Natural Resources Conservation Service Human Resources Specialist (ER/LR) in District of Columbia, District Of Columbia
USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) helps America's farmers and ranchers conserve the Nation's soil, water, air and other natural resources. We need people who want to apply their education and experience to make sure we all enjoy the benefits of productive soil, clean water, clean air, and abundant wildlife that come from a healthy environment. "Helping People Help the Land"
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Work Schedule: Full-time, Monday - Friday The incumbent of this position serves as an HR Specialist in the Workforce Services Division (WSD) Employee Relations, Human Resources Office, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). They are responsible for planning, implementing, administering, and evaluating a broad range of employee relations and labor relations programs and functions in support of the operational programs and needs of NRCS organizational components.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position 1-5 nights per month.
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0201 Human Resources Management
- Human Resources Specialists
Specialists, Human Resources
Conditions of Employment
- U.S. Citizenship is required
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1995
- A one year trial/probationary period may be required.
- Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of its mission, the Department of Agriculture requires each and every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully complete a background investigation for Suitability as a condition of placement in this Non-Sensitive level position. This review includes financial issues such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.
Time-in-Grade Requirements: Merit promotion applicants having held a GS position in the past 52 weeks must meet applicable time-in-grade requirements. One year at the GS-07 is required to be eligible for the GS-09. One year at the GS-09 is required to be eligible for the GS-11. One year at the GS-11 is required to be eligible for the GS-12. Time-in-Grade requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement. Applicants MUST submit an SF-50 that illustrates time-in-grade and reflects title, series, and grade. No Award SF-50 will be accepted. Time-in-grade requirements also apply to VEOA applicants having held a GS position in the past year.
All qualification requirements must be met by 11:59 Eastern Time on 03/19/2018
Specialized Experience:One or more years of specialized work experience, equivalent to at least the GS-07 level of the Federal service, performing the following duties: * Assisting management on appropriate disposition of conduct matters involving employees, from performance inadequacies up to and including removal; * Assisting with development of the organization's position on unfair labor practices, negotiability determinations, bargaining impasses and similar disputes; * Participating in investigations into employee misconduct to include researching and analyzing the facts, making comparisons to precedent cases, and recommending appropriate corrective actions in resolving the matter; and * Recording the agency's position on grievances in matters pertaining to contract interpretation, program policy and practices, disciplinary actions, and adverse actions, and conducts appropriate investigations. **OR
Education: Master's or equivalent graduate degree, 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, or an LL.B. or J.D. in business administration, human resources, law, or other field directly related to the work of this position. NOTE: You MUST submit supporting academic transcripts if claiming education to qualify.
Combination: A combination of the specialized experience and graduate education as described above, such that they total 100% of the stated minimum qualifications for this specialty and grade. Only graduate education in excess of the first year (18 semester hours) may be used when combining education and experience for this specialty and grade. NOTE: You MUST submit supporting academic transcripts if claiming education to qualify.
Specialized Experience: One or more years of specialized work experience, equivalent to at least the GS-09 level of the Federal service, performing the following duties: * Providing specialized employee and labor-management assistance, training, and advisory services and serves as technical resource to serviced customers; * Assisting management on appropriate disposition of conduct matters involving employees, from performance inadequacies up to and including removal; * Assisting with development of the organization's position on unfair labor practices, negotiability determinations, bargaining impasses and similar disputes; * Participating in investigations into employee misconduct to include researching and analyzing the facts, making comparisons to precedent cases, and recommending appropriate corrective actions in resolving the matter; * Providing advice and counsel to program officials and employees designed to enhance communication and clarify acceptable work practices; and * Preparing the agency's position on grievances in matters pertaining to contract interpretation, program policy and practices, disciplinary actions, and adverse actions, and conducts appropriate investigations. OR
Education: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, or an LL.M. in business administration, human resources, law, or other field directly related to the work of this position. NOTE: You MUST submit supporting academic transcripts if claiming education to qualify.
Combination:** A combination of the specialized experience and graduate education as described above, such that they total 100% of the stated minimum qualifications for this specialty and grade. Only graduate education in excess of the first two years (36 semester hours) may be used when combining education and experience for this specialty and grade. NOTE: You MUST submit supporting academic transcripts if claiming education to qualify.
Specialized Experience:**One or more years of specialized work experience, equivalent to at least the GS-11 level of the Federal service, performing the following duties: * Providing specialized employee and labor-management assistance, training, and advisory services and serves as technical resource to serviced customers; * Advising management on appropriate disposition of conduct matters involving employees, from performance inadequacies up to and including removal; * Making recommendations on the organization's position on unfair labor practices, negotiability determinations, bargaining impasses and similar disputes; * Leading investigations into employee misconduct to include researching and analyzing the facts, making comparisons to precedent cases, and recommending appropriate corrective actions in resolving the matter; * Providing advice and counsel to program officials and employees designed to enhance communication and clarify acceptable work practices; and * Preparing the agency's position on grievances in matters pertaining to contract interpretation, program policy and practices, disciplinary actions, and adverse actions, and conducts appropriate investigations. Please be clear and specific in describing your experience. If your resume does not support your claim of qualifying experience, we will not allow credit for your response(s). for more information on the qualifications for this position, click HERE
Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specialized in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.htm
- Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see http://www.sss.gov/).
- Veterans who are preference eligible or who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after three years or more of continuous active service are eligible for consideration under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA). See: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/shav/index.aspx#veoa
- Special Hiring Authorities Information: Individuals under the Veterans' Recruitment Act (VRA), 30 Percent or More Disabled Veterans, Military Spouses, Certain Former Overseas Employees, and Schedule A Disabled may be considered under special hiring authorities. For more information see: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/SpecialHiringOptions
- Career Transition Assistance Plan/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP/ICTAP): For information on how to apply as a CTAP/ICTAP eligible, see http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/ctapguideline.pdf. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, surplus or displaced Federal employee must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors, and be rated and determined to be well qualified (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. When assessed through a score-based category rating method, applicants must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100.
