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Posted by: U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission on May 08, 2023


Rockville , MD 20852

Job Description:


The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proud to be ranked among the best places to work for compensation, work-life balance, and performance for mid-sized agencies in the Federal Government. We've earned our top ratings by creating a work environment rich in opportunity, diversity, leadership training, teamwork, and work life balance. Help guide our nation into the next generation of nuclear safety! Begin a challenging career with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission where you can be part of a select group of professionals who protect people and the environment with the peaceful use of nuclear materials in medicine, industry, and research.

This position is located in the Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer, Workforce Management and Benefits Branch, NRC Headquarters, Rockville, MD.


As a Human Resources Specialist (Benefits), GG-0201-11, you will be responsible for:

• Serving as a benefits consultant in the Workforce Management and Benefits Branch (WMBB) and participates in the development and accomplishment of plans and special projects related to the technical support of the division and the services rendered to the customers.
• Resolving insurance problems and issues that requires knowledge of Federal insurance/benefits laws and regulations.
• Interpreting and applying current regulations, policies, and procedures advising employees and managers regarding all retirement programs.
• Preparing findings, recommending corrective actions, or assessing progress in accomplishing changes approved by higher levels of management.
• Counseling and advising employees regarding the immediate and long-term advantages of participating in the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), procedures for enrolling, and changing or cancelling TSP participation.
• Providing detailed information and guidance to assist employees making informed decisions regarding their retirement.
• Assisting employees in completing retirement applications, ensuring all documentation is accurate and submitted within required deadlines.

As a Human Resources Specialist (Benefits), GG-0201-12, you will be responsible for:

• Serving as a HR Specialist performing benefits assignments in Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer (OCHCO), benefits consultant and on-site advisor to employees and managers.
• Responding to benefits questions, providing information necessary to help employees obtain maximum gains from available benefits.
• Providing individual, group, and senior level counseling on retirement options, eligibility requirements, health and life insurance, and Thrift Savings Plan issues.
• Explaining options to employees regarding military benefits, veterans’ preference, and prior Government service, and representing the agency in matters both in the public and private sector on benefits programs, including making presentations at retirement and benefits seminars.
• Processing claims for compensation and leave buybacks.
• Providing orientation, training, and seminars to headquarters on new federal benefits as well as establishing benefits such as health, life, Thrift Savings Plan, and the Flexible Spending Plans and Long-Term Care.
• Co-ordinating publications through the Agency announcement system on open seasons and other legislative changes in Federal benefits.


In order to qualify for this position, you must have at least one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade level in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector.

The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate the following:

• Knowledge of the principles, concepts, laws and regulations pertaining to Federal employee benefit programs.
• Skill in analyzing and interpreting law, rule and regulation related to complex federal benefit programs and the ability to lead efforts in addressing and resolving issues in the administration of such programs.
• Ability to communicate complex and technical issues related to employee benefits verbally and in writing to all levels within the Agency.
• Ability to plan and administer a full range of employee benefit services to NRC employees at all grade levels.
• Ability to utilize information technology, automated personnel systems, and software applications.
FOR GG-11: One year of specialized experience at the GG-09 grade level or equivalent.
• Experience applying analytical, qualitative, and quantitative techniques sufficient to identify, evaluate and recommend appropriate interventions to management to resolve complex retirements /benefits problems and issues.
• Experience applying techniques for developing new or modified retirements /benefits work methods, approaches, or procedures for delivering effective services to clients.
• Experience researching, interpreting, and applying HR laws, regulations, Executive Orders, policies, practices, and techniques pertaining to the Benefits Program.

FOR GG-12: One year of specialized experience at the GG-11 grade level or equivalent.


• Experience researching, interpreting, and applying HR laws, regulations, Executive Orders, policies, practices, and techniques pertaining to the Benefits Program.
• Experience applying written and oral communication techniques sufficient to develop and deliver briefings, project papers, reports, proposed or final actions and correspondence to senior executives for the purpose of fostering understanding and acceptance of findings and recommendations or to effect final benefits program actions.
• Experience applying, Federal retirement laws, regulations, principles, practices, and procedures sufficient to make retirement determinations involving hard to prove medial impairments; decide similarly obscure special entitlement matters; and prepare sensitive correspondence on complex, delicate, or highly contested case matters and retirement determinations.

A description of how you possess the specialized experience as well as how you meet the qualifications desired in an ideal candidate should be addressed in your resume.

How to Apply

Visit www.nrc.gov Review the NRC Career Opportunities page, click on “Apply Now” then “Search for New Opportunities” and click on “view a list of current NRC vacancies, please visit USAJobs EXIT.” Find the Human Resources Specialist (Benefits) Job Announcement Number OCHCO/HROP-2023-0012 and apply on-line by May 17, 2023.

Note: See the official Job Announcement for a complete description of who may apply for this opportunity (i.e., Current Federal employees, Individuals with Disabilities, Veterans, etc.). We strongly encourage you to read the entire announcement before you submit your application for this position so that you correctly submit all necessary materials and documentation, online, per the How to Apply section of the official announcement. If you are viewing this opportunity after May 17th please visit NRC’s website and discover additional opportunities for which you might be interested.

Education Level:

High school or ged

Pay Rate:

$80,000 to $100,000

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About U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is an independent agency that was established by the Energy Reorganization Act of 1974 and began operations in 1975. NRC’s mission is to license and regulate the Nation’s civilian use of radioactive materials to provide reasonable assurance of adequate protection of public health and safety and to promote the common defense and security and to protect the environment. In carrying out its mission it exercises the following vision: Demonstrate the Principles of Good Regulation (independence, openness, efficiency, clarity, and reliability) in performing our mission. NRC’s scope of responsibility includes: the regulation of commercial nuclear power plants, research and test reactors, nuclear fuel cycle facilities, medical, academic, and industrial uses of radioactive materials; the decommissioning of these facilities and sites; and, the transport, storage, and disposal of radioactive materials and wastes. NRC issues licenses for civilian uses of radioactive materials, oversees the licensees, and certifies standard nuclear reactor designs and spent fuel storage casks and transportation packages. It also licenses the import and export of radioactive materials; participates in international nuclear activities, including multilateral and bilateral safety and security activities; and works closely with its international counterparts to enhance nuclear safety and security worldwide. To accomplish its overall mission NRC has identified two Strategic Goals—To ensure the safe and secure use of radioactive materials. We need a wide variety of administrative and technical staff to accomplish our objectives. We hire engineers, scientists, security specialists, information technology professionals, financial analysts, and a range of other occupations. We’re constantly looking for outstanding individuals at all levels – recent grads, mid-career professionals, and senior leaders.

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