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Job Title:Research Health Science Specialist

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:792485KD

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$96,867.00 to $125,926.00 / Per Year


Friday, November 23, 2012 to Wednesday, December 5, 2012




Full Time - Excepted Service Term NTE 13 Months


1 vacancy in the following location:
Menlo Park, CA United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):   792485

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.



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


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.


  • 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.


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Appointment is in the Excepted Service under Schedule B authority for research positions. This appointment does not confer eligibility to be non-competitively converted to career-conditional or career appointment. The duration of the appointment is not to extend (NTE) 13 months; however, it may be reduced/or extended depending upon the research project funding.

This position is within the Program Evaluation and Resource Center (PERC), a component of the Office of Mental Health Operations (OMHO) in Patient Care Services within the Veterans Health Administration. PERC is responsible for providing strategic guidance and program evaluation to improve the quality and availability of treatment for Veterans with substance use disorders and related concerns including mental health disorders, behavioral health disorders, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and homelessness. This program evaluation includes attention to special populations such as returning service members from Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom (OIF/OEF), women, and aging Veterans, as well as new treatment paradigms such as primary care-mental health integration and Veteran-centered and recovery-focused care.


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Education: Successful completion of a full 4 year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included a major field of study or specific course requirements related to the health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position (i.e., sociology, social psychology, clinical psychology, public health, or related field)? (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED)



Specialized Experience: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 level in the Federal service. (MUST FULLY SUBSTANTIATE IN DETAILED FEDERAL RESUME) Specialized experience is progressively responsible experience, which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and is in or related to the work of the position. Such qualifying specialized experience includes:


·         Demonstrated expertise in theory and research regarding prescription medication misuse and abuse, pain management, and substance use disorders.

·         Demonstrated expertise in theory and research in the study of substance use disorders in military/Veteran populations.

·         Comprehensive knowledge of advanced research and program evaluation designs.

·         Demonstrated knowledge and experience with diverse qualitative data collection and analysis techniques.

·         Ability to critically evaluate relevant theory and research in the scientific literature and interpret the findings for program evaluation, implementation, and education-related activities.

·         Ability to translate research and program evaluation findings into practice through presentations, educational materials, and briefings to diverse audiences including senior leadership.


(Your resume/application must support your responses. If using education to qualify, education must demonstrate that it provided the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position. Unofficial transcripts will suffice for application purposes only; if selected, official transcripts will be required.


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


·         Skill in developing and conducting complex, high-profile program evaluation and research projects.

·         Experience analyzing qualitative and quantitative data from program evaluation and research projects.

·         Ability to communicate results of program evaluation and research projects effectively with diverse stakeholders.

·         Expert knowledge of relevant subject areas.

·         Ability to manage day-to-day operations in a professional environment.


For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at .

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC.  WE MAY 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 (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:  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. ***

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


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.


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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 .


RPL/ICTAP/CTAP:  The Reemployment Priority List (RPL), 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. Information about RPL, ICTAP, and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at:


Reasonable Accommodation: This office provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If requested and appropriate, and you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify this office either orally or in writing. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

Information about Reasonable Accommodation is on OPM’s Reasonable Accommodation website at:


The Department of Veterans Affairs supports a drug-free environment.


The Department of Veterans Affairs is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

VA employees, applicants for employment, and former employees shall not be discriminated against based on race, color, religion, gender (sex), national origin, age, physical or mental disability, and/or reprisal for filling a charge of discrimination, participating in an investigation, or having opposed prohibited discrimination.  Sexual and non-sexual harassment based on the above categories is also prohibited.


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.


This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies within (90) days.







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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 Thursday, December 13, 2012.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the bottom 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 (, 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: .
  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 using the following Vacancy ID: 792485.  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.


The following documents are required:

  • Federal Résumé.
  • Responses to the questionnaire.
  • Copy of your transcript to met "Basic Requirement."
  • SF-50 (if current, permanent federal employee)
  • Any other documents required by the checklist.
  •  OF-306 – Declaration for Federal Employment. A fillable version of the form can be found here: 


Resume Reminder - Your federal resume must include the following information for each job listed: job title; duties (be as detailed as possible); month & year start/end dates (e.g., June 2007 to April 2008); and indication of full-time or part-time status (include hours worked per week).


Phone: (650)493-5000x63951
Fax: (478)757-3144
TDD: (650)493-3951
Agency Information:
VHA Palo Alto HCS
Department of Veterans Affairs
Palo Alto Health Care System
Palo Alto, CA
94304 Fax: (478)757-3144


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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