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Announcement Number:
FRA.AD-2018-0013
Hiring Agency:
DOT, FEDERAL RAILROAD ADMINISTRATION
Position Title:
Human Resources Specialist - Employee/Labor Relations
Open Period:
08/03/2018 - 08/16/2018

Format MM/DD/YYYY

Series/Grade:
GS - 0201 12/13
Salary:
USD $81,548 - USD $126,062
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Full Time
Promotion Potential:
GS-13
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Washington DC, DC, US
Telework Eligible:
Yes
For More Info:
Automated Staffing Office
000-000-0000
TRANSJOBS@dot.gov

Overview

Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:

Applications will be accepted from any U.S. Citizen.

Security Clearance Required:
Public Trust - Background Investigation
Appointment Type
Permanent
Appointment Type Details:
Permanent
Marketing Statement:

The Federal Railroad Administration’s mission is to enable the safe, reliable, and efficient movement of people and goods for a strong America, now and in the future.

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) promulgates and enforces rail safety regulations; consolidates government support of rail transportation activities; administers financial assistance programs; conducts research and development in support of improved railroad safety and efficiency, and national transportation policy, including improved intercity passenger service.

The Department of Transportation (DOT) is ranked #4 in the 2017 best places to work in the Federal Government!

Summary:

You will serve as a Human Resources Specialist (Employee Relations/Labor Relations) and be responsible for delivering expert advice and counseling in the areas of complex conduct and discipline issues; grievances and appeals; adverse actions; and labor relations.


You will prepare disciplinary and adverse actions, performance-based actions and other management-initiated non-disciplinary actions, conduct investigations into employee allegations of misconduct and harassment, serve as a technical advisor on all aspects of employee/labor relations and prepare and provide required correspondence/information/ documentation for case preparation involving third-party review.


The ideal candidate has expert level knowledge of HR practices, laws, regulations, policies to provide advice and resolve the full range of complex and wide impacting employee and labor relations operational problems.  The applicant must have excellent written, verbal and analytical skills, work collaboratively with others and have experience serving as an advisor to all levels of management on employee and labor relations issues.


PLEASE NOTE: Two writing samples will be requested from applicants that are selected for an interview.  Candidates will be given a topic to use to draft a writing sample.


TELEWORK: This position is eligible for Ad hoc or Emergency telework.  This position is NOT a full-time telework position and you will be required to work from the Headquarters’ Office in Washington, DC.



This vacancy may be used to fill similar positions within 90 days for this location.

Supervisory Position:
No
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
No
Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

Some travel is required for this position.

Duties

As a Human Resources Specialist, you will:



  • Provide expert advice and counseling in the areas of conduct and discipline, grievances, appeals, adverse actions, merit system principles, and prohibited personnel practices.

  • Develop reprimands, suspensions, removal notices, leave restriction letters, management responses to grievances, and Performance Improvement Plans.

  • Research and analyze case law and federal regulations.

  • Devise case strategies and make recommendations for resolution.

  • Respond to information requests submitted by the union and other interested parties.

  • Provide expert advice on labor-management relations matters, i.e., alternative dispute resolution, unfair labor practice complaints, and arbitration of grievances.

  • Investigate and develop responses to allegations of unfair labor practices.

  • Conduct mid-term and term bargaining with the union

  • Develop and delivers presentations on HR matters before broad audiences.

  • Prepare reports, correspondence, guidelines, etc.

  • Provide advice in the area of leave administration.


This position requires excellent writing and analytical skills.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Requirements:

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:



  • SELECTIVE SERVICE: Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.

  • GOVERNMENT TRAVEL CARD: This position involves travel.  A government contractor-issued travel card will be issued and must be retained for official business only.

  • DEU REQUIREMENTS: Applicants selected under delegated examining procedures may be required to successfully complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).


 

Key Requirements:
  • You must meet specialized experience to qualify.
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date.
  • Review Required Documents Section as documents are required by closing date
  • Announcement also advertised Status & VEOA Applicants: FRA.AD-2018-0011.
  • Education Requirements:
    Evaluations:

    DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE: PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume/ application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s). Your resume must contain sufficiently detailed information upon which to make a qualification determination. Please ensure that your resume contains specific information such as position titles, beginning and ending dates of employment for each position, average number of hours worked per week, and if the position is/was in the Federal government, you should provide the position series and grade level. 


    If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of four categories: Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze, which is based upon your responses to the vacancy questions. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference that have provided supporting documents will receive selection priority over non-veterans. The top rated applications will be reviewed for the quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position.

    Your application will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position. The answers you select in the on-line process must be substantiated in your application package.  If upon review, it is determined that your described work history, competencies, and/or supporting documents do not support your answer choices, your application may be updated or you may not be referred to the selecting official. Please ensure that your work history provides enough details to support your answers.  The Automated Staffing Office is ultimately responsible for determining your final rating.

    Qualifications:

    To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet the specialized experience requirements for the grade at which you are requesting consideration.


     


    To qualify for the Grade 12, you must have at least one year of experience equal or equivalent to the GS-11, it must include:



    • Experience applying laws, regulations, policies, procedures, and rules to address a range of employee relations and labor relations issues.

