Veterans Health Administration - Department of Veterans Affairs
English Language Proficiency: In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), No person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. You must be proficient in basic written and spoken English in order to meet the requirements of this position. ~AND~ In addition to the English Language Proficiency, to qualify for this position at the GS-5 level, you must meet one of the following: Experience: You must have at least one (1) full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-4) in the Federal Service that has given you the particular knowledge, skills and abilities required to successfully perform the duties of a Domiciliary Assistant, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. Specialized experience is experience where you were responsible for ensuring the safety and wellbeing of patients and/or residents; recognizing, preventing and responding to patients and/or residents who are acting as a danger to themselves or others; documenting and observing patient and/or resident behaviors; and recording patient and/or resident information into manual and/or computer logs. NOTE: Experience must be fully documented on your resume and must include job title, duties, month and year start/end dates AND hours worked per week. ~OR~ Education: Successfully completed four (4) years of education above the high school level in any field for which high school graduation or the equivalent is the normal prerequisite. This education must have been obtained in an accredited business, secretarial or technical school, junior college, college or university. One year of full-time academic study is defined as 30 semester hours, 45 quarter hours, or the equivalent in a college or university, or at least 20 hours of classroom instruction per week for approximately 36 weeks in a business, secretarial, or technical school. NOTE: Transcripts (unofficial or official) must be submitted with your application materials. Education cannot be credited without documentation. ~OR~ Combination: Equivalent combinations of successfully completed post-high school education (beyond the second year) and specialized experience, as described above, which meet the total experience requirements for this grade level. This education must have been obtained in an accredited business, secretarial or technical school, junior college, college or university. NOTE: Transcripts (unofficial or official) must be submitted with your application materials. Education cannot be credited without documentation. Driver’s License Requirement: This position requires driving a government vehicle to perform the official duties of the position; therefore, a current, valid, unrestricted state-issued driver’s license is required and must also pass driving physical to transport Veterans. Note: We cannot accept photographs, therefore; please do not submit a copy of your license with your application package. If an interview is requested, you may be required to provide a copy of your current and valid state-issued driver’s license. You will be rated on the following Competencies as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position: Communications Customer Service Organizational Awareness Therapy and Counseling IMPORTANT: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. All experience listed on your resume must include the month and year start/end dates. 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. 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; religious; 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. 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/. Physical Requirements: The work of this position is partly sedentary. Typically, the person in this position sits comfortably to do the work; however, there will be some walking; standing; bending; carrying of light items such as papers, books, small parts, or driving an automobile, etc. No special physical demands are required to perform the work of this position.
This position is located within the Behavioral VA Health Care Line at the Bath VA Medical Center in Bath, NY. The Domiciliary Assistant is responsible for addressing patient issues which might occur throughout the shift and must have clinical knowledge in order to make decisions about appropriate interventions for potential patient problems.