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Job Title: Program Support Assistant - Research Assistant/Phlebotomy
Company Name: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Albany, NY
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 11/09/2017
Expire Date: 01/08/2018
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Job Description
Program Support Assistant - Research Assistant/Phlebotomy
NOTE: This is a TERM appointment (not-to-exceed four (4) years). Term appointments are non-status, non-permanent appointments of limited duration. Term employees are eligible to earn leave and generally have the same benefits as permanent employees including health and life insurance, within-grade increases and Federal Employees Retirement System and Thrift Savings Plan coverage. Term appointment may be extended without further competition.

This position, located within the Albany VA Medical Center, New York, serves as a Research Assistant assisting the Research Coordinator in all day-to-day operations of The Million Veteran Program (MVP): A Partnership with Veterans, which aims to create resources within VA that would allow researchers to conduct genetic research studies.

Additional duties include, but not limited to:
  • Collects and ships blood specimens per MVP protocol;
  • Creates and maintains appropriate tracking and filing systems for all program documentation and patient samples;
  • Completes and maintains all program-related records for each participant, including consent forms, data management systems, and source documentation worksheets;
  • Schedules meetings, including arranging for space, notifying participants, preparing the agenda/minutes and following-up on all commitments;
  • Inputs data into a number of electronic databases (i.e. Microsoft Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Access, etc.);
  • Extracts data to prepare reports, sorts and summarizes data elements, manipulates the data by performing statistical queries, etc.;
  • Schedules and conducts participant visits, including structured interviews and health assessments;
  • Manages implementation, control, and reporting on clinical tests;
  • Draws blood, monitors vital signs and measures lung function, body composition, and grip strength; and
  • Performs all other duties as assigned.
Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm
Recruitment & Relocation Incentives: Not authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not RequiredEnglish Language Proficiency: In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), No person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. You must be proficient in basic written and spoken English in order to meet the requirements of this position.

This position also includes a Selective Placement Factor (skill, knowledge, ability or other worker characteristic basic to - and essential for - satisfactory performance of the job). Selective Placements Factors are a prerequisite to appointment and represent minimum requirements for a position. Applicants who do not meet it are ineligible for further consideration.

The selective placement factor for this position is: "Performing phlebotomy." (This experience must be clearly supported by your resume to receive consideration) - AND -

In addition to meeting the English Language Proficiency and Selective Placement Factor, to qualify for this position at the GS-7 grade level, you must also meet the following Minimum Qualifications requirement.


Experience: One (1) year of specialized experience that equipped you the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of this position, and that is typically in or related to the work of this position. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-6 grade level in Federal Service. Specialized experience includes: performing administrative and clerical tasks; managing settings and coordinating projects (i.e. following protocols, enrolling and interviewing patients, and obtaining informed consents); developing materials for and participation in meetings; and performing routine clinical tasks (to include drawing blood and monitoring vital signs).

Note: Basic Life Support (BLS) certification is a requirement for this position, applicants MUST have training as evidenced by a certificate from the American Heart Association (AHA) and/or Military Training Network (MTN). Lack of BLS is not a requirement to apply, however, certification is needed prior to appointment.

You will be rated on the following Competencies as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:
  • Clerical
  • Clinical Data Collection/Documentation
  • Compliance
  • Research


IMPORTANT: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. All experience listed on your resume must include the month and year start/end dates. 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.

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; religious; 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.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.Physical Demands & Work Environment: The work is primarily sedentary. Typically, the employee may sit comfortably to do the work. There may be some walking, standing, bending, and carrying of light items such as focus group audio visual equipment, Xerox paper and books.

The environment involves everyday risks or discomforts that require normal safety precautions typical of such places as offices, meeting and training rooms, libraries, residences, etc. The work area is adequately lighted, heated, and ventilated.IMPORTANT: Please ensure your resume include up-to-date contact information (phone number(s), email address(s), etc.)

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 ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).
  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214
  • OF-306
  • Other
  • Other Veterans Document
  • Resume
  • SF-15
  • SF-50
  • Transcript


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.
Qualifications & Requirements
English Language Proficiency: In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), No person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. You must be proficient in basic written and spoken English in order to meet the requirements of this position.

This position also includes a Selective Placement Factor (skill, knowledge, ability or other worker characteristic basic to - and essential for - satisfactory performance of the job). Selective Placements Factors are a prerequisite to appointment and represent minimum requirements for a position. Applicants who do not meet it are ineligible for further consideration.

The selective placement factor for this position is: "Performing phlebotomy." (This experience must be clearly supported by your resume to receive consideration) - AND -

In addition to meeting the English Language Proficiency and Selective Placement Factor, to qualify for this position at the GS-7 grade level, you must also meet the following Minimum Qualifications requirement.


Experience: One (1) year of specialized experience that equipped you the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of this position, and that is typically in or related to the work of this position. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-6 grade level in Federal Service. Specialized experience includes: performing administrative and clerical tasks; managing settings and coordinating projects (i.e. following protocols, enrolling and interviewing patients, and obtaining informed consents); developing materials for and participation in meetings; and performing routine clinical tasks (to include drawing blood and monitoring vital signs).

Note: Basic Life Support (BLS) certification is a requirement for this position, applicants MUST have training as evidenced by a certificate from the American Heart Association (AHA) and/or Military Training Network (MTN). Lack of BLS is not a requirement to apply, however, certification is needed prior to appointment.

You will be rated on the following Competencies as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:
  • Clerical
  • Clinical Data Collection/Documentation
  • Compliance
  • Research


IMPORTANT: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. All experience listed on your resume must include the month and year start/end dates. 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.

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; religious; 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.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.
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