Congressional Liaison Representative
Occasional travel - Travel required up to 10% of the time.
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. (If you have not held a GS grade at any time in the past 52 weeks, this question does not apply to you.) For this vacancy, applicants must have held grade GS-09 or higher for at least one year to be eligible for the GS-11 grade level of this position. Applicants must have held grade GS-11 or higher for at least one year to be eligible for the GS-12 grade level of this position. The grade must have been held in the Federal service but may have been in any occupation. Provide a copy of your last or most recent SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action" to indicate your current federal status. You must also submit additional SF-50(s) to clearly demonstrate one year time-in-grade as required in the announcement. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate that you possess one year time-in-grade. In this instance, you should provide an additional SF-50 to clearly demonstrate one year time-in-grade. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials.
Selective Placement Factor: This position includes a 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. Evidence of the Selective Placement Factor must be reflected in your resume.
The Selective Placement Factor for this position is: Experience reviewing and interpreting legislation, procedures and policy in connection with veteran benefits.
You may qualify based on your education/experience, as described below:
For the GS-11 level:
Education: A Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, or three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M, if related. This education must have been obtained in a college or university for which a bachelor's degree or higher is a prerequisite. One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that information cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours should be considered as satisfying the 1 year of full-time study requirement. Part-time graduate education is creditable in accordance with its relationship to a year of full-time study at the school attended. A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-11 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Specialized experience include assists in providing guidance to Members of Congress and Staff as it relates to VA benefits of their veteran constituents. Shares the responsibility for all administrative processes to include, but not limited to: analysis of congressional inquiries, administrative support, resource management, timekeeping, preparation of statistical reports, managing and resolving computer issues. Assists in managing the workflow and developing procedures for the administrative operation of the office. Assists in performing the necessary research to furnish management and staff the background materials needed for the full development of satisfactory solutions to individual problems of a complex nature brought to attention of the service, including those of a sensitive political nature. Assists in reviewing and analyzes veteran records, and reviews and interprets agency rules and regulations, laws and information received from other VA offices and other agencies. Independently determines assignments and required actions of VA administrations to complete written responses to Congress. Manages the purchase card transactions to include placing orders, verifying the accuracy of orders and contacting vendors to rectify discrepancies.
Combination of Education and Specialized Experience: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at the GS-11 level. To calculate, first identify the percentage of required education you have earned (when substituting, you cannot use the first 60 semester hours that you earned). Then identify the percentage of required experience you possess. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify at the GS-11. For example, an applicant who has 9 semester hours of graduate level education (i.e. 50% of graduate education required) and 6 months of creditable specialized experience (i.e. 50% of the required experience) would equal 100% of the required experience for the position. A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
For the GS-12 level:
Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-12 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Specialized experience include responsible for providing guidance to Members of Congress and Staff as it relates to VA benefits of their veteran constituents. Shares the responsibility for all administrative processes to include, but not limited to: analysis of congressional inquiries, administrative support, resource management, timekeeping, preparation of statistical reports, managing and resolving computer issues. Manages the workflow and develops procedures for the administrative operation of the office. Performs the necessary research to furnish management and staff the background materials needed for the full development of satisfactory solutions to individual problems of a complex nature brought to attention of the service, including those of a sensitive political nature. Reviews and analyzes veteran records, and reviews and interprets agency rules and regulations, laws and information received from other VA offices and other agencies. Independently determines assignments and required actions of VA administrations to complete written responses to Congress. Assists EIL with the inventories office resources and provides recommendations to the supervisor about the availability of adequate resources available for the dialing conduct of business. Considers information needs, interests, and level of detail to satisfy a broad range of internal and external requests.
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.
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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.
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.
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 - Administration and Management, Communications, Customer Service, and Interpersonal Skills. Narrative responses are not required at this time.
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.