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Human Resources Specialist
Human Resources Specialist

Human Resources Specialist

Company : US Veterans Benefits Administration
Salary : $55,756 - $86,881 a year
Location : Colorado

Full Description



The Human Resources Specialist position is within the Department Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), Human Resources Centers (HRC) of Human Capital Services (HCS). The incumbent will be responsible for performing job analysis, creating Federal job announcements, reviewing applications for eligibility and qualifications, coordinating job offers, pre-employment and onboarding as well as processing a variety of requests for personnel actions.


  • Identifies recruitment sources and advises management on appropriate recruitment and staffing methods.
  • Provides recruitment and placement services for assigned organizational stations or offices.
  • Advises and assists Regional Offices in the development of procedures and instructions for promotion panels on rating and ranking promotion eligible candidates.
  • Assists in development of job analyses and crediting plans, posts job announcements, and determines applicant eligibility and qualifications.
  • Makes pay setting determinations for general and unusual situations such as superior qualifications, highest previous rate, and movement between pay systems.
  • Processes a variety of requests for personnel actions to fill positions via career promotions, reassignments, or other placement actions.
  • Ensures that the personnel actions are appropriately input into automated programs as necessary.
  • Extends job offers, establishes reporting dates, and coordinates with all responsible personnel to ensure pre-employment requirements are met in a timely manner.
  • Prepares written correspondence and other documents.
  • Writes a variety of documents to include responses to Congressional Inquiries, reports of special studies, drafts for briefings, letters responding to inquiries from employees and other customers, and supplements to regulations and directives.
  • Responsible for creating, updating, and producing accurate data to support recruitment and placement efforts.
  • Researches regulations, laws, HRMLS, etc. to produce researched accurate and timely responses in staffing inquires and reports.

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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  • Requirements


    Conditions of Employment

    • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
    • 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
    • Relocation/Recruitment Incentives are not authorized
    • ***These vacancies are out-based to the Human Resources Center-Detroit and the other optional locations include: Baltimore, MD, Denver, CO, Des Moines, IA, Jackson, MS, Orlando, FL and Washington, D.C.
    • Telework is authorized, and selectees must reside within the local commuting area (which is currently defined as being within 50 miles) of either of the locations listed above.


    To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 08/25/2021.

    Time-In-Grade Requirement: As a current Federal employees holding a GS grade, you must meet time-in-grade requirements.
    • For a GS-11 position you must have served 52 weeks of federal service at the GS-09 grade level or a higher grade.
    • For a GS-12 position you must have served 52 weeks of federal service at the GS-11 grade level or a higher grade.
    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. You must provide a copy of your most recent SF-50 that indicates proof of status, and shows Time in Grade (for example, you were a career or career-conditional employee) and identifies your position title, series, grade, step, salary, tenure, and type of service (Competitive or Excepted).

    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 also submit your most recent promotion or within-grade increase in addition to your recent SF-50. This may also require you to submit more than one SF-50 to support your eligibility. If you previously held a higher grade, you must also submit any SF-50 showing that grade. DO NOT submit Award SF-50's and/or General Adjustment SF-50's as they cannot be used to prove time-in-grade.

    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.


    Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization.

    GS-11: Specialized experience is defined as work that involves: 1. Experience utilizing HRM principles, concepts, regulations, practices, and advisory skills to resolve HRM issues; 2. Demonstrated proficiency of automated recruitment/HR systems (e.g. USA Staffing) to create and post job announcements and manage vacancy through selection; 3. Developed experience determining effective methods of recruitment, use of hiring authorities, developing job analysis and assessment tools; 4. Experience setting pay for various types of staffing actions, providing management with staffing and placement guidance; 5. Completing individual project assignments or coordinating group project discussions.

    GS-12: Specialized experience, in addition to experience at lower level above, involves: 1. Application of HRM principles, concepts, regulations, practices and consultative skills in discussion with supervisors/managers to resolve complex HRM issues; 2. Researching and interpreting human resources laws, rules, regulations, policies and procedures relating to HRM services (staffing; compensation; employee relations; employee benefits); 3. Developed experience analyzing recruitment data to make recommendations on or resolve complex HR problems and issues; 4. Experience conducting presentations to group(s) or completing projects for management reporting.


    Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have:
    GS-11: Must have completed a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree OR three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED).


    Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at the GS-7- GS-11 level. You must have an combination of specialized experience and education totaling to 100% of the requirement for the position 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.

    For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at http://://


    A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.


    Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: 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. For further information, visit:

    Additional information

    Work Schedule: 8am-4:30pm EST; Alternate work schedules may be available.
    Title/PD#: Human Resources Specialist GS - 11/12; PD 38468A, 38487A
    Promotion Potential: The selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level.
    Time-in-grade: Applicants who are/were federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements. GS-11: One-year of Federal service at the GS-09 grade level or equivalent to qualify at the GS-11 level. GS-12: One-year of Federal service at the GS-11 grade level or equivalent to qualify at the GS-12 grade level. See the required documents section for more information.

    Physical Requirements: The work is sedentary. Typically, the employee may sit comfortably to do the work. However, there may be some walking; standing; bending; carrying of light items such as papers, books, small parts; driving an automobile, etc. No special physical demands are required to perform the work.

