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Job Title:POLICE OFFICER

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:OG-13-DFo-813113

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$31,315.00 to $45,376.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, December 21, 2012 to Wednesday, January 02, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0083-05/06

POSITION INFORMATION:

Part Time 20 hours - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

06

DUTY LOCATIONS:

2 vacancies in the following location:
White River Junction, VT United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

VacancyID: 813113 

***APPLY ONLINE OR BY FOLLOWING THE FAXING INSTRUCTIONS LOCATED IN THE "HOW TO APPLY" SECTION***

                            ***THIS IS A PART-TIME POSITION, SALARY WILL BE PRORATED***

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/

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation.

DUTIES:

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This is a part-time position (___20___ hours/week).  The salary listed represents full-time employment and will be pro-rated based on the actual number of hours worked each pay period.   Likewise, benefits and time off accrual will also be prorated and based on the number of hours worked each pay period.

This position involves a multi-grade career ladder. The major duties listed below represent the full performance level of GS-06. At the GS-05 grade level, the incumbent performs assignments of a more limited scope and with less independence. The incumbent will progressively acquire the background necessary to perform at the full performance level of GS-06. Promotion is at the discretion of the supervisor and is contingent upon satisfactory performance, availability of higher level work, and availability of funds. Promotion is not guaranteed and no promise of promotion is implied.

 

These positions are located at the VA Medical Center, White River Junction, VT.

· Providing protection to patients, visitors, and employees

· Responding to threats, criminal activities and other emergencies

· Using physical force to control, arrest, and subdue individuals

· Interpreting rules and regulations

· Patrolling designated areas on foot and by vehicle

· Using and storing firearms

· Completing reports and booking procedures

· Other related duties as assigned

 

DESIGNATED DRUG-TESTING POSITION: Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received.

 

Work Schedule: Rotating shifts

 

  ***RELOCATION EXPENSES AND/OR INCENTIVES ARE NOT AUTHORIZED***


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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REQUIRES: A valid unrestricted driver's license.

AND

GS-05 REQUIRES: One (1) year of specialized experience in active police work that equipped you 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. Examples of specialized experience may include: a knowledge of basic laws and regulations, law enforcement operations, practices and techniques; assisting with the pursuit and apprehension of persons involved in a crime scene or attempting to resist arrest; conducting investigations and interviews; enforcing traffic/parking regulations; and assisting at an accident or crime scene. Successful completion of a Federal, State, county, municipal, local law and regulations may be substituted for a maximum of 3 months of specialized experience. You must submit proof of completion. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least one year at the GS-04 grade level in Federal service. (To receive credit for these skills, they must be documented in your application/resume.)

OR

GS-05: A Bachelor's degree or four (4) years of post high school education (one year is the equivalent of 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours) leading to a Bachelor's degree in Police Science or a comparable degree program from an accredited institution that demonstrates your ability to perform the duties of the position. (Transcripts are required.)

OR

GS-05 SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION: An equivalent combination of specialized experience and post high school education as described for the GS-05 grade level that demonstrates your ability to perform the duties of the position. 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 (3) months of specialized experience or six (6) months of general experience. (Your experience must be documented in your application/resume and transcripts are requested.)

 

GS-06 REQUIRES: One (1) year of specialized experience in active police work that equipped you 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? Examples of specialized experience may include: knowledge of basic laws/regulations and law enforcement operations, practices and techniques; maintaining order and protecting life and property; knowledge of courtroom procedures; effectively and safely using and storing firearms; pursuing and apprehending persons fleeing a crime or resisting arrest; subduing individuals causing disturbances and arresting violators; performing the search and seizure of evidence and contraband; conducting investigations; and preparing accurate and concise police reports containing all pertinent information. Experience must be equivalent to the next lower grade level in Federal service. (To receive credit for these skills, they must be documented in your application/resume.)

 

                                 ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR POLICE OFFICER POSITION:

1. Applicants must possess a valid, unrestricted State driver's license, have a safe driving record, and demonstrate that he or she is medically qualified to operate the appropriate motor vehicle safely.

2. VA Police Officers must be able to achieve and maintain mandatory firearm qualification/certification.

3. New VA Police Officers are required to attend an 8-week course at the VA Law Enforcement Training Center in Little Rock, Arkansas within 90 days of entry on duty.

4. A character investigation will 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.

5. A medical examination is required. 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.

6. 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. A psychological examination is required. 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.

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

  • Knowledge of arrest techniques, practices and procedures
  • Knowledge of general law enforcement methods and techniques
  • Ability to operate effectively in stressful situations
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing
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    PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Regular and recurring physical exertions such as long periods of standing or walking. The Police Officer engages in such exertions when responding to alarms, pursuing suspects, or walking foot patrol in and around the facility. Other physical demands include: the apprehension and restraint of violent and/or uncooperative individuals, and defending others against physical attack. Must demonstrate level of physical fitness annually.

    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.  If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.

    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: 215 North Main Street
    White River Junction, VT 05009



    OTHER INFORMATION:

    Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

    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 (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) 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.  

    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.

    You may be required to serve a probationary period. 



    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 Wednesday, January 02, 2013.

    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), 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: 813113.  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:

    VHA Nationwide DEU
    Phone: (501)257-4134
    Email: CAVHS.DEU@VA.GOV
    Agency Information:
    VHA DEU Bedford
    PLEASE DO NOT MAIL APPLICATIONS
    APPLY ONLINE OR FAX ONLY
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    USA

    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:

    OG-13-DFo-813113

    Control Number:

    334257900