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Job Title:Police Officer (FEMALES ENCOURAGED TO APPLY)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:HP-646-12-KE760060

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$31,921.00 to $51,408.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, October 04, 2012 to Thursday, October 25, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0083-05/06

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

7

DUTY LOCATIONS:

3 vacancies - Pittsburgh Metro Area, PA United States

WHO MAY APPLY:

Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)

JOB SUMMARY:

 

 

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):   760060 (Please include on all documents)

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.

 

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

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/.  

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a US citizen to apply for this job
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.

DUTIES:

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Work schedule: Varied, includes weekends, holidays, and night shifts.

Duties/Position Summary:    

***Due to the low number of applications submitted by females during previous announcements, we strongly encourage females with Police/Military Policebackgrounds to apply for this position. All applicants must be status applicants to apply for this position. “Status applicants” refers to those individuals who are current or former Federal civilian employees who hold or held non-temporary appointments in the competitive service, not the excepted service. Certain veterans eligible under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) may also apply and be considered under vacancy announcements limited to status candidates. For information on VEOA eligibility, please visit:http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetguide.asp#Veterans_Employment_Opprtunities_Act_of_1998.***

As an armed Police Officer, incumbent is responsible for law and order, enforcing Federal and appropriate State, City, and local criminal codes and VA Directives and Regulations in the physical protection of patients, visitors and employees; the protection of property of the United States Government and personal property of persons on VA property; the protection of the civil rights of all individuals while on VA controlled property; and in the preservation of a peaceful environment requisite to the operation of the medical treatment programs. Incumbent conducts preliminary investigations, obtains and properly processes physical evidence, seeks out witnesses, interviews complainants, victims, witnesses and suspects; obtains written statements and prepares cases for prosecution. As an officer with prescribed powers of arrest for violation of federal offenses, he/she observes all activity occurring on VA property and is constantly alert to acts of suspicious nature; immediately responds to reports of a crime or a crime-in-progress, and intervenes to abort the criminal act or to investigate and initiate appropriate actions. He/she performs apprehensions, restraints or arrests; issues traffic citations and federal violation notices; reports fire and safety hazards detected and takes immediate action; and is responsive to situations requiring immediate and courteous assistance to patients, visitors and employees. Possesses expertise in the use of unarmed defense and offender restraint as well as non-lethal chemical irritant projector weapon to take action. This is a bargaining unit position.

IMPORTANT NOTES: (1) As a condition of employment, must qualify to be issued a firearm and semi-annually with assigned firearm, annually with an expandable Side Handle Baton, maintain a valid State or Commonwealth Driver’s license and pass annual physical and psychological assessment. Applicant must be able to possess firearms under the terms of the Gun Control Act of 968, as amended (18 U.S.C. 922(g)(9).


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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 QUALIFICATIONS:  One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level.  Creditable specialized experience may have been gained in work on a police force; through service as a military police officer; in performing criminal investigative duties, etc.  PRIVATE POLICE DUTY OR AUXILIARY POLICE DUTY, SECURITY WORK AND COLLEGE SECURITY WORK IS NOT QUALIFYING EXPERIENCE AT THESE LEVELS.  APPLICANT MUST HAVE A VALID DRIVER’S LICENSE.  TIME-IN-GRADE REQUIREMENTS:  Applicants must have served a minimum of 52 weeks at the next lower grade to be eligible for the GS-5 or GS-6 or GS-7.

 

Specialized Experience (for positions at GS-4 and above): Experience that provided knowledge of a body of basic laws and regulations, law enforcement operations, practices, and techniques and involved responsibility for maintaining order and protecting life and property. Creditable specialized experience may have been gained in work on a police force; through service as a military police officer; in work providing visitor protection and law enforcement in parks, forests, or other natural resource or recreational environments; in performing criminal investigative duties; or in other work that provided the required knowledge and skills.

