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Job Title: Community Relations Specialist (Associate Director of Partnerships)
Company Name: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Washington DC, DC
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 09/12/2018
Expire Date: 11/11/2018
Job Categories: Agriculture, Forestry, & Fishing, Arts, Entertainment, and Media, Finance/Economics, Government and Policy, Human Resources, Information Technology, Law Enforcement, and Security, Military, Research & Development, Nonprofit and Volunteer Services
Job Description
Community Relations Specialist (Associate Director of Partnerships)

The incumbent serves as the Associate Director of Public and Private Partnerships and represents and is the VHA focal point on behalf of the Partnerships Deputy Director as necessary for the dissemination of information related to VHA's efforts to prevent Veteran suicide and enhancing collaboration amongst federal, state and community agencies, partners, and the public. The incumbent has extensive professional knowledge of public health related to suicide prevention. The duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Presenting relevant information to a wide range of audiences (to include high ranking officials), including but not limited to federal agencies, state and local governments and organizations, and the general public on VA, DoD, and DHS suicide prevention collaborations.
  • Developing, coordinating, and implementing effective communication strategies on partnerships and is the lead for responding to Congressional, media and other executive correspondence on these efforts as well as representing the organization in meetings with oversight agencies including the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and Office of Inspector General (OIG).
  • Leading partnerships staff and developing and implementing partnership-related policies to provide community-based resources to Veterans at risk of suicide.
  • Reviewing reports, contracts, and other documents prepared by partnership staff to ensure they accurately reflect the policies and position of the organization and the views of the Office of Suicide Prevention.
  • Developing implementation plans, white papers, directives and manuals, program business plans, decision memos, VHA performance measures, reports, staff justification documents, program directives, and publicly released brochures/program fact sheets as they relate to collaborative initiatives to end Veteran suicide.
  • Leading compilation and directing analysis of data from internal and external sources related to Veteran engagement in VA care and suicide in those areas and making recommendations regarding strategic goals, immediate and long-term goals, objectives, and plans to make changes program reach and funding.
Work schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Compressed/Flexible Schedule: Not Available
Ad Hoc Telework: Available
Position Description Title/PD#: Community Relations Specialist (Associate Director of Partnerships)/ PD#02728-0
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
PCS Expenses: Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 09/19/2018.

Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current, permanent 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-14 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-13. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 showing your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials.
Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement and current employees applying under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA).

Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-13) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to:

  • Experience as technical lead and primary link to build coalitions and partnerships between VA Office of Suicide Prevention (OSP) and the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for suicide prevention.
  • Experience with policies, missions, and operations of VHA, suicide prevention, the Department of Veterans Affairs and a broad knowledge of VAMC practices.
  • Experience with applicable laws, regulations, policies and directives, and how new or revised laws, regulations, policies, and directives impact VA suicide prevention programming and/or Veteran engagement in care.
  • Experience with leading multi-disciplinary teams, planning, coordinating, and program operations, negotiating, making difficult decisions, and in resolving substantive problems.
  • Experience advising advise senior management officials in policy and legislation development resulting in direct services and resources to support and engage Veterans.
  • Experience planning, organizing and directing team study work and negotiating effectively with management to accept and implement recommendations where the proposals involve agency resources that require change in policy or may be in conflict with agency position.
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.

A full year of work is 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited based on time 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 no special physical demands. It may involve some walking, standing, bending, or carrying of light items. The incumbent must be able to perform oral and written communications. The work will include travel throughout the nation in coordination with the needs of the program.

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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), 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
  • Other
  • Resume
  • 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.
Qualifications & Requirements

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 09/19/2018.

Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current, permanent 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-14 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-13. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 showing your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials.
Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement and current employees applying under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA).

Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-13) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to:

  • Experience as technical lead and primary link to build coalitions and partnerships between VA Office of Suicide Prevention (OSP) and the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for suicide prevention.
  • Experience with policies, missions, and operations of VHA, suicide prevention, the Department of Veterans Affairs and a broad knowledge of VAMC practices.
  • Experience with applicable laws, regulations, policies and directives, and how new or revised laws, regulations, policies, and directives impact VA suicide prevention programming and/or Veteran engagement in care.
  • Experience with leading multi-disciplinary teams, planning, coordinating, and program operations, negotiating, making difficult decisions, and in resolving substantive problems.
  • Experience advising advise senior management officials in policy and legislation development resulting in direct services and resources to support and engage Veterans.
  • Experience planning, organizing and directing team study work and negotiating effectively with management to accept and implement recommendations where the proposals involve agency resources that require change in policy or may be in conflict with agency position.
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.

A full year of work is 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited based on time 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 no special physical demands. It may involve some walking, standing, bending, or carrying of light items. The incumbent must be able to perform oral and written communications. The work will include travel throughout the nation in coordination with the needs of the program.
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