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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Program Specialist (Credentialing and Privileging) in Iron Mountain, Michigan


OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans? If you are not a current, permanent employee of the VA Nationwide, you should apply under IM-10933443-21-RF.


This position is located at the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain, MI and serves in the office of the Chief of Staff. The Program Specialist coordinates the credentialing and privileging appointment, reappointment, and change in status of appointment processes for Medical Staff. Privileging is a patient safety activity that ensures providers are performing within the scope of granted privileges and in accordance with provider and facility capabilities. The Program Specialist ensures that complete documentation is available to support privileges granted to providers within their training and/or experience. Major Duties: Maintaining Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) handbooks, manuals, directives, circulars, and bulletins, and The Joint Commission standards related to credentialing and privileging. Responsible for all credentialing and privileging reports. Serves as the facility administrator for VetPro, assigning access to the VetPro system in accordance with security level requirements. Manages the National Provider Data Bank and Federation of State Medical Boards querying requirements. Performs complete credentialing process in VetPro of all credentialed and privileged providers. Makes the final review prior to submissions of C&P information through the Chief of Staff to the Clinical Executive Board (CEB). Provides pertinent credentialing and privileging information to the Professional Standards Board. Ensure all credentials and privileges for all members of the medical staff are current and complete. Responsible for monitoring the following expiration dates: licensure, Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) privileges, and board certification for all medical staff assuring primary source verification. Serves as Purchase Card Holder and is responsible to maintain cost records, reconciling monthly charge statements, and verifying legitimacy of requests for licensure and board certification verification. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday. 08:00am-4:30pm. Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#: Program Specialist (Credentialing and Privileging)/PD08078O Financial Disclosure Report: Not required


Conditions of Employment


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 10/28/2020. 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. 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: GS-09 Specialized Experience: In addition to time-in-grade, you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 grade level that is directly related to the position which equipped the applicant with the competencies required to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience is defined as analyzing data, recognizing conflicting data and reconciling the differences, interpersonal relationships with internal and external customers, knowledge of VA regulations, directives, manuals, and joint commission standards, knowledge of computer systems for data entry, ability to plan effectively and organize work, maintain department records, maintain confidentiality of materials, work efficiently under pressure, and paying attention to details. OR

Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have successfully completed a master's or equivalent graduate degree; OR, 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; OR, an LL.B. or J.D. in a related field that demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of this position.(NOTE: TRANSCRIPT(S) MUST BE SUBMITTED WITH THE APPLICATION MATERIALS. CONFERRAL OF DEGREE(S) SHOULD BE PRESENT ON TRANSCRIPT(S). UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT(S) IS OK). OR

Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. You must have equivalent combinations of successfully completed graduate level education (in excess of the first year or 18 semester hours) and specialized experience to meet total experience requirements. You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:

CommunicationsComputer SkillsInformation AssuranceInterpersonal SkillsMeet deadlinesTechnical Competence 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 may sit comfortably to do the work. However, there may be some walking, standing, bending, and carrying of light items like papers, manuals, files, or books. No special physical demands are required to perform the work. 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/.


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

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 view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.