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Job Title:Health Science Specialist

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VZ-13-CLB-851676-ORD

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$62,758.00 to $81,583.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, March 05, 2013 to Monday, March 11, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0601-11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Term NTE 4 years

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Bedford, MA United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy ID: 851676 

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 4 years). 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 will provide an optimum level of public health qualitative research expertise to the Center for Health Quality, Outcomes and Economic Research and the affiliated Quality Enhancement Research Initiative Centers at the VA Medical Center, Bedford, MA. You will provide qualitative data analysis and expertise for a wide variety of projects related to the proposal, planning and implementation of multiple major multi-year Health Services Research studies. You will participate in the development and submission of grant proposals to fund CHQOER and QUERI research and evaluation projects. You will be involved in all matters related to various medical research studies including conducting qualitative data collection including interviews with patients, providers and staff, focus groups and ethnographic observations; using various interview and data collection techniques; developing materials required for Institutional Review Board (IRB) initial and continuing submissions in compliance within research polices and training requirements; preparing reports and presentations, writing manuscripts for peer review scientific publications.

 

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- You must meet the Basic Education Requirement for this position. When applying for positions with a Basic Education Requirement you MUST provide unofficial or official transcripts that state a degree was conferred in the appropriate field. For this position the appropriate field is health or allied sciences. You must provide any additional information to support you have met the 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 a successfully completed full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in an academic field related to the health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position. The number of semester hours required to constitute a major field of study is the amount specified by the college or university attended, or 24 semester hours if this number cannot be obtained. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED)

AND

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENT- In addition to meeting the Basic Education Requirement, you must also possess specialized experience and/or directly related education to qualify for this position as described below.

Specialized Experience: MUST possess at least one (1) year of specialized experience that equipped them with the knowledge, skill and ability to successfully perform the duties of this position Health Science Specialist, and that is typically in or related to the work of this position. To be creditable, this specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-9 grade level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include: conducting qualitative data collection including interviews with patients, providers and staff, focus groups and ethnographic observations; using various interview and data collection techniques; developing materials required for Institutional Review Board (IRB) initial and continuing submissions in compliance within research polices and training requirements; preparing reports and presentations, writing manuscripts for peer review scientific publications. 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

Substitution of Education for Experience: Must possess a Masters or equivalent graduate degree with a major in a field appropriate to the work of this position to qualify at the GS-11 grade 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. (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED)

OR  

Combining Education and Experience: Combination of successfully completed graduate education and experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements. (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED)

This position includes a Selective Placement Factor (skill, knowledge, ability or other worker characteristic basic to - and essential for - satisfactory performance of the job). Selective Placement Factors are a prerequisite to appointment and represent minimum requirements for a position. Applicants who do not meet it are ineligible for further consideration.

 

The Selective Placement Factor for this position is: possess experience working in a healthcare facility doing research as it pertains to the health care fields.  

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

1.    Knowledge of research procedures.

2.    Ability to utilize various computer programs, software and systems.

3.    Ability to communicate.

 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The work is sedentary. Typically you will sit comfortably to do the work. There may be some walking, standing, bending, carrying of light items such as papers, books, small parts or driving an automobile, etc. Occasional travel may be required for data collection at other VA sites. No special physical demands are required to perform the work.

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: 200 Springs Road
Bedford, MA 01730
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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/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/.   

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 Monday, March 11, 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: 851676.  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
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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-851676-ORD

Control Number:

338909300