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Job Title:  Victim Advocate (SHARP)
Department:  Department of the Army
Agency:  U.S. Army Reserve Command
Job Announcement Number:  NCDE13464373877329D

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$51,995.00 to $67,589.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 to Friday, April 26, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Darien, IL United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission.  They provide the skills that are not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations.  The Army integrates the talents and skills of its military and civilian members to form a Total Army.

You could experience the best of two worlds by taking advantage of the opportunity to become a Citizen Soldier in the United States Army Reserve Military Technician Program.  As a Citizen Soldier, you are employed by the Department of Army as a civilian working a normal full-time workweek with all the benefits available to a Federal service employee to include health and life insurance, retirement and Thrift Savings Plan, and accrual of leave (annual, sick and military).  When duty calls, you can proudly put on the uniform as a military service member of the United States Army Reserve and receive the pay and benefits associated with the military assignment.  As a member of the United States Army Reserve, you are required to perform military duty one weekend a month and at least fourteen days a year of annual training. In your civilian position, you perform work in direct support of the US Army Reserve in an administrative, professional or maintenance related position.  As a US Army Reserve Military Technician, you are a vital link in the chain of command of the United States Army Reserve and civil service, working with professionals like yourself at locations around the world or as close as next door.  As a civilian Military Technician you are one of the most important keys to combat readiness; as an Army Reservist you have the opportunity to perform military duty to defend and to serve your country by performing military duty when needed.


About the Position:

Sexual Harassment/Assault Response Program provides awareness and prevention, training and education, victim advocacy, response, reporting and follow up for sexual harassment/assault issues. Army promotes sensitive care, advocacy, treatment, reporting options for victims of sexual harassment/assault and accountability for those who commit these crimes.


This position is located at the 416 Engineer Command, 416 Mission Support Element, Darien, Illinois.


Who May Apply: US Citizens


  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance.
  • This position may offer a $3000 recruitment bonus (see Other Requirements).
  • The business travel requirement is 25 percent.
  • Moving expenses may be authorized (see Other Requirements).
  • Please see "Other Requirements" for additional conditions of employment.


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  • Serves as a Victim Advocate (SHARP) providing professional and comprehensive advocacy services to victims/survivors of sexual assault and sexual harassment. 
  • Conducts assessments with clients to evaluate needs and risks; recognizing the need for professional intervention and referring to appropriate services. 
  • Ensures victims of sexual assault receive all needed guidance and emotional support during administrative, medical, investigative, and legal procedures, and that victims understand the processes involved and that data will be collected, reported, and maintained on cases. 
  • Accompanies victims and provides support in securing medical treatment, safe shelter, protective orders, court hearings, educational, transportation, financial services, and follow-up assistance. 
  • Provides support before, during and after trials.
  •  Conducts interactive training workshops/seminars to victims, community agencies and the organization.


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In order to qualify, you must meet the Basic Requirement and required experience described below.  Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application.

Experience required: To qualify based on your work experience, your resume must describe at least one year of experience which prepared you to do the work in this job. Specialized experience is defined as: Providing professional advocacy services to victims or survivors of sexual assault and sexual harassment; conducting assessments with clients to evaluate needs and risks; recognizing the need for professional intervention and referring to appropriate services; maintaining partnerships in the community, and conducting training/seminars on sexual assault/sexual harassment.  This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service GS-07.

You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills, and abilities) in the following areas:

·         Victim Advocacy Services

·         Victim Support Services

·         Administrative Duties




B. Education: To qualify based on education in lieu of specialized experience, applicants must possess a completed master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related.




C. Combining Education and Experience: Combinations of successfully completed graduate-level education beyond the first and specialized experience (GS-07) may be used to meet total qualification requirements for the GS-09 grade level, and may be computed by first determining the applicant's total qualifying experience as a percentage of the experience required at the next lower grade (GS-07); then determining the applicant's education beyond the first year of graduate level education as a percentage of the education required; and then adding the two percentages. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify for the GS-09 grade level.


Only graduate education in excess of the first year of graduate-level education may be used to qualify applicants for positions at the GS-09 grade level. (When crediting education, prorate the number of hours of related courses required as a proportion of the total education to be used.)


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.

If using education to qualify, such education must be related to the position and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.

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.

Basic Requirement:


A. Degree: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a behavioral or social science; or related disciplines appropriate to the position.




B. Combination of education and experience: that provided the applicant with knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field. 


Combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and appropriate experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements for the basic requirement, and may be computed by first determining the applicant's total qualifying experience as a percentage of the experience required for the grade level; then determining the applicant's education as a percentage of the education required for the grade level; and then adding the two percentages. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify for the basic requirement.




C. Four years of appropriate experience that demonstrated that the applicant has acquired knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.


Applicants using education to satisfy qualification requirements MUST include transcripts in their application package or they will NOT be referred.

Other Requirements:
here for more information.


•Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
•One year probationary period may be required.
•Defense National Relocation Program (DNRP) will not be authorized.
•Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in the vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating. 
•Applicants claiming veteran's preference should clearly show an entitlement to such preference on the resume/supplemental data submitted.
•Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid experience or volunteer work.
•Personnel security investigation required.  
•Incumbents must successfully complete 80-hour SHARP Course and obtain DoD Certification within 6 months of hire.
•Selectees will be screened by the National Sex Offender Registry, Crime Records Center, and the  Army Central Registry.
•Must Possess a valid driver's license and have the ability to operate a motor vehicle.
•May be subject to occasional On-Call.
•Subject to random drug testing for the duration of employment.


This position offers a $3000 recruitment bonus to individuals who are newly appointed as civilians in the Federal Government.  You are considered newly appointed if this is your first appointment as a civilian employee in the Federal Government or if you have a minimum of a 90-day break in service from a previous Federal civilian position.   You may qualify with a break in service of less than 90 days only if your previous Federal civilian appointment was a time-limited, or not permanent, appointment.  Your recruitment bonus will be made in two payments.  You receive the first payment when you enter on duty, and you receive the second payment on your first anniversary.  To accept this recruitment bonus, you are required to make a two year service obligation to the Army Reserve Military Technician



Moving expenses may be authorized, subject to the provisions of the Joint Travel Regulations (JTR).


New Army Reserve Military Technicians may be authorized moving expenses to their first official duty station.  To be eligible to receive moving expenses, you must be a newly appointed Federal civilian employee or have a minimum of a 3 day break in service from previous Federal civilian employment.



You will be asked a series of questions to determine your eligibility, qualification, and quality ranking for this position. If your responses to the eligibility and qualification questions result in a determination that you are not eligible or not qualified, you will receive no further consideration. If your responses result in a tentative determination that you are eligible and qualified, your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be reviewed to verify that you meet the basic eligibility and qualification requirements.

Basis for RatingQualified candidates will be assigned to one of three quality categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified and Qualified. Veteran preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category.


Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies.  If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if:  1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy.  Well-qualified is defined as meeting all of the minimum qualification standards and eligibility requirements as well as possessing skills that clearly exceed the minimum qualification requirements for the position. Under competitive delegated examining, an ICTAP eligible will be considered well-qualified if they attain an eligibility rating of 90 or higher, not including points for veterans' preference. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority.  Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form.  Information about ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at


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The Department of Defense offers an excellent benefits program. In addition to your take-home pay, your comprehensive compensation/benefits package will include most of the benefits described at


Other Requirements:
here for more information.

• Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.
• The Department of Defense (DoD) policy on employment of annuitants will be used in determining eligibility of annuitants.  Annuitants reemployed in the Department of Defense receive full annuity and salary upon appointment. They are not eligible for retirement contributions or to participate in the Thrift Savings Plan, nor to a supplemental or redetermined annuity for the reemployment period. Discontinued service retirement annuitants (i.e. retired under section 8336(d)(1) or 8416(b)(1)(A) of title 5, United States Code) appointed to the Department of Defense may elect to be subject to retirement provisions of the new appointment as appropriate. (See DoD instructions 1400.25, Volume 300, at

This is a Career Program Position (CP53).

Salary includes applicable locality pay.



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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package.
Your complete application packages must include:

1. Your resume:

  • Your resume may be submitted in any format.
  • If you submit more than one copy of your resume, only the most recent version will be reviewed. The latest timestamp will be used to determine which version of your resume is "most recent." It is your responsibility to check the status and timestamp of all documents you submit as part of your application.
  • If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, you will not be considered for this vacancy.
  • For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., HRS per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application will be marked as insufficient and you will not receive consideration for this position.

