<b>Duties</b><br /><br /><b>Summary</b><br /><br />This position is located in the Program Control Unit, Program Management Office for the Department of Veterans Affairs'(VA)Office of Electronic Health Record Modernization (OEHRM), Within the Office of the Deputy Secretary of VA(DEPSECVA)where the incumbent serves as a Program Specialist performing cost management duties including the planning, designing and implementation of an overall cost strategy for Program Control in support of OEHRM and oversight of cost activities.<br /><br />Learn more about this agency <br /><br /><b>Responsibilities</b><br /><br /><strong>This is a bargaining unit position<br /><br />Work Schedule</strong>: Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 4:30pm<br /> <strong>Compressed/Flexible Schedule</strong>: Available<br /> <strong>Telework</strong>: Not Available<br /> <strong>Virtual</strong>: This is not a virtual position<br /> <strong>Position Description Title/PD#</strong>: Program Specialist/ PD17959-0<strong>Relocation/Recruitment Incentives</strong>: Not Authorized<br /> <strong>Financial Disclosure Report: </strong>Not Required<br /> <strong>Physical Requirements:</strong> Work is primarily sedentary, but involves use of a government furnished computer so a degree<br /> of manual dexterity and visual acuity sufficient to utilize these tools are required. Some physical effort is required in that the incumbent lifts and carries reference books, working papers and similar items to and from meetings. A moderate amount of standing and walking is required in getting to and from meeting places away from the work site. The work does not require any<br /> special physical effort.<br /><br />Major Duties: <ul> <li>Evaluates project scope and needs to develop and present recommended budgets for the Pillar and leads the administration associated with funding.</li> <li>Creates and manages detailed cost plans and produces and maintains detailed cost reports on a regular basis and present these reports to leadership.</li> <li>Leads the development and verification and validation of all cost estimates and reviews life cycle cost estimates in support of program activities to include major milestones, program design and development.</li> <li>Plans, develops, implements, coordinates, monitors and evaluates workstream components to include ongoing review of scope and schedules, requirements and work products, e.g., deliverables or other products from staff and contractors.</li> <li>Conducts studies, reviews, and surveys to assure operating programs are authorized and cost effective.<br /><br /></li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Travel Required</b><br /><br />Occasional travel – You may be expected to travel 10% of the time for this position.<br /><br />Supervisory status <br /> No <br /><br />Promotion Potential <br /> 14 <br /><br /></li> <b>Requirements</b><br /><br /><b>Conditions of Employment</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>Subject to a background/security investigation.</li> <li>Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.</li> <li>Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.</li> <li>You may be required to serve a probationary period.</li> <li>You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Qualifications</b><br /><br />To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 06/14/2019.<br /><br /><strong>Time-In-Grade Requirement</strong>: 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-14 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-13. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. <strong>An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials.</strong><br /><br /><strong>Provide a copy of your last or most recent SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action" to indicate your current federal status. You must also submit additional SF-50(s) to clearly demonstrate one year time-in-grade as required in the announcement. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate that you possess one year time-in-grade. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one year time-in-grade.</strong><br /><br />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.<br /><br /><strong>Selective Placement Factor:</strong> This position includes a skill, knowledge, ability or other worker characteristic basic to -and essential for- satisfactory performance of the job. Selective Placement Factors are a prerequisite to appointment and represent minimum requirements for a position. Applicants who do not meet it are ineligible for further consideration. Evidence of the Selective Placement Factor must be reflected in your resume.<br /><br />The Selective Placement Factor for this position is: demonstrated experience in developing and implementing strategic cost management policy/guidance in support of cost planning and evaluating cost benefit analysis from activities for accuracy.<br /><br />You may qualify based on your experience, as described below:<br /><br /><strong>Education:</strong> There is no educational substitution at GS-14 grade level.<br /><br /><strong>Specialized Experience: </strong>You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-13 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Specialized experience includes work that involves (1) analyze budget formulation and execution to ensure operational requirements are submitted for inclusion in annual organizational budget, (2) assess organizational cost and pricing capabilities related to commercial item acquisitions, (3) recommend the initiation and preparation of new policies and procedures to resolve unique persistent issues not addressed under present regulations, (4) conduct studies, reviews, and surveys to assure operating programs for organization-level oversight analyze progress reports, staff studies, and special reports for the organization, and (5) demonstrated communication skills to form and support decisions made by leadership. <br /><br />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.<br /><br /><strong>Note</strong>: 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. <br /><br />For more information on these qualification standards, please visit OPM's web site at http: www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/indexes/alph-ndx.asp . <br /><br /><b>Education</b><br /><br /><strong>PLEASE NOTE</strong>: 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. <br /><br /><b>Additional information</b><br /><br />VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.<br /><br />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.<br /><br /><strong>Placement Policy: </strong> 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.<br /><br />It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.<br /><br />This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.<br /><br /><strong>Special Employment Consideration:</strong> 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.<br /><br /><strong>Veterans and Transitioning Service Members</strong>: 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. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans. The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.<br /><br />For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.<br /><br />If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application . <br /><br /><b>How You Will Be Evaluated</b><br /><br />You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.<br /><br /><strong>IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.</strong><br /> After you have met the minimum qualifications and been referred you will be rated on the following competencies based on your application for this position – Analytical Reasoning, Control of Funds, Cost Estimation and Analysis, and Project Management. Narrative responses are not required at this time.<br /><br />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. <br /><br /><b>Background checks and security clearance</b><br /><br />Security clearance <br /> Not Required <br /><br />Drug test required <br /> No <br /><br /></li> <b>Required Documents</b><br /><br />To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:<br /> <ul><li>Resume</li></ul><br /><br />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), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.<br /> <ul><li>Cover Letter</li><li>DD-214</li><li>VA Letter</li><li>Resume</li><li>SF-15</li><li>SF-50</li></ul><br /><br />The <strong>Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan </strong>(ICTAP) and <strong>Career Transition Assistance Plan </strong>(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 for this vacancy. To be well-qualified : applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the required competencies of the job. 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/ .<br /><br /><strong>Veterans' Preference:</strong> When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), or 10pt (CP/CPS, XPP, 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.<br /> For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http: www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx . <br /><br /><b>If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:</b><br /><br />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 . <br /><br />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.