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    Summary

    As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. 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. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/.

     

    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

    The primary purpose of this position is to serve as a Human Resources (HR) Specialist providing advisory and technical services in employee relations and employee benefits. The position is located in the Human Resources Management Service (HRMS), Employee Relations Section, WJB Dorn VA Medical Center, Columbia, SC.
     
    The incumbent is under the supervision of the Employee/Labor Relations Supervisor in HRMS. When performing Employee Relations functions, the incumbent performs senior level administrative, evaluative and technical work concerned with establishing and maintaining effective employer-employee relationships that contribute to the satisfactory productivity, motivation, morale and discipline. Work involves providing advice and assistance to employees and managers, program administration, research and case management in matters related to conduct, performance, attendance and dispute resolution. When performing the duties in the Employee Benefits Programs, incumbent serves as a Human Resources Specialist performing duties that include the administration and operation of the workers' compensation and retirement programs. Duties include but are not limited to the following:

    - Maintains agency OWCP case files. Responsible for compiling and analyzing statistical data to determine trends in costs and types of injuries resulting in compensation claims.

    - Performs duties supporting the facility's retirement program, resolves problems in the local administration of the program, and determines the appropriate treatment of retirement issues that are moderately complex.
    - Advises and assists employees and supervisors on employee relations issues up to and including those which are sensitive, serious or controversial.

    - Provides information on employee rights and obligations. Maintains expertise in assigned program areas by keeping abreast of the latest changes in Federal and agency regulations and case laws.

    - Responsible for the administration and oversight of the medical center's injury compensation program that includes a network of satellite outpatient clinics. Provides technical guidance to managers, supervisors, and employees.

    Performs other related duties as assigned.

    Tour of Duty:  Monday – Friday, an 8 hour shift between 7:30 am and 5:00 pm (subject to change based on agency needs)
    Position Description:  HR Spec/01087-A

    Promotion Potential: The selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    12

    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    OPEN TO CURRENT PERMANENT VA EMPLOYEES ONLY

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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.
    • Time in grade must be met by closing date of announcement.
    • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

    Physical Requirements: The work is sedentary and requires no special physical abilities. It may involve some walking, standing, bending, or carrying or light items. Occasional travel to facilities within the Network may be required to attend meetings and conferences and to conduct HR work.

     

    Time-in-grade: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements. For a GS-11 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-9 level.   For a GS-12 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-11 level.

    Qualifications

    To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

    QUALIFICATIONS:
    GS-11 Level:
    Education:  Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related.  Unofficial transcripts are required.
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    Specialized Experience:  Applicants may qualify with one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 grade level.  Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.  To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization.  Specialized experienced is experience gained typically in a civilian human resources setting in which the employee independently carries out the assignments in conformance with accepted policies and practices; adheres to instructions, policies, and guidelines in exercising judgment to resolve commonly encountered work problems and deviations; and brings controversial information or findings to the supervisor's attention for direction.  Examples includes experience in providing advice and assistance to employees and managers, program administration, research, and case management in matters related to conduct, performance, attendance, dispute resolution, workers' compensation, and retirement.  Specialized experience also includes experience in establishing and maintaining effective relationships – including the use of non-traditional collaborative approaches – with labor organizations that represent Federal employees, negotiating and administering labor agreements, and providing guidance and consultation to management on a variety of labor relations matters. 
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    Combination of Education and Specialized Experience.  Applicants may qualify with a combination of education and specialized experience.  Unofficial transcripts are required.


    GS-12 Level:
    Education:  Applicants can not qualify with education at this grade level but must meet the specialized experience requirement.

    Specialized Experience:  Applicants may qualify with one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level.  Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.  To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization.  Specialized experienced is experience gained typically in a civilian human resources setting in which the employee serves as a subject matter expert, independently carries out the assignments in conformance with accepted policies and practices; adheres to instructions, policies, and guidelines in exercising judgment to resolve commonly encountered work problems and deviations; and brings controversial information or findings to the supervisor's attention for direction.  Examples includes experience in providing advice and assistance to employees and managers, program administration, research, and case management in matters related to conduct, performance, attendance, dispute resolution, workers' compensation, and retirement.  Specialized experience also includes experience in establishing and maintaining effective relationships – including the use of non-traditional collaborative approaches – with labor organizations that represent Federal employees, negotiating and administering labor agreements, and providing guidance and consultation to management on a variety of labor relations matters.  Experience includes experience in drafting organizational policies and standard operating procedures.


    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.

    Education

    Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment.  You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/.   If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that 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. 

    Placement Policy:   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.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    You will be rated on the following competencies based on your application for this position.

    Competency 1 – Knowledge of employee relations concepts, principles and practices; legal and regulatory requirements; and case law (e.g., related to reasonable accommodation, prohibited HR practices, and third party powers and procedures).
    Competency 2 - Knowledge and skill of labor relations to advise managers about appropriate disciplinary or other corrective techniques that are applicable to a range of conduct and performance problems; explain rules and procedures to employees and help them understand their rights and obligations.
    Competency 3 - Knowledge of and skill in applying laws, regulations, standardized principles, practices, and procedures of the OWCP program.
    Competency 4 - Knowledge of and skill in applying retirement laws, regulations, procedures, and respective legislative changes.
    Competency 5 - Ability to communicate orally and in writing with people of varying backgrounds and levels of understanding and work calmly and rationally in stressful and pressure situations.

     

    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 knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.


    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

    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 2027471.

    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.

    To apply for this position, you must complete the View 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 Friday, January 19, 2018 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

    Brittany A. Madonna

    Address

    VHA Columbia SC VAMC
    Department of Veterans Affairs
    6439 Garners Ferry Road
    Columbia, SC 29209
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    Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):2027471

    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 check the status of your application at any time by logging into 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.

     

     

     

     

     

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

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/486890600. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.