Office of Human Resources Management
$96,970.00 to $126,062.00
Open & closing dates
Opening and closing dates
$96,970 to $126,062 per year
Pay scale & grade
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC
Washington DC, DC
Relocation expenses reimbursed
This job is open to
Federal employees - Competitive service
Current or former competitive service federal employees.
Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)
Federal employees who meet the definition of a surplus or displaced employee.
Individuals with disabilities
Family of overseas employees
Family members of a federal employee or uniformed service member who is, or was, working overseas.
Peace Corps & AmeriCorps Vista
As a Senior Human Resources Specialist (Employee and Labor Relations), you will provide expert technical advice, guidance, and consultation to management, employees and lower graded Human Resources Specialists in the areas of employee and labor management relations.
Location of Position:
Office of Human Resources Management, Workforce Relations Branch
Washington Area Service Center
This position is located in the Office of Human Resources Management, Employee Relations Branch. This office is responsible for providing sound, innovative and timely HR advice to our customers in the area of employee and labor relations.
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You will have access to many benefits
Health insurance (choose from a wide range of plans)
Life insurance coverage with several options
Sick leave and vacation time, including 10 paid holidays per year
Thrift Savings Plan (similar to a 401(k) plan)
Flexible work schedules and telework
Transit and child care subsidies
Training and development
Flexible spending accounts
Long-term care insurance
Training and development
We are currently filling one vacancy, but additional vacancies may be filled through this announcement in this or other GSA organizations within the same commuting areas needed. Management has the right to fill this position through other means, or not at all.
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This position serves as a Senior HR Specialist in the Employee and Labor Relations Branch and will perform any or all of the following duties:
Provides expert advice and assistance to management on appropriate actions involving complex and sensitive employee and labor relations issues.
Analyzes and evaluates work situations where employee relations problems exist including disciplinary and adverse actions, performance-based actions, grievances and appeals.
Provides guidance and advice to management on the implementation and application of negotiated agreements with labor unions.
Works closely with legal staff to assist in third party proceedings such as arbitration hearings and proceedings involving unfair labor practice charges.
Establishes and maintains effective workings relationships with local, regional and national labor union representatives and agency managers/supervisors.
Provides general and specialized employee and labor management training to employees, supervisors and managers.
Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required
Who May Apply
This job is open to…
Current Federal Employees
Former Federal Employees
Individuals with Disabilities
Former Overseas Employees
In the Washington, DC local commuting area only
Questions? This job is open to 7 groups.
Job family (Series)
0201 Human Resources Management
Human Resources Specialists
Specialists, Human Resources
Conditions of Employment
Meet time-in-grade requirements within 30 days of closing date
U.S. Citizenship or National
Males born after 12/31/1959 must have registered with the Selective Service
Register with the Selective Service, if you are a male born after 12/31/59
1 year probationary period may be required.
If selected, you must meet the following conditions:
Receive authorization from OPM on any job offer you receive, if you are or were (within the last 5 years) a Schedule A, Schedule C, or non-career SES political appointee
Serve a one year probationary period, if required.
Undergo and pass a background investigation (Tier 2 investigation level)
Have your identity and work status eligibility verified if you are not a GSA employee. We will use the Department of Homeland Security's e-Verify system for this. Any discrepancies must be resolved as a condition of continued employment.
Complete a financial disclosure report to verify that no conflict, or an appearance of conflict, exists between your financial interest and this position.
For each job on your resume, provide:
the exact dates you held each job (from month/year to month/year)
number of hours per week you worked (if part time).
If you have volunteered your service through a National Service program (e.g., Peace Corps, Americorps), we encourage you to apply and include this experience on your resume.
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The GS-13 salary range starts at $96,970 per year.
If you are a new federal employee, your starting salary will likely be set at the Step 1 of the grade for which you are selected.
To qualify, you must demonstrate that you possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service.
Specialized experience for this position is defined as interpreting and applying human resources principles, practices, laws, and regulations in order to independently perform the full range of labor and employee relations work including providing consultation and assistance to management in the areas of poor performance, misconduct, adverse actions, agency and bargaining unit grievances, appeals, and negotiations with unions.
Bargaining Unit status: None
This vacancy announcement does not preclude filling this position by other means. Management also has the right not to fill the position.
Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses are not authorized for this position. Any travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the successful applicant.
All the information you provide will be verified by a review of work experience and/or education as shown on your application forms, by checking references and through other means, such as the interview process. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for not hiring you, or firing you after you begin work.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
You will be scored on the questions you answer during the application process, which will measure your possession of the following competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities. Your responses to these questions must be supported by your resume or your score may be lowered.
The Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA's) required for this position are as follows:
Mastery of, and skill in applying advanced labor and employee relations laws, regulations, principles, precedents, and policy.
Mastery of employee and labor management relations, and performance management activities to apply experimental theories and new developments to problems not susceptible to treatment by accepted methods, and to make decisions or recommendations significantly changing, interpreting, or developing important nationwide policies or programs.
Expert knowledge of employee and labor management relations principles, practices, regulations and legislation.
