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Job Title:Human Resources Specialist (Employee Labor Relations)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VSC-BKB-14-VO120306

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$72,249.00 to $93,921.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 to Monday, September 8, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0201-12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Independence, OH View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

ALL STATUS (current/former federal employees, eligible veterans, special hiring authorities)

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Public Trust - Background Investigation

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

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?

MERIT PROMOTION ANNOUNCEMENT

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.

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Occasional Travel
  • 1-5 nights per month

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.

DUTIES:

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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.  

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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GS-12: I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Examples of specialized experience include: Advising and counseling managers and employees on the purpose of disciplinary/adverse actions and the differences associated with these actions and the differences between the proposing official and the deciding official. Explain interrelationship of agency regulations, union contracts, code of federal regulations, and United States code. Ensure compliance with applicable laws, regulations, policies and procedures specific to Employee Labor Relations. Gather, analyze, and research information to guide others and make decisions. Advise employees of their appeal rights regarding disciplinary/adverse actions.

Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on OPM's website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.

You will be rated on the following competencies based on your application for this position:

Competency 1- Comprehensive and thorough knowledge of laws, regulations, Executive orders, court decisions, and issues related to the Federal labor-management relations program.
Competency 2- Knowledge of conflict resolution techniques sufficient to interact in occasional highly charged emotional situations in delicate or highly contested case matters and determinations.
Competency 3- Ability to provide managers and employees with information and interpretation of the agency's human resources recruitment and placement policies, procedures and guidelines.
Competency 4- Knowledge of negotiation procedures and techniques, mediation, interest-based bargaining and other non-adversarial problem solving approaches sufficient to resolve problems and advise management.
Competency 5- Ability to present ideas clearly both orally and in writing to effectively present findings, negotiate with management officials, and make recommendations

If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to: responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume/application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

Time-in-grade: In addition to meeting qualification requirements, applicants who are current Federal employees or have held a GS grade anytime in the past 52 weeks must meet time-in-grade requirements within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs(e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social).  Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment.  You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.   

 


APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting 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 attendance and/or degrees from only these schools. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.

Foreign Education: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, you must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in the interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.

 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: No special physical demands are required. Employees frequently carry light items such as employees' files, etc. The work is primarily performed while sitting, although some work may require periods of standing.

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming 10-point preference must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted 5 points tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD-214 or proof of service letter to document entitlement to preference or eligibility to apply. To receive consideration as a veteran you must provide legible copies of your DD-214, member 4 copy or another copy that shows all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.) Note: More than one DD-214 may be needed to show all dates of service. Copies of your DD-214 may be requested by calling 1-800-827-1000 or TDD#800-829-4833 or online at http://www.archives.gov/veterans/evetrecs/.

For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.


HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

 


BENEFITS:

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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/benefits/index.asp

VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process



OTHER INFORMATION:

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified, you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified for this vacancy. Information about CTAP and ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.



HOW TO APPLY:

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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1.     Your Résumé. (Must include series, grade, step, starting and ending dates of employment, month and year, and hours worked per week, and salary information).

2.     A complete Occupational Questionnaire.

3.     Additional Required Documents (See Required Documents section below).

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, September 08, 2014 .

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is easier, faster, and provides more information as applications are processed.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following links: https://applicationmanager.gov/. After applying, return to Application Manager or My USAJOBS (https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login) to see the status of your application, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

If you cannot apply online:

1.     Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire    View Occupational Questionnaire.

2.     Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf ( In Section 25 of the Occupational Questionnaire, you may notice that the numbering restarts with number one. When entering your responses on the 1203-FX form, please continue to enter your responses on the next available number within this section.)

3.     Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to (478)757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

1.     Complete this cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID .

2.     Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.

MAILED/EMAILED APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. ANY APPLICATION MATERIALS SUBMITTED VIA MAIL/EMAIL WILL BE DESTROYED AND NOT RETURNED.

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REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following documents are required:

1.      Your Résumé (Must include series, grade, step, starting and ending dates of employment, month and year, and hours worked per week, and salary information).

2.     If you are a current Federal employee, you must submit a copy of your most recent signed Notification of Personnel Action (SF50) showing your position, title, series, grade and eligibility. Applicants who fail to submit this form will be rated INELIGIBLE (SF-50 must be in PDF format, text format will not be accepted). Note: Your SF-50 must reflect the grade and step information equivalent to or greater than the grade lower than the position you are applying to. This may not always be your most recent SF-50. You may need to submit more than one SF-50.

3.     If you are a former Federal employee, you must submit a copy of your last signed Notification of Personnel Action (SF50) as a Federal employee showing your position, title, series, grade and eligibility. Applicants who fail to submit this form will be rated INELIGIBLE (SF-50 must be in PDF format, text format will not be accepted). Note: Your SF-50 must reflect the grade and step information equivalent to or greater than the grade lower than the position you are applying to. This may not always be your most recent SF-50. You may need to submit more than one SF-50.

4.      To receive consideration as a Veteran you must provide legible copies of your DD-214, member 4 copy or another copy that shows all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.) or a statement of service signed by the commander or you will be deemed INELIGIBLE. Note: More than one DD-214 may be needed to show all dates of service.

5.      Performance Appraisal - This document is optional for all applicants.

6.     Military Spouses must submit: Marriage Certificate. Copy of the sponsor's permanent change of station orders showing you as an authorized dependent or when the veteran is unemployed and is rated by appropriate military or Department of Veterans Affairs authorities to be 100 percent disabled and/or unemployable. Statement that spouse preference is requested for this vacancy and has not previously been used to obtain a position in the commuting area.

Use this checklist to make sure you've submitted everything!



AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

VHA Service
Phone: (866)941-6416
Email: VSC.ANNOUNCEMENTS@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA VSC Independence
6100 Oak Tree Blvd
Suite 500
Independence, OH
44131
USA

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your résumé and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or result in your name being removed from further consideration.

INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will receive a rating of ineligible due to missing forms. Request for reconsideration of ratings will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package. We cannot be responsible for incompatible software, fax transmissions, delays in mail service, etc.


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Job Announcement Number:

VSC-BKB-14-VO120306

Control Number:

379628000