• U.S. Department of the Interior
  • $155,790.00 -206,390.00/year*
  • Washington, DC
  • Human Resources
  • Full-Time
  • 715 Gallatin St NW

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  • Summary

    This position is located within the Department of the Interior, Office of the Secretary, Office of Human Capital, in Washington, DC. The incumbent will serve as a performance management and employee recognition program expert who will lead Department-wide special programs and projects.


    The major duties of this position include, but are not limited to the following:

    Develops and implements performance management and employee recognition policy for the Department of the Interior, ensuring programs align with effective employee engagement practices and are compliant with Department, OPM, and OMB policies; Executive Orders; Title 5 and other applicable sections of the U.S. Code.Serves as the performance management subject matter expert on any teams responsible for the implementation and maintenance of an automated performance management system, ensuring that the systems design reflects DOI performance management and employee recognition policy requirements and enhances manager/employee communication.Leads and conducts work groups, projects or special initiatives related to program or policy issues and legislative changes necessary to achieve broad policy shifts, operational enhancements, or mandated program changes.Assesses organizational needs and readiness with regard to performance management and employee recognition, makes recommendations on major changes in work plans or operations, defends the rationale for decisions, and negotiates compromises amongst stakeholders in DOI management.Provides interpretive advice and guidance to human resources specialists, attorneys and subordinate organizations on performance management and employee recognition.Determines need for, develops, and presents DOI-wide training, briefings, communications, and models for specific initiatives in assigned program areas.Conducts intra and inter-headquarters liaison meetings within the purview of DOIs performance management and employee recognition program.

    First time hires to the federal government typically start at the beginning salary in the range for their grade level.

    The Office of Secretary has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.

    This vacancy may be used to fill additional positions as vacancies become available.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Travel may be required occasionally.

  • Requirements


    Conditions of Employment

    You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation/determination You will be required to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit. You must submit ALL required documents and a completed questionnaire. You must be a U.S. Citizen.

    Selective Service:If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service system, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See.



    Applicants MUST meet ALL four (4) of the specialized experience below and your experience MUST be clearly written in your resume.

    Specialized Experience - To qualify for the GS-14, you must possess at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal service, or comparable experience not gained through Federal service. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Specialized experience is defined as demonstrated experience: (1) Applying expert knowledge of Federal human resources principles, regulations, policies, and practices to independently advise agency management officials on complex performance management and employee engagement matters, including strategies for writing performance plans and addressing poor performance; (2) Developing policies and guidance needed to implement and/or administer an organization-wide performance appraisal program/system; (3) Communicating (both orally and in writing) complex and technical human resources concepts and issues in a clear, concise, and logical manner to all levels within or outside an organization (e.g., employees, managers, and agency senior leadership); and (4) Leading and implementing complex human resources change initiatives or projects.

    All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

    Merit Promotion candidates must also meet Time-in-Grade requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

    Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions and is available at OPM's website:


    At the GS-14 grade level, you may not substitute education for experience.

    Additional information

    Applicants who include vulgar, offensive, or inappropriate language or information in their application package will be ineligible for further consideration for this position.

    The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.

    Important Note: All Department of the Interior (DOI) employees are subject to the conflict of interest restrictions imposed upon all employees of the Executive Branch of the Federal Government and may be required to file a Financial Disclosure Report. In addition, DOI employees, GS-15 and above, who work in the Office of the Secretary; along with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) employees (at ALL grade levels), are further restricted concerning their interests in Federal lands and resources administered or controlled by the Department of the Interior. This includes holding stock in energy corporations which lease Federal lands (e.g.: oil, gas, coal, alternative energy resources, etc.).If you have any such investments you should contact the DOI, BOEM or BSEE Ethics Office before accepting employment. DOI employees are held to the highest level of integrity. Employees must be objective and impartial in the performance of their work. All potential issues (e.g.: work-related interactions with friends, family members, or previous employers) must be disclosed at the time of application or during the interview process.

