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Labor Relations Specialist Critical Developmental Activities -
Full Performance, GS 11/12 (Supervisory or Specialist)


Developmental Activities for Specialist or Supervisory Positions
To Strengthen General Competencies
  • Participate in all stages of, or manage a project.
  • Lead a team effort by acting as a project lead, program lead, or team lead.
  • Participate in projects that are highly visible, sensitive, or political.
  • Act as a subject matter expert (SME) in a panel.
  • Consult with customers to define and/or solve customer problems.
  • Cross-train into another area of expertise (e.g. temporary job rotations, job shadowing, or developmental assignments).
  • Participate in online training, attend briefings, or obtain on-the-job training to understand the policies and politics relevant to your work.
  • Collaborate and coordinate with another group to perform project work (e.g., outside group).
  • Develop a broad professional network through joint projects, participation in workshops, membership in professional and trade associations, and internal and external customer relationships.
  • Demonstrate your work at a technical conference, meeting, or seminar.
  • Provide informal mentoring to others in your technical area.
  • Attend university and industry association educational events.
  • Maintain awareness of trends and state-of-the-art in your field.
  • Discuss ideas to resolve project issues with senior staff members or a mentor.
  • Meet with your manager to present and discuss your analysis of options, tradeoffs, and recommendations for action relating to a problem or issue in a project/program.
  • Participate on a workforce planning team.
To Strengthen Technical Competencies
  • Attend training on writing performance elements/standards and on performance-based actions.
  • Develop a workshop on writing effective performance standards.
  • Shadow attorneys in agency’s Office of General Council’s for a 60-90 day period.
  • Learn how to coach executives, supervisors, and employees on how to write results-focused standards.
  • Learn the basic requirements of effective appraisal program and award program design, and join or lead a team that is redesigning appraisal or awards programs.
  • Work with a senior ER/LR and/or performance management specialist to observe how they provide advice, guide, and counsel supervisors who are dealing with an employee problem.
  • Research relatively straightforward performance and conduct issues and prepare recommendations on an appropriate course of action.
  • Work with a senior technical expert in preparing for a Merit System Protection Board (MSPB) appeal.
  • Work with a senior technical expert on Grievances and Arbitration.
  • Work with a seasoned expert on developing and/or re-negotiating local union agreements.
  • Work with a senior technical expert on responding to an Unfair Labor Practice (ULP).
  • Develop a negotiating strategy for renegotiation of a contract.

Additional Developmental Activities Supervisory Positions Only
  • Seek periodic feedback from others on your management and leadership skills.
  • Find a mentor or talk with other managers to learn about their leadership styles, challenges, and experiences.
  • Look for ways to praise and highlight others’ achievements.
  • Identify and communicate your priorities to your employees.
  • Offer to serve as a sounding board for others if they run into technical difficulties, and ask them to do the same for you.
  • Develop and execute a budget for a project or assignment.
  • Learn strategies on how to handle conflict in the organization.
  • Contribute to processes that create and support a diverse environment (e.g. hiring and training).

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