Program support assistant

Company Name:
Department Of Veterans Affairs
United States Citizens Permanent Full Time Vacancy ID: 1112216
OUR MISSION: 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?
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. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. 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 /.
You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job You may be required to serve a probationary period Background investigation may be required Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
This position is located within the Primary Care Service Line at the Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center in Augusta, ME. Duties include but are not limited to:
Reviews and assists in updating VA Maine Healthcare System's Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan;
Assists Emergency Manager and Community Based Outreach Clinic personnel with emergency exercises/drills;
Assists with the preparation of multi-year training plans;
Coordinates and sets up training schedules;
Prepares After Action reports and Performance Improvement plans;
Performs other related duties as assigned.
Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm.
REQUIRES: A valid driver's license.
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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 Selective Placement Factor for this position is: Knowledge of emergency management protocols. To receive credit for this knowledge, it must be documented in your resume.
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IN ADDITION TO THE DRIVER'S LICENSE AND SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR, THIS POSITION REQUIRES: One (1) year of specialized experience that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of this position. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-04 grade level of Federal service. Specialized experience may include: knowledge of emergency management, first responders and incident command system training and protocols; designing training and emergency management related exercises; operating remote conferencing and tele-video training technologies; using Microsoft Office programs to create reports, spreadsheets and presentations. To receive credit for these skills, they must be documented in your resume.
NOTE: Experience must be fully documented on your resume and must include job title, duties, month and year start/end dates AND hours worked per week. 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.
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SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION: A bachelor's degree or four (4) years of post high school education leading to a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in a related field of study that demonstrates your ability to perform the duties of this position may be substituted for the experience required. One year of full-time academic study is usually 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours. If you are using education to qualify, transcripts are required.
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COMBINATION: A combination of specialized experience and post high school education as described that demonstrates your ability to perform the duties of the position is fully qualifying at the GS-05 grade level, but only the semester hours in excess of the first 60 semester hours can be used in place of experience. If you qualify by a combination, your experience must be documented in your resume and transcripts are required.
You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:
1. Knowledge of emergency management protocols.
2. Ability to coordinate and assist with emergency management training.
3. Knowledge of a variety of computer and web-based programs typically used in training.
4. Ability to communicate effectively with various levels of personnel.
5. Ability to perform a variety of clerical duties in a busy office environment.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The work is sedentary. Incumbent sits comfortably to do work and will also walk, stand and bend. He/she will carry light items such as papers and books. Extensive travel to individual clinics throughout the state of Maine is required. Driving an automobile is required. No special physical demands are required to perform the work.
For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management''s website at .
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.
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 ) and required documentation with your application materials. For more information on Veterans'' Preference, please visit .
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.
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete application (See "Required Documents" section below). The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, May 14, 2014.
To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Be sure to upload the required documents before you submit your application. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. Mailed/emailed applications will not be accepted. We are not responsible for incompatible software,illegible/incomplete fax transmissions, interruptions in internet service, etc.
Note : To change or update your application, simply reapply through My USAJOBS, before the closing date. To check the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account ( ), select Application Status and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.
If you cannot apply online:
1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire.
2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire: .
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to . Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.
To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:
1. Complete this cover page using the Vacancy ID: 1112216. You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.
2. Fax your documents to . Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.
The following documents are required:
1. Resume
2. Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire
3. Other documents - use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for well-qualified, displaced Federal employees), or documentation to support Veterans Preference claims. You will not be contacted for additional information.
After the vacancy announcement closes and a referral certificate is issued, an electronic notification letter - or e-mail - will be sent to applicants who provide an e-mail address. Otherwise, you will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service within 2 to 4 weeks.
VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered: .
The Federal Government has special excepted appointing authorities for persons with qualifying disabilities, such as Schedule A. Specific information can be found at . IMPORTANT: If you would like to receive consideration as a Schedule A applicant, you must contact the Human Resources office at the facility where this position is located at x5145.
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 /.
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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