    • Experience performing a range of labor and employee relations functions (i.e., providing guidance, consultation and assistance in the areas of performance, conduct, discipline, adverse actions, grievances and appeals).

    • Experience fostering teamwork and forging coalitions among people or groups with conflicting interests.


     


    To qualify for the Grade 13, you must have at least one year of experience equal or equivalent to the GS-12, it must include:



    • Experience providing technical advice and consultation services to managers and customers on labor and employee relations (LER) actions (e.g., grievances, contract negotiations, conduct, disciplinary actions, performance based actions, alternative dispute resolution, etc.).

    • Experience negotiating agreements and defending the organization against allegations of unfair labor practices, and grievances.

    • Experience performing investigations and management inquiries into sensitive employee and labor relations issues. 




    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.

    For additional information about applying to Federal positions, please click on the following link:  https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-policies/#url=e4

    Students enrolled in a qualifying degree program can apply if the anticipated graduation date is within six months of closing date of the announcement. Graduation transcript must be received before start date.

    Other applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


    Benefits and Other Info

    Benefits:
    Benefits include health and life insurance, annual and sick leave, and retirement benefits. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal Employees here.

    This position is telework eligible.
    Other Information:

    Displaced employees may be eligible for ICTAP or CTAP priority consideration. For more information, please review the OPM Employee's Guide to Career Transition.

    EEO STATEMENT: The Department of Transportation (DOT) maintains a model federal work environment that is free of discrimination. DOT ensures equal employment opportunity for employees and applicants for employment, regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), genetic information, age, disability, sexual orientation, or protected activity.

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:

    You must submit a complete application package (including resume, vacancy questions and supporting documents) no later than midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.



    • To begin, click the "Apply Online" button on the job announcement posting.

    • Follow the directions to register, submit all required documents and complete the assessment questionnaire.

    • You may review your saved application(s) at https://my.usajobs.gov.


    If you are having difficulty applying online, please contact the DOT Automated Staffing Office via email at Transjobs@dot.gov.

    Required Documents:

    ALL Applicants must provide a resume that fully supports the required specialized experience and was created within USA Jobs Resume Builder and respond to the vacancy questions by the closing date of the vacancy. 

    The following is a list of documents that are only required based on the type of position and consideration for which you are applying.  Please review each of the following sections to determine which, if any, additional documents you need to provide with your application.


    VETERANS: Your last DD214, Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, that shows the type of discharge and all dates of active duty is required to verify your eligibility.  it need not be official.



    • If you are applying to a vacancy opened to all US Citizens under category rating and wish to be considered as a preference eligible, you need to submit a copy of your DD214.

    • If you are claiming preference eligibility as a disabled veteran, you must submit proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally a valid letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability.  An SF-15 is desired, but not required.

    • If you are applying to a vacancy opened Status and you are requesting consideration under Veteran's Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) (https://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/shav/#veoa), you need to provide a copy of your last DD214, which verifies your military service dates, reason for separation, OR certification of separation that shows a discharge date within 120 days of the closing of this announcement), and eligibility for consideration under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act.


    STATUS APPLICANTS:  If seeking eligibility consideration as status/agency/DOT employee, you must provide proof of eligibility in the form of an SF-50.   Your SF-50 must verify the highest grade held competitively, full performance level of position, and eligibility as a status applicant.  Please do not submit an Award SF-50, as these are often incomplete and do not verify grade or status eligibility.

    NON COMPETITIVE APPLICANTS: If requesting concurrent consideration for Non-competitive (NC) appointment eligibility,  you must provide the appropriate SPECIAL APPOINTING AUTHORITY DOCUMENTS, such as PCS orders (military spouse) describing move & marriage certificate; letter from VA or DD214 describing 100% disability of spouse; letter from State Vocational Office certifying disability (schedule A), etc. For more information, visit military spouse NC appointments or Persons with Disabilities NC appointments.

    DISPLACED EMPLOYEES: If requesting consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency CTAP program (ICTAP), you must meet the well qualified standards for this vacancy (meeting minimum requirements for position and scoring at least an 85 or falling in the Gold Category)  and provide all of the following documents:  



    • your most recent performance appraisal,

    • the proof of eligibility letter from the Agency, and

    • your most current SF-50, displaying current series and grade.


     

    Failure to submit any of the required documents by the closing date of the vacancy will result in your removal from consideration for this position. Please review your application prior to final submission and ensure you have submitted all appropriate documents. Uploading documents to USAJobs does NOT ensure inclusion with your application to our system.  You must verify that the documents are in the system with your application prior to final submission.

    Next Steps:
    You may check your application status by logging into USAJobs.com. (Select "My USAJOBS" and click "Applications"). Within two weeks of the closing date, a Human Resources Specialist will evaluate your application. Ratings will be determined based on the documents and information received by the closing date. Qualified candidates will be assigned a category, not including points that may be assigned for veterans' preference. If the vacancy is advertised under status, your application will be scored on a scale between 70 - 100.  The most highly qualified candidates are then referred to the hiring manager for further consideration. If the vacancy was advertised under category rating, then the appropriate veteran's preference will be applied.  If you are selected for an interview, we will contact you directly. Once the position is filled, we will notify all applicants of their final status.