This vacancy is for a Human Resources Assistant (OA) position in the Human Resources Division located at the U.S. Census Bureau Headquarters in Suitland, Maryland. The Census Bureau is accessible from the Metro Rail Green Line – Suitland Station.
This Job Opportunity Announcement may be used to fill other Human Resources Assistant (OA), 0203, 6/7/8, FPL8 positions within the Census Bureau in the same geographical location with the same qualifications and specialized experience.
This vacancy is advertised under 2 different announcements. Please read the 'Who May Apply' section carefully to determine your eligibility. If you are not eligible under this announcement, please see HRD-2018-0104, Human Resources Specialist, GG-0203-06/07/08, CENSUS-MP-TLH .
Term Appointment: This is a Term Appointment , initial appointment is not to exceed (NTE) 2 years. This appointment may be extended 2 additional years at management’s discretion.
A trial period may be required (for term appointments/excepted service appointments).
This position is INELIGIBLE for telework.
This is a NON-BARGAINING unit position.
Conduct research and provide technical answers to inquiries from employees and officials related to specialty areas.
Independently perform technical assignments such as developing and implementing procedures for special projects; analyzing various personnel/payroll related reports and makes initial recommendations for course of action.
Review, code and process personnel requests/forms relevant to the specialty areas.
Advise employees about basic personnel, benefit and pay matters.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…
All qualified United States citizens.
Questions? This job is open to 1 group.
Job family (Series)
0203 Human Resources Assistance
Human Resources Specialists
Specialists, Human Resources
Conditions of Employment
Suitable for Federal employment.
Registered for Selective Service if applicable. (www.sss.gov)
You may be required to complete a financial disclosure (OGE-450).
Ability to type 40 wpm.
Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
Specialized Experience: For the GG-06 , you must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-05 in the Federal service. Experience for this position includes: Experience with applying rules and procedures to ensure that Federal personnel actions are coded and processed accurately and on a timely basis with minimal guidance and supervision. A qualified typist is required.
Specialized Experience: For the GG-07 , you must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-06 in the Federal service. Experience for this position includes: Experience with Federal personnel action coding and processing procedures to handle forms and other related documentation. A qualified typist is required.
Specialized Experience: For GG-08 , you must have one-year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibly equivalent to the GS-07 , level in the federal service. Specialized experience is understanding the federal personnel regulations and policies, personnel coding and processing procedures, and personnel record keeping and organizational structures. Examples of specialized experience include, but are not limited to: conducting research and providing technical answers to inquiries from employees and officials related to specialty area(s); advising employees about basic personnel, benefit and pay matters; recommending improved procedures; preparing periodic and special reports; independently completes technical assignments; evaluates and makes recommendations regarding personnel-related actions; reviewing, coding, and processing personnel requests/forms relevant to specialty area(s) and considers content accuracy and adequacy of documents submitted. A qualified typist is required.
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 following links provide information on various hiring authorities that may enable you to apply through merit assignment procedures, or be eligible for a non-competitive appointment.
30% or more disabled veteran
Person with Disability
The Department of Commerce provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Office. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. TTY users can contact the Human Resources Office via the Federal Relay Service, 1-800-877-8339.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the job opportunity announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/No, Multiple Choice questions) and place you in one of three pre-defined categories. These categories are "gold," "silver," and "bronze." Your resume and/or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. Candidates placed in the "gold" category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.
How you will be evaluated for preference eligibility: Within each category, those entitled to veterans' preference will be listed at the top of the pre-defined category for which they are placed.
Preference eligibles with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category (gold).
The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:
Knowledge of Federal personnel regulations, principles, policies, rules and terminology to perform a variety of routine technical assignments and answer various personnel related inquires.
Skill in answering various personnel related inquires, resolving technical discrepancies and make recommendations for course of action.
Knowledge of Guide to Processing Personnel Actions in the Federal Government and the requirements and policies/ procedures under the regulations.
Ability to serve as technical advisor to administrative staff in support of workforce and benefit issues.
For more information on category rating, please go to:
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Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
A complete application consists of the following:
Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional. Your resume should list your educational and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week. Your resume may be used to validate your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire. Your resume should also indicate your citizenship and if you are registered with the Selective Service System if you are a male born after 12/31/59.
Veterans' Preference Documentation: Please indicate on your resume the type of veterans' preference you are claiming and provide the appropriate supporting documentation (DD-214 stating disposition of discharge or character of service, VA letter, SF-15, etc.) to validate your claim. For more information regarding eligibility requirements, please go to: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx .
Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) documentation, if applicable (see other information).
You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient.
CTAP and ICTAP Eligibles
CTAP and ICTAP candidates will be eligible for selection priority if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a rating of 85 out of 100. Information about CTAP and ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website at: http://www.opm.gov/ctap
CTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:
A copy of your RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a directed geographic relocation outside of the local commuting area; a Certificate of Expected Separation (CES); or certification that you are in a surplus organization or occupation (this could be a position abolishment letter, a notice of eligibility for discontinued service retirement, or similar notice);
A copy of your SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action", noting current position, grade/band level, and duty location;
A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and
Any documentation from your bureau/operating unit that shows your current promotion potential.
ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:
A copy of your RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a directed geographic relocation outside of the local commuting area, notice of disability annuity termination, certification from your former agency that it cannot place you after your recovery from a work-related compensable injury; or certification from the National Guard Bureau or Military Department that you are eligible for disability retirement.
A copy of your SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action", documenting your RIF separation, noting your position, grade/band level, and duty location, and/or Agency certification of inability to place you through RPL, etc.;
A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and
Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.
NOTE: You will not be considered if you fail to provide all required documents.
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 .
Additional benefits available at Census Headquarters located in Suitland, MD, include: fitness center; child-care facility; credit union; free parking; convenient access to Metrorail and Metrobus transit services in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia communities; car pools/van pools; etc.
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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.