The Review Appraiser (RA) position is located in the Regional Loan Center (RLC) at the St. Paul Regional Office in St. Paul, MN. The RA is responsible for oversight of an assigned multi-state jurisdiction and will perform a full range of construction and valuation matters affecting the VA Loan Guaranty Program.Learn more about this agency
- Analyze the appraisals of real property, both existing and newly built properties, to ensure compliance with USPAP (Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice) and/or Department of Veterans Affairs appraisal procedures.
- Demonstrate thoroughness and proficiency in conducting oversight of completed construction and valuation related work completed done by lending institution staff and external appraisers.
- Assist Veterans, service members, and family members via written correspondence or phone to address construction and valuation related questions.
- Discuss issues with lending institution staff and real estate appraisers via email or phone and provide solutions to their inquiries.
- Manage multiple assignments to ensure proper and timely oversight of the construction and valuation aspects of the VA Home Loan program.
- Research comparable real estate sales information to determine market conditions and validity of value determinations.
- Analyze appraisal reports and utilizing standard appraisal techniques to determine the accuracy of the property value estimation.
- Travel overnight when required.
- Review condominium projects throughout the RLC's jurisdiction for compliance with VA regulations and requirements.
- Monitor the assignment of appraisal reviews to external appraisers and ensure completion of appraisals to prevent delay of loan closing or a foreclosure sale.
- Assess application packages and provide recommendations to management on potential qualified appraisers for the VA fee panel.
- Work with VA Regional Counsel on legal issues such as community water systems, private roads, easements and encroachments
- Responsible for a full range of construction and valuation matters affecting the VA Loan Guaranty Program, including the processing of construction complaints, reconsideration of valuate requests, and VA fee panel recruitment.
25% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.
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Conditions Of Employment
- You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
- Selectees are subject to a background/suitability investigation.
- Selective Service registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
- A probationary period may be required for employees and supervisors.
- A valid driver's licensed and able to operate a motor vehicle.
- Maybe required to travel overnight to off-site locations.
- Selected applicant(s) will be required to complete an online onboarding process.
- This is not a virtual position.
QualificationsTo qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date.
To qualify for grade level 11: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-09) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Specialized experience is defined as work that involves:
(1) Interpreting and applying regulations, laws and procedures specific to issues related to the construction and valuation of residential property; (2) Making sound decisions based on appraisal and construction knowledge and analytical results; (3) Conducting desk reviews of compliance inspection reports on newly constructed properties to ensure accuracy and compliance with construction exhibits.
Applicants may substitute education for experience at grade GS-11: With a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree; or Three (3) full years (54 semester credit hours) of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; or LL.M. if related. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.
Applicants may combine education and experience to qualify for grade level GS-11.
To calculate, first identify the percentage of required GRADUATE level college education you have earned. Only graduate level education in excess of the amount required for the next lower grade level may be used in combination with experience. For example, for grade GS-9, only graduate level education beyond the first year of study (18 semester hours or the equivalent) may be combined with experience to meet total qualifications. Likewise, for grade GS-11, only graduate level education beyond the first two years (36 semester hours or the equivalent) may be combined with experience to meet total qualifications. Example: The position to be filled is at grade GS-9. You have 6 months of specialized experience equivalent to grade GS-7, and you have completed 27 semester hours of graduate level education. You meet 50 percent of the qualifications required through experience. You also meet 50 percent of the qualifications required through experience. You are eligible because both percentages in this example together will add up to 100 percent. Your first year of graduate study is not qualifying for GS-9. Your first two years of graduate study are not qualifying for GS-11. In every case where combinations of experience education are used, the total percentage must equal at least 100 percent in order for you to be qualified.
Note: 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 you document, to include volunteer experience.
Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually 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 per week spent in such employment.
A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
Only education or a degree recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from an accredited college, university, school, or institution may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must include a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript(s) in order to receive credit for that education.
Applications submitted without the required supporting documents will not be accepted. An unofficial transcript; statement from the institution's registrar, dean, or other appropriate official; or equivalent documentation is acceptable at the time of application. Education submitted must be appropriately accredited by an accredited body recognized by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education. For additional information, refer to the U.S. Department of Education web site at http://www.ed.gov/.
Work Schedule: Regular office hours, Monday - Employees may be required to work until 6:00 CST.
Promotion Potential: There is no promotion potential for this position, as it is expected that this position will be filled at full performance grade level of GS-11.
Physical Requirements: The work is sedentary. Typically the employee may sit comfortably to do the work. However, there may be some walking, standing, bending or carrying of light items such as papers and books. No special physical demands are required to perform the work. The Department of Veterans Affairs provides reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities.
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 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 and be found well-qualified for this vacancy. A well-qualified candidate is defined as meeting all of the minimum qualification standards and eligibility requirements as well as possessing skills that clearly exceed the minimum qualifications requirements for this position. Specifically, a well-qualified candidate will score 90 or above within the assessment portion of this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility can be found here
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.
Notice to Applicants: Itis the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. Information about an individual's employment experience will be used only to determine the person's qualifications and to assess his or her relative level of knowledge, skills, and abilities. Although an individual's personal conduct may be relevant in any employment decision, including conduct during periods of unemployment or evidence of dishonesty in handling financial matters, financial difficulty that has arisen through no fault of the individual will generally not itself be the basis of an unfavorable suitability or fitness determination.
