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Job Title:Student Trainee (IRM)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Hiring Organization:VA BOSTON HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS

Job Announcement Number:RS-14-EC-1012062

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$30,598.00 to $39,775.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, December 12, 2013 to Friday, December 20, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0399-04

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Internships NTE 5/31/2014

DUTY LOCATIONS:

2 vacancies in the following location:
Boston, MA View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Student/Internship Program Eligibles

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Not Applicable

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

Service: IRM
Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):
1012062

***POSITIONS ARE LOCATED AT THE JAMAICA PLAIN, MA CAMPUS***

 

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?1012062

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.  For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/

This position
is being filled under the Pathways Internship Program. 
The program is designed to provide students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions, from high school to graduate level, with paid work opportunities in agencies to explore Federal careers while still in school.  The Internship provides manager's a ready source of student employees and potential permanent employees upon completion of the program requirements.  It also provides the student with work experience directly related to the curriculum studies or career goals while offering eligibility for non-competitive conversion to permanent employment upon completion.  For more information on Internship opportunities within the Department of Veterans Affairs, please visit http://MyCareeratVA.va.gov/CareerPath/Internships


TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Not Required

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • Be at least 16 years old (by closing date of this vacancy announcement).
  • Accepted for/Currently enrolled in a qualified educational institution.
  • Must be willing to relocate.
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.

DUTIES:

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The incumbent is an IT student trainee with the OI&T Service located at the VA Boston Healthcare System. He/she will serve as a student trainee and will perform work under a progressive training program in cooperation with the faculty at the appropriate college or university.  The student will work in the Desktop Section of OI&T and provide IT customer support. The incumbent will carry out duties to support the medical center staff, and perform assignments that assist the OI&T office and senior personnel.   The employee will provide a variety of IT customer support services. The work will involve the planning and delivery of technical support services including troubleshooting, installation, inventory, removal, and moves of equipment.  He/she will ensure the help desk application software and the asset tracking information is accurate. A more detailed position description is available in Human Resources Management Service.

Position Description # 523-00279-T

Work Schedule: Full time; Monday – Friday; Work schedule will be set between 8:00am - 5:00pm.

 

NOTE: This position is covered by locality-based comparability pay.
NOTE: Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized.
NOTE: Selectee may be required to work at any Boston Healthcare System campus, as needed.
NOTE: Candidates who meet the qualification requirements within 15 calendar days following the closing date of the announcement will be considered.
NOTE: Incomplete application packages will not be considered.



QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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To be eligible for this internship ALL of the following requirements must be met:


• Student Status: The applicant must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an accredited two-year or four-year college or university, graduate or professional school (go to

www.ope.ed.gov/accreditation/to verify accreditation status).  Individuals who are enrolled must be taking at least a half-time academic, vocational, or technical course load leading to a degree, and the applicant must provide evidence of enrollment/acceptance.  If enrolled half-time, the applicant must also provide the school’s policy on what is defined as half-time enrollment.  Additionally, the student must maintain either a full-time or part-time work schedule in order to remain eligible under the Pathways Program.


• Pathways Participant Agreement: All interns are required to sign the Participant Agreement prior to starting work.


• Qualification requirements as outlined below.

 

GRADE

EXPERIENCE

EDUCATION

GENERAL

SPECIALIZED

 

GS-4

 

1 year

 

None

 

2 years above high school

SELECTIVE FACTOR:  This position includes a Selective Placement Factor (skill, knowledge, ability or other worker characteristic basic to - and essential for - satisfactory performance of the job). Selective Placement Factors are a prerequisite to appointment and represent minimum requirements for a position. Applicants who do not meet it are ineligible for further consideration.

 

The Selective Placement Factor for this position is:

 

Undergraduate or Graduate Education: Degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Information Science, Information Systems Management, Mathematics, Operations Research, Statistics, Technology Management, or a Degree that provided a minimum of 24 semester hours in one or more of the fields identified above, and required the development or adaptation of Applications, Systems or Networks.

 

CONVERSION:  This appointment may be extended until the selectee's educational program requirements have been completed, at which time the individual may, at agency discretion, be converted to a term or permanent appointment.  There is no guarantee for conversion.  To be eligible for conversion to the competitive service after completion of the program, an intern must:

 

1)  Be a U.S. Citizen.
2)  Successfully complete an academic course of study as evidenced by a qualifying. degree.
3)  Complete a minimum of 640 hours of work experience under the Internship Program.
4)  Meet the OPM qualification standard for the position to which the Intern may be converted.
5)  Maintain acceptable performance under the Agency's approved performance management system.
6)  Receive favorable recommendation for conversion from supervisor.


If you are 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: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html 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: Work is sedentary and is carried out in an office setting.  There exists prolonged periods of working at a computer terminal.  Ability to retrieve equipment from a storage room is 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 http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

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.


BENEFITS:

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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.

 



OTHER INFORMATION:

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



HOW TO APPLY:

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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 Friday, December 20, 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, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, 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.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

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

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
   ·Cover Letter
   ·DD-214
   ·Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs)
   ·OF-306
   ·Other
   ·Other Veterans Document
   ·SF-15
   ·SF-50

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

Required:  Your resume showing your current cumulative GPA and expected date of graduation.

Required:  Unofficial/official transcript or proof of enrollment, e.g., letter from the registrar's office. (Note: If you are selected for this position, an official transcript will be required prior to your first day.)

Required, if applicable: Veterans' Preference documentation, if applicable. (See Other Information section for details.)

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 http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 1012062.

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 Friday, December 20, 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 (http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf), 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.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Job Information
Phone: (774)826-1269
Email: VHABHSJOBS@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
IRM
940 Belmont Street
Brockton, MA
02301

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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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Job Announcement Number:

RS-14-EC-1012062

Control Number:

357285600