Supervisory Human Resources Specialist

  • Entry-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 25 January 2021

Job Description


This position is located in the Office of Human Capital and Talent Management, Foreign Service Center, Assignments Division. This position serves as the Division Chief. The Assignments Division leads the annual Foreign Service Assignment System (FSAS), oversees the Senior Leadership Group (SLG) process, and directs the Foreign Service Limited (FSL) Team. The Division Chief also oversees the Assignments and Career Counselors (ACCs) and Career Candidate Corps (C3) Coaches.

The FSAS encompasses the vast majority of FSO assignments. The Assignments Division advises and supports operating units to create and validate positions consistent with the Agency’s workforce planning. The Assignments Division organizes and facilitates the two-part annual foreign service bid cycle, ensuring that hundreds of FSOs are assigned each year and that the Agency’s highest priority positions are filled.

As a Supervisory Human Resources Specialist, your duties will include the following:

  • Providing direct supervision to a group of employees performing work at the GS-14 grade level and managing division programs and functions performed by others at the GS-14 grade level and below;
  • Conducting pioneering analyses, evaluations, or investigations of outstanding scope, difficulty, and complexity in unexplored program areas of critical importance to HCTM, particularly in the areas of programmatic and operational support for overseas FS officers, FS officers’ eligible family members, and Foreign Service National employees;
  • Developing initiatives on broad, emerging, or critical large-scale international programs, such as counseling senior USAID officials who may appear before Congressional committees concerning the agency’s overseas HR programs;
  • Advising senior USAID managers in refining missions, developing key result areas, and measuring vital aspects of FS programs that impact multiple agency organizations; and
  • Establishing policies and practices that ensure a workforce that reflects our country’s population and maximizes its diverse talents.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - The travel amount will vary depending on the Office’s needs; however, travel will not exceed 25% of the incumbent’s time.


Conditions of Employment

  • United States Citizenship is required.
  • Relevant experience (see Qualifications below).
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance.
  • Time in grade must be met by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • You may be required to serve a one-year probationary period.

Note: Your answers to the assessment questionnaire must be supported in your resume.

If your application is found to be among the best-qualified for this position, you may be asked to submit to a written assessment to measure your spelling, grammar, and clarity of expression.


GS-15; You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the federal service’s GS-14 grade level. One year of experience refers to full-time work; we consider part-time work on a prorated basis. Examples of qualifying specialized experience at the next lower level for this position includes: (a) managing overseas Human Resources functions (i.e., benefits, classification, personnel processing, staffing, etc.) for critical large-scale agency-wide programs; (b) advising senior USAID managers in refining missions, developing key result areas, and measuring vital aspects employment and labor law for overseas employees; and (c) representing an organization to external stakeholders and other partner organizations.

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 provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience relevant to the position’s duties to be filled, including volunteer experience.

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 that clearly exceed the position’s minimum requirements. A well-qualified employee must meet the qualification and eligibility requirements of the job, 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 functions of the job 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 defined education requirement. Therefore,​ no transcripts are required.

Application Deadline: February 1, 2021

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