SUPERVISORY GENERAL ENGINEER (ASSISTANT CHIEF)
Department of Veterans Affairs - West Haven, CT

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who serve 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.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.

DUTIES:

This position involves a multi-grade career ladder . The major duties listed below represent the full performance level of GS-13. At the GS-12 grade level, the employee performs assignments of a more limited scope and with less independence. The employee will progressively acquire the background necessary to perform at the full performance level of GS-13. Promotion is at the discretion of the supervisor and is contingent upon satisfactory performance, availability of higher level work, and availability of funds. Promotion is not guaranteed and no promise of promotion is implied.

DUTIES:

This position is located within the Facility Management Service Division at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in West Haven, Connecticut. Duties include but are not limited to the following:
  • Serving as assistant to the Chief, Facilities Management Service (FMS);
  • Participating in decision making on policy, planning, scheduling, budgeting, operations, manpower utilization, project design, construction and other technical areas;
  • Serving as consultant/advisor on engineering and environmental matters to top management and high level medical/administrative staff;
  • Operating, maintaining and repairing the facility’s physical plant and non-medical equipment, including all buildings and utilities;
  • Developing, modifying, implementing and directing a maintenance and repair program that meets the needs of the facility and addresses the requirements of national standards and codes of regulatory authorities;
  • Developing engineering solutions to technical problems;
  • Evaluating all equipment, buildings and structures;
  • Assisting in the preparation of the budget, cost estimates, projects and preventative maintenance/environmental programs;
  • Providing personnel related services to include performance appraisals, handling awards/disciplinary issues and participating in hiring new staff.
Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm

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

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: This position includes a Selective Placement Factor (skill, knowledge, ability or other worker characteristic basic to - and essential for - satisfactory performance of the job). Selective Placement Factors are a prerequisite to appointment and represent minimum requirements for a position. Applicants who do not meet it are ineligible for further consideration.

The S elective Placement Factor for this position is: E xperience managing an environmental program and complying with environmental standards set forth by EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration), NFPA (National Fire Protection Agency) and DEEP (Department of Energy & Environmental Protection). To receive credit for this experience it must be documented in your resume.

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BASIC EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENT: This position requires a professional engineering degree in a school of engineering whose curriculum is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) or whose curriculum included differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics. You must submit transcripts with your application so that this requirement can be verified.

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COMBINATION FOR BASIC REQUIREMENT: A combination of education and specialized experience, i.e., college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering meets the basic educational requirement for this position. The adequacy of such background MUST be demonstrated by one of the following:
  • Professional registration — Current registration as a professional engineer. For those who achieved such registration by means other than a written test, eligibility only extends to positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration.
  • Specified academic course — Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical and engineering sciences and in engineering that included the courses specified in the basic requirement. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum as described above.
  • Related curriculum — Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor’s degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate profession field, e.g. physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology or geology may be accepted in lieu of a degree in engineering provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily, there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience.

This combination may be substituted for the basic educational requirement. If you qualify by this combination, you must document your experience and submit transcripts with your application.

IN ADDITION TO THE SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR AND BASIC EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENT, THE GS-12 REQUIRES: One (1) year specialized experience in professional engineering that equipped you 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 the position. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in Federal service. Examples of related engineering experience include: managing a facilities management program within a health care environment or medical facility; managing allocated resources to ensure the timely and cost-effective maintenance and repair of buildings, building equipment, utilities, and grounds; ensuring compliance with all engineering policies related to the testing/inspection of fire and safety devices, the reporting/prevention of accidents, workplace inspections, etc.; managing service contracts with vendors; coordinating workload schedules for subordinate staff; and preparing special studies and reports. To receive credit for these skills they must be documented in your resume.

IN ADDITION TO THE SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR AND BASIC EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENT, THE GS-13 REQUIRES: One (1) year specialized experience in professional engineering that equipped you 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 the position. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in Federal service. Examples of related engineering experience include: managing a facilities management program within a health care environment or medical facility; managing allocated resources to ensure the timely and cost-effective maintenance and repair of buildings, building equipment, utilities, and grounds; advising top management on engineering and environmental matters; ensuring compliance with all engineering policies related to the testing/inspection of fire and safety devices, the reporting/prevention of accidents, workplace inspections, etc.; managing service contracts with vendors; recommending improvement changes to benefit patients, staff and visitors; coordinating workload schedules for subordinate staff; implementing procedures to improve efficiency and effectiveness; evaluating employee performance; and preparing special studies and reports. To receive credit for these skills they must be documented in your resume.

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

1. K nowledge of facilities management operations/services in a large, complex healthcare facility.

2. K nowledge of advanced concepts, principles and practices of engineering.

3. S kill in leading and supervising staff members.

4. A bility to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with a wide variety of people from different backgrounds and levels of understanding.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The work is primarily sedentary, although some physical effort may be required, i.e. walking, standing, carrying light items such as manuals or briefcases, or driving/traveling by motor vehicle.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications .

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. 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: 950 Campbell Avenue
West Haven, CT 06516

OTHER INFORMATION: Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

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 (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) 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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