Human Resources Specialist

General Services Admin San Francisco , CA 94118

Posted 1 week ago

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As a Human Resources Specialist, you will serve as an expert technical authority and senior consultant to hiring managers and lower graded HR Specialists in the area of recruitment and placement.

Location of position: General Services Administration, Office of Human Resources Management, Location Negotiable After Selection

We are currently filling one vacancy, but additional vacancies may be filled through this announcement in this or other GSA organizations within the same commuting area.

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As a Human Resources Specialist, you will perform the following duties:

Engages in a number of pre-announcement duties. Conducts recruitment conversations with hiring managers. Works with hiring managers on refining and/or developing recruitment/placement criteria in order to recruit for hard-to-fill highly technical, professional and/or specialized positions in areas where a shortage of qualified personnel exists. Researches and considers a wide range of hiring authorities in both the competitive and excepted service (merit promotion, delegated examining, Pathways, non-competitive hiring authorities, etc.) in order to devise an effective recruitment strategy designed to attract a diverse and qualified applicant pool. Develops job analyses; identifies and writes effective assessment questions/tools. Consults with hiring managers and applies weight calculator to assign weights to vacancy assessment questions and responses. Develops vacancy announcements; reviews applicant resumes and supporting documentation for completeness, eligibility and possession of required qualifications; reviews for score inflation, making score adjustments as warranted. Issues referrals in accordance with applicable guidelines; responds to applicant inquiries concerning application procedures and qualification/eligibility determinations. As part of the post-selection phase, extends job offers, sets pay in accordance to Title V and agency pay policy and advises hiring managers and supervisors on pay incentives and flexibilities such as Superior Qualifications Appointments, advanced annual leave accrual, and recruitment and relocation incentives. Creates and sends job offer letters; initiates the background investigation and onboarding process; codes and submits new hire Requests for Personnel Actions (RPAs) for processing including appropriate nature of action codes, appointment authorities, and required remarks. Updates workload trackers with relevant staffing and recruitment data; closes out vacancy case files to ensure completeness/reconstruction. Manages and/or accomplishes the most complex work assignments in the area of recruitment and placement, which involves extremely difficult or complicated projects, which regularly require the identification and resolution of precedent-setting and/or highly controversial operational problems. Analyzes specific recruitment problems, diagnoses the cause of conditions found and recommends appropriate short and/or long range course of action. Provides input, advice or direction in the development or implementation of new program responsibilities. Keeps abreast of proposed HR laws, policies, regulations and with Standard Operating Procedures. Based on customer knowledge, identifies potential impact of such proposals on GSA policies and programs; recommends adjustments and alternatives to enhance program delivery and customer service. Establishes and maintains close cooperative working relationships with program officials to ensure employment programs and HR services are responsive to operating needs and goals of management, and are consistent with GSA policy and OPM regulations. Develops or significantly contributes to the development of agency-wide policy on diverse and highly complex recruitment and placement issues; uses staffing expertise to develop innovative solutions to unique human resources problems within the GSA. Advises and explains to hiring managers about Service Level Agreements (SLAs) and the corresponding hiring metrics in order to keep the hiring process on track and completed timely. Engages in a number of additional staffing related and consulting work, including: researching and responding to requests for information (e.g., requests related to EEO investigations, union inquiries, FOIAs, program reviews) and delivering supervisory training on a wide range of recruitment and placement topics.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

0201 Human Resources Management

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Conditions of Employment

  • US Citizenship or National (Residents of American Samoa and Swains Island)

  • Meet all eligibility criteria within 30 days of the closing date

  • Meet time-in-grade within 30 days of the closing date, if applicable

  • Register with Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/1959

If selected, you must meet the following conditions:

  • Receive authorization from OPM on any job offer you receive, if you are or were (within the last 5 years) a political Schedule A, Schedule C or Non-Career SES employee in the Executive Branch.

  • Serve a one year probationary period, if required.

  • Undergo and pass a background investigation (Tier 2 investigation level).

  • Have your identity and work status eligibility verified if you are not a GSA employee. We will use the Department of Homeland Security's e-Verify system for this. Any discrepancies must be resolved as a condition of continued employment.


For each job on your resume, provide:

  • the exact dates you held each job (from month/year to month/year)
  • number of hours per week you worked (if part time).

If you have volunteered your service through a National Service program (e.g., Peace Corps, Americorps), we encourage you to apply and include this experience on your resume.

For a brief video on creating a Federal resume, click here.

The GS-13 salary range starts at $79,468 per year. Locality will be determined based on duty location.


To qualify, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level or higher in the Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as experience in interpreting and applying human resources staffing and recruitment principles, practices, laws, and regulations in order to provide recruitment and retention strategies, organizational design, position management, restructuring, and pay/compensation integration for a range of regular/recurring to unique/difficult activities and seeking higher level advice only for the most complex situations.


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