Veterans Benefits Administration Legal Inst Exam(Fid Acts) in Indianapolis, Indiana
Summary This position is located in a Fiduciary Hub at the VBA Regional Office. Responsibilities The primary purpose of this position is to oversee the management of financial affairs of incompetent beneficiaries of the Department of Veterans Affairs. The incumbent will check the adequacy and propriety of surety bond. Make quasi-legal decisions and advise District/Probate Court accordingly. Analyze investments and advise attorneys, conservators, trust officers, legal custodians, and the Court. Provide final approval of accounts received from conservators, attorneys, legal custodians, or chief officers of state institutions, except those showing a major account deficiency. Prepare reports for conservators in those cases in which the VA is rendering legal services. May be called upon to explain VA's position at Court appearances or before Referee in Probate. Determine appropriateness of assets and direct release and liquidation of bonds, certificates, and funds on deposit in banks, savings and loan institutions and brokerage houses held by conservators and legal custodians. Adjust fund allowances and approve expenditures for the ward. Determine if the establishment of Conservatorship is in conflict with VA's vehicles that serve the same purpose. Initiate contacts with fiduciaries and beneficiaries under supervision of the Fiduciary and Field Examination unit. Promotion Potential: The selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirement are met Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level. Work Schedule: Full Time Compressed/Flexible: May be available in accordance with Agency and local guidelines. Telework: May be available in accordance with Agency and local guidelines. Virtual: This is not a virtual position Position Description/ PD#Legal Inst Exam(Fid Acts) Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: 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, 06/30/2021. 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-07 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-05 Grade level. 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. You must provide a copy of your most recent SF-50 that indicates proof of status, and shows Time in Grade (for example, you were a career or career-conditional employee) and identifies your position title, series, grade, step, salary, tenure, and type of service (Competitive or Excepted). 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 also submit your most recent promotion or within-grade increase in addition to your recent SF-50. This may also require you to submit more than one SF-50 to support your eligibility. If you previously held a higher grade, you must also submit any SF-50 showing that grade. DO NOT submit Award SF-50's and/or General Adjustment SF-50's as they cannot be used to prove time-in-grade. AND Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade 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 that demonstrates basic computer skills; knowledge of software applications such as Microsoft Excel; ability to apply policies, procedures or laws to ensure actions are complying within the parameters of the program/benefit requirements; reviews documents submitted by customer for completeness, correctness and validity; performs reviews of financial statements to identify any misrepresentation, fraud or illegal activity; working knowledge of various types of documentation, such as legal documents, to support the delivery of benefits. OR, Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have a Bachelors Degree AND one year of Graduate level education (Transcripts required). OR, Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. You must have an combination of specialized experience and education totaling 100% of the requirements of 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. Physical Requirements: None For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at http://://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/. Education 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. 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 (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. 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 view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.