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Job Title: Legal Administrative Specialist
Company Name: Veterans Benefits Administration
Location: Bay Pines, FL
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 09/12/2018
Expire Date: 11/11/2018
Job Categories: Agriculture, Forestry, & Fishing, Finance/Economics, Healthcare, Practitioner and Technician, Human Resources, Legal, Medical, Nonprofit and Volunteer Services
Job Description
Legal Administrative Specialist

Represents the VBA Regional Office as liaison with local VA and non-profit community homeless specific organizations.
Establishes VBA presence and support at local homeless shelters (day and night), soup kitchens, homeless community centers and other homeless specific agencies.
Provides training materials (pamphlets, handouts etc.) to shelters, homeless service providers and homeless veterans.
Conducts comprehensive VA benefits and services briefings to groups of homeless veterans.
Develops a network relationship with state and private veteran organizations, which broaden the scope of outreach.
Serves as the CHALENG Point of Contact (POC) for CHALENG (Community Homelessness Assessment, Local Education and Networking Groups) for Veterans' Program in coordination with VA Medical Centers.
Acts as advocate for veterans and their beneficiaries in their dealings with other VA elements and organizations that affect their claims.

Work Schedule: 8am - 4:30pm
Compressed/Flexible: Available
Telework: Not Available
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Position Description/PD#: Legal Administrative Specialist/010600
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 09/17/2018.

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-10 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-9. 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.

You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below:

  • Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-9 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to:
  • Demonstrating knowledge of laws administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs and their relationship to other related programs;
    Knowledge of federal laws, regulations and implementation procedures pertaining to compensation, pension and other benefits;
  • Knowledge of federal, State and local laws, assistance services and programs, sufficient to help or direct veterans to the appropriate resource to resolve problems;
  • Knowledge of legal opinions rendered regarding veterans; ability to interpret laws, guidelines, regulations and precedent opinions; and knowledge of electronic data processing systems.. OR,
Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have a Masters Degree plus one half year of progressively higher graduate education or 2 and a half years of progressively higher graduate education for the GS-10. OR,
  • Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. You must have an combination of specialized experience and education beyond the graduate level.
You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:
Competency 1 - Knowledge of the laws, regulations, and procedures pertaining to compensation, pension and other VA benefits in order to accurately advise veterans and/or their dependents of entitlement & eligibility to a full range of veterans' programs.
Competency 2 - Skill in gathering, analyzing, trending evaluating data to be used for developing reports and identifying opportunities for improvement.
Competency 3 - Knowledge of legal opinions, legislative changes, and court decisions relating to VA programs.
Competency 4 - Ability to effectively listen and communicate verbally with people in person or on the telephone.

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 normally involves mental rather than physical exertion. There is walking, standing, and carrying of light items.

None

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • Supporting documentation
  • 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.
  • Supporting documentation
  • 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, 09/17/2018.

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-10 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-9. 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.

You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below:

  • Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-9 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to:
  • Demonstrating knowledge of laws administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs and their relationship to other related programs;
    Knowledge of federal laws, regulations and implementation procedures pertaining to compensation, pension and other benefits;
  • Knowledge of federal, State and local laws, assistance services and programs, sufficient to help or direct veterans to the appropriate resource to resolve problems;
  • Knowledge of legal opinions rendered regarding veterans; ability to interpret laws, guidelines, regulations and precedent opinions; and knowledge of electronic data processing systems.. OR,
Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have a Masters Degree plus one half year of progressively higher graduate education or 2 and a half years of progressively higher graduate education for the GS-10. OR,
  • Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. You must have an combination of specialized experience and education beyond the graduate level.
You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:
Competency 1 - Knowledge of the laws, regulations, and procedures pertaining to compensation, pension and other VA benefits in order to accurately advise veterans and/or their dependents of entitlement & eligibility to a full range of veterans' programs.
Competency 2 - Skill in gathering, analyzing, trending evaluating data to be used for developing reports and identifying opportunities for improvement.
Competency 3 - Knowledge of legal opinions, legislative changes, and court decisions relating to VA programs.
Competency 4 - Ability to effectively listen and communicate verbally with people in person or on the telephone.

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 normally involves mental rather than physical exertion. There is walking, standing, and carrying of light items.
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