***REMINDER: YOU MUST BE CURRENTLY ENROLLED AS A FULL TIME OR PART TIME STUDENT AT AN ACCREDITED EDUCATION INSTITUTION AND PROVIDE PROOF OF CURRENT ENROLLMENT AND ATTENDANCE IN THE FORM OF UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS OR PROOF OF ENROLLMENT AND ATTENDANCE FROM AN ACCREDITED EDUCATION INSTITUTION AT TIME OF APPLICATION.***
This position is being filled under the Pathways Internship Program. The program is designed to provide students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions, from high school to graduate level, with paid work opportunities in agencies to explore Federal careers while still in school. The Internship provides managers a ready source of student employees and potential permanent employees upon completion of the program requirements. It also provides the student with work experience directly related to the curriculum studies or career goals while offering eligibility for non-competitive conversion to permanent employment upon completion. For more information on Internship opportunities within the Department of Veterans Affairs, please visit https://www.va.gov/EMPLOYEE/pathways-internship-program/.
Work Schedule : Part-time schedule 20-32 hours per week, the student's work responsibilities should not interfere with the student's academic schedule.
Position Description Title/PD#: HRStudent Trainee/ 6090-A, 6091-A
***RELOCATION INCENTIVES/MOVING EXPENSES ARE NOT AUTHORIZED***
The selected applicant will serve as a student trainee within the Human Resources Management Service (HRMS) at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System.
Duties include but may not be limited to the following:
Participate in developmental projects and studies.
Screens outgoing materials for proper format and to assure they are assembled and addressed in accordance with appropriate regulations.
Perform work using office programs such as word processing, data sheets and presentation software.
Job family (Series)
0299 Human Resources Management Student Trainee
Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job
Be at least 16 years old (by closing date of this vacancy announcement)
Accepted for/currently enrolled in a qualified educational institution
Selective Service Registration-required males (over 18) born after 12/31/59
Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
Subject to a background/security investigation
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Physical Requirements: The work is sedentary in nature. Some work may require walking in offices and similar areas for meetings. Work may also require walking and standing in conjunction with travel to and attendance at meetings and conferences away from the worksite. Individual may have to carry light items.
Reasonable Accommodation: Federal departments and agencies are required to make reasonable accommodation for the physical or mental limitations of an applicant or employee who is a qualified person with a disability unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the department or agency.
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 11/27/2018.
Internship Program: To be eligible, applicants must be accepted for enrollment or currently enrolled and seeking a degree (diploma, certificate, etc.) in a qualifying educational institution, on a full or half-time basis as defined by the institution in which you are enrolled.
NOTE: YOU MUST PROVIDE PROOF OF ENROLLMENT ON A FULL OR HALF-TIME BASIS OR ACCEPTANCE OF ENROLLMENT AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION - FAILURE TO DO SO WILL RESULT IN LOST CONSIDERATION.
This position will be filled at either the GS-4, or GS-5 grade level. To qualify, the applicant must first meet the minimum requirements listed above. Grade determinations will be based on the below criteria:
GS-4: Completion of 2 full academic years of post-high schol study (at least 60 semester or 90 quarter hours).
GS-5: Completion of all requirements for a bachelor's or equivalent degree.
NOTE: TRANSCRIPTS MUST BE SUBMITTED WITH THE APPLICATION MATERIALS. CONFERRAL OF DEGREE(S) EARNED SHOULD BE PRESENT ON TRANSCRIPT(S). UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT(S)O K.
This temporary not to exceed (NTE) one year appointment may be extended without further competition. In addition, within (120) days after an Intern's successful completion of a course of academic study, a VA facility may convert that Intern non-competitively from the Internship Program to a term or permanent position in the competitive service, provided that all the terms of 5 CFR 362.204 are met and there is an available position. However, conversion is not mandatory or guaranteed.
A minimum (2.5) cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) per semester/quarter, in good standing with the education institution, must be maintained for the duration of this PATHWAYS excepted service appointment. GPA must be provided in the transcripts.
Must be able to complete 640 hours of work experience prior to completing degree course work requirements, OR must have at least (1) year of academic study remaining toward completion of current academic degree.
If selected, student must sign a VAPAHCS Internship Program Participant Agreement and provide official transcripts at the end of each academic term.
If selectee is converted, the student may be converted into a career ladder.
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.
You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:
Administration and Management
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.
For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications .
A transcript must be submitted with your application as you are basing your qualifications on education.
PLEASE NOTE: 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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. 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.
You are excluded from health benefits coverage if you are expected to work less than 130 hours per month for at least 90 days.
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.
Receiving Service Credit or 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.
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.
Veterans and Transitioning Service Members : Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.
For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.
If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .
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.
Narrative responses are not required at this time. 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 resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.
Background checks and security clearance
Public Trust - Background Investigation
Drug test required
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
Proof of enrollment (Transcripts or Acceptance letter)
Proof of Degree Conferred (for GS-5)
The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, etc. You will not be contacted for additional information.
Other Veterans Document
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and 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 Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx .
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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