Equal Opportunity Assistant (OA)

Baltimore, Maryland
Jul 06, 2022
Jul 09, 2022
Full Time

The Equal Opportunity Assistant (OA) provides Technical Support for all activities of the EEO program which administers to approximately 3500 employees. The incumbent assist with program development, administration evaluation and or advisory functions and provides support and advice to supervisors and employees on EEO matters. The incumbent processes Settlement Agreement Payments, Attorney Fees, Language Services, Court Reporter Requests from OGC, purchases for Special Emphasis Programs.
  • Provides training on EEO process, scope and purpose of the law, and steps to engage in Alternative Dispute Resolution.
  • Develops and provides written notices to responding management officials.
  • Handles office operations regarding incoming and outgoing mail and correspondence.
  • Maintains organized confidential filing system.
  • Serves as primary assistant to EEO Manager and coordinates Diversity Advisory Board meetings, and schedules meetings.
  • Serves as a mediator and mediates disputes in accordance with policies and procedures.
  • Provides direct input an assistance in the development of the Annual EEO Program Status Report.
  • Develops and provides written Equal Employment Opportunity notices.
  • Provides assistance to the formulation of the EEO budget and serves as fund control point of contact.
  • Coordinates all minority Veterans program activities which include disseminating information, establishing and maintaining relationships with local Veterans Service organizations.
  • Develops and conducts EEO and Diversity-related training programs.
  • Assists EEO Manager in conducting surveys and other data gathering activities.
  • Provides training for New Employee Orientation, Diversity training, and workplace harassment training.
  • Assists EEO Manager in preparing and negotiating settlement agreements by researching investigative files, drafting proposed agreements, and participating in negotiations.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm
Telework: Available
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Position Description/PD#: Equal Opportunity Assistant (OA)/PD07469A
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Subject to background/security investigation
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
  • Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP)
  • Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program is a requirement for all Veterans Health Administration Health Care Personnel (HCP) - See "Additional Information" below for details.


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 07/08/2022.

Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-8 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-7. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one-year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one-year time-in-grade. Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment.

You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below:
  • Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-7 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: Providing technical support for all activities of an EEO program; establishing and maintaining effective relationships with employees, supervisors and managers on complex issues; skilled in written and oral communication to prepare, present, and recommend findings for complex issues; reviewing and evaluating statistical data; developing reports; and developing and providing written notices; maintaining organized confidential filing system; conducting and developing EEO and Diversity related training programs.
You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:
  • Communication
  • Conflict Management
  • Customer Service (Clerical/Technical)
  • Labor Law
  • Teamwork

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Note: 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.

Physical Requirements: The work is sedentary. The employee may perform some walking, standing, bending, stooping, carrying of light items such as books and office supplies. No special physical demands are required to preform the work. Most work is performed in an office setting. Classroom setting environment occurs at least twice monthly when facilitating EEO training. Regular and recurring work generally involves sitting at a desk, and sitting in conferences and meetings. Weekly use of automobile and public conveyance may be required.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/ .


There is no educational substitution at this grade level.

Additional information

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal/VA 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 for this vacancy. To be well-qualified : applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the required competencies of the job. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/ .

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

Pursuant to VHA Directive 1193.01, VHA health care personnel (HCP) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 subject to such accommodations as required by law (i.e., medical, religious or pregnancy). VHA HCPs do not include remote workers who only infrequently enter VHA locations. If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before your start date. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required accommodation from this requirement using the reasonable accommodation process.

Due to COVID-19, VA is currently in an expanded telework posture. If selected, you may be expected to temporarily telework, even if your home is located outside the local commuting area. Once employees are permitted to return to the office, you will be expected to report to the duty station listed on this announcement. Management officials will provide information about returning to the official, pre-pandemic worksite, when applicable. At that time, you may be eligible to request to continue to telework depending upon the terms of your organization's telework policy and the duties of the position.

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .

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