Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Detective in Portland, Oregon

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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 http://www.vacareers.va.gov/

The incumbent serves as a clinic patient advocate by answering patient inquiries and resolving patient concerns at a local level. He/she acts as patient advocate to assure appropriateness and quality...acts as a patient guide and advocate, assisting the patient in seeking information, assuring that the patient has the opportunity for informed consent for treatment decisions, and promoting our core I CARE values: to act with Integrity and Commitment, to Advocate for Veterans, to show Respect to all, and to pursue Excellence.

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.

Relocation Expenses:Relocation expenses are notauthorized for this position.

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Responsibilities

This Detective position is located in the Police Service at the VA Portland Health Care System in Portland, Oregon. The incumbent is responsible for all criminal investigations that have local, regional and national ramifications. The focus is on developing, implementing, and conducting long and short term local, interagency, and multi-jurisdictional felony and misdemeanor investigations that could have a detrimental impact on the Department of Veterans Affairs. Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Deployment of technical investigative equipment, the use of criminal informants, and analyzing multiple criminal intelligence databases
  • Serves as the primary conduit to which all Criminal investigations are assigned too
  • Develops and maintains records and case files; writes, reviews, and obtains search warrants and arrest warrants; prepares accurate, in-depth written investigative reports
  • Prepares cases for prosecution and assists the prosecuting attorney during trial
  • Assist prosecutors with complete trial preparation
  • Develops information through fact finding by collecting on-site evidence, interviewing witnesses or suspects, following up on leads, conducting surveillance, observing suspicious activity, and through information provided by concerned persons, and other Federal and State officials
  • Manages and processes crime scene investigations; coordinates with other law enforcement agencies with complex investigations; analyzes and compiles data from investigations
  • Provide other law enforcement related actions from time to time
  • Conducts complex and intricate investigations and takes appropriate law enforcement action

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR POLICE OFFICER POSITION:

1. Incumbent will be required to operate a police vehicle and must retain a valid, state issued driver's license.

2. Incumbent will be required to carry a firearm while performing duties and must maintain firearm proficiency.

3. New VA Police Officers are required to undergo and successfully complete Ten (10) weeks of police academy training at the VA Law Enforcement Training Center

4. The incumbent will undergo a character investigation for review of their employment and criminal history, if any, and may be disqualified for employment based on the information received. The character investigation is conducted during the pre-employment process. 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.

5. A medical examination is required by all selected candidates. The duties of these positions require moderate to arduous physical exertion and/or duties of a hazardous nature.

6. All selected candidates and current employees must have the capacity to perform the essential functions of the position without risk to themselves or others.

Reasonable accommodation shall also be considered in determining an applicant's ability to perform the duties of a position.

Officers must successfully meet the above requirements prior to entering on duty and annually thereafter as a condition of continued employment.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 7:00am until 3:00pm

Position Description Title/PD #: 20839-0 Detective

This position is at the full performance level

This is a Non-Bargaining Unit position

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

No

Who May Apply
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First priority will go to Current Federal employees serving under career or career-conditional competitive service appointments, former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility, or persons eligible for non-competitive appointment under special appointing authorities. Veterans who are preference eligible or separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after 3 or more years of continuous service may apply under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA).

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Conditions of Employment
  • 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.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Current GS employees must meet Time-In-Grade requirements to qualify
  • Must pass pre-employment physical.

Physical Requirements: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; The work requires, on a regular and recurring basis, considerable, and strenuous physical exertion such as frequent climbing of multiple flights of stairs(30 minutes), running (30 minutes), lifting heavy objects over 50 pounds, crouching or crawling in restrictive areas during search or pursuit activities9 (30 minutes), or defending oneself or others against physical attack. Body armor must be worn and duty equipment (firearm with extra ammunition, chemical weapon, PR-24 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 hot weather ( 8 -12 hours). The duties of these positions require moderate to arduous physical exertion and/or duties of a hazardous nature.

Applicants and employees must have the capacity to perform the essential functions of the position without risk to themselves or others. All positions involving Federal motor vehicle operation carry the additional medical requirements specified in 5 CFR 930 and the "General Policies and Instructions" section of this Manual.

