Investigator (Labor)
Department Of Labor - Boston, MA

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Opportunities are Open! Begin a challenging career with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), and you will help shape the workforce of tomorrow. DOL offers rewarding opportunities to contribute to a noble mission; to serve and protect American workers, prepare them for new and better jobs, and to ensure the safety and fairness of American workplaces.

The primary duty of this position is to conduct civil investigations of individuals and labor organizations that have or may violate provisions of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959 (LMRDA). (See Duties for full information)

This position is located in the U. S. Department of Labor, Office of Labor-Management Standards, Boston, Massachusetts

Salaries: GS-5: $34,234-$44,500 per annum

GS-7: $42,406-$55,132 per annum

GS-9: $51,871-$67,427 per annum


U.S. Citizenship. Must be at least 16 years of age.

This is non-law enforcement officer position.

Requires a probationary period if one not completed.

Appointment to this position requires a background investigation.

Relocation expenses not authorized. Full Performance Level-12.

Requires frequent travel and a valid driver's license.

The primary duty of this position is to conduct civil investigations of individuals and labor organizations that have or may violate provisions of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959 (LMRDA). Duties include:
(1) Planing, conducting and completing complex civil investigations, compliance audits, supervised elections, and, as assigned, complex criminal investigations under the LMDRA and other related laws; independently analyzing the operation of large union entities; resolving obstacles to progression of an investigation and overcomes hostility encountered during enforcement activities; conducting compliance audits of sizeable unions, investigating conflict of interest by union officers and employees and supervising elections of union officers to ensure compliance with LMRDA and other related laws.
(2) Resolving challenges to the election process by union members and candidates; preparing reports of the election process, analyzing and making recommendations on the propriety of the election for use before appropriate judicial bodies.
(3) Preparing comprehensive, well documented, sign-off quality reports of investigative findings; recommending appropriate disposition that clearly substantiates violations in accordance with elements of proof; initiating and conducting meetings and conferences with parties connected to the investigations; explaining LMRDA requirements and OLMS investigative procedures to gain access to records and gather information, pertinent facts, and evidence; researching, investigating, analyzing, and examining accounting and financial records and the structure, philosophies, policies, and operating practices of labor organizations; working closely with U. S. Attorneys' and DOL's Solicitors office in preparing cases for prosecution.

The GS-5 and GS-7 are entry level positions and the GS-9 is at the journeyman level. These positions are developmental and assignments are geared to allow progression to the full performance level, i.e., GS-12. These positions provide support to higher grade investigators by performing developmental assignments to facilitate the efforts of the investigative/audit teams and with assistance from a supervisor or higher grade investigator, incumbent conducts selected and straight forward civil and criminal investigations, compliance audits, and routine enforcement activities that will provide an opportunity to strengthen investigative skills; attends and participates in meetings, conferences with attorneys and union officials, etc.; and serves as a team member under the direction of a team leader.

General and Specialized Experience Requirements:
FOR GS-5: Applicant must have three (3) years of general experience PLUS 52 weeks of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-4 level in the federal service.

Such experience may have been 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 knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) necessary to perform the duties of the position to be filled. Experience of a general clerical nature (typing, filing, routine procedural processing, maintaining records, or other nonspecialized tasks) is not creditable .

FOR GS-7: Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-06, in the Federal Service or possess 1 full year of graduate level education or superior academic achievement.
FOR GS-9: Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-08, in the Federal Service.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Specialized experience is experience that equipped the candidate with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position being filled.

Specialized Experience must show evidence of investigative abilities, e.g., formulating planning strategies, identifying issues, and conducting investigations; reviewing financial statements and other types of books and records; interviewing key and other supporting witnesses, complainants, and subjects; documenting investigative findings in memos and reports; and assisting in settlement negotiations or in trial preparation; work involving reviewing, analyzing and interpreting labor laws for compliance; investigating allegations of violation of labor laws; and providing advice/guidance to the public on regulatory requirements of labor laws. Qualifying specialized experience for this position is work experience that could have been obtained in a civil/criminal investigative position with local, state or Federal government requiring using a wide variety of investigative, auditing, and law enforcement techniques in order to resolve specific high profile or complex civil and criminal cases . Examples of qualifying specialized experience include : auditor, tax attorney, IRS agent or investigator dealing with financial data and records, accountant, bookkeeper, statistician.

