The purpose of this position is to transport and support the Core Outreach Team efforts. The primary duties of this position include transporting VAMC personnel, equipment, supplies and other items essential to support the Core Outreach Team (COT) and local VA Medical Center, as part of the Rural Health Initiative (RHI) Program.
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Required to operate the following types of equipment and vehicles such as a 35 passenger bus, vans (including wheelchair vans), trucks, station wagons, sedans and other necessary equipment in order to carry out the functions of the COT of the VISN and Medical Center. The primary duty of this position is to drive and maintain the rural health mobile clinic vehicle which has an approximate weight of 29,500 pounds. Operates gasoline or diesel powered vehicles over Federal, state, and county roads and city streets in all traffic conditions, and is required to load and unload vehicles. Responsible for dispatching of General Services Administration (GSA) vehicles, coordination with service shop and/or maintenance and repairs; for keeping vehicles interior and exterior clean; for all record keeping of fuel, mileage, and reports to the GSA Motor Pool; and the accuracy of the monthly GSA billing. Collects and files all completed motor vehicle trip tickets. Transports VAMC personnel, medical equipment, supplies, linen, mail and other items essential to the operation of the COT and assigned Medical Center. Loads and unloads equipment and materials, assuring that cargo is protected from the weather and secured to prevent falling. All vehicles are driven off station and are regular and recurring functions of this position. The position is responsible for aspects of the mobile clinic vehicle to include maintenance, driving, trip planning due to size of vehicle, waste disposal and setup. Additional duties may include but are not limited to, assisting with clerical assignments in a variety of general support areas (receiving and directing callers and visitors as needed; receiving, collecting and delivering mail as needed; copying and completing forms and questionnaires; data retrieval, compilation and dissemination).
Must have and maintain a current valid state driver's/CDL license.
Must be qualified and experienced to operate vehicles, such as vans, passenger buses, or trucks; incumbent maneuvers these vehicles within close tolerances when driving and backing over uneven ground and in narrow or congested areas, between buildings and other vehicles, and when positioning vehicles at loading areas. These vehicles are equipped with air brakes to where the incumbent must have the skill and knowledge to operate over a variety of roads including interstate highways, narrow country roads, and on steep winding grades. Incumbent manipulates the braking system to prevent potential mishaps.
Receives instructions from the Fleet Manager on the type of vehicle to be operated, destination, equipment, or passengers to be transported, purpose of the trip, and deadlines to be met. Must follow Instructions and coordinate the transportation needs of the COT with the various services, reserving applicable vehicles, picking up and delivering various supply items and transporting personnel to scheduled destination. Incumbent must determine the route to be followed or follow prescribed routes and identify acceptable alternative routes for use in emergency situations. Assists with the loading, securing and unloading of assorted supplies and uses judgment to determine the arrangement, securing, and placement. Incumbent works under the direction of the Rural Health Integrator and is responsible for the satisfactory completion of jobs assigned. Must manage assignments independently, performs tasks with a minimum of instructions, and uses judgment when performing impractical tasks or assignments away from the Medical Center. Incumbent is responsible for the vehicle and for its safe operation to prevent injury to others and damage to property. Responsible for the safe and comfortable transport of passengers and materials on extended trips. Incumbent is responsible for maintaining proper attitude while working around the VISN and VAMC staff and patients. Must communicate both verbally and non-verbally in a manner which reflects positively upon the service, VISN, and Medical Center; must use tact and diplomacy in dealing with patients, employees, visitors and guests. Responsible for inspecting vehicles to insure it is clean and in safe operating condition. Occasionally washes and cleans vehicles. Responsible for completing trip tickets, accident reports, and maintaining preventive vehicle logs in a written and electronic format. Logs will be verified for accuracy and expected to be complete and correct. Work is evaluated for efficiency and compliance with established policies, procedures and instructions pertinent to the driving mission.
Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8am – 4:30pm. May be required to work outside the normal tour of duty which may include weekends/holidays
Conditions of Employment
- You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
- Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
- You may be required to serve a probationary period
- Subject to a background/security investigation
- Pre-employment physical required
- Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
- Must have a current valid and maintain a state driver's (CDL) license. Passenger endorsement is highly desirable.
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 09/01/2020.
EXPERIENCE: A specific length of training and experience is not required, but you must show evidence of training or experience of sufficient scope and quality of your ability to do the work of this position. Evidence which demonstrates you possess the knowledge, skills, and ability to perform the duties of this position must be supported by detailed descriptions of such on your resume. Applicants will be rated in accordance with the OPM Federal Wage System Qualification Standards .
SCREEN-OUT ELEMENT: Your qualifications will first be evaluated against the prescribed screen out element, which usually appears as question 1 in the on-line questionnaire. Those applicants who appear to possess at least the minimal acceptable qualification requirement are considered for further rating; those who do not are rated ineligible and are eliminated. The potential eligibles are then rated against the remainder of the Job Elements:
Ability To Do The Work Of The Position Without More Than Normal Supervision (Screen-out Element)
6A – Operation of Motor Vehicles
25A – Work Practices (includes keeping things neat, clean, and in order)
75C – Ability To Interpret Instructions, Specifications, etc. (related to mobile equipment operation
86A – Ability to Drive Safely (Motor Vehicles)
86B – Ability To Operate Safely (Non-Motor Vehicle)
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.
Physical Demands. Works in all weather conditions. The duties performed consists of moderate to heavy physical effort in climbing in or on vehicles; trailers, cars, or vans to toad, unload or tie down material and equipment; may include pushing and pulling carts, and wheel chairs, lifting equipment, supplies, etc.; and driving long hours on trips. Incumbent must be physically sound and have good coordination of eyes, hands, feet, and vision and depth perception. Incumbent must be mentally alert to traffic hazards and dangers of the highway.
Work Conditions. Operates vehicles in all types of traffic and weather on public toads (or the equivalent); exposed to the danger of serious accidents, heavy traffic, and highway speeds over complicated road and Interchange systems. May be exposed to dirt and fumes and to the possibility of cuts, bruises, and broken bones as a result of accidents while driving or from falling objects when loading and unloading the vehicle, may also be exposed to patients and linen with all types of diseases, viruses, etc. Performs other related duties as assigned, which may include snow and ice removal during extreme circumstances or emergency situations.
This job does not have an education qualification requirement.
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. 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.
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/VA 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 http: www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/ .
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.
Financial disclosure not required.
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
Drug test required
Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk
Trust determination process
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
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.
- Cover Letter
- DD-214/ Statement of Service
- Disability Letter (Schedule A)
- Disability Letter (VA)
- Separation Notice (RIF)
- SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
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 .