This position is located at the Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery in Dallas, TX.
This announcement is a solicitation for applications from current VA employees and status eligible applicants. Please note that as provided for in the AFGE/VA Master Agreement the FIRST area of consideration will be permanent employees of the DFW National Cemetery , the SECOND area of consideration will be employees at other VA facilities, and the THIRD area of consideration will be status eligibles.
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As a Cemetery Representative, the incumbent has the decision-making responsibility for the determination of entitlement or non-entitlement for interment. Receives requests for interment from the NOK, funeral directors, military commands, or other responsible persons, either in person or by telephone; independently examines and reviews the various discharge documents or related documents issued by each branch of service and determines acceptability and validity of document to support proof of service; authorizes scheduling of burial time; assists in maintaining a record of unverified cases and advises the Program Support Assistant of status verifications. In the absence of valid, substantiating documents, or adequate data, conducts a full and detailed investigation by requesting additional information, place of birth, date and place of entry into active duty, etc., and contacts various agencies, i.e., SHARE, VARO's, VAMC's, RMC, St. Louis Scheduling Office, local military commands and states' record repositories. Informs funeral director or other responsible person on the status of application for burial. Screens all requests for interment against files to determine any previous burials of family members. Incumbent is responsible for obtaining documentation regarding active duty personnel and their dependents to determine eligibility for burial in a national cemetery. Incumbent maintains daily contact with Veterans Affairs Records Centers and other governmental agencies, as required, resolving problem cases in an expeditious manner
Performs public outreach as needed.
This is a term appointment not to exceed 2 years. Term appointments are non-status, nonpermanent appointments of limited duration of more than 1 year, but not more than 4 years and are subject to a 1 year trial period. Should the need warrant, term appointments may be extended without further competition up to a maximum of the 4 year limitation. The appointment to a term position does not confer eligibility for promotion, reassignment, or transfer to other positions or the ability to be non-competitively converted to permanent employment.
Work schedule: Required to work Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. May include occasional weekends. Due to the mission of the National Cemetery, the cemetery cannot be closed for more than 2 consecutive days at any given time. Additionally, when a Federal holiday falls on a Monday or Friday, staff may be required to work on that holiday or a Saturday. All staff is required to work Memorial Day and Veteran's Day each year. Staff will be required to work overtime, weekends and holidays when necessary to meet the needs of the cemetery. Occasionally staff may be called back to the facility to perform emergency overtime work.
Compressed/Flexible Schedule: Not Available
Telework: Not Available
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Position Description Title/PD#: Cemetery Representative/135120
The full performance level of this position is GS-06.
Relocation Expenses: Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required
HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment
Subject to a background/security investigation.
Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
You may be required to serve a probationary period.
You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
Must possess a valid state driver's license.
Must be able to type 40+ words per minute.
Must be bilingual (English and Spanish) written and oral communication.
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all specialized experience and time in grade requirements within 45 days of the closing date of this announcement, 10/12/2018.
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 within 45 days of the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-06 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-05. 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. If your most recent non-award SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional non-award SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one year time-in-grade.
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.
Must be Bilingual (English and Spanish) written and oral communication
Must have the ability to type at least 40 words per minute.
Must possess and maintain a valid state driver's license.
You may qualify based on your experience, as described below:
Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-06 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: administrative /office work experience that includes work such as gathering data, coordinating meetings, establishing and maintaining an efficient filing system, using automated data equipment to generate reports and establishing priorities and meeting deadlines.
You must meet the Selective Placement Factor (Bilingual requirement) in order to be selected for this position.
You will be rated on the following Competencies for this 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.
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.
Standing, walking, bending, stooping and the lifting of cemetery records, registers, floral arrangements, cremains containers, and other small items are required by the position. The position also requires assisting with the moving and lifting of caskets placed on the wheeled biers into committal shelters and into equipment picking up remains, as well as assisting with delivery of remains to interment area.
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.
There is no educational substitution at this grade level.
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