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"FERC-MP-2019-0056" Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Position Title:
Human Resources Specialist (Labor and Employee Relations)
Open Period:
08/28/2019 - 09/11/2019


GS - 0201 12/13
USD $83,398 - USD $128,920
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Full-Time
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Washington DC, DC, US
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
Amanda Hoch


Hiring Path:
• Competitive service
• Special authorities
• Veterans
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
Applications will be accepted from current and former competitive service Federal employees, and people eligible under special hiring authorities.
Security Clearance Required:
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
About the Agency

If you are ready to begin your new career or are looking for a place to make an impact, what better place than the top ranked agency in the federal government? We are looking for the best and brightest to join our team of dedicated professionals here at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), where we are ranked in the top 5 in the Best Places to Work in the federal government rankings. 

Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Travel Required:
Not Required


Our employees gain valuable work experience that provides them with the career boost that they are seeking. We need people like you to help us move the industry forward and continue to shape the future of energy policy.

The Federal Regulatory Commission's role is to oversee various aspects of the energy industry, including transmission of electricity, natural gas and oil. We also analyze proposals to build liquefied natural gas terminals and interstate natural gas pipelines and license hydropower projects. To help support the modernization of the electric system here in the U.S., we are focusing on issues associated with a smarter grid. Join us and help make a difference! 

This position is located in the Office of the Executive Director, Workforce Relations Division (WRD), which provides support serving as the technical experts for a full range of employee relations matters; including: disciplinary/adverse actions; full service performance management; coordinating reasonable accommodation issues with the OED EEO Advisor; and awards program policies and processing; the Drug-Free Workplace Program; Telework; leave programs; and negotiated and administrative grievances and appeals. In addition, the Division provides Commission support serving as the technical experts for a full range of labor relations matters; including: conducting negotiations with labor union and representing the Commission in proceedings before arbitrators or the Federal Labor Relations Authority and special projects with OPM and other agencies on labor relations matters.

The purpose of this position is to provide advice/guidance and to evaluate and perform highly complex technical work concerning FERC's performance management, labor relations, and employee relations programs including disciplinary and performance-based actions, management inquiries, grievances under the agency and negotiated grievance procedures, and other complaint and appeals processes (e.g. MSPB, FLRA, DOL, Unemployment Compensation appeals, arbitrators, and OSC), union contract administration, mid-term and term negotiations, and providing advisory and representation services to Commission management. The Division is also responsible for transactional processing into an automated system, record keeping and tracking for all personnel actions related to awards, performance ratings and disciplinary actions.

Major Duties for the HR Specialist (Labor and Employee Relations):

  • Provides technical guidance and assistance on performance management, labor and employee relations issues.

  • Serves as a representative in term and mid-term contract negotiations with the union.

  • Designs and administers HR policies and programs; provides staff guidance on employee and labor relations issues.

  • Serves as a Federal Employment Compensation Act (FECA) technical point of contact responsible for the administration of the Commission's workers' compensation program.

  • Provides policy guidance and interpretation to the supervisors and employees.

  • Maintains an effective on-going relationship with the union to minimize disputes and achieve management's goals.

  • Resolves disputes through mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.

  • Researches and analyzes data pertaining to human resources and recommends action plans and program goals in all areas of employee relations.

  • Develops and presents informational briefs and training courses for supervisors and employees.

  • Facilitates discussion forums on various labor and employee relations topics.

Qualifications and Evaluations


Your resume must clearly document how you meet the specialized experience in order to meet the minimum qualification requirements for this vacancy. You must meet time-in-grade requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement. All required documents must be received by the closing of this announcement. For this vacancy you must submit a copy of your most recent SF-50 showing your current grade level. If you do not submit a required document, (e.g. most recent SF-50, transcripts, etc.) your application will be considered incomplete and you will not receive further consideration. FERC employees must submit all the required documentation to include the SF-50 and transcripts (if appropriate).

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission participates in the USCIS Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify). E-Verify helps employers determine employment eligibility of new hires and the validity of their Social Security numbers. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit

Key Requirements:
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Must meet specialized experience.
  • Must provide most recent SF-50 containing grade/step information.
  • Successfully complete a background investigation.
  • Some travel may be required.
  • Education Requirements:

    OPM Education Requirement: Human Resources Specialist


    We will review your resume to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your resume must address the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed in the Qualifications Section. Your resume should clearly show possession of these competencies. The ideal candidate will possess the following: 

    Knowledge of and skill in applying labor relations theory, precedents, case law, and negotiation  processes and strategies
    Knowledge of and skill in applying employee relations principles to the field of employee performance, conduct, leave administration, dispute resolution, and other related issues. 
    Ability to analyze, evaluate, and utilize objective critical thinking skills to effectively summarize and present information. 
    Skill in applying complex fact-finding analytical, and problem solving techniques to draw conclusions and recommend solutions to complex labor and employee relations issues/problems
    Ability to communicate orally and in writing conveying information in a diplomatic and persuasive manner to employees, union officials, supervisors, senior executives levels, and groups or individuals outside of the agency
    Ability to administer LR/ER programs (e.g. performance management, awards, telework, leave, etc)
    Ability to assist in investigation of grievances, complaints, and disciplinary issues.
    Ability to coach supervisors and employees on best practices and compliance with applicable laws, rules, regulations and practices.
    Ability to research, interpret, analyze and apply applicable policies, laws, rules, regulations, practices and case law.
    Ability to prepare and present training programs and materials
    Ability to gather data, compile information and prepare reports 

    This position is Excluded in the bargaining unit.

