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Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-13-NV-928703

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$40,282.00 to $52,371.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, July 24, 2013 to Monday, July 29, 2013




Full Time - Recent Graduates




1 vacancy in the following location:
Cincinnati, OH United StatesView Map


This position is open to Recent graduates who have completed, within the previous two years, a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution. (Veterans unable to apply within two years of receiving their degree, due to military service obligation, have as much as six years after degree completion to apply).



Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 928703






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?928703



At the Cincinnati VA Medical Center, our duty is to make sure Veterans receive the finest health care available within our resources. We are devoted to providing primary health care, specialized care, and mental health service to Veterans whom reside within a 50 mile radius of the Medical Center serving veterans in the states of Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. For more information, please visit our web site.

"Who Can Apply": This position is open to Recent graduates who have completed, within the previous two years, a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution. (Veterans unable to apply within two years of receiving their degree, due to military service obligation, have as much as six years after degree completion to apply). Note: Individuals who graduated between 12/27/2010 and 7/10/2012 will be eligible to apply under the Recent Graduates Program through 7/10/2014.

This position is being filled under the Pathways Recent Graduates Program.    VHA’s TCF Career Field Recent Graduate Program identifies qualified recent graduates who have completed their educational requirements within the previous two years/6 years for active duty military and are willing to participate in a two-year, nationally funded training program.   The TCF career fields represent those technical fields in which VHA anticipates staffing needs and where VA-specific knowledge and experience is desirable for success in the field.  This vacancy will be filled at the GS-7 grade level with promotion potential to the GS-11 grade level.  

This announcment was amended on 7/24/13 @ 4:00 to include statements concerning Training, Mobility and Continued Service Agreements.   A note was also added to the "Who Can Apply" section of the announcment.  


  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • Must meet Recent Graduate eligibility requirements
  • Must be willing to relocate (Sign a Mobility Agreement)


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The TCF Program/Human Resources Management (HRM) internship is a comprehensive program designed to train candidates for Human Resources positions within Veterans Health Administration (VHA). This program provides the foundation for developing HRM interns from entry level to the full performance level (GS-11).  It includes planned training, rotational assignments, and on-the-job work experience.

Interns will receive training in the traditional functional areas of Human Resources Management, as well as in the core competencies for HR Professionals. The general (core) competencies are:  Human Resources technical competencies in the areas of classification, staffing, pay administration, benefits, employee relations, and labor relations: Human Resources in VA: and Communication and consulting skills

The primary objective of this program is to develop a cadre of well-trained Human Resources professionals through a comprehensive curriculum that provides candidates with an in-depth training experience that includes both practical and didactic segments in all of the major Human Resources Program areas.


Work Schedule: 1st Shift, 8:00am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday.    (An alternate work schedule may be approved between the hours of 6am and 6pm).


Position Description Title/PD#:  Human Resources Specialist, PD#101-00925a  


Promotion Potential: The selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met.  Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level.


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To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


Recent Graduate Program: To be eligible, applicants must have completed a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate,vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution. (To be eligible, applicants must apply within two years of degree or certificate completion, except for veterans precluded from doing so due to their military service obligation, who will have up to six years after degree completion to apply).


SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Applicants must have One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-5) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience include, but are not limited to:



EDUCATION: Must have completed 1 full year of graduate level education. (Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that information cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours should be considered as satisfying the 1 year of full-time study requirement. Part-time graduate education is creditable in accordance with its relationship to a year of full-time study at the school attended).


SUPERIOR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT:  S.A.A. is based on (1) class standing, (2) grade-point average, or (3) honor society membership.   See the "General Policies and Instructions" for specific guidance on applying the superior academic achievement provision (


Possess equivalent combinations of education and experience.    Note: To combine education and experience, first determine how much of the qualifying experience and education you have, as a percentage of what is required for each.  Add the percentages together, and if the total is 100% or more, then the combined education and experience is qualifying for the position.   EXAMPLE: the applicant has 6 months of specialized experience and 6 semester hours of college (in directly related courses). That means the applicant has 50% of the required one year of experience and 67% of the education required to substitute for education. The total qualifying experience and education add up to 117%. The applicant can combine his or her experience to qualify for the position.


You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) based on your application for this position.

KSA 1 – Knowledge of techniques to identify, evaluate, and recommend appropriate HR
interventions to resolve difficult problems.

