Supervisory Human Resources Specialist
Legislative Branch - Washington, DC

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THE UNITED STATES CAPITOL POLICE (USCP) is a law enforcement agency in the Legislative Branch of the Government. Our mission is 'To protect the Congress, its legislative processes, Members, employees, visitors, and facilities from crime, disruption, or terrorism. We protect and secure Congress so it can fulfill its constitutional responsibilities in a safe and open environment.' Due to the nature of a law enforcement agency, occasionally civilian employees may be called upon to support emergency operations and perform duties that vary significantly from the primary duties of their positions. Duty hours are subject to change to accommodate the needs of the Department; occasional additional duty may be required.

Applications for this position are being processed through an on-line applicant assessment system that has been specifically configured for United States Capitol Police applicants. Even if you have already developed a resume in USAJOBS, you will need to access this on-line system to complete the application process. To obtain information about this position and TO APPLY, please click on .


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(The duties described reflect the full performance level of this position)

As a strategic leader, Branch Manager of the Talent Management Suite, directs and supervises human resources professionals who provide operational services to advance the USCP mission and initiatives in strategic recruitment, hiring, position classification, workforce planning, HR processing, suitability and background investigations and program accountability. The Branch Manager also leads business improvement process reviews, including the development of associated performance measures, to improve operational effectiveness and efficiency. The incumbent of this position provides expert technical advice and leadership oversight for the following program areas:
Position classification and management and organizational design and analysis;
Staffing and promotional processes for all sworn and civilian personnel to include strategic recruitment, talent sourcing, and placement;
Employment suitability, background investigations, credentialing and badging; and
Records management, and personnel action processing and reporting

Plans strategies and completes actions related to recruitment of applicants, completion of job analyses and workforce planning activities to determine recruitment priorities and strategies; and provision of advice for identifying, attracting, and retaining a high-quality and diverse workforce.

Uses Avue Digital Services (ADS) to provide operational Human Resources management advisory services and program support across multiple Human Resources functions, such as classification, recruitment and placement, and/or employee relations, relative to an assigned organization. Provides guidance and direction to managers on Human Resources issues. Provides counseling to employees regarding Human Resources programs.

Analyzes and evaluates, on a quantitative or qualitative basis, the effectiveness of programs or operations in meeting established goals, measures, and objectives.

Supervises a group of employees performing work at the CP-12 level. Provides administrative and technical supervision necessary for accomplishing the work of the unit.
Performs the administrative and human resource management functions relative to the staff supervised. Plans, schedules, and assigns work to subordinates. Establishes guidelines and performance expectations for staff members; provides feedback and periodically evaluates employee performance. Provides advice, counsel, and/or instruction to staff members. Recommends or approves appointments, selections, or reassignments to positions appropriate to the selection authority delegated. Effects disciplinary measures as appropriate to the authority delegated in this area. Carries out Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) policies and program activities.

Extensive professional experience and knowledge in the interpretation and application of laws, regulations, and rules; and the development of policies governing human capital programs and the administration of day-to-day human resources operations for at least three of the following disciplines, such as recruitment and staffing, position classification, payroll, time and attendance, human resources information systems, retirement counseling, employee relations and benefits administration.
Led people toward meeting an organization's vision, mission, and goals. Provided an inclusive workplace that fostered the development of others, facilitated cooperation and teamwork, and supported constructive resolution of conflicts.
Mastery level knowledge and expert skill and experience in formulating, directing, interpreting, and applying human capital initiatives to ensure state of the art human resources programs and to provide advice, assistance, options, and recommendations to management to adjust to changing priorities, technologies and/or functions.
Highly Desired: At least five years demonstrated experience providing human capital services to a Federal agency in a leadership and/or management capacity.
Provided leadership to bring about strategic change, both within and outside an organization, to meet organizational goals. Established an organizational vision and implemented it in a continuously changing environment.
Knowledge of HR laws, regulations, policies and procedures related to personnel/payroll processing, time & attendance, leave administration, and records management.
Ability to generate reports, troubleshoot systemic problems and develop resolutions to improve processing.
Ability to process payroll and personnel actions in an automated system (e.g., NFC), and conduct oversight, review, and resolution of the most complex issues.
Experience analyzing Human Resources organizational and operational problems and develop solutions.
Experience effectively communicating rules, regulations, guidelines, procedures, and disseminating work orally as a supervisor or leader.
Experience communicating the plan and execution of work in writing as a supervisor or leader.

