Human Resources Specialist (Employee Benefits)

Department of Veterans Affairs
West Haven
Oct 18, 2016
Oct 19, 2016
Employer Type
Direct Employer
Employment Type
Full Time
Human Resources Specialist (Employee Benefits)

West Haven, CT


This position involves a multi-grade career ladder. The major duties listed below represent the full performance level of GS-9. At the GS-5/7 levels, the incumbent performs developmental assignments intended to broaden skills and provide practical experience leading to progressively more complex assignments performed under progressively less supervision. The incumbent will progressively acquire the background necessary to perform at the full performance level of GS-9. Promotion is at the discretion of the supervisor and is contingent upon satisfactory performance, availability of higher level work, and availability of funds. Promotion is not guaranteed and no promise of promotion is implied.

The Human Resources Specialist (Employee Benefits) works in the Federal Workers Compensation (FWC) Consolidated Program of the VISN 1 VA New England Healthcare System performing duties in support of the Office of Workers Compensation Program (OWCP). The Workers Compensation program is a high visibility, high risk, high cost, and problem prone area, and is conducive to fraud, waste, and abuse. The work involves performing case management and identifying and developing ways to resolve problems or issues that directly affect the accomplishment of program goals and objectives.

The work affects the benefits and services provided to employees, the decisions made by managers and other employees, the effectiveness and perception of overall quality of HR activities and programs, and reimbursable funding of OWCP. Duties include, but are not limited to: providing advice to supervisors and to individual employees regarding case management; processing claims; reviewing all cases for complete documentation; evaluating questionable claims; providing training to various staff; monitoring program compliance; and analyzing program performance data to identify potential problems. A more detailed position description is available in the Human Resources Management Service.

WORK SCHEDULE: Fulltime; Monday - Friday (8:00am 4:30pm)

PD#: 90151A, 90116A, 90109A

NOTE: This is a Non-Bargaining Unit position.

NOTE: This position is covered by locality-based comparability pay.

NOTE: Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized.

NOTE: Selectee may be required to work at any VISN 1 Healthcare System campus, as needed.

NOTE: Candidates who meet the qualification requirements within 15 calendar days following the closing date of the announcement will be considered.

NOTE: Time-in-Grade Restriction - 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. The grade may have been in any occupation but must have been held in the Federal service.

NOTE: If selection is made at the GS-5/7 grade level, the appointee may be advanced to the next higher grade level without further competition upon completing Time-In-Grade requirements and upon the recommendation of the supervisor. Promotion is not automatic and is contingent upon satisfactory performance and availability of higher level work.

NOTE: Applicants determined to be qualified at the GS-5/7 level will be required to complete the Administrative Careers with America (ACWA) assessment and obtain a passing score in order to be considered. Applicants will be notified with the necessary information and timeframe to complete the ACWA assessment.

* Summary

* Our Mission: To fulfill President Lincolns 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 Americas Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to

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.

Who May Apply:

Current permanent employees of the Veterans Administration VISN 1, including permanent Veterans Canteen Service employees.

All federal employees serving on a Career or Career-Conditional appointment.

Former federal employees eligible for reinstatement.

Permanent Title 38 employees employed on a full-time basis.

Veterans eligible as 30% Disabled Veterans.

Veterans eligible under a Veterans' Recruitment Appointment (VRA)

Veterans eligible under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA)

Those eligible under the Employment Program for People with Disabilities

Those eligible under ICTAP/CTAP.

* Qualifications & Evaluations

* Applicants must have either experience or substitution of education in the amounts shown in the table below in order to qualify at each grade level:

GRADEEDUCATIONEXPERIENCEGENERALSPECIALIZEDGS-54-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree3 years, 1 year of which was equivalent to at least GS-4NoneGS-71 full year of graduate level educationorsuperior academic achievementNone1 year equivalent to at least GS-5GS-9master's or equivalent graduate degreeor2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degreeNone1 year equivalent to at least GS-7SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Examples of specialized experience include: providing advice to supervisors and to individual employees regarding workers compensation case management; processing workers compensation claims; and evaluating questionable workers compensation claims.NOTE: A combination of experience and education may be qualifying, provided that appropriate transcripts are on file in the applicants personnel folder by the closing date of the announcement. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.SUPERIOR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT: Superior Academic Achievement is based on (1) class standing, (2) grade-point average, or (3) honor society membership.1.Class standing -- Applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, such as the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Business Administration, based on completed courses.2.Grade-point average (G.P.A.)-- Applicants must have a grade-point average of: a.3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B" or better) as recorded on their official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or b.3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B+" or better) based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum.SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR: This position includes a Selective Placement Factor (knowledge, skill, ability, or other characteristic basic to - and essential for- satisfactory performance of the job). Selective Placement Factors are a prerequisite to appointment and represent minimum requirements for the position. Applicants who do not meet it are not eligible for further consideration. For applicants who answer "Yes", evidence of the Selective Placement Factor must be clearly documented in the resume/application in order to receive credit. The Selective Placement Factor is:Experience researching and interpreting federal laws, regulations and policies governing pay/leave administration and employee benefits/worklife programs.APPLICANTS MEETING THE QUALIFICATION STANDARDS WILL BE EVALUATED ON THE FOLLOWING KSAOS:1. Knowledge of Department of Labor (DOL), OWCP, and VA regulations and procedures.2. Skill in applying standardized principles, practices, and procedures of Federal Workers Compensation program.3. Ability to solve problems and issues that directly affect the accomplishments of program goals and objectives.4. Ability to communicate effectively with a variety of professional, technical, and administrative personnel at all levels of the organization and outside agencies. NOTE: Narrative responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) will be required from the selectee in order to proceed with the appointment. NOTE: 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)..... click apply for full job details