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. Applicants who do not fully address in their resumes the specialized experience needed for the position (as described in the job announcement), or who do not possess the education to substitute for it, will not be referred for further consideration.
You will be rated on the following competencies based on your application for this position:
- Ability to read, understand, interpret and apply rules and regulations from directives, manuals and oral/written instructions.
- Ability to learn and correctly employ sound realty appraisal principles in reviewing work produced by fee appraisers to determine validity of reports and use of data developed as a basis for issuance of Notices of Value.
- Ability to communicate orally and in writing with individuals having a variety of backgrounds and levels of understanding, to include veterans and persons in all sectors of the housing industry, and individuals who may be upset, hostile or unreceptive.
- Ability to analyze laws, regulations, various data and information, in order to apply sound judgment when issuing or reviewing a Notice of Value.
- Ability to work independently, such as in organizing work, establishing priorities, meeting deadlines, applying judgment, maintaining complete and accurate records, and using one's own discretion.
After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly.
Your application will be evaluated using the category rating method based on your responses to the assessment questions and the documents you submit. If you meet the basic requirements for the position, your application will be evaluated and placed into one of three categories:
- Best Qualified Category - Candidates who meet the minimum qualification requirements and demonstrate a high level of the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the duties of the position.
- Well Qualified Category - Candidates who meet the minimum qualification requirements and demonstrate a satisfactory level of the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the duties of the position.
- Qualified Category - Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications requirements.
- Your resume may be submitted in any format, however, we strongly recommend using USA Jobs resume builder as it contains all of the information required on Federal resumes.
- For qualifications determinations your resume must reflect hours worked per week, the inclusive dates of employment, and the level of your experience. If your resume does not reflect this information you will not receive credit for the experience.
- If you submit more than one copy of your resume, the most recent version will be reviewed. The latest timestamp will be used to determine which version of your resume is "most recent." It is your responsibility to check the status and timestamp of all documents you submit as part of your application. We would recommend that you not submit more than one version of your resume.
- If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, we will not use it to make eligibility and qualification determinations, and you may not be considered further for the vacancy.
- A legible copy of your DD Form 214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty," showing all dates of service, as well as character of service (Honorable, General, etc.) is required. The member copy 2 or 4 of your DD Form 214 is preferable. Copies of DD-214's can be requested here.
- Current active duty members must submit a signed statement of service from their commander dated within the last 120 days that reflects their expected discharge date, their release from active duty under honorable conditions, any medals awarded, and the timeframe of their service so that eligibility can be determined.
- Veterans or others (spouse, parents, widow, widower) claiming 10 point preference must also submit an SF-15 and all documents indicated on the form as proof of type of preference. This includes a VA letter supporting your disability claim with the overall percentage listed.
- If you are unsure as to whether you qualify for veterans' preference, please consult the U.S. Department of Labor's Veterans' Preference Advisor here
- If you are basing all or some of your qualifications on education or if a degree is required for the position, a transcript must be included as part of your application package.
- An unofficial transcript may be submitted, however, it must reflect the course names, levels, credits earned, grades received, and degree conferred if applicable.
- Your transcript (official of unofficial) must reflect the degree conferred date if you are substituting a degree for experience.
- A photocopy of your degree is not acceptable in lieu of a transcript.
- An official transcript will be required at a later date if you are selected for the position.
- Whenever possible it is preferable that you submit copies of official transcripts. Unofficial transcripts may lack essential information necessary for a full evaluation of your qualifications.
- Certification of expected separation, reduction-in-force separation notice, or notice of proposed removal; and your most recent performance evaluation; and an SF-50 demonstrating your separation or the position you will be separated from; or
- Worker's compensation separation (agency certification of inability to place employee and notification of separation or a separation SF-50; or
- Disability annuity termination (notification from OPM of disability annuity termination and separation SF-50 of the last position held); or
- Military reserve or National Guard technician special disability retirement annuity under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456 (certification of special disability retirement annuity from a military department or National Guard bureau and separation SF-50 of the last position held).
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
To apply for this position, you must complete the https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/11043350 and submit the documentation specified in the required documents section below.
The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 03/05/2021 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 résumé and/or other supporting documents and to complete the occupational questionnaire.
2. Click submit my answers to submit your application package.
Note: It is your responsibility to ensure that your response and any appropriate documentation is submitted by the closing date of the announcement. To verify that your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, 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 your application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process. To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS accountand 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.
Alternate Application Information: If you are unable to apply online you may review additional options: here You may also call the Alternate Application phone line Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, excluding Federal Holidays, at 1-478-744-2360.
Agency contact information
AddressSt Paul Regional Benefit Office
1 Federal Dr, Fort Snelling
St Paul, MN 55111-4050
Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 11043350
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The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) provides a variety of benefits and services to service members, veterans and their families. The VBA has been undergoing a major transformation that is people-centric, results-oriented and forward-looking, and which includes integration of solutions that will ensure total lifelong engagement with service members, veterans and their families.
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After the review is complete, a referral certificate will be issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided). 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.
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A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.
Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
- 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.
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You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/593569000. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.