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Qualifying experience for the CP-13 level includes one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least CP-12 or GS-14 level which is in or directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.
Specialized experience is defined as providing expert HR advice to management officials at all levels throughout an organization in the development of solutions to especially complex and difficult problems of program improvement in recruitment and placement, staffing and classification.

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You will be rated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the education, experience and training you report relative to this position which shows that you possess the knowledges, skills and abilities required. Paid or unpaid experience will be considered.

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Selectee for this position must pass a background investigation.
Appointment to this position is contingent upon funding availability.
This position is located in the United States Capitol Police (USCP), Office of Human Resources. The incumbent reports directly to the Deputy Director, Human Resources. The position provides complete human resource services for management and employees in the areas of organizational analysis and design, position management and classification, promotional processes, and staffing for all sworn and civilian personnel, records management, badging and fingerprinting, and National Finance Center processing. The position provides policy, guidance and advice to staff members in the development of solutions associated with the function of the Talent Management Suite. The incumbent is a critical member to the Department's Leadership Management Team and is expected to provide expert advice, technical guidance, and assistance to the Deputy Director. This position requires a background investigation.
Selectee for this position must pass a background investigation.
Selectee for this position is subject to a yearly Financial Disclosure Statement.
Appointment to this position is contingent upon funding availability.
Additional selections may be made.
Applications and supporting documentation must be received by the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration.
BASIS OF RATING: Resumes should provide sufficient justification to support the selections made in the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA) and/or the Competency Based Assessment (CBA). Applicants who do not provide justification or, when required, address all KSA rating factors may be found ineligible for further consideration and/or may not receive appropriate credit. Reference to an attached resume when a narrative response is required does not fulfill this requirement, although applicants may attach a resume as optional information. Failure to provide proof of experience in the resume and/or KSA response may result in the applicant not being considered for the position.

Please provide clear, concise examples of education, experience, and/or training that demonstrates possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities described in the factors. In addition, performance evaluations and supervisory comments may be used to further evaluate and determine suitability for selection.

The primary method of applying for this vacancy is online via the Internet at If you do not have access to the Internet, you are strongly encouraged to visit your library, state employment commission, or a commercial establishment.

Applicants submitting proof documents can electronically attach them, or scan and attach them, to the employment application. If this is not possible, copies of documents can be faxed to 253-573-9869, or mailed to the following address: United States Capitol Police, c/o Avue Technologies, ATTN: Direct Services, 1145 Broadway Plaza, Suite 800, Tacoma, WA 98402. All faxed or mailed proof documents must be identified with applicant's name and vacancy announcement number.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: The U.S. Capitol Police is an equal opportunity employer in accordance with applicable federal laws, rules, and regulations pertaining to the U.S. Capitol Police, U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate.
The Department provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and/or hiring process, please notify the Department. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.
APPLICANT EXPENSES: Expenses relating to travel or incidentals for interviews or relocation, if any, are the responsibility of the candidate.
PAY AND BENEFITS: This position is within the Legislative Branch of government. It is not a general schedule (GS) position. Civilian USCP employees are paid in accordance with an established pay schedule. They are covered by the same benefits as other branches of the Federal government including: health and life insurance, Thrift Savings Plan (similar to "401K" plans), disability, leave programs, flexible spending accounts, long term care insurance, holidays, etc. Civilian employees are covered under Congressional retirement. Upon receipt of proper certification, sick leave balances will be transferred from other branches of the Federal government. While previous credible federal service is used to determine the appropriate leave category, annual leave balances might not transfer. USCP offers a wide array of benefits:

Transit Subsidy Benefits up to $125 of your commuting costs is provided to you as a tax-free benefit.

