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Bonneville Power Administration Human Resources Specialist in Portland, Oregon


This position is located in the BPA Human Resources Service Center (NH).

This position serves as theQuality Assurance Specialist for HR functional program areas.


As a Human Resources Specialist, you will: Serve as an Evaluator and Quality Assurance/Control HR Specialist for concept development efforts or projects to accomplish specific program objectives in any of the HR functional specialties.

Serve as an advocate in presenting results and recommendations to the Deputy Human Resources Director for consideration.

Develop and administer on-going BPA HRSC evaluations/assessments to the current state of delivery and execution of all applicable laws, rules, regulations and procedures pertaining to processing, job classification and staffing.

Develop and adjust evaluation criteria consistent with changes and new developments in the program area.

Serve as the HCMAP Liaison for the BPA HRSC.

Serve as a Delegated Examining (DE) Subject Matter Expert (SME) and coordinate and execute DE-related projects and audits.

Serve as the BPA HRSC SME within the HCMAP for all matters dealing with the Staffing or PMC function.

Collect, review and analyze programmatic information and data to identify deficiencies in all levels of management.

Develop, execute and manage surveys and/or other quantitative tools.

Coordinate any survey results with the BPA Compliance Office and may be required to brief the BPA HRSC leadership on audit results.

Provide written findings and recommendations with corrective actions and may develop attitude questionnaires and statistical summarization of results.

Write reports of evaluation findings, including identifying systemic issues.

Coordinate and train BPA HRSC staff on audit methodology and the effective and proper use of automation tools to include, but not limited to, Hiring Management, etc.

Perform other duties as assigned.


Conditions of Employment

You must be a United States Citizen.

This employer participates in the e-Verify program.

Males must abide by Selective Service registration requirements.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS: When you apply you will be asked a series of questions to determine your eligibility for employment and your qualification for this position specifically. You must answer all of these questions completely and truthfully.

This position has been designated as requiring a PUBLIC TRUST background. A preliminary background check must be completed before a new employee can begin work. Current Federal employees or other individuals with an existing completed background investigation may not be required to undergo another background check.



A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-12) in the Federal Service.

Specialized Experience is defined as experience in: (1) providing authoritative advice and consultative services to other HR personnel and management related to federal human resources (i.e., staffing, recruitment and placement, classification, performance management) in order to foster understanding/acceptance of findings and recommendations; and 2) participating and conducting HR quality reviews, audits or similar assessment programs for the purpose of assessing the current state of assigned programs.

There is no substitution of education for experience at the GS-13 level.

Your resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies (KSACs). Do not provide a separate narrative written statement. Rather, you must describe in your resume how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the KSACs identified below. Cite specific examples of employment or experience and describe how this experience has prepared you to successfully perform the duties of this position. Attention to Detail:Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.

Auditing:Knowledge of generally accepted auditing standards and procedures for conducting financial and compliance, economy and efficiency, and program audits.

Compliance:Knowledge of procedures for assessing, evaluating, and monitoring programs or projects for compliance with Federal laws, regulations, and guidance.

Influencing and Negotiating:Persuades others to accept recommendations, cooperate, or change their behavior; work with others towards an agreement; negotiates to find mutually acceptable solutions.

Interpersonal Skills:Shows understanding, friendliness, courtesy, tact, empathy, concern, and politeness to others; develops and maintains relationships with others; may include effectively dealing with individuals who are difficult, hostile, or distressed; relates well to people from varied backgrounds and different situations; is sensitive to cultural diversity, race, gender, disabilities, and other individual differences.

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.

Problem Solving:Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.

Quality Assurance:Knowledge of the principles, methods, and tools of quality assurance and quality control used to ensure a product fulfills functional requirements and standards.

Written Communication:Writes in a clear, concise, organized, and convincing manner for the intended audience. "Experience" refers to paid and unpaid experience. Examples of qualifying unpaid experience may include: volunteer work done through National Service programs (such as Peace Corps and AmeriCorps); as well as work for other community-based philanthropic and social organizations. Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills; and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.Time-in-Grade: Current Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement to receive consideration.CTAP candidates: To be considered "well qualified" you must meet all of the requirements as described in this section.You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


There are no specific education requirements or substitution of education for experience for this position.

Additional Information

The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit the links at the bottom of this page or visit the FedsHireVets website.

More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.

Some positions may require completion of a probationary period of up to 1 (one) year.

Many positions require successful completion of a background investigation.

All males born after December 31st 1959 must abide by laws regarding Selective Service registration. To learn more about this law, visit the Selective Service web page, Who Must Register. If you are not registered and don't have an approved exemption, you will not be eligible for employment with the Federal government. EEO Policy: Accommodation Policy: Information: Service Registration:

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We also understand the importance of work/life balance and offer a variety of programs and policies designed to create more flexible, responsive work environments supportive of commitments to community, home and family members. BPA also supports employees’ overall wellness through its Be Well program, which helps employees adopt healthier lifestyles and feel better about their work/life balance. The program supports five key areas of life: career, community, financial, physical and social.