Supervisory Program Specialist
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
Relocation expenses reimbursed No
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-15 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-14. 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. 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.
Provide a copy of your last or most recent SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action" to indicate your current federal status. If you are applying using your status as a current federal employee or as a VEOA candidate (who is a current federal employee) you must submit an SF-50. To support your claim that you have the required time-in-grade, you must submit your most recent promotion, within-grade increase, or appointment SF-50. If you previously held a higher grade, you must also submit any SF-50 showing that grade.
You may qualify based on your experience, as described below:
Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-14 in the normal line of progression for the occupationPlanning, developing and carrying out broad and extensive assignments that are of substantial significance to the Board's mission. Providing expert advice and consultative guidance on key appeals management and administrative program issues. Knowledge of program planning, optimization, and simulation efforts requiring the analysis of interrelated issues of effectiveness, efficiency, and productivity. Ability to identify and implement ways for substantially improving the effectiveness and efficiency of the Board's appeals and administrative programs directly affect the quality of support and services provided to all Veterans seeking proper and timely decisions on entitlement claims. Ability to establish and improve appeals policies and procedures, obtain necessary resources, establish criteria, formulate projects, assess program effectiveness, and assist in the establishment of new and expanding programs significantly impact the quality of services provided to all Veterans who have reason to come before the Board. Determines work goals and objectives and areas, which require additional emphasis; determines the best approach or solution for the operations, program, and related administrative issues; and is an integral part of the Board's management team. Skill and ability to review, plan, and adjust schedules, fund contracts that support the system, etc. in order to manage both private sector and Federal government professionals that perform program support work. Plan work to be accomplished; set and adjust short-term priorities and prepare schedules for completion of work; assign work to subordinates based on priorities, difficulty of assignments and the capabilities of employees; find ways to improve production or increase the quality of work directed; develop performance standards; evaluate work performance; give advice, counsel or instruction to employees on work and administrative matters. Knowledge of existing legislation, regulations, interpretations, instructions, etc., under which appellate issues may arise and for projecting the impact upon the Board's program and resources. Planning and forecasting current and proposed initiatives for BVA legal and administrative programs is a critical function.
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.
For more information on these qualification standards, please visit OPM's web site at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/indexes/alph-ndx.asp.
The work is primarily sedentary with some walking and standing in conjunction with travel to attend meetings and conferences away from the work site. May carry light items such as papers, books, or small computer components. The work does not require any special physical effort. Normal safety precautions and practices are necessary for working in an office environment.
There is no educational substitution at this grade level.
VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.
Receiving Service Credit or Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's 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.
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/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/.
Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Contact the Agency Contact for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.
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.
For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.
If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
After you have met the minimum qualifications and been referred you will be rated on the following competencies based on your application for this position. Narrative responses are not required at this time.
- Administration and Management
- Customer Service
- Problem Solving
If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment. Read more Security clearance Public Trust - Background Investigation