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Job Title:Correctional Program Officer (Chief, Labor Relations Branch)

Department:Department Of Justice

Agency:Justice, Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System

Job Announcement Number:CO-2014-0021

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$123,758.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, November 04, 2013 to Tuesday, November 19, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0006-15

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

15

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - Washington DC, DC View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

THIS IS A DELEGATED EXAMINING ANNOUNCEMENT OPEN TO ALL U.S. CITIZENS.



DIVISION:
Labor Relations Branch
Human Resources Management Division 
Central Office, Washington, D.C.

JOB SUMMARY:

Why is it Great to Work for the Federal Bureau of Prisons?

Do your career justice and consider a career with the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP). In addition to being regarded as a family and career-oriented agency, the BOP offers a broad range of exciting career opportunities in a work environment that promotes integrity, diversity, and professional development. With over 38,000 highly motivated individuals, the Federal Bureau of Prisons is one of the most unique agencies in the United States Department of Justice where each employee's day-to-day performance makes a difference.

Will the Federal Bureau of Prisons Pay for me to Move?

Reimbursement IS NOT authorized for travel and transportation for this position.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship is Required.
  • See Special Conditions of Employment Section.
  • Selective Service Requirement: Click Here

DUTIES:

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Incumbent serves as the coordinator for the nationwide Labor Management Relations program within the Bureau of Prisons (BOP). Incumbent is a principal member and ordinarily the Chief Negotiator for the national management team in the negotiation of all national labor agreements, Memoranda of Understanding, and policy issuances within the BOP.
 
Incumbent has continuing responsibility to assure compliance with the Master Agreement in accordance with the interest and spirit of the Federal Service Labor Management Relations Statute, as promulgated by Congress and the US Office of Personnel Management. Develops management's initial position on all issues appropriate for negotiation in preparation for collective bargaining sessions or informal negotiation with Council of Prison Locals. Incumbent conducts pre-negotiation conferences with all other members of the management negotiating team to discuss options where appropriate and then to firm up a final position on behalf of management.
 
Incumbent consults with institution management and correctional program specialist to determine the most desirable agreement provisions to be obtained. In formulating proposals, the incumbent balances the needs of the correctional environment with the needs and aspiration of the union. Incumbent is tasked with ensuring the agency's goals and objectives are achieved.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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To be considered for the position, you must meet the following qualification requirements:

Education There is no substitution of education for specialized experience for this position.

Experience You must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Specialized experience is directly related experience that included substantial involvement with a correctional program and provided a thorough knowledge of correctional techniques, or experience in meeting and dealing with people that demonstrated the ability to work effectively with inmates and associates in a correctional environment. Experience must have also demonstrated the ability to perform supervisory or administrative duties successfully. This includes (1) understanding the problems of custody, treatment, training, and release of inmates of penal or correctional institutions; (2) a thorough and comprehensive knowledge of an institution's internal policies, programs, regulations, and procedures; and (3)training subordinates, coordinating and directing activities and functions, evaluating performance of operations and the effectiveness of programs, and maintaining high standards or work objectives. This experience must have been gained in an administrative position, or in other positions that included the successful direction, or assistance in the direction of, an entire correctional program or a major phase of such a program.
 
Some examples of this qualifying experience are:

  • Experience developing management’s position on issues appropriate for negotiation in preparation for collective bargaining sessions.
  • Experience reviewing correctional institution's proposed local agreements and providing guidance during institution negotiations.
  • Experience reviewing closing arguments, briefs, and motions filed in order to insure that they actually reflect the goals and policies of the organization.

Selective Placement Factors: Applicants applying for this position MUST also possess the following Selective Factors. In the event you do not possess the Selective Factors, you will be found ineligible for the position.
 
Applicants must have one year of direct experience negotiating Federal collective bargaining agreements, or other similarly negotiated agreements/instruments which have organization impact (nationally or locally), such as policy issuances, directives, operational/procedural guidance affecting local level operations or formal Memoranda of Understanding. Applicants must establish they possess the experience of which the nature and breadth of the experience constituted part of the duties for the year(s) in which the experience is claimed. Failure to demonstrate possession of this experience will result in the applicant not meeting the eligibility requirements of the selective placement factor.
 
Applicant must address the Selective Factor in their resume.
 
Credit will be given for paid and unpaid experience. To receive proper credit, you must show the actual time (such as the number of hours worked per week) spent in activities.
 
**Your eligibility for consideration will be based on your responses to the questions in the application.**


Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP).  The ICTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies.  If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if:  1)this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well qualified for this vacancy.  To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified category using established category rating criteria. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form.  Additional information about ICTAP eligibility is at:  Click Here
 
The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the Department of Justice with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies.  If your Department of Justice component has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if:  1) this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well qualified for this vacancy.  To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified category using established category rating criteria.  You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application.  Additional information about CTAP eligibility is at:  Click Here

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application will be evaluated and rated under DOJ's Category Rating and Selection Procedures.  Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement.  If you are qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses provided to the online assessment questionnaire.  Your application will then be placed in one of three categories:  Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified.  Candidates within the top quality category and who are eligible for veterans preference will receive selection priority over non-veteran preference eligibles.

If you are entitled to veterans preference, you should indicate the type of veterans preference you are claiming on your resume.  Although veterans preference points are not assigned under the category rating procedures described under "How You Will Be Evaluated", veterans preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-veterans within each category for which they are qualified.  

