These positions administer, advise on, and deliver a variety of HR products and services throughout the agency. Management will rely on you to help them apply merit system principles. Employees will rely on you to provide information and assistance. Ultimately, you will assume an integral role in assuring that all parties observe merit system principles in executing their HR-related actions.
For the Recruitment and Placement functional area, you will advise management on recruitment strategies, sources, and special programs that emphasize Affirmative Action.
For the Classification functional area, you will develop and evaluate job descriptions by applying position classification criteria and supplemental guidance to determine the title, series, and grade of Federal jobs.
For the Employee Benefits functional area, you will administer the CSRS, FERS, FEHB, FEGLI, Long Term Care Insurance, FSA, TSP, and FECA.
For the Performance Management functional area, you will provide advice, assistance, technical guidance, and policy guidance to management concerning their responsibilities for appraising their employees' performance.
For the Employee/Labor Relations functional areas, you will guide management officials and employees concerning all aspects of the labor-management and employee relations programs.
For the HR Development functional area, you will provide advice and assistance to management concerning the determination of training needs, sources of needed training, how to meet identified needs, and evaluating results.
For the HR Information Systems functional area, you will provide technical advice and assistance on the design, implementation, and operation of HR automated systems.
Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required.
Job family (Series)
0201 Human Resources Management
Conditions of Employment
Any applicant who within the previous 52 weeks has held a General Schedule position under a term or permanent appointment in the competitive or excepted service must possess at least 52 weeks at the GS-11 grade level.
You must successfully pass a background investigation.
You will need to set up direct deposit so we can pay you.
Must possess and maintain a valid state issued driver's license to conduct official government business.
This position is eligible for situational-only telework based on agency policy.
You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
This position is funded solely by Congress; therefore, you will neither report to work nor will you be paid during a government shutdown.
Occasional travel is required.
The HR functional areas for which we are collecting applications are classification, recruitment/placement, employee relations, employee development and training, labor relations, benefits, performance management, and HR information systems.
All candidates must possess the required specialized experience by the time their resume is reviewed.
Specialized Experience Requirement:
One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level researching, interpreting, and applying appropriate Federal laws, regulations, policies, and guidelines in at least one of the HR functional areas listed above.
Remember that 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, including volunteer experience.
The Office of Personnel Management must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.
DHS uses E-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities.
If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment, and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, fine, or imprisonment.
To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully pass a background investigation for suitability as a condition of placement into these positions. This will include a credit check after a tentative job offer is given, a review of 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. Continued employment is contingent upon favorable adjudication of periodic reinvestigations.
The Department of Homeland Security encourages persons with disabilities to apply, to include persons with intellectual, severe physical or psychiatric disabilities, as defined by 5 CFR § 213.3102(u), and/or Disabled Veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30 percent or more as defined by 5 CFR § 315.707. Veterans, Peace Corps/VISTA volunteers, and persons with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility for non-competitive appointment and to understand the required documentation, click on the links above or contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.
Physical Demands: The work is sedentary.
Work Environment: Work is in an office setting.
If selected for a permanent position, re-employed annuitants’ annual salaries will be reduced by the amount of their retirement annuity and by further cost of living increases. FERS retirees receiving a FERS annuity supplement must also be aware that, like social security benefits, their FERS annuity supplement is subject to an earnings test and may be reduced if the salary earned is more than the social security exempt amount of earnings. Additional information is available on OPM’s website or by contacting OPM.
If selected for a TEMP/TERM position, federal retirees will be eligible for a waiver of the dual compensation reduction. Click here for more information.
Additional selections may be made from this announcement within the same geographical area.
Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for similar positions.
Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, interpretive U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidance, and Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring. These authorities are subject to change.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position. If you meet the minimum qualifications, we will use a job questionnaire to determine the degree to which your experience, education and training demonstrate the following competencies required by this position:
Human resources concepts, laws, policies, practices, and precedents to provide comprehensive human resources management advisory and technical services.
