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Justice, Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System Human Resources Specialist (Human Resource Manager - Trainee) in Phoenix, Arizona


Why work for the Federal Bureau of Prisons? You can have a meaningful career with an agency that truly values a diverse workforce. You will find a diverse workforce employed from entry level jobs to senior management positions. We protect public safety by ensuring federal offenders serve their sentences of imprisonment in facilities that are safe, humane, and provide reentry programming. Employees at correctional facilities perform correctional work regardless of their specific occupation.


This is a developmental position in a formal trainee program which provides entry at other than the full performance level and development for future assignment as a Human Resource Manager. The program includes a period to familiarize the incumbent with the administrative and managerial functions of the Human Resource Manager position. (Selectee will remain in the trainee program from 12 to 24 months.)

The Human Resource Manager Trainee will provide assistance to the Human Resource Manager (HRM) in advising the Warden in matters relating to the management of the Human Resource Department.

Primary responsibilities include local labor management negotiations, disciplinary and adverse actions, and grievance procedures; staffing (recruitment, requesting certificates of eligibles, interviewing, and pre-employment processing) and workforce projections; career counseling; the performance evaluation and incentive awards programs; time and attendance, leave administration, and compensation; and employee development functions. Specific training functions will include: providing and coordinating local training, tracking mandatory training compliance and evaluations, the mentoring program, and the training needs assessment/annual training plan.

Along with all other correctional institution employees, incumbent is charged with responsibility for maintaining security of the institution. The staff correctional responsibilities precede all others required by this position and is performed on a regular and recurring basis.


Conditions of Employment

U.S. Citizenship is Required.

See Special Conditions of Employment Section.

The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the Department of Justice with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your Department of Justice component has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP eligibility, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and score 85 or better on established ranking criteria. You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application. Additional information about CTAP eligibility is at: Click Here


To be considered for the position, you must meet the following qualification requirements:


Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related.

Graduate education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position.



You must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. To be creditable, this experience must have equipped the applicant with the particular qualifications to perform successfully the duties of the position, and must typically be in or related to the position to be filled.

Some examples of this qualifying experience are:  Experience working with a Human Resource program for an organization with a variety of administrative and professional occupations. 

Experience providing guidance on human resource programs and issues to employees. 

As a human resource representative, experience reviewing employment applications, interviewing and processing applicants and/or new employees, assisting employees in resolving employment issues and coaching and/or instructing employees. OR

Combination of Education and Experience:

Have a combination of education and experience. This experience must have equipped you with the specific qualifications to perform the major duties of this position as described above.

Credit will be given for paid and unpaid experience. To receive proper credit, you must show the actual time (such as number of hours worked per week) spent in the activities.

Your eligibility for consideration will be based on your responses to the questions in the application.


See Qualifications Section for education requirements, if applicable.ONLY if education is a requirement/substitution for specialized experience, applicant MUST upload legible transcripts as verification of educational requirement. Transcripts MUST be uploaded and electronically linked from USAJOBS at the time you apply and MUST include identifying information to include School Name, Student Name, Degree and Date Awarded (if applicable). All academic degrees and coursework must be completed at a college or university that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, Click Here. Foreign Education: For information regarding foreign education requirements, please see Foreign Diploma and Credit Recognition at the U.S. Department of Education website: Recognition of Foreign QualificationsIf you are selected for this position and qualified based on education (i.e. basic education requirement and/or substitution of education), you will be required to provide an OFFICIAL transcript prior to your first day on duty.

Additional Information

This position IS NOT included in the bargaining unit.In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 3307, a maximum entry age of 36 has been established for initial appointment to a position in a Bureau of Prisons institution.The representative rate for this position is $72,942 per annum ($34.95 per hour). Special Conditions of Employment Section:The incumbent is subject to geographic relocation to meet the needs of the agency. Appointment is subject to satisfactory completion of a urinalysis, physical, and background investigation. All applicants are subject to National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and credit checks. All applicants not currently working in an institution will be required to complete a qualification inquiry regarding convictions of misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence in order to be authorized to carry a firearm.The Core Value Assessment (CVA) is an in-person assessment that must be facilitated at a Bureau of Prisons Human Resource Servicing office. On the day of the scheduled interview, a CVA will be administered. The applicant assessment must be completed within a 70 minute time period and a passing score must be obtained. Further employment consideration will not be extended if the applicant fails to complete the examination or fails to achieve a passing score. Note: The Core Value Assessment will not be administered to current BOP employees.Successful completion of the "Introduction to Correctional Techniques," three-week training course at Glynco, Georgia is required.The addresses listed on the USAJOBS account/resume must be the primary residence at the time of application. You may be required to provide proof of residence.Additional selections may be made if vacancies occur within the life of the certificate.

MOBILITY STATEMENT: A mobility statement is required for this position. Upon successful completion of the Human Resource Manager Trainee Program, the trainee may be non-competitively placed in a GS-11/12, Human Resource Manager position. Upon successful completion of the Human Resource Manager Trainee Development Program Plan, the HRM trainee may be relocated to an institution designated to be "in need". Trainee will be relocated within the region where their training was completed, and will not be relocated involuntarily outside of that region. The Human Resource Manager trainee may voluntarily apply to a vacancy inside or outside the region where their training was completed.

Training period for this position is expected not to exceed 24 months. If trainee is unable to satisfactorily complete the required training, the incumbent (BOP employee's only) may be returned to their former position and pay.