In addition, qualified veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more are placed at the top of the highest qualified category as defined by category rating procedures.

What Competencies/Knowledge, Skills and Abilities are Required for this Position?

The following Competencies/Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA's) are required: 

  • Ability to communicate orally.
  • Ability to communicate in writing.
  • Ability to establish and maintain working relationships with others.
  • Ability to persuade and motivate others.
  • Knowledge of federal labor statutes, regulations and practices.

To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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The Department of Justice offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  The link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to federal employees:  Click Here


OTHER INFORMATION:

The Department of Justice provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the hiring/servicing personnel office.  The decision of granting a reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.  Selection will be made without discrimination for any non-merit reason such as race, color, religion, national origin, age, physical disability, marital and/or parental status, membership in an employee organization, sex, or sexual orientation.  The Bureau of Prisons is an equal opportunity employer.

Special Conditions of Employment Section:

Appointment is subject to satisfactory completion of a pre-employment and panel interview, urinalysis, physical, and background investigation. All applicants are subject to, and must satisfactorily pass all screening requirements in relation to National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and credit check.

This position is not test-designated and not subject to urinalysis testing under the BOP Drug Free Workplace Plan.

HOW TO APPLY:

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You must apply through the online application system at www.USAJOBS.gov.  Follow the prompts to register, answer a few questions and submit all required documents.  

NOTE:  Submission of a resume alone is not a complete application. This position may require the completion of additional forms and/or supplemental materials as described under the Required Documents section.  Please carefully review the complete job announcement and the "How to Apply" instructions.  Failure to provide the required information and/or materials will result in your application not being considered for employment.

Claiming Veterans Preference? If yes, you MUST claim preference on-line during the application process and upload documentation to support preference claimed.   Failure to claim Veterans Preference or provide supporting documentation may result in you not receiving appropriate consideration during the assessment process.

Required supporting documentation must be submitted via mail, e-mail or transferred from USAJOBS (uploaded).

All required supporting documentation MUST be received by the Consolidated Staffing Unit by 11:59 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, on the closing date of the vacancy announcement.  Supporting documentation for announcements with an application limitation MUST be submitted the same day you apply, as these positions may close earlier than stated in the announcement.  You MUST include the vacancy announcement number on your supporting documentation.

Paper applications:  If applying online is impossible, please contact the Consolidated Staffing Unit at the telephone number listed below, prior to the closing date of the announcement for the alternate application procedure.

Contact for Assistance in Applying On-Line:
DOJ, Federal Bureau of Prisons
Consolidated Staffing Unit
346 Marine Forces Drive
Grand Prairie, TX  75051
E-Mail:  GRA-HRM/ConsolidatedStaffingUnit@bop.gov
Phone:  972-352-4200     

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

  • Veterans' Preference Documentation: Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD-214 Member Copy 4); or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that shows your military service was performed under honorable conditions.  
  • If you are currently on active duty, a statement from the appropriate Branch Personnel Office containing the following information: Name, Rank, Branch of Service, Active Duty time, Projected Separation Date and type of anticipated discharge must be provided.  
  • In addition, if you are a disabled veteran, a Purple Heart recipient, or widow/widower of a veteran, the spouse of a disabled veteran or the natural mother of a disabled or deceased veteran, you MUST submit a completed Standard Form (SF) 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference", and the other required documentation identified on the reverse side of the SF-15 to support your preference claim.  Documentation to support a disability must reflect the overall evaluation or percentage disability rating.
  • Resume showing relevant experience (cover letter optional).
  • In order to receive credit for experience contained in an uploaded resume, your employment history must be documented in month/year format (MM/YYYY), reflecting starting date and ending date and include the number of hours worked per week.  Failure to follow this format may result in disqualification.
  • SF-50 for proof of prior LEO coverage, if applicable.
Failure to provide these documents could possibly result in removal from consideration for this vacancy. 
 
If uploading documentation, do not identify/save your documents utilizing a special character such as %, #, @, etc.  Documentation should be identified/saved as VA Letter, DD214, or Transcripts.
We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, fax transmissions, delays in mail service, applicant application errors, etc.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

CSU
Phone: 972-352-4200
Fax: 000-000-0000
Email: GRA-HRM/ConsolidatedStaffingUnit@bop.gov
Agency Information:
JUSTICE, BUREAU OF PRISONS
Consolidated Staffing Unit
346 Marine Forces Drive
Grand Prairie, TX
75051
US
Fax: 000-000-0000

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

We will notify you of the outcome after each step of the application process has been completed.  Applicants will be notified via e-mail, to the e-mail address registered in USAJOBS.  The referral certificate or list of eligibles will then be issued to the selecting official for further consideration.  The Human Resource Office may then contact you for an interview if they wish.  We expect to make a final job offer within 80 days after the closing date of the announcement.

Applicants referred on a certificate of eligibles may receive an Inquiry of Availability (OF-5 Form)via e-mail, mail or a telephone inquiry from the local Human Resource Department.  Applicants MUST complete the OF-5 form and return it to the Human Resource Management Office or contact the Human Resource Department telephonically or via e-mail. Applicants MUST also telephone the Human Resource Department during normal business hours to schedule an interview.  Failure to either return the form or contact the Human Resource Department will result in a loss of consideration for the position.

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Job Announcement Number:

CO-2014-0021

Control Number:

354668700