<b>Duties</b><br /><br /><b>Summary</b><br /><br />This position is located in the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation's (PBGC) Office of Management and Administration, Human Resources Department, Employee and Labor Relations Management Division.<br /><br />More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.<br /><br />Learn more about this agency <br /><br /><b>Responsibilities</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>Research major decisions issued by the Federal Labor Relations Authority, Merit Systems Protection Board, various Federal courts, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. </li> <li>Formulate strategies and provide authoritative advice and guidance to create a productive, positive working relationship with the Union. Participate in bargaining sessions and/or new or revised contract language. </li> <li>Conduct all necessary fact-finding, including interviews with employees, managers/supervisors, other HRD specialists, and union representatives as you work to resolve complex problems in a manner satisfactory to the various parties. </li> <li>Advise managers on employee relations matters including disciplinary actions, performance management issues, Reasonable Accommodations, and other sensitive matters. </li> <li>At the lower grade level, you will receive closer supervision in the performance of the above duties. </li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Travel Required</b><br /><br />Not required<br /><br />Supervisory status <br /> No <br /><br />Promotion Potential <br /> 14 – If you are hired at a level below the full performance level, you may be promoted without further competition <br /><br /></li> <b>Requirements</b><br /><br /><b>Conditions of Employment</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>You must be a U.S citizen</li> <li>You may undergo a personnel security background investigation</li> <li>Selective Service registration required for male applicants, unless exempt </li> <li>1 year probationary period required unless met during prior Federal service </li> <li>Applicants selected for employment will be required to complete an OF-306</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Qualifications</b><br /><br /><strong>All qualification requirements must be met within 30 days of the announcement closing date.</strong><br /><br /><strong>GS-14: </strong>You may start at $117,191.00 if you meet the following minimum qualification requirements:<br /><br /><strong>SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: </strong>Specialized experience is defined as at least one year of experience at or equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service or equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the private sector applying employee/labor relations negotiation procedures and techniques. <strong>Examples may include: </strong>advocacy, mediation, interest-based bargaining, and other non-adversarial problem-solving approaches to advise management.<br /><br /><strong>GS-13: </strong>You may start at $99,172.00 if you meet the following minimum qualification requirements:<br /><br /><strong>SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: </strong>Specialized experience is defined as at least one year of experience at or equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service or equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the private sector applying and interpreting laws, regulations, rules and policies regarding employee and labor relations. <strong>Examples may include: </strong>Labor-Management statute requirements and Federal Labor Relations Authority processes and proceedings, Unfair Labor Practices, mediation, negotiated grievances, and arbitration <strong>AND </strong>researching employee relations issues such as doctrine of progressive discipline, adverse actions, performance-based actions, performance improvement plan, administrative grievances, and Merit Systems Protection Board hearings.<br /><br />Time-In-Grade Requirement: In order to be eligible for this position, all current Federal employees must provide proof of meeting the time-in-grade requirement (i.e., at least 52 weeks of experience at the next lower grade level in the Federal service). This information must be in both your resume and on an SF-50. Those who do not provide proof of having met the time-in-grade requirement will be deemed ineligible for this position.<br /><br /><b>Education</b><br /><br />None<br /><br /><b>Additional information</b><br /><br />To be considered under a special hiring authority such as the Schedule A appointing authority for persons with disabilities ; the direct-hire authority to appoint veterans with service-connected disabilities of 30 percent or more ; Peace Corps or VISTA service; or another excepted service/special hire authority, you must submit documentation to support your claim for eligibility with your application package. For more details, visit Federal Hiring Flexibilities .<br /><br />PBGC encourages qualified applicants with disabilities to apply. Applicants with disabilities who are interested in learning more about job opportunities under the Schedule A Hiring Authority and other available hiring flexibilities and authorities are encouraged to contact PBGC's Selective Placement Program Coordinator, Donald Beasley, at (202) 326-4000 ext. 3637 or scheduleapbgc.gov. TTY/TDD users should call the federal relay service at (800) 877-8339 and ask to be connected to (202) 326-4000 ext 3637. <br /><br /><b>How You Will Be Evaluated</b><br /><br />You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.<br /><br /><ul> <li><strong>Referral:</strong> You will be assigned to one of three quality groups. Each group represents a quality level (i.e., Best Qualified, Qualified, Minimally Qualified). Candidates will be considered in quality group order. If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to a selecting official for consideration. You may be required to participate in a selection interview (telephonic and/or in person at the discretion of the Selecting Official in accordance with hiring polices).