Full Job Description
The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) has adopted the HR Modernization and Shared Services Implementation. This improvement will best support the needs of the VISN's diverse workforce and the expectations of management and staff and the execution of HR-related administrative functions. This streamlined and focused approach moves VHA forward in its continuum of providing comprehensive, compassionate, and coordinated care to Veterans.
This position performs administrative, evaluative or technical work concerned with creating and maintaining effective relationships with Medical Center employees and the labor organization that represents VA Medical Center employees. The incumbent provides guidance, consultation and staff assistance to management on issues of discipline and employee/labor management. This work is either the majority of the work of the position or a primary qualification requirement. Develops and conducts employee relations training and educational programs. Provides expert technical guidance and advice including training to management in unusually sensitive issues stemming from grievances, EEO Complaints, appeals, disciplinary actions, adverse actions, medical determinations, and employee management issues, etc. The incumbent develops complex agency position statements, proposals, and strategies. Prepares management to negotiate for controversial issues through technical support. Recommends solutions to problems with significant impact or cost, production or working conditions. Prepares statistical reports and/or written guidance to produce generalizations about labor relations. Develops and promotes alternate dispute resolutions. Recommends solutions to problems with the potential for serious impact on the organizations mission and budget. Develops and provides training to supervisors and managers. The incumbent will prepare case-related agency briefs, position papers and third party appeals. Serves as technical advisor or management representative in cases with potential impact on local labor relations program. Develops complex proposals and counter-proposals that effectively reflect management's agenda. Reviews and analyzes new or proposed HR (ER/LR) policies, procedures and guidelines for impact on organizations practices and makes recommendations to management on the need for changes in existing policies. Plans, initiates and/or conducts employee-labor relations program surveys, studies or evaluations and evaluates programs to assess if they meet basic program goals and objectives. Develops methods of measurement that provide a valid assessment of the success of the labor relations program or related initiatives in accomplished established goals and objectives. Analyzes and evaluates program, identifies problems or deficiencies and provides workable solutions and implements improvement plans. Analyzes and evaluates on a quantitative or qualitative basis the effectiveness of employee-labor relations programs or operations in meeting established goals and objectives. Establishes short and long term objectives that are realistic and responsible to established labor relations goals and priorities.
Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00 am-4:30 pm
Compressed/Flexible: Not Available
Virtual: Not Available
Position Description/PD#: 99976-A
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Job family (Series)
0201 Human Resources Management
Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
You may be required to serve a probationary period
Subject to background/security investigation
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 06/29/2020.
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-12 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-11. For a GS-11 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-09. For a GS-09 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-07. 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: Applicants must have One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-07) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: GS-9: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-7 level; OR a master's degree or equivalent graduate degree; OR at least two full years of graduate level education leading to such a degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related, OR an equivalent combination of creditable specialized experience and education to meet the total requirements for the position. Specialized experience includes performing administrative, evaluative, analytical, consultative, and technical work in a wide variety of human resources management activities and programs including grievances, EEO complaints, appeals, disciplinary actions, adverse actions, medical determinations, employee-management issues, etc.
GS-11: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 level; OR a PhD or equivalent doctoral degree; OR at least three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related ; OR an equivalent combination of creditable specialized experience and education to meet the total requirements for the position. Specialized experience includes performing administrative, evaluative, analytical, consultative, and technical work in a wide variety of human resources management activities and programs including labor and partnering negotiations, labor agreement administration, providing HR advisory services, policy review and analysis with limited supervisory controls.
GS-12: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 grade level. Education cannot be substituted for specialized experience at the GS-12 level. Specialized experience includes solving highly complex human resources issues, and independently performing human resources management related activities to complete staffing and recruitment assignments. There is no education substitution at the GS-12 level. You will be rated on the following competencies based on your application for this position.
If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.
You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:
Knowledge of personnel management and Labor relations theories, practices.
Ability to plan, organize, and establish priorities while meeting time constraints.
Knowledge applicable to employee relations needed for advising managers.
Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and writing to clearly present complex issues.
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.
A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
PLEASE NOTE: 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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.
VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.
Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Contact the Agency Contact for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.
The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal/VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well-qualified: applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the required competencies of the job. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/.
Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.
For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.
If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
Narrative responses are not required at this time. If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk
Trust determination process
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
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.
DD-214/ Statement of Service
Disability Letter (Schedule A)
Disability Letter (VA)
Proof of Marriage Status
Separation Notice (RIF)
SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action (if applicable for Time in Grade and/or Eligibility):
Most recent SF-50 if you are a current or former Federal employee
An SF-50 showing your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one-year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one-year time-in-grade
Award 50's do not provide sufficient information and will not be accepted for the purpose of verifying time-in-grade.
Examples of appropriate SF-50's include:
Within grade increases at the highest grade held; or
Promotions with an effective date more than one year old; or
SF-50's at the highest grade held with an effective date more than one year old.
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 http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
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This job is open to
Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)
Federal employees who meet the definition of a "surplus" or "displaced" employee.
Federal employees - Competitive service
Current or former competitive service federal employees.
Federal employees - Excepted service
Current excepted service federal employees.
Individuals with disabilities
Individuals eligible under a special authority not listed above, but defined in the federal hiring regulations.
Clarification from the agency
Area of Consideration Order: Facility, Agency, and all others. Federal employees - Competitive service. Federal employees - Excepted service. Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL). Individuals with disabilities. 30% or more disabled. Veterans Recruitment Authority (VRA). Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA).