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Job Title:  Human Resources Specialist (Employee Relations)
Department:  Department of the Army
Agency:  Army National Guard Units (Title 32)
Job Announcement Number:  NCAR-14-075

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$59,749.00 to $77,674.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 to Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Raleigh, NC View Map
Open to areas 1 and 2 only
Not Applicable


The National Guard is the oldest component of the Armed Forces of the United States.  Since the earliest American colonial days, citizens have joined together for collective defense.  We have a proud tradition of coming to the aid of our friends and neighbors in times of serious emergencies.  Join our National Guard team and serve your nation, your State and your community!



NATIONAL GUARD MEMBERSHIP IS REQUIRED (Dual status applicants only):  This is an excepted position that requires membership in a compatible military assignment in the North Carolina Army National Guard.  Selectee will be required to wear the military uniform.  Acceptance of an excepted position constitutes concurrence with the requirements as a condition of employment.  Applicants must be current members/employees of the North Carolina Army National Guard.


WHO CAN APPLY (Dual Status AND Non-Dual Status): The area of consideration for this position is CURRENT ON-BOARD TECHNICIANS ONLY.  Applications will only be accepted from current employees of the North Carolina Army National Guard (Dual Status) and the North Carolina National Guard (Non-Dual Status) with permanent or excepted indefinite positions.


POSITION INFORMATION:  Full-time Excepted Service  (Permanent)




MD #: 1723-211


  • Not Required


  • No


  • Must maintain membership in the National Guard for continued employment.
  • No PCS will be authorized unless agreed upon by HRO prior to the e-date.
  • Rank Requirement: ENL (E8 & below)
  • Compatibility Requirement: ENL: 42A


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Responsible for providing overall advice and assistance on a wide range of employee relations matters. As a subject matter employee relations, employee benefits, and performance management expert independently resolves difficult issues/problems. Serves as the state’s principal advisor and consultant to key management and employees on the full range of employee benefits. Manages, administers and provides advice on such programs as life and health insurance, leave, Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS), Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS), Long Term Care, and the Federal Employees Compensation Act (FECA).  Counsels’ personnel on such matters as pre-retirement,  leave usage and situations of potential FECA abuse. Conducts program analyses to determine compliance with laws, regulations and policies. Provides advice, guidance and interpretation of Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and National Guard Bureau (NGB) regulations to managers and employees. Administers and provides advice on performance management systems, the incentive awards and suggestion programs. Develops new or modified local procedures to improve the various programs effectiveness for managers and supervisors in support of the agency goals. Provides coaching and counseling to managers and supervisors on performance issues such as performance improvement plans, recognition techniques and feedback on establishment of critical elements and standards. Initiates and accomplishes coordination with other HRO Specialists, NGB, Hearing Examiners, Union representatives, management and employees on performance based appeals. Program Manager for the Incentive Awards Program.  Administers the awards program involving monetary and non-monetary recognition.  Reviews requests to ensure ratings and justifications for recommendations meet regulatory requirements. Responsible for overseeing and directing the counseling of management, employees, retirees and family members on a wide range of benefit programs such as CSRS/FERS retirement, Federal Employee Health Benefits (FEHB), Federal Employee Group Life Insurance (FEGLI), TSP and FECA. Establishes informative material for employees on new, changed, and pending policy and outlines impact on existing benefit program entitlements. Determines entitlement to retirement annuities, eligibility for continuation of life and health insurance. Provides individual employee counseling on retirement options and benefit eligibility.  Manages and advises personnel on programs such as the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Act, military or civilian deposits for CSRS/FERS, disability benefits, Light Duty program, and Workers Compensation Program. Provides technical advice on flexibility’s and appropriate use of leave issues such as Sick Leave for Family Care and Bereavement, compensatory time, leave without pay, absence without leave and military leave. Administers and provides guidance on the use of the Family and Medical Leave Act and Voluntary Leave Transfer Program. Interprets guidance and regulations to provide advice to management and employees on pay schedule adjustments, grade and pay retention, severance pay, back pay, debts, and compensation. Coordinates with United States Property and Fiscal Office and Defense Finance and Accounting Service. Develops cases taking into account the relevant laws and policies to ensure that penalties promote the efficiency of the agency. Serves as agency advisor at hearings. In consultation with other HR specialists, provides guidance to all levels of management, and employees on voluntary actions taken by management or employees in matters pertaining to abandonment of positions, change to lower grade, loss of military membership, management directed reassignments and enforced leave. Utilizes the Defense Civilian Personnel Data System for input of personnel actions, review of products, and resolves discrepancies. Monitors and ensures the FECA program is properly publicized and supervisors are provided the appropriate guidelines for use of the program.  Ensures prompt submission of claims and medical documents.  Works with Department of Labor, Civilian Personnel Management System, ANG/ARNG Safety Managers and supervisors to ensure payment of legitimate claims, questionable claims are reviewed and referred to DOL as appropriate and potential fraudulent claims are reported to the appropriate office for investigation. Reviews requests for personnel and position actions to determine impact on benefit entitlements. Develops, modifies, conducts and/or oversees the presentation of basic and/or refresher training in employee relations policies and procedures such as incentive awards, discipline, grievances, performance management, and retirement. Attends employee relations’ workshops, symposiums, etc. Trains employee(s) in assigned duties and responsibilities. Performs other duties as assigned.


PD: D1028000/N1157000


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Minimum Requirements:  Experience, education or training which involves the exercise of analytical ability, judgment, discretion, and personal responsibility, and application of a substantial body of knowledge of principles, concepts and practices applicable to one or more fields of administration or management.  Experience using computer and automation systems.


