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The USPS Looks To Hire 2,800 Front-Line Supervisors To Improve Staffing ‘Across The Network’

Published Friday, April 29, 2022
by Jory Heckman/The Federal News Network
The USPS Looks To Hire 2,800 Front-Line Supervisors To Improve Staffing ‘Across The Network’

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The United States Postal Service (USPS) is seeking to hire 2,800 Front Line Supervisors over the coming months, in an effort to improve staffing across its network.  The USPS is planning to hire Supervisors to work in customer services, distribution operations, maintenance operations and transportation operations, and will host virtual career fairs through the Summer.

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, in a recent interview, said the USPS is looking to staff up with Front Line Supervisors under its 10-year plan to improve operational efficiency.

“We haven’t filled our Supervisor ranks.  We have to get our Supervisors fully-staffed and have the right workloads and the right training (for) the most important position in the organization, in terms of running the organization, in terms of running the place.  We’re working on all of that,” DeJoy said.

USPS is looking to fill Executive Administrative Schedule (EAS) Level 17 Supervisory Positions.

Employees in EAS Level 17 positions earn a minimum annual salary of $57,650 and can earn up to $87,440 a year.

Current USPS Career and Non-Career Employees are eligible to apply for these positions.

New jobs are posted every Tuesday.

The USPS will host monthly virtual career fairs from May through August.

This USPS hiring initiative marks the agency’s latest effort to bring Entry Level, Front Line Supervisors on board.

The USPS last August planned to fill about 900 EAS Level 17 Supervisor positions ahead of the year-end peak Holiday Season.

The USPS also sought to fill more than 100,000 non-management positions last year, including Postal Carriers, Carrier Assistants, Tractor-Trailer Operators, Mail Processors and Mail Handler Assistants.

The agency is staffing up on Supervisors after making Voluntary Early Retirement Authority (VERA) offers to eligible Non-Bargaining Unit Employees, followed by a non-voluntary Reduction in Force (RIF).

But the push to fill thousands of vacant Supervisor positions isn’t at odds with the agency right-sizing its Non-Union Workforce last year.

Former National Association of Postal Supervisors (NAPS) President Brian Wagner said last August that the RIF mostly impacted Employees working in administrative support functions, but not Supervisors in charge of operations in the field, such as getting mail and packages processed and delivered.

Wagner also some NAPS Members impacted by RIF were “directly reassigned” to another USPS job, while others had the chance to apply for vacant management-level positions.

Wagner said the USPS worked closely with NAPS throughout the RIF process to ensure all affected Employees find “landing spots,” or alternate positions within the agency, rather than face layoffs.

He said last August that all but 540 of the nearly 2,000 USPS Employees affected by the RIF had found new positions within the agency.

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