U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide
$57,948.00 to $75,334.00
Open & closing dates
Opening and closing dates
$57,948 to $75,334 per year
Pay scale & grade
1 vacancy in the following location:
West Haven, CT
West Haven, CT
Relocation expenses reimbursed
This job is open to
Federal employees - Competitive service
Current or former competitive service federal employees.
Internal to an agency
Current federal employees of this agency.
VA Connecticut Healthcare System was officially formed in 1995. We serve veterans in Connecticut and southern New England. The West Haven facility is a tertiary care facility classified as a Clinical Referral Level I Facility. It is a teaching hospital, providing a full range of patient care services, with state-of-the-art technology and a renowned research program. Comprehensive health care is provided through primary, acute, tertiary and long-term care in areas of medicine, surgery, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, oncology, dentistry, geriatrics and extended care. Newington is an ambulatory care center that provides primary and specialty care. In addition to our main campuses, we operate six community-based primary care centers throughout the state.
Work Schedule: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Compressed/Flexible: Not Available
Telework: Not Available
Virtual: This is NOT a virtual position.
Position Description/PD#: Health Science Specialist (Clinical Trials Coordinator)/689-00582-0
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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The incumbent serves as a Research Associate. The incumbent is directly responsible for executing the highly complex, multi phasic tasks required for the successful day-to-day conduct of the VA-funded research activities. Reviews medical records for eligibility to determine suitability for study participation.
Communicates with clinicians in the primary care setting to obtain consent for potential study participants.
Recruits subjects for study participation and completes process of informed consent.
Schedules interviews at convenience of Veterans within parameters of meeting deadlines for follow-ups.
Conducts extensive structured interviews with study subjects.
Maintains study records by completing screening databases and web-based assessment.
Generates intervention materials for participants using a web-based system.
Tracks participants through enrollment and follow-up, performing interviews, mailings, and completion of study records.
Keeps detailed and accurate notes on participant recruitment and study participation.
Troubleshoots study procedures when issues arise with recruitment, data collection, or tracking.
Communicates with data management personnel regarding coordination of study activities.
Participates in research meetings to monitor study progress.
Participates in analysis of data and preparation of abstracts and manuscripts.
Job family (Series)
0601 General Health Science
Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
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
Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 04/30/2018.
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-09 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-07. 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. 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.
BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: A Bachelor Degree (or higher) with a major study in a an academic field related to the health sciences or allied sciences. Applicants that do not submit a college transcript are ineligible for further consideration.
SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR: This position includes a Selective Placement Factor (skill, knowledge, ability or other worker characteristic basic to and essential for satisfactory performance on the job). Selective Placement Factors are a prerequisite to appointment and represent minimum requirements for a position. Applicants who do not meet the Selective Placement Factor are ineligible for further consideration.
The Selective Placement Factor for this position is: Knowledge of Human Research Protection regulations, the functioning of an Institutional Review Board (IRB), and the processes and procedures associated with the approval of human subject research, laboratory animal welfare and research safety and security. This knowledge and/or experience must be detailed in your resume to receive credit.
Specialized Experience: Applicants must have One (1) full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-7) in Federal Service that has given you the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully perform the duties of a Health Science Specialist GS-9. Specialized experience includes: professional training in a health science or allied scientific field; thorough knowledge of medical terminology, and reviewing medical records; communication skills, including ability to communicate with older persons and data management personnel; interpersonal skills and good judgment in working within a medical setting; organizing and analyzing data from various sources and in different formats; recruiting, enrolling, obtaining consent, scheduling interviews, conducting interviews, tracking and maintaining detailed, accurate notes on study participants. OR,
Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have completed two (2) years of graduate-level education leading to a master's degree or equivalent that provided you the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of a Health Science Specialist GS-9. Education is creditable only in those instances where it is directly related to the work of the position. The number of semester hours required to constitute a major field of study is the amount specified by the college or university attended. If this number cannot be obtained, 24 semester hours will be considered as equivalent to a major field of study. NOTE: You must submit a copy of your transcript with your application. Education cannot be credited without documentation.. OR,
Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. You must have an combination of specialized experience and education beyond graduate-level education (beyond the first year), as described above, which meets the total specialized experience requirements for this position and grade level. To calculate, first identify the percentage of required education you have earned(when substituting you cannot use the first 60 semester hours that you earned). Then identify the percentage of required specialized experience you possess. Add the two percentages. The total percent should equal at least 100 percent to qualify at the GS-09. The education portion must include graduate courses directly related to the work of this position. NOTE: Your experience must be documented in your resume and transcripts are required.
You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:
Database Management Systems
Work as a Member of a Team
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 is sedentary. Typically, the incumbent sits comfortable to do the work. However, there may be some walking, standing, bending, carrying of light items such as papers, books, a laptop. Occasional travel by car may be required. No special physical demands are required to perform the work.
You must submit a copy of your college transcript with your application.
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.
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.
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.
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
If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
Narrative responses are not required at this time. If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.
Background checks and security clearance
Public Trust - Background Investigation
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
Most Recent SF-50 (Federal Employees)
The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist
to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information. Cover Letter
Other Veterans Document
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and 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 Veteran Preference with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx
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.
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How to Apply
How to Apply
All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 04/30/2018 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10152656
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Agency contact information
Marisella Souza Marisella Souza
203 932-5711 X3804
West Haven VA Medical Center
950 Campbell Avenue
West Haven, CT
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A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.
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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide
Website : http://www.va.gov/
The Veterans Health Administration is home to the United States’ largest integrated health care system consisting of 152 medical centers, nearly 1,400 community-based outpatient clinics, community living centers, Vet Centers and Domiciliaries. Together these health care facilities and the more than 53,000 independent licensed health care practitioners who work within them provide comprehensive care to more than 8.3 million* Veterans each year.