Selective Placement Program Non Competitive Appointments For Applicants With Disabilities Job

Vacancy No. SX10675783-20-SCHA Department Social Security Administration
Salary $31,208.00 to $68,777.00 Grade 4 to 9
Perm/Temp Permanent FT/PT Full-time
Open Date 1/6/2020 Close Date 9/30/2020
Job Link Apply Online Who may apply Status Candidates
Locations:
ANCHORAGE, AKFAIRBANKS, AKJUNEAU, AKBOISE, ID
CALDWELL, IDCOEUR D ALENE, IDIDAHO FALLS, IDLEWISTON, ID
POCATELLO, IDTWIN FALLS, IDALBANY, ORASTORIA, OR
BEAVERTON, ORBEND, OREUGENE, ORLA GRANDE, OR
MEDFORD, ORNORTH BEND, ORONTARIO, OROREGON CITY, OR
PENDLETON, ORPORTLAND, ORROSEBURG, ORSALEM, OR
THE DALLES, ORBELLEVUE, WABELLINGHAM, WASEATTLE, WA
CENTRALIA, WAEVERETT, WAHOQUIAM, WAKENNEWICK, WA
KENT, WALONGVIEW, WALYNNWOOD, WAMOUNT VERNON, WA
OLYMPIA, WAPORT ANGELES, WAPUYALLUP, WASEATTLE, WA
SILVERDALE, WASPOKANE, WATACOMA, WAVANCOUVER, WA
WALLA WALLA, WAWENATCHEE, WAYAKIMA, WACALDWELL, ID
COEUR D ALENE, IDIDAHO FALLS, IDLEWISTON, IDPOCATELLO, ID
TWIN FALLS, IDALBANY, ORASTORIA, ORBEAVERTON, OR
BEND, OREUGENE, ORLA GRANDE, ORMEDFORD, OR
NORTH BEND, ORONTARIO, OROREGON CITY, ORPENDLETON, OR
PORTLAND, ORROSEBURG, ORSALEM, ORTHE DALLES, OR
BELLEVUE, WABELLINGHAM, WASEATTLE, WACENTRALIA, WA
EVERETT, WAHOQUIAM, WAKENNEWICK, WAKENT, WA
LONGVIEW, WALYNNWOOD, WAMOUNT VERNON, WAOLYMPIA, WA
PORT ANGELES, WAPUYALLUP, WASEATTLE, WASILVERDALE, WA
SPOKANE, WATACOMA, WAVANCOUVER, WAWALLA WALLA, WA
WENATCHEE, WAYAKIMA, WA


Job Description (Please follow all instructions carefully)
Overview
  • Open & closing dates

    Opening and closing dates 01/06/2020 to 09/30/2020

  • Service

    Excepted

  • Pay scale & grade

    GS 4 - 9

  • Salary

    $31,208 to $68,777 per year

    Salary is determined by duty location and grade of the position being filled

  • Appointment type

    Multiple Appointment Types - Positions may be filled on a permanent or temporary basis.

  • Work schedule

    Multiple Schedules - Positions may be filled as full-time or part-time. Part-time is considered 16 to 32 hours per week.

Locations
Relocation expenses reimbursed

No

Telework eligible

No

This job is open to
  • Individuals with disabilities

Clarification from the agency

This announcement is open for non-competitive employment for individuals with severe physical, cognitive, or emotional disabilities (Schedule A). Applications will remain active for 1 year. By responding to this announcement, you are applying to a resume database. If a request is received to fill a position under Schedule A, a list of applicants will be provided to the selecting official for reviews and possible selection.

Announcement number

SX10675783-20-SCHA

Control number

554936800

  • Duties
    Duties Summary

    The Social Security Administration (SSA) is accepting applications from people who wish to be considered for employment under its Selective Placement Program. SSA seeks to recruit and hire applicants with targeted disabilities by aiding these individuals in obtaining employment consistent with their level of skills and abilities. Such disabilities include severe physical, cognitive, or emotional disabilities.

    For more about Schedule A and eligibility requirements, please refer to this guide.

    Learn more about this agency
    Responsibilities
    • Your application will be placed into a pool of individuals with disabilities for evaluation and referral to selecting officials for non-competitive hiring.
    • You may be contacted by interested selecting officials and asked to interview.
    • We will not be able to provide status updates other than the receipt of your application via an acknowledgement email from USAStaffingOffice@opm.gov.
    • You may update your application at any time until the closing date.
    • This announcement may be used to fill one or more vacancies at any time without notification, in any series or grade. Typical job opportunities within SSA can include, but are not limited to, the following occupations:
    • Legal: Legal Assistants (Senior Case Technicians), General Attorneys
    • Public Contact: Social Insurance Specialists (Claims Specialists), Contact Representatives (Customer Service Representatives)
    • Duties and responsibilities for each position vary and may increase in accordance with grade level.
    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    None

