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Human Resources Specialist

Company name
U.S Department of Defense, Missile Defense Agency (MDA)

$42,483.00 to $51,966.00

Huntsville, AL

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$42,483 to $51,966 per year

Pay scale & grade

GS 7 - 9

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Appointment type



2 vacancies in the following location:

Redstone Arsenal, AL

Redstone Arsenal, AL

Relocation expenses reimbursed


. PCS may be paid to first duty station only. Current government employees may receive a relocation incentive.

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U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

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All U.S. Citizens

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This is a three-year, Career Development program for entry level Human Resource Specialist designed to prepare selectees for full professional performance. This is a Public Notice for positions being filled under the Direct Hiring Authority (DHA), afforded under Section 1106 of NDAA FY17.

Mission Statement

At the Missile Defense Agency, you will have a rare opportunity to be a part of the greatest technological achievements of our time. Our Career Development/Training Program covers three years of increasing knowledge and commensurate responsibilities. You will be part of a team whose mission is to protect our nation and defend our freedom. You will also be building a career that makes a difference, and collaborating on projects you simply won't find anywhere else. It's your chance to use your special talents to personally contribute to a safer future for America and the entire free world.

This dynamic three-year formal training program includes rotational assignments which will enable you to work on various programs in the Human Resources Directorate; attend classroom and web-based training; participate in formal mentoring; and be a part of group experiences with other developmental program participants. There will be annual promotion opportunities based upon meeting time-in-grade requirements, successful performance, successful completion of required training, and supervisory approval. This is your opportunity to begin a successful civilian career with the Missile Defense Agency.

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As a HUMAN RESOURCES SPECIALIST at the GS-0201-07/09 some of your typical work assignments may include:

Provides position management and position classification services. Conducts the full range of recruitment actions.

Administers in-service placement actions including retention incentives, special emphasis programs, promotions, reassignments, details, reduction-in-force, outplacement, severance pay, etc.

Provides management advisory services to organizational management when reorganizations or related organizational and position changes are proposed.

Participates in job fairs.

Provides advice and guidance to managers and supervisors on disciplinary and conduct issues.

Advises managers on performance management issues.

Assists managers and supervisors with evaluating training and development needs of subordinates, preparing training plans, and locating training opportunities.

These duties above are at the full performance GS-11 level. During your training program, you will work closely with a senior HR Specialist who will provide general directions for recurring assignments and detailed guidance on new or developmental projects.

THE STARTING SALARY FOR THIS POSITION: These positions will be filled at the GS-07 and/or the GS-09 level. The starting pay will be at the step 1 of the applicable locality table and is non-negotiable. Please indicate the grade for which you want to be considered. You will only be considered for the grade(s) you select and for which you meet minimum requirements. Incumbent will serve in the Career Development Program for 3 years. If you are approved for promotion to the GS-11 level, this position will be converted to an NH-II under the Department of Defense (DoD) Acquisition Workforce Personnel Demonstration Project (AcqDemo).

Redstone Arsenal, AL - GS-07/01 - $42,483 or GS-09/01 - $51,966 (18.49% Locality)

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Job family (Series)

0201 Human Resources Management

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Conditions of Employment

Must be a U.S. citizen

Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service

Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply)

Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation

May be required to successfully complete a trial period

This is a Drug Testing designated position

Must obtain/maintain a Non-Critical Sensitive (Secret) security clearance

Degree requirement must be met prior to June 30, 2018

Complete the initial online assessment and USAHire Assessment, if required


This announcement is open to Recent Graduates and Post-Secondary Students. To be eligible, applicants must provide documentation of enrollment/graduation with dates of enrollment/completion. Recent Graduates must provide documentation that a degree was awarded by an institution of higher education not more than 2 years before date of appointment OR For Veterans, not more than four years since completion if completed a period of obligated uniformed service of more than four years

*NOTE: Failure to provide transcripts will result in you being rated ineligible for this position.

You may qualify at the GS-7/9, if you fulfill the following qualifications:

A. One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 grade level in the Federal service:

The ability to apply Human Resources knowledge to provide advice and consultation, to interpret applicable policies and laws, to resolve problems, and develop creative initiatives to attract and retain a high quality, diverse workforce.; OR

B. Meeting the Following Education Requirement:

GS-7: Successfully completed one full year of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree (Transcripts required for verification.); or, graduated in the upper third of my class from a college, university, or major subdivision, such as the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Business Administration, based on completed courses (Transcripts required for verification.); or, have a college grade point average of 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 (B or better) as recorded on my official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 (B or better) based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum (Transcripts required for verification.); or, a member or was elected to membership in a national scholastic honor society. Click here for a listing of the honor societies

(PLEASE NOTE: If you are claiming membership, or election for membership, in a national scholastic honor society, you must provide a copy of your membership or election to membership in that scholastic honor society to verify your claim);


A combination of experience and education as described above that equates to one year of experience.

GS-09: Level Qualifications: Specialized Experience 1 year equivalent to at least GS-7


Master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related.


