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Employee Benefits Security Administration, U.S. Department of Labor

in New York NY / Telecommute

Employee Benefits Security Administration, U.S. Department of Labor

Open & closing dates: 07/10/2019 to 07/23/2019

Pay scale & grade: GS 11

Salary: $71,593 to $93,077 per year

1 vacancy in New York NY

Telework eligible? Yes as determined by agency policy



DOL seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees’ differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve. DOL fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration, flexibility and fairness so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential.

This position is inside the bargaining unit. 


Provide technical information, guidance, and assistance to participants, beneficiaries, plan trustees, service providers, and members of Congress concerning various Federal laws including the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA), Affordable Care Act (ACA), Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and other related statues.

Review complaints, conduct fact-finding and research issues to assist in the resolution of benefit entitlement in pension and health plans and other questions raised by the public. Promptly evaluate facts, make appropriate judgments and intercede with plan sponsors and employee benefit officials to resolve disputes. Review documentation to determine the nature and extent of potential fiduciary violations. Assists in providing information in public forums, including making presentations to participant advocacy organizations and professional groups concerning ERISA matters. Presentation activities may require local travel. Spanish speaking preferred but not mandatory. 


Conditions of Employment

  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
  • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
  • Must be at least 16 years old and a U.S. Citizen.

Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements.  Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.


Applicants must meet either the Specialized Experience or Education Substitution for specialized experience described below.

Specialized Experience:  One year of progressively responsible experience that demonstrates the ability to provide assistance and educational information to individuals, employers, special interest and other groups in the employee benefits field. To be creditable, at least one year of specialized experience must have been at a level of difficulty and responsibility comparable to the GS-9 level in the federal service for the GS-11.

Examples of Specialized Experience:

  • Experience as a consultant, advisor, government employee, or employee of an employee benefit plan whose work is related to interpreting Title I of ERISA as applied to  employee benefit plans and the responsibilities described under 'Position Duties and Responsibilities."
  • Experience involved in assessing or assuring regulatory compliance, provided the experience clearly demonstrated the application of: (1) knowledge of the laws, regulations and administrative procedures involved in assessing and assuring compliance and/or (2) skill in the use of techniques and methods for the identification and correction of regulatory violations.
  • Professional legal work, a substantial portion of which required interpretation of Federal laws and legal requirements concerning health and pension plans subject to Title I of ERISA.
  • Analysis of Federal laws or regulations, or development of policy involving an employee benefit plan or a related function.

Educational Substitution: GS-11: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related in a related major such as Business Administration, Public oAdministration, Law and Criminal Justice.  Please note: A JD is not considered a Ph.D.

The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means (ex. interview). The examining Human Resources Office (HRO) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings.  Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses to the vacancy questions. If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume. Your evaluation may also include a review by a Human Resources Specialist or panel and may include other assessments (ex. interview, panel review, written test, writing sample, etc.)

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