Security Clerk

Salem, Virginia
Jul 19, 2021
Jul 26, 2021
Full Time


This position provides traffic control at all entries and exits for the Salem Veterans Affairs Health Care System (VAMC). The incumbent screens staff, Students, Contractors, Veterans and Visitors when entering the Salem VA Medical Center (VAMC) and/or at the main entrances to the Lynchburg, Staunton, or Wytheville Community Based Out-Patient Clinic (CBOC), when assigned. Also provides information as requested or gives directions.

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  • Provides traffic control at designated entrances of the Salem VA Medical Center or specified CBOCs identified above. The Incumbent maintains a physical presence while monitoring and controlling ingress/egress to VA property ensuring people accessing the facility have a genuine need to do so.
  • Provides for the safety and security of the medical center while at entry control point by controlling traffic movement and being observant for suspicious or illegal behavior. The incumbent reports any issues to the VA Police Communications Center via radio for informational purposes only or to request assistance.
  • During emergency situations such as vehicle accidents, fires, etc., incumbent contacts the VA PoliceCommunications Center for assistance. Incumbent will secure the area and/or relinquish control to VAPolice or other emergency response personnel. In all cases, incumbent will follow guidance provided by VA Police personnel.
  • The Incumbent when providing screening duties, will ask agency approved Pre-Screening questionsregarding COVID-19, conduct a No Touch Thermometer check, and follow directions provided per standard operating procedures. The incumbent must always wear a face mask and safety vest when performing this function. The incumbent will ensure individuals that can proceed past the check point are issued a pass and provided a face mask, unless the individual(s) are already wearing or in possession of one.
  • Directs and controls traffic flow, during peak periods of congestion to avoid traffic back-ups and to maintain safety of vehicles and pedestrians. Requests VA Police assistance when necessary if traffic back-up has potential to interfere with public roadways.
  • Provide pedestrian and vehicle traffic control in a manner to ensure the traffic is being directed in a safe manner. The incumbent when conducting traffic control will be required to wear a face mask and would be required to wear a reflective safety vest. This person will allow anyone with an agency approved Fast Pass to proceed through the gate. Any person without an agency approved Fast Pass will be directed to a screening checkpoint for further processing.
  • Incumbent meets and interact with the general public in a manner that promotes a positive image of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Maintain poise and self-control under stress. Keep conversations with visitors to the facility cordial and brief. Incumbent shall not allow personal conversations or activity interrupt screening or traffic control duties. Incumbent uses customer service skills in providing directions, handing out maps, and/or agency approved flyers.
  • Uses and responds to radio communications as necessary.
  • Incumbent will have access to VA computer systems for the purpose of checking e-mails, conduct on-line training, and other taskings associated to their job. The incumbent is responsible for the safeguarding and security of that information.
  • The incumbent will be required to rotate shifts, assignments and days off. During emergencies or unusual situations, the incumbent is required to respond to or remain at the Medical Center upon request of the Captain and/or Chief, Police Service.
  • Other duties as assigned
Work Schedule: Day shift and/or night shift - 8 and/or 12 hour shifts
Position Description Title/PD#: Security Clerk/ 02261A
Physical Requirements: Work requires physical exertion such as long periods of standing, walking, bending and similar activities and occasional lifting and carrying of objects of 25 pounds or less such as temporary traffic signs and traffic cones. Callback and emergency posts are frequently required. Additionally, callback and emergency posts may be required during periods of increased National Threat Levels or other local incidents.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
  • May serve a probationary period
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • A complete application package; Resume, Transcripts, etc.
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
  • Must have a current unrestricted drivers license.


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

GS-03 grade level: 6 months of general experience. General Experience is described as progressively responsible clerical, office, or other work that indicates ability to acquire the particular knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties of Security Clerk to be filled.


Applicants may substitute one year above high school education for the experience required for the GS-03 level.


Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at the GS-03 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-XX. 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.

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: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: .

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.

Additional information

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be well-qualified, applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors if applicable, and must be proficient in most of the requirements of the job. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website which can be found at .

Receiving Service Credit for 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.

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

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 .

How You Will Be Evaluated

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. Applicants will be accessed in the order in which the applications were received and select any qualified applicant in that order.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

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

Trust determination process
Suitability/Fitness , National security

Required Documents

Documents Accepted:
  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214/ Statement of Service
  • Disability Letter (VA)
  • Resume

Documents Required:
  • Resume

Please review the above list(s) to ensure you have included all necessary documents required for your application.Not every applicant will require the same documents, therefore it is the applicants responsibility to ensure that their application package includes all necessary documents to determine qualifications and eligibility for appointment, such as a copy of your SF-50, transcript, ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information. Applicants will be deemed ineligible if supporting documentation is not submitted.

Veterans' Preference: Since the Direct-Hire Recruitment Authority is being used, traditional Veterans' Preference rules do not apply. Qualified veterans will, however, be given full consideration for this position.

Applications are accepted online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.