HR Specialist (Employee Benefits)

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Department of Defense
United States Citizens Permanent Full Time
The National Guard is the oldest component of the Armed Forces of the United States. Since the earliest American colonial days, citizens have joined for collective defense. We have a proud tradition of coming to the aid of our friends and neighbors in times of serious emergencies. Join our National Guard team and serve your nation, your States and your community!
Type of Appointment : This is a Career/Career-Conditional Appointment and does NOT require membership in a compatible military assignment in the Army or Air National Guard. This is a full-time, non-dual status, competitive, permanent position.
Veterans Information : Veterans' preference is not applicable to Technicians employed under Title 32 USC 709 (b).
Organizational Structure : This position is located within the Human Resources Office (HRO) in Nashville, TN. The purpose of this position is to provide technical, procedural and evaluative assistance in the area of employee benefits for both Army and Air National Guard organizations.
U.S. citizenship is required. You must submit your resume and supporting documents (see "How to Apply"). Direct Deposit is mandatory in this agency.
As a Human Resources Specialist (Employee Benefits), you will:
Provide technical guidance and procedural assistance to managers, supervisors, and employees in executing a variety of employee benefits programs, which may include workers' compensation, retirement, health and life benefits, Thrift Savings Program (TSP), etc;
Investigate facts and develop cases relative to on-the-job injuries, illnesses, processes non-routine and routine claims;
Assist in administering the retirement programs for technicians desiring to retire under any of the retirement systems;
Compose letters or summaries relating to a variety of employee benefit matters;
Develop, modify, and conduct presentations of basic and/or refresher training in employee benefit procedures such as workers' compensation, retirement, TSP, etc.
To qualify for this position, you must have: A. One year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-07 level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors) and provided the knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the duties of this position. Specialized experience may have been demonstrated by investigate facts and develop cases relative to on-the-job injuries, illnesses, processes non routine and routine claims; advise supervisors and employees on regulatory requirements of the employee benefit programs; review workers' compensation and/or injury claims and medical documents; and provide counseling to management, employees, retirees, and family members on the complex retirement insurance benefits, entitlements/options.
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B. A master's or equivalent graduate degree or two years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. An academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. This determination is made based on normal course loads for a full year of study in the graduate program. If that information cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours or 27 quarter hours will satisfy the one year of full-time study requirement.
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C. A combination of graduate education and specialized experience. To combine education and experience, determine the applicant's total qualifying experience as a percentage of the experience required for the grade level. Then determine the applicant's education as a percentage of the education required for the grade level. Finally, add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify.
Your resume must have complete information: Please ensure your resume accurately reflects the duties and responsibilities under each position you have held with each employer. In describing you experience, please be clear and specific. It is your responsibility to make sure your resume states complete information for each job entry (beginning and ending dates of employment stated as MM/YYYY; and total hours worked per week). If your resume does not provide enough information regarding your work history for us to make a creditable qualification determination, your application package may be rendered disqualified and you will no longer be considered for this position.
_Part-time or unpaid experience:_ Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid work on the same basis as for paid experience. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. To receive credit for such experience you must indicate clearly the nature of the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the number of hours per week spent in such employment.
_Qualifications_ must be met by the closing date: You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements by Wednesday, July 30, 2014.
When there is a positive education requirement, or you are using education to qualify as a substitution for experience, transcripts (unofficial) are required at the time of application to verify that you meet the educational requirement or substitution.
Only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education may be credited. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: .
Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: .
Condition of Employment:
This position meets the criteria of a Non-Dual Status Management Plan as follows: The position resides within the infrastructure and support functions of the state National Guard; the incumbent is not subject to mobilization, nor is the work described part of the military mission; and the incumbent does not perform a key advisory or essential administrative role that is inherently military. In addition, the position must meet one of the following: It does not have a comparable military function; the position is required in full-time (civilian) role when the organization, or similar military position, is mobilized to perform continuing post-mobilization functions; or the position requires a skill or competency that necessitates technical expertise or professional qualifications that cannot be readily found in the military structure of the state military force.
Work Schedule - 7:00 am to 3:30 pm.
Comp time in lieu of over time used.
Additional travel may be required for training.
Position may be filled sooner if all requirements are met.
Category Rating: Your application will be evaluated and rated under Category Rating selection procedures. Once the application process is complete, a review of your qualifications will be conducted to determine if you are qualified for this job. Qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category. The quality categories are: Highly Qualified, Well Qualified and Qualified.
Your rating will be based on both your entire application package as well as the responses to the assessment questionnaire. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.
All applicants' qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, and abilities):
Knowledge of, and skill in applying fundamental HR management methods, principles and practices
Ability to interpret and analyze basic issues of fact and law
Ability to communicate orally
Ability to communicate in writing
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Please note that if, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your rating can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities, or you may lose consideration for this position.
If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.
To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.
The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 to receive consideration.
To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, , select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes:
1. Resume
2. A complete Occupational Assessment Questionnaire
3. Unofficial College Transcripts are required at the time of application when education is used to meet the basic education requirement and/or when you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education as a substitution for experience. If selected you may be required to produce official transcripts before being appointed. Failure to provide transcripts will result in an ineligible rating.
You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.
NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.
Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:
If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):
1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 1141151 .
2. Fax your documents to .
If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.
To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:
1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire .
2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items .
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to . Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
Once the online questionnaire is received, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your application and supporting documentation, you may be referred to the hiring official. If your name is referred to the hiring official, you may be contacted directly by that office for a possible interview. To view the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account, , select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. These links provide an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees: or .
The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be rated well-qualified by placing in the Highly Qualified or Well Qualified category for this vacancy. Additional information about ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at .
Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see ).

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