Housekeeping Aid (Leader)

Richmond, Virginia
May 14, 2021
May 21, 2021
Full Time


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The position is located in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Health Administration (VHA), Mid-Atlantic Health Care Network (VISN 6), Central Virginia Veterans Healthcare Center, in Environmental Management Service (EMS).
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Provide direction and guidance to WG-3566-02 Housekeeping Aids in accomplishing sanitation cleaning assignments in various clinical and administrative, which include sweeping, mopping, stripping, waxing, burnishing, scrubbing floors, trash removal, dusting, and polishing.

Works along side other employees and is responsible for guiding the pace, assigning teams members specific task to accomplish and the incumbent is responsible checking work while in process and when the task(s) are completed to ensure sequence, procedures, methods and deadlines are met.

Provide Housekeeping Aid Supervisor the status and progress of work, causes of work delays and personnel problems and provide input for performance appraisal and ratings.

Incumbent must be able operate and train other to utilize equipment e.g., battery operated scrubbers, burnishers and other industrial machines, vacuum cleaners and other equipment, tools and supplies used in cleaning.

Incumbent must understand and follow special cleaning procedures required in such areas as operating room, ICY/CCU, isolation rooms, terminal cleaning, cleaning of patient units when discharged, SCI and any other areas which dictates special care.

Responsible for insuring that all equipment is maintained in the proper manner, including daily or as needed cleaning; reporting any malfunctions to his/her supervisor and supply complete information needed to submit work orders as needed.

Responsible for ensuring that all necessary supplies and equipment are available at the start of each tour and cleaned and returned to the proper storage areas prior to close of business.

Work Schedule: Varies (TBD, may included nights, weekends, and holidays).
Compressed/Flexible Schedule: not applicable
Position Description Title/PD#: Housekeeping Aid (Leader)/PD2577 and PD02577A
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Subject to a background/security investigation
  • Pre-employment physical required
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 05/19/2021.

Applicants will be rated in accordance with the OPM Federal Wage System Qualifications . For this position, the job element method is used to match what you, the applicant, can do against what the work calls for. Your knowledge, skills and abilities will be compared to the knowledge, skills and abilities (called job elements) needed for success. Your qualifications will first be evaluated against the prescribed screen out element (WG-2 and higher only; screen-outs are not applicable to WG-1). Applicants who appear to meet the screen out element are considered for further rating; those who do not are rated ineligible and are eliminated from consideration. The potential eligibles are rated against the remainder of the job elements. While a specific length of training and experience is not required, your responses to the questionnaire must be supported by detailed descriptions of your experience on your resume.

You will be rated on the following Job Elements as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:
  • Dexterity and Safety
  • Handle Weights and Loads
  • Lead or Supervise
  • Operation of Equipment/Machinery
  • Organizational Stewardship
  • Special Aptitude - Housekeeping Work
  • 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: Must be able to lift and carry fifty (50) pounds. Must be able to climb ladders, walk constantly and sometimes perform light to moderate bending and stooping. During normal day to day operations, individual will be required to perform simple grasping, fine hand manipulation, reaching above shoulder height. Position routinely requires that individual operate vehicles, powered equipment and push or pull soiled and clean laundry carts to and from loading docks to various locations within the medical center.

Working Conditions: Workis normally performed inside where there is ample light, heat and/or ventilation. Temperatures vary from hot in the summer to cold in the winter when traveling between buildings. Incumbent is intermittently exposed to excess humidity, chemicals and solvents, fumes, dust and noise. May perform some duties of position on patient wards, within storage areas on facility grounds, or within sub­basement locations. Individual is exposed to possible contagion's from the handling of patient personal clothing/effects and in performance of sanitation procedures. Is subject to cuts, scrapes, bumps, bruises, slips, falls and other injuries in the performance of required duties. Also exposed to disagreeable odors in the accomplishment of duties.


Not applicable.

Additional information

IMPORTANT NOTICE: By law, Housekeeping Aid positions may only be filled with applicants eligible for Veterans' Preference or current VHA non-preference eligible Housekeeping Aid employees. Other non-preference eligible applicants must apply through announcements that are open to the public and may be considered only if there are an insufficient number of preference eligibles to fill the vacant position(s). In order to receive proper consideration as a preference eligible, a copy of your DD-214 and/or other acceptable proof of preference eligibility must be submitted.

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.

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.

Financial disclosure not required.

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 .

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.


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.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

Trust determination process

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
  • Resume

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please 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), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit .

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