16th April 2019

VA Sr. appraiser Job available in Las Vegas

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Vacancy No.CASK-10470283-19-NDBDepartmentVeterans Benefits Administration
Salary$62,973.00 to $81,871.00Grade11 to 11
Open Date4/16/2019Close Date4/18/2019
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  • Open & closing datesOpening and closing dates 04/16/2019 to 04/18/2019This job will close when we have received 100 applications which may be sooner than the closing date. Learn more
  • ServiceCompetitive
  • Pay scale & gradeGS 11
  • Salary$62,973 to $81,871 per year
  • Appointment typePermanent
  • Work scheduleFull-Time


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  • DutiesDutiesSummaryThe Sr. Appraiser will work as a member of the Construction & Valuation Section of the Phoenix Regional Loan Center (RLC). The selectee will function as the Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) Agent and Field Appraiser at a virtual site for the RLC. This position is physically located in the Las Vegas (NV) commuting area, however, the selectee will report to the Phoenix VA Regional Office in Phoenix, AZ.Learn more about this agencyResponsibilities
    • Interpret regulations, laws, USPAP (Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice), and procedures specific to issues related to Construction and Valuation
    • Apply regulations, laws, USPAP (Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice), and procedures specific to issues related to Construction and Valuation
    • Prioritize workload in order to adjust to changing situations and procedures.
    • Interpret regulations, laws, and procedures specific to issues related to Specially Adapted Housing.
    • Apply regulations, laws, and procedures specific to issues related to Specially Adapted Housing.
    • Apply USPAP to specific issues related to appraisal reports
    Travel RequiredOccasional travel – Occasional travel up to 4 nights per month. You will be expected to travel for this position. Travel will be required to Veterans’ homes and job sites.Supervisory statusNoPromotion Potential12
  • Job family (Series)1171 Appraising
  • RequirementsRequirementsConditions of Employment
    • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
    • Selectees are subject to a background/suitability investigation.
    • Selective Service registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
    • A probationary period may be required for employees and supervisors.
    • Must have a valid driver’s license.
    QualificationsTo qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing of this announcement. *** NOTE: This job will close when we have received 100 applications which may be sooner than the closing date.

    GS-11: One year of specialized experience (equivalent to grade GS-09 in federal service).

    Specialized Experience is defined as: experience in the appraisal of residential properties for both origination and liquidation of loans, oversight of appraisers and mortgage lender staff responsible for appraisal review, compliance inspections of newly built or remodeled properties, researching and resolving construction complaints, minimum property requirements, and project management experience.

    Note: 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 you document, to include volunteer experience.

    Applicants may substitute education for the experience required.

    For grade GS-11: a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree; or three (54 semester hours) full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; or LL.M., if related. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.

    It is your responsibility to provide documentation or proof that you have met the applicable educational requirements for substitution if you are claiming education in lieu of experience. Applications submitted without the required supporting documents will not be accepted. An unofficial transcript; statement from the institution’s registrar, dean, or other appropriate official; or equivalent documentation is acceptable at the time of application. Education submitted must be appropriately accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education. For additional information, refer to the U.S. Department of Education web site at http://www.ed.gov/.

    Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify. To calculate, first identify the percentage of required GRADUATE level college education you have earned. Only graduate level education in excess of the amount required for the next lower grade level may be used in combination with experience. For example, for grade GS-9, only graduate level education beyond the first year of study (18 semester hours or the equivalent) may be combined with experience to meet total qualifications. Likewise, for grade GS-11, only graduate level education beyond the first two years (36 semester hours or the equivalent) may be combined with experience to meet total qualifications. Example: The position to be filled is at grade GS-9. You have 6 months of specialized experience equivalent to grade GS-7, and you have completed 27 semester hours of graduate level education. You meet 50 percent of the qualifications required through experience. You also meet 50 percent of the qualifications required through experience. You are eligible because both percentages in this example together will add up to 100 percent. Your first year of graduate study is not qualifying for GS-9. Your first two years of graduate study are not qualifying for GS-11. In every case where combinations of experience education are used, the total percentage must equal at least 100 percent in order for you to be qualified.

    Physical Requirements
    The work is primarily sedentary with most travel by automobile, air, or other public transportation. The position requires frequent scheduled field trips in a government vehicle throughout the assigned geographic jurisdiction. Some slight physical effort may be required in completing field reviews and field inspections. On-site inspections of subject or comparable properties often require frequent stops and starts interspersed with some hiking or lengthy walks over various terrain types ranging from flat open fields to rough, brushy and forested areas. Some walking, standing, climbing, stooping, and bending is required. Office work is typically performed in an adequately lighted and climate controlled office. Fieldwork requires regular travel including overnight travel. Fieldwork involves visits to urban and rural remotely located subject and comparable properties, county offices, appraisal staff, agricultural areas, private homes and corporate or other commercial offices. Since the work is done on a 12-month basis, the incumbent may be exposed to a variety of climatic conditions raging from hot, dusty, rainy, cold and snowy.
    The Department of Veterans Affairs provides reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities.
    EducationA transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

    Only education or a degree recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from an accredited college, university, school, or institution may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must include a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript(s) in order to receive credit for that education.Additional informationWork Schedule: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM. Alternate work schedules are available.