Expert knowledge of laws, Executive Orders, regulations, policies and concepts pertaining to negotiations of labor agreements, agreement implementation, third party procedures and other issues with union and management.
Comprehensive analytical skills to solve particularly complex and sensitive problems and issues in employee and labor relations
Skill in developing and conducting training, briefings, and communicating with a broad spectrum of internal and external personnel.
Expert skill in the researching, interpreting and applying federal HR rules, regulations, policies and directives to a variety of employee and labor management relations issues.
Ability to prepare complex written documents.
Ability to work effectively as a team member, build team cohesiveness, reach consensus and achieve organizational and team goals.
Extensive skill in written and oral communications.
Knowledge of HR information systems to develop requests for data related to ER/LR matters.
If you are eligible under Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan or GSA's Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP/CTAP)
, you must receive a score of 85 or higher to receive priority.
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Background checks and security clearance
Public Trust - Background Investigation
ALL required documents must be submitted before the closing date. Review the following list to determine what you need to submit.
Note: If required to submit an SF-50 (Notice of Personnel Action), an equivalent agency Notice of Personnel Action form is acceptable. Such document(s) must show all of the following: effective date, position, title, series, grade, and rate of basic pay, tenure group 1 (career) or 2 (career-conditional), position occupied group, and name of agency. If you are a GSA employee (except in the OIG), you are not required to submit an SF-50.
If you are a 30% or more disabled veteran, VEOA or VRA applicant or qualified spouse, widow/widower, or parent:
a. Copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD-214 that shows the dates of your active duty service. If selected, a DD-214 showing your type of discharge (member 4 copy) will be required prior to appointment.
b. If you are a disabled veteran, or are applying under VRA or VEOA as a spouse, widow/widower, or parent of a veteran, submit both of the following in addition to the DD-214
1. completed SF-15
2. proof of your entitlement (refer to SF-15
for complete list).
If you are active duty military- Certification on a letterhead from your military branch that includes your rank, character of service (must be under honorable conditions) & military service dates including discharge/release date (must be no later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted).
If you are a current Federal employee or Reinstatement
Eligible: Submit your latest SF-50.
If you are eligible under an Interchange Agreement:
Submit your latest SF-50.
If you are a former Peace Corp or VISTA volunteer:
Submit your Description of Service.
If you have a disability: Submit proof of eligibility. For information on eligibility and required documentation, refer to USAJOBS's People With Disabilities
If you are applying under another special appointment authority: Submit proof of your eligibility under the appropriate appointment authority. See USAJOBS's Resource Center
for more information.
If you are ICTAP
eligible - submit a, b, and c: (a) proof of eligibility including agency notice; (b) SF-50, and (c) most recent performance appraisal.
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
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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.
How to Apply
How to Apply
Submit a complete online application including any required documents prior to 11:59 pm Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement. You can modify or complete your application any time before the deadline. Simply return to USAJOBS, select the vacancy, and update your application. For more detailed instructions on how to apply, click here: Apply for a GSA Job
To begin, click the Apply Online button on the vacancy announcement.
Sign in or register on USAJobs and select a resume and documents to include in your application.
Once you have clicked Apply for this position now, you will be taken to the GSA site to complete the application process.
Click the Apply To This Vacancy and complete all steps in the application process until the Confirmation indicates your application is complete. If you click Return to USAJobs or get timed out prior to receiving confirmation, your application will not be submitted and cannot be considered for this job.
Note: Review the REQUIRED DOCUMENTS section of this announcement to determine which apply to you and must be submitted online. You may choose one or more of the following options to submit your document(s): Upload (from your computer); USAJOBS (click the USAJOBS link to complete the transfer process) or FAX (read the Fax instructions provided prior to printing the Fax Cover Sheet and faxing your information).
Need Assistance in Applying? Contact the HR representative listed on the announcement prior to the application deadline. You must receive HR approval before deviating from these instructions.
Agency contact information
Barbara Atkinson Barbara Atkinson
GSA, Office of Human Resources Management
General Services Administration
OHRM, Washington Area Service Center
Washington, District of Columbia
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After the closing date/deadline:
ELIGIBILITY/QUALIFICATIONS: Your application will be reviewed for all requirements.
REFERRAL TO MANAGEMENT: If you meet all the requirements, you may be referred to management for review and a possible interview.
SELECTION/TENTATIVE JOB OFFER: If you are selected, you will receive a tentative offer and start the suitability and/or security background investigation process.
FINAL JOB OFFER: Once our security office determines you can come on board, you will be given a final offer, which is typically 40 days after the announcement closes.
FINAL COMMUNICATION: Once the position is filled, we will notify you of your status. You may also check your status by logging into USAJOBS. Go to My USAJOBS and then to Applications.
Thank you for your interest in working for U.S. General Services Administration!
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
or how to contact an agency.
Legal and regulatory guidance
Social security number request
Signature and false statements
New employee probationary period
Note: We cannot accept applications on behalf of Federal Agencies. Application instructions are listed within the Job Description.
Office of Human Resources Management
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