To apply for this position, you must have the following qualifications:
Candidates must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as experience that has provided you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of a GS-6 Social Services Assistant - Housing Specialist. This experience must be equivalent to at least the next lower level in the Federal service. Qualifying experience includes assisting others in obtaining and maintaining housing, employment, job skills or other types of social services; maintaining regular contact with local and or federal agencies and the public regarding social services programs; performing administrative work that involved preparing documents, reports, maintaining records and using office automation equipment; assisting with an affordable housing or housing assistance program.
Examples of qualifying specialized experience include:
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. SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE (COPY OF TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED):
- Group leader in community or residential recreation or training programs;
- Counselor in a youth summer camp;
- Instructor in a training program for the development of job skills;
- Work that demonstrated the ability to be responsible for and to lead and train members of a job crew;
- Group activities leader in the Armed Services;
- Unit leader-monitor-proctor for a dormitory group in a boarding school or other residential facility;
- Aid or assistant to professional or specialist staff in such fields as personnel (private or government), employment guidance in a vocational or academic institution, social service, or manpower development;
- Aid or assistant to professional or associate staff engaged in work of a social services nature in private, public welfare, government program, or community organizations, or in voluntary activities;
- Aid or assistant to professional or specialist staff working with individuals who are addicted to or abuse alcohol and/or drugs.
Successful completion of 6 months of graduate education or an internship directly related to the work of this position meets the specialized experience required. This education must have been obtained in an accredited school, college or university. To qualify based solely on education alone, you must include a copy of your transcript with your name, name of school, degree earned and date, grades earned, credit hours, major(s), and grade point average or class ranking with your resume or application form. COMBINING EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE (COPY OF TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED):
Combinations of successfully completed graduate education and experience as described above may be used to meet total qualification requirements.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY:
In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), No person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. You must be proficient in basic written and spoken English in order to meet the requirements of this position.
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: "Experience working with homeless people, people with mental illness and substance use." *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 in conducting interviews and determining patient program eligibility.
- Ability to coordinate treatment plans.
- Skill with developing and preparing databases, marketing and public relations material.
- Ability to communicate and develop relationships with patients, professional, administrative and managerial staff.
The work of this position involves listening, reading, observing and evaluating verbal and nonverbal behavior, writing reports, and writing clinical notes. You will use office equipment to include, but not limited to, computers, telephones, fax machines, photocopy machines and driving throughout he catchment area. Some work is performed in a clinical setting that exposes you to communicable disease common to the homeless population. Strenuous physical activity is not required.
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.