Human Resources Specialist - Employee Relations
At the GS-09 grade level, the incumbent performs assignments of a more limited scope and with less independence. The incumbent will progressively acquire the background necessary to perform at the full performance level of GS-11. Promotion is at the discretion of the supervisor and is contingent upon satisfactory performance, availability of higher level work, and availability of funds. Promotion is not guaranteed and no promise of promotion is implied.
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The VA New Jersey Health Care System is seeking a Human Resources Specialist to work in the Employee Relations area of HR. The position is located primarily at the Lyons Campus and occasional travel to East Orange is required.
Providing personnel and management advisory services primarily in the areas of employee relations, discipline, employee benefits, awards and recognition, labor relations, and performance management.
Guiding, directing, and assisting managers and employees on matters such as benefits (retirement, insurance, leave, etc.), rights and obligations concerning employment and working conditions, and the application and interpretation of labor contracts, federal labor law, and court decisions
Applying an extensive body of civil service and VA laws, regulations, and procedures
Serving as a consultant to supervisors in addressing complex employee relations issues that arise in the workplace
Providing personnel and management advisory services in the areas of training and development, classification, and/or recruitment and placement
Meeting the needs of customers while supporting the medical center and service missions
Communicating and treating customers (patients, visitors, volunteers, and all medical center staff) in a courteous, tactful, and respectful manner
Providing the customer with consistent information according to established policies and procedures
Performing all related duties as assigned
Full time; Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm
Position Description Title/PD#:
Human Resources Specialist, Employee Relations - GS-09 PD#7899-A
The work is primarily sedentary and requires no special physical abilities. It may involve some walking, standing, bending and carrying of light items. Occasional travel to facilities within the Veterans Administration New Jersey Health Care System (VANJHCS) may be required to attend meetings and conferences and to conduct HR work. For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at ****Promotion is at the discretion of the supervisor and is contingent upon satisfactory performance, availability of higher level work, and availability of funds. Promotion is not guaranteed and no promise of promotion is implied.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
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0201 Human Resources Management
Human Resources Specialists
Specialists, Human Resources
Conditions of Employment
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.
May serve a probationary period.
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
A complete application package; Resume, Transcripts, etc.
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.
Participation in the seasonal influenza program is a condition of employment and a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP).
To qualify for this position,
applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
GS-09 grade level:
One year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the federal service); experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA's) and other characteristics to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled, in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Specialized experience includes: knowledge of applicable laws, regulations and policies pertaining to disciplinary and adverse actions, labor relations, retirement, insurance programs, performance management and incentive awards; providing technical advice in at least one specialized program area related to employee relations, policies and procedures or training and development; handling conflicts with customers constructively and appropriately; reviewing proposed disciplinary and adverse actions to ensure specificity, technical adequacy and conformity; preparing written material of a technical nature; and creating reports, spreadsheets, presentations, etc using MS Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Word. To receive credit for these skills they must be documented in your resume.
Applicants may substitute education for the experience required for the GS-09 level.
To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related
Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at the GS-09 level.
To calculate, first identify the percentage of required education you have earned (when substituting, you cannot use the first 60 semester hours that you earned). Then identify the percentage of required experience you possess. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify at the GS-09. For example, an applicant who has 9 semester hours of graduate level education (i.e. 50% of graduate education required) and 6 months of creditable specialized experience (i.e. 50% of the required experience) would equal 100% of the required experience for the position. A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
GS-11 grade level
: One year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the federal service); experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA's) and other characteristics to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled, in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Specialized experience includes: advanced knowledge of applicable laws, regulations and policies pertaining to disciplinary and adverse actions, labor relations, retirement, insurance programs, performance management and incentive awards; providing technical advice to management and unions in all specialized program areas related to employee relations and interpretation of labor contracts; handling conflicts with customers constructively and appropriately; reviewing proposed disciplinary and adverse actions to ensure specificity, technical adequacy and conformity; assessing pertinent information and making recommendations for resolutions to superiors; ensuring performance evaluations meet legal, regulatory and procedural requirements; preparing written material that expresses complex and/or controversial ideas in a persuasive, factual and easily understood manner; and creating reports, spreadsheets, presentations, etc using MS Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Word. To receive credit for these skills they must be documented in your resume
Applicants may substitute education for the required experience.
To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related
Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at the GS-11 level.
To calculate, first identify the percentage of required education you have earned (when substituting, you cannot use the first 60 semester hours that you earned). Then identify the percentage of required experience you possess. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify at the GS-11. For example, an applicant who has 9 semester hours of graduate level education (i.e. 50% of graduate education required) and 6 months of creditable specialized experience (i.e. 50% of the required experience) would equal 100% of the required experience for the position. A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
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; religions; 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.
: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.
Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: ****If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.
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.
The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)
and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)
provide eligible displaced VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be well-qualified, applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors if applicable, and must be proficient in most of the requirements of the job. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website which can be found at ****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 employee's 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. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.
**This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
Alternate Application:**If you are unable to apply online view the following Alternate Application Information instructions at ****Read more
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
Applicants will be referred in alphabetical order.
Background checks and security clearance
Other Veterans Document
Please review the above list(s) to ensure you have included all necessary documents required for your application.Not every applicant will require the same documents, therefore it is the applicants responsibility to ensure that their application package includes all necessary documents to determine qualifications and eligibility for appointment, such as a copy of your SF-50, transcript, ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).You will not be contacted for additional information. Applicants will be deemed ineligible if supporting documentation is not submitted.
Since the Direct-Hire Recruitment Authority is being used, traditional Veterans' Preference rules do not apply. Qualified veterans will, however, be given full consideration for this position.
Applications are accepted online.
Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.
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.
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How to Apply
How to Apply
**This job announcement will close by 11:59 PM (ET) on 7/16/2018 or the date when 100 applicants have been received.
All applicants are encouraged to apply online.**
To apply for this position,
you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 07/16/2018 to receive consideration.
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VA New Jersey Health Care System
385 Tremont Avenue
East Orange, NJ
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This job originated on ****For the full announcement and to apply, visit ****Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at ****will be considered.
Open & closing dates:
07/12/2018 to 07/16/2018
$57,948 to $91,147 per year
Pay scale & grade:
GS 9 - 11