This vacancy is for a Supervisory Human Resources (HR) Specialist (Recruitment and Placement)
position in the Human Resources Divisionlocated at the U.S. Census Bureau Headquarters in Suitland, Maryland.
This Job Opportunity Announcement may be used to fill other Supervisory HR Specialist, GS-0201-13, FPL 13 positions within the Census Bureau in the same geographical location with the same qualifications and specialized experience.
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Supervise a team of HR Specialists and Assistants performing staffing and recruitment tasks to direct the full range of HR activities assigned to the team.
Review and resolve challenging HR cases and issues and collaborate with colleagues to complete unique requests.
Serve as a representative in interagency and intra-Commerce discussions and working groups to develop and resolve technical policy and procedural issues.
Provide management advisory services at high levels within the Census Bureau on recruitment strategies and incentives.
Review legislation and regulations on new and current programs to develop implementation plans, including policy and standard operating procedures for staffing and recruitment.
0201 Human Resources Management
Human Resources Specialists
Specialists, Human Resources
Suitable for Federal employment.
Time-in-grade requirements must be met by the announcement closing date.
Registered for Selective Service, if applicable.
You may be required to complete a financial disclosure (OGE-450).
Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
A supervisory probationary period may be required.
A probationary period may be required.
This position is
ELIGIBLE for telework; additional criteria will be required (e.g., supervisory approval).
This is a NON-BARGAINING unit position.
Specialized Experience: For the GS-13, you must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-12 in the Federal service. Experience for this position includes: performing analysis related to staffing and personnel management activities; interpreting Human Resources (HR) legislation, regulation, and policy guidance to advise staff and hiring managers on complex issues pertaining to position management, staffing, recruitment, placement, or pay setting; developing operational policies pertaining to staffing and recruitment; serve as a consultant to management and make recommendations; and resolving customer issues.
Education cannot be substituted for experience at this grade level.
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; religious; 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.
The following links provide information on various hiring authorities that may enable you to apply through merit assignment procedures, or be eligible for a non-competitive appointment.
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above
Your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the job opportunity announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/No, Multiple Choice questions). Your resume and/or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. The best-qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.
Due weight shall be given to performance appraisals and awards in accordance with 5 CFR 335.103(b)(3), during the interview/selection process conducted by the hiring manager.
The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:
Ability to provide leadership, guidance, and training to HR Specialists and Assistants in the areas of staffing and recruitment.
Skill in conducting research and analysis of complex staffing and recruitment issues.
Ability to communicate and advise on complex issues to audiences at various levels.
Ability to apply HR laws, regulations, and policies to identify problems and recommend appropriate action.
We recommend that you preview the online questions for this announcement before you start the application process.
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A complete application consists of the following:
Education Documentation:If this position requires proof of higher education, or you are substituting education for experience, you must submit an unofficial transcript or a list of courses that includes the following information: name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned.
This also applies to Census Bureau employees. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. Please refer to for more information.
You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient.
Special Instructions for Foreign Education: Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education's website - You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration.
CTAP candidates will be eligible for selection priority if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a rating of 85 out of 100. Information about CTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website at:
CTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:
1.A copy of your RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a directed geographic relocation outside of the local commuting area; a Certificate of Expected Separation (CES); or certification that you are in a surplus organization or occupation (this could be a position abolishment letter, a notice of eligibility for discontinued service retirement, or similar notice);
2.A copy of your SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action", noting current position, grade/band level, and duty location;
3.A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and
4.Any documentation from your bureau/operating unit that shows your current promotion potential.
NOTE: You will not be considered if you fail to provide all required documents.
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U
.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.
Additional benefits available at Census Headquarters located in Suitland, MD, include: fitness center; child-care facility; credit union; free parking; convenient access to Metrorail and Metrobus transit services in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia communities; car pools/van pools; etc. The Census Bureau is accessible from the Metro Rail Green Line Suitland Station.
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
Your complete application
, including required documents, must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.
To apply on-line, you must complete and submit an application by accessing the USAJOBS website at To begin, click the "Apply" button and follow the prompts to register into your USAJOBS account, answer the questions, and submit all required documents. (After registering in your USAJOBS account and clicking "Submit," you will automatically transition to the Department of Commerce's specific site where you will complete your application. You must click "Submit" at the end of the application process to send your application for consideration.)
To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at and click on "Applications." Click on the position title, and then select "Update Application."
If you have problems completing your on-line application, including problems submitting your supporting documents, please contact the Help Desk by e-mail at or by phone at . The help desk is available Monday Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online; however, if you are unable to apply online, please contact: Melanie Bowman at .
BUREAU OF THE CENSUS
4600 Silver Hill Road
Washington, District of Columbia 20233
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You will be notified of your application status through USAJOBS at four points during the hiring process
, as applicable. You can check the status of your application by accessing the USAJOBS website at and clicking on "Applications." The status will be visible next to the corresponding positions. The four points of notification are:
1.Application Received or Application Incomplete;
2.Minimum Qualification Requirement Met or Minimum Qualification Requirement Not Met;
3.Referred or Not Referred; and
4.Selected or Not Selected.
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. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
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