Human Resources Specialist (Recruitment)

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Human Resources


The Office of Human Resources (OHR) has an opening on its recruitment team for a detail opportunity for 120 days from the date of assignment with further extensions possible. The recruitment team develops plans, programs and materials to support NHTSA recruitment goals. A primary focus of recruitment efforts is on STEM job positions, however recruitment activities support all offices within the agency.

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The Recruitment Specialist will: 

  • Work directly with senior leadership and managers to formulate strategies in the development and implementation of recruitment and outreach programs to meet future critical workforce needs. Coordinate planning efforts for strategic hiring events and programs. Represent NHTSA at recruitment events and develop new recruitment resources, such as brochures or other materials.
  • Conduct research on social media and online strategies to improve outreach for mission critical positions, and develop initiatives to complement current efforts. Also, conduct research to help develop effective strategies for reaching millennials.
  • Promote and support NHTSA participation in internship programs, such as the Secretarial Internship Program. Work with program managers to help ensure internships are meaningful and productive.
  • Develop and lead agency-wide efforts to implement employee retention programs. Work closely with training officers and other HR personnel to develop training resources that promote employee retention efforts.
  • Analyze trends in employment patterns and develop proposals to address challenges or gaps. Conduct research on retention tools used by other DOT OAs and determine feasibility of implementation at NHTSA.
  • The Ideal Candidate is a self-reliant skilled professional with experience and knowledge of recruitment concepts and principles. Prior recruitment experience is a plus. He/she will have strong communications and writing skills, be proficient in MS Excel and Word, and have the ability to work cooperatively across all areas of NHTSA and with other DOT OAs.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential



    Conditions of Employment

  • Must meet eligibility requirements.
  • Submit resume online by 5:00 PM EST on June 5, 2020
  • Provide all required documents by closing date
  •  PLEASE NOTE: No funding or temporary duty travel expenses will be paid for by the agency offering this detail opportunity. It is recommended that the successful candidate be physically located in the Washington, DC area.


    Please Note: This position is equivalent to a GS-13.


    Additional information

    EEO STATEMENT: The Department of Transportation (DOT) maintains a model federal work environment that is free of discrimination. DOT ensures equal employment opportunity for employees and applicants for employment, regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), genetic information, age, disability, sexual orientation, or protected activity.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE: PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.  Your resume must contain sufficiently detailed information upon which to make a qualification determination. Please ensure that your resume contains specific information such as position titles, beginning and ending dates of employment for each position, and average number of hours worked per week. You should also provide the position series and grade level. 

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance


    Drug test required


    Required Documents

    The following documents must be provided with your resume by the closing date:

    Required for ALL Applicants

  • RESUME: All interested candidates must submit a resume, most recent performance appraisal, current SF 50, and a statement addressing their interest in this detail opportunity as well as their applicable skills, experience, and background for the detail opportunity.
  • PERFORMANCE APPRAISALS/INCENTIVE AWARDS: lf applicable, performance appraisals and/or Incentive award documentation may be submitted and will be forwarded to the selecting official as support in consideration of your application in the evaluation process. To receive due weight, you must submit a recent performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) showing the official rating of record, signed by a supervisor, or statement why the performance appraisal is unavailable (do not submit a performance plan) and/or incentive award documentation dated within the last 18 months (i.e. superior performance awards, special act or achievement awards, quality step increases, etc.).
  • 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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