Human Resources Specialist (Employee Benefits)
At the discretion of the supervisor.
This is not a virtual position.
Human Resources Specialist (Employee Benefits)/70297-A
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The HR Specialist provides consultation and comprehensive assistance with all matters pertaining to retirements for employees entitled to FERS, CSRS, FERS Revised Annuity Employee (RAE), FERS Further Revised Annuity Employee (FRAE), disability retirement, and federal employee death benefits. Duties performed by the incumbent affect positions/occupations at every grade level and pay system at all locations. As the HR Specialist (Employee Benefits), the incumbent is responsible for administering and providing advisory services on the Federal employee retirement program for the Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (TVHS). The duties of the incumbent will include, but are not limited to:
Resolve problems in the administration of the retirement program.
Develop and maintain local policies and regulations to implement the program.
Brief management and communicate changes to appropriate parties.
Counsel and assist employees and managers in completing and processing applications for retirement, to include optional, discontinued service and disability cases, and death benefits claims.
Provide in depth benefit analysis and full information related to various options regarding health insurance and life insurance (as it relates to retirement), survivor annuities, social security benefits and offsets, and decisions to combine or separate military and civilian pensions to assure that the employee is able to make informed elections to provide annuitant benefits best suited to his/her individual situation.
Advice is tailored to the individual; i.e., Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) vs. Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) coverage, creditable military service, social security entitlements, disability retirement situations, death benefits, health and life insurance elections, etc.
Contact Office of Personnel Management (OPM) on behalf of employee/retiree to inquire on actions submitted and resolve problems associated with computations and benefits.
Provide estimates of annuity and responds to inquiries from lawyers for divorce cases and other civil matters.
Provide direct operational support to the TVHS Supervisor of Employee and Labor Relations.
Conduct large group training concerning federal retirement topics.
Provide operational reports to facility management assessing and projecting impact of employee retirements on workforce.
Provide full local management of federal employee death benefit claims, assisting family members and next of kin.
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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
Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
You may be required to serve a probationary period
Subject to background/security investigation
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
You must meet the time-in-grade requirement by the closing date of the announcement.
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 07/20/2018.
: 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-09 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-07. 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.
You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below:
Applicants must have one (1) full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-7) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Specialized experience is defined as experience in **applying and interpreting federal laws and regulatory guidance regarding Federal employment benefits in Human Resources; counseling employees and providing guidance on a range of benefits to include health/life insurance, retirement, death benefits, etc., and which has equipped the applicant with the specific knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties as described in the announcement;
Substitution of Education:
Master's or equivalent graduate degree; or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; L.L.B. or J.D., if related; (One year of full-time graduate education is defined as 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours.) OR
Combination of Specialized Experience and Education:
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
(Transcripts must be submitted for substitution of education for experience. And, must reflect degree as conferred, if substituting education, otherwise, transcripts must reflect coursework, grades and credit hours earned.)
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.
No special physical exertion is required. Work is primarily performed while sitting, but walking, bending, and stooping are required. The regular and recurring work of the position involves sitting at a desk, conferences, meetings, etc. and occasional visits to service area. Also includes standing to conduct retirement training/make presentations at New Employee Orientations, Lunch and Learns, and presentations at Services' staff meeting. Occasional use of automobile and public conveyances may be required.
The regular and recurring work of the position is performed in a work environment that involves normal everyday low risks or discomforts which require normal safety precautions typical of offices or commercial vehicles. The work areas are adequately lighted, heated, and ventilated.
A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
: 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: ****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.
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:
You must submit sufficient SF-50s to provide evidence of one (1) full year at the GS-7 grade level or higher. SF-50s for awards are not acceptable.
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.
Other Veterans Document
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.
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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
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 07/20/2018 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click ****To begin, click Apply Online
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Tennessee Valley HCS - Nashville
1310 24th Avenue South
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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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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.
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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.
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New employee probationary period
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:
07/11/2018 to 07/20/2018
$50,598 to $65,778 per year
Pay scale & grade: