Job Opportunities

Lead Human Resources Specialist

Vacancy Announcement:
PDS 2022-22
Pay Series:

PDS-0201-13/14 (GS-0201-13/14)

Opening Date:
Aug 1, 2022
Closing Date:
Aug 22, 2022
Number of Vacancies:
1
Position Type:
Full-Time(Permanent)
Location:

633 Indiana Ave, NW
Washington, DC. 20004

Who May Appy:
U.S. Citizens or those authorized to work in the United States
Compensation:

Salary Range: $106,823 - $164,102

Organization Description:

PDS Overview: The Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS) is a federally funded, independent organization governed by an eleven-member Board of Trustees.  PDS provides legal representation for indigent individuals who are charged with criminal offenses in the District of Columbia and face a loss of liberty.  PDS has approximately 200 employees, most of whom work at the main office at 633 Indiana Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.  PDS’s staff consists of approximately 100 attorneys and approximately 100 social workers, investigators, administrative, and technical staff.  PDS is funded by federal appropriations, and all employees are entitled to participate in certain federal benefits plans: health and life insurance, federal retirement, and Thrift Savings Plan. Transferring employees will receive recognition of creditable federal service for leave accrual and retirement purposes. 

Division Overview:  The Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS) is seeking to employ a Lead HR Specialist to provide a wide range of HR management and advisory services to the executives, staff members, and human resources specialists.  Additionally, you will be involved in resolving highly complex, controversial, and challenging issues, and to work with multi-year plans, new cutting-edge technologies, and issues that impact human resources services delivery throughout PDS.  Your expertise in human resources management will be utilized daily to support PDS in moving forward in the areas of human resources service delivery to include but not limited to talent acquisition, position management, classification, performance management, compensation and benefits administration. The Lead Human Resources Specialist position is located in the Human Resources Division of PDS. 

Please note that this position has temporarily been altered to (mostly) telework status during the pandemic until further notice.

Essential Duties:

Major Duties:

The incumbent assists the Director of Human Resources in performing the day-to-day responsibilities associated with human resources operations.  Duties of the position include, but are not limited to:

Serves as lead or principal team leader in planning, organizing, and directing team efforts in delivery of human resources services.  Conducts the planning, coordination, analysis and evaluation of research to develop innovative solutions to human capital initiatives and related matters.

Serves as a consultant to management officials providing advisory services regarding the appropriate use and limitations of personnel measurement devices, survey techniques and other assessment tools to gather data for use in organizational planning, development and full utilization of staff, and/or development of measures of employee morale, productivity, or similar matters. Participates in studies and analyses for the assessment and resolution of substantive operating and/or policy issues.

Plans, develops, and implements organization-wide strategies and measurement techniques. Employs organization development techniques and HR technical expertise to identify and enhance organizational, managerial, and employee level drivers that lead to improved organizational performance. Facilitates the implementation of human capital initiatives using change management techniques.

Provides management advisory services in coaching, counseling, and recognizing top performers. Establishes and manage relationships and facilitate collaborative efforts across functional boundaries to resolve complex organizational issues.  Presents performance management as a beneficial tool to help managers and supervisors manage and improve individual and organizational performance.

Serves as lead or principal team leader in planning, organizing, and directing team efforts in delivery of human resources services.  Conducts the planning, coordination, analysis and evaluation of research to develop innovative solutions to human capital initiatives and related matters.

Provides coaching and guidance to HR staff with regards of the use of the Federal Payroll and Personnel System (FPPS), Interior Business Center QuickTime payroll system, Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE), and the Workforce Transformation Tracking System (WTTS).

Develops and implements an agency wide competency management strategy. Collaborates with key stakeholders of the agency in order to incorporate competency modeling in PDS. Identifies job competencies at multiple levels for various jobs.

Leads and provides guidance on the PDS position classification program.  Works with and advises management officials and human resources specialists on establishing new positions and on revising existing positions.  As necessary, conducts desk audits.  Evaluates positions against established standards and guides to determine the appropriate classification for each position reviewed.  Provides information, advice, and assistance to managers and supervisors on all aspects of the position classification system.

Serves as an agency resource on issues involving the PDS pay system.  Consults with managers supervisors and HR specialists on a wide range of compensation issues including current and previous pay setting practices.  Interprets and applies pay rules and regulations.  Resolves or recommends resolution to pay setting discrepancies. 

Provides human resources advisory services throughout PDS.  Utilizes web-based personnel, timekeeping, and data retrieval systems to identify, document, and effect required actions utilizing a combination of the Federal Personnel Payroll System (FPPS) the Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE) and/or PDS pay plans, policies and practices to:

  • Identifies and tracks anticipated personnel actions, such as promotions, within-grade increases, actions with not-to-exceed dates, etc.  Prompts required supervisory approvals and requests or initiates action to ensure timely processing for appropriate effective dates.
  •  Receives and researches questions from supervisors and employees concerning aspects of human resources programs and processes.  Responds with thorough explanations citing regulations, operating directives, or past practices that provide PDS employees with additional information.  When research reveals errors in the record, recommends or initiates necessary corrective action.
  • Utilizes and assists in the administration of the organization’s electronic Official Personnel Folder (eOPF) System.
  •  Assists the Director of Human Resources in handling employee relations cases.  Provides management and supervisor consultation and operational guidance on issues related to employee relations matters.

 

Required Qualifications:

Qualification Requirements:

TO QUALIFY FOR THE AD-13 (GS-13 equivalent):

You must demonstrate in your resume that you have at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 level in the Federal service or equivalent and it must include:

  • Experience interpreting and applying human resources laws, regulations, principles, practices, policies, methods and techniques associated with strategic human capital management and competency modeling.
  • Specialized experience, comprehensive knowledge of and skill in applying federal laws, regulations, and practices governing federal position classification.

     

  • Demonstrated ability to provide advice and counsel concerning all aspects of assigned human resources programs and operations to executives, managers, and employees.

  • Demonstrated ability to develop professional working relationships with individuals and organizations throughout the agency and with other relevant organizations. Demonstrated ability to communicate successfully verbally and in writing.
  • Experience in coaching, training, and developing others on the use of FPPS, OBIEE, QuickTime and WTTS for the purpose of processing personnel actions, payroll, recruitment, and onboarding.
  •   Experience in adding, removing and modifying access users in the FPPS, OBIEE, QuickTime, and WTTS information systems.

 

TO QUALIFY FOR THE AD-14 (GS-14 equivalent):

You must demonstrate in your resume that you have at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 level in the Federal service or equivalent and it must include:

  • Experience analyzing and evaluating organizational functions, process and procedures to develop and implement ideas strategies for improvement.
  • Experience implementing laws, regulations, principles, practices, methods, and techniques associated with strategic human capital management and competency modeling.
  • In-depth knowledge of and skill in applying a wide range of human resources concepts, principles, laws, regulations, and practices. Comprehensive knowledge of and skill in applying federal laws, regulations, and practices governing federal position classification.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide advice and counsel concerning all aspects of assigned human resources programs and operations to executives, managers, and employees.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop professional working relationships with individuals and organizations throughout the agency and with other relevant organizations. Demonstrated ability to communicate successfully verbally and in writing.
  • Experience in coaching, training, and developing others on the use of FPPS, OBIEE, QuickTime and WTTS for the purpose of processing personnel actions, payroll, recruitment, and onboarding.
  • Experience in adding, removing and modifying access users in the FPPS, OBIEE, QuickTime, and WTTS information systems.
Preferred Qualifications:

Highly Desirable Qualifications:  Additionally, the following achievements and/or experiences are deemed highly desirable and strongly preferred:

  1. Graduate, post-graduate or professional degree in human resources, business administration, management, or similar field from an accredited educational institution. 
  2. Experience as with the roles of HR Specialist and Administrator within the eOPF system.
  3. At least two years of experience as a Security Point of Contact with the FPPS system.
  4. At least two years of experience training and developing junior HR Specialists and HR assistants in the areas of recruitment, staffing, onboarding, payroll and federal classifications.
  5. At least three years of specialized experience with complex federal laws that pertain to the practice of human resources in the areas of classifications.
  6. At least three years of specialized experience administering federal employee benefits.
  7. At least three years of specialized experience addressing and working with equal employment opportunity.
  8. Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  9. High level of organization and attention to detail.

 

Application Evaluation:

Rating: Your application package will be rated and ranked among other applicants based on your experience, education, training, and awards relevant to the duties of this position. Your rating can be lowered if your application package is not supported by the requested documents.

Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application package will be referred to a hiring manager for consideration, at which time you may be invited to participate in a selection interview.

Benefits:

Benefits: PDS is funded by federal appropriations, and employees are entitled to participate in federal benefits plans, federal retirement systems, and the workers compensation program. Transferring federal employees will receive recognition of creditable federal service for leave accrual and retirement (if applicable) purposes. Benefits include:

  • Federal Employees Retirement Systems (retirement annuity)
  • Thrift Savings Plan (similar to a 401K program)
  • Federal Employees Health Benefits (health insurance)
  • Federal Employees Group Life Insurance (life insurance)
  • Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (for health care and dependent care)
  • Long Term Care
  • Transportation Subsidy
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Federal Occupational Health (access to health clinic and services
How To Apply:

Application Portal

Please submit your application package through PDS’s online application portal found through the following link:  https://pdsdc.jobs.net/en-US/search.

To submit required documents, you must click on the “APPLY” button for Vacancy Announcement # PDS 2022-22 Lead HR Specialist.  You must also fully answer the Questionnaire found through the above linked website.  Additionally, the documentation you provide through your cover letter and/or resume must support your answers on the Questionnaire.  Application packages submitted with missing information and/or responses to the Questionnaire can negatively affect referring your application package to the hiring manager.  PDS will not accept application packages by email, mail, fax, or personal delivery.

For applicants with disabilities, this organization provides reasonable accommodations which will be decided on a case-by-case basis. Additionally, proof of full vaccination against the COVID-19 virus is a condition of employment with the exception of those who apply for and receive a reasonable accommodation based on their health (disability) or sincerely held religious belief as reasons for not being vaccinated.  To request a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or interview process, please contact Anisha Trice, Human Resources Specialist at (202) 824-2227 or at ATrice@pdsc.org.

PDS is an Equal Opportunity Employer and E-Verify Participating Agency.