Victim Advocate (SHARP)
Department of the Army - Fort McCoy, WI

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Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission. They provide the skills that are not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations. The Army integrates the talents and skills of its military and civilian members to form a Total Army.

About the Position:
Sexual Harassment/Assault Response Program provides awareness and prevention, training and education, victim advocacy, response, reporting and follow up for sexual harassment/assault issues. Army promotes sensitive care, advocacy, treatment, reporting options for victims of sexual harassment/assault and accountability for those who commit these crimes.

Fort McCoy is located in a good rural area, between Tomah and Sparta. The area offers commendable schools and reasonable housing costs situated between two major interstates. Fort McCoy has an excellent Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) program. Activities open to employees include the Whitetail Ridge Recreation Activity (ski hill, tubing and other winter sports), a fitness center with Olympic-size pool, saunas etc. and Pine View Recreation Area with an RV/camping park. Website: www.mccoy.army.mil

Who May Apply: US Citizens

KEY REQUIREMENTS

The business travel requirement is 10 percent.

Moving expenses will NOT be authorized.

Please see "Other Requirements" for additional conditions of employment.

Personal security investigation is required.

DUTIES:
Serves as a Victim Advocate (SHARP) providing professional and comprehensive advocacy services to victims/survivors of sexual assault and sexual harassment.

Conducts assessments with clients to evaluate needs and risks; recognizing the need for professional intervention and referring to appropriate services.

Ensures victims of sexual assault receive all needed guidance and emotional support during administrative, medical, investigative, and legal procedures, and that victims understand the processes involved and that data will be collected, reported, and maintained on cases.

Accompanies victims and provides support in securing medical treatment, safe shelter, protective orders, court hearings, educational, transportation, financial services, and follow-up assistance.

Provides support before, during and after trials.

Conducts interactive training workshops/seminars to victims, community agencies and the organization.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
Victim Advocate (SHARP) GS-0101-09:
Applicants must meet both the Basic Requirement (1) AND Specialized Requirement (2).

(1) BASIC REQUIREMENT:
A. Degree: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a behavioral or social science; or related disciplines appropriate to the position.

OR

B. Combination of education and experience: that provided the applicant with knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.

Combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and appropriate experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements for the basic requirement, and may be computed by first determining the applicant's total qualifying experience as a percentage of the experience required for the grade level; then determining the applicant's education as a percentage of the education required for the grade level; and then adding the two percentages. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify for the basic requirement.

OR

C. Four years of appropriate experience that demonstrated that the applicant has acquired knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.

AND

(2) SPECIALIZED REQUIREMENT:
A. Education: To qualify based on education in lieu of specialized experience, applicants must possess a completed master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related.

OR

B. Combining Education and Experience: Combinations of successfully completed graduate-level education and specialized experience (GS-07) may be used to meet total qualification requirements for the GS-09 grade level, and may be computed by first determining the applicant's total qualifying experience as a percentage of the experience required at the next lower grade (GS-07); then determining the applicant's education above the undergraduate degree as a percentage of the education required; and then adding the two percentages. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify for the GS-09 grade level.

Only graduate education in excess of the first year of graduate-level education may be used to qualify applicants for positions at the GS-09 grade level. (When crediting education, prorate the number of hours of related courses required as a proportion of the total education to be used.)

OR

C. Specialized experience: To qualify, applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade/level (GS-07). Specialized experience is defined as: Providing professional advocacy services to victims or survivors of sexual assualt and sexual harassment; conducting assessments with clients to evaluate needs and risks; recognizing the need for professional intervention and refering to appropriate services; maintaining partnerships in the community, and conducting training/seminars on sexual assault/sexual harassment.

You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills, and abilities) in the following areas:

  • Victim Advocacy Services
  • Victim Support Services
  • Administrative Duties
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

If using education to qualify, such education must be related to the position and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.

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.

Applicants using education to satisfy qualification requirements MUST include transcripts in their application package or they will NOT be referred.

Other Requirements:
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•Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
•Moving expenses will NOT be authorized.
•One year probationary period may be required.
•Defense National Relocation Program (DNRP) will not be authorized.
•Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in the vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
•Applicants claiming veteran's preference should clearly show an entitlement to such preference on the resume/supplemental data submitted.
•Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid experience or volunteer work.
•You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.

•Direct Deposit of Pay is required.

•Position requires a personnel security investigation.
•Incumbents must successfully complete 80-hour SHARP Course and obtain DoD Certification within 6 months of hire.
•Selectees will be screened by the National Sex Offender Registry, Crime Records Center, and the Army Central Registry.
•Must Possess a valid driver's license and have the ability to operate a motor vehicle.
•May be subject to occasional On-Call.
•In accordance with Executive Order 12564 for a Drug-Free Federal Workplace, this position requires applicants to pass a drug test prior to employment and be subject to random drug testing for the duration of employment.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be reviewed to verify that you meet the basic eligibility and qualification requirements. Your responses to the q uestionnaire will be used to evaluate your relevant personal, educational, and work experiences. Only the most recently submitted resume will be considered.

Basis for Rating : Qualified candidates will be assigned to one of three quality categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified and Qualified. Veteran preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. Well-qualified is defined as meeting all of the minimum qualification standards and eligibility requirements as well as possessing skills that clearly exceed the minimum qualification requirements for the position. Under competitive delegated examining, an ICTAP eligible will be considered well-qualified if they attain an eligibility rating of 90 or higher, not including points for veterans' preference. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form. Information about ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp .

BENEFITS:
The Department of Defense offers excellent benefits programs some of which may include:

  • Comprehensive health and life insurance
  • Competitive salaries
  • Generous retirement programs
  • Paid holidays, sick leave, and vacation time
  • Flexible work environment and alternate work schedules
  • Paid employment related training and education
  • Payment of licenses, certification, and academic degrees as applicable
  • Bonuses, incentives, and awards as appropriate for the job.
OTHER INFORMATION:
Other Requirements:
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• Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.
• The Department of Defense (DoD) policy on employment of annuitants will be used in determining eligibility of annuitants. The DoD policy is available at http://www.cpms.osd.mil/ASSETS/E8AB932EA1E44617BAC7222922E42A62/DoDl140025-V300.pdf.

• In accordance with section 9902(h) of title 5, United States Code, annuitants reemployed in the Department of Defense shall receive full annuity and salary upon appointment. They shall not be eligible for retirement contributions, participation in the Thrift Savings Plan, or a supplemental or redetermined annuity for the reemployment period. Discontinued service retirement annuitants (i.e. retired under section 8336(d)(1) or 8416(b)(1)(A) of title 5, United States Code) appointed to the Department of Defense may elect to be subject to retirement provisions of the new appointment as appropriate. (See DoD instructions 1400.25, Volume 300, at http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives .)

• This is a Career Program Position (CP 53 ).

• Salary includes applicable locality pay or Local Market Supplement.

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