Role of ELR Specialists

Question

“What is the role of the agency ELR Specialist?  What is their education level? What is their grade level ?”

Answer

The primary role of an agency ELR Specialist is to provide expert consultative and transactional services to agency supervisors, managers, and executives concerning federal sector employee and labor relations.  Sometimes, these specialists are even further sub-categorized as to specialties.  For example, they may be an LMR Specialist (Labor Management Relations) or ER Specialist (Employee Relations).  The LMR Specialist would specialize/ deal with labor issues dealing with the union whereas the ER Specialist would specialize/ deal with employee relations issues such as discipline and adverse actions (not all inclusive).

It is our general experience that senior level ELR/LMR/ER Specialists typically have a Masters Degree directly related to their field of practice- though not a requirement of the position.  SME’s (Subject Matter Expert) who advise senior managers will in most cases have at least a Masters Degree.  While not a requirement to apply for the position, it is our collective experience that without a Masters Degree, a person would have a hard time getting selected for any position at GS-12 level or higher.

Grade levels can vary slightly by agency.  However, ELR/LMR/ER specialists are typically GS-13 at the full performance level in most agencies.  Supervisors of these work groups are generally at the GS-14 level.  It is worth noting the Department of Veterans Affairs remains one of the few federal agencies that artificially suppresses the grades of employee and labor relations specialists.

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