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    Summary

    The VA Black Hills Health Care System (VA BHHCS) is located in the beautiful Black Hills of Western South Dakota. South Dakota has No State Income Tax, has been named one of the Happiest and Safest States in the nation, is home to Top Ten Scenic Drives and Top Ten National Forests, features an Outdoor Life's Top City for Outdoor Enthusiasts and hosts the legendary Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

    VA BHHCS is where we live and work in rural small town settings, only minutes from Rapid City's shopping, dining, cultural and entertainment venues. The Black Hills experiences more sunny days than Miami or Honolulu, ensuring year round outdoor recreation. Hiking, fishing, rock climbing, canoeing, water skiing, golf, snowmobiling, hunting, camping, downhill and cross country skiing, motorcycling--the opportunities are endless.  You'll find the Black Hills hosting local and national theatre groups, national pow-wow competitions,  symphony orchestras, and a variety of entertainers. Sports enthusiasts will find auto races, college sports, semi-pro hockey, and some of the best in rodeo.

    With primary campuses at Fort Meade and Hot Springs and numerous Community Based Outpatient Clinics, VA BHHCS provides primary and secondary medical and surgical care, along with Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program services, for Veterans from North and South Dakota, Wyoming and Nebraska. VA Black Hills Health Care is part of the VA Midwest Health Care Network (VISN 23) -- where we've been caring for America's Heroes for over 100 years.

    Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Contact the Agency Contact on the last page of the JOA for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.

    For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.

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    Responsibilities

    This position is located in Nutrition and Food Services, VA Medical Center, Hot Springs, SD.  In this position you will serve as a foreman of food service, and production personnel, either directly or through subordinate supervisors.  Supports and carries out Medical Center and Nutrition and Food Service policies and procedures.  Responsible for monitoring and assuring the accuracy of work accomplished by those whom s/he supervises.  Duties of the Cook Supervisor include, but are not limited to:

    ·         Knowledge of the use, operation and mechanics of all tools and equipment in the department and to be able to instruct employees in their operation.

    ·         Knowledge of various kinds, cuts, and grades of meat, poultry, fish, fruits, vegetables, breads, cereals, mil, and dairy products.

    ·         Supervisory skills in reviewing and evaluating subordinate work.

    ·         Knowledge of food preparation and service techniques for regular and modified diets.

    ·         Ability to read, write, interpret recipes, menus, worksheets, and other directives.

    ·         Must know how to use portion control techniques and work with measurements in English and metric number systems.

    ·         Administrative knowledge of food production data, inventory control, forecasting, recipe adjustment, production summaries, ingredient lists, weekly menus, etc.

    ·         Knowledge of how and when to prepare and submit all orders for provisions and supplies.

    ·         Communicates appropriately with veteran patients of all ages.

    Work Schedule:  80 hours per pay period with rotating shifts, 5:30am - 2:00pm; 10:30am-7:00pm

    Position Description Title/PD#:  Cook Supervisor, PD# 20090-0

    Location:  VA Black Hills Health Care System, Nutrition and Food Service, Hot Springs, SD, campus

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Some travel to alternate site may be required

    Supervisory status

    No

    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)

    Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
    • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
    • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
    • Must submit all required documents.
    • Must submit proof of status such as DD214 and or SF 50

    PHYSICAL EFFORT/REQUIREMENTS:

    Performs work light to moderate physical effort: continuous standing and walking; frequent stopping, reaching, pushing, pulling and bending;  frequently lifts or moves objects up to 40 pounds; pushing heavy carts, wheeled cabinets and trucks to unload and store supplies. 

    WORKING CONDITIONS

    The majority of the work is done in an area which would have the typical safety problems of a large institutional kitchen, i.e. slippery floors, extremes of temperatures, extremes of humidity, steam, sharp instruments and high noise levels.

    Qualifications

    Your background must demonstrate the ability to lead and supervise the work of Cooks, Food Service Workers, and Food Service Supervisors.  It also must demonstrate knowledge and experience with food service, food terminology, food measurement, work in a professional kitchen, and maintaining sanitation standards.  (Please be sure examples of your experience are listed in your Resume.)

    EXPERIENCE:  A specific length of training and experience is not required, but you must show evidence of training or experience of sufficient scope and quality of your ability to do the work of this position. Evidence which demonstrates you possess the knowledge, skills, and ability to perform the duties of this position must be supported by detailed descriptions of such on your resume or OF-612. Applicants will be rated in accordance with the OPM Qualification Standard Handbook X-118C ( www.opm.gov/qualifications/x-118c ).

    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social).  Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment.  You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    SCREEN-OUT ELEMENT:  Your qualifications will first be evaluated against the prescribed screen out element, which usually appears as question 1 in the on-line questionnaire.  Those applicants who appear to possess at least the minimal acceptable qualification requirement are considered for further rating; those who do not are rated ineligible and are eliminated.  The potential eligibles are then rated against the remainder of the questions.  The screen-out element for this position is Ability to lead or supervise.

    JOB ELEMENTS:  Those who meet the minimum level of experience and training for the screen-out element will then be evaluated in each of the following job elements:

    1.    Work practices including keeping things neat, clean, and in order.

    2.    Technical practices such as following recipes food handling techniques.

    3.    Ability to interpret instructions, specifications, etc.

    4.    Ability to use and maintain kitchen tools and equipment.

    5.    Knowledge of food service materials such as kinds, cuts, and grades of meat.

    6.    Dexterity to accomplish kitchen work and knowledge of safety practices.

    Education

    Additional information

    The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website.

    Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave :  Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee.  VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service.  This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

    It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

    This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE CANNOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

    Your résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Other

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    Required Documents

    All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
       ·Other (Proof of eligibility to apply as status applicant such as DD214 and or SF 50)
       ·Resume

    Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:


       ·DD-214
       ·OF-306
       ·Other Veterans Document
       ·SF-15
       ·SF-50
       ·Transcript

    Please use this checklist to ensure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).  You will not be contacted for additional information.


    Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), or 10pt (CP/CPS, XPP, XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP), on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section(s) provided. A legible copy of your DD214(s) indicating character of service, disability certification, SF-15 (if claiming 10 pt. preference) or if you are currently serving on active duty and expected to be released or discharged within 120 days; documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.  Documentation is required for eligibility verification.

     

    Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents: You are encouraged to apply online.  Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options.  The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 1830052.

    NOTE:  If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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    Benefits

    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

    VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/benefits/index.asp.

    VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies.  This position may be authorized for telework.  Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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    How to Apply

    All applicants are encouraged to apply online.

    For a short video with explicit instructions and guidance on how to apply online, please click on the following link:  http://vakncdn1.cdn.va.gov/CONTENT/National/ApplyingwithUSAStaffing_3978_1262010_105646.wmv

    To apply for this position, you must complete the View Occupational QuestionnaireView Occupational Questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

    The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, November 09, 2016 to receive consideration.

    1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

    2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package. 

    NOTE:  It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. 

    To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

    To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

    Agency contact information

    Stacie A. Vansickle

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    VHA Black Hills HCS
    113 Comanche Road
    Fort Meade, SD 57741
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    Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1830052

    OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

    Next steps

    After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met.  During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly.  After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service.  Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview.  All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

     

    You may also check the status of your application at any time by logging onto your USAJobs account and clicking on "Application Status." For a more detailed update of your status, click on "more information." Information regarding applicant notification points can be found in the USAJobs Resource Center.

     

     

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Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

Legal and regulatory guidance

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/453928600. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.