Veteran Health Administration Housekeeping Aid in Bonham, Texas

Announcement Number: AH-16-PDJ-1789001-BU

Department: Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Position Info: Full Time

Location(s): Bonham, TX

Open Period: 2016-08-29 to 2016-09-19

OverviewWho May Apply

Restricted to Preference Eligible only. See IMPORTANT NOTICE below.

Appointment Duration


Job Status

Full Time

Agency Marketing Statement

Job Summary

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1789001

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?


VA North Texas Health Care System is the second busiest VA system in the nation and we are growing! Comprised of the Dallas VA Medical Center, Sam Rayburn Memorial Veterans Center in Bonham, Fort Worth Outpatient Clinic and Tyler VA Primary Care Clinic, VANTHCS is an integrated health care system with approximately 4,000 employees and over 1,600 volunteers and clinical trainees. VANTHCS also coordinates a Community Based Outpatient Clinic program throughout its 40-county primary service area to improve access to care for veterans throughout 38 North Texas and 2 in southern Oklahoma. Through these four distinctive facilities and relationships with other agencies, VANTHCS offers a continuum of health care services to a veteran population of approximately 110,000.

Housed on an 84-acre campus, Dallas VA Medical Center is the corporate headquarters for VANTHCS and serves as the tertiary referral center. Through its partnership with The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas (UT Southwestern), it also has emerged as a major teaching and medical research center. Primary care and multi-specialty outpatient clinics are also provided, making VANTHCS the 2nd largest health care system based on number of patients seen.

Dallas provides a wide variety of cultural and educational opportunities, has a variety of affordable housing opportunities, and is easily accessible nationally and internationally.

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

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.

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.

  • Restricted to Veterans w/preference when available. See IMPORTANT NOTICE.

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

DutiesMajor Duties

Serves as a Housekeeping Aid at VA North Texas Care Systems (VANTHCS), Dallas VA Medical Center, Environmental Management Service, located in Dallas, TX:

  • Accomplishes all environmental functions at levels that meet safety and health standards.

  • Performs interim cleanings of assigned areas to disinfect quickly and thoroughly between procedures thereby preventing hazards to patients and staff and maintaining rapid turnaround time between cases, procedures or patients.

  • Performs terminal cleaning of assigned area to assure an aseptically clean environment.

  • Removes blood and matter from walls and equipment.

  • Washes and disinfects public and staff restrooms as well as staff locker rooms to include face bowls, showers, urinals and commodes.

  • Coordinates schedules and refinishes hard surfaced floors by stripping, applying finish and burnishing.

  • Schedules and dust ceilings, overhead lights, vents, handrails, window ledges, and signs.

  • Observes strict procedures to properly collect and dispose of: recycle paper, red bag trash, sharps containers, waste and linens.

  • Coordinates, schedules and maintains availability by replenishing supplies.

  • Coordinates, schedules and maintains carpeted surfaces by vacuuming, spotting and shampooing.

  • Performs work required to keep neat, clean and in order the equipment and housekeeping closet used in the performance of duties.

  • Observes proper handling, dilution and selection of chemicals, tools and industrial type powered equipment for work to be accomplished.

  • Uses good body mechanics to prevent injury to self and others.

  • Observes strict procedures to use, remove, and store or dispose of protective attire

  • Assures the safe operation of lightweight and heavy, industrial-type-powered equipment as specified in section training and manufactures operations manuals.

  • Performs minor maintenance to tools and powered-equipment.

  • Transport furniture and equipment from one area to another when requested.

  • Identifies the need, removes and replaces shower and privacy (cubical) curtains.

  • Reports to supervisor all safety issues and maintenance needs.

  • Serves as resource to assist lower grade operators to become proficient in the planning and scheduling processes.

  • Performs other duties as may be assigned.

WORK SCHEDULES: Various tours; including nights, weekends and holidays.

POSITION DESCRIPTION TITLE/PD#: Housekeeping Aid, 549-3786-A.

RELOCATION EXPENSES: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

Qualifications And EvaluationQualifications

QUALIFICATIONS: Your background must demonstrate experience in a variety of cleaning duties, such as sweeping, mopping, and waxing floors; cleaning surfaces such as light fixtures, venetian blinds, and countertops; and cleaning restroom facilities including toilets, baths, and sinks.

