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    Job Title: Human Resources Specialist (Non-Status)

    Department: Department Of Agriculture

    Agency: Natural Resources Conservation Service

    Job Announcement Number: PI-367379-LM

    SALARY RANGE:

    $43,525.00 – $68,457.00 /year

    OPEN PERIOD:

    Sunday, August 01, 2010 to Monday, August 30, 2010

    SERIES & GRADE:

    GS-0201-09/11

    POSITION INFORMATION:

    Full Time Career/Career Conditional

    PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

    11

    DUTY LOCATIONS:

    1 vacancy – Honolulu, HI

    WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED:

    United States Citizens

    JOB SUMMARY:

    Be Remarkable, Make a Difference! Join the Natural Resources Conservation Service team and help us conserve our nation’s Natural Resources!! Visit our web site (http://www.nrcs.usda.gov) to learn more.

    • Are you motivated to research, think critically, and solve human resources problems?
    • Do you have a passion for providing quality customer service?
    • Would you enjoy working on a team to design and implement innovative recruitment programs?
    • Do you have a desire to advise management on strategic options for filling positions?

    If you have experience providing staffing and placement services and are interested in continuing your career with the Natural Resources Conservation Service this job is for you! Join us in an exciting opportunity to create strategic and innovative solutions to manage our greatest asset, human capital. We want creative problem solvers and trusted partners who are able to provide options and expertise to managers seeking to recruit and retain highly qualified employees in a variety of positions.

    KEY REQUIREMENTS:

    • U.S. Citizenship or National
    • Registered for Selective Service, if applicable (See Other Information)
    • Meet specialized experience requirements (See Qualifications & Evaluations)
    • R?sum? and supporting documents (See How to Apply)
    • Complete the Supplemental Questionnaire
    • Suitable for Federal employment

    Duties

    Additional Duty Location Info:

    1 vacancy – Honolulu, HI

    As a Human Resources Specialist, you use your knowledge to help management apply recruitment strategies to attract highly-qualified individuals . Most importantly, you are in a pivotal role from day one and your work has visible impact on the agency’s ability to accomplish its mission. Typical work assignments may include:

    • Conducting and/or advising hiring officials on the development of job analyses on a wide variety of complex positions using research, interview, observation, and analytical techniques;
    • Developing rating and ranking factors, and if necessary, selective factors, and advising on the development of crediting plans or other assessment criteria for use in the evaluation of qualified applicants;
    • Preparing vacancy/job opportunity announcements, receiving applications, determining applicant eligibility, rating and ranking candidates, and referring candidates for selection;
    • Advising hiring officials on candidates’ eligibilities and entitlements (e.g. recruitment incentives, highest previous rate, grade and step);
    • Interpreting and providing authoritative guidance on HR laws, regulations, policies, and procedures to managers, employees, and applicants
    • Classification of official position descriptions
    • Counseling employees on allowable benefits (insurance, retirement, etc.)
    • Assisting with processing of personnel actions.

    Qualifications and Evaluations

    QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

    Qualifications for the GS-9 Level:

    You must have one year of specialized experience in or related to recruitment and placement at the GS-7 grade level (or equivalent experience). This experience must include activities such as:

    • Providing employees advisory services such as interpreting benefits and agency human resources policies;
    • Preparing vacancy/job opportunity announcements, determining applicants’ eligibility and qualifications, and rating candidates or conducting subject matter experts rating panels; and
    • Ranking candidates and referring highly-qualified candidates for selection.

    Qualifications for the GS-11 Level:

    You must have one year of specialized experience in or related to recruitment and placement at the GS-9 grade level (or equivalent experience). This experience must include activities such as:

    • Providing employees advisory services such as interpreting benefits and agency human resources policies;
    • Conducting or advising on the development of job analyses for a variety of positions;
    • Preparing vacancy/job opportunity announcements, determining applicants’ eligibility and qualifications, and rating candidates or conducting subject matter experts rating panels; and
    • Ranking candidates and referring highly-qualified candidates for selection.

    Your education, training, and/or experience must show that you possess competency in recruitment/placement, planning and evaluating, problem solving, customer service, attention to detail, and influencing/negotiating.

    Additional Qualifications:·

    A Valid Driver’s License.

    You will be required to serve a 1-year probationary period.

    You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

    HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

    Your application will be evaluated based on your responses to the on-line questions, specialized experience documented in your on-line resume, and college transcripts. If materials are not received, your application will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible. All the information you provide may be verified by a review of your application, by checking references and through other means, such as the interview process. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for lowering your rating, not hiring you, or for removal after employment begins.

    Benefits and Other Info

    BENEFITS:

    Working for NRCS offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. Additionally NRCS offers FlexiWork, Telework, Transportation Subsidies and a family friendly work environment. The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees. To find out more click herehttp://www.usajobs.gov/EI/benefits.asp.

    First Post of Duty travel expenses may be paid for per diem, mileage, and transportation of household goods in accordance with P.L. 89-516 and appropriate Federal regulations.

    Salary includes 20.94% COLA. COLA is not subject to federal income tax and does not count as salary for retirement calculation purposes.

    OTHER INFORMATION:

    Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be found well-qualified your application must rate at or above 85. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form. Information about ICTAP eligibility is on OPM’s Career Transition Resources website athttp://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp.

    Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959 , you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See http://www.sss.gov.

    Promotion Potential: When promotion potential is shown,and if selected at the lower grade the agency is not obligated or committed to promoting you to the higher grade. Promotions depend on your ability to perform the duties, require a minimum of 12-months time in grade and provided you are found otherwise eligible you’ll need to be recommended through the supervisory chain. Promotions are not automatic.

    Veterans’ Preference: If you are entitled to veterans’ preference, you should indicate the type of veterans’ preference you are claiming on your résumé and submit documents to support your claim. Your veterans’ preference entitlement will be verified by the Human Resources Office.

    For 5-point veterans’ preference, please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.

    For 10-point veterans’ preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference and the required documentation.

    How To Apply

    HOW TO APPLY:

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

    1. Your Résumé
    2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire
    3. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)

    The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, August 30, 2010.

    To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

    Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link: https://applicationmanager.gov/.

    To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdfusing the following Vacancy ID YI367379. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

    If you cannot apply online:

    1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire,
    2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire
    http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf, and
    3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

    REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

    The following documents are required:

    1. Résumé or application [OPM Form 612]
    2. Responses to the questionnaire
    3. Veterans Preference documentation (DD-214 or equivalent, SF-15 and VA Letter, as appropriate) If wishing to claim veteran’s preference.

    AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

    LAURA MATTHEWS
    Phone: (801)524-4575
    Fax: (801)524-4597
    Email: [email protected]
    Agency Information:
    USDA NRCS WEST
    125 S State St Room 4431
    Salt Lake City, UT 84138
    Fax: (801)524-4597

    WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

    After all application packages have been received, we will review your résumé and transcripts to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided in the Supplemental Questionnaire and may interview the best-qualified applicants. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability and/or security background investigation if one has not been previously conducted. A final job offer for this position is typically made within 45 days after the deadline for applications.

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