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Program Specialist - Human Resources

Board of Veterans Appeals Washington, DC
  • Expired: December 09, 2019. Applications are no longer accepted.

This position is located in the Resource Management and Planning, Human Resource Liaison Office, which is responsible for carrying out the Board's human resources management and administration functions, and internal policies and operating procedures, Washington, DC.
This position serves as Program Specialist - HR Specialist, responsible for assisting BVA Human Resource (HR) Liaison Director in providing a wide variety of administrative duties in relation the overall HR functions of the office, such as: Develops narrative and statistical information using established methods, techniques, and precedents such as questionnaires, interviews, review of databases, surveys, and comparisons of past, present and other related information to complete assignments; Researches alternatives to unique and conventional HR practices to ensure BV A management has knowledge and use of a variety of options to recruit and retain a cadre of well qualified employees; Conducts and analyzes a variety of HR related reports to include graphs, charts, historical and statistical data for distribution to senior leadership and staff; Provides assistance with all human resource program functions, recruitment, benefits, labor employee relations, pay and vacation; Creates requests, position descriptions and work standards to conduct recruitment and staffing for approved vacancies; Coordinates recruitment, promotion, and reassignment for a portion of the organization; and All other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday from 8:00am - 4:30pm
Recruitment & Relocation Incentives: Not authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required
Conditions of Employment
To qualify at the GS-9 grade level, you must meet one of the following Minimum Qualification requirements: Specialized Experience: You must have one (1) full year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-7) in Federal service that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Specialized experience includes: Knowledge and skill to perform research, analyze/evaluate information, and provide recommendations; knowledge of major issue, program goals and objectives, work processes, and administrative operation of the Board; knowledge of Human Resources principles and practices of organizational management. Note: Experience must be fully documented on your resume and must include job title, duties, month and year start/end dates AND hour worked per week.
Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level, you must possess a master's or equivalent graduate degree OR 2 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL. B. or J.D, if related. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the Program Specialist. NOTE: Transcripts must be submitted with your application materials. Education cannot be credited without documentation.
Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. You must have a combination of specialized experience and education beyond 1 year of graduate level education. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the Program Specialist. NOTE: Transcripts must be submitted with your application materials. Education cannot be credited without documentation. You will be rated on the following Competencies as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:
Oral CommunicationPersonnel and Human ResourcesPlanning and EvaluatingProblem Solving IMPORTANT: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. All experience listed on your resume must include the month and year start/end dates. 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. 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; religious; 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. For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. NOTE: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit:
Additional Information
Physical Requirements: The work is primarily sedentary, although some physical demands (lifting and stooping) may be required. Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed. Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities (i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities), and/or disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. For more information on how to apply using this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator within the office, contact the facility Human Resources Department at (734) 222-4364. It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members. The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

Board of Veterans Appeals


Washington, DC
20044 USA