Claims Assistant
Department Of Veterans Affairs - Louisville, KY

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) VB633035

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?

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. 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.

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

Relocation expenses are not authorized.

Promotion Potential: GS-06

For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/ .

KEY REQUIREMENTS

You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job.

Submit a complete application and all supporting documents.

Complete the online questionnaire.

Subject to a background/suitability investigation.

DUTIES:
The incumbent is responsible for the care and maintenance of the claims folder and insures that all pertinent records and documents are preserved and are neatly and orderly filled in chronological and non-record material after its initial purpose has been served. Specific duties include but are not limited to: analyzes incoming claims and determines proper disposition and control action; responsible for developing and assembling all evidence required for burial and plot claims; processes dependency questionnaires issued to verify status of dependents of compensation; processes notices of disagreement; processes admission notices; processes requests for evidence; analyzes and processes miscellaneous mail; processes informal claims providing the claimant with the necessary application and stipulating the appropriate time limit; and performs other clerical duties as directed by the Section Chief.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
GS-06 Requires one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level.

Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-5 grade level in the Federal service during which you performed technical assignments that may have involved the following: communicate verbally or in writing in accordance with accepted rules of business etiquette; independently, organize assigned tasks, set priorities, and meet deadlines; gather, organize, compile research and analyze rules and regulations; and employ the basic features of a personal computer (i.e., word processing, spreadsheet and in-house computer applications). Examples of such experience may be gained in fields such as: claims processor/adjuster; legislative/regulatory analyst; administrative/secretarial; benefit administration; insurance; inventory management; paralegal; and quality assurance .

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Applicants must possess training and experience that clearly demonstrates the following knowledge, skills, and abilities. This training and/or experience MUST be reflected by descriptions of your experience in your resume.

Ability to communicate both orally and in writing in a clear and logical manner with people from a variety of backgrounds.
Ability to read, interpret, and analyze,regulations, and data to extract appropriate information from them.
Ability to distinguish between relevant and irrelevant information to make logical decisions.
Ability to work independently and in a team environment, establish priorities, and organize work to stay within prescribed time limits.

If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit OPM's web site at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/indexes/alph-ndx.asp .

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 (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: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html . All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. *** 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. ***

FOREIGN EDUCATION: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, you must submit original official college transcripts from an accredited educational institution that specializes in the interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Applicants will be ranked based on three 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;

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.

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.

Veterans' Preference : When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided. Documentation to support designated preference for 5pt (TP) or 10pt (CP/CPS, XXP, XP) ...etc is required to award preference. (See "Required Documents" section.) For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx .

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 .

OTHER INFORMATION:
Information about The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp . To be well-qualified : applicants must possess 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.

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: VA may offer newly-appointed federal employees, credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

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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...