    More than one selection for similar positions may be made from this announcement and the program office for that selection may vary. By applying, you agree to have your application shared with any interested selecting official(s).

    Please note - only your resume and cover letter will be forwarded to the selecting official.

    In order to meet the minimum requirements for this position, at the GS-12 you must have one year of specialized experience at the GS-11 level.  

    Specialized Experience at the GS- 11 is defined as: Experience providing consultation services to managers and HR Specialists regarding a full range of concepts, principles, and practices of employee relation laws, policies, and regulations; advising line management and HR professionals on the implications and responsibilities regarding employee relations; and resolving highly complex and sensitive employee relations issues.

    In order to meet the minimum requirements for this position, at the GS-13 you must have one year of specialized experience at the GS-12 level.

    Specialized experience at the GS-12 level is defined as experience providing consultation and advisory services to managers and HR Specialists regarding a full range concepts, principles, and practices of employee relations laws, policies, and regulations; advising line management and HR professionals on the implications and responsibilities regarding employee relations, resolving highly complex and sensitive employee issues; and developing department wide program guidance relating to employee relation issues.

    Benefits and Other Info


    Learn more about Federal benefits programs by clicking here.

    Other Information:

    FERC is ranked in the top 5 among mid-size agencies in the Partnership for Public Service’s Best Places to Work in the Federal Government rankings.  FERC has consistently ranked number 1 in Work/Life Balance, as well. As a leader in Work/Life Balance FERC is proud to offer telework flexibilities in accordance with agency policy. Telework is not guaranteed and is offered on a case-by-case basis. FERC does not currently have any 100 percent telework positions.

    You must submit all required information by the closing date. If materials are not received, your resume will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible. The materials you send with your resume will not be returned. If you are selected at a grade lower than the highest shown in this listing, you will be placed under a career development plan and can be non-competitively promoted when you successfully complete the requirements for the higher grade. Relocation expenses will not be paid.

    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. Please use the following link for additional information: Mythbusters of Federal Hiring Policies.

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:
    You are strongly encouraged to read the entire announcement before you submit your application for this position.
    Please click on the following link for detailed instructions on how to apply: How To Apply.
    Tips For Applying For example, if the specialized experience requires presenting information to a large audience, your resume might include speeches or presentations you've given.
    * Verify your resume clearly indicates possession of the competencies and required specialized experience listed under the Qualifications and Evaluations section of this announcement.
    * Submit all requested documentation; e.g. SF-50, performance appraisal, transcripts prior to the close of the announcement.
    Required Documents:
    Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you will not be considered for this position (or will not receive the special consideration, e.g. Vet's Preference, for which you may be eligible). CURRENT FERC EMPLOYEES -- Documentation Relating to Your Federal Employment Submit an SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which shows your current (or most recent) grade and competitive service status. (The "position occupied" block on the SF-50 should show a "1" and your "tenure" block should show a "1" or "2".) If you are currently on a Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA), submit an SF-50 showing that. Indicate on your application the highest permanent grade you have held; if this grade is different from your current grade, you must submit an additional SF-50 showing this grade in order to receive credit. (FERC EMPLOYEES ARE ALSO REQUIRED to submit any SF-50 which documents the experience with another organization other than FERC). CTAP/ICTAP: If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee eligible for consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP), you must submit proof of eligibility. For a detailed list of documents, click here. SPECIAL HIRING AUTHORITIES DOCUMENTATION If you are applying under a special hiring authority, submit a copy of proof of your eligibility. VETERANS EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES ACT (VEOA) DOCUMENTATION If you are applying under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA), you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, DD-214 (Member 4 copy), or other official documentation from a branch of the Armed Forces or the Department of Veterans Affairs showing dates of service and type of discharge. Ten-point preference eligibles must also submit an Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, SF-15; along with required documentation listed on the back of the SF-15 form. An SF-15 may be found at
    Next Steps:
    Once your complete application is received we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You can check the status of your application by logging into your My USAJobs account. You may be notified up to four points in the application process. You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto the USAJOBS "My Account" tab and clicking on "Application Status." We also recommend you opt to receive status change emails through USAJOBS by logging into "Notification Settings." Please notify us if your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement. Also, note that if you provide an email address that is inaccurate, or if your mailbox is full or blocked (e.g., spam-blocker), you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.