Department Of Veterans Affairs Baltimore , MD 21203
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This Legal Administrative Specialist is located in the Veterans Benefits Administration, Baltimore Regional Office; the responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Counsel veterans, their dependents, and beneficiaries regarding all benefits available through the Department of Veterans Affairs, as well as non-VA benefits available through other organizations concerned with veterans.
Explains the full range of VA benefits and all related programs.
Review claim for veteran and send the appropriate request to appropriate section for action.
Explain the types of documents necessary to facilitate timely processing of claims and provides assistance in obtaining and completing such documents and forms based on the type of claim being submitted.
Explain decisions made by the VA and communicate the reasons to the claimant for these decisions.
Provide in-home counseling to those who are geographically isolated or physically unable to go to the VA facility
Receive and respond to congressional and white house inquiries concerning VA benefits for veterans and other claimants.
Prepares technical correspondence to veterans and their dependents providing benefit information, representation rights and response to miscellaneous inquiries.
Conducts patient interviews at various VA facilities to initiate claims and explain VA benefits.
May serve as Outreach Coordinator (such as the Women's Veterans Coordinator, Minority Veterans Coordinator, Homeless Veterans Coordinator, Aging Veterans Coordinator, Ex-Prisoners of War Coordinator or Military Services Coordinator).
Develops a network relationship with state and private veterans' organizations to broaden the scope of outreach and increase community awareness of the role VA plays in being a resource to the community.
Maintains extensive and comprehensive information systems relating to specialized veterans groups to identify opportunities for improvement.
Analyzes trends and patterns and works with management and staff to continually improve services provided to veterans.
Work schedule: 8:00am to 4:30pm
Compressed/Flexible Schedule: Not Available
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Position Description Title/PD#: Legal Administrative Specialist/ 02108A
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required
Job family (Series)
0901 General Legal And Kindred Administration
HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this jo
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
You may be required to serve a probationary period
Subject to background/security investigation
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 10/03/2018.
Time-in-grade: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade at any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements.
GS - 09: 52 weeks at the GS - 07 level.
Specialized Experience: Applicants must have One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-09 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 in counseling veterans, their dependents and beneficiaries on compensation benefits, home loan eligibility, education, hospitalization, life insurance, burial benefits, vocational counseling, small or disadvantaged business utilization, general Social Security Administration benefit programs, other federal, state and local domestic relations and assistance programs.
Applicants may substitute education for the experience required:
GS-09: A Master's Degree or equivalent graduate degree or two (2) full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related.
Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify. To calculate, first identify the percentage of required education you have earned.
When substituting you can use graduate level education you have earned beyond a Bachelor's Degree.) Then identify the percentage of required experience you possess. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify at the GS- 07. For example, an applicant who has 9 semester hours of graduate level education (i.e. 50% of graduate education required) and 6 months of creditable specialized experience (i.e. 50% of the required experience) would equal 100% of the required experience for the 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.
This position is primarily sedentary with some walking, standing, bending, and carrying of lightweight items (eg. folders, claims files, etc.)
This position has a position-sensitivity level of Public Trust-Low Risk. Selections made under this announcement are conditioned upon favorable adjudication of a National Agency Check with written Inquiries (NACI) per VA Handbook 0710.
An investigation will be conducted after the effective date of the selection. An individual currently holding the appropriate clearance does not require additional investigation. An individual receiving unfavorable adjudication is ineligible to remain in this position.
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.) or 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 Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index/aspx.
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S.
Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S.
Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html.
All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.