Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Police Officer in Iron Mountain, Michigan

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Summary

This position serves as a Federal Police Officer assigned to the Oscar G. Johnson VAMC in Iron Mountain, MI performing law enforcement and security duties pursuant to Title 38 USC ยง 902.

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Responsibilities

Major Duties:

  • Performs a full range of police duties by following and executing rules, regulations, or procedures covering law and rules enforcement, physical and personal security operations, patrol duties, control desk duty, coordination with local courts, and/or crime prevention activities for the local jurisdiction.

  • Patrols VA facilities, identifies situations where criminal activity has occurred or is about to occur, assess danger and threats, and takes proper recourse, including taking statements, making arrests, and conducting short and long-term investigations.

  • Uses independent judgment in deciding the best course of action based upon the circumstances of the incident. In some cases this may result in educating, cautioning, citing, arresting or providing aid and/or referring the individual to a specific VA program or another Federal, state or local agency.

  • Takes complete sworn statements from witnesses, subjects, and victims confirming that they are able to conduct a question and answer session to ensure all facets of the statement are clear and understandable.

  • Provides accurate oral descriptions of persons, places, and events, exchange information with other state, local and Federal law enforcement officers (in and outside VA), participate in meetings with other officers, VA employees and customers, make presentations to various stakeholders and participate in facility functions, committees, and meetings.

  • Identifies persons requiring assistance or medical aid while on-patrol, perform on-scene assessments and determine the level of aid or emergency response required. Provides Basic Life Support (BLS) to injured personnel and coordinates additional emergency response whenever needed. Responds with emergency medical teams to provide on scene support as a team member, provide traffic control and coordinate emergency response with local emergency medical services.

  • Performs additional duties as assigned.

Work Schedule: Sunday through Saturday, rotating 12 hour/8 hour shifts to include Holidays. Position Description Title/PD#: Police Officer/ 01748A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: May be Authorized for Highly Qualified Candidates

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

6

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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. May serve a probationary period. Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959. A complete application package; Resume, Transcripts, etc. Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process. Physical Requirements: The work requires regular and recurring physical exertion, long hours of standing, walking, driving and similar activities. The incumbent must respond to alarms, pursue suspects, participate in training activities, climb stairs and walk during assigned foot patrols in and around large building, campus, and other physical settings. Agility, dexterity and strength are needed to pursue, apprehend and detain uncooperative suspects. On a regular and recurring basis the work requires strenuous exertion physically restraining disorderly individuals to prevent harm to others or the individual.

Incumbents must be physically able to lift or carry injured or hurt persons, evacuate persons to safety during storms, disasters, fires or other emergencies.

The incumbent is expected to maintain a high standard of physical fitness and hand and eye coordination in order to maintain his or her semi-annual qualification with his or her assigned firearm and annual qualification with his or her assigned departmental issued intermediate weapons. Strenuous physical exertion is also required during many required and recurring training activities such as those related to weapons training, Active Threat Response training and Ground Defense and Recovery training.

Qualifications

**To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements within 15 days of the closing date of this announcement.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS SECURITY AND LAW ENFORCEMENT AT VA FACILITIES** Law Enforcement personnel are required to carry agency-approved firearms while on duty on VA property must achieve and maintain qualification with the agency-approved firearm as condition of gaining and continuing employment. Applicants selected for this position must be proficient in the English language in accordance with Public Law 94-102 dated November 23, 1977. An individual who is convicted of a domestic violence charge cannot be authorized to own, be issued, purchase, or otherwise have possession of a handgun under the Lautenberg Amendment (PL 104-208) to the Gun Control Act of 1968 (18 USC 922). A background security investigation will be required for all new hires. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. This is a drug testing position. 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. Arrest Authority: At the GS-6 grade level, applicants MUST have arresting authority - presently or in the past. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on OPM's web site at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.

The incumbent must have successfully completed the Law Enforcement Training Center (LETC) Basic Police Officer Training Course. New VA Police Officers are required to successfully complete the in-residence (400 hour) 10 week Basic Police Officer Course in Little Rock, Arkansas. Satisfactory completion of this course is a condition of continued employment. The incumbent must meet and maintain physical, psychological, and weapons qualifications as outlined in VA Directives/Handbooks 0730 and 0720. Incumbent must successfully complete an annual physical and psychological examination. Certification in basic CPR is required. Must maintain a valid state driver's license. Will be required to carry Law Enforcement Credentials in the performance of official duties. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.

IN ADDITION TO THE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, THE FOLLOWING MUST BE MET: GS-6 SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: You must have at least one (1) full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-5 level in the Federal service that equipped you with the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of a Police Officer. Specialized experience is 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.

No substitution of education or training may be made for the required specialized experience at GS-6 and above.

CREDITABLE SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCEmay 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, forest, or other natural resources or recreational environments; in performing criminal investigative duties; or in other work that provided the required knowledge and skills. Experience as a Security Guard or Corrections Officer is NOT normally qualifying experience.

SELECTIVE FACTOR/SCREEN OUT ELEMENT GS-6: A selective factor or screen out element is part of the minimum specialized experience requirements for this position. Applicants who do not meet the selective factor(s) or screen out element(s) are ineligible for further consideration. Your application for this position must show you have the experience listed in the factor or element. For this position the Selective Factor is the following: Do you currently have or have you ever had arrest authority?

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: 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 the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.

Education

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.

Additional information

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be well-qualified, applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors if applicable, and must be proficient in most of the requirements of the job. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website which can be found at https://www.opm.gov/.

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.

**This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

Alternate Application:**If you are unable to apply online view the following Alternate Application Information instructions at https://help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=AlternateApplicationInformation

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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.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.Applicants will be referred in alphabetical order.

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Security clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Drug test required

Yes

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Required Documents

Documents Accepted:

  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214
  • OF-306
  • Other
  • Other Veterans Document
  • Resume
  • SF-15
  • SF-50
  • Transcript

Documents Required:

  • Resume

Please review the above list(s) to ensure you have included all necessary documents required for your application.Not every applicant will require the same documents, therefore it is the applicants responsibility to ensure that their application package includes all necessary documents to determine qualifications and eligibility for appointment, such as a copy of your SF-50, transcript, ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).You will not be contacted for additional information. Applicants will be deemed ineligible if supporting documentation is not submitted.

Veterans' Preference:Since the Direct-Hire Recruitment Authority is being used, traditional Veterans' Preference rules do not apply. Qualified veterans will, however, be given full consideration for this position.

Applications are accepted online.Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

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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How to Apply

All applicants are encouraged to apply online.

To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 12/13/2018 to receive consideration.

  1. To begin, click Apply Onlineto 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 Answersto 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 Statuslink and then select the More Informationlink 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 Applicationin the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

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Agency contact information
Ciera Bianchi
Phone

906-774-3300 X32282

Email

CIERA.BIANCHI@VA.GOV

Address

Oscar G Johnson Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Facility 325 East H Street Iron Mountain, MI 49801 US

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Next steps

After the vacancy announcement closes, applicants are evaluated to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email.

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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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Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants 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.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/517570300. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 12/07/2018 to 12/13/2018

Service: Competitive

Pay scale & grade: GS 6

Salary: $37,223 to $48,385 per year

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full-Time