Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Program Specialist in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Philadelphia, PA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Monday 10/10/2016 (11 day(s) ago)

** Closes Tuesday 10/25/2016 (4 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1819594

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to

**This position is located in the Office of the Director and serves as a Program Specialist. Target grade for this position is GS-11.


Current permanent VA/VHA employees

For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.


You will serve in a developmental assignment to provide you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform the full range of duties described below:

The incumbent serves as Office Manager for the Director's Office. The position reports to the Director of the Philadelphia VA Medical Center and is a key member of the Director's staff.

The incumbent performs management and program support work such as program planning, evaluation of administrative programs or issues, correspondence control, liaison, special projects and board or committee related work.

Work Schedule:Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm

Position Description Title/PD#: *05386-O*

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • 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.
  • Time-in-grade requirement must be met by close of announcement.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

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

Specialized Experience:

Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-07) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Specialized experience includes:

At least one year of professional administrative specialized experience utilizing principles, practices, methods and techniques at the GS-07 grade level or pay band in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector. Specialized experience is defined as experience that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled and has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities, to successfully perform the duties of the position. Examples of specialized experience may include the following: office management and program support; program planning, evaluation of administrative programs or issues, correspondence control, liaison, special projects and board or committee related work; provide technical advice for preparation of correspondence; conduct periodic secretarial training sessions; provide administrative guidance to staff members; serve as liaison with both internal and external entities.


Possess a master's or equivalent degree or have completed two full years of graduate level education leading to such a degree.


Possess some specialized experience as described above, but less than one year; and I have more than one year but less than two years of education as described above.

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.

Physical Requirements:The work is mostly sedentary; however, walking and stair climbing, bending, stooping and carrying light weight documents, folders and manuals are required. Hearing and distinct speech are essential due to the extensive use of the telephone as a means of communication to give instruction and receive information. Must possess manual dexterity to enter computer information. Mental concentration to meet critical deadlines is essential.

Time-in-grade: 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. For a GS-09 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-07 level.

Security Clearance

Q - Nonsensitive

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on “Application Status.” For a more detailed update of your status, click on “more information.” Information regarding applicant notification points can be found in the USAJobs Resource Center.


VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered:

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.

Other Information

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 and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website.

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.

Salary Range: $52,338.00 to $82,320.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0301-09/09

Promotion Potential: 11

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: Current permanent VA/VHA employees

Control Number: 452802800

Job Announcement Number: PHL-16-1819594-JAH