Specialized Experience:  Must have at least 36 months experience, education, or training involving the administering, delivering, maintaining, advising, and adapting advanced concepts, principles, and theories of Human Resources to the unique organizational, management, and mission requirements.  Experience assisting in the development of Human Resources policies and procedures.  Experience advising management on Human Resources principles and practices.


Knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) listed below will be used in the selection process. KSAs are important to the entire selection process and should be addressed specifically and completely within the resume'. 


1. Knowledge of, and skill in applying a wide range of HR concepts, practices, laws, regulations, policies and precedents sufficient to provide state level comprehensive HR management advisory and technical services on substantive organizational (ANG and ARNG) functions and work practices.

2. Ability to interact with all levels of management and labor unions as a strategic business partner in the delivery of performance management objectives, benefit eligibility, and may include discipline or adverse action management, requiring a broad approach and intensity of analysis.

3. Requires an understanding of the relationship between management needs and National Guard goals and objectives.

4. Ability to deal effectively with key management officials on highly controversial employee issues and decisions.

5. This position requires a broad approach and intensity to resolve complex problems and issues when guidelines are not directly applicable.

6. Practical knowledge of other HRO functional areas, i.e. Recruitment and Placement, Classification, Labor Relations, Equal Employment Opportunity, etc. for purposes of interacting and resolving issues.

7. Knowledge of the different philosophies and structures of the ANG and ARNG within the state.

8. Knowledge of the rules and procedures that apply to National Guard full-time employees, i.e., dual status (DS)/non-dual status (NDS), Active Guard Reserves (AGR), Active Duty Special Work (ADSW), etc.

9. Ability to develop and present employee programs and policies to management and employees to gain acceptance and understanding of findings and recommendations.

Quality of Experience: Level of time is not of itself qualifying. Candidates' experience should be evaluated on the basis of duties performed rather than strictly on the rank of the individual; however, established compatibility criteria/assignments must be followed.   The applicant's record of experience training, and education must show possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to fully perform the duties of the Miscellaneous Administration and Program Positions.

Substitution of Education for Specialized Experience: A maximum of 12 months of the required experience may be substituted by successful completion of undergraduate study in an accredited college or university at the rate of 30 semester hours. The education must have been in fields directly related to the type of work of the position.

Military Assignment (Dual Status Only):  Occupants of this position must maintain continuous military membership in the North Carolina Army National Guard (NCARNG).  Assignment to a compatible Enlisted (E8 & below) position in the NCARNG is mandatory.  (ENL MOS: 42A)


Security Clearance:  Employment is subject to attaining and maintaining a security clearance as required by the position (ANACI minimum).


Direct Deposit: The applicant selected for this position will be required to participate in the Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer Program.



Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements.  To validate your qualifications for this job, a review of your résumé and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire.  The rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire and supporting documents.  If, after reviewing your résumé and supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have misrepresented your qualifications and/or experience, your rating will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect your rating.


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The following Web addresses are provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees.

Flexible Spending Accounts - The Federal Flexible Spending Accounts Program (FSAFeds) allows you to pay for certain health and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars. Visit:

Health Insurance - The Federal Employees Health Benefits Program offers over 100 optional plans. Visit:

Leave - Most Federal employees earn both annual and sick leave. Visit:
Life Insurance - The Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance Program (FEGLI) offers: Basic Life Insurance plus three types of optional insurance. Visit:

Long Term Care Insurance - The Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP) provides long term care insurance for Federal employees and their parents, parents-in-law, step parents, spouses, and adult children. Visit:

Retirement Program - Almost all new employees are automatically covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). FERS is a three-tiered retirement plan. The three tiers are: Social Security Benefits, Basic Benefit Plan, Thrift Savings Plan. Visit:

This link provides and overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees.


1. If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.


2. Please do not send/fax/courier/email any resumes to the National Guard Human Resources Office. You must apply on-line or fax your resumes to the fax number listed on this announcement with the prescribed Cover Letter. The Human Resources Office can only process materials received through USA Jobs.



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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 Wednesday, May 28, 2014 to receive consideration.

  • To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log into your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  • Click Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure that your responses and appropriate documentation are 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.

You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow youto review and track the status of your application.

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do NOT fax the papaer 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 1119299

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 Wednesday, May 28, 2014 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:

  • Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
  • Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items
  • Fax all six pages of 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 for this job announcement:

  • Current Resume (list your duties/responsibilities related to the qualifying experience listed above)
  • Qualification Questionnaire (On-line or OPM Form 1203-FX)


The following documents are NOT required for this job announcement:

Transcripts (optional - required if using education to substitute for experience)

  • Military Resume (optional -explain actual duties performed with the MOS/AFSC, etc.)
  • Miscellaneous (optional - related certifications, licenses, etc.)

Demographics Data (optional - Applicants are requested to identify, in a separate attachment, their race, gender, and national origin.  Submission of this information is voluntary and will be used in support of the NCNG Equal Employment Opportunity Programs.)


Your document(s) can be submitted electronically using the document upload process or by fax. Please ensure that your resume contains your full name, address, phone and at least your last four digits of your social security number.


Note: Please ensure that your resume contains the basic information outlined under the Applying for a Federal Job link:





Linda Horton
Phone: (919)664-6172
Agency Information:
1636 Goldstar Drive
Raleigh , NC


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After the closing date, a review of your complete application will be completed to validate your qualification status.  If qualified, your documents will be forwarded to the hiring official.  If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. 


***Ensure that your email and phone contacts are current.***

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