Purchasing Agent
Department Of Veterans Affairs - Sheridan, WY

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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. 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:

The position serves as a Purchasing Agent (Prosthetics), at the Sheridan VA Healthcare System, Sheridan, WY. You will be responsible for purchasing a variety of prosthetic and orthotic devices, medical supplies, and home medical equipment for Prosthetics Service. This position has a high degree of visibility as a result of direct patient care contact and contact with patients' representatives. You must display a positive image and be highly motivated to seek ways to expedite patient processing, accomplish VA Mission, and adapt to the ever-changing world of health care. Your duties can include, but may not be limited to: Purchase order processing and oversight, receive and analyze prosthetic requests for items, services, and durable medical equipment from primary care providers, examine clinical health records and claim folders to determine eligibility, monitor purchase order progress, ensure each item ordered is compliant to the required specifications of the physician, maintain communication with the contractor/vendors, and monitor and resolve problems with home improvement/adaptive orders. You will work with the physicians and or clinicians to resolve issues with specifications relating to artificial limbs, home oxygen, wheelchairs, and other prosthetic/orthotic devices, operate the Prosthetic & Sensory Aids Service (P&SAS) software package to maintain a detailed and accurate accounting of actions taken, reconcile invoices for certification of payment, and use office automation and bar coding equipment.

Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday - 7:30am to 4:00pm


Specialized Experience: MUST possess one (1) full year of specialized experience equipped with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the Purchasing Agent (Prosthetics) position. To be creditable this experience must be equivalent to the next lower grade level GS-04 in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience includes: preparing purchase orders and purchasing of a wide variety of specialized medical merchandise from varied supply sources, and monitoring order progress; using office automation equipment and bar coding equipment to issue purchase orders, produce forms, maintain record of transactions, record inventory, reconcile purchase invoices and complete correspondence; possessing knowledge of medical terminology, medical equipment and supplies including knowledge of a body of purchasing regulations, policies and procedures, commodities and markets, and common business practices to make purchases. NOTE: A 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.


Education: Must have successfully completed four (4) years of education above the high school level in any field for which high school graduation or the equivalent is the normal prerequisite. (Transcript required)


Combining Education and Experience: Must possess equivalent combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and specialized experience may be used to meet total experience requirements. Only education in excess of the first 60 semester hours (i.e., beyond the second year) is creditable toward meeting the specialized experience requirement. (Transcript required)

You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:

1. Knowledge of acquisition regulations, public laws, published guides, directives, and procedures.

2. Ability to interpret policies, procedures, manuals, and regulations pertaining to purchasing and requisition systems.

3. Ability to communicate effectively.

4. Knowledge of specialized or technical purchasing methods and procedures to perform purchasing work.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The work is primarily sedentary and is carried out in an office setting. There exists prolonged periods of working at a computer terminal. You must have the ability to retrieve equipment from a storage room. Climbing associated with stocking of equipment and other items in storage area is necessary. You must have the ability to carry/lift items weighing up to fifty (50) pounds.

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 .

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 appointing authorities for persons with qualifying disabilities (go to http://www.opm.gov/disability/peoplewithdisabilities.asp ). For additional information on these, and other special appointing authorities, refer to this checklist or contact the hiring Human Resources Management Service at: 1898 Fort Road
Sheridan, WY 82801

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/ctap/index.asp .

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