HQDA Field Operating Agencies and Staff Support Agencies Human Resources Assistant (Office Automation) in Watervliet, New York

Job Overview

Job Overview

Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission. They provide the skills that are not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations. The Army integrates the talents and skills of its military and civilian members to form a Total Army.

About the Position:

This position is located within the Civilian Human Resources Agency, Civilian Personnel Advisory Center, located in Watervliet, New York. This position has civilian personnel servicing responsibility for numerous federal agencies which includes the Watervliet Arsenal. The Watervliet Arsenal is an Army-owned and operated manufacturing center located in New York. It is the oldest, continuously active arsenal in the United States having begun operations in 1813. Today it is relied upon by U.S. and foreign militaries to produce the most advanced, high-powered weaponry for cannon, howitzer, and mortar systems. The Arsenal is the only location in the DoD that has a weapons research facility (Benet Laboratories) collocated with a manufacturing facility (Arsenal).

Who May Apply: U.S. Citizens


Serves as an assistant to Human Resources Specialists working in a Civilian Personnel Advisory Center (CPAC). Performs a wide variety of technical support duties in human resources management programs. Provides recruitment and placement support services to HR Specialists. Counsels employees and managers/supervisors on employee benefits and employee groups when changes occur in the status of entitlements. Uses personnel computer, word processing and/or other office automation equipment and various software programs to create, copy, edit, store, retrieve and print a variety of documents; produce correspondence, memoranda, directives, forms reports; create or maintain spreadsheets or databases, etc.

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Approxiamtely 5%
Relocation Authorized
  • No

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements

In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document.

Experience required: Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:To qualify based on your experience, your resume must describe at least one year of specialized experience which prepared you to do the work in this job.

For the GS-05 level:Specialized Experience is defined as experience which included: (1) Using automated software, such as Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, or Microsoft Power Point, to prepare reports, spreadsheets, memorandums and/or correspondence; (2) Reviewing and/or editing correspondence; and (3) Experience in customer service. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-04).

For the GS-06 level:Specialized Experience is defined as experience which included: (1) Applying a knowledge of processes sufficient to perform HR support work; (2) Processing a variety of administrative actions; (3) Using automated software, such as Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, or Microsoft Power Point, to prepare reports, spreadsheets, memorandums and/or correspondence; and (4) Experience in customer service. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-05).

Typing Proficiency Requirement:Applicants must also meet the typing proficiency for this position. You must be able to type at least 40 words per minute.

You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills, abilities) in the following areas:

  • Knowledge of Human Resources Programs

  • Office Automation

  • Communication Skills

  • Administrative Skills

Some federal jobs allow you to substitute your education for the required experience in order to qualify. For this job, you may qualify if your education meets the definitions below:

For the GS-5 level only:

A. Successful completion of at least four (4) years of education above high school. This education must be obtained in an accredited business, secretarial or technical school, junior college, college or university. One year of full-time academic study is defined as 30 semester hours, 45 quarter hours, or the equivalent in a college or university, or at least 20 hours of classroom instruction per week for approximately 36 weeks in a business, secretarial, or technical school. (NOTE: You must submit a copy of your transcripts at the time of application).


B. Equivalent combination of education and specialized experience which meets at least 100% of the requirement. (Note: You must submit a copy of your transcripts at the time of application).

*GS-6 grade level: *You must meet the qualification requirement using experience alone--no substitution of education for experience is permitted.

Other Requirements: Click here for expanded definitions.

  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.

  • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.

  • Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.

  • Temporary appointment may be extended for a maximum of 3 years of total service.

  • Personnel security investigation is required.

  • Payment of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs is not authorized.

  • Salary includes applicable locality pay or Local Market Supplement.

  • This is a Career Program position #10

  • Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education are acceptable to meet positive education requirements or to substitute education for experience. For additional information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and U.S. Department of Education websites at – http://www.opm.gov/qualifications and http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/acred/index.html.

  • Foreign education must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency in order to be considered for this position. Please include this information in your resume.

  • If selected and qualified based on education, official college or university transcript must be submitted.

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

If you provided an email address, you will receive an email message acknowledging receipt of your application. Your application package will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position.

If you are determined to be ineligible or not qualified, your application will receive no further consideration.

The documents you submit must support your responses to the online questionnaire. If your application contradicts or does not support your questionnaire responses, you will receive a rating of "not qualified" or "incomplete application" and you will not receive further consideration for this job.


The Department of Defense offers an excellent benefits program.In addition to your take-home pay, your comprehensive compensation/benefits package may include some of the benefits described in the USAJOBS Resource Center.

Other Information
  • Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.
  • If you have retired from federal service and you are interested in employment as a reemployed annuitant, see the information in the Reemployed Annuitantinformation sheet.
  • You may claim military spouse preference, see the information in the Military Spouse Preference Under Delegated Examining Procedures information sheet.
  • Multiple positions my be filled from this vacancy.

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/472266900. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Salary Range: $33,069.00 to $47,925.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0203-05/06

Promotion Potential: 07

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 472266900

Job Announcement Number: NEAJ178212381974958DR