Veteran Health Administration Police Officer in Corpus Christi, Texas
Announcement Number: VCB-16-LG-1724220-BU
Department: Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Position Info: Full Time
Location(s): Corpus Christi, TX
Open Period: 2016-09-13 to 2016-10-03
OverviewWho May Apply
VA Employees and Other Federal Agencies
Agency Employees Only
Agency Marketing Statement
Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): VCB-16-LG-1724220-BU
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?
The VATVCBHCS is comprised of the Corpus Christi Outpatient Clinic (CCOPC), Corpus Christi Specialty Clinic (CCSC), Harlingen Outpatient Clinic (HOPC), Health Care Center at Harlingen (HCC), Laredo Outpatient Clinic (LOPC), and McAllen Outpatient Clinic (MCOPC). The VATVCBHCS is an ambulatory health care system providing health care in medicine, surgery, psychiatry, and rehabilitation medicine. The VATVCBHCS also operates a 100-patient Home Based Primary Care program and a 200-patient Care Coordination Home Tele-Health Program. Through the utilization of inpatient/emergency department contracts, approximately 2600 inpatient admission and 5800 ER visits are managed by VATVCBHCS. Affiliated with the University of Texas Regional Academic Health Campus, the system has an active ambulatory care program and serves as a teaching and training site for medical residents. The VATVCBHCS is responsible for an enrollee population of over 30,000 veterans and 350,000 outpatient visits annually.For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/"
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 Definitions document.
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.
Must be proficient in spoken and written English.
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
Is subject to pre-employment physical
* Bargaining Position *
You will serve as a Police Officer for the VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System (VATXVCBHCS). You will be responsible for the preservation of the peace; the prevention, detection, and investigation of crimes; the arrest or apprehension of violators; and the provision of assistance to citizens in emergency situations on Department property, including the protection of civil rights. You will assure compliance with Federal, State, county, and municipal laws and ordinances, and agency rules and regulations pertaining to law enforcement work. You will be required to be armed with the agency's designated firearm and you will be held to a higher standard with regards to specialized knowledge of use of force and law enforcement concepts.
Performance of Law enforcement work in preservation of the peace.
Recognizes and determines if a crime is about to be committed, is in the process of being committed, or has been committed.
Independantly conducts foot patrols for a prescribed patrol are over the course of a regular shift.
Writes incidents reports (IR) covering incidents on his/her shift containing pertinent information which is factual, classified properly, and submits such timely.
Provide kind and courteous customer service to Veterans, Employees and Visitors.
Work Schedule: Rotating Shift.
Position Description Title/PD#: 740-0047-A
Relocation/Recruitment Expenses: Relocation/Recruitment expenses are not authorized for this position.
Bargaining Unit Status:1272
Background Information: MBI
This is NOT a supervisor position
Qualifications And EvaluationQualifications
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement
Time-in-grade: Applicants must have at least one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade level.
(GS-5). 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.
GS-6 Specialized Experience: Applicants must have at least one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade level (GS-5). 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.
No substitution of education or training may be made for the required specialized experience at GS-6 and 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
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: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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.
Investigation of Fitness: A character investigation may be conducted on applicants selected for employment. The purpose of such an investigation is to secure evidence of the candidate's honesty, integrity, general character, and loyalty to the U.S. Government. Such investigations will be conducted under the security requirements of the hiring agency.
Physical Requirements: The work requires 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, or defending oneself or others against physical attack. Walking (4 hours) standing (4 hours) crawling (.5 hours) kneeling (.5 hours) repeated bending (.5 hours) climbing, legs only (.5 hours). near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 3; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; hearing without aid; ability to distinguish basic colors; ability to distinguish shades of colors.
Medical Requirements: Successfully pass an initial and annual physical and psychological assessment. The duties of these positions require moderate to arduous physical exertion and/or duties of a hazardous nature. The following medical requirements apply to all applicants: good near and distant vision, ability to distinguish basic colors, and ability to hear the conversational voice. Agencies may establish additional, job-related physical or medical requirements provided that the specific position(s) involves the arduous or hazardous duties to which the physical requirements relate.
Applicants and employees must have the capacity to perform the essential functions of the position without risk to themselves or others. Applicants and employees must possess emotional and mental stability. In most instances, a specific medical condition or impairment will not automatically disqualify an applicant or employee. A medical condition or impairment is disqualifying only if the condition, for good medical reason, precludes assignment to or warrants restriction from the duties of the specific position. All positions involving Federal motor vehicle operation carry the additional medical requirements specified in 5 CFR 930.
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-6 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-5 level.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.
tHEABILITY TO HANDLE FIREARMS IN A PROFESSIONAL AND SAFE MANNER.
EXTENSIVE KNOWLEDGE OF POLICE AND INVESTIGATORY POLICIES, PROCEDURES AND TECHNIQUES IN ORDER TO PREVENT, RESOLVE, AND CONDUCT SHORT AND LONG TERM INVESTIGATIONS OF CRIMINAL ACTIVITY OR INCIDENTS RANGING FROM SIMPLE VIOLATIONS TO FELONY AND CAPITAL CRIMES.
KNOWLEDGE OF HOMELAND SECURITY PROVISIONS AND POLICIES AT THE LOCAL, STATE AND FEDERAL LEVEL.
ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE EFFECTIVELY BOTH IN WRITING AND VERBAL COMMUNICATION WITH PEOPLE FROM ALL SOCIOENOMIC LEVELS IN ORDER TO EXPLAIN RIGHTS, INTERROGATE PERSONNEL, RESOLVE PROBLEMS, HANDLE SAFETY ISSUES, DEVELOP AND MAINTAIN INFORMANT NETWORKS, ASSIST IN PROSECUTING OF CASES, PREPARES AND WRITE REPORTS AND ANALYSES, ETC.
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
All applicants are encouraged to apply online.
To apply for this position, you must complete the View Occupational Questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.
The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on October 3, 2016 to receive consideration.
To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.
NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
Other Veterans Documents
Please use this checklist to ensure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.
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.
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. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options. The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 1724220.
NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.
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 pointscan be found in the USAJobs Resource Center.
Benefits And Other InformationBenefits
VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/benefits/index.asp.
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.
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.
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.