- This is a non-bargaining unit position.
- This position may be eligible for telework within the commuting area of the duty location of the position. Employee participation is at the discretion of the supervisor.
- If contacted for an interview, applicants must be available within 3 business days.
- Applicants who receive a tentative job offer will have 2 business days to respond.
- This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, 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.
Applications and required documentation (see below) will be reviewed to determine if applicants meet eligibility and job requirements. Any submitted documents not required or requested for this vacancy will not be considered (i.e. training certificates, writing samples, case filings, letter of recommendations, etc.). Qualified applicants will then be rated on the quality of experience, education, and training they possess relevant to the duties of the position and the extent applicants possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (or competencies):Oral Communication, Personnel and Human Resources, Planning and Evaluating, Technical Competence, and Writing
The questionnaire will assess your qualifications for the job, and will be used to identify the best qualified applicants to be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews. Your ratings in this Assessment Questionnaire are subject to evaluation and verification based on the documents and references you submit. Later steps in the selection process are specifically designed to verify your ratings. Attempts to falsify information, inflate your qualifications or provide inaccurate information on federal documents may be grounds to adjust your rating or to not select you. Errors, omissions or providing inaccurate information on federal documents may affect your eligibility. If selected, providing inaccurate information on federal documents could also be grounds for dismissing you from the position/agency. Please follow all instructions carefully.
Background checks and security clearance
Public Trust - Background Investigation
- Required Documents
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
- Your Resume
- A complete Assessment Questionnaire
- Other supporting documents (see below):
- Current and former Federal employees: Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) showing proof of status. This must include the type of service (competitive or excepted), career status (career or career conditional), and highest grade and step held on a permanent basis, and the highest full performance level (FPL or highest promotion potential) of held position(s).
- Current Federal employees: If you are applying as a competitive merit promotion candidate you must submit a recent completed and signed annual performance appraisal. Applicants with current Federal status are required to submit their most recently completed annual performance appraisal (dated within the past 18 months) which identifies the employee's official rating of record, signed by the supervisor, or a statement advising why the performance appraisal is unavailable. A performance plan is not an acceptable substitute. If the applicant fails to provide a copy of the performance appraisal, or a statement advising why it is unavailable, the applicant will be removed from further consideration.
- Merit Promotion and VEOA applicants: SF-50 reflecting time-in-grade requirements. This must include your position, title, series, grade, step, tenure, type of service (competitive or excepted) and career status (career or career conditional).
- If you are a veteran and you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit a DD214, "Certificate of Release from Active Duty," which shows dates of service and discharge under honorable conditions. For competitive service positions, active duty service members expecting to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions within 120 days: you may be granted tentative preference by submitting a "certification" document in lieu of a DD-214. This "certification" is any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date of the submission of the certification. Veterans' preference must be verified prior to appointment. Without this documentation, you will not receive veterans' preference and your application will be evaluated based on the material(s) submitted.
- If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference based on service-connected disability, in addition to the DD214 or certification requirements (see above bullet), you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference," plus the proof of entitlement of this preference, which is normally an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability. For more information on veterans' preference, see http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/.
- Surplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP/ICTAP priority must provide: proof of eligibility (RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a transfer of function or directed reassignment to another commuting area, notice of disability annuity termination), most recent performance appraisal, SF-50 documenting separation (as applicable), and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, full performance level, and duty location with your application.
- Supporting documentation for any special hiring authority for which you wish consideration.
- Non-Competitive Authorities: The following links contain information on the eligibility requirements to b considered under a noncompetitive appointing authority:
- Schedule A
- 30% or More Disabled Veteran
- Military Spouses
- Other noncompetitive authorities
- Any other supporting documentation required for verification as described in the announcement.
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
To begin the process, click the "Apply Online" button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to be redirected to Application Manager where you will complete the assessment questionnaire, which can be previewed here: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10148068 Please ensure you click the "Submit My Answers" button at the end of the process. Application status can be checked via your USAJOBS account. To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click "Update Application" in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
Your complete Application Package (containing the below required documents) must be received no later than 11:59 pm Eastern Time on 03/19/2018
Agency contact information
USDA NRCS 1400 Independence Ave SW Rm 5224-S Washington, DC US
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Once the online questionnaire is received, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. Based upon your score, you may be referred to the hiring official. If your name is referred to the hiring official, you may be contacted directly by that office for a possible interview. You will receive notice via email or by mail, if no email address was provided by you during the application process, once this process is completed (generally 4-6 weeks). Appointment Requirements: Applicants must wait at least 90 days after a non-temporary competitive appointment before they can be promoted, transferred, reinstated, reassigned, or detailed to a different position and/or different geographical area. Non-Discrimination Policy: The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or a part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD). To file a complaint of discrimination write to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Use of government franked envelopes to mail applications is prohibited by Federal laws and regulations. Applications submitted in government franked envelopes will not be accepted.
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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.
- Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants
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 and hiring process 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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Legal and regulatory guidance
- Financial suitability
- Social security number request
- Privacy Act
- Signature and false statements
- Selective Service
- New employee probationary period
This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/493026000. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
Open & closing dates: 03/06/2018 to 03/19/2018
Salary: $56,233 to $106,012 per year
Pay scale & grade: GS 9 - 12
Work schedule: Full-Time
Appointment type: Permanent