Equal Opportunity Assistant (OA)

Company Name:
Department Of Veterans Affairs
US Citizens and Status Candidates Permanent Full Time
Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1297476
Equal Opportunity Assistant; GS-0361-07 (PD# 520-1895-0); Office of the Director; 1 vacancy; Biloxi, MS
Vacancy Announcement Number: RV-15-JB-1297476
Open Date: 01/07/15 Close Date: 01/16/15
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?
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who serve our country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service.
If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans .
The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.
The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define "who we are," our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are I ntegrity, C ommitment, A dvocacy, R espect and E xcellence (" I CARE ").
Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities , and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Contact the Agency Contact on the last page of the JOA for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.
You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job. Subject to a background/suitability investigation. Designated and/or random drug testing may be required. Must have one year of specialized experience at the GS-6 level Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
Serves as the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Program Manager in administering the EEO Program for employees in a wide variety of occupations (professional, administrative, technical, clerical, trades, and crafts) noted for its ethnic diversity including three outpatient clinics spanning three states and provides support to two National VA cemeteries, a Canteen Service, and three Veterans Outreach Centers. The position is located in the Office of the Director. The incumbent supports the EEO Program Manager. The incumbent is involved in planning, developing, implementing, coordinating, and evaluation the hospital-wide affirmative action program for equal employment opportunity, including the following program areas: Federal Women's Program, Hispanic/Asian/Pacific Islander, People with Disabilities and Disabled Veterans, Upward Mobility Program and career counseling, Native American Heritage Program, Black Heritage Program, Student Educational Experience Program. Historically Black Colleges and University and Hispanic Associations of Colleges and Universities. In this role, the incumbent is a member of the health care system's Diversity Management/EEO Advisory Committee. Assist the EEO Program Manager in planning, developing, and administering the Diversity Management/EEO Program. Assist in preparing the Affirmative Action Plan. Federal Equal Opportunity Recruitment Plan, Persons with Disabilities Plan, and Disabled Veterans Affirmative Action Plan. Reviews health care system and service policies to ensures that they are consistent with VA, Office of Personnel Management (OPM), and Diversity Management/EEC) policies. Updates EEO policies according to established procedures. Assists Upward Mobility Program Manager, service chiefs, supervisors, and employees in planning the Upward Mobility Program and other programs, which are of significant impact on the Diversity Management/EEO Program and other programs, which are of significant impact on the Diversity Management/EEO Program. Coordinates all related training through Human Resources Management & Workforce Development Service. Meets and consults regularly with services, supervisors, personnel staff, Union officials, Diversity Management/EEO committees, and other employees to locate and define EEO bafflers, identify reasons for these bafflers, and propose specific action items to correct them. Coordinates the EEO complaint processing system for the EEO Manager. Serves as point of contact and resource individual for mediators, including the process for selection with recommendations to the EEO Program Manager and Director for final approval. Represents the health care system on EEO matters relating to minority and women organizations, inducting public and private organizations with an interest in EEO. Participates with schools, colleges, universities, and other community and state groups to improve employment opportunities, and exchange ideas community conditions that affect employability of minority, women, people with disabilities, and disabled veteran applicants. Coordinates all EEO reports and information collection. Assists the EEO Program Manager with coordination and submissions for all requests for reasonable accommodation according to established policy. Prepares sensitive data and other confidential information for closure and resolution of internal and external complaints for review and signature of the Director, e.g., offers of full relief and settlement agreements.
Work Schedule: Administrative Hours; Monday thru Friday
Relocation Expenses: Relocation expensesare notauthorized for this position.
BASIC REQUIREMENT:
GS-7 : Applicants must have one year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-06).
SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR : Applicants must have on record certification of typing proficiency at 40 wpm.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Experience which is in or directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the candidate with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of that position. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been at least equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal Service. Creditable experience must have included knowledge of the principles, concepts, legal requirements, and methodology of the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Program; and skill in applying this knowledge to perform independent assignment for which there are precedents.
SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE: As a general rule, education is not creditable above the GS-5 level; however, graduate education may be credited if the graduate education is DIRECTLY related to the work of the position.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE . If your resume/application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: /. 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: Primarily sedentary work. Typically, the employee may sit comfortably to do the work. However, there may be some walking, standing, bending, and carrying of light items like papers or books. No special physical demands are required to perform the work.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE .
You will be rated on the following competencies based on your application for this position.
Competency 1 - Knowledge of the principles, concepts, legal requirements, and methodology of the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Program.
Competency 2 - Skill in analyzing facts, identifying problems, reporting findings, making conclusions, and summarizing and recommending corrective actions.
Competency 3- Ability to communicate orally and in writing.
Competency 4 - Ability to converse with key individuals involved in workplace disputes to assist in arriving at a solution as soon as possible.
Competency 5 - Ability to conduct interviews to obtain information and determine relevance of information as related to answering specific questions/solving routine problems.
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.
Your r sum and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.
All applicants are encouraged to apply online.
To apply for this position , you must complete the View 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, January 16, 2015 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 Submit My Answers to submit your application package.
NOTE : 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.
1. Current resume.
2. OF 306 - Declaration for Federal ). This is a required form and must be completed, _signed_ and dated.
3. The completed OPM 1203fx form (answers to questionnaire) - required if unable to apply on line.
4. If claiming veteran's preference you must include the following documents:
a. _All copies_ of your DD Forms 214, member 4 copy (required).
b. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse
or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, should also complete and submit a signed SF 15,
Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available ), required if claiming.
c. A copy of your disability rating _letter_ ( required if claiming).
5. If you are a current or former Federal employee you must include most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action that shows current position held, grade, series, and tenure .
6. If using education to qualify you MUST submit a copy of your transcripts which shows the degree conferred and date (required).
7. A spouse of a current Service member claiming preference must submit a copy of the marriage license and the Service member's PCS orders specifying: the effective date of the PCS, the duty location, and a statement authorizing the dependent/spouse to accompany the Service member to the duty station. Note: This appointment is only covered within 2 years of the date on the PCS orders. This must be submitted with the recruitment package to be considered eligible for this position.
Incomplete applications will not be considered . _We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, fax transmissions, etc._
Please use this checklist to ensure 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.
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 .
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. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options. The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 1297476.
NOTE : If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.
After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your r sum and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.
You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on "Application Status." For a more detailed update of your status, click on "more information." Information regardingapplicant notification points can be found in the USAJobs Resource Center.
VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently .
VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.
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The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website. Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave : Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed. "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."
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