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Job Title: HR Specialist (Employee and Labor Relations)
Company Name: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 09/12/2018
Expire Date: 11/11/2018
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Job Description
HR Specialist (Employee and Labor Relations)

The selectee will perform the full range of program administration, research, and case management in employee relations related to policy, conduct, performance, discipline, attendance, and dispute resolution. Perform the full range of Labor Relations (LR) duties. Establish and maintain effective relationships with labor organizations that represent Federal employees, negotiate and administer labor agreements, and provide guidance and consultation to management on a variety of labor relations matters. Perform complex assignments above the normal full performance level for a VA Medical Center and associated Community Based Outpatient Clinics. The selectee is considered the expert in ER/LR programs and is consistently relied upon by senior management and the HR Manager to provide skilled, technical and definitive advisory services in these critical ER/LR program areas. Assist supervisors to establish, maintain, and monitor performance management to evaluate employee performance and provide employee incentives and recognition.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Telework: Available for Highly Qualified Applicant
Virtual: Available for Highly Qualified Applicant
Position Description/PD#: HR Specialist (ER/LR)/04004A
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Major duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Responsible for a segment of employees, which include Title-5 and Title 38/ Hybrid bargaining and non-bargaining unit employees.
  • Provides technical advice on the Federal Labor Relations Statute and the collective bargaining agreement to managers, supervisors, and employees.
  • Prepares disciplinary and performance based actions.
  • Assists in developing management positions by evaluating and researching case law.
  • Serves as a partner with management to analyze and solve problems, develop strategic plans and share accountability for results concerning employee and labor management relations' issues.
  • The Phoenix VA Healthcare System is aligned with one union: American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), The incumbent will maintain direct communications and will foster relationships with our Union partners.
  • Interact with Labor Unions.
  • Provide advisory services to managers and employees on Employee Relations & Labor Relations policies, procedures, and guidelines.
  • Formulate and implement Labor Relations and Employee Relations policies, procedures and practices covering work and family life, Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR), discipline and adverse actions, health unit services, suitability adjudication, and the Employee Assistance Program. Provides authoritative and technical advice and assistance to a variety of clients including management, employees, employee groups, and labor groups.
  • Handle Unfair Labor Practices, grievances under negotiated and administrative procedures, and Alternate Dispute Resolution. Serve as a technical representative before 3rd party. Represent the agency at mediations. Serve as chief negotiator or a member of the negotiating team in contract negotiations.
  • Serve as an instructor and facilitator for training efforts including classroom training, web-based instruction, and video broadcasts.
  • Prepare written correspondence and other documentation, writing a variety of documents to include articles for publication in newsletters, briefings, reports, orientation materials for new employees, training courses for supervisors, policy letters, and comments on impact of new supplements/regulations/ directives, local directives, and position papers.

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 09/14/2018.

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-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 as described below:
  • Specialized Experience: You 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. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: knowledge of labor management theories, concepts, practices, laws and regulatory guidelines relating to the federal labor relations; ability to effectively apply provision contained in federal regulations, policies and directives; ability to provide assistance and consultation to mangers, supervisors and employees; knowledge of complex concepts, principles, practices, and case law regarding third party powers and procedures sufficient to research facts, legal precedents, and define legal and factual parameters/issues of cases; ability to gather, organize and analyze data and facts in order to recommend solutions and prepare reports or presentations; serve as a technical expert in all aspects of Labor Relations (i.e., contract negotiations; unfair labor practices; preparation of representation petition, etc.); ability to use automation to present information and training.
  • Preferred Experience: 3 - 5 years of Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Employee/Labor Relations experience at the full performance level.
You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:
  • Communication
  • Employee Relations
  • Labor Relations
  • Self-Management


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 regular and recurring work of the position involves sitting at a desk, conferences, meetings, etc., and occasional visits to activity work sites. Occasional use of automobile and public conveyances may be required. No special physical exertion is required.

None

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

  • Resume


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
  • Schedule A
  • Letter of Disability
  • 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
RESPONSIBILITIES:

Major duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Responsible for a segment of employees, which include Title-5 and Title 38/ Hybrid bargaining and non-bargaining unit employees.
  • Provides technical advice on the Federal Labor Relations Statute and the collective bargaining agreement to managers, supervisors, and employees.
  • Prepares disciplinary and performance based actions.
  • Assists in developing management positions by evaluating and researching case law.
  • Serves as a partner with management to analyze and solve problems, develop strategic plans and share accountability for results concerning employee and labor management relations' issues.
  • The Phoenix VA Healthcare System is aligned with one union: American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), The incumbent will maintain direct communications and will foster relationships with our Union partners.
  • Interact with Labor Unions.
  • Provide advisory services to managers and employees on Employee Relations & Labor Relations policies, procedures, and guidelines.
  • Formulate and implement Labor Relations and Employee Relations policies, procedures and practices covering work and family life, Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR), discipline and adverse actions, health unit services, suitability adjudication, and the Employee Assistance Program. Provides authoritative and technical advice and assistance to a variety of clients including management, employees, employee groups, and labor groups.
  • Handle Unfair Labor Practices, grievances under negotiated and administrative procedures, and Alternate Dispute Resolution. Serve as a technical representative before 3rd party. Represent the agency at mediations. Serve as chief negotiator or a member of the negotiating team in contract negotiations.
  • Serve as an instructor and facilitator for training efforts including classroom training, web-based instruction, and video broadcasts.
  • Prepare written correspondence and other documentation, writing a variety of documents to include articles for publication in newsletters, briefings, reports, orientation materials for new employees, training courses for supervisors, policy letters, and comments on impact of new supplements/regulations/ directives, local directives, and position papers.

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 09/14/2018.

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-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 as described below:
  • Specialized Experience: You 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. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: knowledge of labor management theories, concepts, practices, laws and regulatory guidelines relating to the federal labor relations; ability to effectively apply provision contained in federal regulations, policies and directives; ability to provide assistance and consultation to mangers, supervisors and employees; knowledge of complex concepts, principles, practices, and case law regarding third party powers and procedures sufficient to research facts, legal precedents, and define legal and factual parameters/issues of cases; ability to gather, organize and analyze data and facts in order to recommend solutions and prepare reports or presentations; serve as a technical expert in all aspects of Labor Relations (i.e., contract negotiations; unfair labor practices; preparation of representation petition, etc.); ability to use automation to present information and training.
  • Preferred Experience: 3 - 5 years of Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Employee/Labor Relations experience at the full performance level.
You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:
  • Communication
  • Employee Relations
  • Labor Relations
  • Self-Management


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 regular and recurring work of the position involves sitting at a desk, conferences, meetings, etc., and occasional visits to activity work sites. Occasional use of automobile and public conveyances may be required. No special physical exertion is required.
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