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Human Resources Specialist III - Classification

Human Resources Specialist III - Classification

Job ID 5281
Job Location Suitland - MD
Category Human Resources
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time

The HR Specialist III - Classification provides position classification support to the U.S. Census Bureau’s (USCB) Human Resources Division (HRD).



Essential duties and responsibilities include the following.  Other duties may be assigned.


Responsible for the integration of CNI Core Competencies into daily functions, including: commitment to integrity, knowledge/quality of work, supporting financial goals of the company, initiative/motivation, cooperation/relationships, problem analysis/discretion, accomplishing goals through organization, positive oral/written communication skills, leadership abilities, commitment to Affirmative Action, reliability/dependability, flexibility and ownership/accountability of actions taken.

Consults with managers and/or SMEs to conduct job analysis.

Evaluates draft position descriptions against the appropriate OPM classification standards to determine the correct series, grade, and title, and to ensure position management guidelines are applied appropriately. 

Applies classification and position management principles that follow established procedures in the development and analysis of data facts. 

Establishes position descriptions and prepares comprehensive position evaluation statements that document classification decisions.

Maintains accurate competitive levels for all Census Bureau positions to ensure bureau wide accuracy and consistency.

Maintains accurate position sensitivity levels to ensure proper suitability for all Census Bureau, and Economic and Statistical Administration (ESA) positions.

Consults with the Employment and Compensation Branch (ECB) when making classification decisions to gain an understanding of a division’s or series history to ensure decisions are consistent with previous classification decisions and the Census Bureau’s policies. All final classification recommendations will be supported to allow final approval by the Task Manager, Assistant Task Manager, or other authorized member of the Government staff. 

Completes all appropriate forms relevant to the classification process (i.e. CD-516, which includes determining the competitive level, full performance level, position sensitivity level, etc.).

Reviews and updates position decisions to ensure they fully support the decisions and are in the proper format in accordance with OPM, DOC, and Census Bureau guidelines.
Performs desk audits, as directed.

Monitors various listing and PD databases to ensure consistency in the application of classification actions.

Participates in classification and position management workgroups.


Conducts an analysis of the delegation authority that exists for the Associate Directors for the 1530/1529/2210 series, General Service Grades 13 & 14 (Non-supervisory), and reports findings.

Leads special projects, such as the review/study of the Administrative Office positions to determine the current roles/responsibilities of the positions.

Reviews new OPM classification standards, and develops a plan of action for Census Bureau wide implementation. Ensures standard implementation in a timely manner.

Develops and conducts classification training for Census Bureau managers, ECB staff members and employees on an “as needed” basis.

Ensures ECB staff members are trained in classification matters and are aware of all changes and current developments in classification policy.

Responds to classification appeal requests form DOC and OPM.

Identifies workforce job requirements necessary to achieve the mission.

Participates in studies concerning organization-wide and government-wide hiring and staffing management issues. 

Assists with workforce restructuring activities.

Interprets and applies position classification standards to positions to determine the correct pay category, occupational series, title, and grade level.

Classifies positions and advises management on the efficient and effective use of human resources in the design of both positions and organizations.

Provides position management and organizational design advice and recommendations to agency managers.

Supports Strategic Workforce Planning activities.

Responsible for keeping own immediate work area in a neat and orderly condition to ensure safety of self and co-workers. Will report any unsafe conditions and/or practices to the appropriate supervisor and human resources. Will immediately correct any unsafe conditions as the best of own ability.

Bachelor’s degree preferred, or equivalent combination of education / experience.  Must have recently worked in this field within the last ten (10) years and have a minimum of five (5) years full-time experience with substantial knowledge of Government classification standards.





Comprehensive knowledge of Human Resources staffing and classification policies, procedures and methodologies with ability to accurately apply the Fair Labor Standards Act

Demonstrated knowledge of federal HR concepts, practices, laws, regulations, policies and precedents

Comprehensive operational knowledge of OPM classification standards, federal position classification, position management, organizational development and realignments

Ability to advise and assist management in accomplishing personnel management responsibilities

Extensive knowledge and expertise providing staffing guidance and operational services for the competitive job posting process

Extensive knowledge and expertise developing job analyses and assessment documents to support the hiring process

Skilled proficiency in the use of Microsoft Windows / Office programs (i.e., Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, etc.) 

Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Exceptional customer service and relationship-building skills

Ability to coordinate efforts with others to find mutually acceptable solutions for the successful achievement of goals

Detail-oriented with ability to organize work, set priorities and determine resource requirements

Ability to work effectively both independently and in a team environment


Ability to read, analyzed and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.  Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedural manuals.  Ability to effective present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and general public.  



Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference and volume.  Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.



Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form.  Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.