3 Employment and Placement

310 General Provisions

311 Functional Responsibilities

311.1 Basic Principles

311.11 Best Qualified Personnel

Employee Resource Management designs employment and placement processes to ensure that the recruitment, assignment, promotion, motivation, training, development, and retention procedures yield the best qualified personnel to carry out the mission of the Postal Service™ with maximum productivity and economy of operations.

311.12 Prohibition of Discrimination

It is the policy of the Postal Service that all employees and applicants for employment be afforded equal opportunities in employment without regard to race, color, sex (including gender identity and gender stereotypes), national origin, religion, disability, or service in the uniformed services. As part of its program of equal employment opportunity, the Postal Service prohibits discrimination or harassment based on any of these categories. In addition, it is also the policy of the Postal Service to prohibit discrimination or harassment based on age, genetic information, sexual orientation, marital status, political affiliation, or status as a parent. Position changes and advancement are based solely on merit, applicable experience, and knowledge, skills, and abilities.

311.13 Prohibition of Political Recommendations

The law (39 U.S.C. 1002) prohibits political and certain other recommendations for appointments, promotions, assignments, transfers, or designations of persons in the Postal Service.

311.2 Administrative Responsibilities

311.21 Vice President of Employee Resource Management

The vice president, Employee Resource Management, develops policies, methods, and procedures for recruiting, selecting, appointing, assigning, reassigning, and promoting employees.

311.22 Area Manager of Human Resources

The manager Human Resources (Area), directs the review, compliance, and continued long-term improvement of all employee and labor relations programs, including collective bargaining, grievance processing, arbitration, contract interpretation, contract analysis, recruitment, compensation, organizational design, staffing, training, Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), safety, and Postal Career Executive Service (PCES) administration.

311.23 Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and Inclusion ensures that recruitment, retention, and promotion practices draw upon and support the communities served by the Postal Service. Diversity and Inclusion implements affirmative employment plans and takes the following actions:

  1. Develops and implements recruitment and hiring strategies to increase the employability of underrepresented groups, including minorities, women, and people with disabilities.
  2. Establishes retention initiatives to reduce turnover of a diverse workforce.
  3. Establishes methods to increase participation of underrepresented groups in development and promotion activities.
  4. Identifies and removes employment barriers for minorities, women, and people with disabilities.
311.24 District Manager of Human Resources

The manager, Human Resources (District), manages the human resources function district-wide, ensuring compliance with postal employment and placement policies and coordinating human resources activities to support postal operations.