Supervisory HR Specialist (ER/LR)

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration | Pittsburgh, PA

Posted Date 11/08/2019
Description The VHA has adopted the HR Modernization and Shared Services Implementation, which is a new model of organizing and consolidating essential Human Resource (HR) functions and services to the VISN level. This improvement to HR service delivery will best support the needs of the VISN's diverse workforce. This streamlined and focused approach moves VHA forward in its continuum of providing comprehensive, compassionate, and coordinated care to Veterans.This position will supervise a unit of HR Specialists and HR Assistants in the Employee and Labor Relations Shared Services Unit using a variety of coordinating, coaching, facilitating, consensus-building and planning techniques.

-Selectee will manage the daily operations of a unit within the Employee and Labor Relations Shared Services Center with the responsibility for integrating and coordinating all areas of the employee and labor relations program; and making recommendations and providing advice to executive leadership and management at the facility levels for improvements and changes.
-Selectee will work with HR leadership to develop and implement projects which establish a Human Resources Shared Service Center ideology within the VISN. Assists in the implementation of OPM, VA, VHA, and VISN HR projects and mandates within the scope of ELRSS operations.
-Selectee will serve as a key advisor to senior leadership, supervisors, specialists and employees on all appropriate actions offering wide range of alternatives relating to employee and labor relations matters.
-Selectee plans, organizes, directs, coordinates, reviews, and evaluates the work of subordinate HR staff.

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, Day Shift
Compressed/Flexible: Available
Telework: Available
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Position Description/PD#: Supervisory HR Specialist (Employee/Labor Relations)/PD99980A
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not requiredTo qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 11/18/2019.

Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-13 position, you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-12. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one-year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one-year time-in-grade.

You may qualify based on your experience as described below:
  • Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-12 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: HR Specialists experience in Employee Relations and/or Labor Relations.
You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:
1. Ability to independently serve as a Subject Matter Expert on Labor and Employee Relations.
2. Ability to Supervise.

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; religions; 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: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.

Physical Requirements: Work is primarily sedentary and is performed at a computer.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at

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