Human Resources Specialist – Washington D.C.




This position is located in the Administrative Operations branch of the Office of the Clerk of Court.
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The HR Specialist, in addition to providing excellent customer service, is responsible for providing general human resources services to the Court's employees and Judges. Implements and assists in supervising the application of Court human resources policies, standards, and procedures; assists in evaluating the overall effectiveness of the human resources program and makes recommendations for improvement. Assists in interpreting Court guidelines in all human resources matters. Assures that hiring and promotion practices comply with the Court's equal employment opportunity guidelines. Serves as back up to the Supervisory Human Resources Specialist.

The duties and responsibilities are listed below, but are not limited to the following:

Processes personnel actions using National Finance Center systems, and provides advisory services on complex HR processing and payroll issues. Is the Court's subject matter expert on benefits, advising Court employees on health and life insurance issues; coordinates open season and enrollment periods; and responds to complex benefits questions.

Manages and administers the Court's performance and awards program to include quarterly and annual performance awards.

Serves as the Court's liaison for NFC personnel and payroll systems; collaborates with NFC staff to find potential solutions for implementing automated system changes, generating queries, and gathering HR and payroll information, attends and represents the Court at NFC user group meetings; generates standardized and special reports; and provides training on the use of the NFC personnel/payroll system.

Serves as the subject matter expert and system administrator for eOPF keeping all official records updated in the system through scanning; timely release of folders for departing Court personnel; and the initiation of transfer folders for incoming personnel.

Serves as the Court's primary contact on leave administration and leave-related inquires/issues.

Serves as the system administrator/master time keeper and NFC liaison for the Court's Time and Attendance system. Provides guidance on specific coding to include Court closings, government closings, holidays, etc. Provides training sessions on the Courts use of the WebTA system.


Provides retirement counseling for all employee retirement categories (CSRS, CSRS Offset, or FERS); processes retirement applications.

Administers the vacancy announcement process which includes drafting, posting through OPM's Human Resources Solutions and USAjobs, screening, and rating Veterans Preference applications, interacting with selecting officials, and corresponding with applicants.

Facilitates new employee orientations and ensures employees are appropriately entered on the Court's rolls; performs all necessary actions related to benefits; ensures information of prior Federal employment and pay have been completed; ensures proper completion of required forms; and follows up on important due dates. Ensures that orientation materials are updated.

Serves as the liaison between the Court and Department of Labor's Office of Workers' Compensation Program (OWCP), provides technical and advisory services to employees and management. Ensures all procedures are followed and paperwork is completed per OWCP guidelines.

Assists the HR Officer with the administration of the Judges' Retirement and Survivor Annuity (JRSA) program. As needed, processes retired judges/survivor annuitants' open season elections; transmits monthly JRSA payroll through the Great Plains (GP) software; inputs annual FEHB, FEDVIP, FEGLI, and retired pay information into GP; counsels judges and spouses on the JRSA program.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential
12 – GS-12.


Conditions of Employment

The selectee will be subject to a one year probationary period.


To qualify for the position of Human Resources Specialist, an applicant must have the following experience:

GS-11: Years of General Experience-3; Years of Specialized Experience-3; total years of Experience -6
GS-12: Years of General Experience-3; Years of Specialized Experience-4; total years of Experience -7

General Experience: Progressively responsible experience which provided evidence that the candidate has: (a) a good understanding of the methods and administrative machinery for accomplishing the work of the organization; (b) the ability to analyze problems and assess the practical implications of alternate solutions; (c) the ability to communicate with others, both orally and in writing; and (d) the capacity to employ these knowledges and abilities in the resolution of problems.

Specialized Experience: Progressively responsible experience in the functional area of HR administration in the Federal Government. Concentration in either general HR administration or a specific functional area, such as selection, training, compensation, and the like, is creditable specialized experience.

Preferred Experience:

  • Proficient with two or more applications within NFC Systems.
  • Proficient with electronic Official Personnel File, eOPF.


The applicant must be a high school graduate, or the equivalent. Possession of an undergraduate degree is preferred.

Additional information

The United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, age, sex (including pregnancy), gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, national origin, disability, or political affiliation.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

We will review your resume and supporting documentation to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for this job. If you meet the minimum qualifications for this job, we will evaluate your application package, to assess the quality, depth, and complexity of your accomplishments, experience, and education as they relate to the requirements listed in this vacancy announcement. Highly qualified candidates will be forwarded to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents


-Declaration of Federal Employment (OF-306)
-College transcripts

If applicable:

-Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50)- All applicants outside of USCAVC must submit a copy of your latest SF-50 to verify current or former Federal employment status.
-Veterans Preference Documentation-Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD Form 214), if applicable Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (SF-15) and an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying to the veteran's present receipt of compensation.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

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.

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