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Job Title:  Program Specialist
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  VESO-815446-EB-13

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$89,033.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, January 09, 2013 to Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Full Time - Multiple Appointment Types
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map
Veterans Eligible for a Noncompetitive Appointment


If you meet one of the following special hiring authorities you may be considered. You must also meet the basic qualifications for the position.

30% or More Disabled Veteran - This authority allows consideration of any Veteran with a 30% or more service-connected disability.

Schedule A This authority allows consideration of any Veteran who have a severe physical, psychological or intellectual disability.

Disabled Veterans Enrolled in a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Training Program This authority allows consideration of any Disabled Veterans who has completed training or work under the VA Rehabilitation Training Program and received a certificate of training.

Veterans will be offered an opportunity to share in the VA experience and develop skill sets unique to our work environment!


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.


Background:  Incumbent serves as the Director of the National Veterans Golden Age Games,­ a VA co-sponsored annual therapeutic recreation event. It is a national showcase for the preventive and therapeutic value of sports, fitness, and recreation - all vital ingredients in VA's extensive rehabilitation programs.  In this position, incumbent reports directly to the Director, National Programs and Special Events, incumbent is a member of the National Veterans Rehabilitation Special Events Management Group at VA Headquarters; this position may be physically at VA Headquarters or at a VA medical facility.   


  • 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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Major Duties: Develops and implements event budget operating plan; authorizes and administers all budget projections and presentations; has overall negotiation and approving authority for event locations and awarding of such.

Conducts site visits to evaluate facility resources and for coordinating with facility and local community officials to implement required changes ( i.e., event venues, transportation and lodging/eating accommodations).

Provides direct supervision to local host site VA Steering Committee chairpersons, as well as coordination with the host site and local community committees to ensure smooth and well-coordinated events.

Supervises and communicates directly with a National Meet Director to assist in the ·management of the actual competition, development of a rule book, management manual, provide useful corporate knowledge and ensure host site event coordinators are competent and have all resources available to conduct the activity.

Selects and supervises 18 to 20 National Officials that come from a wide range of fields of expertise and backgrounds (therapists, visual impairment coordinators, Phd's, etc); evaluating and ensuring they have the required level of communications  skills, planning ability, event experience and knowledge of the applied rules.  

Responsible for the overall coordination of various sub-committees (volunteers, public affairs administration, logistics, meet events, equipment site set up, ceremonies, medical support and business/finance )

to ensure activities proceed as planned and issues are resolved as quickly as possible.

Incumbent also serves as event advisor and member of the National Veterans Rehabilitation Special Events Management Group  established to provide oversight and management of the four national rehabilitative programs.

Serves on the Management Group as one of four national special event directors and is considered a liaison/expert advisor to the to the Deputy Secretary (Chairman) and the Assistant Secretary for Public & Intergovernmental Affairs (Co-Chair) on all matters concerning the Golden Age Games.

Incumbent coordinates special event efforts with various internal VA organizations at the national and local level; Veterans Service Organizations (VSO) at the national and local level; event corporate sponsors and local, city and state officials at the site of each event. Incumbent participates in coordinating; developing and implementing standardized protocol and policies to be used for each event. The development and on going enhancements of protocol include but are not limited to:

Establishing standardized staffing levels for each aspect of the program (i.e., volunteers, meet events, equipment site set-up, medical support, etc.) and developing guidelines for staff to use during the event.

Establishing budget guidelines to be used in developing, requirements for housing, transportation, facility rental, meals, etc. The implementation of these policies will be coordinated with each national event director and host facility directors.

Establishing site solicitation and selection guidelines to be used for determining host facilities for each event.

Establishing Departmental policies for soliciting sponsorship, foundation grants and fundraising for the events to include the development of written materials required supporting solicitation.

Developing and implementing a VA-wide mentoring program to ensure: the goals and objectives of these national events, as well as the management group, transition smoothly as the result of staff evolution.

Developing a comprehensive public affairs/community relations program to be used for publicity, outreach,  support and evaluation for each of the national events.

Incumbent share oversight responsibility for the adherence of all policies and guidelines developed by the Management Group for the national event directors and host facility directors and staff. Close and frequent coordination between the Management Group and other related elements will include site solicitation and selection, on site inspection, local and national fund-raising, community relations, local and national publicity, administration of budget and contracts and all logistical aspects of the event:

Develops and negotiates shared contract responsibilities with co-sponsoring service organizations and participating corporate sponsors. This includes development and implementation of Memorandums of Understanding and disbursement of donated funds and/or foundation grants.                ·

Serves as senior advisor for event ceremonies to include VIP protocol, script approval, and master of ceremonies selection and awards presentations. Incumbent will develop standardized policies and guidelines for implementation and will provide on-site support and advice for hosting facility staff at each event.

Participates in the review and advance production of each logo, and all posters, pamphlets, official program booklet, media kit covers, etc. used to promote the national programs.

lncumbent performs duties as a Senior Advisor to the Director of National Programs and Special Events that involve substantial line responsibility for establishing and implementing VA wide and Management Group policies and priorities. Provides oversight and assistance to the Director, NP&SE in developing and implementing standards, plans and procedures for the direction and operation of National Rehabilitation Management Group activities. Incumbent reports directly to the Director, NP&SE.

Under the authority and direction of the Director, NP&SE the incumbent will continuously review National Management Group operations. This will include applying sound management practices to ensure the accomplishment of objectives and conducting intensive reviews and appraisals of existing programs so as to explore new and potential program opportunities.

Serve as advisor to top VA management staff and as Acting Director of National Programs and Special Events when necessary and available. Assists  in developing short and long range plans for the accomplishment of program goals and objectives; develops and implements programs and program changes that impact the ability to meet the departments needs.

Assists in the development of innovative/creative community outreach programs that provide volunteers and financial resources. Provides information about the National Rehabilitation Programs to various

representatives from affiliated veteran service organizations, civic groups, national and local community organizations.       

At the request of the Director, National Programs and Special Events the incumbent will represent the VA in dealing with a diverse range of people including members of the community, city, state and agency officials at all levels. Meets with the public and speaks on behalf of the Director, NP&SE and VA, resolving disputes, stating policy and describing program changes as they occur.





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Qualifications: You must meet the following eligibility and basic qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


GRADE 13 LEVEL: To qualify for this position you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 in the Federal government. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level. Applicants who have the 1 year of appropriate specialized experience, as indicated, are not required by this standard to have general experience, education above the high school level, or any additional specialized experience to meet the minimum qualification requirements.


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 application will be reviewed to determine your qualifications.


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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 .



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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 TAG:Closing Date.

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: TAG:Link to Full 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: TAG:VacancyID.  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:

  • 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. 


VESO HR Staffing
Phone: (000)000-0000
Agency Information:
Washington VAMC
810 Vermont
Washington, DC


Once your complete resume package (including all required documents) is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your eligibility for consideration under special hiring authorities for Veterans and qualifications.  If eligible and qualified, your resume package will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview (if available).

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