Secretary of the Navy/Assistant for Administration (DON/AA) HUMAN RESOURCES SPECIALIST (EMPLOYEE BENEFITS) in Portsmouth, Virginia

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Amended to extend announcement closing date to March 19, 2018.

This assessment is for testing administration purposes. According to the Luevano Consent Decree, candidates being considered for certain positions must take the Administrative Careers With America assessment or equivalent and receive a passing score. This announcement is open to submit your application for consideration. Notice of Results will not be sent to applicants who complete this assessment. Please contact your local Human Resources Office if you have any questions about the actual position and pay for which you are being considered.

The selectee for this position will serve as a HR Specialist (Employee Benefits) GS-0201-07 KPP 11for the OCHR NORFOLK OPERATIONS CENTER.

Selectees are appointed to a position with promotion potential (e.g. selected at the GS-5 grade with potential to the GS-11). Incumbents may be non-competitively promoted to the next higher grade level after meeting all regulatory requirements, and upon the recommendation of management. Promotion is neither implied nor guaranteed.

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  • You will assist in relaying policy on the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS), Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS), Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), Federal Employee Health Benefits (FEHB) and Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance (FEGLI).
  • You will assist to prepare retirement annuity and service credit (civilian and military) computations utilizing GRB software.
  • You will utilize Defense Civilian Personnel Data Systems (DCPDS) and Defense Civilian Payroll System (DCPS) to update and process benefits transactions and research benefits information.
  • You will prepare standard operating procedures, letters, memos and emails.
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
  • Must be a US Citizen.
  • Must be determined suitable for federal employment.
  • Must participate in the direct deposit pay program.
  • New employees to the Department of the Navy will be required to successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit

To qualify for GS-07: Your resume must demonstrate that you have successfully completed one full year of graduate level education OR you have have successfully completed a bachelor's degree with superior academic achievement OR you have at least one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-05 grade level or pay band in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector. * Experience assisting with retirement/ employee benefits briefings for serviced employees utilizing practical knowledge of retirement, health and life insurance laws, regulations, and policies. * Experience using a data personnel system and payroll system to assist with processing personnel actions regarding retirement and/or employee benefits. * Experience with Microsoft Office systems to assist with administrative function of a retirement and benefits program.

OR you have a combination of education and experience that equates to one year of experience.

Additional qualification information can be found from the following Office of Personnel Management web site:

To preview this questionnaire and determine if your experience matches the skills required for this position, click on the following link:


If you are using education to meet all or part of the qualification requirements, you must submit a copy of your transcripts or an itemized list of college courses which includes equivalent information from the transcript (course title, semester/quarter hours, and grade/degree earned) in your resume. See OPM's General Policies for information on crediting education.

Applications will be accepted from students who expect to complete qualifying education within 9 months from the date of application. However, agencies are required to verify that the education has been completed successfully before any applicant can be appointed (report to work); therefore, your selection or start date may be impacted by proof and completion of all position requirements.

Additional information

This position may be subject to the Department of Defense Priority Placement Program.

A tentative offer of employment will be rescinded if the selectee fails to meet the pre-employment requirements, including failure to report to any of the scheduled appointments.

All qualifications and eligibility requirements must be met by the time your application is submitted and clearly documented in your resume.

Requirements will vary based on the position for which you have been selected. Please contact your local Human Resources office regarding specific position requirements (e.g., security clearance, work schedule, travel, certifications, etc.)

Documents submitted as part of the application package, to include supplemental documents, may be shared beyond the Human Resources Office. Some supplemental documents contain personal information such as SSN and DOB and some documents such as military orders and marriage certificates may contain personal information for someone other than you. You may sanitize these documents to remove said personal information before you submit your application. You may be asked to provide an un-sanitized version of the documents if you are selected to confirm your eligibility.

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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.

In order to qualify for this position, your resume must provide sufficient experience and/or education, knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the specific position for which you are being considered. Your resume is the key means we have for evaluating your skills, knowledge, and abilities as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to be clear and specific when describing your experience.

To be considered for this position, you must achieve a passing score on this assessment. You will be rated based on the information provided in your resume and responses to the Occupational Questionnaire, along with your supporting documentation to determine your ability to demonstrate the following competencies:


If after reviewing your resume and supporting documentation, a determination is made that you inflated your qualifications and/or experience, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities or you may be found ineligible/not qualified.

Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., professional, philanthropic, religious, 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.

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Background checks and security clearance
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Required Documents

You may be asked for additional supporting documentation to support your qualifications and eligibility.

ARE YOU AN ACTIVE DUTY SERVICE MEMBER? Active Duty Service Members are required to submit a statement of service printed on command letterhead and signed by the command. The statement of service must provide the branch of service, rate/rank, all dates of service, the expected date of discharge and anticipated character of service (Honorable, General, 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.

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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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How to Apply

Click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.

Complete assessment questionnaire. For a quick preview of the assessment questionnaire click here:

Failure to complete the assessment will result in an ineligible rating and loss of consideration.

You must compelte the assessment within 3 days of receiving the invitation to apply. Assessments received after this timeframe may result in loss of consideration.

Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account: select Application Status, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process so please plan appropriately.

If you are unable to take the assessment online contact Department of Navy EIC at and provide them with the invitation you received to take this assessment.

Do not email or send hard copy resumes/applications to the Contact Information or Agency Information listed in this assessment. All resumes/applications received at the addresses listed in the Contact Information or Agency Information will be destroyed.

It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that their assessments answers are accurate. HR will not modify answers submitted by an applicant.

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Agency contact information
Department of Navy EIC

(800) 378-4559




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Next steps

When the application process is complete, your application will be reviewed to determine if you meet the hiring eligibility and qualification requirements for which you requested consideration. You will be rated based on the information provided in your resume and responses to the questionnaire, along with your supporting documentation to determine your level of knowledge, skill, and ability related to the job requirements.

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Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.

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This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 03/12/2018 to 03/19/2018

Salary: $41,365 to $53,773 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 7

Work schedule: Full-Time

Appointment type: Permanent