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Job Title:Opportunities for Individuals with Disabilities under Schedule A

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:528D-13BK-000

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$0.00 to $0.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Saturday, February 02, 2013 to Thursday, February 28, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0301-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Multiple Schedules - Multiple Appointment Types

DUTY LOCATIONS:

Few vacancies in the following location:
Albany, NY United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

This announcement is open to all U.S. Citizens with documented Disabilities

JOB SUMMARY:

WHO WE ARE

We are people who take great pride and deep satisfaction in providing America's veterans with the best clinical care, the most innovative technology, and the most comprehensive array of benefits America has to offer.

MISSION & VISION

"To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan."    Abraham Lincoln

The Department of Veteran Affairs is an employer of choice as a center of excellence in patient care, education, and research.  We value trust, respect, commitment, compassion, and excellence; we value you.  For more information about the Department of Veteran Affairs, go to www.va.gov.

This vacancy is intended to be used as a database to collect applicants with documented disabilities who are eligible for appointment under the Schedule A authority.  Your application information will be kept on file for one year.

To be considered for an appointment, applicants will need to submit documentation online and will only be contacted if a vacancy exists which compliments your resume.

This announcement will be used to fill vacancies in Albany, NY and the surrounding areas only.

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) (Include on all documents): 820661

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Schedule A certification that includes job readiness
  • Position may require random drug testing
  • All positions require background investigations

DUTIES:

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If you are an individual with a disability or disabilities, you may be eligible to apply for positions located within the Stratton VA Medical Center (VAMC) and its Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC's) in Albany, NY and its surrounding areas (Bainbridge, Catskill, Clifton park, Elizabethtown/Saranac Lake, or Fonda, NY), even when there are no current vacancies or open announcements.  The "Qualification and Evaluation" tab of this announcement provide more information on eligibility.

Use this notice to submit your resume to the Stratton VAMC for vacancies.  You will be considered for appropriate vacancies in locations in which you express interest.

This announcement does not guarantee a referral or job offer in specific jobs, grades, or locations.  To maximize your employment opportunities, we strongly encourage you to apply for specific vacancies as they occur on USAJOBS.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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To apply under this announcement, you must be an individual with a disability or disabilities.  Persons with disabilities may be eligible for a Schedule A appointment.  Persons with disabilities may have a disability classified as a severe intellectual disability, a severe physical disability, or a psychiatric disability.  To be eligible for consideration for a Schedule A appointment, you must have:

  • The knowledge, skills, and abilities to qualify for the position that you are interested in applying for (in resume form)
  • "Proof of disability"*, and
  • Certification of job readiness.*

*You can obtain "proof of disability" and certification of job readiness from one of the following options:

  1. Licensed medical professional (e.g., a physician or other medical professional duly certified by a State, the District of Columbia, or U.S. territory, to practice medicine),
  2. A licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist (i.e., State or private); or
  3. Any Federal agency, State agency, or agency of the District of Columbia or a U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits.

Both topics are usually addressed in one short letter.

If you would like more information on your rights as an individual with a disability, consult the Federal Employment of People with Disabilities website at: Federal Employment of People with Disabilities.

Qualification requirements depend on the job being filled.  You may review the qualification requirements at the following website: Qualification Standards

Positions will require the applicant to pass a physical examination related to the position being filled. 

Federal Agencies are required to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified employees with disabilities.  For more information on how to request reasonable accommodations, visit the following website: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/disability-employment/reasonable-accommodations/


Many positions have specific educational requirements, so we encourage you to provide a complete description of your educational achievements.

 

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. http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html

 

FOREIGN EDUCATION: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, you must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.

 

We must determine qualification based solely on information provided in your resume.  We do not accept separate qualification statements, so we encourage you to ensure that your resume fully reflects your background and competencies.

 

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: (Failure to comply may be grounds for withdrawal of an offer of employment or dismissal after appointment)

Applicants must submit proof of disability and certification of job readiness.

