The Supervisory Human Resources Specialist performs a variety of program functions in the Federal Workers' Compensation Program (WCP). Serves as subject matter expert (SME) for workers' compensation needs at all medical facilities within a Network Director's organizational and geographical scope of authority and is a liaison between the Department of Veteran affairs and the Department of Labor's Office or Workers Compensation Programs (OWCP) District Offices.
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This position ensures that claims are processed within specific timelines and according to regulatory requirements. The position further advises employees and supervisor of procedures to follow when an injury occurs and informs injured employees of their responsibilities under the program. The position is also responsible for actively facilitating methods and techniques to reduce and prevent unnecessary and costly expenditures related to the VISN Workers' Compensation Program. Other duties include:
Provides oversight and compliance enforcement through quality assurance reviews and initiatives and case file review activities.
Monitors and evaluates program activities to ensure the delivery of quality services.
Ensures all VISN supervisors are provided with training opportunities for their roles and responsibilities related to the Workers' Compensation Program.
Interfaces with physicians, attorneys, employees, and management staff regarding aspects of decisions related to cases.
Coordinates and monitors rehabilitation and return-to-work plans for injured employees.
Evaluates results of medical examinations and makes appropriate determinations.
Responds to and resolves difficult and sensitive inquiries and complaints.
Evaluates problems and takes appropriate action to resolve issues/concerns.
Represents VISN Workers' Compensation Program before external groups and agencies and appeal boards.
Oversees the investigation of claims and develops strategies to handle specific cases in consultation with appropriate parties.
Performs quality case review and regular consultation with subordinates on complex administrative cases, congressional correspondence, and other written program responses.
Develops professional guidance, education, training, and orientation to ensure compliance with laws, regulations, and policies.
Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00 am- 4:30pm
Telework: Available, according to agency policy.
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Position Description/PD#: Supervisory Human Resources Specialist (Workers Compensation)/PD99861A
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
25% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.
0201 Human Resources Management
Human Resources Specialists
Specialists, Human Resources
Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
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
Subject to background/security investigation
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 01/25/2021.
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-13 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-12. 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 the most recent 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 SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one-year time-in-grade.
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 as described below:
Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-12 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to:
Possess a wide range of Human Resources (HR) concepts, principles, laws, regulations and practices; VA Handbooks and policies, and collective bargaining agreements related to Workers' Compensation, sufficient to serve as a consultant in providing advice and guidance to managers, employees, union officials, and applicants.
Knowledge of pertinent state and local laws, codes, safety regulations including the State Labor Code, Workers Compensation and Americans with Disability Act laws, OSHA, and employment laws, procedures and regulations enough to interpret, apply, and advise others, and ensure compliance.
Knowledge of functions and procedures of Employee Compensation Appeals Board (ECAB).
Knowledge of research, statistical, and financial analysis to produce reports, evaluate performance of program, and mitigate financial losses.
Knowledge of medical and technical terminology used in injury cases to communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing.
Knowledge of administrative principles and methods, including goal setting, program development, and work planning and organization to analyze complex administrative problems, evaluate alternatives, and make creative recommendations.
Broad understanding of the Reasonable Accommodation (RA) program, federal position Classification, Recruitment and Placement, Schedule A appointments, Employee Relations, Federal leave programs, Federal insurance benefits, Compensation, Pay Setting/Retained Pay provisions, Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Restoration Rights, Federal Employee Compensation Act (FECA), Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) implications, negotiated grievance/agency grievance processes, and Merit Systems Protection Board appeals, to include application of such court decisions.
Skilled in the areas of EEO and MSPB laws and regulation to provide guidance to Facility and VISN Management and other stakeholders for EEO and MSPB hearings when it relates to workers' compensation.
Experience in vocational rehabilitation program services to assist employees and counselors in preparing claimants to reenter the workforce, to include knowledge of resume building skills and private sector work opportunities.
Experience returning employees back to work after being out due to work-related injuries and/or illnesses. Experience advising on safety concerns in an effort to prevent work-related injury or illness.
Knowledge of computer applications particularly Excel formatting is required to present data in various formats i.e. pivot tables is necessary to provide and explain program data to support cost and program data requests.
Experience providing oversight and compliance enforcement through quality assurance reviews and initiatives and case file review activities. Documenting outcomes and ensuring corrective actions are implemented.
Establishes and ensures standards and procedures for all matters relating to workers' compensation regulations, policies, procedures, goals, objectives, and strategies are implemented.
You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:
HR Information Systems
Human Resources Management
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 regular and recurring work of the position involves sitting at a desk, attending conferences and meetings, and visiting work sites.
For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/.
There is no educational substitution at this grade level.
Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.
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