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Equal Employment Specialist (TCF Intern)

Company: usagov
Location: Columbia
Posted on: May 26, 2023

Job Description:

The Technical Career Field (TCF) is a national workforce development program within VHA that was designed to replenish technical staff in critically identified positions.
This job is open to

  • Federal employees - Competitive service
    Current or former competitive service federal employees.
  • Individuals with disabilities
  • Internal to an agency
    Current federal employees of this agency.
  • Military spouses
  • Veterans Clarification from the agency
    PLEASE NOTE: This announcement is limited to the first 50 applicants. The announcement will close on the date indicated, or the date 50 applications are received, whichever occurs first.
    The TCF career fields represent those technical fields where VA-specific knowledge and experience is desirable for success in the field. Individuals selected follow a formal training plan for two years during which they are trained, coached, and supervised by a preceptor. Preceptors are selected annually, through an extensive application process, for their technical expertise, their commitment to training and the suitability of their facility as a training location. *Selectees will be required to sign Mobility, Training, and Continued Service Agreements.
    This is a developmental position leading to a GS-11, performing assignments intended to broaden skills and provide practical experience leading to progressively more complex assignments performed under progressively less supervision. The selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level.
    • Serves as an EEO/D&I Specialist responsible for providing a wide range of administrative and technical support while performing a variety of duties to ensure that all EEO/D&I Program activities are administered and implemented to the organization's leadership, staff and employees
    • Develops and presents training programs and provides advice regarding the broad range of EEO/D&I and Affirmative Employment issues impacting the organization
    • Develops and maintains appropriate statistical data regarding the discrimination complaint process, responds to routine inquiries from complainants and responding management officials and assists with preparing various reports
    • Conducts analysis of trends regarding demographic data and maintains appropriate contact with officials (from the Office of Resolution Management, managers and supervisors and the Office of Regional Counsel) pertaining to the EEO discrimination complaint process and other related EEO/D&I Program matters
    • Reviews EEO/D&I policies and guidance and updates as needed
    • Provides broad program support and administrative responsibilities such as coordinating and planning the logistics for meetings, training and performing all other related duties associated with the EEO/D&I Program
    • Reviews and implements projects that impact the operations of the organization, determines program effectiveness through periodic assessment
    • Prepares correspondence for the signature of senior level officials
    • Reviews and drafts correspondence and reports as required
    • Designs, implements and facilitates EEO/D&I and related training. Provides support to the EEO/D&I Program Manager
    • Provides advisory services to all levels of management regarding the requirements and implications of the office services provided
    • Provides advice to managers and supervisors on how provided services can assist in accomplishing their mission and programs
    • Assists with the management of the Special Emphasis Programs
    • Drafts Equal Employment Opportunity Program Status Report, Federal Equal Opportunity Recruitment Program (FEORP) Report, Disabled Veterans Affirmative Action Plan (DVAAP) Report and other EEO reports as required
    • Performs other related duties as assigned Work schedule: Monday - Friday, 8am - 4:30pm
      Position Description Title/PD#: Equal Employment Specialist (TCF Intern)/PD00223A and PD00004A
      Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
      Conditions of Employment
      • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
      • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
      • You may be required to serve a probationary period
      • Subject to background/security investigation
      • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
      • Training-Service Agreement and Mobility Agreement required
      • Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP)
      • Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program is a requirement for all Veterans Health Administration Health Care Personnel (HCP) - See "Additional Information" below for details. Qualifications
        To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 06/06/2023.
        Time-In-Grade Requirement: 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 by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-9 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-7. For a GS-11 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-9. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment.
        You may qualify based on education and/or experience as described below:
        • GS-9: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-7 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: Knowledge of the principles, concepts, legal requirements, and methodology of the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Program and skill in applying this knowledge to perform assignments independently for which there are precedents; Practical knowledge and skill in interpreting, explaining and applying a body of laws, regulations and procedures; Skill in applying conventional fact-finding, analytical and problem-solving methods; Knowledge of the common policies, practices and operations of the Federal personnel system, the structure and function of Federal agencies including the Veterans Administration, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) and Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA); Knowledge and skill to analyze facts identify problems, report findings, make conclusions and recommendations of corrective action or other appropriate action; Knowledge and skill to deal effectively with people in various settings (meetings, committees, panels, mediations, etc.) and to identify and make recommendations for programs or solutions to problems OR,
        • Education: Must have a master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related OR,
        • Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. You must have a combination of specialized experience and education beyond 1 year at the graduate level.
