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    If you are ready to begin your new career or are looking for a place to make an impact, what better place than the top ranked agency in the federal government? We are looking for the best and brightest to join our team of dedicated professionals here at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), where we are ranked in the top 5 in the Best Places to Work in the federal government rankings. 

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    Our employees gain valuable work experience that provides them with the career boost that they are seeking. We need people like you to help us move the industry forward and continue to shape the future of energy policy.

    The Federal Regulatory Commission's role is to oversee various aspects of the energy industry, including transmission of electricity, natural gas and oil. We also analyze proposals to build liquefied natural gas terminals and interstate natural gas pipelines and license hydropower projects. To help support the modernization of the electric system here in the U.S., we are focusing on issues associated with a smarter grid. Join us and help make a difference! 

    This position is located in the Office of the Executive Director, Workforce Relations Division (WRD), which provides support serving as the technical experts for a full range of employee relations matters; including: disciplinary/adverse actions; full service performance management; coordinating reasonable accommodation issues with the OED EEO Advisor; and awards program policies and processing; the Drug-Free Workplace Program; Telework; leave programs; and negotiated and administrative grievances and appeals. In addition, the Division provides Commission support serving as the technical experts for a full range of labor relations matters; including: conducting negotiations with labor union and representing the Commission in proceedings before arbitrators or the Federal Labor Relations Authority and special projects with OPM and other agencies on labor relations matters.

    The purpose of this position is to provide advice/guidance and to evaluate and perform highly complex technical work concerning FERC's performance management, labor relations, and employee relations programs including disciplinary and performance-based actions, management inquiries, grievances under the agency and negotiated grievance procedures, and other complaint and appeals processes (e.g. MSPB, FLRA, DOL, Unemployment Compensation appeals, arbitrators, and OSC), union contract administration, mid-term and term negotiations, and providing advisory and representation services to Commission management. The Division is also responsible for transactional processing into an automated system, record keeping and tracking for all personnel actions related to awards, performance ratings and disciplinary actions.

    Major Duties for the HR Specialist (Labor and Employee Relations):

    • Provides technical guidance and assistance on performance management, labor and employee relations issues.
    • Serves as a representative in term and mid-term contract negotiations with the union.
    • Designs and administers HR policies and programs; provides staff guidance on employee and labor relations issues.
    • Serves as a Federal Employment Compensation Act (FECA) technical point of contact responsible for the administration of the Commission's workers' compensation program.
    • Provides policy guidance and interpretation to the supervisors and employees.
    • Maintains an effective on-going relationship with the union to minimize disputes and achieve management's goals.
    • Resolves disputes through mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.
    • Researches and analyzes data pertaining to human resources and recommends action plans and program goals in all areas of employee relations.
    • Develops and presents informational briefs and training courses for supervisors and employees.
    • Facilitates discussion forums on various labor and employee relations topics.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/544112400. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.