews and appropriately classifying them; and providing in-depth overviews of employee benefits and retirement.

Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Management Directorate, Office of Human Capital and Training, Human Resources Operations Center, South Burlington, VT within the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. This position of HUMAN RESOURCES SPECIALIST (RECENT GRADUATES) starts at a salary of $31,315.00(GS-05 step 1), with promotion potential to $89,450, GS-0201-12, step 10.  For definitions of terms found in this announcement, please click here.

USCIS will not pay relocation expenses.

This position is not in the bargaining unit.

This position is not considered "essential" for purposes of reporting to work when the facility might otherwise be closed.

USCIS may fill one or more positions using this vacancy.



  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. National to apply for this position
  • Successfully pass a Background Investigation including financial disclosure
  • You must pass a drug screening
  • Meet relevant experience and/or education requirements
  • You must submit resume and supporting documentation
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with the Selective Service


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As a participant in the Pathways Recent Graduates Program, you will receive both formal and on-the-job training to develop the required knowledge and skill to successfully perform the duties of the position.  Those duties will include:

·         Performing a full range of recruitment and placement activities in support of management’s goal to identify, attract, and retain a high quality and diverse workforce that is capable of accomplishing the agency’s mission to include: job analyses, evaluation and referral of applicants, and the processing of all personnel actions using established regulatory guidelines;

·         Establishing and maintaining an effective position management and classification program using a full range of position classification and position management principles, policies, concepts, practices, and techniques to communicate grade distinctions to management with supporting criteria and justification and providing recommendations to management on organizational design with emphasis on career development;

·         Performing a full range of employee benefits activities in support of management’s goal to help employees obtain maximum gains from available benefits by providing program administration, research, and case management in matters related to life, health, and long-term care insurance and the Thrift Savings Plan.


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GS-05:  You qualify at the GS-05 level if you possess three (3) years of general experience, one (1) of which is equivalent to at least the GS-04 level in the federal government, which has equipped you with the skills needed to successfully perform the duties of the position. You must have experience performing the following duties:

  • Analyzing problems to identify significant factors, gathering pertinent data, and recognizing solutions; planning and organizing work; and providing communication through oral and written processes.  Such experience may have been gained in administrative, professional, technical, investigative, or other responsible work.  Experience in substantive and relevant secretarial, clerical, or other responsible work may be qualifying as long as it provided evidence of the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the duties of the position to be filled.  Experience of general clerical nature (typing, filing, routine procedural processing, maintaining records, or other non-specialized tasks) is not creditable.  OR
  • You may substitute successful completion of a Bachelor’s degree or a full 4-year course of study in any field, leading to a Bachelor’s degree, for the experience required at the GS-05 grade level.  This education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university.  One year of full-time undergraduate study is defined as 30 semester or 45 quarter hours.


GS-07:  In addition to the requirements at the lower grade level(s), you qualify at the GS-07 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience which is equivalent to the GS-05 level in the federal government, which has equipped you with the skills needed to successfully perform the duties of the position.  You must have experience performing the following duties:

  • Providing basic information on the procedural and regulatory requirements governing various recruitment processes, establishment and classification of positions, and employee benefits (i.e., life insurance, health benefits, and savings plan programs); gathering and analyzing basic facts; and conducting simple qualification analysis of candidates applying for positions. OR
  • You may substitute superior academic achievement for the experience required at the GS-07 level.  You must have completed the requirements for a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale, class standing in the upper third of a graduating class or major subdivision, or membership in a national scholastic honor society.  OR
  • You may also substitute successful completion of one (1) full-year of graduate level education for the experience required at the GS-7 grade level.  This education must have been obtained from an accredited college or university and demonstrate the skills necessary to do the work of the position.  (A course of study in human resources management, or related fields, is qualifying.)  Check with your school to determine how many credit hours comprise a year of graduate education.  If that information is not available, use 18 semester or 27 quarter hours.


To meet the Program requirements, you must have obtained a qualifying degree to include an Associates, Bachelor's, Master's, Professional, Doctorate, OR obtained a Vocational, Technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution, within the previous two years.  Preference eligible veterans who were precluded from applying due to to their military service obligation begin their two year eligibility period upon release or discharge from active duty.  Eligibility for these veterans cannot exceed six years from the date on which the degree or certification was completed.

All education must be accredited by accredited 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 accredited institutions.  Applicants may verify accreditation at the following website:


Pathways Participant Agreement:  All Recent Graduates are required to sign the Pathways Program Participant Agreement which outlines program requirements and non-competitive conversion eligibility.

