This Position Is No Longer Available

Job Title:CHAPLAIN

Department:Department Of Justice

Agency:Justice, Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System

Job Announcement Number:NER-2013-0016

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$68,809.00 to $89,450.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, October 5, 2012 to Friday, February 08, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0060-12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - FCI Loretto, PA

WHO MAY APPLY:

Area of Consideration:
THIS IS A DELEGATED EXAMINING ANNOUNCEMENT OPEN TO ALL U.S. CITIZENS.

 

JOB SUMMARY:

Why is it Great to Work for the Federal Bureau of Prisons? Do your Career Justice and consider a career with the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP). In addition to being regarded as a family and career-oriented agency, the BOP offers a broad range of exciting career opportunities in a work environment that promotes integrity, diversity, and professional development. With over 35,000 highly motivated individuals, the Federal Bureau of Prisons is one of the most unique agencies in the United States Department of Justice where each employee's day-to-day performance makes a difference.

Will the Federal Bureau of Prisons Pay for me to Move?

Reimbursement IS NOT authorized for travel and transportation for this position.

In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 3307, a maximum entry age of 36 has been established for initial appointment to a position in a Bureau of Prisons institution. However, the Department of Justice has granted an age requirement exemption for candidates of some faith traditions because there is a documented shortage of qualified candidates for those faith traditions who meet the maximum age entry. If you are above the maximum entry age but have prior federal law enforcement coverage, you MUST submit an SF-50 to verify prior coverage. Chaplains provide seven days a week, evenings, and weekend coverage to meet inmate religious needs. All chaplains will work a minimum of two evenings per week. Time spent on pastoral duties, supervision of inmate groups and administrative functions is equitably shared among all staff chaplains. Chaplains will work on their weekly day of religious observance and will regularly lead the religious service scheduled for that day. Chaplains will also be required to regularly work on the seasonal holy days of their faith tradition.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U. S. Citizenship Required.
  • See Special Conditions of Employment Section.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered for, or exempt from, the
  • Selective Service. Click Here

DUTIES:

What are the Major Duties of this Position?

Provides a full pastoral ministry to inmates of all faith groups which includes opportunities for worship on holy days as are appropriate within each faith group. Visitations are conducted throughout the institution and individual/group counseling is provided to those inmates in need of personal counseling, crisis intervention, etc. Assists in maintaining and conducting a well-rounded program of religious instruction including classes, correspondence, work, and discussion groups. This program involves the assistance of additional personnel, both contract staff and civilian volunteers.

Along with all other correctional institution employees, incumbent is charged with responsibility for maintaining security of the institution. The staff correctional responsibilities precede all others required by this position and are performed on a regular and recurring basis.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

How Do I Qualify for this Position?

To be considered for the position, you must meet the following basic qualification requirements:

Education All applicants must possess a Bachelor's Degree (any discipline) from an accredited college, and a Master of Divinity degree or equivalent education from an accredited residential seminary or school of theology.  

ALL applicants MUST submit legible transcripts as verification of educational requirement. The education MUST be from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Transcripts MUST be received by the Consolidated Staffing Unit by the closing date of the vacancy announcement. All applicants must submit college transcripts and/or documents showing completion of a Graduate level theological program, consisting of 80 semester hours, along with documents supporting being an ordained clergy and a member of ecclesiastically recognized religious institutes of vowed men or women.

For information regarding foreign education requirements, please see Foreign Diploma and Credit Recognition at the U.S. Department of Education website: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

Experience At least two years, or 4,174 hours, of pastoral/spiritual leadership experience in a congregational or specialized ministry setting within the endorsing body after formal ministerial preparation. Clinical Pastoral Education, a valuable training experience for chaplains, may satisfy up to one year, or 2,087 hours, of the requirement of pastoral/spiritual experience.

AND

Have an Ecclesiastical Endorsement. An Ecclesiastical Endorsement attests to: the applicant's suitability for correctional ministry, support for his or her candidacy, a clear assurance statement that the applicant has no present or past legal or moral barrier to congregational ministry, and an affirmation that the applicant will facilitate inmates of all faiths opportunities to pursue individual religious beliefs and practices. The applicant's relationship to the endorsing body must reflect a minimum two-year association before endorsement.

In order to receive full consideration for this vacancy, you are required to complete and submit the Bureau of Prisons' Ecclesiastical Endorsement Form (BP-A0679). A copy of this form can be obtained by accessing www.bop.gov or Clicking Here and then Click on Find a Form. The form must be submitted via mail, fax, or e-mail within five working days after the closing date of this announcement. Additionally, all applicants must submit documentation supporting being an Ordained Clergy. Failure to provide these documents will result in no further consideration under this particular vacancy announcement. Credit will be given for paid and unpaid experience.

To receive proper credit, you must show the actual time (such as the number of hours worked per week) spent in activities.

**Your eligibility for consideration will be based on your responses to the questions in the application.


This position is in the excepted service. It is excluded from the provisions of the career transition assistance program, and is subject to a trial period.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application will be evaluated and rated under DOJ's Category Rating and Selection Procedures. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses provided to the online assessment questionnaire. Your application will then be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified. Names of all candidates in the best qualified category will be sent to the hiring official for employment consideration. Candidates within the Best Qualified category who are eligible for veterans preference will receive selection priority over non-veteran preference eligibles. If you are entitled to veterans preference, you should indicate the type of veterans preference you are claiming on your resume. Although veterans preference points are not assigned under the category rating procedures described under "How You Will Be Evaluated", veterans preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-veterans within each category for which they are qualified. In addition, qualified veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more are placed at the top of the highest qualified category (i.e. Best Qualified).


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BENEFITS:

The Department of Justice offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  The link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to federal employees:
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OTHER INFORMATION:

This position IS included in the bargaining Unit.

