Assistant Human Resources Officer

Department of Veterans Affairs
Full time Full day
Salem, VA

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The Assistant Human Resources Officer (Senior Strategic Human Resources Business Partner) reports directly to the VISN Chief Human Resources Officer and contributes to overall VISN performance by providing tactical and strategic consulting on people and organization development strategies in support of business objectives at a designated VISN facility. The SSBP position may be responsible for covering more than one facility withing their VISN.

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The duties of the position include but are not limited to:

  • Providing expert management consultative service involving the full spectrum of HR functions (e.g., recruitment and placement, employee performance, and conduct issues) on highly complex issues.

  • Serving as the primary strategic advisor between local leadership and VISN HR Operations, effectuating local strategic goals and metrics through expert management consultation in talent management and workforce and succession planning.

  • Acting as change agent to business through process redesign and approaches that support change and transformation.

  • Analyzing trends and metrics to develop solutions and providing day-to-day consultation to leadership on a variety of actions to include employee relations issues, policy interpretation and application, talent management and development, and organizational design consultation.

  • Serving as a key member in various VISN committees and activities, working directly with leadership to develop an HR strategy that closely supports and facilitates meeting local organizational goals.

  • Providing guidance and advice to mangers and leaders on employee engagement.

Work Schedule: Full Time, Mon-Fri, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Virtual: This is not a virtual position.

Telework: Available to highly qualified applicants

Compressed Tour: Available

Position Description/PD#: Assistant Human Resources Officer/PD99991A

Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: May be authorized for highly qualified applicants

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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0201 Human Resources Management

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Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job

  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

  • You may be required to serve a probationary period

  • Subject to background/security investigation

  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 10/09/2020.

Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-14 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-13. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one-year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one-year time-in-grade.

Selective Placement Factors will be used to rate applicants for this position. Applicants who do not possess the experience will be rated as not qualified for the position.

Selective Placement Factors

Extensive knowledge in Federal Civilian Human Resources Management in the following areas: employee relations consultation; strategic talent acquisition and management (staffing); policy interpretation, application, and implementation; and performance and compensation management consultation. (This experience must reflect in your resume)

In addition to the Selective Placement Factors above and time in grade, you may qualify for the position based on your experience as described below:

  • Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-13 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: progressively responsible managerial/administrative experience planning, directing, coordinating, and providing internal evaluation of a health care system's Human Resources Management Program; serving as advisor and consultant to executive leadership; formulating and implementing human resources polices involving recruitment, staffing and placement, position management and classification, pay administration, employee and labor relations, employee training and development, employee recognition programs, employee health programs; and providing advice/guidance to management/supervisors on human resource management principles, techniques and acceptable practices, as well as technical advice on propriety of statutory, regulatory and procedural requirements.

You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:

  • Communications

  • Personnel and Human Resources

  • Planning and Evaluating

  • Strategic Thinking

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.

Physical Requirements: The work is primarily sedentary, although some slight physical effort may be required.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at


There is no educational substitution at this grade level.

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