Multiple positions may be filled using this vacancy announcement. While all positions will be filled in the Department of Homeland Security, multiple Components and Offices within DHS may use this announcement to fill positions.
Promotion potential will depend upon the requirements of the selecting Component/Office.
Please note: This is an open continuous announcement that will be used to fill immediate and future vacancies for this agency. There will be multiple cut-off dates on June 17, June 28, July 13, and July 27, 2016. Applicants who are deemed qualified for consideration may have an opportunity for an interview on July 27, 2016 and July 28, 2016 as part of the DHS Technology Job Fair. Additional cut-off dates may be established until all vacancies have been filled.
The primary purpose of this position is responsible for the day-to-day activities and providing the full range of advisory services to employees and managers in the functional area of recruitment and staffing.
This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer (OCHCO), Human Resources Management Services (HRMS).
Who May Apply:
Status Candidates and other eligibles which include:
- Current federal employees who hold or held a non-temporary career or career-conditional appointment;
- Persons eligible for reinstatement;
- Displaced federal employees (CTAP/ICTAP);
- Persons eligible for non-competitive appointment under Special hiring authorities;
- Persons eligible under an Interchange Agreement (view) list of interchange agreement with other merit systems;
- Veterans' preference eligibles or veterans who have been separated from the Armed Forces under honorable conditions after substantially completing at least three consecutive years of active duty (view) information on certain veterans eligible under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA)
- Advises managers on human resources policies and procedures in order to meet the needs of an organization.
- Interprets laws, regulations, and rules in order to develop strategies to complete human resources related assignments.
- Assists in the development or revision of human resources related policies and procedures.
- Utilizes human resources related automated systems and databases to input and retrieve data.
- Prepares reports, correspondence, and presentations for staff and members of management.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)
Job family (Series)
Conditions of Employment
- U.S. Citizenship Required
- Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for Selective Service.
- You will be required to undergo periodic drug testing
- You must successfully pass a background investigation
This position may require occasional non-emergency travel.
Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of its mission, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requires each and every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully complete a background investigation for SECRET SECURITY LEVEL clearance as a condition of placement in this NONCRITICAL SENSITIVITY LEVEL position. This review includes 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.
Security Clearance: Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance suitable for Federal employment as determined by a background investigation. Since this announcement will be used to fill positions within multiple Components and Offices across DHS, the type of investigation and security clearance level will be made in accordance with the position requirements as determined by the selecting DHS Component/Office.
Interviews are planned for July 27-28, 2016 in the Washington DC metro area as part of the DHS Technology Job Fair. 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.
To qualify at the GS-9 grade level applicants must possess one of the following to qualify:
A. At least one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-7 level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors) which required them to perform the following duties: 1) assisting in the completion of assignments in one or more of the following areas of human resources: Recruitment and Placement, Position Management, Classification, Labor Relations, Employee Relations, Learning and Development, Payroll and Processing, and/or Human Resources Information Systems; 2) assisting in the revision of human resources related policies and procedures; and 3) utilizing a human resources automated system to input and retrieve data. (Your resume must explicitly indicate how you meet this requirement, otherwise you will be found ineligible.)
B. Successfully completed two (2) full years of progressively higher level graduate education, leading to a master's degree, or equivalent degree, at an accredited college or university in a field that provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. SUBMIT TRANSCRIPTS.
C. Combination of experience described in "A" above and education described in "B" above. To combine education and experience, first take the number of semester hours or equivalent earned towards a graduate degree, in excess of 18 semester hours, and divide by 18 semester hours or equivalent. Then, take the number of months of experience and divide by 12 months. Add the percentages together. The total must equal at least 100 percent to qualify. SUBMIT TRANSCRIPTS.
To qualify at the GS-11 grade level applicants must possess one of the following to qualify:
A. At least one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-9 level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors) which required them to perform the following duties: 1) carrying out assignments in one or more of the following areas of human resources: Recruitment and Placement, Position Management, Classification, Labor Relations, Employee Relations, Learning and Development, Payroll and Processing, and/or Human Resources Information Systems; providing guidance and advice to hiring managers related to recruitment and placement policies; 2) recommending appropriate methods to accomplish human resources goals and objectives; and 3) preparing management briefings containing human resources findings from evaluations. (Your resume must explicitly indicate how you meet this requirement, otherwise you will be found ineligible.)
B. Successful completion of three (3) full years of progressively higher level graduate education, or a Doctorate or Ph.D., or equivalent degree, e.g., at an accredited college or university in a field that provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. SUBMIT TRANSCRIPTS.
C. Combination of experience described in "A" above and education described in "B" above. To combine education and experience, first take the number of semester hours or equivalent earned towards a graduate degree, in excess of 36 semester hours, and divide by 18 semester hours or equivalent. Then, take the number of months of experience and divide by 12 months. Add the percentages together. The total must equal at least 100 percent to qualify. SUBMIT TRANSCRIPTS.
To qualify at the GS-12 grade level applicants must possess the following to qualify:
At least one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-11 level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors) which required them to perform the following duties: 1) providing guidance to staff in the application of laws, rules, regulations and guidelines related to human resources in one or more of the following areas: Recruitment and Placement, Position Management, Classification, Labor Relations, Employee Relations, Learning and Development, Payroll and Processing, and/or Human Resources Information Systems; 2) tracking the status of various human resources projects and programs; 3) conducting studies and analyses of human resources programs. (Your resume must explicitly indicate how you meet this requirement, otherwise you will be found ineligible.)
Current General Schedule (GS) federal employees, and those that have served in GS positions within the last 52 weeks, must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade, or a combination of the next lower grade level and an equivalent band in the federal service.
