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Human Resources Specialist (ER/LR)

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Spokane, WA
  • Expired: August 30, 2019. Applications are no longer accepted.

Human Resources Specialist (ER/LR)
Department of Veterans Affairs
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

  • ##### Open & closing dates
08/27/2019 to 09/09/2019
  • ##### Service
  • ##### Pay scale & grade
GS 12
  • ##### Salary
$74,596 to $96,978 per year
  • ##### Appointment type
  • ##### Work schedule
1 vacancy in the following location:

  • Spokane, WA 1 vacancy
Relocation expenses reimbursed
Telework eligible
  • Duties

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The Human Resources Specialist provides advice and assistance to
senior management officials, managers, supervisors and employees in
the area of labor and employee relations. The incumbent performs the
full range of program administration, research, and case management
in employee relations related to policy, conduct, performance,
discipline, attendance, and dispute resolution.
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The incumbent 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 incumbent 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. Duties
include but are not limited to:
  • Provides complex advisory and technical services in the area of
employee & labor relations, performance management, suitability,
security and reasonable accommodation.
  • Represents management as chief negotiator and/or technical
advisor for substantive issues.
  • Recommends solutions to problems with the potential for serious
impact on the organization.
  • Provides managers and employees with information and
interpretations of the agency's employee & labor relations
policies, procedures and guidelines.
  • Develops complex proposals and counter-proposals that
effectively reflect management's agenda.
  • Reviews and analyzes new or proposed Employee and Labor
Relations policies, procedures and guidelines for impact on
medical center practices; and provides management with
interpretations of policy and procedures
Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Telework: Not available
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
**Position Description/PD\#: Human Resources Specialist
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Travel Required
Not required
Supervisory status
Promotion Potential
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0201 Human Resources Management
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  • Requirements

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Conditions of Employment
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Subject to background/security investigation
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online
onboarding process
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements
by the closing date of this announcement, 09/09/2019.
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 and/or education 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: Extensive knowledge
of personnel procedures, policies, and regulations, pertaining
to Labor Relations programs; providing high level advisory and
consultative information to management officials, supervisors,
employees and interested parties on complex and sensitive Labor
Relations issues, such as disciplinary or adverse actions and
grievances; represent agency on issues involving complex
personnel management issues and related matters; develop,
interpret, and update complex Labor Relations policies and
procedures; conduct fact findings; write proposals, notices, and
decisions consistent with the evidence; ability to work well
with others; and excellent communication skills, both verbal and
  • Education: There is no educational substitution at this
grade level.
You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:
Technical Competence
Problem Solving
Personnel and Human Resources
Critical Thinking
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 work is sedentary. The employee may
be required to carry light items up to 15 pounds such as office
files, employee files or reference materials. The work requires
intermittently walking to offices or conference rooms around campus
to meet with senior management officials, supervisors or
For more information on these qualification standards, please visit
the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at
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
Receiving Service Credit or 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

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration


Spokane, WA
99207 USA