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All positions covered by this standard require 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression. Applicants for GS-11 positions must have had 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 level. Applicants for positions at GS-12 and above must have had 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level.
Specialized Experience (for all positions): Experience in negotiating or interpreting labor agreements covering a large number of employees or a number of different crafts or classes, on such matters as wages, hours of work, and working conditions; or in mediating between, or negotiating with, management and employee representatives in the application of labor agreements. Such experience must have demonstrated all of the following:
Examples of qualifying specialized experience include:
Applicants for GS-11 positions must have participated in the negotiation or mediation of labor agreements involving moderately difficult matters, or assisted in the resolution of complex issues in this field.
In addition to meeting the requirements described above, applicants for positions at GS-12 and above must have:
Applicants for positions at grades GS-12 and above must have had experience that included such activities as: (1) investigating representation disputes and conducting elections to choose collective-bargaining representatives, or (2) the mediation of increases in pay rates, or (3) the mediation of changes in rules or labor agreements. To be creditable as specialized experience, the work must have demonstrated active involvement in labor-management negotiations.
Eligible candidates will be required to appear for an interview for the purpose of evaluating their interpersonal skills, leadership qualities in group situations, and logical and objective reasoning.
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There is no Group Coverage Qualification Standard for this series. Use the Individual Occupational Requirements described below.