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Job Title: Human Resources Specialist (Employee and Labor Relations)
Company Name: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Charleston, SC
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 09/12/2018
Expire Date: 11/11/2018
Job Categories: Agriculture, Forestry, & Fishing, Finance/Economics, Healthcare, Practitioner and Technician, Human Resources, Information Technology, Medical, Nonprofit and Volunteer Services
Job Description
Human Resources Specialist (Employee and Labor Relations)

This position performs administrative, evaluative or technical work concerned with creating and maintaining effective relationships with Medical Center employees and the labor organization that represents VA Medical Center employees. The incumbent:

  1. Provides guidance, consultation and staff assistance to management on issues of discipline and employee/labor management. (This work is either the majority of the work of the position or a primary qualification requirement.)
  2. Develops and conducts employee relations training and educational programs.
  3. Provides expert technical guidance and advice, including training to management in unusually sensitive issues stemming from grievances, EEO Complaints, appeals, disciplinary actions, adverse actions, medical determinations, and employee management issues, etc.
  4. Develops complex agency position statements, proposals, and strategies.
  5. Recommends solutions to problems with significant impact or cost, production or working conditions.
  6. Prepares statistical reports and/or written guidance to produce generalizations about labor relations.
  7. Develops and promotes alternate dispute resolutions.
  8. Recommends solutions to problems with the potential for serious impact on the organizations mission and budget.
  9. Prepares case-related agency briefs, position papers and third-party appeals.
  10. Serves as technical advisor or management representative in cases with potential impact on local labor relations program.
  11. Develops complex proposals and counter-proposals that effectively reflect management's agenda.
  12. Reviews and analyzes new or proposed HR (ER/LR) policies, procedures and guidelines for impact on organizations practices and makes recommendations to management on the need for changes in existing policies.
  13. Plans, initiates and/or conducts employee-labor relations program surveys, studies or evaluations and evaluates programs to assess if they meet basic program goals and objectives.
  14. Develops methods of measurement that provide a valid assessment of the success of the labor relations program or related initiatives in accomplished established goals and objectives.

Work Schedule: 8:00am - 4:30pm
Telework: May be available
Virtual: This is not a virtual position
Position Description/PD#: 07876A, 07877A, 07878A
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives:
Authorized for highly qualified applicants at the target grade level
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 09/13/2018.

Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-09 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-07. For a GS-11 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-09. For a GS-12 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-11. 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. 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

You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below:

GS-09

  • Specialized Experience: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-07) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to:
    • Performing administrative, evaluative, analytical, consultative, and technical work in a wide variety of human resources management activities and programs including grievances, EEO complaints, appeals, disciplinary actions, adverse actions, medical determinations, employee-management issues, etc. OR,
  • Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level, you must have a Master's degree or equivalent graduate degree, or at least two full years of graduate level education leading to such a degree, or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, or LL.B. or J.D. (if related); OR,
  • Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. For example, an applicant who possess 6 months of specialized experience equivalent to a GS-07 position as well as 1 year of graduate education.
GS-11
  • Specialized Experience: 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. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to:
    • Performing administrative, evaluative, analytical, consultative, and technical work in a wide variety of human resources management activities and programs including labor and partnering negotiations, labor agreement administration, providing HR advisory services, policy review and analysis with limited supervisory controls. OR,
  • Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level, you must have a PhD or equivalent doctoral degree; OR at least three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, or LL.M. (if related); OR,
  • Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. For example, an applicant who possess 6 months of specialized experience equivalent to a GS-09 position as well as 1 1/2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a PhD or equivalent doctoral degree.
GS-12
  • Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 grade level. Education cannot be substituted for specialized experience at the GS-12 level. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to:
    • Utilizing a broad knowledge of labor relations theories, principles and practice; knowledge of the objectives, principles, policies and procedures of Federal personnel management; and a high degree of judgment and originality in dealing with complex and/or controversial Employee and Labor Relations problems.

You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Planning and Evaluating
  • Technical Competence
  • Writing


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.

Physical Requirements: The work is primarily sedentary in front of a computer screen but it does involve considerable walking throughout the facility and may occasionally require irregular hours.

None

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • Resume
  • SF-50


The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.
  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214
  • Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs)
  • OF-306
  • Other
  • Other Veterans Document
  • Resume
  • SF-15
  • SF-50
  • Transcript


Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
Qualifications & Requirements

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 09/13/2018.

Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-09 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-07. For a GS-11 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-09. For a GS-12 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-11. 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. 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

You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below:

GS-09

  • Specialized Experience: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-07) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to:
    • Performing administrative, evaluative, analytical, consultative, and technical work in a wide variety of human resources management activities and programs including grievances, EEO complaints, appeals, disciplinary actions, adverse actions, medical determinations, employee-management issues, etc. OR,
  • Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level, you must have a Master's degree or equivalent graduate degree, or at least two full years of graduate level education leading to such a degree, or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, or LL.B. or J.D. (if related); OR,
  • Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. For example, an applicant who possess 6 months of specialized experience equivalent to a GS-07 position as well as 1 year of graduate education.
GS-11
  • Specialized Experience: 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. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to:
    • Performing administrative, evaluative, analytical, consultative, and technical work in a wide variety of human resources management activities and programs including labor and partnering negotiations, labor agreement administration, providing HR advisory services, policy review and analysis with limited supervisory controls. OR,
  • Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level, you must have a PhD or equivalent doctoral degree; OR at least three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, or LL.M. (if related); OR,
  • Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. For example, an applicant who possess 6 months of specialized experience equivalent to a GS-09 position as well as 1 1/2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a PhD or equivalent doctoral degree.
GS-12
  • Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 grade level. Education cannot be substituted for specialized experience at the GS-12 level. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to:
    • Utilizing a broad knowledge of labor relations theories, principles and practice; knowledge of the objectives, principles, policies and procedures of Federal personnel management; and a high degree of judgment and originality in dealing with complex and/or controversial Employee and Labor Relations problems.

You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Planning and Evaluating
  • Technical Competence
  • Writing


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.

Physical Requirements: The work is primarily sedentary in front of a computer screen but it does involve considerable walking throughout the facility and may occasionally require irregular hours.
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