PHYSICALEFFORT: The position requires performance of work which involves light physical effort, such as that involved in using vacuum cleaners and dry mops; continually standing, bending, stooping and reaching; frequently lifting and emptying waste baskets; frequently pushing carts loaded with waste; and lifting and carrying items weighing 40 to 50 pounds. Also performs work which involves moderate to heavy physical effort, such as required to move heavy equipment and furniture, e.g., heavy industrial vacuum cleaners, heavy duty floor scrubbers and buffers, couches, beds, etc., and lifting, carrying and/or moving items weighing over 50 pounds.

WORKINGCONDITIONS: Usually works indoors in areas which normally have adequate heat, light, and ventilation. Will be exposed to vibration from heavy equipment and to skin irritations from strong cleaning solutions used in stripping floors, etc., as well as subject to cuts and bruises. Continually exposed to dust, dirt and disagreeable odors, and is frequently exposed to organic material which may be contaminated and/or infectious and require special handling.

EXPERIENCE: A specific length of training and experience is not required, but you must show evidence of training or experience of sufficient scope and quality of your ability to do the work of this position. Evidence which demonstrates you possess the knowledge, skills, and ability to perform the duties of this position must be supported by detailed descriptions of such on your resume.Applicants will be rated in accordance with the OPM Qualification Standard Handbook X-118C ( ).

SCREEN-OUT ELEMENT: Your qualifications will first be evaluated against the prescribed screen out element, which usually appears as question 1 in the on-line questionnaire. Those applicants who appear to possess at least the minimal acceptable qualification requirement are considered for further rating; those who do not are rated ineligible and are eliminated. The potential eligibles are then rated against the remainder of the questions. The screen-out element for this position is ability to do the work of the position without more than normal supervision.

JOB ELEMENTS: Those who meet the minimum level of experience and training for the screen-out element will then be evaluated in each of the following job elements:

  1. Ability to plan, schedule, and perform the work of a Housekeeping Aid.

  2. Ability to interpret and follow oral and written directions, such as manuals, books, signs and hand-written notes.

  3. Ability to operate and control a wide variety of tools and industrial powered equipment.

  4. Dexterity and Safety; ability to do frequent lifting, continuous standing, stooping, bending, walking and pushing.



PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Employees of the organizational unit go to separate outlining buildings to perform duties. Supervisors go to these areas to check the workforce. Areas of consideration may vary including medical care, living quarters and administrative areas. Working conditions such as ventilation and environment are satisfactory. Incumbent may be subject to occasional noise, skin irritations, cuts and bruises. The work performed requires continuous walking when making inspections in various area. When performing cleaning tasks, moderated effort is expended. Must have a thorough knowledge of specialized cleaning and sanitation techniques, materials and equipment in order to accomplish the duties assigned this position.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: By law, Housekeeping Aid positions are open to Veterans with Veterans' preference. Non-preference eligibles may be considered only if there is an insufficient number of preference eligibles. In order to receive consideration, a copy of your DD Form 214, discharge paper from the military service, or other acceptable proof, must be submitted. Applications submitted without DD-214 will not be reviewed and rated ineligible.

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.) or 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 Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit





Your résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

How To Apply InformationHow To Apply

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

  • Your Résumé

  • A complete Occupational Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire

  • Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, September 19, 2016.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is easier, faster, and provides more information as applications are processed.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, simply reapply through your account in USAJOBS. After applying, return to USAJOBS ( to see the status of your application, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

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 any supporting documents to (478)757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  • Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 1789001.

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

Required Documents

The following documents are required:

·Résumé (complete with experiences most relevant to the position, including name and address of employer, job title, starting and ending dates (month and year), average hours worked per week, and a description of your duties. (Required)

·Declaration of Federal Employment Optional Form OF-306.

·Copy of most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) (Required if current/former federal employee). The SF-50 must indicate proof of status (for example, you were a career or a career-conditional employee) and should identify your position, title, series, grade, step, tenure, and type of service (Competitive or Excepted).

·Copy of most recent performance Appraisal.

·Copy of Veterans Preference documents (DD-214, SF-15, Veterans Preference letter showing service connected disability rating)

·Responses to the questionnaire.

·Any other documents required by the checklist.

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

1.To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 1789001.

2.Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, September 19, 2016 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:

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

2.Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items

Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

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