Veterans Benefits Administration Human Resources Specialist (Classification and HR Development) in Detroit, Michigan

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Summary

Internal employees (Career/Career-Conditional) within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA Wide) Only.

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 10058164

Our Mission: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise - "To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to veterans?

The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) provides a variety of benefits and services to service members, veterans, and their families. VBA has been undergoing a major transformation that is people-centric, results-oriented, and a forward-looking integration of solutions that will ensure total lifelong engagement with service members, veterans, and their families.

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Responsibilities

As a Human Resources Specialist (Classification & HR Development) for the Veteran Benefits Administration (VBA), Human Resources Center in Detroit, MI, you will:

  • Provide position management and classification services in support of the VBA's strategic goals and objectives.
  • Advise employees and managers regarding the position classification process and the development of position descriptions.
  • Review and validate new position to ensure there are no inconsistencies in grading and application of position management throughout central area while considering precedent setting classification and their impact on other regional office within the central area.
  • Provide technical advice and solutions to complex classification issues and conduct position management assessments and make recommendations on position and organizational design.
  • Coordinate training activities; identifying knowledge/skill gaps and planning training strategies.
  • Develops and implements internal procedures, training plans, course materials and methods, and recommends training sources.
  • Analyze, and evaluate training courses and programs to assess their effectiveness for all personnel program areas to include staffing, delegated examining, processing and records and employee and labor relations.
  • Participate in human resource development operational planning with the Director and supervisors for the purpose of ascertaining the personnel effects of proposed changes and advising on the course of action.
  • Establish long and short-term objectives that are realistic and responsive to established employee training and development goals and priorities.

Work Schedule: Regular office hours; Alternate work schedules are available Position Description Title/PD#:Human Resources Specialist (Classification and HR Development)GS-11/12* 12550A; 02550A* 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.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

12

Who May Apply
This job is open to…

Internal employees within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA Wide).

Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

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Requirements
Conditions of Employment
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job
  • Selectees are subject to a background/suitability investigation
  • Selective Service registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • A probationary period may be required for employees and supervisors

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.

Qualifications

**To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 10/18/2017.

Time-in-grade:Applicants who are/were current federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements. For a **GS-12 position: you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-11 level.For a GS-11position: you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-09 level.

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. NO Award SF-50s will be accepted. If you previously held a higher grade, you must also submit any SF-50 showing that grade.

Specialized Experience:To qualify, applicants 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: To qualify, applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-09) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Specialized experience is defined as work that involves but not limited to: experience using knowledge of position classification and management to assist in classifying a full range of positions and establishing new positions; applies laws, executive orders, court decisions, regulations, policies, and procedures related to classification and human resource development to advise management of HR issues; and experience developing course materials and/or administer training.

GS-12: To qualify, applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-11) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Specialized experience is defined as work that involves: experience classifying a full range of positions, establishing new positions, and clearly explain and defend classification decisions using knowledge of position classification and management; applying laws, executive orders, court decisions, regulations, policies, and procedures related to classification and human resource development to identify and advise management of solutions to resolve complex HR issues; and evaluating human resource operations and employee development programs to ensure compliance, develop course materials, and administer training.

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Applicants may substitute education for the experience required for the GS-11 level only.

GS-11 only: Applicants must possess a Ph.D., LLM or equivalent doctoral degree or three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to do the work.

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Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at the GS-11 level. To calculate, first identify the percentage of required education you have earned. Combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements for the grade levels specified in the table, and may be computed by first determining the applicant's total qualifying experience as a percentage of the experience required for the grade level; then determining the applicant's education as a percentage of the education required for the grade level; and then adding the two percentages. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify an applicant for that grade level.

Only graduate education in excess of the amount required for the next lower grade level may be used to qualify applicants for positions at grade GS-11.

