Job Overview

Summary

Opportunities are Open! Begin a challenging career with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), and you will help shape the workforce of tomorrow.  DOL offers rewarding opportunities to contribute to a noble mission; to serve and protect American workers, prepare them for new and better jobs, and to ensure the safety and fairness of American workplaces.
The Department of Labor values its customers. Every DOL employee is responsible for delivering good customer service through accurate, courteous, efficient and effective transactions.

DOL seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees’ differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve. DOL fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration, flexibility and fairness so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential.

This position is located in the Department of Labor, Veterans' Employment and Training Service, San Francisco Regional Office. The VETS' Regional Office is functionally responsible for: (1) ensuring the promotion, operation and implementation of all veterans' employment and training programs and services within the Region; (2) ensuring proper veterans' employment under Federal contracts; (3) protecting and advancing veterans' reemployment rights; and (4) monitoring and providing technical assistance on grants-to-states for veterans' employment and training programs.

Salary ranges:
GS-09: $56,172 to $73,019 per annum
GS-11: $67,963 to $88,349 per annum
GS-12: $81,460 to $105,897 per annum
For Salary information go to:

http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/2013/general-schedule/

Relocation costs will not be paid.
At least one (1) position may be filled. If additional vacancies become available, additional selections may be made.
The full performance level of this position is GS-12.
This position is outside the bargaining unit.

This position is also being advertised under job opportunity announcement Number MS-13-SF-VETS-062 for status applicants, i.e., current or former career or career-conditional federal employees and individuals eligible under special appointing authorities.  To receive consideration for both announcements, you must complete the application process for each announcement separately.

Duties

The Veterans' Program Specialist assists the Regional Administrator (RAVET) and the Deputy Regional Administrator (DRAVET) in planning, directing, coordinating and evaluating all aspects of regional, state and local programs and activities involving provisions of employment, reemployment and training services to veterans within the assigned region. This position also provides administrative management support by planning and developing communications, procurement, space, records management, safety and other related functions. Incumbent recommends policy, procedures, and prepares operating instructions.

The Veterans' Program Specialist assists the Regional Administrator (RAVET) and the Deputy Regional Administrator (DRAVET) in planning, directing, coordinating and evaluating all aspects of regional, state and local programs and activities involving provisions of employment, reemployment and training services to veterans within the assigned region. This position also provides administrative management support by planning and developing communications, procurement, space, records management, safety and other related functions. Incumbent recommends policy, procedures, and prepares operating instructions.
At the GS-9 level, incumbent will be performing similar duties as described at the GS-12 level except the incumbent works under close supervision of the DRAVET who will provide technical and policy guidance.  Incumbent exercises expanding initiative and independence in planning and carrying out the work, resolving problems and conflicts, coordinating and reviewing VETS activities and programs in the Region, and maintaining an expanding presence for VETS in the area.  The DRAVET is kept informed of new or unusual programs and potentially controversial matters.  Completed work is reviewed for results achieved, soundness of recommendations and consistency with national policy and objectives and regional objectives.
At the GS-11 level, incumbent will be performing similar duties as described at the GS-11/12 level except the incumbent works under less supervision of the DRAVET who will provide technical and policy guidance. 
At the GS-12 level, the incumbent provides assistance to RAVET and DRAVET in developing, organizing, and coordinating activities to improve and expand job training, job search, job placement, employment counseling opportunities, and employment and reemployment benefits for veterans, other eligible persons, and members of the National Guard and Reserves. Conducts in-depth compliance reviews of employers. Prepares reports of findings, plans and actions to correct noncompliance issues. Promotes cooperative relationships with officials of federal, state, and local agencies to promote veterans' programs. As an investigator of employment and reemployment rights cases, negotiates and prepares cases for litigation actions and enforcement through the courts. Prepares expenditures and other fiscal and recurring reports. Replies to incoming correspondence dealing with technical and or administrative matters. Provides technical assistance and program advice to grantees, federal and state agency representatives on program development and planning activities. Monitors, reviews and carries out administrative requirements, and evaluates state and private grantee report submissions. Training and guidance is provided to the incumbent in the development of grants for states and private sector contractors in the provision of services to veterans. Performs public relations activities to further the objectives of VETS for job training, education and placement of veterans. Receives training in Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) case law, regulations and procedures, and methods and techniques used in the USERRA program.

Incumbent also performs the following HR related duties at the GS-9/11/12 levels: 
Personnel-related duties such as initiating personnel actions, position descriptions, providing technical assistance with merit staffing procedures, incentive awards, leave administration and serving as agency liaison with the Regional OASAM HR office in areas of recruitment, position classification, employee and labor relations, benefits, etc.  Incumbent serves in a confidential capacity as the principal advisor to the Regional Administrator (RA) and Deputy Regional  Administrator (DRA) on a variety of management and administrative matters including specific labor management relations issues related to complaints, grievances, adverse actions, and other personnel management activities.  Serves as consultant and advisor and provides guidance to regional management officials and supervisory staff regarding the application of existing and proposed personnel policies and programs.  Prepares and processes labor relations matters, personnel matters and other materials.  Prepares confidential documents such as performance evaluations, disciplinary actions, policy recommendations.  When employee and labor relations matters arise, such as violations of misconduct, complaints, grievances, appeals, reviews evidentiary data as well as policies, regulations, precedents, etc, and provides review of such to the RA and DRA.