2. Your responses to the online questionnaire
3. Documents to support your eligibility category(ies) (see Required Documents section below)


The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, April 26, 2013.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

If you upload your documents, do not fax the same documents. If you are unable to upload your documents, you may submit them by fax.  Download and complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 877329.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online, you will need to provide the same information obtained in the online process.  You will need three documents to complete this process:  the Occupational Questionnaire, the scan response form, U.S. Office of Personnel Management Occupational Questionnaire (OPM Form 1203-FX), and a separate document described in item #3. below. 


1. Download the scan response form, OPM Form 1203-FX, from


2. View Occupational Questionnaire.  Use this information to guide you in completing the OPM Form 1203-FX.  Note that you may be instructed to leave some responses blank on the scan response form.


3.  On a separate document, please identify which position(s) on your resume (include title, organization, and employment dates) support any response of “E” ("I am considered an expert in performing this task...."). 


4. Fax the completed OPM Form 1203-FX, along with your required and supporting documents, to 1-478-757-3144. Your OPM Form 1203-FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


PLEASE NOTE: The numbering on the OPM Form 1203-FX will not match the Occupational Questionnaire in Section 25 of the OPM Form 1203-FX, which continuously numbers from number one, while the Questionnaire starts each section of questions with number one.  When entering your responses please continue regardless of number sequence.  This issue has been identified and will be resolved as soon as possible. 

It is your responsibility to verify that information entered, uploaded, or faxed (i.e., resume) is complete, accurate, and submitted by the closing date.  Uploaded documents may take up to one hour to clear the virus scan.  Faxed documents must be completely transmitted by 11:59p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the closing date of the announcement.

The Department of the Army provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the servicing civilian personnel unit. Your requests for reasonable accommodation will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.



The following documents are required:

·Resume:If you submit a resume with inappropriate material e.g. photos, you will not be considered for this vacancy.Your resume may be submitted in any format and should describe your job-related qualifications.For qualifications determinations, it should include your full name, address, phone number, a detailed description of your duties, salary, and must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., HRS per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). Resumes that do not contain this information may be marked as insufficient and applicants may not receive consideration for this position.

·If the position has an education requirement or you are qualifying based on a combination of education and experience or solely on education, you must submit your college transcripts with your application.

·If you are claiming Veterans Preference or Military Spouse preference (MSP), to verify your preference claim you MUST submit supporting documents with your application package. These documents may include, but are not limited to: for MSP claims, PCS orders and marriage certificate; for verification of Veteran Preference, DD214 (which indicates character of service) SF-15, VA Letter and/or Activation/Deactivation orders.

·Veteran’s Preference: To apply using veteran’s preference, you must submit the following proof of eligibility:

Five Point Preference: DD214 (Member 4 copy)

Ten Point Preference: DD214 (Member 4 Copy) and supporting documentation as

listed on the Standard Form 15 (Application for 10-Point Veteran’s Preference).

Click this link for a copy of the SF-15:’s with a service-connected

disability must also submit a VA Disability Award letter dated 1991 or later that

shows the total percentage of disability.

·If you are currently serving on active duty: You MUST submit a certification 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. If you supply a certification at this stage, your preference/eligibility will be verified prior to appointment. For more information about Veteran's Preference, please click this link: Please upload veteran's documents under the appropriate category.

·You MUST submit documents verifying your eligibility with your application package. These documents may include, but are not limited to: for current employment verification, a Non-Award SF-50 or DD-3434.

If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and will not be considered any further.

PLEASE NOTE: Documents submitted as part of the application package, to include supplemental documents, may be shared beyond the Human Resources Office. Some supplemental documents like military orders and marriage certificates may contain personal information for someone other than yourself. You may sanitize these documents to remove another person's personal information before you submit your application. You may be asked to provide an un-sanitized version of the documents if you are selected, to confirm your eligibility.


Central Resume Processing Center
Phone: (410)306-0137
Agency Information:
W6U7AA 416th Theater Engineer Command
10 S 100 South Frontage Road
Darien, IL


If you provided an email address, you will receive email notification as soon as you submit your application.  Your responses to the online questionnaire will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position.  Based on your responses, if you are determined to be ineligible or not qualified, you application will receive no further consideration.

Your responses may be compared to the documents you submit.  The documents you submit must support your responses to the online questionnaire.  If your application contradicts or does not support your questionnaire responses, you will receive a rating of "not qualified" or "insufficient information" and you will not receive further consideration for this job.  Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select My Applications, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.

If you do not provide an email address, you are responsible for checking status updates and notifications in USAJOBS. Hard copy notifications will not be sent to you.

For questions regarding the status of your application, eligibility or qualifications determination contact the Central Resume Processing Center at

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