CIVILIAN PAYROLL TECHNICIAN
Department Of Veterans Affairs - Albany, NY

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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:

This position is located at the Albany VA Medical Center, Albany, NY as part of the Fiscal Operations. Working in direct support of administrative areas in the facilities such as Human Resources, Budget, Procurement, Purchasing, Accounting or Fiscal Operations. Major duties and responsibilities include:
Receiving and examining complex payroll authorization documents for propriety, authentication, accuracy, and compliance with applicable regulations, policies, and precedents;
Conducting extensive research to identify and resolve payroll situations;
Reviewing time and attendance reports for diversified assigned time and leave units;
Determining proper application of guidelines for the pay plan involved and for the retirement system;
Providing customer service in person or by telephone, and completing correspondence related to employee pay;
Resolving discrepancies and complex problems based on civilian pay rules, regulations, laws, procedures, or operations;
Keeping all organizations informed of correct timekeeping and payroll actions;
Preparing special reports required for management control, payroll reconciliation, budget, or accounting purposes; and
Performing all other related duties as assigned such as payroll and timekeeping projects and preparing correspondence.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
***RELOCATION EXPENSES AND/OR INCENTIVES ARE NOT AUTHORIZED***

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
To qualify at the GS-6 level you must meet one of the following minimum requirements :
You must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade in Federal service which has provided you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of a Civilian Pay Technician. Examples of specialized experience includes performing payroll and/or timekeeping duties that included extracting and entering data from and into an accounting system; reviewing payroll records and documents and making computations; reviewing and researching situations that may affect pay, leave, entitlements, taxes, benefits and other deductions; ensuring pay files are updated and balanced; providing customer service to employees to answer pay questions and explain payroll requirements; conducting record searches and tracing discrepancies; maintaining files and reference data in an organized manner to facilitate preparation of monthly and quarterly activity reports requested by management; preparing reports, memoranda and data summaries as required; typing and computer skills that demonstrates proficiency with multiple accounting programs. Education cannot be used to qualify at the GS-6 level.
You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:
Ability to interpret laws, regulations and policies as they pertain to leave, pay, data processing and coding procedures.
Ability to organize work, establish priorities, and meet deadlines.
Ability to communicate technical information to people from a variety of backgrounds with varying levels of understanding.
Knowledge of and ability using automated payroll, leave, and timekeeping procedures.
Physical Requirements : Sedentary work; however, there may be some walking, standing, bending, or carrying of light items.
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 MAY 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 .

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. 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: 113 Holland Ave
Albany, NY 12208
USA

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