Human Resources Specialist

  • Entry-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 28 July 2020

Job Description


Open & closing dates: 07/27/2020 to 08/03/2020

Service: Competitive

Pay scale & grade: GS 14

Salary: $121,316 to $157,709 per year

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full-Time - Full-time appointment in the Competitive Service. This position IS NOT in the bargaining unit.


As a Senior Human Resources Specialist (Employee & Labor Relations) you will be responsible for:

  • Investigating potential employee misconduct and allegations of violations of Agency policy, drafting reports memorializing the findings and conclusions of such investigations, and working with other parts of the Agency on taking action as a result of those investigations;
  • Drafting correspondence and filings for the Foreign Service Grievance Board (FSGB) and other third-party proceedings;
  • Applying employment law principles from the Foreign Service Act and Title 5 to the Agency’s Foreign Service and Civil Service employees;
  • Drafting disciplinary and corrective actions to address employee misconduct, including reprimands, suspensions, and removals;
  • Coordinating with other offices in HCTM on establishing performance improvement plans (PIPs) for under-performing employees;
  • Responding to employee inquiries on all aspects of employee and labor relations, referring questions to the relevant parts of HCTM; and
  • Consulting with all Agency unions, bargaining over proposals affecting the terms and conditions of employment, and representing the Agency’s interests in the labor context.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - May require occasional travel to and attend meetings and conferences away from the incumbent’s duty station.


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Relevant Experience (see Qualifications below)
  • Males born after 12/31/1959, must be registered with the Selective Service
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance
  • Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer is required
  • Most recent SF-50 showing tenure code “1” or “2” (See Required Documents)

Time-in-grade requirements must be met by the closing date. This means that you must have served at least 52 weeks at the next grade level (or equivalent) below the grade advertised on this vacancy announcement.


GS-14: You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-13 grade level. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. Examples of qualifying specialized experience at the next lower grade level for this position includes experience: (a) providing employment and labor relations advice; (b) applying Foreign Service or Civil Service employment principles; (c) establishing organizational guidelines or policies

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; religious; 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, relevant to the duties of the position to be filled, including volunteer experience.

ICTAP-CTAP candidates will be referred to the selecting official if they are found well qualified. Well-qualified means an eligible employee who possesses the knowledge, skills, and abilities which clearly exceed the minimum requirements of the position. A well-qualified employee must meet the qualification and eligibility requirements of the position, including any medical qualifications, suitability, and minimum education and experience requirements, meet all selective factors (where applicable); meet quality ranking factors and are assigned a score of 85 or higher; be physically qualified with reasonable accommodation to perform the essential duties of the position; meet any special qualifying U.S. OPM-approved conditions; AND be able to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry without additional training.

A well-qualified candidate will not necessarily meet the definition of highly or best qualified when evaluated against other candidates who apply for a particular position. In the absence of selective and quality ranking factors, selecting officials will document the job-related reason(s) for qualification determinations.


This position does not have a positive education requirement. Therefore, no transcripts are required.

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