Veteran Health Administration Deputy Chief of Police in Big Spring, Texas

Announcement Number: VHA-519-16-NR1796899NMI

Department: Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Position Info: Full Time

Location(s): Big Spring, TX

Open Period: 2016-09-09 to 2016-09-16

OverviewWho May Apply

This position is only open to current, permanent VA employees.

Appointment Duration

Agency Employees Only

Job Status

Full Time

Agency Marketing Statement

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1796899

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.

The West Texas VA Health Care System (WTVAHCS) provides a variety of patient care services, with state-of-the-art technology as well as offering numerous educational programs. Outpatient services include: Ambulatory Care, Mental Health, Women's Health, Transition and Care Management, Home Based Primary Care, Tele-Health, Anticoagulation Clinics, Ophthalmology, and Dentistry. Skilled nursing care and acute rehabilitation is provided in the Community Living Center, with specialty referrals to other VISN 17 facilities and community services. Staffed with approximately 600 employees, the facility serves counties in West Texas and New Mexico area, with a Veteran population of approximately 57,000. The WTVAHCS is part of the VA Heart of Texas Health Care Network, VISN 17 and is centrally located at the crossroads of Interstate 20 and Highway 87 in Big Spring, Texas with Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC's) located in Abilene, Odessa, San Angelo, Ft. Stockton, Texas and Hobbs, New Mexico.

Job Summary

Big Spring, "The Crossroads of West Texas" is home of the newly restored historic "Settles Hotel", "The Spring", and home of the National Championship Howard College Hawks Basketball and Baseball teams. With a growing economy, our city has many new businesses locating in the area offering more shopping and family orientated attractions. Big Spring is centrally located within driving range of the following communities Midland, Odessa, San Angelo, Abilene, and Lubbock, Texas.


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 on the last page of the JOA for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.

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

Key Requirements

  • You must be a US citizen to apply for this job.

  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.

  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.

  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

  • Time In Grade May Be Required.

DutiesMajor Duties

The West Texas VA Health Care System (WTVAHCS) is currently accepting applications for a full time permanent Deputy Chief of Police assigned to Police Service, at the George H. O'Brien Jr. VA Medical Center in Big Spring, Texas. The incumbent serves as the Chief's full assistant and as such, is required to be an expert advisor to the Medical Center Director and top management on law enforcement/security related laws, regulations, functions, policies and procedures; performs a variety of management assignments for the Chief as well as technical police and security functions; maintains continuous contact with key personnel in order to meet emerging needs of the Medical Center; resolves major issues involving the Police Service and other departments or agencies. The incumbent manages the Patrol Division and develops 24/7 duty schedules, plans and directs facility police operations, assigns patrol and special duties to the Supervisory Police Officers and ensures patrol coverage meets facility protection priorities and complies with VA Directives; adjusts patrol coverage and duty assignments to mitigate the effects of unexpected events and is responsible for the operation of the department during natural disasters, terrorist acts, major accidents/incidents and criminal activity that pose a threat to patients, employees, visitors and equipment while on VA controlled property; maintains a high degree of communication and supervision of a physically dispersed force; assures the accomplishment of the daily administrative functions required by the United States District Court for continuing operation and improvement of the rules of the court pertaining to the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and the enforcement of Federal Offences; develops procedures for the detention or arrest of individuals suspected of violations committed against the criminal laws of the United States; ensures new police officers are assigned to a senior police officer for an appropriate length of time so that the new officer receives training on what is required on that particular shift, and that they know all policies, procedures and practices of the VAMC prior to being allowed to patrol alone.

This announcement is not intended to cover all the duties, responsibilities or qualifications of this position.

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm. Occasional Overtime or Shift work may be required.

Position Description Title/PD#: Supervisory Security Specialist/1022O

Qualifications And EvaluationQualifications

To qualify for this position, you must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement and you must meet the minimum qualifications as stated in the OPM Qualifications Standards, Police Series, 0080, Individual Occupational Requirements information.

Medical Requirements: The duties of this position require moderate to difficult physical exertion and or duties of a hazardous nature. Officers must maintain current (annual) physical examinations and psychological assessments as a condition of continued employment.

Drug Testing: All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with the VA. In addition, any offer of employment will be rescinded with a verified positive drug test result. VA employees in drug testing designated position are also subject to post appointment random drug testing.


GS-11: Current federal employees must have served a minimum of 52 weeks at or above the GS-09 level in the Federal Service to meet the time-in-grade requirement for the GS-11.

Specialized Experience is further defined as: Experience that provided knowledge of a body of basic laws and regulations, law enforcement operations, practices, and techniques and involved responsibility for maintaining order and protecting life and property. Creditable specialized experience may have been gained in work on a police force; through service as a military police officer; in work providing visitor protection and law enforcement in parks, forests, or other natural resource or recreational environments; in performing criminal investigative duties; or in other work that provided the required knowledge and skills.


There is no educational substitution for the GS-11 or above.

Applicants must possess a valid, unrestricted State driver's license, have a safe driving record, and demonstrate that he or she is medically qualified to operate the appropriate motor vehicle safely.

VA Police Officers must be able to achieve and maintain mandatory firearm qualification/certification. A character investigation will be conducted on applicants selected for employment. A medical examination is required. The duties of these positions require moderate to hazardous physical exertion and/or duties of a hazardous nature.


Physical Requirements: Work requires on a regular and recurring basis, considerable and strenuous physical exertion such as frequent climbing of multiple flights of stairs, lifting heavy objects over 50 pounds, crouching or crawling in restrictive areas during search or pursuit activities (foot pursuit of suspects), responding to alarms or defending oneself or others against physical attack. Be able to train in a physically and tactically demanding Ground Defense Recovery and Active Threat Response training. Body armor may be worn and duty equipment (pistol with extra ammunition, chemical weapon, MEB baton, handcuffs, radio, gloves, keys, etc.) must be regularly worn or carried. The wearing of this equipment significantly amplifies the physical strain experienced by the employee during physical exertion or during periods of extreme hot and cold weather. Employees are regularly required to work long hours.

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), or 10pt (CP/CPS, XPP, XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP), on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section(s) provided. A legible copy of your DD214(s) indicating character of service, disability certification, SF-15 (if claiming 10 pt. preference) or if you are currently serving on active duty and expected to be released or discharged within 120 days; documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Documentation is required for eligibility verification.


NOTE: Work as a Security Officer, Watchman or Private Guard IS NOT considered as specialized experience for this position.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

How To Apply InformationHow To Apply

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete application (See "Required Documents" section below). The complete Application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, September 16, 2016.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the bottom of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Be sure to upload the required documents before you submit your application. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. Mailed/emailed applications will not be accepted.

Note: To change or update your application, simply reapply through My USAJOBS, before the closing date. To check the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (, select Application Status and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.

If you cannot apply online:

  • Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire.

  • Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire:

  • Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144. Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

  • Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  • Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID: 1796899. You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.

  • Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.

Required Documents

The following documents are required:

  • Résumé or Optional Application for Federal Employment (OF-612).

  • OF 306 Declaration for Federal Employment

  • Responses to the questionnaire.

  • Copy of your transcript if you are using education to qualify.

  • Evidence of your eligibility to apply for this vacancy (please see checklist).

  • Any other documents required by the checklist.

What To Expect Next

After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed and assigned an initial rating. We will also review your application to make sure that your résumé supports the answers given in the questionnaire. If your résumé does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified when your rating is determined.

Benefits And Other InformationBenefits

Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at .

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 90 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website 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 employees 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.This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.