Overview

Veterans Service Representative-Rating
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##### Department of Veterans Affairs
Veterans Benefits Administration
##### Denver Regional VBA Office
Overview
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– ##### Open & closing dates
06/19/2019 to 07/10/2019
– ##### Service
Competitive
– ##### Pay scale & grade
GS 10 – 12
– ##### Salary
$56,647 to $96,978 per year
– ##### Appointment type
Permanent
– ##### Work schedule
Full-Time
Location
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1 vacancy in the following location:

Cheyenne, WY 1 vacancy
##### Relocation expenses reimbursed
No
##### Telework eligible
Yes as determined by agency policy
– Duties
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### Summary
This position is established at less than full performance level for
recruitment and training purposes. It is targeted to position
description (PD) number 02104A, Rating Veteran Service
Representative (RVSR), GS-0996-12. It is designed to provide
candidates with exposure to all sorts of claims that a journeyman
RVSR would process but with the opportunity for increased training,
review, supervision, and guidance.
Learn more about this agency
### Responsibilities
The Rating Veterans Service Representative (RVSR) works as a member
of the Intake Processing Center or in special missions of the
Veterans Service Center. The incumbent serves as a decision maker
for claims involving rating decisions. The incumbent determines
service-connection, percentage of disability, permanent and total
disability, entitlement to compensation, pension, vocational
training, medical and dental treatment, automobiles, or other
conveyances, insurance, specially adapted housing, dependent
education allowances, and other ancillary benefits. Specifically,
the RVSR will:
– Analyze claims to determine if diseases and injuries were
incurred in or aggravated by the military service in the line of
duty for purposes of compensation, hospital treatment,
prosthetic appliances, and related employment and compensation
benefits.
– Determine a need for examinations or re-examinations for
observations of Veterans and their dependents and the character
of such examinations.
– Determine the permanent incapacity and/or the competency of
Veterans and their dependents.
– Apply VA’s Schedule for Rating Disabilities (Rating Schedule)
and prepare rating decisions informing the Veterans Service
Representative and/or claimant of the decision and reasons and
basis for it.
– As dictated by the circumstances of the claims case, may
directly communicate and interact with Veterans and their
representatives/advocates.
**Promotion Potential:** 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. The grade progression for this position is
GS-10/11/12.
**Work Schedule**: Full time, Monday through Friday
**Compressed/Flexible:** Available
**Telework**: Available
**Virtual:** This is not a virtual position.
**Position Description/PD\#**: Veterans Service Representative
(Rating), 22104A, 12104A, 02104A
**Relocation/Recruitment Incentives**: Not Authorized
**Financial Disclosure Report:** Not required
This is a bargaining unit position.
### Travel Required
Occasional travel – You may be expected to travel for this position.
##### Supervisory status
No
##### Promotion Potential
12
– #### Job family (Series)
0996 Veterans Claims Examining
– Requirements
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### 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
– Required to attend an 8 week training session, which may require
travel.
– RVSR Skill Certification required at the GS-12 level.
### Qualifications
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements
by the closing date of this announcement:07/10/2019.
**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 (unless if in the
commuting area and eligible for a non-competitive hiring authority
such as Schedule A or VRA).
– For a GS-10 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-09
level.
– For a GS-11 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-10
level.
– For a GS-12 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-11
level
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.
**MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENT:** You may qualify based on your
experience and/or education as described below:
**GS-10 Grade Level:**
– **Specialized Experience:** One year of specialized experience
equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service. In
addition to the experience required at the GS-9 level,
applicants must also have experience that documents knowledge of
a complex field of laws, regulations and Federal legislation
pertaining to the full range of veterans benefits and a
comprehensive and thorough knowledge of state, federal and local
benefit programs in order to be able to explain them to
individuals of all educational backgrounds. OR
– **Education Substitution**: Applicants may substitute education
for the experience required to qualify at the GS-10 grade level.
– 2.5 years of progressively higher level graduate education
leading to such a Ph.D., LL.M. or equivalent doctoral
degree. Graduate level education must demonstrate the
competencies necessary to do the work of the position. OR
– **Equivalent combinations of Specialized Experience and Graduate
Education:** To compute, divide your total months of qualifying
experience by 12. Then divide your semester hours of graduate
education beyond two years by 9. Add the two percentages. The
total percentage must equal at least 100 to qualify.
**GS-11 Grade Level:**
– **Specialized Experience:** Applicants must have (1) year of
specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower
grade (GS-10). In addition, the applicant must document
knowledge of analyzing claims, interpreting and applying
benefit-related laws, regulations and procedures; reviewing and
examining evidence and making determinations as to the
entitlement and/or eligibility of claimants for benefits and
services involving compensation and pensions. OR
– **Education Substitution:** Applicants may substitute education
for the experience required to qualify at the GS-11 grade level.
– Education substitution of a Ph.D or equivalent doctoral
degree; OR
– Three full years of progressively higher-level graduate
education leading to such a degree or LL.M, if related. OR
– **Equivalent combinations of Specialized Experience and Graduate
Education:** To compute, divide your total months of qualifying
experience by 12. Then divide your semester hours of graduate
education beyond two years by 9. Add the two percentages. The
total percentage must equal at least 100 to qualify.
**GS-12 Grade Level:**
– **Specialized Experience:** Applicants must have one (1) year of
specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower
grade (GS-11). In addition to experience required at the GS-11
level, the applicant must document knowledge of anatomy and
physiology, diseases and disabilities to assess sources of
evidence and information to arrive at rating decisions. This
includes the ability to read, understand and interpret medical
and legal terminology. The applicant must document the ability
to communicate in writing of wide range of veterans benefits
laws and regulations that pertain to the entitlement for and
award process of each VA benefit program.
– There is no educational substitute at this level.
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 Requirements:** The work normally involves mental rather
than phys


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