Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Security Officer in Chicago, Illinois

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OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise - "To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

This announcement will close on the closing date or when the first 50 applicants are received.

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Responsibilities

The primary purpose of this position is to advise on all aspects of security and law enforcement needs and problems for the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. Incumbent is also the principle liaison between VISN 12 and the Office of Security and Law Enforcement (OS≤). Assist the Network Director or Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) for OS≤ with planning evaluations and special purpose visits of security programs at VAMC's and installation within the Network. As directed, provides advice and guidance to chiefs and management officials of other VISN 12 facilities on aspects of security and law enforcement activity.

  • Responsible for total operation, direction, and control of the Police Service.

  • Is delegated authority for the enforcement of federal statues in the physical protection of all personnel, the protection of all civil rights and the preservation of the peaceful environment on all property owned and controlled by the Department of VA.

  • Is the principle management official for law enforcement and security operations and is responsible for providing oversight, reviewing, advising and directing these programs.

  • Provides advise and recommendations to the Senior Leadership Team, VA Director and Associate Director on all aspects of law enforcement, general security, and homeland security and crime prevention programs.

  • Serves as the principle liaison between the medical center and OS&LE.;

  • Is the primary representative of the medial center with State, Illinois Medical District and City Law Enforcement organizations.

  • Continuously applies comprehensive knowledge of security to review, evaluate and recommend policy on police equipment and weapons, illegal drug activity and adverse media coverage.

  • Responsible for the day to day operations of Police Service, the facility goals and development of plans for the organization.

  • Initiates requests for personnel actions to meet staffing requirements, and makes final decisions concerning appointments, promotions, reassignments, other status changes or the recognition of outstanding performance.

  • Directs timely adjustments of the patrol force in response to threat situations.

  • During investigating of serious criminal incidents is expected to maintain irregular duty hours as required to complete the work.

  • Develops functional and organizational charts.

  • Determines resource needs, allocates resources in determining security deficiencies and weaknesses and takes or recommends corrective action.

  • Participates in outside association and organization meetings, local civic and governmental programs, which relate to improvement of security and safety in the medical center.

Work Schedule:Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm Telework:Not Available Virtual:This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#:10162O Relocation/Recruitment Incentives:May be used for highly qualified candidates. Financial Disclosure Report:Not required

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Yes

Promotion Potential

13

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Conditions of Employment
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
  • 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
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
Qualifications

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement, 09/20/2018.

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. For a GS-13 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-12. 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. 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 SECURITY AND LAW ENFORCEMENT AT VA FACILITIES:

  • Law Enforcement personnel are required to carry agency-approved firearms while on duty on VA property must achieve and maintain qualification with the agency-approved firearm as condition of gaining and continuing employment.

  • Applicants selected for this position must be proficient in the English language in accordance with Public Law 94-102 dated November 23, 1977.

  • An individual who is convicted of a domestic violence charge cannot be authorized to own, be issued, purchase, or otherwise have possession of a handgun under the Lautenberg Amendment (PL 104-208) to the Gun Control Act of 1968 (18 USC 922).

  • A background security investigation will be required for all new hires. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication.

  • This is a drug testing position. All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with the VA.

  • Arrest Authority: At the GS-06 grade level or above, applicants MUST have arresting authority - presently or in the past. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on OPM's web site at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications

  • The incumbent must have successfully completed the Law Enforcement Training Center (LETC) Basic Police Officer Training Course.

  • The incumbent must meet and maintain physical, psychological, and weapons qualifications as outlined in VA Directives/Handbooks 0730 and 0720.

  • Incumbent must successfully complete an annual physical and psychological examination.

  • Certification in basic CPR is required.

  • Must maintain a valid state driver's license.

  • Will be required to carry Law Enforcement Credentials in the performance of official duties.

  • Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.