    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.

    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. Please contact the special placement coordinator or the human resources specialist listed on this vacancy for more information regarding applying for consideration under schedule A or as a 30% disabled Veteran.

    The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified for this vacancy. A well-qualified candidate is defined as meeting all of the minimum qualification standards and eligibility requirements as well as possessing skills that clearly exceed the minimum qualifications requirements for this position. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility can be found here.

    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.

    This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

    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.


    • Technical Competence: Knowledge of OPM, VA, administration regulations, policies, practices, Federal Laws, executive orders, union agreements and case law, which relate to HR recruitment and placement issues.
    • Written Communication: Skill in writing effectively to produce reports, policies, findings, and recommendations.
    • Oral Communication: Skill in oral communication to advise and present findings and recommendations in a clear and logical manner.
    • Critical Thinking: Skill in collecting information, conducting fact-finding, analysis, evaluation, and research of very complex and/or controversial interrelated HR management issues to provide sound advice and recommendations.
    • Interpersonal Relations: Skill and ability to explain and defend controversial decisions and deal tactfully and discreetly with sensitive matters.
    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

    Security clearance


    Drug test required


    Position sensitivity and risk

    Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk

    Trust determination process


  • Required Documents

    Required Documents

    The following documents are required for all applicants:

    • Resume

    Review the information below and submit any additional documents (as needed) to demonstrate your eligibility and/or qualifications for the position:
    Current Federal Employees:
    • If you are applying using your status as a current federal employee or as a VEOA candidate (who is a current federal employee) you must submit an SF-50.
    • To support your claim that you have the required time-in-grade, you must submit your most recent promotion, within-grade increase, or appointment SF-50 (not an award or general adjustment SF-50). Some applicants may have to submit more than one SF-50 in order to demonstrate their eligibility.
    • If you previously held a higher grade, you must also submit an SF-50 showing that grade.
    • Your resume may be submitted in any format, however we strongly recommend using USA Jobs resume builder as it contains all of the information required on federal resumes.
    • For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week, the dates of employment, and the level of your experience. If your resume does not contain this information you will not receive consideration for this position.
    • If you submit more than one copy of your resume, only the most recent version will be reviewed. The latest timestamp will be used to determine which version of your resume is "most recent." It is your responsibility to check the status and timestamp of all documents you submit as part of your application.
    • If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, it will not be used to make eligibility and qualification determinations and you may not be considered for this vacancy.
    Applicants claiming Veterans' preference must also submit:
    • A legible copy of your DD Form 214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty," showing all dates of service, as well as character of service (Honorable, General, etc.). The member 4 copy of your DD Form 214 is preferable. Copies of DD-214's can be requested here.
    • Current active duty members must submit a signed statement of service from their commander dated within the last 120 days that contains their expected discharge date, their release from active duty under honorable conditions, any medals awarded, and the timeframe of their service so eligibility can be determined.
    • Veterans claiming 10 point preference must also submit an SF-15 and all documents indicated on the form as proof of type of preference. This includes a VA letter supporting your disability claim with the overall percentage listed.
    • If you are unsure as to whether you qualify for Veterans' preference, please consult the U.S. Department of Labor's Veterans' Preference Advisor here.
    • If you are basing all or some of your qualifications on education or if a degree is required for the position, a transcript must be included as part of your application package.
    • Unofficial transcript(s) may be submitted, however it must contain the course names, levels, credits earned, and grades received.
    • Your transcript must contain the degree conferred date if you are substituting a degree for experience.
    • If you are claiming superior academic achievement (SAA) ensure you submit completed transcript(s) to demonstrate it. The requirements for superior academic achievement can be viewed here.
    • A photocopy of your degree is not acceptable in place of a transcript.
    • An official transcript will be required at a later date if you are selected for the position.
    Applicants claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must also submit:
    • Certification of expected separation, reduction-in-force separation notice, or notice of proposed removal; and your most recent performance evaluation; and an SF-50 demonstrating your separation or the position you will be separated from. Or
    • Worker's compensation separation: agency certification of inability to place employee and notification of separation or a separation SF-50. Or
    • Disability annuity termination: Notification from OPM of disability annuity termination and separation SF-50 of the last position held. Or
    • Military reserve or National Guard technician special disability retirement annuity under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456: Certification of special disability retirement annuity from a military department or National Guard bureau and separation SF-50 of the last position held
    Failure to submit any of the above mentioned required documents may result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted. You will not be contacted for additional information.

    In addition to the information listed above, please use this checklist to ensure you have included other documents required for your application.

    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.

  • Benefits


    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. Opens in a new windowLearn more about federal benefits.

    Review our benefits

    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.


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.

  • Individuals with disabilities

  • Internal to an agency

    Current federal employees of this agency.

  • Veterans

Clarification from the agency

Open to current permanent career/career-conditional federal employees (including current VA employees), transfer eligibles, former Federal employees eligible for reinstatement, Schedule A and CTAP/ICTAP eligibles. Veterans eligible under: Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA), Veterans Recruitment Authority (VRA) and 30% or more disabled