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: Knowledge and skills necessary to coordinate mental illness research studies which examine the psychopharmacology, neurochemistry, genetics and psychology of affective mental disorders (mood and personality) and serious mental illness in a population that participated in traumatic combat situations. To receive credit for this skill/knowledge, it must be documented in your resume.
IN ADDITION TO THE SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR, THIS POSITION REQUIRES: One (1) year of specialized 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. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-07 grade level in Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include: coordinating mental illness research studies; knowledge of psychopharmacology, neurochemistry, genetics and psychology of affective mental disorders (mood and personality); knowledge of mental illness suffered by post-combat Veteran population; knowledge of Institutional Review Board (IRB) process specific to mental illness research studies; preparing grant applications; using qualitative and quantitative analytical techniques; and assembling information/data into reports and presentations. To receive credit for these skills, they must be documented in your resume.
SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION: A master's degree, equivalent graduate degree or two (2) full years of progressively higher level graduate education (18 semester hours is usually the equivalent of one full year) leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related, from an accredited institution that demonstrates your ability to perform the duties of this position may be substituted for the experience required at the GS-09 grade level. If you are using education to qualify, you must submit transcripts with your application.
COMBINATION: A combination of specialized experience and graduate education as described that demonstrates your ability to perform the duties of this position is fully qualifying at the GS-09 grade level. If you qualify by a combination, your experience must be documented in your resume and transcripts are required.
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 protocols and procedures.
2. Knowledge of mental illnesses.
3. Skill in adapting analytical techniques and evaluation criteria to research study data.
4. Knowledge of a variety of computer software programs in order to create/edit documents, update/track data, etc.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Physical demands are minimal as most of the work is done while seated or among a few offices on the same floor.
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.
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.