The U.S. Department of State is developing a rank-ordered list of eligible hires for a limited number of Foreign Service Human Resources Officers (HRO) positions based on the needs of the Department. Learn more about the Department of State and a career in the Foreign Service at https://careers.state.gov.
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Some of the specific duties and responsibilities of HROs for both U.S. Direct Hires (USDH) and Locally Employed (LE) staff include, but are not limited to:
Manage Locally Employed Staff (LE Staff) Human Resource Issues
- Talent Management: Administers recruitment program, ensures compliance with U.S. and local labor laws, researches local compensation, recommends changes to compensation plan, prepares and coordinates submissions for staff positions, administers training programs, coordinates individual development plan program, develops and implements mentoring program, develops and implements intern program, and manages separations.
- Performance Management: Manages LE staff performance evaluation, counsels and advises staff on promotion and career development, and supports the staff merit-based compensation program.
- Employee Relations and Recognition: Assesses and maintains awareness of staff morale, manages the interagency mission awards program, provides employee relations advice, and supervises HR office staff.
- Policies and Procedures: Manages position descriptions, promotes a fair position classification system, ensures updates of staff handbook, serves as advisor to management on legal matters, and manages disciplinary and grievance actions.
Manage American Employee Human Resources Issues
- Talent Management: Develops overseas training programs, develops mentoring programs, oversees eligible family member recruitment and training programs, and administers intern and seasonal hire programs.
- Performance Management: Implements yearly evaluation report process, counsels and advises American staff, advises on grievance procedures, analyzes overall job performance effectiveness, and utilizes computer technology.
- Employee Relations and Recognition: Establishes working relationships, develops orientation programs, coordinates post language program, manages the awards program, serves as EEO coordinator, addresses EEO concerns, ensures timely preparation of required reports, and maintains awareness and seeks to improve employee morale.
- Policies, Procedures, and Salary and Benefit Administration: Provides and interprets federal benefits information, administers and advises employees on work/life programs, provides and interprets assignment information, prepares submissions for U.S. direct hire positions, manages diplomatic immunities and accreditation, and implements internal controls.
- Contribution to Mission Development: Serves as expert advisor on HR policies, oversees preparation of HR’s contribution to mission strategic plan, develops HR’s input to special projects, acts as management officer and backs up management section officers as needed, responds to interagency internal policy changes, develops workload projections, balances competing HR demands, acts as a strategic HR advisor to senior management, and interacts with other agencies.
- Management of the HR Office: Manages HR contracts, protects information from unauthorized disclosure, prepares HR budget, contributes to emergency management, manages furloughs, implements and maintains various HR applications, analyzes and improves HR effectiveness, and manages customer service.
Other HR Responsibilities When Assigned In Washington: Serves in HRO leadership roles, including on the Board of Examiners, training HROs at the Foreign Service Institute, and serving as a Career Development Officer.
Occasional travel - A Foreign Service Specialist generally spends the majority of his/her career assigned to the Department of State’s overseas missions and at times, lives away from family and/or in difficult or isolated conditions. Selected applicants will be notified of an Oral Assessment (OA) requirement in Washington D.C. For the selected applicants, all travel and other expenses incurred in connection with the OA are the sole responsibility of the applicant.
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