CASHIER (Office Automation)
Department of Veterans Affairs - Lexington, KY

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Vacancy ID: 883976

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 served 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. 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. 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 ”).

America's Veterans need you! To find out more, go to http://www.va.gov/jobs/ .
    KEY REQUIREMENTS
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation.

DUTIES: This position involves a multi-grade career ladder. The major duties listed below represent the full performance level of GS-07. At the GS-06 grade level, you will perform assignments of a more limited scope and with less independence. You will progressively acquire the background necessary to perform at the full performance level of GS-07. Promotion is at the discretion of the supervisor and is contingent upon satisfactory performance, availability of higher level work, and availability of funds.

The Cashier (Office Automation) position is located within the Fiscal Service at the VA Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky. The Agent Cashier is responsible for the proper disbursement of cash handling and collections of public and private funds in accordance with regulations of the Department of Veterans Affairs and U.S. Treasury. You will provide oversight to alternate tellers and/or cash clerks responsible for performing duties in support of the agent cashier processing function.

Major duties and responsibilities include:
  • Makes recommendations on operational procedures, guidelines, and changes needed to meet the fluid demands;
  • Interprets and apply guidelines and regulations pertaining to counterfeit currency, negotiability rules, and applicable documentation;
  • Prepares certificates of deposits covering collections and checks cashed;
  • Makes cash disbursements in accordance with Federal Laws and regulations;
  • Receives and disburses funds for personal funds of patients;
  • Receives and distributes salary checks, earnings and leave statements for employees;
  • Prepares receipts for various types of collections;
  • Compiles and coordinates financial data;
  • Responds to audits;
  • Prepares replenishment vouchers and monthly reports;
  • Maintains files and records;
  • Assumes personal financial liability for a monetary loss due to the operation of this position;
  • Controls and maintains cash advances;
  • Trains alternate cashiers and purchasing agents who utilize convenience checks (bank drafts); and
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm

***RELOCATION EXPENSES AND/OR INCENTIVES ARE NOT AUTHORIZED***

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: TYPING PROFICIENCY: This position requires the skills of a qualified typist. In addition to meeting the experience requirement, you must be able to type at least 40 words per minute.
To qualify for this position at the GS-6 level:

You must have at least (1) one full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-5 level, with responsibilities that must be close to the work of this position and has given you the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully perform the duties of a Cashier (Office Automation) at a developmental level. Typically we would find this experience in work within this field or a field that is closely related to a Bank Teller or Agent Cashier. Examples of specialized experience include but are not limited to performing duties such as work performed in a Cashier's office; which may include working as a teller or in a similar position handling cash transaction, financial transactions, processing collections and disbursements, correcting errors, making collection determinations and posting appropriately and resolving minor technical problems. NOTE: Experience must be fully documented on your Resume and must include job title; duties; month & year start/end dates AND hours worked per week.
To qualify for this position at the GS-7 level: You must have at least (1) one full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-6 level, with responsibilities that must be close to the work of this position and has given you the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to independently perform the duties of a Cashier (Office Automation). Typically we would find this experience in work within this field or a field that is closely related to a Bank Teller or Agent Cashier. Examples of specialized experience include but are not limited to performing duties such as having overall responsibility for work performed in a Cashier's office; skill in applying handling cash transactions, Revenue program's billing and collection procedures, and performing cash handling operations which include the daily reconciliation of cash advances, etc.; resolving routing complaints, concerns, questions, and problems regarding first party copayment billings; controlling the requisitioning and security of all service receipts; and providing interpretation and guidance of rules and regulations as they apply to the functions of the cashier's office and general accounting. One full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment. NOTE: Experience must be fully documented on your Resume and must include job title; duties; month & year start/end dates AND hours worked per week.

A Quality Ranking Factor has been requested by the facility to help determine which of the basically qualified applicants are likely to be better qualified for a position. The quality ranking factor for this position is: "Cash handling experience, knowledge, skills and abilities."
*Quality Ranking Factors are skills, knowledge, abilities, or other worker characteristics which could be expected to result in superior performance on the job. Quality ranking factors will not be used for screening, but may be used as ranking criteria. Applicants with higher proficiency levels may rank above those with lower proficiency levels on a quality ranking factor.
You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:
  • KNOWLEDGE OF AND ABILITY TO APPLY FINANCIAL TRANSACTION PRINCIPLES, POLICIES, PROCEDURES, AND REGULATIONS
  • PERFORM FINANCIAL AND BANKING TRANSACTIONS
  • COMPUTER SYSTEMS AND OFFICE AUTOMATION EQUIPMENT AND SOFTWARE
  • ORGANIZE WORK AND ESTABLISH PRIORITIES IN ORDER TO MEET DEADLINES AND TO WORK EFFECTIVELY
  • COMMUNICATE EFFECTIVELY WITH INDIVIDUALS FROM VARYING BACKGROUNDS

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The majority of work is performed in an office setting with adequate light, heat, and ventilation. Work is mostly sedentary; but requires some bending, walking, standing, lifting, and carrying various reports to various areas of the Medical Center. Working at the computer for long periods of time and accessing information from the various computer systems is necessary.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications .
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

APPLICANTS 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. Please refer to this checklist to ensure proper accreditation and for foreign education requirements.

Veteran's 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 DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability. If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non service-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed " SF15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference ," (go to http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf ) and required documentation with your application materials. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx .

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: Applicants will be ranked based on four quality groups, as follows:
  • Best qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position;
  • Highly qualified - applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job;
  • Well qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the job; and
  • Qualified - applicants possessing experience and/or education that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors.
After the vacancy announcement closes, reviewed applications are evaluated against the questionnaire responses and placed in the appropriate quality group. Qualified veterans will be afforded preference by being placed at the top of the appropriate quality group. Qualifying veterans with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be placed at the top of the best qualified group. The best qualified group is the first to be referred to the hiring facility for further consideration and possible interview. The remaining groups may be referred based on the number of applicants available.

BENEFITS: VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.va.gov/jobs/job_benefits/benefits.asp .

The Federal Government has special excepted appointing authorities for persons with qualifying disabilities, such as Schedule A. Specific information can be found at http://www.opm.gov/disability/peoplewithdisabilities.asp . IMPORTANT: If you would like to receive consideration as a Schedule A applicant, you must contact the HR Office at the facility where this position is located: 1101 Veterans Drive
Lexington, KY 40502-2236

OTHER INFORMATION: Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

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 (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/ .

VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees 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.

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

You may be required to serve a probationary period.

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