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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.
This position is located in the Human Resources
Office of the VHA Service Center in Independence, OH. As a Security
Assistant you will perform clerical duties in support of the suitability
and personnel security program. Your duties may include, but are not limited
to the following:
process review of requests for investigations;
quality control and timely documentation submission;
all initial employment processing forms;
technical support and customer service to resolve problems;
pertinent information into an automated tracking system;
database file searches;
program specific information.
Work Schedule : Full-Time, Monday -
Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
***RELOCATION EXPENSES AND/OR INCENTIVES ARE NOT AUTHORIZED***
for this position, you must have the following qualifications:
must have at least 1 (one) year of specialized experience equivalent to the
next lower grade level in the Federal Service.
Specialized experience is defined
as experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge,
skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position. Examples of specialized experience
include: processing transactions in
security databases; providing data collection and tracking support; reviewing
reports of personnel investigations; and resolving issues with the best course
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
SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE: (COPY OF TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED WITH YOUR
completion of a 4-year
study above high school leading to a bachelors degree in any field. This education must have been obtained in an accredited
business or technical school, junior college, college or university. To qualify
based solely on education alone, you must include a copy of your transcript
with your name, name of school, degree earned and date, grades earned, credit
hours, major(s), and grade point average or class ranking with your resume or
Only education in excess of the first 60 semester hours (i.e., beyond the
second year) is creditable toward meeting the specialized experience
requirement. One full academic year of study (30 semester hours) beyond
the second year is equivalent to 6 months of specialized experience at the GS-5
COMBINING EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE (COPY OF
TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED WITH YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE):
Combinations of successfully
completed education and experience may be used to meet total qualification
be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other
characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this
to provide customer service and problem resolution.
to process transactions relating to security program activities.
of basic principles, concepts, and methods of security administration.
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: 6100 Oak Tree Blve
Independence, OH 44131
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.
Department of Veterans Affairs - 16 months ago