  • Requirements
    Requirements Conditions Of Employment
    • U.S. Citizenship required
    • Selective Service Registration, if applicable (www.sss.gov)
    • Background and/or security investigation required
    • Job offers are contingent on background / security investigation results
    • Selectees are required to serve a 2-year trial period
    • Relocation expenses will not be paid
    • All required documents must be received by the closing date of the announcement
    • Certification of disability is required
    Qualifications
    This announcement may be used to fill one or more vacancies at any time without notification, in any series or grade. Typical job opportunities within SSA can include, but are not limited to, the following occupations:

    Legal: Legal Assistants (Senior Case Technicians), Attorneys
    Public Contact: Social Insurance Specialists (Claims Specialists),Contact Representatives (Customer Service Representatives)
    • Legal Assistants provide legal and technical support to Administrative Law Judges and other technical and professional positions to process entitlement cases at the administrative appeals levels. General Attorneys represent Social Security before administrative agencies and provide legal advice.
    • Claims Specialists speak with beneficiaries about Social Security benefits. Customer Service Representatives gather facts and evidence to establish eligibility for benefits.


    For consideration under the Schedule A non-competitive hiring authority, please submit the following:

    • Documentation of your disability. Please see the Required Documents section below for examples of acceptable proof of an intellectual, severe physical, or psychiatric disability. FAILURE TO SUBMIT THIS CERTIFICATION WILL CAUSE YOUR APPLICATION TO NOT BE CONSIDERED UNDER THE SELECTIVE PLACEMENT PROGRAM.
    • Resume
    • College transcripts (if applicable)
    Applicants wishing to be considered for employment at SSA through the Selective Placement Program may also submit an application using SSA's competitive selection process by responding to a specific job opportunity announcement listed on SSA's job opportunity page at: https://www.usajobs.gov/Search/Results?a=SZ00&hp=public&p=1
    Education

    Providing Proof of Education or Substituting Education
    Some positions require proof of education or allow you to use your education to meet qualification requirements. For information on providing proof of education or substituting education for experience, visit https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/#url=List-by-Title

    If you are qualifying on the basis of education or satisfying an educational requirement, submit a copy of your transcripts that includes your name, the name of the educational institution, course title(s), number of credits, grade, and date of completion. Unofficial transcripts or screenshots of electronic/web transcripts with the required information will be accepted at the time of application. You must submit your transcripts according to the application submission details of this announcement. Documents will not be accepted via email or regular mail. If selected, you may be required to provide your official college transcripts prior to the effective date of the personnel action placing you into the new position.

    Foreign Education: If your transcripts show education completed in foreign colleges or universities, you must also provide documentation that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in a conventional/accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university.

    Additional information

    Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See www.sss.gov.

    Locality Pay: Salary range shown is the Rest of the US scale. Actual salary will be set in accordance with locality pay provisions. Please visit OPM's Salaries & Wages page for the locality area definitions and pay scales.

    Promotion potential is dependent upon the position.

    This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. Decisions to grant reasonable accommodations will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Once we have received your required documentation and questionnaire, we will consider you for job placement under the Selective Placement Program. You will be evaluated based on your submitted documentation, as well as the following:

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies as related to the series and grade of the position being filled. Final qualifications determinations will be assessed based on OPM's General Schedule Qualifications Standards found here: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/#url=List-by-Title.

    Interviews: You will be contacted by e-mail and/or telephone if your application is identified as qualifying for a position being filled. An interview may be conducted. If interviewed, you will be asked to address the same knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies used to initially qualify your application for the position.

    Public contact positions (Claims Specialists and Customer Service Representatives) require:

    Meet and Deal Panel Interview: Applicants will be required to participate in a structured panel interview to demonstrate an aptitude for meeting and dealing with the public. This interview will be administered/conducted utilizing the Competency Assessment Interview Process (CAIP).Applicants must pass this interview process in order to be found fully qualified for this position and receive further consideration for selection. This interview will cover typical situations, which might be encountered on the job, in person or over the telephone. Candidates must demonstrate qualities such as clarity of speech, ability to listen, ability to establish confidence and put others at ease and the ability to organize and express thoughts clearly. If you do not pass the Meet and Deal panel interview, you will not qualify for the job.


    To view qualification requirements for all series, click on the following link: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/

    Requesting a Reasonable Accommodation for the Interview: Applicants should state any accommodation needed for the interview process prior to the interview, e.g., when the interview is scheduled.

    Please make sure you answer all questions and follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your evaluation. The questionnaire takes approximately 5 minutes to complete. To preview the questions, click the following link: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10675783

    Your application will be retained in our active files for one (1) year from the date of receipt.

