Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service Mediator in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Grand Rapids, MI
Work Schedule is Full-Time - Permanent

Opened Tuesday 10/11/2016 (12 day(s) ago)

** Closes Tuesday 10/25/2016 (2 day(s) away)

Job Overview

About the Agency

The Best Places to Work has ranked the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service* #1*for Small Agencies in the Federal Government. The Best Places to Work rankings are an important tool for ensuring that employee satisfaction is a top priority for government managers and leaders. For more information about the Best Places to Work rankings, please visit http://bestplacestowork.org/BPTW/rankings/overall/small

The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service promotes the development of sound and stable labor management relationships; prevents or minimizes work stoppages by assisting labor and management to settle their disputes through mediation; advocates collective bargaining, mediation and voluntary arbitration as the preferred process for settling issues between employers and representatives of employees; develops the art, science and practice of conflict resolution; assists government agencies in the effective use of alternative dispute resolution through support, training, and the provision of neutrals; and fostering the establishment and maintenance of constructive processes to improve labor-management relationships, employment security and organizational effectiveness.


As a Mediator you will be responsible for promoting the development of sound and stable labor-management relationships by advocating the practice of collective bargaining, mediation and arbitration. You will also be responsible for fostering the establishment and maintenance of constructive joint processes to improve labor-management relationships and preventing or minimizing work stoppages through the use of mediation, relationship development training and other joint processes. Mediators also provide a wide range of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services to help government entities reduce litigation costs, including mediation of discrimination and other claims, workplace conflict management training, facilitation, systems design and negotiated rulemaking. Additional duties for the incumbent include:

  • Mediating labor-management disputes involving initial or successor collective bargaining agreements in situations which range from a moderate degree of difficulty to those which are highly complex due to their economic impact, the number and difficulty of issues involved, the existence of an actual work stoppage or the imminent threat of one, and/or a history of difficult labor-management relations.
  • Performing research necessary to understand the dispute, the industry or field involved, the labor relations history of the parties and all other pertinent facts or background information. Works with parties to develop an understanding of the issues involved, as well as their interests and positions. Utilizing factual information and analysis of the overall situation, as well as knowledge of the mediation process and techniques, to determine the action or approach to be taken. Assisting parties in dealing with the media on sensitive matters of public concern.
  • Identifying opportunities and responding to requests to mediate significant grievances arising during the term of a collective bargaining agreement. Helping parties resolve disputes that might otherwise present obstacles in future rounds of collective bargaining. Improving labor-management relationships through the process of resolving significant and/or backlogged grievances.
  • Providing relationship development training (RDT) designed to help labor and management jointly improve their working relationship and the overall day-to-day labor-management relations climate. Assessing relationship and works with parties to develop and deliver customized training programs designed to enhance efficiency, productivity and job security. Utilizing a variety of program delivery methods, including live and/or web-based online collaborative processes where appropriate.
  • Mediating and/or facilitating a variety of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) matters for government entities, including discrimination claims, other workplace conflicts, regulatory compliance, regulatory negotiations, multi-party conflicts and other disputes which are of a particularly unique, difficult, or complex nature. Identifying potential customers and negotiates reimbursable agreements in coordination with supervisor.
  • Engaging in education, outreach and advocacy activities to increase awareness of FMCS conflict resolution services and programs. Utilizing creative approaches to identify and/or create opportunities to inform public about FMCS dispute resolution services.
  • In all service delivery areas, utilizing current and creative means and approaches to help parties resolve disputes and manage conflict; maintaining current knowledge and awareness of major developments in field of labor-management relations, ADR and conflict management, generally; keeping apprised of developments involving specific industries, occupations, and bargaining issues, as well as new techniques and theories involving ADR; collaborating with managers and mediators to develop new and innovative approaches.
  • Utilizing technology resources to accomplish the administrative and service delivery functions of the position. As the resources develop, utilizing new technologies and electronic communications platforms to creatively and efficiently accomplish the work, including, but not limited to, researching, scheduling meetings and conferences, training and delivering certain services using the newest software and web-based platforms. In the format established by the Service, mediators are responsible for making factual and timely reports regarding collective bargaining mediation, grievance mediation, relationship development training, alternative dispute resolution services and education, advocacy and outreach activities.
Travel Required
  • 75% or Greater
  • You will be expected to travel for this position.
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Selectee must meet/maintain suitability and security requirements
  • Selectee will be required to successfully complete a probationary period
  • Employment is contingent on 'Conditions of Employment'

In order to be found qualified for the GS-13 Mediator position with FMCS; your resume must clearly reflect your full-time collective bargaining process experience. This experience can be gained by having served as the Chief/Lead Spokesperson/Second Chair/Benefits Expert(representing labor or management) in the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements orwhile serving as a Mediator or Facilitatorwith parties engaged in the collective bargaining processes.

In addition to the qualifications listed above; your resume should indicate your level of specialized experience to include: years of experience, breadth of responsibilities, complexity of bargaining matters, overall impact of bargaining on parties and the community, utilization of varied bargaining processes, substantial knowledge of contract language, familiarity with a broad scope of subjects, experience in numerous and diverse bargaining circumstances, and knowledge of joint processes to improve labor-management relationships

Part-time or unpaid experience: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid work on the same basis as for paid experience. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. To receive credit for such experience you must indicate clearly the nature of the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the number of hours per week spent in such employment.

Qualifications must be met by the Closing Date: You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements by 11:59pm EST on the closing date of this announcement.

This position does not have a positive education requirement.

Mediator positions with the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) are in the Excepted Service, therefore, there is no formal rating system for applying veterans’ preference to mediator appointments. FMCS, however, considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in the Mediator hiring process. If you are eligible for veterans' preference in hiring, you are encouraged to include that information in your application along with supporting documentation, e.g., SF-15, DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or other supporting documentation.

Security Clearance

Q - Nonsensitive

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Once the online questionnaire is received, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful.

Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on the announcement. If you indicate you meet the job qualifications for the announcement but your resume and/or supporting documentation does not confirm your rating, you may be excluded from consideration for this job.

Once the review of the candidates has been completed, a list of qualified applicants will be referred to the hiring Regional Director for further consideration. If your name is referred, you may be contacted for a possible interview.

To view the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the More Information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.


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  • Being assigned to a probationary (trial) period of up to two (2) years
  • Living within the commuting distance of 35 milesfrom the city of Grand Rapids, MI
  • Possessing and maintaining a valid and current driver's license
  • Working a non-standard work schedule
  • Accepting duty station assignments as determined by FMCS and accepting subsequent reassignments made for the good of FMCS

PROMOTION POTENTIAL TO GS-0241-14: After successfully serving for a period of two years at the GS-0241-13 level; you will become eligible for consideration for promotion to the GS-0241-14.


Direct Deposit- Selectee is required to participate in the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service direct deposit of pay program.

Security Clearance- A security clearance is a requirement of this position. Failure to obtain and maintain the required level of clearance may result in the withdrawal of a position offer or removal. If you possess a security clearance, please indicate the level and termination date in your resume.

Salary Range: $84,443.00 to $109,781.00 / NOTE: The starting salary for an applicant that is not a current Federal employee is $84,443. This is non-negotiable.

Series & Grade: GS-0241-13/13

Promotion Potential: 14

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: U.S. Citizens

Control Number: 452973000

Job Announcement Number: DE-10001923-17-TV