Residency Requirement:  There is a residency requirement for all applicants not currently employed by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.  This residency requirement states that candidates must have, for three of the last five years immediately prior to applying for this position; (1) resided in the United States; OR (2) worked for the United States Government as an employee overseas in a Federal or Military capacity, OR (3) been a dependent of a U.S. Federal or Military employee serving overseas.


We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements.  If you meet the minimum qualifications, we will place you in one of three categories based on your responses to the on-line questionnaire regarding experience, education, or training:

Best Qualified:  Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of all evaluation criteria.

Well-Qualified:  Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of the evaluation criteria.

Qualified:  Applicants possessing the basic qualifications, with general knowledge, skills, and abilities.


The competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job are:

  • Recruitment and Placement
  • Classification
  • Employee Benefits

NOTE:  Your resume and supporting documents will be verified.  If you rated yourself higher than what is supported by your application material, you may be excluded from consideration for this job.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.


If you fall into the Best Qualified category, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview.  To preview the job questionnaire, click here View Assessment Questions.


Veterans:  Veterans with 5-point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they qualify.  Veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are listed in the best qualified category, except when the position being filled is scientific, professional at the GS-09 grade level, or higher.  This position is not considered scientific/professional.  For information on veterans’ preference, please click here. 


On November 21, 2011, the President signed the VOW (Veterans Opportunity to Work) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 (Public Law 112-56).  The VOW Act amended chapter 21 of title 5, United States Code (U.S.C.) by adding section 2108a, "Treatment of certain individuals as veterans, and preference eligible."

  • Applicants who are active duty service members and apply for federal employment shall be considered for competitive service positions and granted tentative veteran's preference status when they submit a certification, in lieu of a DD214, when applying to a federal job.
  • A certification is any written document from the armed forces that certifies that the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty under honorable conditions no later than 120 days from the date of the certification is signed.
  • Based on the immediate need to fill this position, service member must be within the 120 day timeline and an actual expected date of discharge or separation must be clearly identified or they will not be considered at this time.


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DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including:  health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays.  Other benefits may include:  flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers.  DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities.  For more information, go to and select “benefits.”


Background Investigation:  To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy.  To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo a background investigation and be found eligible as a condition of placement into this position.  This may include a review of financial issues such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support, and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.

USCIS uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees.  To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit



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Your application must be received by 11:59PM EST on Monday, October 28, 2013.  To begin your online application, click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register or sign into USAJOBS, take the online questionnaire, and submit the required documents.  See Required Documents section for more detail. 

We strongly encourage you to apply online.  If you cannot apply online, you may FAX your resume, assessment questionnaire, and supporting documents to (478)757-3144. You must print a copy of OPM Form 1203-FX, document your responses to the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and use the official FAX cover sheet found here.

If you do not have access to a computer or fax, you must contact the Human Resource office listed below at least one day prior to the closing date for instructions.  Applications will not be accepted by mail.

To Fax a Resume or Supporting Documents:

If you previously uploaded documents to this vacancy, please do not FAX the same documents. If you need to fax a part of your documentation:

  • Use the official FAX cover sheet found here.
  • Make sure that you include the 8-character vacancy identification number: "MB983095”
  • Provide your SSN, name, and address in the blocks provided or we will not be able to associate your document(s) with the rest of your application.
  • Print your SSN and Name neatly using the exact name as the one used when you filled out the assessment questionnaire.
  • The fax number is 1-478-757-3144.


  • Resumes:  Your resume must show relevant experience and/or education, including work schedules and hours worked per week, as well as dates of employment.
  • Transcripts:  You must submit a copy of your college transcript (unofficial is acceptable).  For verification purposes, the transcript submitted must include your name and date degree or certification was conferred.  Those with foreign education, click this link. 
  • Are you a veteran?  Submit Member Copy 4 of your DD214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty).  Those applying for 10-point preference must fill out the SF-15 (click here for the form) and provide the required documentation listed on the back of the form.  If applying as a disabled veteran, submit a copy of the letter from the Veterans Administration, or other formal documentation, that clearly identifies overall rating of disability.  If applying based on eligibility under the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act, you must submit certification from the armed forces that you will be discharged or released from active duty within 120 days from the date on the certification.  This must indicate your dates of service, your rank, and confirm that you will be separated under honorable conditions.  Click here for more veterans' information.


Phone: (802)660-1145
Agency Information:
US Citizenship and Immigration Services
70 Kimball Avenue
South Burlington, VT


Once you submit your application, we will assess your experience and training, identify the best qualified applicants, and refer those applications to the selecting official for further consideration and a possible interview. We will notify you by email at various stages in the process (learn more). Your status will also be updated on USAJOBS throughout the process. To check your status, log on to your USAJOBS account, click on "Application Status," and then click "More Information." We expect to make a final job offer within 90 days after the deadline for applications. If you are selected, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

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