    NOTICE:This employer participates in E-Verify and will utilize your Form I-9 information to confirm you are authorized to work in the U.S.

    A preliminary background check must be completed before a new employee can begin work with the U.S. Department of the Interior. The preliminary background check consists of a search of Office of Personnel Management and Department of Defense background investigation files and an FBI National Criminal History Fingerprint Check; it may take up to 3 weeks to complete. If selected for this position, you will be extended a tentative offer of employment pending a satisfactory background check. Current Federal employees or individuals with an existing completed background investigation may not be required to undergo another background check; these will be handled on a case-by-case basis in coordination with the Bureau security office.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

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

    Once the application process is complete, we will review your application to ensure you meet the job requirements.To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume, supporting documentation and responses to theonline questionnaire will be made. Your responses to the online assessment will be used to measure the degree to which your background matches therequirements for this position. However, your resume must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. The best qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.

    Your answers to the on-line assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas:

    1) Program and Project Management Knowledge of performance management principles, methods, or tools for developing, coordinating, and managing programs, projects and resources, including technical performance. Ability to conduct studies independently and with team members and implement findings.

    2) Regulations and Guidance Expert knowledge of principles, concepts, laws, and regulations of federal human resources management and an understanding of the evolving public and private sector HR business processes and rules related to employee recognition, performance management, etc. Ability to advise managers and provide expert guidance to HR Specialists.

    3) Planning and Evaluating Organizes work, sets priorities, and determines objective and strategies; coordinates with other parts of the organization to accomplish goals; monitors and evaluates the progress and outcomes of operational plans; anticipates potential problems and resolves them.

    4) Oral Communication Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.

    5) Written Communication Expresses facts and ideas in writing in a succinct and organized manner.

    6) Technical Knowledge Expert knowledge in applying technical HR policy concepts to an automated system. Ability to use computer systems and applications and to analyze and communicate information in the appropriate format.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Drug test required


  • Required Documents

    Required Documents

    Your resume must contain information sufficient to make a valid determination that you fully meet the specialized experience requirements as stated in this vacancy announcement and OPM qualification standards for each grade level(s) for which you are applying. It is strongly recommended that you use the USAJobs Resume Builder as it was designed to ensure that your resume includes the standard information needed. The Resume Builder is available at

    Your application package must include: (1) Resume showing relevant experience as written in your own words; (2) Completed online Assessment Questionnaire; (3) Your most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, tenure, and duty station; and a past SF-50 showing your highest FPL position;(4) Certificates, license, etc.; (5) Form DD-214 OR VA letter and Standard Form 15, if eligible under VEOA or VRA; (6) Proof of eligibility if applying under a special appointing authority; (7) Current or former Government employees are strongly encouraged to submit a recent performance appraisal; (8)College transcript (if applicable) for verification of qualifying education. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.

    NOTE: Applicants claiming eligibility under VEOA or VRA, must submit acopy of yourDD-214, \"Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty,\" (Member 4 copy is preferred), showing the dates of active duty, type of discharge, and character of service (must be honorable); OR acceptable proof of verification of your preference (i.e., official document, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying that the veterans total combined serviced-connected disability rating is 10% or more).

    NOTE: Applicants claiming eligibility based on 30% or more service connected disability, you are required to submit documentation that is indicated on the as acceptable proof of verification of your preference (i.e., official document, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying that the veterans total combined serviced-connected disability rating is 30% or more.

    You will find additional information on the following topics: (1) e-Verify; (2) Selective Service; (3) CTAP/ICTAP; (4) Education accreditation; (5) Foreign education; (6) Veterans preference; (7) Special appointing authority documentation; and more can be found on our web site:

    If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, you must submit proof by the closing date of the announcement that you meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP or you will not receive priority consideration. The proof includes a copy of the agency notice, your most recent Performance Rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty station. To be considered well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, you must earn a minimum score of 85 or above (prior to the assignment of veteran's preference) on the rating criteria for this position.

    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 .

    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.

  • * The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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