This position is part of the NHQs Human Resources Office, Selective Service System. The incumbent will be responsible forproviding human resources services in benefits such as retirement, health benefits, life insurance, TSP, etc. to agency customers.Learn more about this agency
As needed, additional positions may be filled using this announcement.
As a Human Resources Specialist (Benefits) at the GS-0201-11/12, some of your typical work assignments may include:
- Provide guidance on coverage determinations, decision factors, service requirements and other benefits, annuity provisions, offset computations, interrelationship with social security, retirement eligibility, computed annuity, creditable service, etc.
- Apply retirement benefits, entitlements, health and life insurance, and Thrift Savings Plan laws regulations, procedures, respective legislative changes; military service regulations, veterans' benefits and prior government service; and counseling techniques sufficient to implement the agency's retirement and benefits programs.
- Respond to complex benefits questions; provide information necessary to help employees obtain maximum gains from available benefits.
- Provide individual employee counseling on retirement options, eligibility requirements, health and life insurance, and Thrift Savings Plan issues.
- Explain options to employee regarding military benefits, veterans preference and prior government service and it relates to federal benefits.
Job family (Series)
Conditions of Employment
- Must be a U.S. Citizen
- Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
- R?sum? and supporting documents (See How To Apply)
- Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
- May be required to successfully complete a probationary period
- Required to participate in the direct deposit program.
QualificationsTime-in-Grade Requirements: Under competitive merit promotion procedures, any individual who is currently holding, or who has held within the previous 52 weeks, a General Schedule position under non-temporary appointment in the competitive or excepted service, must meet "time-in-grade" requirements (have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade of the grade for which you are applying). You must include an SF-50 (you may need to submit more than one) that supports meeting this requirement with your application package.
All qualification requirements must be met by midnight (Eastern Time) on the closing date of this vacancy announcement.
To qualify for this position at the GS-0201-11 level, you must possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade level (GS-09) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. To be creditable, this experience must include: (1) extensive knowledge of and skill in applying Federal retirement laws, regulations, principles, practices, and procedures sufficient to make retirement determinations (CSRS, FERS, FERCCA, CSRS Offset); (2) skill in applying retirement benefits entitlements, health and life insurance, and Thrift Savings Plan law, regulations, procedures; and (3) knowledge of military service regulations, veterans benefits, and military buy back regulations and procedures. This experience must have equipped the applicant with the particular qualifications to perform successfully the duties of the position, and must typically be in or related to the position to be filled.
Have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in a field that is directly related to the work of the position; or three years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.
A combination of specialized experience and graduate level education.
To qualify for this position at the GS-12 grade level, you must possess at last one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade level (GS-11) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. To be creditable, this experience must include: (1) extensive knowledge of and skill in applying Federal retirement laws, regulations, principles, practices, and procedures sufficient to make retirement determinations (CSRS, FERS, FERCCA, CSRS Offset); (2) skill in applying retirement benefits entitlements, health and life insurance, and Thrift Savings Plan law, regulations, procedures; (3) knowledge of military service regulations, veterans benefits, and military buy back regulations and procedures; and (4) experience managing work-life programs offered to Federal employees. This experience must have equipped the applicant with the particular qualifications to perform successfully the duties of the position, and must typically be in or related to the position to be filled.
If education is a basic requirement or you are qualifying all or in part based on your education, you must submit transcripts (official or unofficial). Failure to submit transcripts may result in an ineligible rating.
Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program. For further information, click on http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA): To be eligible for a VEOA appointment under Merit Promotion consideration, you must be: 1) a preference eligible; or 2) a veteran separated after 3 or more years of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions (you must submit a DD214-member copy 4).
Career Transition Program: This program applies to Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed, or employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet eligibility criteria for CTAP or ICTAP; 2) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility; and 3) be rated well-qualified for the position. To be well qualified the evaluation of your resume and supporting documentation must place you at an 85 or above for consideration under merit promotion procedures. For information on eligibility criteria and required documentation, go to: http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp.
Noncompetitive Appointment Authorities: The following links contain information on the eligibility requirements to be considered under a noncompetitive appointing authority:
Hiring Authorities for Veterans
Selective Service: The Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that all male applicants born after 12/31/59 who are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, be registered or they are not eligible for appointment to this position. For further information concerning Selective Service requirements, go to: http://www.sss.gov/
Reasonable Accommodation Statement: Federal Agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities, where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
EEO Statement:The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, status as a parent, genetic information, disability, age, membership or nonmembership in an employee organization, or on the basis of personal favoritism.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Once the application process is complete, your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the Occupational Questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. If you are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration. Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):
- Personnel and Human Resources
- Technical Competence
- Customer Service
- Oral Communication
Your qualifications will be ranked in one of the following categories based on the experience you demonstrate in your resume:
Qualified Category - Meets specialized experience outlined in the minimum qualifications requirements section of the vacancy announcement as identified through the job analysis.
Well Qualified Category - Meets the basic qualifications requirements for the vacancy announcement and demonstrates proficiency level in the critical competencies for successful performance of this position as identified through the job analysis.
Best Qualified Category - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy announcement and has successful experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated an "outstanding" proficiency level in applying the critical competencies for this position to work at increased levels of difficulty and complexity as identified through the job analysis process.
To preview the assessment questionnaire, click the following link:
- Your Resume (if you submit a personally developed resume, curriculum vitae, or any other written format, be sure to include a detailed description of your job-related qualifications, beginning/ending dates, grade level and hours worked per week, for each paid and non-paid position you included).
- Assessment Questionnaire responses.
- SF-50 (Applies to current or former Federal service employees) To allow us to verify that you meet TIG requirements, provide any of the following SF-50s:
- Competitive or Career-ladder promotion to your highest grade (this does not include 120 day temporary promotions)
- With-In-Grade (WGI) increase at your highest grade (this does not include quality step increases (QSI)s
- Competitive career/career-conditional appointment to your highest grade SF-50 at your highest grade held, that is at least one year older than the announcement closing date.
- VEOA documentation (e.g., DD-214 Member Copy 4, SF-15, VA letter, etc.)
- ICTAP/CTAP documentation
- Noncompetitive appointment eligibility documentation
- College transcripts if qualifying all or in part based on your education. You may submit official, unofficial, or a self-certified list of course titles, grades earned, completion dates, and number of semester or quarter hours earned.
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.
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 online application and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date to receive consideration.To begin, click Apply Online to access an online application. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account or you may need to create a new account.
- To begin, click Apply Online to access an online application. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account or you may need to create a new account.
- You will be taken to an online application. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation, and submit the application.
- You will receive an email notification when your application has been received for the announcement.
- To verify the status of your application, 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 Application Status page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and your responses submitted to the online application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process
Agency contact information
AddressNHQs Human Resources Office
1515 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22209
You will be notified on the outcome of your application once a list of candidates has been sent to the hiring manager for employment consideration.
Fair & Transparent
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/547070300. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.