Your application must describe your work and experience, in your own words. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Plagiarism is reproducing someone else's work and submitting it as your own or allowing another person to alter or revise your work and submit it as their own. The Department of Justice provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the hiring/servicing personnel office. The decision of granting a reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. Selection will be made without discrimination for any non-merit reason such as race, color, religion, national origin, age, physical disability, marital and/or parental status, membership in an employee organization, sex, or sexual orientation. The Bureau of Prisons is an equal opportunity employer.

Special Conditions of Employment Section:

The incumbent IS NOT subject to geographic relocation to meet the needs of the agency. Appointment is subject to satisfactory completion of a pre-employment and panel interview, urinalysis, physical, and background investigation.

All applicants are subject to, and must satisfactorily pass all screening requirements in relation to National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and credit check.

All applicants not currently working in an institution will be required to complete a qualification inquiry regarding convictions of misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence.

Successful completion of the "Introduction to Correctional Techniques," three-week training course at Glynco, Georgia is required. Additionally, there is a requirement for successful completion of mandatory trainings that must be completed within 12 months of entry into the position.

 

This position has been identified as test designated. Incumbents will be subject to urinalysis testing under the BOP Drug Free Workplace Plan.



HOW TO APPLY:

How do I Apply for this Position? You must apply through the online application system at www.USAJOBS.gov. Follow the prompts to register, answer a few questions and submit all required documents.

NOTE: Submission of a resume alone is not a complete application. This position may require the completion of additional forms and/or supplemental materials as described under the Required Documents section. Please carefully review the complete job announcement and the "How to Apply" instructions. Failure to provide the required information and/or materials will result in your application not being considered for employment.

Claiming Veterans Preference? If yes, you MUST claim preference on-line during the application process and upload documentation to support preference claimed. Failure to claim Veterans Preference or provide supporting documentation may result in you not receiving appropriate consideration during the assessment process. Required supporting documentation must be submitted via mail, fax, e-mail or transferred from USAJOBS (uploaded).

Federal Employment of People with Disabilities - Schedule A 213.3102(u) (Proof of Disability and Certification of Job Readiness):

To be considered for this Special Hiring Authority, applicants MUST submit documents via email to GRA-HRM/ConsolidatedStaffingUnit@bop.gov. Applicants should NOT apply online unless they also wish to receive consideration as a competitive applicant. (see instructions for Dual Consideration). For more information Click Here Dual Consideration: Applicants who wish to receive consideration under the Special Hiring Authority for Schedule A, 213.3102(u), must apply online as a competitive applicant and submit a memorandum and supporting documentation via email to GRA-HRM/ConsolidatedStaffingUnit@bop.gov requesting consideration for both application methods. NOTE: Failure to follow these application procedures could result in the applicant losing consideration for this position.

All required supporting documentation MUST be received by the Consolidated Staffing Unit by 11:59 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, on the closing date of the vacancy announcement. Paper applications: If applying online is impossible, please contact the Consolidated Staffing Unit at the telephone number listed below, prior to the closing date of the announcement for the alternate application procedure. Contact for Assistance in Applying On-Line: DOJ, Federal Bureau of Prisons Consolidated Staffing Unit 346 Marine Forces Drive Grand Prairie, TX 75051 E-Mail: GRA-HRM/ConsolidatedStaffingUnit@bop.gov Phone: 972-352-4200 Fax: 972-352-4577



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

  • Veterans' Preference Documentation: Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD-214 Member Copy 4); official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty; or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that shows your military service was performed under honorable conditions. In addition, if you are a disabled veteran, a Purple Heart recipient, or widow/widower of a veteran, the spouse of a disabled veteran or the natural mother of a disabled or deceased veteran, you MUST submit a completed Standard Form (SF) 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference", and the other required documentation identified on the reverse side of the SF-15 to support your preference claim.
  • Official Statement of service from your command, if currently on active duty.
  • Resume showing relevant experience (cover letter optional).
  • In order to receive credit for experience contained in an uploaded resume, your employment history must be documented in month/year format (MM/YYYY), reflecting starting date and ending date and include the number of hours worked per week. Failure to follow this format will result in disqualification.
  • A college transcript (Note: If you are selected for this position, official transcript(s) will be required prior to your first day).
  • SF-50 for proof of prior LEO coverage, if applicable.

Failure to provide these documents could possibly result in removal from consideration for this vacancy.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

CSU
Phone: 972-352-4200
Fax: 972-352-4577
Email: GRA-HRM/ConsolidatedStaffingUnit@bop.gov
Agency Information:
JUSTICE, BUREAU OF PRISONS
Consolidated Staffing Unit
346 Marine Forces Drive
Grand Prairie, TX
75051
US
Fax: 972-352-4577

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

We will notify you of the outcome after each step of the application process has been completed. Applicants will be notified via e-mail, to the e-mail address registered in USAJOBS. The referral certificate or list of eligibles will then be issued to the selecting official for further consideration. The Human Resource Office may then contact you for an interview if they wish. We expect to make a final job offer within 80 days after the closing date of the announcement. Applicants referred on a certificate of eligibles may receive an Inquiry of Availability (OF-5 Form)via e-mail, mail or a telephone inquiry from the local Human Resource Department. Applicants MUST complete the OF-5 form and return it to the Human Resource Management Office or contact the Human Resource Department telephonically or via e-mail. Applicants MUST also telephone the Human Resource Department during normal business hours to schedule an interview. Failure to either return the form or contact the Human Resource Department will result in a loss of consideration for the position. INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS   will receive a rating of INEL or NCND (ineligible due to missing supporting documents). Requests for reconsideration will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package. We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, fax transmissions, delays in mail service, applicant application errors, etc.

 


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