</li> </ul> <br />If your resume does not support the answers you gave on the assessment questionnaire, you may be rated Not Qualified or you may be placed in a lower quality group. <br /><br />Your name will be placed in one of the three following quality groups:<br /> <ul> <li><strong>Best-Qualified</strong> – highly proficient regarding the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) related to this position.</li> <li><strong>Qualified</strong> – competent regarding the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) related to this position.</li> <li><strong>Minimally Qualified</strong>- possessing only the minimum qualifications required for this position.<br /><br />Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs):</li> </ul> <br /><strong>GS-14:</strong><br /><br />1. skill in researching and analyzing HR policies and procedures<br /><br />2. skill in communicating orally<br /><br />3. skill in applying fact-finding techniques<br /><br /><strong>GS-13:</strong><br /><br />1. skill in researching and analyzing HR policies and procedures <br /><br />2. skill communicating in writing<br /><br />3. skill in communicating orally<br /><br /><strong>Interagency Career Transition Assistance Programs</strong>: These programs apply to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; 2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 80 or above based on the competencies listed above (which is equivalent to PBGC's "qualified" quality group); and 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. For more information visit: Interagency Career Transition Assistance Programs .<br /><br />Candidates who apply under Competitive Merit Promotion procedures will undergo a quality review to determine if they are best qualified based on the content of their resume and their responses to the assessment questionnaire. The best qualified candidates will be referred if all other requirements are met.<br /><br />Candidates who apply under Noncompetitive and Special Hiring Authorities procedures will undergo a quality review to determine if they are minimally qualified based on the content of their resume and their responses to the assessment questionnaire. The minimally qualified candidates will be referred if all other requirements are met.<br /><br />Your rating may be lowered if your responses to the online questions are not supported by the education and/or experience described in your application.<br /><br /><b>To preview questions please click here .</b> <br /><br /><b>Background checks and security clearance</b><br /><br />Security clearance <br /> Other <br /><br />Drug test required <br /> No <br /><br /></li> <b>Required Documents</b><br /><br /><strong>RESUME</strong>: You must submit a resume. Your resume should clearly show your possession of the specialized experience and KSAs so that we can determine your qualifications for this position. Your resume should be specific to the position you are applying for, relating your skills and experience to those noted in the job posting. <br /><br /><strong>COVER LETTER (OPTIONAL)</strong>: Your cover letter should state your interest in this position and the strengths that you feel will make you an asset to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. We will not use your cover letter to determine your qualifications; however, your cover letter will go to the Selecting Official along with your resume if you are referred. <br /><br /><strong>SF-50 (NOTIFICATION OF PERSONNEL ACTION):</strong> All status candidates or reinstatement eligibles must submit an SF-50 (or similar form) which indicates position, title, series, grade and competitive status. <br /><br /><strong>REQUIRED DOCUMENTS FOR VETERANS</strong>: If you are claiming eligibility for this position based on military service, you must provide all required documentation to support your claim. <strong>For eligibility for this position based on 5-point veterans' preference, please provide a copy of your DD-214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (Member 4 copy or Member 7 copy)</strong>, official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g. documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions. Your DD-214 must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty. If the appropriate copy of the DD-214 is not submitted and the discharge status is not confirmed, you will not receive credit for the claimed active duty military service. To gain access to your DD214 online, please visit: National Archives . For 10-point veteran's preference, including 30% or more disabled veterans, you must submit a SF-15 Application for 10-point Veteran Preference and any documentation required by this form to support your claim. These documents must be submitted before 10-point preference can be awarded. If you fail to provide documentation required by the SF-15 you will receive 5-point preference if veterans' preference requirements have been met. <br /> Information on Veterans Preference is available in the Vet's Guide that can be found at OPM's website: Veterans Guide .<br /><br /><strong>Veterans Opportunity to Work Act (VOW):</strong> If you are currently serving on active duty you MUST submit a statement of service from your unit (on unit letterhead) identifying the branch of service, period(s) of service, campaign badges or expeditionary medals earned, type of discharge, character of service, and the date you will be separated or be on approved terminal leave. If you provide a statement of service at this stage, your preference/eligibility will be verified by a DD214 (Member 4 Copy) upon separation from the military. <br /><br /><strong>Interagency Career Transition Assistance Programs</strong>: CTAP and ICTAP candidates must submit documents showing eligibility for selection priority (e.g., RIF separation notice, Certificate of Expected Separation, or other proof of eligibility for priority selection); an SF-50 showing the current (or former) position, grade level, promotion potential, and duty location; and the most current performance appraisal including the performance rating.<br /><br /><b>If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:</b><br /><br />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 . <br /><br />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.