GS-13 GRADE REQUIREMENTS:

You must possess at least one (1) full year of directly related specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-12) that has given you the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully perform the duties of the Security Officer. Examples of specialized experience are: Comprehensive knowledge of a wide range of security concepts, principles, and practices sufficient to guide the Facility Director, Senior Leadership Team, and service chiefs in all matters of complex security problems as they relate to the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center and associated system of clinics throughout Jesse Brown and surrounding areas. Expert knowledge of security programs, principles, law regulations and precedent decisions which proved the capability to recommend substantive program changes or alternative new courses of managerial action. Knowledge of multi-layered security systems in order to advise VA management within the Network on improvements or addition to existing systems or in the ordering of new security systems. Knowledge and skill in communication and public relations techniques to represent and serve as a liaison between the medical center and the OS≤ and to serve as the primary representative of the medical center with State, Parrish and City Law enforcement organizations. Knowledge of Federal and State judicial systems, the legal aspect of arrest and the statutory authority which is vested with federal law enforcement officers on federal property sufficient to interpret existing and new policies and to provide a safe and secure environment. Ability to provide broad administrative and policy direction, and independently provide planning, scheduling, coordinating, carrying out and monitoring the effectiveness of the operation of the security program(s).

You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:

  • Analytical Thinking
  • Change Management
  • Criminal Law
  • Incident Management
  • Public Safety and Security

ARREST AUTHORITY: Full arrest authority is required for this position. You must currently have or have had arrest authority.

MEDICAL STANDARDS:Must be capable of performing the designated physical and mental functional requirements essential to the duties of the police officer position. These requirements are contained in VA Handbook 0730. Law Enforcement personnel must also successfully complete physical and psychological examinations prior to entering on duty and annually thereafter as a condition of continued 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; 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 requires considerable exertion and strenuous physical effort on a regular basis in performing the functions required of the position. These functions are normally performed while the officer conducts security surveys and inspections which require crawling in usually confined building areas. The officer, on a regular basis, supervises or conducts investigations and assists medical emergency teams with heavy equipment and unconscious or collapsed patients. The officer may have to defend himself/herself or others against physical attack.

Work Environment:There is the potential for dangerous situations to occur at the VA installations where the incumbent is employed and/or conducts security surveys and criminal investigations. The VA Medical Center is located in a high crime area and members of the public have easy access to the facility. In the course of supervising or protecting or while supervising or conducting criminal investigations, the incumbents is at risk from assault by person with or without weapons while attempting to prevent crime or make arrests.

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OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

The Jesse Brown VA Medical Center (http://www.chicago.va.gov/) is a 200-bed inpatient facility, providing a full range of patient care services, with state-of-the-art technology as well as education, research and academic affiliations with the University of Illinois - Chicago and Northwestern University. The main campus resides on 13 acres in the Illinois Medical District, approximately three miles from downtown Chicago. JBVAMC also operates four Community Based Outpatient Clinics located in the Lakeside (downtown) area and Auburn Gresham (south side) community of Chicago, in Chicago Heights, Ill.; and the Adam Benjamin, Jr. VA Outpatient Clinic in Crown Point, IN, which serves the four counties of Northwestern Indiana. The medical center is a part of VA Great Lakes Healthcare System (Network 12), which includes facilities in Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan.

There is no educational substitution at this grade level.

PLEASE NOTE: 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.

Additional information

Special Employment Consideration: 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.

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.

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal/VA 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 (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. 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/.

Placement Policy: 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.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: 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.

For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.

If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

Narrative responses are not required at this time. 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.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Drug test required

No

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Required Documents

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 make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.

  • 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.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

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.

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.

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How to Apply

All applicants are encouraged to apply online.To apply for this position, you must complete the questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 09/20/2018 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10306345.

  1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USA JOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package. NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. To verify your application is complete, log into your USA JOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Application page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process. To return to an incomplete application, log into your USA JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

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Agency contact information
Dwavon Lamar Battle
Phone

312 569-7256

Email

Dwavon.Battle@va.gov

Address

Jesse Brown Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center 820 South Damen Avenue Chicago, IL 60612 US

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Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

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Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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  • Social security number request
  • Privacy Act
  • Signature and false statements
  • Selective Service
  • New employee probationary period

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/510831300. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 09/13/2018 to 09/20/2018

Service: Competitive

Pay scale & grade: GS 13

Salary: $96,403 to $125,325 per year

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full-Time