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Job Title: Veterans Claims Examiner (13 months NTE 4 Years)
Company Name: Veterans Benefits Administration
Location: Buffalo, NY
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 02/08/2018
Expire Date: 04/09/2018
Job Categories: Healthcare, Practitioner and Technician, Information Technology, Insurance, Legal, Military, Research & Development, Nonprofit and Volunteer Services
Job Description
Veterans Claims Examiner (13 months NTE 4 Years)

NOTE: These vacancies are being filled on a TERM basis, not-to-exceed thirteen (13) months. However, the Term Appointment can be extended up to 4 years per OPM guidance.Please see provisions outlined in this announcement pertaining to the conditions of TERMemployment. Please also see the following: https://www.dol.gov/oasam/doljobs/termemployees.htm.

The Veterans Claims Examiner (VCE) is located in the Education Division, of the Veterans Benefits AdministrationEducationCenter, Buffalo, NY. The VCE's primary responsibility is to process applications for insurance benefits eligibility and entitlement. As a Veterans Claims Examiner, you will:

DUTIES:

  • Provide analysis of education program issues to veterans, dependents, officials, and other parties involved.

  • Apply knowledge of relevant state and common law principles.

  • Verify that veteran-related programs of education are approved for veteran training and proper rate of payment is issued.

  • Determine the value of and analyzes such evidence as sworn affidavits, personal statements, etc.

  • Examine complex issues for eligibility and entitlement of veterans and their dependents to education benefits.

Work Schedule:Tour of DutyMonday-Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm.

Position Description Title:Veterans Claims Examiner (13 months NTE 4 Years)GS-0996-07/07full performance level 09

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.

Qualifications:
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
Specialized Experience:

Applicants 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 interpreting regulations and applying laws required to explain, evaluate and recommend determinations of eligibility to claimant requests for services and benefits. Specialized experience is defined as work that involves (1) Requesting relevant medical or administrative evidence to make eligibility determinations; (2) Analyzing medical evidence, benefit and/or legal evidence to identify and recognize required actions for claim development, and (3) Experience explaining program benefit entitlements and requirements.

OR

You can substitute education for the specialized experience required:

Undergraduate Degree and Superior Academic Achievement. You have successfully completed a full 4-year course of study in any field leading to an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university or you possess an undergraduate degree in any field from an accredited college or university, AND you meet one of the following Superior Academic Achievement provisions:

a. Ranked in the upper 1/3 of your college class or major subdivision at the time you apply; OR
b. Earned election to a national scholastic honor society that meets the requirements of the Association of College Honor Societies other than freshman honor societies; OR
c. Earned a grade point average (GPA) of 2.95 or higher on a 4.0 scale based on all completed undergraduate courses, or all undergraduate classes completed during the final two years; OR
d. Earned a GPA of 3.45 or higher on a 4.0 scale based on all completed undergraduate courses in your major, or all undergraduate courses in your major completed during the final two years.
OR

Graduate Education. You must have at least one full academic year of graduate level education that demonstrates you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to satisfactorily perform the work. One year of full-time graduate education is normally determined by the school you attended. If that number cannot be determined, 18 semester hours should be considered equivalent to one academic year of graduate study. Part-time graduate education is creditable on a pro-rated basis. If you qualify based on your education, you must upload or fax a copy of your college transcript along with your application. If you are selected for the position, an official college transcript(s) will be required at your start date.
OR
Combination of Graduate Education and Specialized Experience. If you have some, but not all, of the graduate education AND specialized experience described above, you may still qualify by combining the amount of creditable education and experience that you do have. To do so, first calculate the percentage of qualifying education you have as a percentage of the education required. Next, calculate the percentage of specialized experience you have as a percentage of the experience required. Then, add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100% for you to qualify for the position at the GS-7 grade level. For example, an applicant who has 9 semester hours of graduate education (i.e., 50% of graduate education required) and 6 months of acceptable specialized experience (i.e., 50% of the experience required) would satisfy the qualification requirements for the position. If you qualify based on a combination of graduate education and specialized experience, you must submit a copy of your official college transcript with your application.

A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. Please see the required documents section for specific transcript requirements.

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.

Physical Requirements: The work is sedentary. Typically, the employee may sit comfortably to do the work. However, there may be some walking; standing; bending; carrying of light items such as papers, books, small parts; driving an automobile, etc. No special physical demands are required to perform the work.

