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Location:Portland, OR
Company:Transportation Security Administration
First posted:April 20, 2017
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Job Overview

Job Overview
Summary

About the Agency

Securing Travel, Protecting People - At the Transportation Security Administration, you will serve in a high-stakes environment to safeguard the American way of life. In cities across the country, you would secure airports, seaports, railroads, highways, and/or public transit systems, thus protecting America's transportation infrastructure and ensuring freedom of movement for people and commerce. For additional information about our agency please: Click Here

Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities concerning, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, interpretive U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidance, and Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring. These authorities are subject to change.

Duties

If you are selected for this position, you will serve as a Human Resources (HR) Specialist for the Office of Security Operations (OSO), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS). You will provide program staff and management with advice while performing human capital core functions in compliance with Office of Human Capital (OHC) directives, policies, guidance, procedures, and requirements. Generally serving as a lead HR Specialist, you will guide and direct the activities of lower level specialists. Additionally, you will serve as an agent of the AA/OHC for the purpose of ensuring that the organizational element complies with OHC directives, policies, guidance, procedures, and requirements and that human capital decisions and activities in the organizational element are consistent with merit system principles.
Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Applying employee relations principles, practices, legal and regulatory requirements, and analytical skills sufficient to advise management about appropriate disciplinary or other corrective techniques that are responsive to a range of conduct and performance problems.
  • Providing advice and assistance to management regarding appropriate disciplinary and adverse actions.
  • Identifying and seeking guidance on fitness for duty and Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) issues.
  • Applying knowledge of guidance, policies, principles, and practices related to employee conduct, performance, and dispute resolution.
  • Analyzing a variety of employee conduct and performance-based problems.
  • Providing ongoing HR services to managers and employees including initiating, tracking, and following up on cases and actions to ensure timely completion and regulatory compliance, and resolving recurring case specific problems or issues independently when applicable guidelines are available.
  • Serving as the resident HR consultant by providing guidance on HR matters; responding to routine HR inquiry actions; ensuring compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and policies, and consistency with merit system principles; communicating changes to HR procedures and policies.
  • Undertaking extensive research and analysis and coordinating with OHC senior specialist to ensure the most recent guidance is applied when making technical decisions or advising managers, staff, and employees.
  • Providing guidance to junior staff as appropriate to accomplish work.
  • Identifying and proposing technically sound and administratively compliant solutions to a range of recurring issues that require considerable judgment to ensure that recommendations and approaches that best meet operational needs.

Depending on needs and circumstances of the organization to which you are assigned, you may perform disciplinary and adverse action duties, workers compensation duties, HR consulting duties and benefits administration duties.
Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • A minimum of one (1) week of travel in a full-time duty status will be required within 90-days of entry on duty to complete TSA's in residence New Hire Training. This training will occur away from the employee's duty station of record. Employees will be paid for compensable hours and reimbursed for authorized travel expenses per TSA Travel Policy.

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements

  • You must possess U.S. Citizenship or be a U.S. National.
  • You must complete a favorable Background Investigation (BI).
  • Selective Service registration is required.

Qualifications

To qualify for the SV-I Pay Band (equivalent to GS-13), you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the SV-H Pay Band or the GS-12 in the Federal Service or equivalent in the private sector. Specialized Experience is defined as experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position, and is typically in or related to human resources work. Such experience includes providing services in at least three of the following human resources disciplines: worker's compensation, employee relations, position classification, and performance management.

National Service Experience (i.e., volunteer experience): 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.

Note: Credit for experience is given based on a 40-hour workweek. Part-time experience is credited on a part-time ratio, i.e., working 20 hours per week for two months equals one month of experience. No additional credit is given for overtime.

You must meet the qualification requirements for this position no later than the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

The questionnaire will assess your qualifications for the job, and will be used to identify the best qualified applicants to be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. We will notify you of the outcome of these steps when they have been completed. You may also check your application status by visiting the Candidate Dashboard. We expect to make a job offer within 30 business days after the deadline for applications.

BENEFITS

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DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, click here .

Employees who transfer to TSA from an agency that allows employees to maintain an annual leave balance higher than the maximum accumulation for the appointed position will have their leave ceiling set to the maximum accumulation for the appointed position (e.g., United States duty location - 240 hours, foreign duty location - 360 hours, or TSES position - 720 hours). TSA will not make a monetary payment for any leave forfeited under these circumstances.
Other Information

Eligibility to apply for other Federal positions: TSA is an Excepted Service agency exempt from most of Title 5 United States Code, including regulations which apply to displaced Federal employees (CTAP/ICTAP) of other agencies, and employment with TSA does not confer "Competitive Status" that generally results from selection and service in Competitive Service agencies. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has established an Interchange Agreement, which allows most permanent TSA employees to apply and be considered for vacancies in Competitive Service agencies. Information from OPM on this or other Interchange Agreements is available at: (please use the apply button below) .

To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully pass a background investigation as a condition of placement into this position.

DHS uses E-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify including your rights and responsibilities.

TSA employees who are absent for the purpose of performing military duty may apply for any vacancies announced in their absence.

It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. Information about an individual's employment experience will be used only to determine the person's qualifications and to assess his or her relative level of knowledge, skills, and abilities. Although an individual's personal conduct may be relevant in any employment decision, including conduct during periods of unemployment or evidence of dishonesty in handling financial matters, financial difficulty that has arisen through no fault of the individual will generally not itself be the basis of an unfavorable suitability or fitness determination. For more information, click here .

Payment of relocation expenses (Permanent Change of Station) is not authorized.

Qualified non-competitive eligible candidates may be referred for consideration on a separate, unranked list.

More than one position may be filled from this announcement.

This position is within the Professional category of TSA's Core Compensation Plan. Positions within this category may have a career progression potential up to the level 5.

TSA policy requires verification of Selective Service registration for male applicants born after 12/31/59. For more information click here .

View common definitions of terms found in this announcement.

Veterans and persons with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility for non-competitive appointment and to understand the documentation that is required, click on the links above or contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.

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