 

Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on OPM's web site at: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/IORs/gs0000/0083.HTM 

 

 

 

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


 

SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE: GS-5: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor’s degree in Police Science or a comparable degree program related to the work of the position.  You must include your college transcripts.  GS-6:  No substitution of education or training may be made for the required specialized experience at the GS-6 level. COMBINING EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:  Successful completion of a Federal, State, county or municipal police academy or comparable training course that included at least 40 classroom hours of instruction in police department procedures and methods, and local law and regulations, may be substituted for a maximum of three months of specialized experience or six months of general experience.  At the GS-5 level, appropriate combinations of qualifying experience and education may be used to meet requirements.  All education must be evidenced by transcripts.

(The incumbent although assigned a primary duty station, may be requested to perform duty assignments at any of the three facilities (University Drive, Highland Drive, H. J. Heinz) of the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System.)

 

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 (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 in order to receive credit for that education. ***

 

 

TEST REQUIREMENTS

Refer to Section V of this Manual for information about test requirements.

INVESTIGATION OF FITNESS

A character investigation may be conducted on applicants selected for employment. The purpose of such an investigation is to secure evidence of the candidate's honesty, integrity, general character, and loyalty to the U.S. Government. Such investigations will be conducted under the security requirements of the hiring agency.

MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS

The duties of these positions require moderate to arduous physical exertion and/or duties of a hazardous nature. The following medical requirements apply to all applicants: good near and distant vision, ability to distinguish basic colors, and ability to hear the conversational voice. Agencies may establish additional, job-related physical or medical requirements provided that the specific position(s) involves the arduous or hazardous duties to which the physical requirements relate.

Applicants and employees must have the capacity to perform the essential functions of the position without risk to themselves or others. Applicants and employees must possess emotional and mental stability. In most instances, a specific medical condition or impairment will not automatically disqualify an applicant or employee. A medical condition or impairment is disqualifying only if the condition, for good medical reason, precludes assignment to or warrants restriction from the duties of the specific position. For some positions, the loss or impairment of a specific function may be compensated for by the satisfactory use of a prosthesis or mechanical aid. Reasonable accommodation shall also be considered in determining an applicant's ability to perform the duties of a position. Reasonable accommodation may include, but is not limited to the use of assistive devices, job modification or restructuring, provision of readers and interpreters, or adjusted work schedules.

All positions involving Federal motor vehicle operation carry the additional medical requirements specified in 5 CFR 930 and the "General Policies and Instructions" section of this Manual.

 

Veterans Preference:  When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference.  For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

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.


BENEFITS:

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Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life.  For more information please visit us at http://www4.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp.



OTHER 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 90 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp.

 

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.

 

RECRUITMENT INCENTIVE IS NOT AUTHORIZED FOR QUALIFIED APPLICANTS

RELOCATION INCENTIVE IS NOT AUTHORIZED FOR QUALIFIED APPLICANTS

RELOCATION EXPENSES IS NOT AUTHORIZED FOR QUALIFIED APPLICANTS

STUDENT LOAN REPAYMENT PROGRAM IS NOT AUTHORIZED FOR QUALIFIED APPLICANTS

 



HOW TO APPLY:

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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. Your Résumé
  2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
  3. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, October 25, 2012.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.  Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is easier, faster, and provides more information as applications are processed.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, simply reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  After applying, return to USAJOBS (https://my.usajobs.gov/Login.aspx) to see the status of your application, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

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 any supporting documents to (478)757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

 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 760060.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following documents are required:


•   Résumé
•   Responses to the questionnaire.
•   Copy of your transcript if you are using education to qualify
•   Evidence of your eligibility to apply for this vacancy (please see checklist).
•   Any other documents required by the
checklist.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Kenneth P. Elshoff
Phone: (412)822-3554
Email: KENNETH.ELSHOFF2@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Pittsburgh VAMC
PLEASE DO NOT MAIL APPLICATIONS
APPLY ONLINE OR FAX
Pittsburgh, PA
00000

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed and assigned an initial rating.  We will also review your application to make sure that your résumé supports the answers given in the questionnaire. If your résumé does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified when your rating is determined. 

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Job Announcement Number:

HP-646-12-KE760060

Control Number:

328170900