Laws, Executive orders, regulations, policies, concepts, and various human resources policies, practices, procedures, and management controls concerning the recruitment and placement function.
Retirement, benefits entitlements, health and life insurance, and Thrift Savings Plan laws, regulations, procedures, respective legislative changes, military service regulations, veterans’ benefits, and prior Government service, and counseling techniques.
Human resources development principles, practices, laws, regulations to oversee career-related or professional human resource development education and training programs.
DHS and Office of Personnel Management governmental laws, rules, and regulations as well as case law issued by the Merit Systems Protection Board, Federal Labor Relations Authority , Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Office of Government Ethics, U.S. Office of Special Counsel , Arbitrators and U.S. Comptroller General.
Databases, higher-order programming tools and retrieval language associated with HR information systems(s) and system capabilities, procedures, limitations and retrieval options.
Skill in oral and written communications.
Consideration will be given to performance appraisals and incentive awards as an indicator of quality of prior experience. If you are determined to be best-qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview.
Career Transition Assistance Program or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP/ICTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the Federal government, you are not CTAP/ICTAP eligible. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility may be found on OPM’s Career Transition Resources website. To be considered well qualified under CTAP/ICTAP, you must be rated at a minimum score of 85 for this position. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the “Required Documents” section of this announcement.
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Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
If you are applying under an Interchange Agreement, submit your SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action that shows a "1" or "2" in Block 24 and a "2" in Block 34.
If you are applying under Reinstatement or Transfer, submit an SF-50 that shows a grade level at or above the GS-12 in Block 18, a "1" or "2" in Block 24, and a "1" in Block 34.
If you are a current DHS employee eligible for Reassignment, submit an SF-50 that shows a grade level at the GS-12 in Block 18, a "1" or "2" in Block 24, a "1" in Block 34, and "Homeland Security" in Block 46.
If you are a current DHS employee eligible for a Change to Lower Grade, submit an SF-50 that show a grade above the GS-12 in Block 18, a "1" or "2" in Block 24, a "1" in Block 34, and "Homeland Security" in Block 46.
If you are a 30% or more disabled veteran, submit Member Copy 4 of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, an SF-15, Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference, and an AB4, Civil Service Preference Letter.
If you are claiming special priority selection rights under CTAP/ICTAP, submit copies of your agency notice; most recent performance rating; and your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action noting your current position, grade level, and duty location.
If you have occupied a GS position in the federal civilian service within the last 52 weeks, you must submit a copy of the SF-50 that proves you meet the time-in-grade requirements listed in the "Conditions of Employment" section of this announcement.
If you are a person with a disability, submit a letter on official letterhead from either a doctor, licensed medical professional, licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist, or any Federal, state, or local agency that issues or provides disability benefits.
If you are applying as a Foreign Service Employee, then submit copies of your SF 50s that show you have served at least 1 year in the Foreign Service and a “2” in Block 34.
If you are a current or former staff member of the Peace Corps, you must provide a certification of your service to prove your eligibility. Certifications may be requested through this form.
If you are a former ACTION/Peace Corps volunteer, you must provide a certification of your volunteer service. Peace Corps volunteers may request certifications of their service by clicking here.
If you are the spouse of an active duty service member with orders for permanent change in station (PCS), then submit a copy of your spouse’s PCS orders and a copy of your marriage certificate.
If you are the spouse of a service member who was 100 percent disabled while on active duty, then submit your spouse’s DD 214, AB4, and a copy of your marriage certificate.
If you are an un-remarried widow or widower of a service member who was killed on active duty, then submit your spouse’s DD 214, DD 1300, a copy of your marriage certificate, and a statement certifying that you are an unmarried widow or widower.
Note: All applicants are required to submit the applicable documents listed above as verification of eligibility. If you fail to provide the information requested, or the information you submit is insufficient to verify your eligibility, you may lose consideration for these positions.
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.
DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to the DHS Careers website and select Benefits. Disabled veteran leave will be available to any federal employee hired on or after November 5, 2016, who is a veteran with a service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more.
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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.