OPPORTUNITIES FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABLITIES UNDER SCHEDULE A
Department of Veterans Affairs - New York, NY

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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 ”).

America's Veterans need you!

To find out more, go to http://www.va.gov/jobs/ .
    KEY REQUIREMENTS
  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Schedule A certification that includes job readiness
  • Position may require random drug testing
  • All positions require background investigations

DUTIES: If you are an individual with a disability or disabilities, you may be eligible to apply for positions located within the VA's Western New York Healthcare System(VAWNYHCS) and its Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC's) in Buffalo, and Batavia, NY and its surrounding areas (Lackawanna, Dunkirk, Jamestown, Olean, or Niagara Falls, NY), even when there are no current vacancies or open announcements. The "Qualification and Evaluation" tab of this announcement provide more information on eligibility.

Use this notice to submit your resume to the VAWNYHCS for vacancies. You will be considered for appropriate vacancies in locations in which you express interest.

This announcement does not guarantee a referral or job offer in specific jobs, grades, or locations. To maximize your employment opportunities, we strongly encourage you to apply for specific vacancies as they occur on USAJOBS.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: To apply under this announcement, you must be an individual with a disability or disabilities. Persons with disabilities may be eligible for a Schedule A appointment. Persons with disabilities may have a disability classified as a severe intellectual disability, a severe physical disability, or a psychiatric disability. To be eligible for consideration for a Schedule A appointment, you must have:
· The knowledge, skills, and abilities to qualify for the position that you are interested in applying for (in resume form)
· "Proof of disability"*, and
· Certification of job readiness.*
*You can obtain "proof of disability" and certification of job readiness from one of the following options:
1. Licensed medical professional (e.g., a physician or other medical professional duly certified by a State, the District of Columbia, or U.S. territory, to practice medicine),
2. A licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist (i.e., State or private); or
3. Any Federal agency, State agency, or agency of the District of Columbia or a U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits.
Both topics are usually addressed in one short letter.
If you would like more information on your rights as an individual with a disability, consult the Federal Employment of People with Disabilities website at: Federal Employment of People with Disabilities .

Qualification requirements depend on the job being filled. You may review the qualification requirements at the following website: Qualification Standards .

Federal Agencies are required to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified employees with disabilities. For more information on how to request reasonable accommodations, visit the following website: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/disability-employment/reasonable-accommodations/

Positions will require the applicant to pass a physical examination related to the position being filled.

Many positions have specific educational requirements, so we encourage you to provide a complete description of your educational achievements.

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 (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. http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html

FOREIGN EDUCATION: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, you must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.

We must determine qualification based solely on information provided in your resume. We do not accept separate qualification statements, so we encourage you to ensure that your resume fully reflects your background and competencies.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: (Failure to comply may be grounds for withdrawal of an offer of employment or dismissal after appointment)

Applicants must submit proof of disability and certification of job readiness.
· Applicants must be citizens of the United States, and be at least 16 years of age as of the closing date.
· Applicants tentatively selected for certain designated positions may be subject to a random drug screening for illegal drug use. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment.
· New Appointees will be subject to a background investigation to determine suitability. Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify at the time of appointment that they have registered with the Selective Service system or are exempt for having to do so under Selective Service law.
· Applicants must not be listed on the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Inspector General Sanctions database.
· Applicants selected for positions through this announcement may be subject to a one year probationary period.
· Public Law 95-201 requires that persons appointed to direct patient-care positions must possess the required basic proficiency in spoken and written English
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: Applicants will be evaluated on the competencies they possess that are directly related to the duties of the possible position(s) that need to be filled. A human resources specialist will validate the qualification of those candidates eligible to be referred to the selecting official.

BENEFITS: The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees. http://www.usa.gov/Federal-Employees/Benefits.shtml

OTHER INFORMATION: 1. If you are an eligible Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) applicant you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position . To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position. ICTAP eligibles must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a separation notice; a "Notice of Personnel Action" (SF-50) documenting separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456.

2. If you are a current career or career-conditional Federal employee or former Federal employee who has reinstatement eligibility, you must submit a copy of your latest SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action" and/or a copy of the SF-50 that reflects career or career-conditional tenure, or you will not be considered under the merit promotion process. Also, you should submit your most recent performance appraisal.

3. If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must attach a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must attach an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.

4. If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency. http://www.sss.gov/

5. Relocation expenses and/or other incentives are not authorized.

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The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is a government-run military veteran benefit system with Cabinet-level status. It is...