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Job Title:Technical Writer - Editor

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide

Job Announcement Number:DEU-12-626274-CB

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$51,630.00 to $81,204.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 to Tuesday, April 3, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1083-09/11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

11

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

VacancyID: 626274 

The Department 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. 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.

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define “who we are,” our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence (“I CARE”).

America's Veterans need you!

To find out more, go to http://www.va.gov/jobs/.

The incumbent serves as a Publications Assistant for the National Center for Ethics in Health Care (NCEHC), Veteran's Health Administration (VHA), located at the Central Office of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in Washington, DC. The NCEHC is VHA's primary office for addressing the complex ethical issues that arise in patient care, health care management, and research. Its mission is to clarify and promote ethical health care practices within VHA and beyond.

Who May Apply: You may apply as an Open Competitive candidate if you are a US Citizen.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Relocation expenses are not authorized

DUTIES:

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The incumbent will:

  • Write articles on timely topics related to health care ethics.
  • Write and edit health care ethics policies.
  • Prepare written materials that interpret and explain policy and apply accepted principles of health care ethics.
  • Conduct research and draft reports that address issues in health care ethics and summarize/describe ethics programs and activities.
  • Edit/proofread scholarly articles to verify factual and bibliographic information and ensure consistency with organizational policy, philosophy, and technical subject matter.
  • Create and edit website content and post the updated/new pages and documents online.
  • Ensure documents are created using the appropriate style and are consistent with regulations, policies, and objectives.
  • Apply technical skills and experience with desktop publishing (e.g., Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, and Acrobat) to develop high-quality publications, presentations, and other communications/outreach materials.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Basic Requirements

In order to be considered for this position, you must meet basic requirements via one of the two below options.

Education: Fifteen (15) semester hours of undergraduate or graduate level education in health care ethics or a related field (e.g., bioethics, clinical ethics, philosophy, health policy, or a clinical field) with at least one course above the introductory level in health care ethics or related field. NOTE: You MUST submit supporting transcripts if using education to qualify.

-OR-

Experience: Experience that demonstrates the ability to acquire and present technical information through independent reading, interviews with subject-matter specialists, data interpretation and analysis, or other appropriate methods. Such experience may have been acquired as a writer or editor of technical reports, articles, manuals, or specifications.

Minimum Qualifications

In addition to fulfilling the basic requirements above, applicants must meet minimum qualification requirements for the appropriate grade as listed below.

GS-09

Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience equivalent the GS-07 level of the Federal service performing the following duties: conducting research in health care ethics; editing documents to verify content and bibliographic information and propose adjustments; utilizing information technology to publish products in print, electronic, and web-based modalities; consulting with the original author of a document or subject matter experts to resolve potential conflict; and generating documents that present information in a way to optimize positive audience reaction.

-OR-

Education: Master's or equivalent graduate degree in health care ethics or related field (e.g., bioethics, clinical ethics, philosophy, health policy, or a clinical field), 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, or a LL.B. or J.D. NOTE: You MUST submit supporting transcripts if using education to qualify.

-OR-

Combination: A combination of the above described education and experience totaling 100% of the stated minimum qualifications for this position at the GS-09. NOTE: You MUST submit supporting transcripts if using education to qualify.

GS-11

Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience equivalent the GS-09 level of the Federal service performing the following duties: conducting research and drafting reports on health care ethics programs and activities; conducting research while editing to verify information and propose adjustments taking into account various target audiences; utilizing information technology to publish and disseminate products in print, electronic, and web-based modalities; consulting with the original author of a document or subject matter experts to resolve potential conflict; and generating documents that present information in a way to optimize positive audience reaction.

-OR-

Education: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in health care ethics or related field (e.g., bioethics, clinical ethics, philosophy, health policy, or a clinical field), 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, or a LL.M. NOTE: You MUST submit supporting transcripts if using education to qualify.

-OR-

Combination: A combination of the above described education and experience totaling 100% of the stated minimum qualifications for this position at the GS-11. NOTE: You MUST submit supporting transcripts if using education to qualify.

You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:

  • Technical Writing
  • Proofreading and Editing
  • Desktop Publishing
  • Oral Communication
  • Written Communication

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications .

 

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC.  WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.  If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).


APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: 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.  Please refer to this checklist to ensure proper accreditation and for foreign education requirements.

Veteran's Preference:

When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability.

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non service-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed " SF15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," (go to http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf) and required documentation with your application materials. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.

 

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Applicants will be ranked based on four quality groups, as follows:

  • Best qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position;
  • Highly qualified - applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job;
  • Well qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the job; and
  • Qualified - applicants possessing experience and/or education that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors.

After the vacancy announcement closes, reviewed applications are evaluated against the questionnaire responses and placed in the appropriate quality group.  Qualified veterans will be afforded preference by being placed at the top of the appropriate quality group.  Qualifying veterans with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be placed at the top of the best qualified group.  The best qualified group is the first to be referred to the hiring facility for further consideration and possible interview.  The remaining groups may be referred based on the number of applicants available.


BENEFITS:

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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package.  This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:  http://www.va.gov/jobs/job_benefits/benefits.asp

The Federal Government has special appointing authorities for persons with qualifying disabilities (go to http://www.opm.gov/disability/peoplewithdisabilities.asp).   For additional information on these, and other special appointing authorities, refer to this checklist or contact the hiring Human Resources Management Service at: 810 Vermont Ave NW
Washington, DC 20420



OTHER INFORMATION:

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. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

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



HOW TO APPLY:

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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete application (See "Required Documents" section below).  The complete Application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, April 03, 2012.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button on the right side of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Be sure to upload the required documents before you submit your application.  Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.  Mailed/emailed applications will not be accepted.

Note: To change or update your application, simply reapply through My USAJOBS, before the closing date.  To check the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (https://my.usajobs.gov/account/login?returnurl=~/applicant/myaccount/home), select Application Status and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.

If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire: http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf .
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144.  Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
  4. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID: 626274.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following documents are required:

  1. Resume
  2. Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire
  3. Other documents - 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), ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for well-qualified, displaced Federal employees), or documentation to support Veterans Preference claims.  You will not be contacted for additional information.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Midwest Services Branch
Phone: (816)426-5706
Email: KANSASCITY@OPM.GOV
Agency Information:
Central Office Human Resources Service
810 Vermont Ave NW
Washington, DC
20420

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After the vacancy announcement closes and a referral certificate is issued, an electronic notification letter - or e-mail - will be sent to applicants who provide an e-mail address.  Otherwise, you will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service within 2 to 4 weeks.

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Job Announcement Number:

DEU-12-626274-CB

Control Number:

312072400