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Chief Human Resources Officer

Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia
Washington, District of Columbia 20001

Requisition No. 2019-68

Grade and Series: MSS-0201-16

Salary Range: $135,000 - 150,000

Promotion Potential: None

Duration of Appointment: Management Supervisory Service - Regular Appointment

Area of Consideration: Open to the Public

All applicants will be considered. Applicants who previously applied need not to reapply. 

Positions in the Management Supervisory Service (MSS) serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority and may be terminated at any time with or without cause. This position is not covered under a collective bargaining agreement.

The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) for the District of Columbia works to protect and defend District residents, enforce District laws, and provide legal advice to D.C. government agencies. Karl A. Racine leads OAG as the first elected Attorney General of the District of Columbia. Reelected to a second term, AG Racine has pledged to continue our work to vigorously protect our residents, advance the District’s interests in court, and become recognized as the nation’s most effective and respected public law office.

The OAG seeks a Chief Human Resources Officer to effectively manage OAG’s Human Resources functions, including advising OAG’s executive leadership. This position reports directly to the Chief Operations Officer (COO).

The Chief Human Resource Officer:

• Serves as a member of OAG's senior management team. As the head of OAG’s human resource initiatives, develops and executes human resource strategy to support OAG’s mission in the areas of succession planning, talent management, change management, organizational and performance management, training and development and compensation.

• Together with internal and external stakeholders and consistent with local and federal laws, builds a sustainable infrastructure to attract and retain OAG’s human resources by shaping OAG’s culture to maximize growth, enhancing human resource policies, modernizing OAG’s position classifications and position descriptions and suggesting appropriate allocation of FTEs throughout the agency.

• Advises and counsels management in accomplishing organizational and operational goals and identifying and resolving labor management relations issues. Provides human resources policy guidance and technical expertise to OAG managers and staff consistent with applicable human resource laws.

• Coordinates and monitors OAG’s human resources to ensure high delivery of services. Responds to high visibility/highly impactful concerns. Conducts periodic workload and workflow process analyses. Proposes and implements recommendations to enhance human resource output, employee engagement and employee satisfaction. Implements strategies to reduce barriers to effective production, including designing team building exercises and improving business practices.

• Works with the District Department of Human Resources, as necessary, to ensure accurate benefits and retirement administration of OAG employees.

• May serve as OAG’s agency human resource representation at meetings, hearings, contract negotiations, presentations, proceedings, and committees. Acts as the agency head’s technical authority on grievances.

• Develops equal employment opportunity and diversity action plans in consultation with the Office of Human Rights and oversees OAG’s equal employment opportunity (EEO) program.

• Directs and evaluates subordinate staff in the delivery of human resources services to agency employees. Evaluates the HR structure for continual improvement in efficiency and effectiveness of the unit. Provides professional and personal growth opportunities for subordinate team.

• Creates, evaluates, revises and maintains standard HR operating procedures and policies.

• Performs other related duties as assigned.


QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s degree required; Masters’ degree in business management, Finance, HR or related field desired.  The candidate should have also had at least 10 years of progressive human resources experience with at least 5 years direct experience in a senior HR leadership role. Familiarity with DC personnel regulations and direct experience with DC gov’t HR preferred. PHR/SPHR certification is preferred.   


*Excellent communication, coaching and interpersonal skills; 

*Prior Union experience is highly desired

*Highly organized, strong attention to detail and consistent follow through;

*Demonstrated organizational and strategic leadership with a customer service mindset;

*Mastery of writing skills, analytical ability and decision making skills, with proven positive outcomes;

*High level of professionalism and ability to consistently maintain confidentiality;

*Ability to thrive in a dynamic, fast-paced environment working independently with minimal supervision; and

*Ease with establishing relationships and operating autonomously and diplomatically.

SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION:  A substitution of education for required experience will be allowed as defined in OPM’s Qualification Standards. However, to receive credit, applicants must submit official proof of educational attainment at the time of application.

SUBMISSION OF RANKING FACTORS:  The following ranking factors will be used in the evaluation process.  All applicants MUST respond to the ranking factors by submitting responses in the relevant area provided on the application questionnaire.  Please describe specific achievements, experience, education, training, etc. that demonstrates the degree to which you possess the job-related knowledge, skills, and abilities described in the ranking factors.  The information given in response to the ranking factors should be complete and accurate to the best of your knowledge. 


Ranking Factor #1: Ability to be a self-starter with strong analytical, problem-solving and strategic thinking skills.

Ranking Factor #2: Excellent project management and organizational skills with the ability to multi-task, manage time and deadlines effectively; keen attention to detail; and ability to adapt to a fast-paced environment with changing priorities.

Ranking Factor #3: Significant experience with and knowledge of the Human Resources discipline, including federal employment and labor laws and DC personnel regulations. Comprehensive working knowledge of all aspects of HR including but not limited to compensation and benefits, employee relations, training, HR Information systems, talent acquisition/recruitment, employee and labor relations, organizational development and performance management.

Ranking Factor #4: Demonstrated experience assessing HR operations and programs to determine areas of opportunities for improvement as well as proposing solutions to increase effectiveness.

Ranking Factor #5: Strong relationship builder and communicator with experience leading diverse work teams, developing an organization-wide strategy for program excellence, and engaging with executive-level staff.

OTHER INFORMATION: A background investigation will be conducted. 
HOW TO APPLY: Candidates should apply via Jobvite by 11:59pm of the closing date indicated above.

PRIORITY CONSIDERATION:  Candidates who are eligible for the District of Columbia’s Displaced Employee Program (DEP) and Agency Reemployment Priority Placement Program (ARPP) will be given priority consideration for this position if found qualified.

EMPLOYMENT BENEFITS:  Selectee will be eligible for health and life insurance, annual (vacation), and sick leave and will be covered under the District of Columbia government’s retirement plan. However, if selectee was previously employed in the District of Columbia’s government under an appointment for which he/she was eligible for Civil Service Retirement (CSR), contributions to CSR will resume upon re-employment.

RESIDENCY PREFERENCE AMENDMENT ACT OF 1998:   A person applying for a position in the Career Service, Education Service, Management Supervisory Service, an attorney position in the Legal Service (series 905) other than in the Senior Executive Attorney Service (SEAS), or an attorney in the Excepted Service (series 905) who is a bona fide District resident AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION for the position, may be awarded a 10-point residency preference over non-District residents’ applications, unless the person declines the preference points.  If selected, the person shall be required to present no less than 8 proofs of bona fide District residency and maintain such residency for 7 consecutive years from the effective date of the appointment.  Failure to maintain bona fide District residency for the 7-year period will result in forfeiture of employment.

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE:  Applicants claiming Veterans’ Preference must submit official proof at the time of application.

DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE:  Pursuant to the requirements of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1998, the individual selected to fill this position will, as a condition of employment, be required to notify his/her immediate supervisor, in writing, not later than five (5) days after conviction of or a plea of guilty to a violation of any criminal drug statute occurring in the workplace.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER:   All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, matriculation, physical handicap, genetic information, or political affiliation.

NOTICE OF NON-DISCRIMINATION: In accordance with the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977, as amended, D.C. Official Code, Section 2-1401.01 etseq., (Act) the District of Columbia does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, familial status, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, disability, genetic information, source of income, or place of residence or business. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination which is also prohibited by the Act. In addition, harassment based on any of the above protected categories is prohibited by the Act. Discrimination in violation of the Act will not be tolerated. Violators will be subject to disciplinary action.



Posted: 2019-09-13 Expires: 2019-10-13

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