Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Equal Employment Manager in Iowa City, Iowa
Summary The Equal Employment Manager serves with full responsibility for establishing, organizing, and directing an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Program that provides services to a region. Informs and advises management officials and employees on EEO program requirements; Veterans Health Administration (VHA) in the Department of Veterans Affairs, VA HCS, Iowa City, IA. Responsibilities THIS IS NOT A VIRTUAL POSITION, YOU MUST LIVE WITHIN OR BE WILLING TO RELOCATE WITHIN A COMMUTABLE DISTANCE OF THE DUTY LOCATION Duties include, but may not be limited to the following: Serves as the principal advisor to the organizational leadership and staff for a region by providing expert advice on all matters related to the EEO program on the feasibility and impact of EEP plans, policies, and decisions. Provides leadership, advice and counsel to line and staff, managers/supervisors in the development and implementation of the organization's affirmative action plan. Coordinates EEO activity with the Human Resources Office(s) staff and establishes and maintains effective contacts with community elements interested in equal opportunity. Serves on and assumes a leadership role on committees, which are decision making or recommending bodies on matters concerning position management, recruitment, training, promotion, job design, reduction in force and other employment services, to assure appropriate consideration of EEO impacts and responsibilities. Develops and promotes EEO program publicity and reference materials insuring EEO program is communicated to the workforce. Manages the EEO Complaints processes. Assures formal complaints are processed within established time limits and in accordance with published regulations and polices. Maintains strict impartiality when working with complainants and responsible management official (RMO). Request's assignments of investigators and complaint examiners; provides them with administrative support; arranges for documenting the record and assures availability of witnesses. Determines acceptability of formal complaints and dismisses those that are untimely or not within purview of applicable regulations; and advises complainants of their right to appeal local determinations. Develops recommendations to management on the level and mix or resources (staff, money, space, and equipment) to be assigned to the program. Allocates assigned resources within program work to meet program objectives; assigns, directs, and reviews the equal employment opportunity program work of collaterally assigned or subordinate employees. Explains to and gains the support of the workforce for management's equal employment opportunity policies and goals. Coordinates program activities and functions to measure the degree of success of program effects. Recommends changes in program methods and approaches based on evaluation results, and periodically assesses the applicability of current local EEO program objectives and recommends charges. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm. Recruitment & Relocation Incentives: Not authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications Specialized Experience GS-12: having one (1) year of specialized experience equipped with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position? To be creditable, this specialized experience must have been equivalent to the GS-11 level in Federal Service. Specialized experience includes: applying a comprehensive knowledge of the laws, regulations, procedures and policies governing Federal equal employment opportunity; including relevant court and administrative decisions to identify barriers to equal employment; having a detailed awareness of the organizational structures, missions, and functions of the facility; devising skills in the methods and techniques of act-finding, analysis, evaluation, and resolution of problems; understanding the basic principles and requirements of the Federal personnel system including recruitment, placement, labor relations, position and pay management, and appeals and grievances; identifying problems, developing action plans and advising managers and supervisors of courses of action needed to eliminate employment barriers; skill in communicating, both orally and in writing, to provide information, advise supervisors, and employees, prepare reports, and counseling employees and applicants; capable of establishing and maintaining effective relations with local and national ethnic/special interest organizations in order to obtain support and advice; comprehension of the regulations, requirements, and policies of the Special Emphasis Employment Program in order to plan, direct, implement, establish milestones, monitor and evaluate assigned programs; understanding and utilization of automated EEO programs and systems, especially for complaints tracking and data input, local procedures, and requirements for analysis of workforce and employment statistics. You will be rated on the following Competencies as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position: Manages and Organizes InformationManaging Diverse WorkforcePlanning and Evaluating 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/. Education There is no educational substitution at this grade level. 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 Physical Requirements: The work is sedentary. No special physical demands are required to perform the work. Pandemic Telework Program: Due to COVID-19, the 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. Receiving Service Credit for 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. Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities (i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities), and/or disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. For more information on how to apply using this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator within the office, contact the facility Human Resources Department at (319) 338-0581. The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more before any Veterans preference points) 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/. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. 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.