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    Position is located in VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS) Human Resources Management Service (HRMS), and functions as a Human Resources Specialist for the Worker's Compensation Program. Provides expert guidance, consultation, case management, and assistance to supervisors and employees on the worker's compensation program. The incumbent performs technical and advisory work within the Employee Relations program, and manages the Worker's Compensation Program at the facility level.

    VAPORHCS is a complex health care system with teaching affiliations, the most prominent of which is Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU). VAPORHCS has two major campuses and ten satellite clinics. Staff are dispersed over a wide geographical area. The growing employee population includes more than 4,000 paid employees, a large nationally recognized research component, and more than 400 allied health and professional clinical trainees who rotate through VAPORHCS each academic year to complete required training. Paid employees include Title 5 General Schedule and Federal Wage System occupations (excepted and competitive service), Hybrid Title 38 and pure Title 38 occupations.

    Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Compressed/Flexible: Compressed may be available and discussed at time of interview.
    Telework: Not available.
    Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
    Position Description/PD#: HR Specialist (Employee Benefits)/21354-A
    Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized.
    Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

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    Responsibilities

    Major duties include but are not limited to:

    • Incumbent serves as a Subject Matter Expert on the Federal Employees' Compensation Act (FECA); and as a "WC Case Manager" who is involved in all facets of a case.
    • Serves as the central processing point for traumatic and occupational injury claims originating at the facility.
    • Ensures claims are processed within specific timelines and according to regulatory requirements. Advises employees and supervisors of procedures to follow when an injury occurs.
    • Informs injured employees of their responsibilities under the program by providing proper forms and procedures for filing a claim for workers compensation. Informs employees on procedures to obtain payment of bills and reimbursement of expenditures due to their injury.
    • Contacts the Office of Workers' Compensation (OWCP) to determine reason(s) for delay in processing claims or to check status of bills for employees. Provides assistance in completing and transmitting required forms.
    • Develops local procedures for operations and program maintenance for the workers' compensation program. Coordinates activities with OWCP staff, facility supervisors/managers, injured employees/claimants, Safety Office, appropriate finance office, and any other necessary offices to ensure compliance with regulatory and procedural guidance.
    • Works with/provides guidance to persons and/or groups within and outside of the organization on complex Workers Compensation issues.
    • Ensures implementation of program requirements and performs program evaluation in order to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the program.
    • Conducts research and analysis to identify trends and to define continuing problems.
    • Recommends improvements where program deficiencies are observed, and formulates and implement solutions.
    • Develops and implements facility policy and procedures, provides program training and counseling to managers and supervisors.
    • Provides the necessary information to help management/employees identify and clarify problems and issues.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status

    No

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/492108100. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.