  • Applicants must be citizens of the United States, and be at least 16 years of age as of the closing date.
  • Applicants tentatively selected for certain designated positions may be subject to a random drug screening for illegal drug use. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment.
  • New Appointees will be subject to a background investigation to determine suitability. Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify at the time of appointment that they have registered with the Selective Service system or are exempt for having to do so under Selective Service law.
  • Applicants must not be listed on the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Inspector General Sanctions database.
  • Applicants selected for positions through this announcement may be subject to a one year probationary period.
  • Public Law 95-201 requires that persons appointed to direct patient-care positions must possess the required basic proficiency in spoken and written English.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Applicants will be evaluated on the competencies they possess that are directly related to the duties of the possible position(s) that need to be filled.  A human resources specialist will validate the qualification of those candidates eligible to be referred to the selecting official.


BENEFITS:

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The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees.  This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees. http://www.usa.gov/Federal-Employees/Benefits.shtml



OTHER INFORMATION:

1. If you are an eligible Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) applicant you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position. ICTAP eligibles must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a separation notice; a "Notice of Personnel Action" (SF-50) documenting separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456.

2. If you are a current career or career-conditional Federal employee or former Federal employee who has reinstatement eligibility, you must submit a copy of your latest SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action" and/or a copy of the SF-50 that reflects career or career-conditional tenure, or you will not be considered under the merit promotion process. Also, you should submit your most recent performance appraisal.

3. If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must attach a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must attach an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.

4. If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency. http://www.sss.gov/

5.  Relocation expenses and/or other incentives are not authorized.



HOW TO APPLY:

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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package (See “Required Documents” section below).  The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, February 28, 2013.

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 (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: you will need to complete the Occupational Questionnaire(View Occupational Questionnaire) by submitting your answers on the 1203FX form (http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf) and faxing the completed form with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144. The 1203FX form will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload: Complete the following cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using 820661.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

  • Résumé 
  • Questionnaire

And the required documents listed below:

 

To apply under this announcement, you must be an individual with a disability or disabilities.  Persons with disabilities may be eligible for a Schedule A appointment.  Persons with disabilities may have a disability classified as a severe intellectual disability, a severe physical disability, or a psychiatric disability.  To be eligible for consideration for a Schedule A appointment, you must have:

  • The knowledge, skills, and abilities to qualify for the position that you are interested in apply for (in resume form)
  • "Proof of disability"*, and
  • Certification of job readiness.*

*You can obtain "proof of disability" and certification of job readiness from one of the following options:

  1. Licensed medical professional (e.g., a physician or other medical professional duly certified by a State, the District of Columbia, or U.S. territory, to practice medicine),
  2. A licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist (i.e., State or private); or
  3. Any Federal agency, State agency, or agency of the District of Columbia or a U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits.

Both topics are usually addressed in one short letter.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Thomas M. Schoenfeld
Phone: (518)626-6767
Email: THOMAS.SCHOENFELD@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Albany VAMC
Department of Veterans Affairs
VAMC Albany 5
113 Holland Avenue
Albany, NY
12208-3410
USA

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Nothing further is required until requested by the Human Resources Office.  At that point, we may ask you to submit documentation to support statements made in your resume, or other Federal requirements.  For example, we may ask  you to provide academic transcripts or a Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306).  If you fail to provide the required documents within the stated time period, we may withdraw a job offer and/or remove you from further consideration.

If you are found qualified,  you may be referred to the Selecting Official for further consideration.  Whether or not you are contacted for an interview depends upon the location of the position and the judgment of the Selecting Official.

Instructions for answering the questions in the Occupational Questionnaire:

If you are applying to this announcement by completing the OPM 1203-FX form instead of using the Online Application method, please use the following step-by-step instructions as a guide to filling out the required questionnaire. You will need to print the vacancy announcement and refer to it as you answer the questions. You may omit any optional information; however, you must provide responses to all required questions. Be sure to double check your application before submission.
View Occupational Questionnaire


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Job Announcement Number:

528D-13BK-000

Control Number:

336009100