Note: Current or former Federal employees MUST submit a copy of their SF-50 Form which shows competitive service appointment ("position occupied" block 34 on the SF-50 should show a "1"), tenure group (block 24 should show a 1 or 2), grade, and salary. If you are applying for a higher grade, please provide the SF-50 Form which shows the length of time you have been in your current/highest grade (examples of appropriate SF50s include promotions, With-in Grade/Range Increases, and SF-50s dated one year apart within the same job/grade). If you have promotion potential in your current position, please provide proof. Employees applying with an interchange agreement must provide proof of their permanent appointment. IF YOU DO NOT SUBMIT ALL OF THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION, YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE CONSIDERATION
AS A STATUS CANDIDATE.
All qualifications and eligibility requirements must be met by 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.
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; applicant's resumes and supporting documentation should only reflect education received from schools accredited by such institutions. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following Website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html.
If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency (a U.S. private organization's interpretation that such education has been deemed at least equivalent to conventional U.S. education programs) with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For more information regarding evaluation of foreign education for federal employment, please visit the U.S. Department of Education webpage.
Promotion Potential: This position has promotion potential to GS-12.
- Selectee may be required to serve a one-year probationary period
- Permanent Change of Duty Station (PCS) Expenses will not be paid.
Veterans, Peace Corps / VISTA volunteers, and people with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility and to understand the documentation that would be required with your application, click on the links above and contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.
Multiple selections may be made from this announcement.
DHS uses e-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities.
All applicants tentatively selected for employment at DHS Headquarters may be required to submit to a drug test to screen for illegal use of drugs prior to receiving a final offer of employment. A final offer of employment is contingent upon a negative drug test result.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education and training will be rated using a job questionnaire based on the following competencies or knowledge, skills and abilities needed to perform this job:
- Ability to research, interpret, and apply a wide range of human resources concepts, principles, laws, and regulations
- Ability to conduct studies and analyses of Human Resources programs
- Knowledge of Recruitment and Placement
- Knowledge of Position Management and Classification
- Knowledge of Employee Relations
- Knowledge of Labor Relations
- Knowledge of Learning and Development
- Knowledge of Human Resources Information Systems (HRIS)
- Knowledge of Payroll and Processing
- Knowledge of Employee Benefits
You will then be placed within one of three categories based on your responses: Qualified, Well Qualified, or Best Qualified. If you are placed in the Best Qualified category, you will 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
Consideration may be given to performance appraisals and incentive awards as an indicator of quality of prior experience. No points will be awarded.
If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have overstated your qualifications and/or experience, you will be removed from consideration or your score will be lowered.
Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the federal government, you are not ICTAP eligibility . View information about ICTAP eligibility on OPM's Career Transition Resources website. To be considered well qualified under ICTAP/CTAP, you must be rated at a minimum score of  for this position. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement.
Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA): To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, the veteran must 1) be a preference eligible; or 2) be a veteran separated after 3 or more years of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement. (Note: Veteran's preference does not apply under Merit Promotion procedures. View information on VEOA in OPM's Vet Guide).
Background checks and security clearance
- Your résumé.
- Your responses to the job questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
- Are you qualifying based on education? Submit a copy of your college transcript (unofficial transcripts are acceptable) or a list of coursework with hours completed. Prior to appointment, an official college transcript may be required.
- Are you a veteran? Submit a copy of your Member 4 DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) that shows your type of discharge and character of service and/or documentation of service connected disability. Those applying for 10-point preference must fill out the SF-15 (click here for form) and provide the required documentation (e.g. VA letter) listed on the back of the form.
- 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 DD-214, 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 not later than 120 days from the date of certification is submitted. Click here for more veterans' information.
5. Are you a current or former Federal employee? Submit:
- Your most recent SF-50 showing your current grade and tenure;
- An SF-50 showing highest (permanent) grade ever held, if different from your current grade. NOTE: An award or detail SF-50 will not be accepted as proof of status. If you are applying for a higher grade, please provide the SF-50 Form(s) which shows the length of time you have been in your current/highest grade (examples of appropriate SF-50s include promotions, With-in Grade/Range Increases, and SF-50s dated one year apart within the same job/grade).
- Please provide a copy of your recent performance appraisal and/or incentive awards.
6. Are you claiming special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)? Submit:
- A copy of your agency/OPM notice;
- A copy of your most recent performance rating; and
- A copy of your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) noting your current position, grade level, duty location, and full performance level.
7. Are you applying under special hiring authorities as a military spouse? Provide:
- A copy of your marriage certificate; and
- A copy of your spouse's PCS orders;
- or A completed SF-15 with supporting documentation.
8. Are you applying under Schedule A hiring authority for persons with severe disabilities? Provide:
- Evidence of your intellectual disability, severe physical disability, or psychiatric disability obtained from a licensed medical professional (e.g., a physician or other medical professional certified by a state, the District of Columbia, or a U.S. territory to practice medicine); a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist (i.e., state or private); or any Federal agency, state agency, or agency of the District of Columbia or a U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits.
Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:
You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.
NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper 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):
- To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 1719807.
- 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 Friday, July 29, 2016 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 http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf.
- 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.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.
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 the DHS Careers website and select "Employee Benefits."
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
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 Friday, July 29, 2016 to receive consideration.
- To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
- Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
- It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
- To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, 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.
- Paper applications and information sent by mail WILL NOT be accepted.
Agency contact information
San Francisco Services Branch
AddressOffice of the Chief Human Capital Officer
245 Murray Lane
Washington, DC 20005
Once you submit your application, we will assess your experience and training, identify the best qualified applicants, and refer those applications to the hiring manager for further consideration and interviews. We will notify you by email after each of these steps has been completed. 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 60 days after the deadline for applications. If you are selected, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.
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The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.
Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
Reasonable Accommodation Policy
Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.
Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
- An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.
You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
Legal and regulatory guidance
This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/440849700. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.