Status: Full-time position
Location: Washington, D.C., District of Columbia
Salary: $62,467.00 - $97,333.00 / Per Year
Deadline Date: 12/5/13
Job Summary: Relocation expenses will not be paid. Employee and Management Relations (EMR) is responsible for carrying out comprehensive Agency-wide employee relations programs for the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), and the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA).
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. Join our team!
This is a term appointment not to exceed 13 months. (Appointment may be extended up to 4 years without reannouncing.)
Qualifications: To qualify, you MUST meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement. Applicants can qualify by meeting the EDUCATION and/or SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE requirements specified below.
GS-11: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or three full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree in Human Resources, Management, Personnel Law, or other closely related field.
GS-12: THERE IS NO EDUCATION SUBSTITUTION FOR THIS GRADE LEVEL.
TRANSCRIPTS are required if:
.You are qualifying for the position based on education.
.You are qualifying for this position based on a combination of experience and education.
This education must have been successfully completed and obtained from an accredited school, college, or university. For more information on submitting transcripts, click: Transcripts.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-11/12 GRADE LEVELS
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 GS-11 experience include, but are not limited to: •Performing Human Resources duties in the following areas – staffing, performance management, position management, pay administration, benefits, employee relations, and labor relations.
.Litigation of third party cases, performance management, employee relations, and labor relations.
.Providing management advisory services to supervisors and managers in the functional areas assigned.
Examples of qualifying GS-12 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, disciplinary problems, and employee entitlements, 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.
COMBINATION OF EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-11 GRADE LEVEL
Applicants may have combinations of successfully completed education and specialized experience to meet total qualification requirements. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify for that grade level. To learn more about combining education and experience for this series, click the following: Combining Education and Experience for Administrative and Management Positions.
.Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service.
.DD214 (Member 4 copy) or other veterans' documents required to receive veterans' preference.
.As a condition of employment, a background investigation may be required for this position.
.Subject to satisfactory completion of a one-year probationary period.
.The work is primarily in an office setting with typical walking, standing, bending, and carrying of light items.
.Some travel is required.
The duties described are for the full-performance level. At developmental grade levels, assignments will be of more limited scope, performed with less independence and limited complexity. The duties may include, but are not limited to:
.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; alterative discipline; grievances; MSPB appeals; and related areas.
.Analyzes cases and situations and recommends disciplinary or other corrective measures to resolve problems or improve working relationships by enhancing communication, clarifying acceptable work practices, and offering assistance to troubled employees.
.Develops and delivers training to employees and supervisors on employee relations issues and serves as subject matter expert to staff specialists in the preparation and updating of policy and guidance issuances.
.Prepares requests for personnel conduct investigation as necessary, analyzes information obtained through investigation or provided by the supervisor, ensures sufficiency of documentation and evidence, and recommends appropriate penalties or other corrective action.
.Writes proposal and decision notices in adverse and performance-based actions; prepares notices in within-grade increase denials and probationary terminations; writes or reviews for sufficiency, performance improvement plans (PIP's) letters of reprimand, warning, counseling, etc.; and writes alternative discipline and "last chance" agreements.
.Reviews formal grievances to ensure subject matter falls within the program and that appropriate procedures have been followed; analyzes substance of grievances; conducts fact-finding as necessary; and drafts proposed disposition and any other correspondence.
.Provides advice and guidance to managers, supervisors, and employees regarding conflict of interest situations.
.Adheres to Civil Rights policies, goals, and objectives in the performance of duties and ensures that written and oral communications are bias-free and that differences of other employees and customers are respected and valued.
.Your application will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position. Your resume must support that you meet the specialized experience requirements described above and are proficient in the following skills or competencies below. Please note you are not required to provide specific narrative responses to the skills and competencies described in this section. •Knowledge of general human resource practices
.Ability to gather and analyze management, administrative, and program data
.Knowledge of Classification processes
.Knowledge of Employee Relations processes
.Ability to communicate orally to provide directions, guidance, and training to internal and external customers
.Ability to communicate in writing and to respond to written inquires
.Category rating procedures will be used to rank and select eligible candidates. The following quality categories will be used: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, and Qualified. Within each quality category, veterans' preference eligibles will receive selection priority over non-veterans.
.Your final category placement will be based on your responses to the assessment questionnaire. Please ensure your resume provides enough detail to support your responses.
.If, after reviewing your resume and / or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your score can / will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you.
A complete on-line application will require the submission of the following:
•Responses to the vacancy specific questions (you will be prompted to complete these questions during the online application process)
•Supporting Documentation which may be required (see links under Required Documents for more information)
For instructions on using the on-line system click: APPLYING ON-LINE
For instructions on submitting documents click: SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION
Click on the following links to see if the supporting documentation is applicable to you:
•College Transcripts or List of Coursework - MUST be English (Key Requirement and/or Education Substitution)
•Foreign Degree Evaluation (Key Requirement and/or Education Substitution)
•DD-214 (Member 4 Copy) and other Veterans' documents (Veterans Preference)
•ICTAP/CTAP eligibility documentation (Displaced Employees)
Critical Submission Requirements and Reminders•Help in applying online is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Central Time at the number listed in the Contact information section.
.All application materials and supplemental documentation will be accepted until midnight Eastern Time on the closing date.
.Application and supporting documentation will not be accepted via e-mail.
.Due to the high volume of applicants, we are unable to confirm receipt of supporting documentation. If faxing, you should retain confirmation of a successful fax transmission including the number of pages successfully transmitted as proof of submission.
.If a document is resubmitted, it replaces the previous submission, which means the previous document is no longer available to the human resources office. If you are adding to, rather than replacing a previous submission, you must fax and/or upload both the old document and the new document.
.Applicants who cannot apply on-line must request a hard copy application packet from the Agency Contact listed in the vacancy announcement. Resumes and/or supporting documentation alone will not be considered without the inclusion of a hard copy application packet.
AGENCY CONTACT INFO-
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Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
100 N 6th Street, Butler Sq Bldg, 510C