Job Overview


OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?


Tour of Duty: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Compressed/Flexible Schedules: Compressed Available

Telework: may be authorized up to one day per week with supervisor approval.  This is not a virtual position.

This recruitment is for one position with the VHA Service Center, located in Independence, OH.

Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.


At the full performance level of GS-12, the Human Relations Specialist (Employee/Labor Relations) will: provide advisory services essential to enable managers and supervisors to properly plan, develop, organize, manage, and evaluate the HR employee relations program. Analyze employee conduct and performance-based problems by assisting in problem definition and assessment of alternative approaches to resolving the problem; conduct fact finding to provide necessary context and resolve disputes; ensure managers are aware of the interaction of different laws, such as those related to leave or reasonable accommodation, and of their obligations under those laws. Modify guidelines to resolve complex, precedent-setting employee/labor relations issues. Represent management in grievances, arbitration cases, and unfair employee practice and impasse hearings. Where discipline is warranted, help managers identify actions that are consistent with the facts and the organization's policy on discipline; identify the employee's due process rights under applicable laws, policy, and negotiated language to provide appropriate notice to both the manager and the employee about the employee's rights and possible forums for review. Represent management as a technical advisor for substantive issues such as unit determination and attempts to strengthen the partnership between management and labor organization(s). Recommend solutions to problems with significant impact on cost, production or working conditions. Prepare statistical, reports and/or written guidance on labor relations matters to report judgments. Develop and provide training and orientation to supervisors and managers.  

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • 1-5 nights per month

Relocation Authorized

  • No