Hr Specialist (Employee & Labor Relations)

Internal Revenue Service | Riverside, CA

Posted Date 11/22/2022
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Vacancies will be filled in the following specialty areas:
Human Resource Operations Labor/Employee Relations and Negotiations

The following are the duties of this position at the full working level. If this vacancy includes more than one grade and you are selected at a lower grade level, you will have the opportunity to learn to perform these duties and receive training to help you grow in this position.

As a top senior expert, serves as personal advisor to and/or representative of top-level management in the most sensitive/controversial discussions and negotiations with representatives of the NTEU (National Treasury Employees Union). Receives and acts on labor organization requests for bargaining unit contract negotiations. Conducts Impact and Implementation (I & I) analysis and bargaining as appropriate. Develops strategies to incorporate Service-wide policies in negotiations with impacted NTEU chapters. Reviews existing local program guidance/management issues and develops long/short range plans for negotiations with NTEU chapters and works with management to integrate strategies developed with the local management agenda.

Serves as the authoritative resource in the field to top-level management for all phases of the employee and labor relations programs. Provides expert employee and labor relations interpretations and decisions to senior HR supervisors and managers to resolve disputes and interpret facts, events, and/or identifying aggravating or mitigating factors relevant to cases. Explains ambiguous rules and procedures and helps support customers by understanding their rights and obligations; maintains and encourages objectivity in situations that may be charged with emotion and involve assumptions; resolves disputed facts, including those which require expert level determinations for which previous studies and established techniques are frequently inadequate. Advises management about appropriate disciplinary or other corrective techniques to respond to a full range of conduct and performance issues. Advises management officials and supervisors on the performance management program, giving specific directions as needed on procedural and complex procedural and regulatory requirements for annual and other appraisals; explains requirements for developing, modifying, and issuing performance plans; preparing performance improvement plans; and initiating performance-based actions.

Utilizes legal research methods, information gathering techniques, and analytical skills sufficient to locate, interpret, and analyze for applicability and appropriateness, precedent and substantive decisions, and/or legal opinions that various courts and administrative bodies have rendered. Maintains expert knowledge of employee and labor relations practices and policies through extensive review of FLRA (Federal Labor Relations Authority), FSIP (Federal Service Impasses Panel), OPM (Office of Personnel Management), OGC (Office of General Counsel), and MSPB (Merit Systems Protection Board) issuances and decisions, the contract, case law, policies, and precedents. Develops and issues Service-wide program guidance relative to changes in case law, policy, and strategy.

Federal experience is not required. The experience may have been gained in the public sector, private sector or Volunteer Service. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-timework is considered on a prorated basis.
To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week, on your resume.

You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement:

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: GS-13 LEVEL: You must have 1 year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes:

- Demonstrated experience applying a full range of labor relations and employee relations law, theories, principles, and practices with an understanding of the full range interrelationships of human resources management programs sufficient to provide integrated solutions to labor and employee relations problems/issues.
- In depth knowledge of IRS/NTEU Agreement (or other collective bargaining/union agreements) in order to advise and assist management in the interpretation/execution of the contract and other agreements.
- Extensive knowledge of principles and methods used in collective bargaining, including negotiating strategies, interest/position based bargaining processes, and dispute resolution sufficient to articulate and facilitate management interests.
- Knowledge of communicative techniques in order to meet and deal tactfully and persuasively with others to resolve issues which are often controversial and sensitive in nature and to maintain harmonious relationships with all parties.
- Expert skills in consulting and facilitation techniques and methods.


MEET TIME IN GRADE (TIG) REQUIREMENT: Under merit promotion procedures, Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade to satisfy time-in-grade restrictions contained in 5 CFR 300, Subpart F. Time is credited based on calendar time served in a grade, regardless of the number of days or hours worked. If you currently hold or have previously held a position at the same (or equivalent) or higher grade/level in the Federal government as of this announcement, you will meet the TIME IN GRADE REQUIREMENTS.


TIME AFTER COMPETITIVE APPOINTMENT: By the closing date specified in this job announcement, current civilian employees must have completed at least 90 days of federal civilian service since their latest non-temporary appointment from a competitive referral certificate, known as time after competitive appointment. For this requirement, a competitive appointment is one where you applied to and were appointed from an announcement open to "All US Citizens".

For more information on qualifications please refer to OPM's Qualifications Standards.

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