Human Resources Specialist (Employee & Labor Relations) *Roster*

Internal Revenue Service | Philadelphia, PA

Posted Date 7/25/2019
Description

WHAT IS THE HUMAN CAPITAL OFFICE DIVISION? The HCO mission is to make IRS an employer of choice and a leader in human capital planning and management. It develops strategies and tools for recruiting, hiring, developing and retaining a highly skilled and high performing workforce to support the IRS mission.

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WHAT DOES A HUMAN RESOURCES SPECIALIST DO? Human Resources Specialists provide advice and technical guidance to management on human resources policies and practices affecting working conditions requiring consultation with National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) and that have an impact on labor/management issues. They serve as the point of contact on labor/management issues such as grievances, unfair labor practices, appeals, etc. They research and analyze case law, contracts, precedents, policies, arbitration decisions and guidance, etc. They anticipate management needs and respond to inquiries regarding union and employee rights, implications of arbitration decisions, FLRA regulations, etc. They coordinate and develop management's position on controversial issues. They initiate actions that address problems that result from work performance that infringe on employee rights. They conduct studies, analyzing factors such as turnover, absenteeism, grievances, accidents, etc.

As a Human Resources Specialist (Employee and Labor Relations) you will:

  • Provide technical guidance to management on the full range of human resources policies, practices, and matters affecting working conditions that require consultation with NTEU (National Treasury Employees Union), including unfair labor practices, disciplinary grievances, and appeals.
  • Research and analyze case law, the contract, precedents, policies, administration handbook and bargaining history, FLRA (Federal Labor Relations Authority), FSIP (Federal Service Impasses Panel), arbitration decisions and guidance to determine negotiability of union proposals.
  • Respond to inquiries from management and anticipate needs regarding union rights, employee rights, implications of recent arbitration decisions, FLRA regulations, etc.
  • Alert management to labor relations' implications in proposed management decisions.
  • Develop and implement methods/approaches that contribute to effective employee/union/management relationships.
  • Conduct systematic studies to develop management interests and respond to union interests at the bargaining table at the national level.

If you are selected at a lower grade level, you will have the opportunity to learn and perform all these duties, and will receive training to help you grow in this position.

WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OTHER IRS CAREERS? If you want to find out more about IRS careers, visit us on the web at www.jobs.irs.gov

You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

GS-07 LEVEL: You must have one (1) year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-05 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes: experience in applying the basic principles and practices of the HR specialization(s). Examples of qualifying work experience include work: performing highly structured, entry-level work designed to develop broader and more in-depth knowledge and skill to perform higher-level placement and recruitment assignments; communicating factual and procedural HR information clearly, orally and in writing; and gathering and analyze basic facts and draw conclusions regarding HR processes OR
You may substitute education for specialized experience as follows: One (1) full year of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a graduate degree, such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. OR Superior Academic Achievement may be met by having a Bachelors degree, with one of the following: A GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for all completed undergraduate courses or those completed in the last two years of study, or a GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale for all courses in your major field of study or those courses in your major completed in the last two years of study, or rank in the upper one third of your class in the college, university, or major subdivision, or membership in a national honor society recognized by the Association of College Honor Societies. OR
You may qualify by a combination of experience and education. Options for qualifying based on a combination will be identified in the online questions.

GS-09 LEVEL: You must have one (1) year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes: demonstrating knowledge of fundamental labor relations and employee relations law, theories, principles, and practices with an understanding of the interrelationships of human resources management programs sufficient to provide integrated solutions to labor and employee relations problems/issues; knowledge of IRS/NTEU Agreement as well as other national and local agreements in order to advise and assist management and others in the interpretation/execution of the contract and other agreements; Knowledge of fundamental principles and methods used in collective bargaining including negotiating strategies, interest/position based bargaining processes, and dispute resolution sufficient to articulate and facilitate management interests; knowledge of consulting methods and techniques sufficient to meet/deal tactfully and persuasively with others to resolve a wide range of issues, including those which are occasionally controversial or sensitive in nature, and to maintain harmonious relationships with all parties. OR
You may substitute education for specialized experience as follows: A master's or equivalent graduate degree in a related field of study such as: human resources, public administration, organizational psychology, or other administrative and management fields. OR Two (2) full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a graduate degree in a related field of study such as: human resources, organizational psychology, public administration or other administrative and management fields. OR
LL.B. or J.D., if related OR
You may qualify by a combination of experience and education. Options for qualifying based on a combination will be identified in the online questions.

GS-11 LEVEL: You must have one (1) year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes: demonstrating knowledge of fundamental labor relations and employee relations law, theories, principles, and practices with an understanding of the interrelationships of human resources management programs provide sufficient to provide integrated solutions to labor and employee relations problems/issues; knowledge of IRS/NTEU Agreement as well as other national and local agreements in order to advise and assist management and others in the interpretation/execution of the contract and other agreements; Knowledge of fundamental principles and methods used in collective bargaining including negotiating strategies, interest/position based bargaining processes, and dispute resolution sufficient to articulate and facilitate management interests; Knowledge of consulting methods and techniques sufficient to meet/deal tactfully and persuasively with others to resolve a wide range of issues, including those which are occasionally controversial or sensitive in nature, and to maintain harmonious relationships with all parties. OR
You may substitute education for specialized experience as follows: A Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in a related field of study such as: human resources, organizational psychology, public administration or other administrative and management fields. OR Three (3) full years of progressively higher level graduate education, leading to a doctoral degree in a related field of study such as: human resources, organizational psychology, public administration or other administrative and management fields.  OR
LL.M., if related OR
You may qualify by a combination of experience and education. Options for qualifying based on a combination will be identified in the online questions.

GS-12 LEVEL: You must have one (1) year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes: demonstrating thorough knowledge of labor relations and employee relations law,  theories, principles, and practices with an understanding of the full range interrelationships of human resources management programs sufficient to provide integrated solutions to labor and employee relations problems/issues; Knowledge of IRS/NTEU Agreement as well as other national and local agreements in order to advise and assist management and others in the interpretation/execution of the contract and other agreements; Knowledge of principles and methods used in collective bargaining, including negotiating strategies, interest/position based bargaining processes, and dispute resolution sufficient to articulate and facilitate management interests; Knowledge of communicative techniques in order to meet and deal tactfully and persuasively with others to resolve issues which are sensitive and occasionally controversial in nature and to maintain harmonious relationships with all parties. Skills in consulting and facilitation techniques and methods.

-The experience may have been gained in the public sector, private sector or Volunteer Service. One year of experience refers to full-timework; part-timework is considered on a prorated basis.
-To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week, on your resume.
In addition to the above requirements, you must meet the following, if applicable:

You must have been at the next lower grade level of the grade you are applying to for 52 weeks (time-in-grade requirement).

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