Status: Full-time position
Location: Washington, DC
Salary: $72,907.00 to $97,333.00 / Per Year
Deadline Date: 2/27/13
Relocation expenses will not be paid. AMS/GIPSA Employee Relations Branch (ERB) is responsible for carrying out comprehensive agency-wide employee relations programs for the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA), and International Services for the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). The incumbent provides services in a team setting to assigned agency units at the program level and acts as the primary employee relations advisor for managers in assigned programs.
You can make a difference! The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Marketing and Regulatory Programs (MRP) needs bright, energetic and committed professionals to facilitate the domestic and international marketing of U.S. agricultural products and to protect the health and care of animals and plants in the United States. MRP offers an array of occupations and is committed to diversity in the workplace. We operate in domestic and global markets. Be part of an organization that protects the health and agriculture of the American people.
Qualifications: To qualify, you MUST meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
Applicants can qualify by meeting the SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE requirements specified below.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-12 GRADE LEVEL
Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent in level of difficulty and responsibility to the next lower level in the Federal Service. This experience may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors. Examples of qualifying experience include, but are not limited to:
Providing Employee Relations advice to management and employees regarding controversial, serious, or sensitive issues, such as sexual harassment, actions concerning persons with a disability, performance management, disciplinary problems, and employee protections or rights.
Researching and applying current, relevant law to cases to assess the strengths and weaknesses of individualized case facts and explain the pros and cons of various options to supervisors and customers.
Writing complex documents requiring analytical ability involving burdens of proof, evidence, and credibility.
Duties: Provides advice and guidance to managers, supervisors, and employees on morale and workplace conflicts; conduct and performance problems; ethics; performance plans; disciplinary, adverse, and performance-based actions; alternative discipline; administrative grievances; Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) appeals; and related areas.
Analyzes cases and situations and recommends disciplinary or other corrective measures to resolve problems or improve working relationships.
Develops and delivers training to employees and supervisors on employee relations issues and serves as a subject matter expert to staff specialists in the preparation and updating of policy and guidance issues.
Prepares requests for personnel conduct investigations as necessary; analyzes information obtained through investigations or provided by the supervisor, ensures sufficiency of documentation and evidence, and recommends appropriate penalties or corrective action.
Writes proposal and decision notices in adverse and performance-based actions.
Reviews formal administrative grievances to ensure that the subject matter falls within the program and that the appropriate procedures have been followed.
Provides advice and guidance to managers, supervisors, and employees regarding conflict of interest situations.
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