Human Resources Specialist (Employee Benefits)


Vacancy ID: 779563   Announcement Number: FS-779563-SW13   USAJOBS Control Number: 330725700

Social Security Number

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Vacancy Identification Number

779563
1. Title of Job

Human Resources Specialist (Employee Benefits)
2. Biographic Data

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3. E-Mail Address

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4. Work Information

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5. Employment Availability

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6. Citizenship

(Required) Are you a citizen of the United States?
7. Background Information

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8. Other Information

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9. Languages

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10. Lowest Grade

Enter the lowest grade you are willing to accept.
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11. Miscellaneous Information

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12. Special Knowledge

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13. Test Location

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14. Veteran Preference Claim

Enter your veterans' preference claim. (Note: If you are claiming veterans' preference YOU MUST submit supporting documentation as specified in the vacancy announcement to receive eligibility consideration.)
15. Dates of Active Duty - Military Service

These dates are required if you have claimed veterans' preference, unless you have claimed derived preference (i.e., widow, spouse, etc.). Please use this format: (mm/dd/yyyy)
16. Availability Date

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17. Service Computation Date

18. Other Date Information

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19. Job Preference

1 Transfer-I am a current Federal employee serving under a career or career-conditional appointment in the competitive service. Attached is a copy of my SF-50 verifying my eligibility.
2 Reinstatement-I am a former Federal Employee with reinstatement eligibility. Attached is a copy of my latest SF-50 verifying my eligibility.
3 VRA-I am eligible for a non-competitive appointment to positions at GS-11 and below based on eligibility under the Veterans Recruitment Authority. Attached is a copy of my DD-214 verifying my eligibility.
4 30% Vet-I am eligible for a non-competitive appointment based on being a 30% compensable veteran. Attached is a copy of my VA letter verifying my eligibility.
5 Peace Corp/Vista-I am eligible for a noncompetitive appointment to the Federal government under an authority for recently returned Peace Corps employees or Vista volunteers.
6 Repromotion-I am currently employed as a Federal civilian on a permanent competitive appointment at the full performance level (or higher) of this position; or a former Federal civilian employee who has held the full performance level (or higher) of this position on a permanent competitive appointment.
7 Other-I am currently on a permanent position which is equivalent to at least the grade of this position (or higher) in the Federal service; however, I am an employee for a Federal agency which has an interchange agreement with the US Office of Personnel Management, or with a Federal agency covered under other special appointing authorities or agreements. (e.g. TSA, US Postal Service, FAA, etc.)
8 VEOA-I have never been a permanent Federal civilian employee in the competitive service; however, I am a veteran who served substantially 3 or more years of continuous active duty in the military -OR- I am a preference eligible; AND my or the veteran's most recent discharge or release from active duty was under honorable conditions.
9 Military Spouse-I am seeking eligibility for a noncompetitive appointment as the spouse of a member of the Armed Forces who is performing active duty pursuant to orders authorizing a PCS move, OR spouse of a totally (100%) disabled retired or separated member of the Armed Forces, OR unmarried widow/widower of a member of the Armed Forces killed while performing active duty.
10 Persons with Disabilities-I have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.
11 None of the above applies to me.

20. Occupational Specialties

Select at least one occupational specialty code. The specialty code(s) for this position are 001, 002 and 003. Please note that you must select at least one specialty code but may select multiple codes if desired. Each code is defined below:

001 - Open to All U.S. Citizens.

002 - Competitive Merit Promotion. This includes current Federal employees who serve under a competitive career or career-conditional appointment in the competitive service, reinstatement eligibles (former Federal employees who served under a career appointment in the competitive service) and VEOA eligibles (veterans with preference and veterans who have been honorably discharged and substantially completed at least 3 years of continuous active duty service.  You must provide qualifying documentation (i.e. – SF-50 or veterans documentation).

003 - Noncompetitive and Special Hiring Authorities. This includes applicants who are eligible for noncompetitive or special appointment authorities such as: 30% or more compensably disabled veterans, Veterans' Recruitment Appointment (VRA - for positions at GS-11 and below), and persons with disabilities (Schedule A), military spouse preference, Federal employees in excepted positions covered under an interchange agreement, and other eligible special hiring authorities (such as Peace Corps, Boren Fellows, etc.). This also includes applicants who previously held, or currently hold, this position and grade with the same promotion potential as announced for this 779563.  For more information about special hiring authorities, visit: http://www.opm.gov/hr_practitioners/lawsregulations/appointingauthorities/index.asp.  You must provide qualifying documentation for a noncompetitive or special hiring authority.


001 All U.S. Citizens
002 Competitive Merit Promotion
003 Noncompetitive & Special Hiring Authorities

21. Geographic Availability

(Required) The location code for this position is:
510100013 Arlington, VA

22. Transition Assistance Plan

Complete this section ONLY IF you are a surplus or displaced Federal employee requesting special priority consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP). To be considered, you must be a surplus or displaced Federal employee as defined in the regulations, be applying for a vacancy at or below the grade level of the position from which you have been or are being separated (and with no greater promotion potential than your position), and be occupying or have been displaced from a position in the same local commuting area as the vacancy.

Note: To receive consideration for the CTAP or ICTAP, you must submit the necessary supporting documentation as specified in the vacancy announcement.


23. Job Related Experience

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24. Personal Background Information

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25. Occupational/Assessment Questions:

Minimum Qualifications

1. From the descriptions below, select the letter that best describes the experience you have that demonstrates your ability to perform GS-12, Human Resources Specialist (Employee Benefits) work.

