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You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation.
NOTE : This is a TERM appointment (not-to-exceed 1 year and 1 day. Term appointments are non-status, nonpermanent appointments of limited duration. Term employees are eligible to earn leave and generally have the same benefits as permanent employees including health and life insurance, within-grade increases and Federal Employees Retirement System and Thrift Savings Plan coverage. Term appointments may be extended without further competition.
Employee will be assigned to Research Service, Animal Research Facility (ARF), VA Medical Center, Cleveland, OH, serving as the supervisor of the Animal Facility. Duties include, but may not be limited to the following:
Serves as an expert consultant on husbandry matters on the VA Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC); has responsibility for the safety and maintenance of the animal facility; and works independently to resolve complex problems and perform vital service functions.
Processes documentation and annual reviews for the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) International, Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the VA Veterinarian Medical Unit; and plays a lead role in the preparation of the program description for submission to AAALAC for tri-annual accreditation.
Accommodates the ARF and work schedules to meet the changing needs of investigators who have unique requirements in the procurement, housing, or use of specific animals; and r eviews and approves all orders for purchase of animals with VA funds or that will be housed in the ARF.
Initiates job assignments of nonprofessional employees; has delegated full responsibility for directing the activities of personnel under his/her supervision; provides a work schedule for animal caretakers assuring continuous full-day coverage for each day of the week; establishes good employee relations; trains new employees; handles employee problems relating to work situations; and takes disciplinary action as necessary.
Has responsibility for the day-to-day care of about 4,000 animals, which may include cats, dogs, guinea pigs, mice, rabbits, and other species used in VA research; and cleans cages, feeds and waters animals, as well as basic husbandry assuring the health of the animals.
Ensures daily rounds on all animals and maintains open communication with the Consulting Veterinarian and provides advice of situations that occur; recognizes any unusual trends or circumstances concerning the animal; refers these problems to the research investigator with recommendations for what should be done; and schedules inoculations, bleedings and other procedures, including euthanasia, that are required by either the Consulting Veterinarian or research investigators.
Maintains accurate records of the different aspects of the ARF to include monthly per diem charges, USDA forms for receipt, shipping and disposition of cats, dogs, rabbits and other covered species, cage cards, receipt and use of animal feed, cage washer temperature, etc.; and ensures that cage cards for individual animals contain all relevant information.
Ensures proper maintenance of equipment which includes all types of caging (stainless steel and plastic), laminar flow units, the rack and bottle washer, the tunnel cage washer and the automatic watering system.
Maintains an inventory of supplies (food, bedding, veterinary products, and cleaning materials); and plans the needs of the ARF and initiates orders for necessary supplies.
Serves as the Coordinator of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC); schedules monthly meetings and the semi-annual walk-through; conducts semi-annual laboratory inspections in which animals are used/housed; and works with the investigators, the Administrative Officer, and surgical technician (if needed) in developing the IACUC Application (Animal Component of Research Protocol, ACORP) for all animal research being done at the facility.
WORK SCHEDULE: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm.
***RELOCATION EXPENSES AND/OR INCENTIVES ARE NOT AUTHORIZED***
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR GS-8: Applicants must possess one (1) year of specialized experience that equipped them with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of this position, and that is typically in or related to the work of this position. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-07 grade level in the Federal Service. The specialized experience required for some positions in this series is normally work performed in a controlled environment. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include: research activity or control program work; nursery work that required the growing and maintenance of plants in a controlled environment; work comparable to that with a large dairy farm where production records, animal environment, and sanitary conditions were kept in accordance with modern dairy practice. This also includes establishing, monitoring, and overseeing husbandry practices of animals; performing minor surgery procedures on animals; operating and maintaining various biotechnical instruments; and directing the work of others.
Farming experience that was not performed in a controlled environment, or experience as a laborer who was not responsible for planning and scheduling his/her own work, but only performed assigned tasks, would not qualify as specialized experience.
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.
SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE FOR GS-8: One and a half (1 ½) years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree in a field of study directly related to the work of this position. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED)
COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE FOR GS-8: Combination of successfully completed graduate education and specialized experience directly related to the work of this position may be used to meet total qualification requirements. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED)
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR GS-9: Applicants must possess one (1) year of specialized experience that equipped them with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of this position, and that is typically in or related to the work of this position. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-8 grade level in the Federal Service. The specialized experience required for some positions in this series is normally work performed in a controlled environment. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include: research activity or control program work; nursery work that required the growing and maintenance of plants in a controlled environment; work comparable to that with a large dairy farm where production records, animal environment, and sanitary conditions were kept in accordance with modern dairy practice. This also includes establishing, monitoring, and overseeing husbandry practices of animals; performing minor surgery procedures on animals; operating and maintaining various biotechnical instruments; injecting common drugs; and directing and overseeing the work of others.
SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE FOR GS-9: Two full years of progressively higher level graduate education or a master's degree in a field of study directly related to the work of this position. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED)
COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE FOR GS-9: Combination of successfully completed graduate education and specialized experience directly related to the work of this position may be used to meet total qualification requirements. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED)
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: " Certification/registration as a Registered Animal Laboratory Technologist (LATG) or Technician (LAT) or its equivalent."
You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:
- 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.
Knowledge of laboratory animal science/animal research methodology as it pertains to animal research
Ability to direct the work of others and manage a program.
Knowledge of regulations governing animal welfare.
Ability to communicate effectively with a diverse group of people.
Knowledge of animal surgery/operating room procedures.
Knowledge of animal husbandry and daily care requirements for animals housed in an animal research facility.
Ability to establish priorities and work independently.
Skill necessary to set up and maintain detailed records and successfully complete a wide range of complex tasks on a daily basis.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Employee is subject to recurring walking, bending, and carrying of moderately heavy equipment (< 60 pounds). The employee must be able to assist other personnel with the unloading of heavy feed and bedding bags, and the pushing/pulling of very heavy stainless mobile caging units. However, much agility and hand-eye coordination are also required. For instance, surgical patients must be carefully prepped and the sterile field of an ongoing surgery must be carefully avoided in cramped quarters. Also, much agility is needed for safely and securely handling small rodents as well as larger animals such as dogs to ensure the safety of both the animal and the handler.
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.
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.
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: Louis Stokes Cleveland
VA Medical Center
10701 East Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44106
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 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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