Various Work Schedules

A variety of Federal Employee Health Benefit plans to choose from which can be paid from pre-tax income. Federal agencies pay approximately 72% of employees' health insurance premiums. Also, employees have access to enroll in Federal Dental and Vision Coverage programs.

The Federal Employee Retirement System program that features three components: a retirement pension, the Thrift Savings Plan (an employee controlled investment program), and social security. Capitol Police employees are covered under the Congressional formula for FERS and CSRS coverage.

The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) is a retirement savings and investment plan for Federal employees and offers Federal employees the same type of savings and tax benefits that many private corporations offer their employees under 401(k) plans. As soon as you become a Federal employee, as a FERS employee, you can contribute up to $17,000 per year. You will receive agency-automatic and/or matching contributions up to the first 5 percent. As a CSRS employee, you can contribute up to $17,000 per year. CSRS employees do not receive any agency contributions. Employees age 50 or older may contribute an additional $5,500 for catch-up contribution per year.

The Federal Employee Group Life Insurance offers numerous life insurance policy options covering employees and dependents.

The USCP Leave Program offers exceptional time off benefits, including annual leave, sick leave, a leave sharing program, Family Friendly Leave, Family Medical Leave, and ten (10) paid holidays per year. Annual leave accumulation will be set based on creditable civilian federal service. Employees transferring from Executive Branch agencies are eligible to transfer sick leave balances, but not annual leave balances. Employees transferring from Legislative Branch agencies are eligible to transfer both annual and sick leave balances.

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides free confidential counseling and referral services to you and your family members.

The Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program provides long term care insurance to help pay for costs of care when you can no longer perform everyday tasks by yourself, or you have a severe cognitive impairment, such as Alzheimer's. You may visit the Long Term Care Partners website for more information:

The Flexible Spending Account Program for Federal employees provides employee-funded accounts that can be tapped by account holders to pay for medical expenses that are tax deductible as well as dependent care costs. Contributions to the accounts come from an employee's pre-taxed salary. The USCP does not make a contribution.

USCP employees are eligible to join the United States Senate Federal Credit Union and/or the Congressional Federal Credit Union.

USCP has several on-site state of the art gym and locker room facilities with access to personal trainer consultants.

USCP employees are eligible for participation in on-site childcare center through the US Senate Child Care Center and/or the US House of Representatives Child Care Center.

USCP reimburses covered employees up to an annual limit of $150 for Professional Liability Insurance.

FAIR LABOR STANDARDS ACT: This position is exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act overtime provisions and is not included in a collective bargaining unit.
DIRECT DEPOSIT: All USCP employees are required to have USCP salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
Additional selections may be made from this vacancy announcement.
Selectee for this position MAY be subject to a yearly Financial Disclosure Statement.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
All eligibility requirements must be met by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.
Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
ATTENTION: APPLICANTS WITH MILITARY EXPERIENCE. Veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces and were separated under honorable conditions may be eligible for veterans' preference. Veterans' preference eligibles who are qualified for a position will have 5 or 10 extra points added to their numerical ratings depending on which category of preference they meet. Candidates are placed on lists, or certificates of eligible candidates, in alphabetical order and their veterans' preference eligibility is documented; and selecting officials shall consider, when administratively feasible, candidates with veterans' preference eligibility as an affirmative factor in the determination of who will be selected among those deemed best qualified. Veterans' preference does not apply to applicants already serving with the Department (internal advertisements only). When claiming preference, veterans must provide a copy of their DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty," or other acceptable documentation. Applicants claiming 10-point preference will need to submit Form SF-15, Application for 10-point Veteran Preference. If you have questions concerning applicability of veterans' preference for a particular vacancy, please contact the staffing specialist identified on the vacancy announcement.
PROBATIONARY PERIOD: This appointment requires completion of a one-year probationary period. During this time period, employee's conduct and performance will be monitored in order to determine if employee will be retained.