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
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 820457. 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.
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.
1. From the descriptions below, select the letter that best describes the experience you have that demonstrates your ability to perform GS-14, 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-13 level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience must have included activities such as: 1) overseeing and/or managing an employee benefits program (to include a wide range of processes such as Retirement, Health and Life Insurance, Thrift Savings Plan or 401K equivalent, Military Benefits, Work/Life Programs, Employee Assistance Programs); 2) providing authoritative guidance and counseling services to employees and supervisors on regulations, procedures, and technical provisions related to employee benefits; 3) supervising and/or serving as a team lead for subordinate staff members; and 4) participating in the long-range decision making and planning of program requirements and processes related to employee benefits.
Knowledge of employee benefits and retirement programs processes and procedures
For each task in the following groups, choose the statement from the list A through E following that most accurately describes your current level of experience and capability.A- I have no experience in performing this work behavior.
2. Oversee and ensure accurate and timely retirement estimates and calculations initiated by subordinate staff.
3. Develop recommendations that would modify the way an organization administers an employee benefits program.
4. Evaluate new or modified legislation for projected impact upon existing programs related to employee benefits.
5. Work on largely undefined issues, problems, and conditions of a highly variable nature requiring extensive probing and analysis to determine the nature and scope of the problems and issues related to employee benefits.
6. Lead efforts in resolving broad programmatic issues that significantly impact upon organization-wide employee benefits program administration.
Skill in interpersonal communication
7. Provide authoritative guidance to managers regarding technical aspects of employee benefit programs.
8. Counsel and advise employees of the processes and procedures for retirement application.
9. Advise on sensitive or serious issues in benefits/retirements cases (e.g. controversial matters or cases involving union representation or legal counsel).
10. Inform management or employees of regulatory changes to employee benefits through articles, bulletins, seminars, or individual counseling sessions.
11. Recommend modifications to current employee benefits program operations based on analytical and evaluative research.
12. Counsel management, employees, and beneficiaries on program coverage, options, variances in coverage, and advantages and disadvantages of benefits.
Ability to lead and/or supervise subordinate staff
13. Counsel and provide guidance to subordinate employees.
14. Plan and distribute work load and assignments to subordinate staff.
15. Monitor work in progress by subordinate staff and take necessary actions/measure to ensure timely completion.
16. Develop standards and evaluate employee performance.
17. Develop long-term goals for an organization or program.
Employee Benefits Experience
18. Which of the following aspects of an employee benefits program have you administered and/or managed? (Select all that apply)A. Retirement