For GS-5: Four (4) years of study leading to a Bachelor's Degree

For GS-7: One (1) full year of graduate level education; or Superior Academic Achievement. Superior Academic Achievement (SAA) is based on (1) class standing, (2) grade-point average, or (3) honor society membership. 1. Class standing -- Applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, such as the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Business Administration, based on completed courses.

2. Grade-point average (G.P.A.) -- Applicants must have a grade-point average of:

3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B" or better) as recorded on their official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or

3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B+" or better) based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum.

For GS-9: A master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related.


College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign Education - Transcripts (in English) must be submitted if (a) a degree is required for the position, and/or (b) education is used as the basis for qualifying for this position. The Department of Labor does not recognize academic degrees from schools that are not accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the Department of Education. Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service. If courses were taken at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, or from several different colleges or universities, you must submit all the necessary transcripts. If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position. Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information.

Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements. Please reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.

If you meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you will be evaluated against the evaluation factors (competencies) noted below and will be placed into one of the following quality categories based on your responses to the vacancy questions.

Category A - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy announcement and has successful experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated superior proficiency in applying knowledge, skill, and ability in the critical competencies for this position to work of increased levels of difficulty and complexity.
Category B - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy announcement and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the critical competencies for this position.
Category C - Meets the specialized experience outlined in the minimum qualifications requirements section of the vacancy announcement and demonstrates proficiency in the basic competencies required for this position.

You are responsible for making sure your resume includes sufficient information to support your responses to the vacancy announcement questions and the competencies listed below.
Evaluation Factors (Competencies) - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies (click Evaluation Tools for information):

Applicants should make sure that their resume addresses the vacancy announcement specific questions and includes sufficient information to evaluate their knowledges, skills, and abilities. Evaluation Factors (Competencies) - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies:

Analytical Ability/Reasoning: Identifies rules, principles, or relationships that explain facts, data, or other information; analyzes information and makes correct inferences or draws accurate conclusions.

Self-Management: Sets well-defined and realistic personal goals; displays a high level of initiative, effort, and commitment towards completing assignments in a timely manner; works with minimal supervision, is motivated to achieve, demonstrates responsible behavior.

Written Communication: Uses correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling to communicate thoughts, ideas, information and messages in writing.

Oral Communication: Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.

Legal, Government and Jurisprudence: Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, legal practices and documents, Government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, Government organization and functions, and the democratic political process.

Investigations: Principles, practices, and techniques for conducting investigations to determine compliance or violations, documenting findings and conclusions and monitoring progress.

Interpersonal Skills: Shows understanding, friendliness, courtesy, tack, empathy, cooperation, concern and politeness to others; relates well to different people from a varied backgrounds and different situations.

The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means, such as the interview process. The examining Human Resources Office (HRO) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings. It is essential that your resume provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses in the self-assessment vacancy questions. If your responses are not adequately substantiated by your resume, the HRO will amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency that is indicated by the content of your resume. Your evaluation may also include a review by a Human Resources Specialist or panel and may include other assessments such as an interview, a panel review, written test, writing sample, etc.

INFORMATION FOR ICTAP/CTAP ELIGIBLES ONLY: If you meet the eligibility requirements for special priority selection under ICTAP/CTAP you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. ICTAP/CTAP eligibles who are placed into Category "B" or higher will be considered "well-qualified" for priority selection purposes.

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The Department of Labor (DOL) offers a great benefit package to eligible employees. The benefit package includes but is not limited to health benefits, supplemental dental and vision plans, flexible spending accounts, 13 days paid sick leave per year, vacation leave and 10 paid holidays per year. We offer a variety of employee benefit options, a family-friendly work environment, a child care subsidy program, transit subsidy program, career assistance program, health services and fitness programs, access to LifeCare, a resource and referral service and more. Employees on Part-Time work schedules receive all of these benefits on a prorated basis. For a comprehensive site about all federal benefits, please refer to OPM . For specific DOL benefits information, please refer to DOL BENEFITS .

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor. Refer to these links for more information: GENERAL INFORMATION , ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION , SELECTIVE SERVICE REGISTRATION , PROBATIONARY PERIOD , FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES

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