Human Resources Specialist (Sr. Performance and Awards Specialist)

Vacancy ID: 841265   Announcement Number: HHS-FDA-MP-13-841265   USAJOBS Control Number: 337634000

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1. Title of Job

Human Resources Specialist (Sr. Performance and Awards Specialist)
2. Biographic Data

3. E-Mail Address

4. Work Information

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5. Employment Availability

Are you an ICTAP Eligible?

For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible see  To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85.0 or above on the rating criteria for this position.

Are you eligible for Indian preference as defined by the Department of the Interior (DOI) and as evidenced by appropriate Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) authorized certification?

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Are you eligible for the Federal Employment Program for Persons with Disabilities? (For information on Schedule A appointments, see the OPM website.)    

Are you a PHS Commissioned Officer (This includes active duty officers, inactive reserve officers, and applicants who have been approved for commissioning in the USPHS Commissioned Corps)?

Are you eligible for noncompetitive appointment?
This includes applicants who are eligible for special or noncompetitive appointment authorities such as 30% or more compensable disabled veterans, persons with disabilities and PHS Commissioned Corps Officers.  This also includes applicants who meet the qualifications for this position and who have previously held, or currently hold, a Federal position at the grade of this position.

6. Citizenship

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7. Background Information

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8. Other Information

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9. Languages

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10. Lowest Grade

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11. Miscellaneous Information

If you are a male at least 18 years of age, born after December 31, 1959, have you registered with the Selective Service System?

01 Yes
02 No
03 Not Applicable

12. Special Knowledge

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13. Test Location

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14. Veteran Preference Claim

15. Dates of Active Duty - Military Service

16. Availability Date

17. Service Computation Date

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18. Other Date Information

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19. Job Preference

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20. Occupational Specialties

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001 Competitive
002 Non-Competitive

21. Geographic Availability

Select/enter at least one geographic location in which you are interested and will accept employment. The location code for this position is:

240130031 Bethesda, MD

22. Transition Assistance Plan

23. Job Related Experience

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24. Personal Background Information

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25. Occupational/Assessment Questions:

1. From the descriptions below, please choose the best answer that demonstrates your experience related to the Human Resources Specialist, GS-201-13 position.

A. I have at least one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-12 in the Federal Service that included working with and applying performance management and employee recognition laws, regulations, policies, and procedures, and providing advisory services and assistance to employees and managers pertaining to an agency's performance management and awards program. Experience in administering a performance management and awards program designed to reward individual Federal government employees and organizations.

B. My experience is not reflected in choice "A" as noted above.

2. Are you a current permanent Government employee serving in a career/career conditional appointment or eligible for reinstatement?

A. Yes
B. No

For each task in the following group, choose the statement from the list below that best describes your experience and/or training. Please select only one letter for each item.

A- I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B- I have had education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
C- I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
D- I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
E- I am considered an expert in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or is normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.

3. Develop project plans which include milestones, deadlines and evaluation procedures.

4. Manage multi-tasking with complicating factors, such as conflicting work processes, goals, and objectives, difficulty in obtaining accurate, measurable data, changes in policy, changes in organizational mission and structures and the subsequent change of work processes and procedures.

5. Provide management with detailed statistical reports by developing, retrieving and compiling data using various software programs, word processing programs, database systems and tracking systems, such as spreadsheets.

6. Work with points of contact within OHR and agency-wide to resolve any discrepancies related to non-SES performance awards personnel actions.

7. Interfaces frequently with performance and awards liaisons within FDA and HHS and collaborates to identify solutions, institutionalize best practices and resolve problematic issues.

8. Support the business processes of the organization and works collaboratively to assist with improvements and align the Performance and Awards Program with FDA and OHR goals.

9. Apply fundamental and complex concepts, laws and policies related to human capital management with specific emphasis on employee performance, organizational performance, performance appraisal processes and employee recognition.

10. Articulate and convey interpretations of relevant performance and awards procedures, practices, policies and guidelines when the issues involved require substantial interpretation, potential for controversy and/or the issue involves more than one area of human capital management.

11. Analyze the impact of changes in existing laws and regulations and reviews and analyzes new or proposed mandates, policies, procedures and guidelines which impact performance and awards programs.

12. Review and develop procedures and guidelines for agency-wide use.

13. Serve as a technical advisor with respect to policies and guidance documents which impact the agency's performance and awards programs.

14. Serve as a technical advisor on implementing and administering performance and awards programs.

15. Act as a consultant on program activities and objectives, priorities, identification of needs, resolution of problem areas and other matters to ensure accuracy and adherence to higher-level policies and requirements.

16. Plan, coordinate and conduct special studies of performance and awards policies, issues and practices. Such studies may include performance evaluation ratings and types of incentive awards.

17. Perform high-level, time-sensitive analytical functions.

18. Provide operational oversight resulting in program effectiveness and efficiency.

19. Work closely with management to develop information, share ideas, and reach a course of action.

20. Identify a key policy issue that impact the agency's performance and awards programs and evaluates alternative strategies and offers recommendations for management consideration.

21. Develop and deliver briefings and presentations on various aspects of performance management and awards.

22. Present and discuss methodology and analytic findings with responsible officials and document findings in written management reports, issue briefs or presentations, identifying weaknesses, outlining conclusions, and analyzing findings.

23. Make specific recommendations for resolution of problem areas, substantially increasing management effectiveness and utilization of resources and improving systems or procedures.

24. Provides consultation on the preparation, progress review and close-out of performance and granting of awards.