Human Resources Specialist (HR Dev)
National Science Foundation - Arlington, VA

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If you are intrigued by the idea of working at a unique federal agency that has a tremendous impact on the funding and advancement of science, engineering and education, then the National Science Foundation is the place for you. In addition to funding research in traditional academic areas, NSF also supports innovative ideas, novel collaborations and numerous projects that may seem like science fiction today, but become the reality of tomorrow.

NSF has the advantages of a small agency environment that fosters collaboration, creativity and opportunities to contribute to major agency-wide projects. Consistently ranked by its employees as one of the top federal agencies in managing its workforce, NSF maintains a creative, flexible, and collegial atmosphere and is respected in both the federal and scientific arenas for its work in promoting science, technology, education and management best practices. Join our team at one of the best places to work in the federal government and use your knowledge and imagination to keep NSF at the frontier of discovery!

More about NSF.

This position is located in the Office of Information and Resource
Management, Division of Human Resource Management, NSF Academy.

The National Science Foundation Academy is committed to ensuring the
highest level of achievement for all NSF staff by providing
continuous learning opportunities through a variety of educational
venues in support of the agency's mission. We are transforming from
a training department to a catalyst for the creation of a continuous
learning organization. We promote organizational excellence through
the advancement of human capital and by proactively identifying and
implementing the programs necessary for the development of NSF
employees at all levels.

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Are you a human resources professional seeking an exciting
and challenging opportunity to shape the educational and employee
development programs for one of Government's most dynamic and valued
agencies? Then the position of Human Resources Specialist (Human
Resources Development) with the National Science Foundation may be
just the job for you.

As a human resources development professional you will have an

opportunity to do the following:
Develop and provide continuous learning programs and opportunities for the NSF staff by applying expertise in human resource development and organizational effectiveness;

Manage major Academy consultation projects and direct work of other staff members assigned to projects;

Participate in the development and/or administration of tools to accurately measure individual and organizational effectiveness;

Develop strategies, in conjunction with team members and the Branch Chief to improve individual and organizational effectiveness;

Develop workshops, interventions, and training;

Deliver and implement solutions, initially as pilot projects, then as ongoing solutions potentially applicable across the Foundation;

Design and conduct training, targeting NSF managers and executives related to effective Federal human capital management;

Coordinate with other HR organizations and ensure accuracy and utility of training related to effective Federal HR practices such as that provided to new supervisors and executives;

Serve as a primary coordinator and resource within HRM for ensuring that Academy offerings are consistent with current NSF policy and practice;

Represent the Academy on internal HR working groups and advise Academy staff on current HR practices;

Play a lead role in evaluating the effectiveness (including cost effectiveness) and long-term effects of human resource development programs as well other individual and organizational development efforts;

Evaluate current curriculum and improve or develop high quality courses or workshops for development of NSF supervisors, managers, executives, program officers, and non-supervisory staff;

Research, analyze, and integrate relevant data from professional literature into program projects;

Analyze leadership and program management positions at all levels of NSF;

Lead activities related to needs assessment, competency modeling, competency gap analysis, curriculum development, implementation, course delivery, and curriculum evaluation.

Qualifications and Evaluations

To qualify at the GS-13 level, you must have at least one year of
specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal
service. Specialized experience includes: analyzing and researching a variety of Human Resource developmental initiatives aligned with and in support of agency goals; providing consultative services related to changing technologies, obsolete workforce skills, and the challenges of organizations in transition; and knowledge of Federal policies or executive orders regarding training.

To quality at the GS-12 level, you must have one year of experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal service. Examples of this experience include: assessing short and long term training needs of employees; planning and evaluating programs designed to develop employees and manage learning; developing training and adult learning programs; and assessing programs for compliance with training guidelines and policies.

To qualify at the GS-11 level, you must meet one of the following requirements:

1. At least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 level in the Federal service. Examples of such experience include: administering HRD operational assignments; participating in program development or evaluation functions; applying knowledge in the use and principles and techniques in the creation, implementation, and analysis of HR development programs; and administering and evaluating programs designed to develop employees and manage learning.

2. Possess a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.

3. Possess three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree.

4. Possess a combination of post high school education and experience that together meet the qualification requirements for the position.
At the GS-12 and GS-13 levels, education may enhance skills required for this position; however, no substitution of education for specialized experience may be made at these grade levels.

At the GS-11 level, education may be substituted for specialized experience as described below.
You must meet eligibility and qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date.

You must answer all job-related questions in the NSF eRecruit questionnaire.

All online applicants must provide a valid email address. If your email address is inaccurate or your mailbox is full or blocked, you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

This is a non-bargaining unit position.

Category rating procedures will be used to rank and select eligibles. Based on your responses to the occupational questionnaire, you will be assigned a score. Your score will determine in which of three categories you will be placed: Excellent, Very Good, or Good. Under this process, veterans will be assigned to the appropriate category (without additional preference points) and then placed at the top of their category.

Veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more will be placed at the top of the highest quality category.

Review your resume and responses carefully. Responses that are not fully supported by the information in your application package may result in adjustments to your score. A Human Resources Representative will validate the qualifications of those candidates eligible to be referred to the selecting official.

Applicants eligible for selection preference under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) must meet the agency definition of "well qualified." In NSF categories, this means at least "Very Good."To preview questions please click here.

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