Veterans Employment Program Specialist

Washington, D.C
Oct 27, 2021
Nov 03, 2021
Program Manager
Full Time

This position is responsible for leading the execution of the responsibilities of the DHS Veterans' Employment Program Office as required by Executive Order 13518, Employment of Veterans in the Federal Government. The incumbent serves as the Department's veterans' employment subject matter expert, including the various statutory, regulatory, and policy aspects of veterans' preference. The incumbent leads the coordination of efforts to ensure that recruitment and employment strategies will aid in the attraction, employment, and retention of veterans in the Department.

This position assists in executing and communicating the Government-wide Veterans' Recruitment and Employment Strategic Plan and related guidance for DHS in furtherance of the hiring goals for veterans and disabled veterans issued by the President's Council on Veterans' Employment. The incumbent also manages veteran-related stakeholder relationships.

Evaluates and analyzes agency metrics related to veterans to identify systems and personnel management practice deficiencies. Makes recommendations to address deficiencies and eliminate employee/applicant barriers to employment and advancement. The incumbent develops recommendations to increase efficiency and efficacy, as well as inclusive management practices to enhance employee engagement and team performance. Collects and analyzes input and data on operating policies, priorities, procedures and plans in implementing veterans' programs. Works with the Strategic Recruitment Manager in monitoring hiring goals for all major DHS Components for the percent of veterans and disabled veterans among all new hires.

Leads the planning and execution of the annual DHS Veterans Day Program. Oversees the execution of the Disabled Veterans' Affirmative Action Program (DVAAP), including the development of the annual DHS Report and Plan for submission to OPM. Provides assistance as necessary on issues involving the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-employment Rights Act (USERRA). Helps manage the Veterans Employment Council (VEC), and Component resource offices, in ensuring the Components' outreach, recruitment, and retention strategies are designed to draw veteran's outreach recruitment efforts, including disabled veterans, women veterans, and spouses of veterans. Makes recommendations, develops policies and provides guidance and options in support of veterans' recruiting and employment needs of all DHS Components.


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a current permanent Federal employee
  • Must have supervisory approval to apply to the Joint Duty Assignment. DHS 250-2 Application Form under "required documents" section.
  • Must NOT have any pending/outstanding disciplinary actions
  • Must have achieved a minimum of "meet expectations/proficiency" on latest performance appraisal/evaluation
  • Must be currently at or above the grade level of the detail. *No Temporary Promotion Opportunity*
  • The program does not apply to members of the Military service or contractors.


Qualifications required:
  • Extensive knowledge and applies best practices in the area of veterans' employment in a variety of human resource areas, including but not limited to recruiting and staffing, work-life balance, and training/development.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of techniques and procedures associated with veteran recruitment and a wide range of advanced staffing concepts and practices, sufficient to develop strategic outreach and recruitment strategies for deployment across DHS Components; to propose solutions for veteran outreach and recruitment challenges; to analyze trends and forecast changes in workforce requirements that will meet future mission demands; and to develop and implement Department wide policy on veteran outreach and recruitment.
  • Skill to negotiate effectively with management to accept and implement recommendations, where the proposals involve substantial agency resources, require extensive changes in established procedures, or may be in conflict with the desires of the program studied. Interpersonal skills in presenting recommendations to management and in promoting
  • cooperation among diverse groups.
  • Position requires knowledge of the English language, grammar and editing practices, and style requirements for the particular types of documents being edited/written. Must have practical skills and ability to design, develop and layout technical documents that integrate written text, tables and graphical/pictorial data.
  • Learns and adapts technical knowledge of the basic principles and specialized vocabulary of recruitment, outreach, retention, diversity and inclusion, sufficient to research, write, and edit SRDI guidance and polices. Reviews and applies DHS writing and editing standards when developing, writing, and editing of news articles, publications, internet content, and audiovisual materials.
  • Incumbent proposes changes in writing, editorial, and publishing policies/practices, and applies authoritative sources on technical writing, format, editing, and publishing policies and practices. Ability to read and interpret ables, graphical/pictorial data, and technical products sufficient to extract data and information.

  • Please read the following important information to ensure we have everything we need to consider your application:
    It is your responsibility to ensure that you submit appropriate documentation prior to the closing date. Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant experience as it relates to this Joint Duty assignment opportunity announcement.

    Be clear and specific when describing your work history since human resources cannot make assumptions regarding your experience. Your application will be rated based on your resume.

    Please ensure EACH work history includes ALL of the following information:
  • Job Title (Include series and grade of Federal Job)
  • Duties (Be specific in describing your duties)
  • Name of Federal agency
  • Supervisor name, email, and phone number
  • Start and end dates including month and year (e.g. June 2007 to April 2008)

  • Education

    EDUCATIONAL SUBSTITUTION: There is no educational substitution for this position.

    Additional information

    **DHS does not offer any additional benefits beyond that which the Federal employee is already receiving.

    If the position requires a security clearance, employees must have a SECRET or TOP SECRET clearance to placement AND must maintain that level of clearance while performing in the position.

    Selected applicants for a JDA are requested to fulfill the items below during the JDA:
  • Complete the DHS Training Course 15 days prior to the arrival to the JDA.
  • Complete the DHS Joint Duty Assignment Progress Plan to include:
    • Phase 1: Establish assignment objectives within the first 30 days of the JDA.
    • Phase 2: Complete a self-assessment of the duties performed at the mid-point of the JDA.
    • Phase 3: Complete a final review within the last 30 days of the JDA.
  • Complete 12 hours of professional development using Skillsoft courses, videos, and books in conjunction with the established assignment objectives for the JDA.
  • Attend each of the DHS Joint Duty Program Director's quarterly webinars (1 hour per quarter).

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