Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Health Science Specialist - Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI) in Location Negotiable After Selection, United States
Summary This position is located within the Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI), Health Services Research and Development Service (HSR&D), Office of Research and Development (ORD), Veterans Health Administration (VHA). The overall mission of QUERI is to improve Veteran health and achieve real-world impact of research by supporting the more rapid implementation of effective clinical practices into routine care. Responsibilities The salary range listed on this announcement reflects the GS base rate and does not include locality pay. Upon selection, the salary will be adjusted to include the locality adjustment for the specific location. The incumbent of this position assists the QUERI Director and QUERI Program Manager in a variety of management and analyses tasks with a focus on activities that help a real-world impact of research and special projects that are related to the Foundations for Evidence-based Policymaking Act of 2018 and recent White House memorandum on Restoring Scientific Integrity. The incumbent reports to the QUERI Director. Duties include, but are not limited to: Writing requests for applications, developing implementation strategies, roadmaps, and policies for real-world research impacts. Coordinating activities across the Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI) program and resource centers focused on evidence-based evaluation and policy. Coordinating the scientific review process using eRA commons, tracking application and project milestones, and preparing correspondence. Reviewing, managing and tracking QUERI budget, tracking program spending, reviewing individual budgets, and analyzing impact and cost of proposed new initiatives on current and out year budgets. Conceiving and writing reports based on monitoring of activity and project milestones to ensure goals are achieved. Monitoring QUERI scientific impacts using the QUERI ACTION and similar frameworks, coordinating regular communications/meetings across stakeholders regarding impacts. Providing support to HSR&D/QUERI initiatives including research-operations partnerships and learning healthcare system programs. Developing computerized databases to track QUERI performance, strategic goal ascertainment, and identifying improvement areas. Evaluating and monitoring progress on completion of intermediate deliverables and conceiving and writing technical documents. Providing helpful and accurate guidance, advice and direction to other managers, investigators, key officials, and support staff. Managing multiple projects and tasks simultaneously, to set appropriate priorities, and to meet deadlines that are often tight and overlapping. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm Compressed/Flexible: May be available Telework: May be available Virtual: This is a virtual position. Position Description/PD#: Health Science Specialist - Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI)/PD02638-0 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 10/18/2021. 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-12 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-11. 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 education and experience as described below: Basic Requirement: You must possess a bachelor's or graduate/higher level degree in a major study in an academic field related to the medical field, health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position. Specialized Experience: In addition to meeting the basic requirement above you must also have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-11 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: developing policies, procedures, and criteria for the administration of medical research; developing new methods, approaches, or procedures in the coordination and analysis of medical research projects or clinical studies; project and/or program management in implementation science, evaluation science, or medical research; and conducting computer-assisted database searches and analyzing data as it relates to medical research. You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position: Knowledge Management Manages and Organizes Information Quality Management Writing 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 of the position is primarily sedentary. 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/. Education There is no educational substitution at this grade level. A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. 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. Additional Information VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process. Receiving Service Credit or Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed. Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Contact the Agency Contact for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator. The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal/VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well-qualified: applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the required competencies of the job. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/. Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position. It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members. For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document. If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.