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This position is located within the Massachusetts Veterans Epidemiology Research Center (MAVERIC) located at the VA Boston Healthcare System in Boston, MA. The Health Science Specialist provides administrative project management and administrative data quality control for assigned research projects and is responsible for the administration of these projects from inception to completion. This position includes a Selective Placement Factor (skill, knowledge, ability or other worker characteristic basic to - and essential for - satisfactory performance of the job). Selective Placement Factors are a prerequisite to appointment and represent minimum requirements for a position. Applicants who do not meet it are ineligible for further consideration. The Selective Placement Factor for this position is: Possess research experience within a research environment. -AND- BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: You must have a bachelor's or graduate/higher level degree: major study in an academic field related to the medical field, health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of this Health Science Specialist position. Transcripts must be submitted with your application materials. Education cannot be credited without documentation. -AND- TO QUALIFY FOR THIS POSITION AT THE GS-09 LEVEL YOU MUST MEET THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA: SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Have at least one (1) year of specialized experience that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of this position. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-7 grade level in Federal service. Specialized experience includes: performing research project management and data quality control; preparing and managing project budget; performing quality assurance procedures; and coordinating administrative data collection. Your skills must be documented in your resume to receive full credit. -OR- EDUCATION: Have successfully completed two (2) years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree that provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of this position. Transcripts must be submitted with your application materials. Education cannot be credited without documentation. -OR- COMBINATION: Have equivalent combinations of successfully completed graduate education (beyond the first year) and specialized experience, as described above, to meet total qualification requirements. The education portion must include courses that provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of this position. Transcripts must be submitted with your application materials. Education cannot be credited without documentation. You will be rated on the following Competencies as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position: CommunicationsDatabase Management SystemsResearch 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/. ["***THIS IS NOT A VIRTUAL POSITION, YOU MUST LIVE WITHIN OR BE WILLING TO RELOCATE WITHIN A COMMUTABLE DISTANCE OF THE DUTY LOCATION*** Duties may include, but are not limited to the following: Manages the administrative day-to-day aspects of a project including its goals and deliverables, work scope and the financial plan; manages the project based on timelines and work plans. Creates and executes administrative project work plans and revises them as appropriate to meet changing needs and requirements; identifies resources needed. Communicates project clarifications and revisions to project team. Manages project budget and estimates anticipated yearly expenditures. Reviews funding requests and makes recommendations to MAVERIC management. Tracks changes to budget over time. Develops budget and expense review strategy. Prepares and presents the administrative and budgetary procedures to sites at study meetings and conference calls. Collaborates with key stakeholders to develop measurable administrative project operating guidelines and associated documents. Identifies critical administrative project success factors for tracking, analysis and reporting. Provides administrative data quality control to maintain high quality data for the project and the MAVERIC. Coordinates site management of administrative data collection with internal and external teams. Ensures compliance of the administrative data to the set standards of accuracy, authenticity and regulatory/legal obligations. Performs other related duties as assigned. NOTE: This is a TERM appointment (not-to-exceed 3 Years). Term appointments are non-status, nonpermanent appointments of limited duration (more than 1 year but not more than 4). Term employees are eligible to earn leave and generally have the same benefits as permanent employees including health and life insurance, within-grade increases and Federal Employees Retirement System and Thrift Savings Plan coverage. Term appointments may be extended without further competition (up to the 4 year maximum). The appointment to a Term position does not confer eligibility for promotion or reassignment to other positions or the ability to be non-competitively converted to permanent employment. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm\nRecruitment & Relocation Incentives: Not authorized\nTelework: VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not Required 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."]
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