Flowchart Description: Employees are commonly hired as an Entry-Level (GS5-GS9) Employee Benefits Specialist from all other specialty areas or from outside of the Federal Government. Less commonly, Entry-Level positions may be filled with a transfer from another job series. Also less commonly, employees from other specialties areas may advance directly to the Full Performance (GS11-GS12) Level and the Expert (GS13-GS15) Level. From the Entry-Level (GS5-GS9), employees may advance to the Full Performance (GS11-GS12) Level, then to the Expert (GS13-GS15) Level, and then to the Managerial (GS15, SES) Level. From the Executive Services Policy advancement both the Full Performance (GS11-GS12) Level and the Expert (GS13-GS15) Level is common.
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