Human Resources Specialist (Employee Relations & Labor Relations)

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration - Indianapolis, IN3.9

30+ days ago
Duties are performed under the general supervision of the Supervisory Employee and Labor Relations Specialist who defines objectives and priorities and discusses potential problems. The incumbent uses HR Management knowledge, concepts, and principles to perform a wide variety of work in Employee and Labor Relations. The incumbent will administer the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) program including:

Determining FMLA eligibility
Discussing FMLA eligibility with employees and supervisors
Notifying employees and supervisors of FMLA determinations via writing
Collecting and analyzing data related to FMLA
Preparing reports related to FMLA usage
Keeping apprised of case law regulations and changes related to FMLA
Providing FMLA training to employees and supervisors.

Additionally, the incumbent will apply fundamental HR practices and polices, research, and analytical and problem-solving techniques for disciplinary and adverse actions in order to:
Analyze moderately difficult, well-precedented or recurring types of cases
Research appropriate and applicable precedents, and interpret and analyze issues of the case
Develop and prepare clear explanations of the facts of the case, then select the appropriate legal, regulatory or contractual restrictions or limitations of the case
Prepare recommendations or solutions in writing or orally in a clear and concise manner

This brief description of duties listed is not intended to be a complete list of required position duties.

Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm
Telework: Not Available
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Position Description/PD#: , PD# 04214A
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 08/23/2018.

Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-9 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-7. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment.

You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below:

Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-7 Specialized experience can be defined as: Gathering and recording data; Retrieving reports from automated formats and identifying patterns and trends; Making recommendations to higher level staff regarding process improvements; Preparing letters and correspondence for issuance; Providing support and technical assistance to higher level staff regarding employee and labor relations issues such as employee leave audits, disciplinary actions, grievances, unemployment claims, and third party information; Researching and selecting appropriate regulations, Agency policies and procedures, and case law before advising employees and supervisors and before making a recommendation to higher level HR staff. in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization . OR,
Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have a Masters or equivalent graduate degree or successful completion of two years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree or a LL.B. or J.D. (transcripts required). OR,
Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at the GS-09 level. To calculate, first identify the percentage of required education you have earned (when substituting, you cannot use the first 60 semester hours that you earned). Then identify the percentage of required experience you possess. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify at the GS-09. For example, an applicant who has 9 semester hours of graduate level education (i.e. 50% of graduate education required) and 6 months of creditable specialized experience (i.e. 50% of the required experience) would equal 100% of the required experience for the position. A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:

Analytical Reasoning
Written Communication
Performance Management

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; religions; 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.

Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.

Physical Requirements: No physical exertion is required. The work is primarily performed while sitting though some work may require periods of standing. The regular and recurring work of this position is sitting at a desk, conferences, meetings, etc. Occasional travel by automobile to hearings or meeting inside and outside of Indianapolis is required. Limited out-of-state travel for training or meetings as the need arises is possible.

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.
Cover Letter
Other Veterans Document

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit