FBI Recruiting Agents &
Human Resource Specialists Needed to Manage
Many current openings are posted for HR professionals at salaries well into
six figures. These include vacancies for generalists and also specialties.
More HR professionals are needed to recruit and/or relocate employees.
In the last several years, Federal Agencies have made tens of thousands of new
hires to fulfill their part of the Federal Stimulus package. (More human
resource specialists and support personnel are need to help these new employees
adjust to the Federal workforce, receive training, find positions that are
appropriate to their skills and interest, achieve permanent schedules and work
HR workers are also needed to help re-locate, re-train or out-place employees
who may no longer be required in their present positions.
Hundreds of Openings
At present hundreds of openings are posted for HR professionals and support
personnel including personnel clerks and assistants.
Openings are occurring in many areas of the field. See below for Job Titles.
HR Job Titles
GS-0201 Human Resources Officer
GS-0201 Human Resource Specialist
GS-0203 Human Resource Assistant
GS-0260 Equal Employment Opportunity Manager
GS-0260 Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist
GS-0360 Equal Opportunity Compliance Specialist
The jobs are widely dispersed among Agencies and geographic areas. Once
established as a Federal HR professional these employees have many opportunities
for advancement and to transfer to other areas of the country or the world. See
list below for Agencies now hiring HR workers.
• Air Force
• Veterans Affairs
• Health & Human Services
Other Agencies regularly come and go from the list of employers seeking HR
Agencies hiring top level HR managers prefer prospects who already have some
Federal experience. However, even some of these jobs now appear to be open to
Most HR professionals earn over $50,000 per year. A number of current openings
pay in excess of $100,000. HR Clerks and Assistants generally earn from the high
$20,000's to $50,000 or more.
HR Managers in Federal service can be either generalists or specialists.
Generalists manage departments and provide a broad range of personnel services
to their Agency. Specialists concentrate on one of the following fields:
Work that involves developing, delivering, managing, and maintaining HR
information systems when the paramount knowledge requirement is human resources
management, rather than information technology.
Work that involves administering, delivering, maintaining, advising on, and
adapting basic concepts, principles, and theories of military HR to the unique
organizational, management, and mission requirements of military departments or
Work that involves position evaluation, establishing and maintaining a
position classification program to determine appropriate pay system,
occupational grouping, title and grade of positions, and advising on position
and organization design.
Work that involves analyzing, interpreting, developing, and/or implementing
laws, regulations, policies, and/or guidance involving subject matter areas
within compensation administration (e.g., pay and/or leave administration) and
advising management on the use of compensation flexibilities to help recruit,
manage, and retain employees.
Recruitment & Placement
Work that involves recruiting, examining, selecting and placing employees;
performing job analysis; workforce planning and analysis; and advising
management in identifying, attracting, and retaining a high quality and diverse
workforce that is capable of accomplishing the organization's mission.
Work that involves providing guidance and consultation to agencies,
employees, former employees, annuitants, survivors, and eligible family members
regarding retirement, insurance, health benefits, and injury compensation.
Human Resource Development
Work that involves planning, administering, or evaluating programs designed
to develop employees and manage learning in the organization.
Work that involves assisting managers and supervisors in establishing,
maintaining, and monitoring effective performance management programs to plan,
monitor, develop, rate, and reward employee performance, and services that
support formal and informal award programs to provide employee incentives and
Work that involves providing advice and assistance to employees and
managers, program administration, research, and case management in matters
related to conduct, performance, attendance, and dispute resolution.
Work that involves establishing and maintaining effective relationships
including the use of nontraditional collaborative approaches with labor
organizations that represent Federal employees, negotiating and administering
labor agreements, and providing guidance and consultation to management on a
variety of labor relations matters.
Work that involves developing, administering, evaluating, or advising on
Federal internal equal employment opportunity programs for the employment
problems of women, minorities, veterans, the handicapped, persons over age
forty, and others as they relate to Federal employment.
Positions in the GS-0201, 0260 and 0360 series, Human Resource Specialists,
are most often filled by candidates with a bachelor’s degree or higher. In
additional, job experience is required above the GS-5/7 level. In some cases job
experience can qualify the applicant in place of academic work. Generally 3
years of job experience at a level below the level being sought may qualify an
applicant for a position.
For example, 3 years of work at the GS-5 level, may serve to qualify an
applicant in place of a bachelor’s degree. 5 or more years of professional level
work may serve to qualify an applicant in place of a Master's degree.
Professional Level Work
Recently the Department of Veterans Affairs posted an opening for Human
Resource Officer, $81,823 - $106,369. The description of duties reads in part,
“...authority and responsibility for the planning, direction, coordination and
internal evaluation of the VABHHCS Human Resources Management programs for the
VA Medical Centers at Hot Springs and Fort Meade, SD; and for VA Community...”
Clerical Level Work
At the clerical level HR employees are called Personnel Clerk and Assistant,
GS-0203. Applicants can be qualified to work at the clerical level without any
college credits. After several years of job experience, clerical level employees
in HR may be eligible to advance to the professionals level, i.e., to a GS-0201.
Over 13,000 such Personnel Clerks and Assistants now work for the Federal
government. Their job is to help the HR Officials perform their jobs. Most jobs
posted to the vacancy list occur at entry level.
A recent opening with the Department of The Army for an HR Assistant pays
$32,270 to $41,947. Qualifications listed include “Administrative or clerical
experience, education, or training which demonstrates the candidate's ability to
perform the duties of the position, and experience using computer and automation
At the professional level, i.e., Human Resource Specialists (GS-0201)
applicants without prior Federal experience can respond directly to Vacancy
Announcements posted by Agencies. Listings can also be found on this website.
Clerical level applicants, i.e., Personnel Clerk and Assistant (GS-0203)
applicants may qualify on the basis of past government or private sector
experience and so can also apply for positions by responding directly to Vacancy
Announcements posted by the Agencies.
Those without job experience may be required to take a clerical exam before they
can apply. These candidates also need to contact Agencies that have posted
Vacancy Announcements. The Agency may then ask the candidate to take a written
test in addition to submitting a resume.
In addition to seeking out Vacancy Announcements on this website, job
candidates can cold call Agencies in their geographic area. A list of Agencies
appears in the blue pages of the local phone directory. Almost all Agencies hire
Human Resource Specialists and Personnel Clerks intermittently.
Agencies may also list openings on their websites:
Dept of Army
Dept of Air Force
Dept of Commerce
Dept of Veterans Affairs
Dept of Health & Human Services
Dept of Homeland Security
Dept of Navy