Human Resources Counsel

Applies knowledge of human resource policies and procedures (relating to Title 5, Title 42, Title 38, Commissioned Corps, Senior Executive Service, Senior Biomedical Research Service, non-FTE mechanisms, and hiring contract workers) to advise and assist managers in staffing, position management, benefits and payroll, employee retention and employee relations.

Key Behaviors:

  • Advises managers on the Title 42 Pay Model and the NIH Intramural Sourcebook, and Spring Pay Adjustments, Quadrennial Pay Increases and Board of Scientific Counselors (BSC) Reviews.
  • Advises on and develops staffing plans to support program success and ensure continuity in operations.
  • Manages and/or supports on-boarding activities.
  • Reviews and approves HR packages to ensure that they are in accordance with HR regulations and HHS/NIH policies.
  • For Non-FTE (IRTA/Visiting Fellow, Special Volunteer, Guest Researcher, etc.): Reviews and approves training requests.
  • For Non-FTE (IRTA/Visiting Fellow, Special Volunteer, Guest Researcher, etc.): Reviews and approves actions and performs records maintenance in the various HR systems.
  • Assists managers in preparing agreements, awards, and justifications for incentives documents (e.g., Intergovernmental Personnel Agreements (IPAs), Above the Minimum (ATMs), Student Loan Repayment Program (SLRP), Physicians Comparability Allowance (PCAs) or recruitment, relocation and retention incentives).
  • Serves as a liaison (between HR, supervisors and staff) related to workforce development, payroll, and performance issues and corrective employee actions.
  • Manages information on positions and people to support workforce planning activities.
  • Advises managers on appropriate HR actions necessary to achieve management?s objectives and explains documentation requirements.
  • Assists managers with the initiation and implementation of NIH Performance Management and Appraisal Program (PMAP) and Commissioned Corps Officers Evaluation and Review (COER) by initiating or providing documentation and ensuring compliance with established requirements (e.g., standards are developed; mid-year and annual reviews are conducted).
  • For Non-FTE (IRTA/Visiting Fellow, Special Volunteer, Guest Researcher, etc.): Advises program staff on the rules and regulations for relocation and moving expenses.
  • For Non-FTE (IRTA/Visiting Fellow, Special Volunteer, Guest Researcher, etc.): Assists in managing Fellowship actions (e.g., processes Fellowships, special volunteer agreements, stipends, health insurance).
  • For Non-FTE (IRTA/Visiting Fellow, Special Volunteer, Guest Researcher, etc.): Provides advice and assistance to program staff on appropriate visa types and lead times for the various types of foreign scientist categories.

Developmental opportunities for this competency are available from the NIH Training Center.