U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide
Human Resources Specialist (Classification)
This announcement will close on 05/22/2018 at 11:59 p.m. OR on the day that 50 applications have been received, whichever comes first.
Incumbents serve as expert consultants to VISN 7 and Medical Center management and staff, applying the full range of position classification and position management principles, concepts, practices, and techniques. Primary duties also include, but are not limited to:
Providing advice on highly complex and controversial position classification and position management issues
Providing recommendations to management on establishing efficient, cost effective organizational structures that support desired grade levels and facilitate career development
Interpreting and adapting position classification and position management principles, practices, and criteria for application to specific issues
Exercising considerable judgment in making fine distinctions in applying classification standards and other guidelines
Analyzing, evaluating, and classifying position descriptions
Writing comprehensive evaluation reports of findings and conclusions that clearly explain classification rationale
Providing technical guidance, advice, and information to managers, supervisors, employees, and/or their representatives on classification policies, procedures, and guidelines
Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm. Alternative work schedules and tours of duty may be available.
This is a virtual position.
Human Resources Specialist (Classification)/1655A
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report:
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Classifies complex, rare, or unusual jobs, and prepares necessary documentation, in the General Schedule (GS) classification job grading system. Provides in-depth position classification and position management support to the agency's human resource offices which service positions in professional, scientific, research, development, administrative, technical and other fields. Conducts on-site or telephonic audits for difficult cases, prepares comprehensive written evaluation statements, and processes all relevant documentation. Provides HR, managers and employees with information and interpretations of the organization's HR Classification policies, procedures and guidelines, when the issues addressed require substantial interpretation, or when there is potential for controversy or the issue involves more than one area of HR policy. Ensures all applicable documentation is obtained for classification purposes. Determines the state of regulatory compliance, classification accuracy, and other classification program requirements. Reviews new or proposed HR policies, procedures and guidelines and makes recommendations to management on the need for changes in existing policies. Develops recommendations for changes or new organization policies and procedures. Analyzes the impact, feasibility, practicality, and effectiveness of existing, new, and/or proposed HR guides and regulations, programs or operations in meeting established goals and objectives.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
#### Job family (Series)
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
Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
You must meet the time-in-grade requirements for this position
Subject to background/security investigation
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 05/22/2018.
: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-12 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-11. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. Note:
Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment.
You may qualify based on your experience as described below:
* Specialized Experience:
You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-11 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: Experience classifying new and proposed changes to wage grade and general schedule positions in the federal government. Providing the full range of advisory services to management and employees on position management and classification issues, assessing and advising management on the impact of proposed reorganizations and recommending alternative position management structures; applying considerable judgment and a thorough understanding of classification principles and concepts to interpret and adapt classification standards and other sources of information to determine the correct pay category, occupational series, title, and grade level; preparing written evaluation reports; explaining findings to management and employees in controversial situations impacting multiple organizations, conducting desk audits, and preparing advisory opinion on the classification of positions.
You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:
* Knowledge of classification laws, regulations, Executive orders, courts decisions, and issues related to the Federal position classification program.
* Ability to interpret classification standards and other HR policies and make sound judgments based on interpretation of applicable rules and regulations.
* Ability to communicate, both orally and writing to present findings and make recommendations.
* Knowledge of position management as it applies to position allocations, job series, and classification requirements.
Narrative responses are not required presently. If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the competencies; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.
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.
Physical Requirements: The work is primarily sedentary with some standing, walking, and carrying of light items such as documents, notebooks, and binders. Occasional visits to VISN-wide sites.
There is no educational substitution at this grade level.
: 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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. 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.
Selected applicants may be required to complete an online onboarding process.
Career Transition Assistance Plan
(CTAP) provide eligible displaced VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/.
The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
Veterans and Transitioning Service Members
: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.
For more information on the Who may apply eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.
If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.
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.
Narrative responses are not required at this time. If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.
Background checks and security clearance
Public Trust - Background Investigation
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
Most Recent Performance Appraisal
The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.
Most Recent Performance Appraisal
When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference.
For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
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
All applicants are encouraged to apply online.
To apply for this position, you must complete the questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 05/22/2018 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10210129.
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to submit your application package.
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Agency contact information
VISN 7 DIRECTORS OFFICE VA Southeast Network
3700 Crestwood Parkway, NW
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Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.
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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:
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/499657000. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
Open & closing dates:
05/15/2018 to 05/22/2018
$73,375 to $115,157 per year
Pay scale & grade:
The Veterans Health Administration is home to the United States’ largest integrated health care system consisting of 152 medical centers, nearly 1,400 community-based outpatient clinics, community living centers, Vet Centers and Domiciliaries. Together these health care facilities and the more than 53,000 independent licensed health care practitioners who work within them provide comprehensive care to more than 8.3 million* Veterans each year.