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Job Title:SAFETY AND OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH MANAGER

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VM-13-TJE-871258

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$68,809.00 to $89,450.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, April 12, 2013 to Thursday, April 18, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0018-12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Albany, NY United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy ID: 871258 

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.
  • You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation.

DUTIES:

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This position is located at the Stratton VA Medical Center in Albany, NY.  The Safety and Occupational Health Manager is responsible for conducting safety inspections for a comprehensive safety and fire prevention and protection program and managing an inspection program for the Medical Center, its Community Residential Care Program and Community Based Outpatient Clinics to maintain compliance with safety codes, standards and regulations.  Major duties and responsibilities include:

  • Performs technical and administrative work involving the safety program;
  • Supervises the safety personnel in the Safety Department;
  • Ensures that various state, federal, and local regulations are adhered to by the VA Medical Center and contracted employees;
  • Serves as a representative of the Medical Center Occupational Health, Safety and Fire Protection committee and reviews all reported safety hazards and corrective action reporting requirements to the committee;
  • Advises management and the general employee population of safety policies and actions taken or needed, such as to control hazards of asbestos, excessive noise, unsafe work practices that must be modified, and all safety and occupational health matters;
  • Prepares, issues, and maintains follow-up control of all safety-related publications;
  • Prepares monthly, quarterly and annual accident reviews and reports;
  • Conducts supervisory and employee training programs in safety and occupational health and coordinates training programs conducted by outside agencies or departments;
  • Develops and evaluates all safety, occupational health and fire protection programs;
  • Performs the full range of supervisory responsibilities to include but not limited to planning, assigning, scheduling and prioritizing work of subordinates, review work for completeness and compliance, trains, coaches, mentors, counsels and provides leadership, makes recommendations for awards, promotions, training opportunities, initiates disciplinary actions, etc.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

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


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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To qualify for this position at the GS-12 level, you must meet the following:

You must have at least one (1) full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-11) in the Federal Service and in or related to safety and occupational health that has given you the particular knowledge, skills and abilities required to successfully perform the duties of a Safety and Occupational Health Manager. Examples of qualifying specialized experience is demonstrated supervisory experience that included directing the work of subordinates, managing performance, initiating disciplinary actions, etc.; managing safety or occupational health program elements; developing and recommending safety and occupational health policy to higher levels of management; applying safety and occupational health laws, regulations, principles, theories, practices, and procedures to advise on or resolve technical matters dealing with occupational safety and health requirements; developing safety and occupational health standards, regulations, practices, and procedures to eliminate or control potential hazards; developing or implementing programs to reduce the frequency, severity, and cost of accidents and occupational illnesses; analyzing or evaluating new and existing jobs, processes, products, or other systems to determine the existence, severity, probability, and outcome of hazards; designing or modifying workplaces, processes, products, or other systems to control or eliminate hazards; inspecting or surveying workplaces, processes, products, or other systems for compliance with established safety and occupational health policies or standards and to identify potential new hazards; training of workers, supervisors, managers, or other safety and occupational health personnel in safety or occupational health subjects; work in occupational fields such as industrial hygienist, safety engineer, fire prevention engineer, health physicist, and occupational health nurse. NOTE: Experience must be fully documented on your resume and must include job title, duties, month and year start/end dates AND hours worked per week. 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.

A Quality Ranking Factor* has been requested by the facility to help determine which of the basically qualified applicants are likely to be better qualified for a position. The quality ranking factor for this position is: "Do you have demonstrated work experience in the field of Safety and Occupational Health within a hospital or medical center?"

*Quality Ranking Factors are skills, knowledge, abilities, or other worker characteristics which could be expected to result in superior performance on the job. Quality ranking factors will not be used for screening, but may be used as ranking criteria. Applicants with higher proficiency levels may rank above those with lower proficiency levels on a quality ranking factor.

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

  • Knowledge of safety and occupational health sufficient to formulate safety criteria, inspection and control procedures
  • Ability to organize and meet deadlines
  • Ability to organize and carry out inspections and safety drills
  • Ability to analyze, identify problems and recommend solutions
  • Skill and ability in training individuals at all levels of understanding
  • Ability to supervise and provide direction and guidance
  • Skill in effective communication

Physical Requirements: Inspection work requires frequent visitations to areas that are cramped, noisy, or where temperature extremes or inclement weather conditions exist. Inspections may require long periods of standing, bending, crouching, stretching, reaching, lifting, crawling and other physical movement since areas are sometimes under construction, or not easily accessible. The work of this position requires a fair degree of coordination to prevent injuring self and the person in this position may be exposed to health hazards when performing tests and monitoring. The work of this position requires performing work as a first responder to control and extinguish fires, rescue persons endangered by fire, and/or reduce or eliminate potential fire hazards. The person in this position performs fire prevention duties such as on-site inspections and other activities to reduce or eliminate potential fire hazards.

The work of this position is performed under a variety of conditions which includes outdoors during inclement weather, indoors in dirty, cramped and hot locations, in areas involving working with water, excessive noise, dust, etc. Protective clothing including respirators, hardhats, and ear protectors are available for use in job areas when need because of conditions. The person in this position will inspect worksites with increased fire risk such as areas where incidents of serious proportions can occur involving highly explosive gases, chemicals, volatile flammable liquids, and where hazard to life may be a critical factor. The person in this position will report findings and recommendations to abate or reduce hazards.

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.

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.  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.


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 excepted 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: 113 Holland Ave
Albany, NY 12208
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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 Thursday, April 18, 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: 871258.  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 Coatesville
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:

VM-13-TJE-871258

Control Number:

341518100