The Department of Veterans Affairs provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the facility's Human Resources Office at 503-220-8262 extension 57796

You can request reasonable accommodations any time during the hiring process or at any time while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis. To request a reasonable accommodation:

  1. Look at the job posting for instructions on requesting a reasonable accommodation

  2. Work directly with the person arranging the interviews

  3. Contact the agency SPPC

  4. Request a reasonable accommodation verbally or in writing; no special language is needed.

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Qualifications

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

TIME-IN-GRADE: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade level any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements. For a GS-07position you must have served 52 weeks at the *GS-06 level. *(Time in Grade restrictions do not apply to WG employees).

Specialized Experience:Applicants must possess one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-06) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Specialized experience is defined as experience that has provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.

  • GS-07: Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: Experience that has been performed independently, under general supervision, and included regularly pursuing and/or apprehending persons fleeing a crime scene or attempting to resist arrest; actually subduing individuals causing disturbances; arresting violators based on eyewitness accounts; performing control desk duties; taking charge of a crime or accident scene and conducting long- and short- range investigations; experience which 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 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.

  • A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly in the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.

  • 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.

  • Additional information on the qualifications requirements outline in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. If it available for your review on OPMs website at: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/indexes/alph-ndx.asp

You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Other Characteristics (KASOs) based on your application for this position. (Do not provide separate essay answers for these statements. These KSAs are addressed in the online assessment questionnaire.)

  1. Knowledge of criminal investigation

  2. Skill in applying law enforcement procedures

  3. Knowledge and skill in applying crime prevention techniques in support of Federal, State and local laws and civil and constitutional rights.

  4. Knowledge and skill in applying physical security

  5. Ability to provide emergency response

  6. Knowledge, skill, and ability to use weapons, equipment and systems for police activities

If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but is not be limited to: responses to the knowledge, skills, and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.

*IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. *

If your resume/application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

Education

There is NO QUALIFYING substitution of education for experience for the GS-07 level.

Additional information on the qualifications requirements outline in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. If it available for your review on OPMs website at: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/indexes/alph-ndx.asp

Additional 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.

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.

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.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

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.

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.

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Required Documents

The following documents are required by all applicants:

  1. Resume (Required)

  2. Responses to the questionnaire (Required)

  3. SF-50 (Required) If you are a current or former federal employee this document is required if using this to support eligibility for the position. *Please submit *Most Recent Non-Award SF-50 (Displays grade, tenure and title. Federal employees may be able to access their SF-50 through the eOPF: https://eopf.nbc.gov/va/)

If you are a preference eligible Veteran you need to include the following documents in addition to the above required documents:

  1. SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, available at http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx, if applicable

  2. Veteran Administration Letter of Disability Rating, If applicable.

  3. DD Form 214 (Member 4 copy) Showing Type of Discharge

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 your DD214(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 visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.

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 2012817

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.

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 http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf. 3.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.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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Benefits

A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

  • Benefits for federal employees
  • Healthcare insurance
  • Pay and leave

BENEFITS AND OTHER INFORMATION: VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/benefits/index.asp.

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.

Public transit subsidy benefits are available and carpooling assistance is provided; however, single occupancy parking is limited on main Portland campus.

Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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How 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:Monday, October 30, 2017 to receive consideration.

  1. 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.

  2. 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. Monday, October 30, 2017

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.

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 2012817

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.

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 http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf. 3.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.

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Agency contact information
Wilson J. Bowlby
Phone

(503)220-8262x58001

Email

WILSON.BOWLBY@VA.GOV

Address

VHA Portland HCS Department of Veteran Affairs 3710 SW US Veterans Hospital Rd Portland, OR

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Next steps

Once you successfully complete the application process, you will receive a notification of receipt. Your application package will be reviewed to ensure you meet the basic eligibility and qualifications requirements, and you will receive a notification. A review will be made of your online questionnaire and the documentation you submitted to support your responses. A list of qualified applicants will be created and sent to the selecting official. All applicants reviewed and/or referred will receive a notification letter.

The selecting official may choose to conduct interviews, and once the selection is made, you will receive a notification of the decision.

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The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.

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  • Financial suitability
  • Social security number request
  • Privacy Act
  • Signature and false statements
  • Selective Service
  • New employee probationary period

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/479909000. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 09/19/2017 to 10/30/2017

Salary: $54,099 to $70,334 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 07

Work schedule: Full-Time - Full Time

Appointment type: Permanent