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The Department of Labor (DOL) fosters and promotes the welfare of job seekers, wage earners and retirees of the United States. To assist the department in carrying out this mission with respect to the employment and training of veterans of the Armed Forces, the Assistant Secretary for Veterans' Employment and Training (ASVET) serves as the principal advisor to the Secretary of Labor on veterans' employment and training issues, and formulates and implements all Departmental polices and program designed to: provide veterans' employment and training services; operate an effective transition assistance program for active duty, Reserve, and National Guard service members; protect and advance reemployment rights of veterans and members of the Armed Forces, ensure proper veterans employment emphasis under Federal contracts; assist veterans in obtaining their right to preference in employment from Federal agencies; and ensure that veterans receive their legislatively mandated rights and benefits in all other Departmental employment, unemployment and training programs.
This position description covers the six employees in the six DOL Regional Offices who act as Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS) Deputy Regional Administrators (DRAVETs) in planning, directing, coordinating and evaluating the promotion, operation and implementation of all aspects of veterans' employment, reemployment and training programs and services within a DOL region. Each of the positions supervise a large staff including Regional Office staff, State Directors and Assistant Directors, as well as state-based Veterans' Employment Specialists and Veterans' Program Specialists, in the states that comprise a region. The subject positions report to the VETS Regional Administrator.
DRAVETs support their RAVETs in overseeing and directing such significant regional program activities as 1) management and administration of formula grants to each state under the Jobs for Veterans State Grants program that supports employees of state agencies that assist veterans to find or prepare for employment or that engage local businesses to hire veterans; 2) management and administration of competitive grants such as under the Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Project (HVRP) that improve the readiness of veterans to enter employment; 3) management and administration of the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) Employment Workshops to prepare personnel that are separating from the Armed Forces to enter the civilian job market; 4) investigating, mediating, and referring complaints to the Department of Justice or Office of Special Counsel to enforce the responsibilities and rights of veterans under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) and the Veterans’ Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA); 5) participating in the development and implementation of national employment and training initiatives and special emphasis projects addressing the needs of special groups of veterans; 6) implementing National Office guidance on marketing strategies to employers, veterans and service members at the regional and state level; and 7) coordinating the processing of noncompliance complaints against Federal contractors and subcontractors under the Federal Contractors program.
Duties are significantly accomplished through the effective supervision of Regional Office staff as well as the subordinate DVETs for each state within the Region. Incumbent ensures that subordinate staff are effectively trained to support the Regional Administrator in carrying out the regional program activities described above.
DRAVETs support the RAVETs in monitoring the effectiveness and performance of all VETS and VETS-supported program activities in the region and act to correct deficiencies or improve their effectiveness and efficiency. Continually evaluates regional VETS programs and activities to ensure their compliance with Federal law, regulations, policies and program procedures, and their ability to meet performance goals and target indicators. Develops and administers resource implementation plans, including regional budget plans, to accomplish regional goals in support of VETS performance budget. Incumbent establishes systems and methods to ensure proper resource management for assigned regional activities.
Under the direction of the RAVET, collaboratively and proactively engages counterparts from other Federal, State, and local agencies, senior officers from military bases and facilities within the region, as well as major employers and stakeholders, such as Veterans Service Organizations, to further the programs and goals of VETS. Supports the RAVET to establish guidance to VETS State Directors (DVETs) in annual negotiations with State Workforce Agencies regarding fair and attainable state performance goals for furnishing employment services to veterans. Ensures the provision of technical assistance to State Workforce Agencies to improve their veterans’ employment services. Establishes and maintains productive working relationships with state cabinet level officials in the Region to further veterans’ employment and the stewardship of VETS State grants.