Mediator (Open Continuous)

US Government Other Agencies and Independent Organizations Smyrna, TN
* Duties

Help Duties Summary

Stationed in offices throughout the United States, FMCS Mediators are full-time excepted service employees of the Federal government that perform duties in five major areas: collective bargaining mediation; grievance mediation; relationship development training; ADR services to government entities; and education, outreach, and advocacy.

Mediators are responsible for promoting the development of sound and stable labor-management relationships by advocating the practice of collective bargaining, mediation and arbitration. They are also 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.

* This is an Open Continuous vacancy announcement, intended to provide consideration to the greatest number of potential Mediator candidates. Referral lists may be requested to fill vacant positions for any location throughout the life of the announcement. Applicants will be referred periodically throughout the announcement period at any time a vacancy becomes available and selections may be made at any point during the announcement open period. Applications received after the cutoff date, may be considered on future referral lists. Final application disposition will be completed once the announcement reaches the end of the open period stated in the announcement. *

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* 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.

Travel Required

75% or less - You will be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


* Job family (Series)

0241 Mediation

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* Requirements

Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

* Must be a U.S. Citizen

* Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service

* Meet/maintain suitability and security requirements, as determined by a background investigation

* Successfully complete a probationary (trial) period of up to two (2) years

* 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

* Living within the office commuting distance as designated by the hiring Regional Director


In order to be found qualified for a Mediator, GS-241-13 position; your resume MUST clearly reflect your specialized experience in COLLECTIVE BARGAINING. Specialized experience is defined as at least one (1) year of full-time experience serving as the Chief/Lead Spokesperson/Second Chair/Benefits Expert (representing labor or management) in the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements OR while serving as a Mediator or Facilitator with parties engaged in the collective bargaining process.

Note: Resumes for federal government positions require more detailed work descriptions than a typical private sector resume. Please be sure to clearly describe the full scope of your relevant work experiences in your resume. Tips for Writing A Federal Resume

Your resume must clearly indicate your level ofCOLLECTIVE BARGAININGexperience 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.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Please note that if, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience you may lose consideration for this position.

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.

You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements by 11:59pm EST of the cutoff or closing date of this announcement.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.