Housekeeping Aide

Department of Veterans Affairs
Oct 12, 2016
Oct 19, 2016
Employer Type
Direct Employer
Employment Type
Full Time

Newington, CT


The employees in this position will be working in the Environmental Management Section (EMS) of the Connecticut Veterans Health Administration. The incumbent independently performs a full range of cleaning duties throughout the medical center, utilizing housekeeping skills and knowledge. The incumbent will be assigned to perform duties throughout a specified area and within a specified time. Duties include but are not limited to:

* Maintains floors, walls, doors, baseboard and stairwells by sweeping, dust mopping, damp mopping, scrubbing, stripping, waxing, polishing, vacuuming, spot removing, dusting and washing.

* Cleans stainless steel doors, trim storage, instrument cabinets and counters in lobbies, wards, diet kitchens and nurses utility rooms.

* Empties and spot cleans trash cans and wastebaskets, replacing liners and carryies trash to designated areas.

* Cleans ashtrays, smoke stands, sand urns and water fountains.

* Replenishes supplies such as: toilet paper, paper towels, soap, etc., in all areas where dispensers are located.

* Washes windows and window ledges, glass door panels, screens, etc.

* Cleans and arranges furniture, vacuuming rugs and carpets.

* Makes beds in individual rooms to include stripping beds, sanitizing mattresses and bed frames and IV poles.

* May on occasion move all types of furniture, accessories, beds, small, non-mechanical items, etc. using desk mover, file cabinet movers, carts between offices and from storage areas.

Work Schedule: Mon-Fri/Weekends & Holidays 7:30am-4:00pm or 3:00pm-11:30pm

Position Description: 2521A/Housekeeping Aide

* Summary

* VA Connecticut Healthcare System was officially formed in 1995. We serve veterans in Connecticut and southern New England. The West Haven facility is a tertiary care facility classified as a Clinical Referral Level I Facility. It is a teaching hospital, providing a full range of patient care services, with state-of-the-art technology and a renowned research program. Comprehensive health care is provided through primary, acute, tertiary and long-term care in areas of medicine, surgery, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, oncology, dentistry, geriatrics and extended care. Newington is an ambulatory care center that provides primary and specialty care. In addition to our main campuses, we operate six community-based primary care centers throughout the state.

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

* Your background must demonstrate experience in a variety of cleaning duties, such as sweeping, mopping, and waxing floors; cleaning surfaces such as light fixtures, venetian blinds, and countertops; and cleaning restroom facilities including toilets, baths, and sinks.

EXPERIENCE: A specific length of training and experience is not required, but you must show evidence of training or experience of sufficient scope and quality of your ability to do the work of this position. Evidence which demonstrates you possess the knowledge, skills, and ability to perform the duties of this position must be supported by detailed descriptions of such on your resume. Applicants will be rated in accordance with the OPM Qualification Standard Handbook X-118C ( ).

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.

SCREEN-OUT ELEMENT: Your qualifications will first be evaluated against the prescribed screen out element, which usually appears as question 1 in the on-line questionnaire. Those applicants who appear to possess at least the minimal acceptable qualification requirement are considered for further rating; those who do not are rated ineligible and are eliminated. The potential eligibles are then rated against the remainder of the questions. The screen-out element for this position is the ability to do the job of a Housekeeping Aid without more than normal supervision.

JOB ELEMENTS: Those who meet the minimum level of experience and training for the screen-out element will then be evaluated in each of the following job elements:

1. Knowledge of Housekeeping Aid work practices

2. Ability to interpret instructions and specifications

3. Ability to utilize and maintain tools and equipment

4. Ability to interpret safety rules and regulations


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.

* Benefits & Other Info

* VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website.