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Functional Purpose
This role is part of the United States Postal Service Professional Development Program (PDP), to develop the competencies, technical knowledge, skills, and experience needed for success in a full performance Headquarters level job. The first year of the program is dedicated to developing core competencies using the Postal Service Competency model. Selected candidates will apply the technical knowledge, skills, and abilities acquired from an academic program of study to the USPS business environment through the completion of projects and work assignments within various business units. Throughout the program, trainees will have the opportunity to participate in mentoring and networking opportunities within various levels of the organization.

Duties & Responsibilities
  1. Performs entry-level labor relations assignments designed to develop a broad understanding of U.S. Postal Services Labor Relations functions and internal policies and procedures.
  2. Conducts research in support of contract interpretation and organizational policy and program activities.
  3. Assists in the analysis of grievance and arbitration data to identify trends and problems requiring review and proposes alternative approaches to resolve labor-related issues.
  4. Develops relationships with management and representatives of craft organizations to increase understanding of labor agreements, policies, and procedures.
  5. Coordinates with other functional areas within headquarters, area, or district offices to assist in the implementation of new policies, position papers, instructional material, and other documentation and procedures.
  6. Drafts responses to various directives, inquiries, and reports, assigned for review by management.

  1. Ability to collect, integrate, and analyze information.
  2. Knowledge of basic labor and industrial relations principles.
  3. Ability to reach an agreement in situations requiring negotiation or conflict resolution.
  4. Ability to develop and maintain effective work relationships.
  5. Ability to coordinate work with others to complete assignments and projects.
  6. Ability to communicate orally and in writing sufficient to prepare reports, position papers and policies.
  7. EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: Possession of a Bachelors or Graduate degree in Employment Relations, Human Resources, Industrial and Labor Relations, or a closely related field from a college or university accredited by a national or regional accreditation organization recognized and sanctioned by the U.S. Department of Education. NOTE: Qualified applicants must earn a degree from an accredited college or university no more than 24 months prior to the date of employment. Preference-eligible veterans (see 5 U.S.C. ' 2108) who were unable to apply during that two-year period because of their military service may apply up to two years after they are released or discharged from active service. Eligibility for these veterans cannot exceed six years from the date on which they received their qualifying degrees. Must Graduate by JUNE 30, 2023.