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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Supervisory Facility Operations Specialist in Syracuse, New York

Summary The Facilities Management Department in Syracuse, New York is tasked with the operation and maintenance of a major medical facility. The incumbent serves as the primary technical expert in the fields of utility maintenance, operations, repairs and minor construction within the Medical Center. Responsibilities Manages all aspects of these programs including the management and projection of funding, staffing, establishment of policy and protocol, long range program planning, regulatory compliance, quality improvement and VISN level program planning. Assures the continuous operation of services which include Ground Maintenance and Utilities Management and the Medical center water distribution system. Responsible for the cost containment and energy conservation program for operations and utility systems. Hears grievances, reviews disciplinary actions, identifies and provides training, evaluates contractor work, approves within in grade and overtime, and recommend awards. Reviews construction projects drawings and scopes prepared by the facility Chief Engineer. Comments and/or makes recommendations as needed to address issues with existing conditions, design features, costs, energy savings, and maintenance complexities. Plans, directs, schedules and supervises work performed by the Operation, Utility, Maintenance and Repair and the grounds shops. Assigns work based on the qualification of the tradesman, in accordance with position descriptions and concurrent work assignments. Insure that maintenance and repairs projects are completed in a timely manner within budget constraints. Conducts in-depth reviews of submitted project proposals to assess facility and/or construction needs and priorities. Tailor programs to satisfy site conditions and needs specific to the facility. Projects, manages and approves expenditures for all Operations fund control points including utilities, parts, service contracts, operations and building service equipment procurement. Prepares and revises safety instructions, guides, and procedures relevant to eliminate hazardous operating processing or environmental conditions. Ensures that periodic tests are made of the Medical Center's drinking water and that samples are sent to Laboratory Section for analysis. Responsible for the Medical Center's utility contracts for electricity, steam and natural gas. Promotion Potential: The selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level. Work Schedule: 7:30AM-4:30pm, M-F Compressed/Flexible: not Available Telework: not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#: Supervisory Facility Operations Specialist , PD # 01145-O Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Requirements 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 Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP) Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program is a requirement for all Veterans Health Administration Health Care Personnel (HCP) - See "Additional Information" below for details. A valid state driver's license is required. Qualifications To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 06/27/2022. 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 experience as described below: Specialized Experience: You must 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: assuring the continuous operation of services which include Ground Maintenance and Utilities Management and the Medical center water distribution system; responsible for the cost containment and energy conservation program for operations and utility systems; hears grievances, reviews disciplinary actions, identifies and provides training, evaluates contractor work, approves within in grade and overtime, and recommend awards; reviews construction projects drawings and scopes prepared by the facility Chief Engineer. Comments and/or makes recommendations as needed to address issues with existing conditions, design features, costs, energy savings, and maintenance complexities. . You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position: AccountabilityQuality ManagementTechnical 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: this work is primarily sedentary, although some physical effort may be required, e.g., walking, standing, climbing ladders, carrying light items such as plans, specifications, manuals or briefcases, or driving or traveling by motor vehicle. 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. Additional Information 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. Selected applicants may qualify for credit toward annual leave accrual, based on prior work experience or military service experience. 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. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. To ensure compliance with an applicable preliminary nationwide injunction, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the Federal Government will take no action to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees. Therefore, to the extent a VA job announcement includes language requiring applicants to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 pursuant to Executive Order 14043, that requirement does not currently apply to this Job Announcement. VA may request information regarding your vaccination status, if selected, for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine. Due to COVID-19, VA is currently in an expanded telework posture. If selected, you may be expected to temporarily telework, even if your home is located outside the local commuting area. Once employees are permitted to return to the office, you will be expected to report to the duty station listed on this announcement. Management officials will provide information about returning to the official, pre-pandemic worksite, when applicable. At that time, you may be eligible to request to continue to telework depending upon the terms of your organization's telework policy and the duties of the position. 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.

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