A. I have at least one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-11 level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience must have included activities such as: 1) determining employees' retirement coverage and eligibility (i.e. years of service, type of retirement, etc.); 2) providing one-on-one counseling or training seminars (for groups) regarding employee benefits and eligibility (i.e. entitlements, coverage, rights, obligations, etc.); and 3) processing personnel actions related to employee benefits.
B. My experience is not reflected in the statement above.

2. From the descriptions below, select the letter that best describes the experience you have that demonstrates your ability to perform GS-13, Human Resources Specialist (Employee Benefits) work.

A. I have at least one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-12 level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience must have included activities such as: 1) administering and managing the full-range of an employee benefits program (i.e. health benefits, retirement, life insurance, disability, life benefits, incentive programs etc.); 2) providing authoritative guidance and counseling to customers, managers, and employees regarding the processes, procedures, rules, and regulations related to employee benefits; 3) analyzing new legislation related to employee benefits and determine how it affects established agency policies and procedures; and 4) recommending solutions to program inefficiencies and developing new or modified processes or procedures to promote efficient program operations.
B. My experience is not reflected in the statement above.

Knowledge of retirement programs, processes, and procedures

For each task listed below, select the statement from A through E that best describes your level of experience. If you leave any question blank your score will be negatively impacted. ATTENTION: For each question below, you must document your skill level in your resume. This means, for example, that if you rate yourself at the expert level (E) for a skill or task, you must document when you have supervised or trained others doing that skill or task. If you rate yourself at the independent level (D), you must show that you did the task as a regular and recurring part of a job. We will verify that you have documented your skills in your resume and your score will be lowered for skills that are not documented.

A- I have no experience in performing this work behavior.
B- I have limited experience in performing this work behavior. I have had exposure to this work behavior but would require additional guidance, instruction, or experience to perform it at a proficient level.
C- I have experience performing this work behavior across routine or predictable situations with minimal supervision or guidance.
D- I have performed this work behavior independently across a wide range of situations. I have assisted others in carrying out this work behavior. I seek guidance in carrying out this work behavior only in unusually complex situations.
E- I am considered an expert in carrying out this work behavior. I advise and instruct others in carrying out this work behavior on a regular basis. I am consulted by my colleagues and/or superiors to carry out this work behavior in unusually complex situations.

3. Determine employee retirement coverage and eligibility for employees considering retirement.

4. Compute estimates for retirement annuities.

5. Review retirement applications to ensure all documents meet procedural requirements.

6. Process retirement applications within established timeframes.

7. Review and analyze new regulations or publications related to retirement programs.

8. Change office processes or procedures based on changes in retirement regulations.

Ability to provide retirement counseling

9. For which types of retirement have you provided counseling to employees? (Select all that apply.)

A. Voluntary early retirement
B. Disability retirement
C. Involuntary retirement
D. Deferred retirement
E. Law enforcement retirement
F. Optional retirement
G. None of the above (if selected, be sure this is the ONLY response selected for this item)

Knowledge of a wide range of employee benefits

A- I have no experience in performing this work behavior.
B- I have limited experience in performing this work behavior. I have had exposure to this work behavior but would require additional guidance, instruction, or experience to perform it at a proficient level.
C- I have experience performing this work behavior across routine or predictable situations with minimal supervision or guidance.
D- I have performed this work behavior independently across a wide range of situations. I have assisted others in carrying out this work behavior. I seek guidance in carrying out this work behavior only in unusually complex situations.
E- I am considered an expert in carrying out this work behavior. I advise and instruct others in carrying out this work behavior on a regular basis. I am consulted by my colleagues and/or superiors to carry out this work behavior in unusually complex situations.

10. Provide advice on survivor benefits after notification of an employee's death.

11. Verify eligibility for benefits enrollment.

12. Process changes to benefit enrollment based on an employee experiencing a life event (e.g. marriage, new child, separation/divorce, retirement, etc.).

13. Make determinations in individual cases regarding eligibility for health enrollment permissible changes, temporary coverage or continuation of coverage.

14. Advise on life insurance coverage and enrollment.

15. Advise on flexible spending accounts and/or arrangements.

16. Ensure benefits enrollments or changes are completed correctly and within applicable guidelines.

17. Which of the following types of benefits programs have you administered? (Select all that apply.)

A. Life Insurance
B. Health Benefits
C. Dental and Vision Benefits
D. Employee contributed retirement fund (e.g. - Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), 401K, IRA, or ROTH IRA)
E. Long Term Care Insurance
F. Flexible Spending Accounts or Arrangements
G. None of the above (if selected, be sure this is the ONLY response selected for this item)

Skill in interpersonal communication

A- I have no experience in performing this work behavior.
B- I have limited experience in performing this work behavior. I have had exposure to this work behavior but would require additional guidance, instruction, or experience to perform it at a proficient level.
C- I have experience performing this work behavior across routine or predictable situations with minimal supervision or guidance.
D- I have performed this work behavior independently across a wide range of situations. I have assisted others in carrying out this work behavior. I seek guidance in carrying out this work behavior only in unusually complex situations.
E- I am considered an expert in carrying out this work behavior. I advise and instruct others in carrying out this work behavior on a regular basis. I am consulted by my colleagues and/or superiors to carry out this work behavior in unusually complex situations.

18. Provide guidance to managers regarding technical aspects of employee benefits and retirement programs.

19. Counsel and advise employees of the processes and procedures for retirement application.

20. Advise on sensitive or serious issues in benefits/retirements cases (e.g. controversial matters or cases involving union representation or legal counsel).

21. Inform management or employees of regulatory changes through articles, bulletins, seminars, or individual counseling sessions.

22. Recommend modifications to current employee benefits program operations based on analytical and evaluative research.