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
*Resume

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:


*DD-214
*Other Veterans Document
*SF-15
*SF-50
*Transcript

Rsum

  • Your rsum may be submitted in any format, however we strongly recommend using USA Jobs rsum builder as it contains all of the information requiredon federal rsums.
  • For qualifications determinations your rsum must contain hours worked per week, the dates of employment, and the level of your experience. If your rsum does not contain this information you will not receive consideration for this position.
  • If you submit more than one copy of your rsum, only the most recent version will be reviewed. The latest timestamp will be used to determine which version of your rsum is "most recent." It is your responsibility to check the status and timestamp of all documents you submit as part of your application.
  • If your rsum includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, it will not be used to make eligibility and qualification determinations and you may not be considered for this vacancy.

Applicants claiming veterans preference must also submit:

  • A legible copy of your DD Form 214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty," showing all dates of service, as well as character of service (Honorable, General, etc.). The member 4 copy of your DD Form 214 is preferable. Copies of DD-214's can be requested here.
  • Current active duty members must submit a signed statement of service from their commander dated within the last 120 daysthat containstheir expected discharge date, their release from active duty under honorable conditions, any medals awarded, and the timeframe of their service so eligibility can be determined.
  • Veterans claiming 10 point preference must also submit anSF-15 and all documents indicated on the form as proof of type of preference. This includes a VA letter supporting your disability claim with the overall percentage listed.
  • If you are unsure as to whether you qualify for veterans' preference, please consult the U.S. Department of Labor's Veterans' Preference Advisor here.

Transcripts

  • If you are basing all or some of your qualifications on education or if a degree is required for the position, a transcript must be included as part of your application package.
  • Unofficial transcript(s) may be submitted, however it must contain the course names, levels, credits earned, and grades received.
  • Your transcript must contain the degree conferred date if you are substituting a degree for experience
  • If you are claiming superior academic achievement (SAA) ensure you submit completed transcript(s) to demonstrate it. The requirements for superior academic achievement can be viewed here.
  • A photocopy of your degree is not acceptablein place ofa transcript.
  • An official transcript will be required at a later date if you are selected for the position.

Applicants claiming CTAP/ICTAP Eligibility must also submit:

  • Certification of expected separation, reduction-in-force separation notice, or notice of proposed removal; and your most recent performance evaluation; and an SF-50 demonstrating your separationor the position you will be separated from.

Failure to submit any of the above mentioned required documents may result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted. You will not be contacted for additional information.

In addition to the information listed above, please use this checklistto ensure 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).

Qualifications & Requirements

Qualifications:
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
Specialized Experience:

Applicants 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 interpreting regulations and applying laws required to explain, evaluate and recommend determinations of eligibility to claimant requests for services and benefits. Specialized experience is defined as work that involves (1) Requesting relevant medical or administrative evidence to make eligibility determinations; (2) Analyzing medical evidence, benefit and/or legal evidence to identify and recognize required actions for claim development, and (3) Experience explaining program benefit entitlements and requirements.

OR

You can substitute education for the specialized experience required:

Undergraduate Degree and Superior Academic Achievement. You have successfully completed a full 4-year course of study in any field leading to an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university or you possess an undergraduate degree in any field from an accredited college or university, AND you meet one of the following Superior Academic Achievement provisions:

a. Ranked in the upper 1/3 of your college class or major subdivision at the time you apply; OR
b. Earned election to a national scholastic honor society that meets the requirements of the Association of College Honor Societies other than freshman honor societies; OR
c. Earned a grade point average (GPA) of 2.95 or higher on a 4.0 scale based on all completed undergraduate courses, or all undergraduate classes completed during the final two years; OR
d. Earned a GPA of 3.45 or higher on a 4.0 scale based on all completed undergraduate courses in your major, or all undergraduate courses in your major completed during the final two years.
OR

Graduate Education. You must have at least one full academic year of graduate level education that demonstrates you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to satisfactorily perform the work. One year of full-time graduate education is normally determined by the school you attended. If that number cannot be determined, 18 semester hours should be considered equivalent to one academic year of graduate study. Part-time graduate education is creditable on a pro-rated basis. If you qualify based on your education, you must upload or fax a copy of your college transcript along with your application. If you are selected for the position, an official college transcript(s) will be required at your start date.
OR
Combination of Graduate Education and Specialized Experience. If you have some, but not all, of the graduate education AND specialized experience described above, you may still qualify by combining the amount of creditable education and experience that you do have. To do so, first calculate the percentage of qualifying education you have as a percentage of the education required. Next, calculate the percentage of specialized experience you have as a percentage of the experience required. Then, add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100% for you to qualify for the position at the GS-7 grade level. For example, an applicant who has 9 semester hours of graduate education (i.e., 50% of graduate education required) and 6 months of acceptable specialized experience (i.e., 50% of the experience required) would satisfy the qualification requirements for the position. If you qualify based on a combination of graduate education and specialized experience, you must submit a copy of your official college transcript with your application.

A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. Please see the required documents section for specific transcript requirements.

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.

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