Program Specialist
Department of Veterans Affairs - Palo Alto, CA

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VacancyID: 609649

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?

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Working with the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) offers an opportunity for a rewarding health care career serving our nation’s Veterans. Your work in this position will give you the opportunity to serve patients who have served our nation like you have.

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.

You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation.

Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.

DUTIES:
The employee will be assigned to the Administrative Officer of the Research & Development Service at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, serving as a Program Specialist. Performs, but may not be limited to the following duties:

Responsible for overall management of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC);

He/she is the principal administrative contact for all IACUC related issues and Subcommittee on Research Safety;

Oversight of investigator compliance and protocol management; Manage Animal Component of Research Protocol (ACORP) submissions;

Assist in writing and maintaining policies related to Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) accreditation standards and other documents needed;

Manage the Research Protocol Safety Survey (RPSS) process;

Evaluate each RPSS for compliance.

Work Schedule: The employee will work Monday through Friday, 20 hours per week, between 8:00 am and 12:00 pm.

***RELOCATION EXPENSES AND/OR INCENTIVES ARE NOT AUTHORIZED***

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: One year of specialized experience that equivalent to the GS-11 grade level that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the Program Specialist position? Specialized experience includes experience with research animal care and use programs including Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) functions and operations; research safety programs including Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) functions and operations; developing project plans for animal care and use programs; developing detailed plans, goals and objectives for a long-range implementation and administration of an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee; drafting and conducting extensive research and compilation of data from diverse sources for analysis and development of reports in relation to oversight visits; serving as point of contact for researching safety administrative matters; educating and training investigators working on research involving animals care and use programs. 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.

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

Knowledge of research animal care and use programs, including Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) functions and operations.

Ability to prepare a research animal care and use program for major accreditation visits.

Knowledge of research safety programs, including Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) functions and operations.

Ability to provide investigator training related to research safety and research animal care and use programs.

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.

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://www4.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 3801 Miranda Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94304
.

OTHER INFORMATION:
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.

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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...