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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?
TheDepartment of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service.
If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans. The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.
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NOTE: This is a virtual position; the site will be determined upon selection. The salary will be adjusted to include the locality adjustment for the specific location of the selected applicant.
This position is located within the Human Resources Development (HRD) program, Workforce Management & Consulting (WMC), Veterans Health Administration (VHA), and reports to the Director, Human Resource Development who provides administrative supervision and broad guidance on operational requirements. This position's primary purpose is to develop and manage large, comprehensive, competency-based learning interventions and programs and services for VA-wide HR professionals with a focus on new talent development. Through the direction and management of assigned staff, the incumbent is responsible for leading the development and execution of new, agency-wide, Human Resources (HR) Training Programs and Initiatives and as a supervisory Human Resources Specialist leading the planning, organizing, coordinating, reviewing and evaluating of assigned staff.
The VA HR New Talent Development Program is a multi-phased, competency-based, training and development program for all HR professionals across the VA. Focusing on developing key core and complex consultant level competencies in all HR Specialists across the Department within the first critical year of entry into the occupation in VA, this program will serve HR professionals in all Administrations and Staff offices. This position will direct the broad strategic direction of the program and other expanded initiatives for development of new HR talent as part of a comprehensive "HR School" for VA. This program will identify, asses, enroll, train, coach, and evaluate more than 500 HR professionals/year through a multi-phased, multi-track, multi-modality program of VA-specific (unique VA and VHA laws, policies and process), highly complex, technical curriculum with the purpose of improving and standardizing HR operations and consultation across VA.
The incumbent provides technical and administrative supervision to a unit of (3) HR Specialists (HR Development), GS-201-13, and (2) HR Specialists (HR Development), GS-201-12. The incumbent oversees the daily operation of the unit, ensures that agency policies and priorities are being followed; develops performance standards; and evaluates work performance of subordinates. The incumbent gives advice, counsel, and instruction to employees on both work and administrative matters. The incumbent hears and resolves minor complaints from employees; refers group grievances and more serious unresolved complaints to a higher level supervisor or manager; effects minor disciplinary measures such as warnings and reprimands and recommends action in more serious cases. The incumbent interviews candidates for positions in the unit; recommends appointments, promotions, and reassignments to unit positions; identifies and provides for training needs; and finds ways to improve production or increase the quality of work within the area of authority. The incumbent carries out Equal Employment Opportunity policies and program activities.
Work schedule: Full-time; Monday-Friday; 8:00am-4:30pm
Compressed/Flexible Schedule: May be authorized
Telework: May be authorized
Position Description Title/PD#: Supervisory HR Specialist (HR Development)/ 02590-O
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: NOT AUTHORIZED
PCS Expenses: NOT AUTHORIZED
Financial Disclosure Report: No
25% or less - Position requires up to 25% travel
Who May Apply
This job is open to…Agency Employees - Open to Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) Employees Only
Questions? This job is open to 1 group.
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Conditions Of Employment
- You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
- You may be required to serve a probationary period.
- Designated and/or random drug testing may be required,
- Subject to a background/security investigation.
Physical Requirements: The work is mostly sedentary and accomplished in a typical office or classroom setting with little physical demands, although some slight physical effort may be required occasionally related to carrying of items or baggage while in a travel status or to facilitate training events, conferences, briefings, meetings, etc. Normal inconveniences typical of public transportation associated with air, rail, or taxi travel may be required while performing official duty travel or local travel.
QualificationsTo qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 12/07/2017.
Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current, permanent Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-14 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-13 grade level. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 showing your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials.
Specialized Experience: To qualify at the GS-14 level you must have at least one (1) full year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GS-13), that is directly related to the work of this position and has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties as a Supervisory Human Resources Specialist (HR Development). Please ensure your application/resume contains sufficient details to show how the specialized experience was met.
Examples of specialized experience included extensive knowledge and mastery of the concepts, principles, and practices of HR development to plan, coordinate, guide, direct, and implement large VA-wide, comprehensive training and development programs and interventions; knowledgeable of principles and procedures of program analysis and the ability to design and conduct organizational and occupational assessments in order to measure and improve overall organizational performance; and able to analyze, review, and evaluate HR training programs for quality and effectiveness and make recommendations to senior management official concerning creating, organizing, and improving internal learning activities within the VA. Experienced at directing staff and resources; promoted program objectives and educated stakeholders, gaining support and compliance from various audiences; effectively identified and executed partnerships with field staff, leadership, VA program offices, and federal entities; and integrated evaluation systems and provided data-driven measures of success, recommending program improvements when necessary. Practiced in consensus building, negotiating, and coalition building in order to optimize partnerships, gain stakeholder support, and lead large interdisciplinary teams and groups through the planning, designing, and execution of new training programs and initiatives VA-wide.
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.
A full year of work is 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited based on time spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript to receive credit for that education.
Receiving Service Credit or 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 employee's 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. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.
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 (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/.
The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.
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.
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 for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.
Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.
For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.
If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.
How You Will Be Evaluated
In describing your experience, please be clear and specific. We will not make assumptions regarding your experience.
After you have met the minimum qualifications and been referred you will be rated on the following competencies based on your application for this position:
- Knowledge and mastery of concepts, principles, and practices of HR development.
- Ability to conduct organizational and occupational assessments to improve organizational performance.
- Ability to analyze, review, and evaluate HR training programs for quality and effectiveness in meeting the specific needs of VA.
- Ability to create, organize, and improve learning activities supporting development of Title 5 and Title 38 competencies within the VA.
- Ability to manage staff and resources in the performance of very large and complex HR program development and execution.
- Skilled in preparing, analyzing and presenting data related to the execution of HR -related training data with the VA.
- Skilled in providing expert consultation on HR learning and development programs to all levels of VA leadership, program officials and stakeholders.
Narrative responses are not required presently. If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the competencies; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.
Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully.
Background checks and security clearance
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to make sure 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.
- Cover Letter
- Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs)
- Other Veterans Document
(Required SF-50s are the most recent SF-50 (not an award) and the SF-50 that shows when TIG was met)
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
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.
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.
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.
How to Apply
All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 12/07/2017 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10089617.
- To begin, click "Apply Online" and create a USA JOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
- Click "Submit My Answers" to submit your application package.
Agency contact information
VHA Nationwide Recruitment
2402 Wildwood Ave Suite 301
Sherwood, AR 72120
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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.
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