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Company Description

Since the last 50 years, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is developing the safest and reliable air transportation system in the world. The FAA is working with federal and industry partners to develop a system that fully accommodates changing needs of businesses and customers in the 21st century. The FAA issues and enforces regulations and minimum standards for operating and maintaining aircraft wherein it operates a network of airport towers, air route traffic control centers, and flight service stations traffic. The FAA maintains systems to control voice and data communications equipment, radar facilities, computer systems, and visual display equipment at flight service stations. It registers aircraft and records documents of aircraft and administers aviation insurance programs. The FAA helps in developing aircraft, engines, and equipment and conduct aeromedical research and regulate and encourage the U.S. commercial space transportation industry. Atop, the company conducts research and develops systems for safe and effective air navigation and air traffic control.

Job Description


This position is located in the Western-Pacific Labor and Employee Relations (LER) Division, (AHL-W300) in a Regional Office. The incumbent serves as a HR Specialist (Labor & Employee Relations), technical advisor to management on the administration and operations of LER programs.

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The incumbent is responsible for the full range of employee relations and labor relations programs and activities. The incumbent researches and produces a wide range of original, written documents, including legal briefs and other advocacy materials. Other duties include but are not limited to the following tasks: Serves as technical authority and provides counsel and assistance to management about union/management relations and grievances, as well as disciplinary, performance-based and other adverse actions; Recommends appropriate actions and alternatives; Provides counsel and assistance to management and employees on all matters arising under the Agency's Accountability Board program; Provides counsel and assistance in administering a wide number of union contracts; Researches and interprets the Federal Labor Management Relations Statute and Merit Systems Protection Board case law; facilitates informal resolutions of grievances and ULPs; and serves as advocate in arbitration hearings and other Third Party Proceedings, including but not limited to Pre-arbitration Review (PAR) meetings. Additional duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to, maintaining data in the Labor and Employee Information System (LERIS) in accordance with Standard Operating Procedures.

At the H band level , the incumbent performs multiple and varying assignments under limited direction of a manager or more experienced professional. Acts as an individual contributor or team member, and may perform some leadership functions on projects/programs within defined area of responsibility. Applies experience and advanced knowledge to plan and accomplish assignments, with considerable independence and good judgement demonstrated in prioritizing work assignments. Assists manager/team leader in utilizing resources to accomplish projects and activities. Communicates with sources both internal and external to the Agency. Although established policies/procedures provide some guidance for most assignments, ambiguities and fluctuations in policies/procedures create discretion for employee to select the most appropriate approach. The incumbent resolves most problems and works issues without assistance of manager or team leader.

At the I band level, incumbent performs multiple, varying and complex assignments under minimal direction of a manager, which includes but is not limited to the following: Acts as contributing specialist on large work activities or as a project manager or team leader for large projects/programs/activities. Applies experience and comprehensive knowledge to plan and conduct Labor and Employee Relations functional activities. May be called upon to communicate FAA positions on policies and procedures internally and externally. Develops and recommends approaches, techniques and analysis of novel situations. Work is rarely reviewed, typically through status reports and at project completion to ensure policy compliance and alignment with requirements.

Work activities typically support and may be vital to the success of projects or activities for one or more organizational units, major subdivisions, or Lines of Business' (LOB's). Work is reviewed periodically to ensure timeliness, policy compliance and quality. Strong communication skills are required for this position. The incumbent may perform other related duties as assigned.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - The job may require travel from time- to-time, but not on a regular basis. The travel may be for training or other work-related duties.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential



Conditions of Employment

  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Must submit an SF50 (See Required Documents)
  • Some, all or none of the applicants may be interviewed.
  • Qualifications

    To qualify for Pay Band FV-H, you must demonstrate that you possess at least 1 full year of specialized experience equivalent to FV-G or FG/GS 10/11 level.

    To qualify for Pay Band FV-I, you must demonstrate that you possess at least 1 full year of specialized experience equivalent to FV-H or FG/GS 12 level.

    Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. Specialized experience described must be in or related to the duties of the position.

    For the FV-H level specialized experience may include prior experience in handling labor and/or employee relations matters e.g., interpreting and applying provisions of collective bargaining agreements, facilitate resolutions of conflicts or complaints and experience in the preparation of discipline and conduct related actions.

    For the FV-I level specialized experience may include experience providing guidance and administering union contracts; and experience recommending course of actions for resolutions to grievance, conflict, and complaints.

    Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.


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    Make sure your resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications and answers to the job questionnaire.

    Additional information

    We may use this vacancy to fill other similar vacant positions.
    Position may be subject to a background investigation.
    A one-year probationary period may be required.
    The person selected for this position may be required to file a financial disclosure statement within 30 days of entry on duty. FAA policy limits certain outside employment and financial investments in aviation-related companies.

    As a part of the Federal-Wide Hiring Reform Initiative (streamlining the hiring process), the FAA is committed to eliminating the use of the Knowledge, Skills and Ability (KSA) narratives from the initial application in the hiring process for all announcements. Therefore, as an applicant for this announcement, you are NOT required to provide a narrative response in the text box listed below each KSA.

    In lieu of providing a KSA narrative response in the text box listed below each Knowledge, Skill and Ability, in your work history, please include information that provides specific examples of how you meet the response level or answer you chose for each KSA. Your work history examples should be specific and clearly reflect the highest level of ability. Your KSA answers will be evaluated further to validate whether the level you selected is appropriate based on the work history and experience you provided. Your answers may be adjusted by a Human Resource Specialist as appropriate.

    Eligible applicants meeting the minimum qualification requirements and selective factor(s) if applicable, may be further evaluated on the KSA's listed in the announcement. Based on this evaluation, applicants will be placed in one of the following categories: score order, category grouping, or alphabetical and referred to the selecting official for consideration.

    The position may be filled at the FV-H or FV-I level.

    This is not a bargaining unit position.

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    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    IMPORTANT: Applicants may be rated on the extent and quality of experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of the position(s). All answers provided in the on-line process must be substantiated. Ensure that your application package/resume supports your responses.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Not Required

    Drug test required


    Required Documents

    Applicants must apply on-line to receive consideration for this vacancy announcement. Faxed, mailed or e-mailed applications cannot be accepted.

    Only supplemental documentation, e.g. SF-50 or veteran's documentation will be accepted in combination with your on-line application. These documents must be uploaded or faxed to 424-405-7365 on or before the closing date of this announcement. All submitted documents should reference the announcement number.

    Applicants claiming eligibility for the Expanded Veterans Hiring Opportunity (EVHO), MUST submit a DD Form 214 reflecting character of service to verify eligibility by the closing date of the announcement as requested by the Human Resource Office. Eligibility for EVHO will be considered based on applicable documentation submitted by the closing date.

    If you are a current or former Federal employee (including a current FAA employee), you MUST provide a copy of your SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) containing information in Blocks 15, 17, 18, 19, 22, and 24 so it can be used to verify your position title, series, grade, tenure, and organization of record by the closing date of the announcement. You may fax your SF-50 or upload it into the on-line application. If faxing the SF-50, please ensure you include the vacancy announcement number on the faxed copy.

    If you are a current Federal employee and need a current copy of your SF-50, please contact your personnel office. If you are an FAA employee, you can access and print your SF-50 from the eOPF system https://eopf.opm.gov/dot/. If you are a former Federal employee, you can obtain a copy of your SF-50 by writing the National Personnel Records Center Annex, 1411 Boulder Boulevard, Valmeyer, IL 62295. Additional information is available from this link: http://www.archives.gov/st-louis/civilian-personnel/.

    Expanded Veterans Hiring Opportunity (EVHO) are thoseveterans who are honorably discharged from the Armed Forces after completing at least three (3) years of continuous active service.Applicants claiming eligibility for EVHO, MUST submit a DD Form 214 reflecting character of service to verify eligibility by the closing date of the announcement as requested by the Human Resource Office. Eligibility for EVHO will be considered based on applicable documentation submitted by the closing date.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    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.

    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.


    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

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    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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    • Interpret and explain human resources policies, procedures, laws, standards, or regulations.
    • Hire employees and process hiring-related paperwork.
    • Maintain current knowledge of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and affirmative action guidelines and laws, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
    • Prepare or maintain employment records related to events, such as hiring, termination, leaves, transfers, or promotions, using human resources management system software.


    • Reading ComprehensionUnderstanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
    • Active ListeningGiving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
    • WritingCommunicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
    • SpeakingTalking to others to convey information effectively.


    • Administration and ManagementKnowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
    • ClericalKnowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
    • Customer and Personal ServiceKnowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
    • Personnel and Human ResourcesKnowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.

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