These two positions are located at the Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. Duties performed include the following:
Distributes and balances the workload among employees in accordance with established work flow or job specialization, assure timely accomplishment of the assigned workload, and assure that each employee has enough work to keep busy.
Keeps in touch with the status and progress of work, and makes day- to-day adjustments in accordance with established priorities, obtaining assistance from the supervisor on problems that may arise, such as backlogs which cannot be disposed of promptly.
Instructs employees in specific tasks and job techniques and make available written instructions, reference materials and supplies.
Gives on the job training to new employees in accordance with established procedures and practices.
Maintains a current knowledge and answer questions of other employees on procedures, policies, directives, etc. and obtains needed information or decisions from supervisors.
Checks on work in progress or spot checks work not requiring review and reviews completed work to see that supervisor’s instruction on work sequence, procedures, methods and deadlines have been met.
Amends or rejects work not meeting established standards, refer to supervisor questions or matters not covered by standards and problems in meeting performance standards.
Reports to supervisor on performance, progress and training needs of employees, and on behavior problems.
Coordinates, facilitates and administers training to department officers including but not limited to: defensive tactics, firearms, active threat response and law enforcement tactics and techniques.
Tour of duty: Shift work with a varying schedule.
Position Title: Police Officer (Instructor)
"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."
Special Employment Consideration: 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 on the last page of the JOA for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.
For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.
Qualifications & Evaluations
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
Time-in-grade: 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.
TO QUALIFY FOR THIS POSITION AT THE GS-08 LEVEL: You must have at least one (1) full year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-07) in the federal service that has given you the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully perform the duties of a Police Officer. Qualifying Specialized Experience includes: experience that provided knowledge of a body of basic laws and regulations, law enforcement operations, practices, and techniques and involved responsibility for maintaining order and protecting life and property. Creditable specialized experience may have been gained in work on a police force; through service as a military police officer; in work providing visitor protection and law enforcement in parks, forests, or other natural resource or recreational environments; in performing criminal investigative duties; or in other work that provided the required knowledge and skills. TO QUALIFY FOR THIS POSITION AT THE GS-09 LEVEL: You must have at least one (1) full year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-08) in the federal service that has given you the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully perform the duties of a Police Officer. Qualifying Specialized Experience includes: experience that provided knowledge of a body of basic laws and regulations, law enforcement operations, practices, and techniques and involved responsibility for maintaining order and protecting life and property. Creditable specialized experience may have been gained in work on a police force; through service as a military police officer; in work providing visitor protection and law enforcement in parks, forests, or other natural resource or recreational environments; in performing criminal investigative duties; or in other work that provided the required knowledge and skills.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR POLICE OFFICER POSITION:
1. Applicants must possess a current, valid State driver’s license, have a safe driving record, and demonstrate that he or she is medically qualified to operate the appropriate motor vehicle safely.
2. VA Police Officers must be able to achieve and maintain mandatory firearm qualification/certification.
3. New VA Police Officers are required to attend and successfully pass an 8-week course at the VA Law Enforcement Training Center in Little Rock, Arkansas within 90 days of entry on duty.
4. A character investigation may be conducted on applicants selected for employment. The purpose of such an investigation is to secure evidence of the candidate’s honesty, integrity, general character, and loyalty to the U.S. Government.
5. A medical examination is required. The duties of these positions require moderate to arduous physical exertion and/or duties of a hazardous nature. The following medical requirements apply to all applicants: good near and distant vision, ability to distinguish basic colors, and ability to hear the conversational voice.
6. Applicants and employees must have the capacity to perform the essential functions of the position without risk to themselves or others. Applicants and employees must possess emotional and mental stability. A psychological examination is required. In most instances, a specific medical condition or impairment will not automatically disqualify an applicant or employee. A medical condition or impairment is disqualifying only if the condition, for good medical reason, precludes assignment to or warrants restriction from the duties of the specific position. For some positions, the loss or impairment of a specific function may be compensated for by the satisfactory use of a prosthesis or mechanical aid. Reasonable accommodation shall also be considered in determining an applicant’s ability to perform the duties of a position.
IMPORTANT NOTES: (1) As a condition of employment, must qualify to be issued a firearm and semi-annually with assigned firearm, annually with an expandable Straight Baton (MEB), maintain a valid State or Commonwealth Driver’s License and pass annual physical and psychosocial assessment. Applicants must be able to possess firearms under the terms of the Gun Control Act of 1968, as amended (18 U.S.C. 922(g)(9).
There is no educational substitution for experience at the GS-08 or GS-09 levels.
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.
Experience must be fully documented in your resume and must include job title, duties, month & year start/end dates AND hours worked per week.
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. IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
You will be rated on the following competencies based on your application for this position.
1. Knowledge in high visibility, proactive patrolling activities based on criminal trends.
2. Knowledge and skills to conduct investigations on and off VA-controlled property of offenses that may have been committed on property and under the original jurisdiction of VA.
3. Knowledge of Veteran Centered Policing and its objectives,
4. Skill in identifying persons requiring assistance or medical aid while on-patrol, perform on-scene assessments and determine the level of aid or emergency response required.
5. Knowledge gained from education and previously held positions by successful completion of the VA Law Enforcement Training Center (LETC) Basic Patrol Officer Course (BPOC).
6. Knowledge of all policies and training requirements for the facilitation of monthly and period training evolution.
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 rsum and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.
Benefits & Other Info
VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/benefits/index.asp.
VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.