Social Science Program Specialist Job in Danville, Illinois – Department of Veterans Affairs

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Social Science Program Specialist – Danville, Illinois
Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs
Job ID: 444363
Start Date: 05/06/2021
End Date: 05/12/2021

Qualification Summary
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 05/12/2021. 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. 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. 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. For a GS-07 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-05 level. For a GS-09 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-07 level. 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. BASIC REQUIREMENTS: You must meet at least one (1) of the following requirements: Education: Successful completion of a four-year course of study from an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor’s or higher degree in behavioral or social science; or related disciplines appropriate to the position (Transcripts Required). OR, Experience: Four (4) years of appropriate experience that demonstrated that you have acquired knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field. OR, Combination: A combination of education and experience that provided you with knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field (This experience must be supported by your resume to be creditable and a copy of your transcripts are required at the time of application). NOTE: In addition to meeting the above qualification requirements, applicants must have specialized experience and/or directly related education in the following amounts. GS-07 Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-05 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: utilizing motivational interviewing and coaching techniques and processes; utilizing interpersonal skills to assist clients with developing and achieving self-determined goals; and sharing goals with support team to assist an individuals in meeting their identified goals. (Note: Specialized experience must be documented in your resume in order to receive credit). OR, Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have one full year (or 18 semester hours) of graduate-level education OR superior academic achievement. Education must be in behavioral or social science; or related disciplines appropriate to the position (Transcript required). Superior academic achievement (S.A.A.) is a provision used to determine eligibility for applicable GS-7 level positions of persons who have completed (or expect to complete within 9 months) all the requirements for a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Senior students can apply for positions prior to graduation and be considered for a GS-07 appointment based on their grades at the time of application. S.A.A. is based on (1) class standing, (2) grade-point average, or (3) honor society membership. In order to be creditable under this provision, superior academic achievement must have been gained in a curriculum that is qualifying for the position to be filled. OR, Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. You must have an equivalent combination of specialized experience and related graduate-level education, as described above, which meets the total experience requirements for this grade level. (NOTE: Your experience must be documented in your resume and transcripts are required). GS-09 Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-07 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: assisting clients with developing and achieving self-determined goals; utilizing motivational interviewing and coaching techniques and processes to assist clients in developing realistic plans to accomplish their goals; conducting ongoing sessions to assess progress and assist clients in navigating obstacles or challenges; and assisting in the collection of program qualitative data from clients. (Note: Specialized experience must be documented in your resume in order to receive credit). OR, Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have two (2) years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master’s degree or master’s or equivalent graduate degree. Education must be in behavioral or social science; or related disciplines appropriate to the position. (Transcripts Required). OR, Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. You must have an equivalent combination of specialized experience and related graduate-level education (in excess of the first year or 18 semester hours), as described above, which meets the total experience requirements for this grade level. (NOTE: Your experience must be documented in your resume and transcripts are required). You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:Attention to DetailCommunicationDecision MakingForward ThinkingExperience 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: Regular and recurring work is mostly sedentary involving sitting at a desk, although the position requires the ability to move from one geographic location of the facility to another. Some physical effort such as standing, walking, bending or prolonged sitting may be required. For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management’s website at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/.

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