Example: The position to be filled is a Human Resources Specialist, GS-0201-11. An applicant has 9 months of specialized experience equivalent to GS-09 and 2 1/2 years of creditable graduate level education in business administration. The applicant meets 75 percent of the required experience and 50 percent of the required education, i.e., the applicant has 1/2 year of graduate study beyond that required for GS-09. Therefore, the applicant exceeds the total requirement and is qualified for the position. (The applicant's first 2 years of graduate study are not qualifying for GS-11.)

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.

There is no educational substitution for the GS-12 level.

Education

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

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.

Additional information

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.

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: federal employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

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. Specifically, a well-qualified candidate will demonstrate: Expert skill in classifying positions and in developing, updating and implementing internal procedures regarding employee development/training; advising management and employees on position management issues, practices and policies to assist in making decisions regarding organization structure. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility can be found here.

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. Contact the agency contact on the last page of the announcement for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the selective placement coordinator.

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

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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. Applicants who do not fully address the specialized experience needed for the position (as described above in the job announcement) in their resume or who do not possess the education to substitute for it will not be referred for consideration. After you have met the minimum qualifications, you will be rated on the following competencies based on your application for this position:

  • Advisory Assistance: Helps others learn through formal or informal methods; identifies training needs; provides guidance, constructive feedback; coaches others on how to perform tasks.
  • Communications: Effectively expresses information to multiple audiences through clear dissemination of information and ideas; actively listens to others and demonstrates understanding of their comments and/or questions.
  • Continuous Development: Uses efficient learning techniques to acquire and apply new knowledge and skills; uses training, feedback, or other opportunities for learning and development.
  • Customer Service: Demonstrates a commitment to public service; Works and communicates with clients and customers to satisfy their expectations; holds self-accountable for quality outcomes.
  • Classification: Knowledge of classification concepts, principles, and practices related to structuring organizations and positions and determining the appropriate pay system, occupational grouping, title, and pay level of positions.
  • Knowledge Sharing: Uses formal, informal, and systematic methods to recognize opportunities to impart information to increase organization effectiveness and accomplish objectives.

If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but is not limited to responses to the knowledge, skills, and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or 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.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

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Required Documents
  • Resume
  • SF-50

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:

  • Cover Letter
  • Other
  • Resume
  • SF-50
  • Transcript

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. If you previously held a higher grade, you must also submit any SF-50 showing that grade. Resume * 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-15and 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. Transcripts * 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 dateif 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/ICTAPeligibility 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.

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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.

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  • Healthcare insurance
  • Pay and leave

https://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/benefits/index.asp

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.

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How to Apply

To apply for this position, you must complete the https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10058164 and submit the documentation specified in the required documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 10/18/2017 to receive consideration. 1. To begin, click apply online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire. 2. Click submit my answers to submit your application package. Note: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, select the application status link and then select the more information link for this position. The details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process. To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS accountand click update application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

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Agency contact information
Shari Brown-Smith
Phone

(313) 596-7256

Fax

(313) 596-7247

Email

Shari.Brown-Smith@va.gov

Address

Veterans Benefits Administration - Detroit Federal Building, 477 Michigan Ave Detroit, MI US

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Next steps

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your resume and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided). Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on "Application Status." For a more detailed update of your status, click on "more information." Information regarding applicant notification points can be found in the USAJOBS Resource Center.

Notice to Applicants: It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. Information about an individual's employment experience will be used only to determine the person's qualifications and to assess his or her relative level of knowledge, skills, and abilities. Although an individual's personal conduct may be relevant in any employment decision, including conduct during periods of unemployment or evidence of dishonesty in handling financial matters, financial difficulty that has arisen through no fault of the individual will generally not itself be the basis of an unfavorable suitability or fitness determination.

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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.

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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.

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  • Social security number request
  • Privacy Act
  • Signature and false statements
  • Selective Service
  • New employee probationary period

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/481647000. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 10/12/2017 to 10/18/2017

Salary: $65,767 to $102,481 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 11 - 12

Work schedule: Full-Time

Appointment type: Permanent