Secretary (OA)

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration | Charleston, SC

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Posted Date 7/29/2020
Description The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center is recruiting for a Secretary (OA) in the Dental Service located in Charleston, South Carolina.

  • Determines nature of call or business of visitors, if business requires the attention of technical or staff specialists, decides whether the importance of business such as to require personal attention of superiors or if the visitor should be referred to the appropriate organizational component concerned with specific subject.
  • Authorized to give out administrative and technical information to callers upon determination of their right to receive it.
  • Respond to requests for information and/or develops one-of-a-kind reports covering organizational or technically-oriented matters when information is available in office records and/or files.
  • Secures for the supervisor documents, regulations, specific statistical and narrative program data or other matters of a technical nature from files of the organization or other organizations by contact with personnel at higher headquarters for other activities.
  • Develops methods for automating administrative reports, considering the interrelationship of reports and multiple uses of the data, e.g., portions of the data used for monthly reports on funds and obligations, training, travel, and staffing can be used for quarterly planning and budget reports.
  • Apply system works to determine the data categories to be established, to identify the sorting and calculating functions to be performed, and to set up the detailed functional procedures needed to enter and to retrieve the data in the form needed for each report.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Work Schedule: 6:30 am - 3:00 pm, Monday - Friday
Compressed/Flexible: Not Available
Telework: Not Available
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Position Description/PD#: Secretary (OA)/PD803980
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: No
Financial Disclosure Report: Not requiredTo qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 08/18/2020.

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-07 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-06. 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.

You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below:
  • Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-06 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: Receiving telephone calls, receiving and controlling mail routing items, reviewing outgoing correspondence, arranging, meetings, including making reservations for meeting rooms and notifying all participants, and making travel arrangements. Ability to enter, transfer, delete funds between several unrelated appropriated fund accounts and several revolving fund accounts. Serving as primary timekeeper and back-up timekeeper for personnel. Organizing and maintaining files and records, and other related materials.
  • Proficiency Requirements. In addition to meeting experience or education requirements, applicants must be able to type 40 words per minute. Applicants may meet these requirements by passing the appropriate performance test, presenting a certificate of proficiency from a school or other organization authorized to issue such certificates by the Office of Personnel Management or a self-certification. You must submit this certification with your application documents.
You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:
  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Communication
  • Computer Skills
  • Technical 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 employee may sit comfortably to do the work. However, there may be some walking; standing; bending; carrying of light items such as papers, books, small parts; driving an automobile, etc. 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
Opportunity Type

Volunteer Opportunity

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