A combination of experience and education as described above that equates to one year of experience; OR

C. You have some specialized experience as described in A, but less than one year; and you have more than one year but less than two years of education as described in B. You have computed the percentage of the requirements that you meet, and the total is at least 100%. (To compute the percentage, divide your total months of qualifying experience by 12. Then divide your semester hours of graduate education beyond the first year by 18. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify.)

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 selectees for these positions may be eligible for advancement without further competition up to the established target grade upon meeting the MDA requirements, such as developmental benchmarks, performance requirements, etc. that are specifically established for the career program or specifically designed for the incumbent in the Individual Development Plan (IDP). Promotion is not guaranteed or implied.

Please review the General Application Information and Definitions at: DOD GEN APP INFO


ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support

your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) unofficial transcripts are acceptable at time of application, or (2)

If you are serviced by the office filling this position and your transcripts are on file in your official personnel folder, you are not required to submit. However, it is your responsibility to ensure transcripts are on file.

All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.

If substituting education under Superior Academic Achievement defined at for experience at the GS-07 level, you must possess a bachelors or equivalent degree.

If substituting education for experience at the GS-09 level, you must possess a masters or equivalent degree OR 2 full years of progressively higher graduate education leading to such a degree, OR LL.B. or J.D., if related.

GRADUATE EDUCATION: One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of

credits hours that your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time

study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain

your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter

hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: For further information, click on the following link: Foreign Education

Additional information

Work Schedule: Full time

Overtime: Occasionally

Tour of Duty: Flexible

Incentives: Current government employees may receive a relocation incentive

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): Non-Exempt

Financial Disclosure: Not Required

Telework Eligibility: This position is not telework eligible

Selective Service Requirement: Please visit for more information.

For more information, please visit General Application Information and Definitions.

Other Notes:

Status candidates must meet time-in-grade requirements (52 weeks at the next lower grade level).

All applicants must meet qualifications and eligibility criteria by the closing date of the announcement.

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 documents, to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided and evaluate your relevant education/work experiences as it relates to the fundamental competencies required for this position.



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Interpersonal Skills



Stress Tolerance


Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance


Required Documents

Required Documents

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

1. Your Resume listing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment and duties performed. If multiple resumes are submitted by an applicant, only the last resume submitted will be reviewed for the qualifications and referred for selection consideration if eligible.

2. Other supporting documents:

Cover Letter, optional? College transcript(s), if qualifying based on education. We accept unofficial transcripts, as long as they contain the applicant's name, the name of the school, the date and degree that was awarded, and the list of classes and credits earned. Transcripts must be received in this office by 11:59 P.M. EST on 03/23/2018 in order to be considered.

Most recent SF-50 or Notification of Personnel Action showing you are/were in the competitive service and the highest grade or promotion potential held (if applying as a status candidate with current or former Federal Service and not serviced by DLA).

Most recent Performance Appraisal, if applicable

DD-214, SF-15 Form and VA letter, or certification of expected discharge or release from active duty from Veterans for consideration under Veteran hiring authorities

Non-competitive appointment authority documentation, if applicable

Transcripts MUST be submitted (unofficial transcripts are acceptable) If selected, official transcripts will be required.

PLEASE REVIEW the following LINK for additional documents you need to provide: Supporting 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.



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How to Apply

How to Apply

To apply for this position, you must complete the online application and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date to receive consideration.

To begin, click Apply Online to access an online application. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account or you may need to create a new account.

You will be taken to an online application. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation, and submit the application.

You will receive an email notification when your application has been received for the announcement.

To verify the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account,

, select the Application Status link and then select the More Information link for this position. The Application Status page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and your responses submitted to the online application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

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Missile Defense Agency

Bldg 5222 Martin Rd

Redstone Arsenal, AL


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Next steps

Once you successfully complete the application process, you will receive a notification of receipt. Your application package will be reviewed to ensure you meet the basic eligibility and qualifications requirements, and you will receive a notification. A review will be made of your online questionnaire and the documentation you submitted to support your responses.

This announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

A list of qualified applicants will be created and sent to the selecting official. All applicants reviewed and/or referred will receive a notification letter. The selecting official may choose to conduct interviews, and once the selection is made, you will receive a notification of the decision.

Fair & Transparent

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

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.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when: An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations

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Financial suitability

Social security number request

Privacy Act

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Selective Service

New employee probationary period

Note: We cannot accept applications on behalf of Federal Agencies. Application instructions are listed within the Job Description.

Company info

U.S Department of Defense, Missile Defense Agency (MDA)
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Company Profile
The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) is a research, development, and acquisition agency within the Department of Defense. Our workforce includes government civilians, military service members, and contractor personnel in multiple locations across the United States. We are focused on retaining and recruiting a dedicated workforce interested in supporting our national security. As we develop, test, and field an integrated Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS), the MDA works closely with the combatant commands (e.g. Pacific Command, Northern Command, etc.) who will rely on the system to protect the United States, our forward deployed forces, and our friends and allies from hostile ballistic missile attack. We work with the combatant commanders to ensure that we develop a robust BMDS technology and development program to address the challenges of an evolving threat. We are also steadily increasing our international cooperation by supporting mutual security interests in missile defense.

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