          • GS-11: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-9 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: Comprehensive knowledge of the laws, regulations, executive orders, court decisions and issues related to the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)/Diversity and Inclusion Program and skill to interpret and apply this knowledge to a variety of difficult and complex work assignments; Thorough knowledge of and skill in applying the operating principles, methods and techniques of the EEO/D&I Program to include the fact-finding, analysis, counseling, discrimination complaint and investigative processes, the roles of the EEO/D&I Committee and Special Emphasis Programs, as well as all required plans and reports; Comprehensive knowledge of VHA's organization, administrative and operating program missions, goals, objectives and regulations, sufficient to serve as an expert analyst on program implementation and advisor to top management officials; Knowledge of basic principles involved in recruitment, selection, labor relations, job evaluation, and other Human Resources specialties; Knowledge sufficient to identify barriers to Equal Employment opportunities, the cause and effects of discriminatory practices against protected classes of individuals and the ability to establish objectives to eliminate systemic program deficiencies and less than desired representation; Knowledge of and skill in identifying EEO/D&I problems and developing concrete action plans to solve problems or advise management on appropriate courses of action to eliminate barriers to equal employment; Knowledge of and skill in fact-finding, analysis, problem solving, writing, interpreting regulations and policies, dealing effectively with people and have a good understanding of the organization and the Administration OR,
          • Education: Must have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related., if related OR,
          • Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. You must have a combination of specialized experience and education beyond 6 months at the graduate level.
            You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:
            • Conflict Management
            • Creative Thinking
            • Customer Service
            • Integrity/Honesty
            • Labor Law 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.
              For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at
              Physical Requirements: The regular and recurring work of the position involves sitting at a desk, sitting in conferences and meetings, and occasional visits to facility work sites. Occasional use of automobile and public conveyances may be required. No special physical exertion is required.
              A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
              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: 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. For further information, visit:
              Additional information
              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. Selected applicants may qualify for credit toward annual leave accrual, based on prior work experience or military service experience.. 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.
              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 for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.
              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 (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at
              This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
              Pursuant to VHA Directive 1193.01, VHA health care personnel (HCP) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 subject to such accommodations as required by law (i.e., medical, religious or pregnancy). VHA HCPs do not include remote workers who only infrequently enter VHA locations. If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before your start date. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required accommodation from this requirement using the reasonable accommodation process.
              • 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. Opens in a new windowLearn more about federal benefits.
                Review our benefits
                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. How You Will Be Evaluated
                You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
                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.
                The Department of Veterans Affairs performs pre-employment reference checks as an assessment method used in the hiring process to verify information provided by a candidate (e.g., on resume or during interview or hiring process); gain additional knowledge regarding a candidate's abilities; and assist a hiring manager with making a final selection for a position.
                For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.
                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.
                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.
                • 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. Opens in a new windowLearn more about federal benefits.
                  Review our benefits
                  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.
                • Required Documents
                  As a new or existing federal employee, you and your family may have access to a range of benefits. Your benefits depend on the type of position you have - whether you're a permanent, part-time, temporary or an intermittent employee. You may be eligible for the following benefits, however, check with your agency to make sure you're eligible under their policies.
                  To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
                  • Resume 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, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.
                    • DD-214/ Statement of Service
                    • Disability Letter (Schedule A)
                    • Disability Letter (VA)
                    • Proof of Marriage Status
                    • Resume
                    • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
                    • Transcript SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action (if applicable for Time in Grade and/or Eligibility):
                      • Most recent SF-50 if you are a current or former Federal employee
                      • An SF-50 showing your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one-year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one-year time-in-grade
                      • Award 50's do not provide sufficient information and will not be accepted for the purpose of verifying time-in-grade.
                      • Examples of appropriate SF-50's include:
                        • Within grade increases at the highest grade held; or
                        • Promotions with an effective date more than one year old; or
                        • SF-50's at the highest grade held with an effective date more than one year old. 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 Feds Hire Vets - Veterans - Job Seekers - Veterans' Preference.
                          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.
                        • How to Apply
                          All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 06/06/2023 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click
                          • To begin, click Apply Online to create a USA JOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS 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 USA JOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Application 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 USA JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
                            Agency contact information
                            Reginald Young
                            Columbia VA Health Care System 6439 Garners Ferry Road Columbia, SC 29209 US
                            Next steps
                            Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. 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. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email. 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 ...

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