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Job Title:Research Anthropologist

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VZ-13-CLB-843315-ORD

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$47,448.00 to $61,678.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, February 28, 2013 to Wednesday, March 06, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0190-09

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Term NTE 13 Months

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Iowa City, IA United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy ID: 843315 

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. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

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. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. 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.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.

DUTIES:

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NOTE: This is a TERM appointment (not-to-exceed 13 months). Term appointments are non-status, nonpermanent appointments of limited duration. Term employees are eligible to earn leave and generally have the same benefits as permanent employees including health and life insurance, within-grade increases and Federal Employees Retirement System and Thrift Savings Plan coverage. Term appointments may be extended without further competition.

 

This position is located at the Iowa City VA Medical Center, Iowa City, IA. This position is in the Center for Comprehensive Access & Delivery Research and Evaluation (CADRE), Midwest Rural Health Resource Center and the Patient-Centered Medical Home Demonstration Lab. The primary purpose of the position is to assist in the performance of social science and health services by assisting in ethnographic research activities and procedures, preparing research materials and research data and developing and preparing qualitative surveys, interviews and research documentation. Other duties may include recruiting patients, determining eligibility, identifying participants and conducts recruitment and retention of ethnographic study subjects; preparing research materials and research data; conducting ethnographic research studies including completing paperwork related to qualitative study protocols and developing new ethnographic components and studies; using knowledge of medical anthropology and health services research including issues of research interventions and data collection.

 

Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday - 8am to 4:30pm

 

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


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT INSTRUCTIONS: When applying for positions with a Basic Education Requirement you MUST provide official and/or unofficial transcripts that state a degree was conferred in the appropriate field. Please see below for the specific education requirement. You must provide any additional information to support you meet this Basic Education Requirement as outlined, where the major field of study is not readily identified. (Copies of Degrees or course listings are not adequate information to meet the Basic Education Requirement).

BASIC EDUCATION: Must possess successful completion of a full 4 year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree with a major in an academic field of anthropology. (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED)

OR

COMBINATION OF BASIC EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Must possess a combination of education that included courses equivalent to a major, or a combination of courses totaling at least 24 semester hours in an academic field of anthropology or related course work including appropriate experience or additional education (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED)

OR

EXPERIENCE: MUST possess four (4) years of appropriate experience in anthropology performing research, museum work or similar professional-level work.

AND

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENT- In addition to meeting the Basic Education Requirement, you must also possess specialized experience to qualify for this position.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Must possess at least one (1) full year of specialized experience that equipped you with the knowledge, skill and ability to successfully perform the duties of the Research Anthropologist position. This specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-7 grade level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include: working experience in ethnographic research activities including recruiting patients, determining eligibility, identifying participants and conducts recruitment and retention of ethnographic study subjects; preparing research materials and research data; conducting ethnographic research studies including completing paperwork related to qualitative study protocols and developing new ethnographic components and studies; using knowledge of medical anthropology and health services research including issues of research interventions and data collection. NOTE: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.

OR

EDUCATION: MUST possess two (2) years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or masters or equivalent graduate degree with a major in a field appropriate to the work of this position to substitute for the one year of experience and meets in full the requirements at the GS-9 level. This education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent one (1) year of full-time study. If that number cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours will be considered an academic year of graduate study. Part-time graduate education is creditable in accordance with its relationship to a year of full-time study at the school attended. (Transcripts Required)

OR

COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: possess equivalent combinations of education and specialized experience (as described above) to meet the requirements at the GS-9. Determine the amount of experience you have as a percentage of the experience required for the grade level.  Then determine the amount of education you have as a percentage of the education required for the grade level.  Only education in excess of the amount required for the next lower grade level is qualifying.  Add the two percentages; the total percentage must equal at least 100% to qualify for the grade level. (Transcripts Required)

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

·         Knowledge and ability to conduct ethnographic research.

·         Ability to independently multi-task and meet deadlines.

·         Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

·         Ability to obtain information from a variety of sources.

·         Knowledge of requirements regarding human subject research.

 

Physical Demands: The work is primarily sedentary. Typically you will sit comfortably to do the work. There may be some walking, standing, bending and carrying of light items such as audio visual equipment, Xerox paper and books. At times during the year, there may be occasions of more physically strenuous duties, which may include assistance in the moving and relocation of equipment, transporting boxes to the post office for mailing, etc. Some travel to participating sites, either by car or by plane may also be required.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications .


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.  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, such as Schedule A.  Specific information can be found at http://www.opm.gov/disability/peoplewithdisabilities.asp.  IMPORTANT: If you would like to receive consideration as a Schedule A applicant, you must contact the HR Office at the facility where this position is located: 601 Highway 6 West
Iowa City, IA 52246
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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, March 06, 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: 843315.  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 Topeka
PLEASE DO NOT MAIL APPLICATIONS
APPLY ONLINE OR FAX ONLY
Thank You, AR
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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:

VZ-13-CLB-843315-ORD

Control Number:

338564500