Human Resources Specialist (Human Resource Specialist)

Justice, Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System | Minersville, PA

Posted Date 9/13/2019

Why work for the Federal Bureau of Prisons?

You can have a meaningful career with an agency that truly values a diverse workforce. You will find a diverse workforce employed from entry level jobs to senior management positions. We protect public safety by ensuring federal offenders serve their sentences of imprisonment in facilities that are safe, humane, and provide reentry programming. Employees at correctional facilities perform correctional work regardless of their specific occupation.

Responsible for assisting in administering and implementing human resource programs at the facility. Primary responsibilities for this department include local labor management negotiations, disciplinary and grievance procedures, staffing (recruitment, requesting certificates of eligibles and interviewing), workforce projections, career counseling, the performance evaluation and incentive awards programs, time and attendance, leave administration and employee compensation. Local training and employee development functions, include: tracking of mandatory training compliance and evaluations, the Mentoring Program, training needs assessment/annual training plans keying completed training, Annual Refresher and Firearms Training, Institution Familiarization, and in-service educational activities, along with educating and assisting staff in the use of new human resources and employee development technologies.

Along with all other correctional institution employees, incumbent is charged with responsibility for maintaining security of the institution. The staff correctional responsibilities precede all others required by this position and are performed on a regular and recurring basis.

To be considered for the position, you must meet the following qualification requirements:


GL-05: Successful completion of a 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree.

GL-07: One full year of graduate level education or superior academic achievement.

Graduate education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position.



GL-05: Three years of general experience, one year of which was equivalent to at least the next lower grade level. General experience is progressively responsible experience gained in administrative, professional, technical, investigative, or other responsible work. Experience in substantive and relevant secretarial, clerical, or other responsible work may be qualifying as long as it provided evidence of the particular qualifications necessary to perform the duties of the position to be filled. Experience of general clerical nature typing, filing, routine procedural processing, maintaining records, or other non-specialized tasks) is not creditable.

Some examples of this qualifying experience are:

  • Experience demonstrating the ability to analyze problems to identify significant factors, gather pertinent data, and recognize solutions.
  • Experience planning and organizing work.
  • Experience and ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing.

GL-07: One year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade level in federal service. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular qualifications to perform successfully the duties of the position, and this is typically in or related to the work of the position.

Some examples of this qualifying experience are:

  • Experience that demonstrates the ability to provide human resource support, advice and guidance in various human resources areas such as benefits, compensation, training, and staffing.
  • Experience in coordinating the selection process for applicants, conducting training for new employee orientation, conducting employment interviews.
  • Experience completing and filing various forms/documentation, providing information and assistance, and performing various human resource support functions.


Combination of Education and Experience:

GL-05, GL-07: Have a combination of education and experience. This experience must have equipped you with the qualifications to perform the major duties of this position as described above.

Credit will be given for paid and unpaid experience. To receive proper credit, you must show the actual time (such as the number of hours worked per week) spent in activities.

**Your eligibility for consideration will be based on your responses to the questions in the application.**

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