Human Resources Development Specialist (Learning Officer)

U.S. Federal Government - Washington, DC4.3

This position is located in the Office of the Executive Director, Human Resources Branch, Talent Management Section (TMS). The incumbent will serve as the CFTC’s Learning Officer and is responsible for the overall assessment, planning, design, deployment and evaluation and oversight of training and development for Commission employees, including management and leadership development programs for the Commission. The incumbent reports to the Chief, Talent Management.

If selected for this position, you will serve as the Learning Officer with responsibility for day-to-day training and development operations of the Talent Management Section.

Lead the agency’s design, development, and implementation of long-term strategies for the effective development of agency training and development program, including:

A comprehensive Management and Leadership Development Program, to include new supervisor training and executive development;
An integrated training program for the effective assimilation and onboarding of new hires
A CFTC Academy to include technical, legal, industry, and regulatory training designed to ensure that agency staff has the competencies necessary to meet the challenges of the changing markets we regulate and legislative expansion of our mission.
Design, develop and implement a training program evaluation system for all CFTC sponsored learning and development activities.

Serve as the Contracting Officer Technical Representative (COTR) for training programs; provide support to the CFTC Contracting Officer regarding the development and deployment of a customized CFTC regulatory training program and the deployment of management and leadership training programs. Create statements of work, task orders; assist in the overall selection of contractors. Provide advice to the CFTC Chief Learning Officer on improvements and enhancements to training contract management.

Consult with agency leadership and stakeholders to assess training needs and design responsive solutions.

Work collaboratively with the Learning Management Manager and e-Learning (Contractor) to ensure CFTC training and development programs are aligned with the agency’s strategic goals and develop long term plans and budget projections for training resources.

Develop communication and marketing strategies to implement new programs.

Manage day-to-day operations including establishing standard operating procedures, systems, and policies to accomplish registration, troubleshooting, answering questions, monitoring budget and costs, and supervising staff.

Evaluate the success and return on investment of agency training programs, monitor and assess the effectiveness of programs.

Provides the Chief Talent Management with advice on the agency’s training strategies, policies, and operations.

Design, develop and implement a training program evaluation system for all CFTC sponsored learning and development activities. Develop and deploy Kilpatrick level I II & III evaluation instruments to help determine utility of training program design, delivery and usage.

Provide support and assistance in the registration of CFTC staff for external training events. As part of this process, provides payment for these external events through a government issued purchase card.

Serve as the project manager, responsible for the day-to-day management and oversight of the CFTC Industry, Legal, and Technical (ILT) training program. The program is held on-site using current CFTC staff as instructors. Work closely with CFTC Divisions to identify the topical areas of consideration and to identify potential internal instructors. Develop ILT curriculum, oversee course design and development, identify and secure internal CFTC instructors to deliver courses and work closely with the CFTC regional offices, the Office of Data and Technology, and Logistics and Operations. Evaluates the ILT Courses and make recommendations to the CFTC Chief Learning Officer on ILT programmatic improvements. Ensure that the courses are made available for staff through the CFTC SharePoint System.

Assist the Chief Talent Management in the design, development and implementation of comprehensive CFTC leadership program that will include creating and overseeing the development of Executive Development Plans, an Executive Coaching Program, Mentoring Program, a competitive leadership development program and an online mentoring program.

Serve as a technical advisor to Chief Talent Management. Review proposals for new expanded and enhanced training and development projects that are identified by the division and provide evaluative comments from both a technical and administrative perspective.

Represent the TMS on inter-agency and public/private sector talent and leadership development projects and serve on panels and committees in support of special projects that relate to learning and development.

Travel Required
Occasional travel - Some travel may be required.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential

Job family (Series)
0201 Human Resources Management

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Conditions of Employment
U.S. Citizenship.
Background/Security Investigation.
Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
1 Year Probationary Period May Be Required
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To qualify at the CT-14 grade level, you must have at least 1-year specialized experience at or equivalent to the CT-13 grade level. Specialized experience is defined as and must include experience: 1) assessing, analyzing and making recommendations regarding organizations’ training needs; 2) serve as an advisor and technical authority on employee training programs; 3) designing and conducting training and career development programs to improve individual and organizational performance.

You must show evidence of your specialized experience in your resume.

Additional information
Relocation. Relocation expenses will not be paid.

Time-in-Grade. You must meet time-in-grade requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.

EEO Policy Statement. The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, genetic information, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodation. 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.

Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP). Provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the CFTC with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If CFTC has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must rate equivalent to the Well Qualified or better category using established rating criteria. You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application. Additional information about CTAP eligibility is at: .

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How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the online assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. If you are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

Required Documents
Resume showing relevant experience (cover letter optional).
SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which shows career or career-conditional tenure.
Most recent performance appraisal.
Veteran preference documentation, if applicable.
An unofficial college transcript ( Note: if you are selected for this position, official transcript(s) will be required prior to your first day. Submit only if specified in the announcement ) (Use if education is being credited for the purpose of meeting minimum qualification requirements or if grade point average is being used to determine superior academic achievement.)
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 .

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). The ICTAP provides eligible displaced federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must score 85 or better on established ranking criteria. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Additional information about ICTAP eligibility is at: candidates MUST submit:
A copy of their agency reduction-in-force notice;
A copy of your most recent Performance Rating;
A copy of your most recent SF-50 noting current or last position held, the grade level, and the duty location; and
A copy of your notice of proposed removal for declining a directed reassignment or transfer of function outside the local commuting area or documentation showing you were separated as a result of RIF or declining a directed reassignment or transfer of function outside the local commuting area.

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