    Background checks and security clearance
    Security clearance

    Not Required

    Drug test required

    No

    Position sensitivity and risk

    Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk

    Trust determination process

    Suitability/Fitness

  • Required Documents
    Required Documents

    Documentation of your Disability:
    You must provide proof of disability; i.e., Schedule A Letter. This letter must be on official stationery/letterhead with an official signature. The letter should clearly state your full name and that you are a person with a disability or targeted disability and are eligible for appointment under Schedule A hiring authority as outlined in 5 CFR Section 213.3102(u). Such documentation must be from one of the below sources:

    • A licensed medical professional (e.g., a physician or other medical professional duly certified by a State, the District of Columbia, or a U.S. territory, to practice medicine)
    • A licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist (State or private)
    • Any Federal agency, State agency, or an agency of the District of Columbia or a U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits.
    Resume:
    You must submit a resume that provides:
    1. Personal information - your full name, email and mailing addresses, phone number
    2. Education information - the name of the school and the dates you attended
    3. Work experience - paid and unpaid work with the following information:
      • Job title
      • Detailed duties and accomplishments
      • Employer's name and address
      • Supervisor's name and phone number
      • Starting and ending dates (If actual dates are not known, provide your best-estimated timeframes.)
      • Hours per week
      • Salary, if applicable
    4. Other qualifications - skills, certifications/licenses, honors, awards, special accomplishments, and job-related training courses

    College Transcripts (if applicable):
    Please see the Education section of this announcement for detailed information about transcripts.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

  • Benefits
    Benefits

    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

    https://www.opm.gov/healthcare-insurance/Guide-Me/New-Prospective-Employees/

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

  • How to Apply
    How to Apply

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

    1. Your Resume and Proof of Disability
    2. The Occupational Questionnaire
    3. Additional Required Documents, if applicable (see Required Documents section)


    The complete Application Package must be submitted before midnight (EST) on 09/30/2020. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. Decisions to grant reasonable accommodations will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

    To complete the Application Package, follow the steps below:

    1. To begin the process, create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. If you do not already have one, create a resume on USAJOBS. We recommend you create a resume using USAJOBS' Resume Builder. Please refer to the Required Documents section for instructions on what to include in your resume.
    2. Review the Job Announcement. We recommend you review the qualification requirements at the OPM link provided in the How You Will Be Evaluated section for any occupation for which you feel you may qualify. You may wish to customize your USAJOBS resume to ensure that it supports your eligibility for that occupation.
    3. Click on the "APPLY" button near the top of this announcement. Follow USAJOBS' instructions to access your account and submit your resume. You will be redirected to the agency's website to complete the application process. If this is your first time applying, you will be asked to answer questions related to your eligibility for Federal employment. You will be able to update this information and save it to your account for future announcements.
    4. Once you have completed the eligibility questions, you will be taken directly to the vacancy application questions. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Answer all questions honestly and thoroughly.
    5. USAJOBS offers two options that will electronically attach your documentation to your online application once you finish answering the questions in the job announcement. (1) You may select a document that you have already uploaded to USAJOBS for a previous announcement. (2) You may electronically upload a document directly from your computer to your application. Be certain to review your complete application for confirmation of the document uploaded and click on "Finished" to be returned to USAJOBS.
    6. Click the "Submit My Answers" button at the end of the process. To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log in to your USAJOBS account. Select the position, then the Application Information link.

    IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THAT ALL DOCUMENTS ARE RECEIVED ON TIME AND THAT THE MATERIALS ARE READABLE. FAILURE TO DO SO WILL RESULT IN YOUR APPLICATION BEING EXCLUDED FROM CONSIDERATION FOR THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.

    If you use assistive software or an adaptive device, or you are experiencing some other type of technical difficulty and/or otherwise require assistance with the application process, please contact Seattle Region Center for Human Resources at
    .

    Individuals with disabilities may also contact us using the e-mail address above.

    Due to our security procedures, our office will not accept any applications submitted via email or standard mail. The email address is listed only for inquiries about the position or the How to Apply process.

    Agency contact information Darla Anderson Darla Anderson
    Address

    Region X CHR
    701 Fifth Avenue
    Seattle, WA 98104
    US
    Learn more about this agency

    Do you have a desire to:

    • help SSA manage its Social Security programs?
    • analyze and solve problems?
    • help and advise millions of retired and disabled individuals?
    • work on a team to make a difference in people's lives and your own?
    Join SSA, one of the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government!

    Visit our careers page

    Learn more about what it's like to work at Social Security Administration, what the agency does, and about the types of careers this agency offers.

    http://www.ssa.gov/careers/

    Next steps

    Your application will be placed into a pool of individuals with disabilities for evaluation and referral to selecting officials for non-competitive hiring.

    You may be contacted by interested selecting officials and asked to interview.

    We will not be able to provide status updates other than the receipt of your application via an acknowledgement email from USAStaffingOffice@opm.gov.

    You may update your application at any time until the closing date.

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

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