KSA 2 - Ability to interpret moderately HR rules,regulations and policies

KSA 3 - Ability to use a variety of communication techniques to present information and
gain understanding from various individuals.


If you're referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.



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 you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.


Physical Requirements: No special physical exertion is required. The work is primary performed while sitting though some work may require periods of standing.    The regular and recurring work of the position involves sitting at a desk, conferences, meetings etc., and occasional visits to activity work sites.    Occasional use of automobile and public conveyances may be required.    Occasional travel may be required.      


Veterans' 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 your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.


Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form.  For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit



Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified during the review process.  If your resume/application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.


Candidates for appointment under the Recent Graduates appointing authority in the occupation of Human Resources Specialist, GS-7 are required to undergo the Administrative Careers with America (ACWA) assessment process.  The VA Delegated Examining Unit (DEU) in Atlanta, GA administers this process.       Applicants apply to the HR office at the facility advertising the position.   HR screens for basic eligibility and provides eligible applicants with instructions for the ACWA process through the Atlanta Delegated Examining Unit.   Following the completion of the ACWA assessment process, the HR office will receive a list of certified eligibles from which to begin the selection process.  






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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package.  This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered.
Note: If selected for a Temporary Appointment (i.e. an appointment limited to one year or less):

You are excluded from health benefits coverage if you are:


  • serving under an appointment limited to one year or less and you have not completed at least one year of current continuous employment, excluding any break in service of 5 days or less; or
  • expected to work less than 6 months in each year.


You are eligible for FEHB coverage if:


  • your full-time or part-time temporary appointment has a regular tour of duty and follows a position in which you were insured, with a break in service of no more than 3 days; 
  • you are a Presidential appointee appointed to fill an unexpired term;or
  • your appointment follows, with a break in service of no more than 3 days, a position in which you were insured.




Placement Policy:   The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion.  The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement.  Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position."

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.


Selected candidate must sign a Mobility Agreement, a Training Agreement and a Continued Service Agreement which are described below

Training Agreement - In accordance with 5 C.F.R. § 410.405, TCF program participants of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) who fail to complete the TCF Program will be required to repay all training costs incurred as described in 5 U.S.C. § 4109(a)(2), including tuition and related fees, travel, equipment, supplies, books, materials, and any other special expenses (excluding salary).

Mobility Agreement - The initial assignment upon successful completion of the TCF program will be made based on the needs of VHA and may not be at the facility where I began or complete my training. If the initial assignment is offered at my training facility, relocation benefits will not be paid by the HTM Program Office to another location.  AlThough location preferences will be considered, the selected candidate will be required to accept an assignment at any facility where their newly acquired knowledge and skills are needed.  Failure to relocate for the initial assignment may result in, administrative action, termination from federal employment, and/or obligation to repay all TCF training and travel funds expended.  Relocation benefits, excluding the Appraised Value Option (AVO), are only offered once for final placement if Permanent Change of Station (PCS) requirements are met.

Continued Service Agreement - The Period of Obligated Service (POS) begins immediately upon the TCF program participant’s successful completion of the program.  (Upon completion of the TCF program, the selected candidate will serve in VHA for the POS in accordance with 5 U.S.C. § 4108 and 5 C.F.R. § 410.310 not to exceed 3 years).


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HOW TO APPLY: All applicants are encouraged to apply online.


To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, July 29, 2013 to receive consideration.


  1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  2. Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
    It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.  


To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.


Applicants who meet the basic eligibility requirements will be provided with further instructions on how to complete the Administrative Careers With America (ACWA) assessment which is described in the "How you will be Evaluated" section of this announcement.   




All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
   ·Cover Letter
   ·Other Veterans Document

Please 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), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

You are encouraged to apply online.  Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE:  If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):


  1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 928703.
  2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144. If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials.  



If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials.  The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, July 29, 2013 to receive consideration.  Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:


  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire.
    View Occupational Questionnaire
  2. Print the 1203FX form (, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.




Rick L. Payne
Phone: (513)559-3591
Fax: (513)559-3585
Agency Information:
VHA Cincinnati VAMC
Department of Veteran Affairs
3200 Vine Street
Cincinnati, OH
45220 Fax: (513)559-3585



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 notifying them of their application status.  If no e-mail address is provided, you will receive this notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service within 2 to 4 weeks.

Those candidates who are referred to the hiring official for further consideration will be contacted if an interview is requested.  Once a selection has been made and confirmed, all non-selected candidates will be notified of their non-selection.

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