    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 the lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level.

    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 been in Federal service. 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.

    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 for this vacancy. A well-qualified candidate is defined as meeting all of the minimum qualification standards and eligibility requirements as well as possessing skills that clearly exceed the minimum qualifications requirements for this position. Specifically, a well-qualified candidate will score 90 or above within the assessment portion of this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility can be found here

    Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

    Notice to Applicants: Itis the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. Information about an individual’s employment experience will be used only to determine the person’s qualifications and to assess his or her relative level of knowledge, skills, and abilities. Although an individual’s personal conduct may be relevant in any employment decision, including conduct during periods of unemployment or evidence of dishonesty in handling financial matters, financial difficulty that has arisen through no fault of the individual will generally not in and of itself be the basis of an unfavorable suitability or fitness determination.

    This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.How You Will Be EvaluatedYou will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.In describing your experience, please be clear and specific. We will not make assumptions about your experience. Applicants who do not fully address in their resumes the specialized experience needed for the position (as described in the job announcement), or who do not possess the education to substitute for it, will not be referred for further consideration.

    You will be rated on the following competencies based on your application for this position:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Building and Construction
    • Interpersonal Skills
    • Mathematical Reasoning
    • Oral Communication
    • Real Estate
    • Reasoning
    • Self-Management
    • Writing

    If you are referred for consideration you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities that are directly related to this position; and/or completion of a work sample; and/or an interview. Your resume and supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or your further consideration for employment.

    After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your resume and application package does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly.

    Your application will be evaluated using category rating based on your responses to the assessment questions and the documents you submit. If you meet the basic requirements for the position, your application will be evaluated and placed into one of three categories:
    1. Best Qualified Category – Candidates who meet the minimum qualification requirements and demonstrate a high level of the knowledge, skill and ability necessary to perform the duties of the position.
    2. Well Qualified Category – Candidates who meet the minimum qualification requirements and demonstrate a satisfactory level of the knowledge, skill and ability necessary to perform the duties of the position.
    3. Qualified Category – Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications requirements.
    Note: Candidates eligible for veterans’ preference will be placed ahead of other candidates in the appropriate category for which they have been rated. Additionally, preference eligibles who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent and who meet the minimum qualification requirements will automatically be placed in the best qualified category.Background checks and security clearanceSecurity clearanceOtherDrug test requiredNo
  • Required DocumentsRequired Documents
    • Resume

    • Your resume may be submitted in any format, however, we strongly recommend using USA Jobs resume builder as it contains all of the information required on Federal resumes.
    • For qualifications determinations your resume must reflect hours worked per week, the inclusive dates of employment, and the level of your experience. If your resume does not reflect this information you will not receive credit for the experience.
    • If you submit more than one copy of your resume, the most recent version will be reviewed. The latest timestamp will be used to determine which version of your resume is “most recent.” It is your responsibility to check the status and timestamp of all documents you submit as part of your application. We would recommend that you not submit more than one version of your resume.
    • If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, we will not use it to make eligibility and qualification determinations, and you may not be considered further for the vacancy.
    Applicants claiming veterans’ preference must also submit:
    • A legible copy of your DD Form 214, “Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty,” showing all dates of service, as well as character of service (Honorable, General, etc.) is required. The member 4 copy of your DD Form 214 is preferable. Copies of DD-214’s can be requested here
    • Current active duty members must submit a signed statement of service from their commander dated within the last 120 days that reflects their expected discharge date, their release from active duty under honorable conditions, any medals awarded, and the timeframe of their service so that eligibility can be determined.
    • Veterans claiming 10 point preference must also submit an SF-15 and all documents indicated on the form as proof of type of preference. This includes a VA letter supporting your disability claim with the overall percentage listed.
    • If you are unsure as to whether you qualify for veterans’ preference, please consult the U.S. Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Preference Advisor here
    • If you are basing all or some of your qualifications on education or if a degree is required for the position, a transcript must be included as part of your application package.
    • An unofficial transcript may be submitted, however, it must reflect the course names, levels, credits earned, grades received, and degree conferred if applicable.
    • Your transcript (official of unofficial) must reflect the degree conferred date if you are substituting a degree for experience. Refer otherwise to allowable substitutions of education for experience as outlined in the vacancy announcement.
    • A photocopy of a degree is not acceptable in lieu of a transcript.
    • An official transcript will be required at a later date if you are selected for the position.
    • Whenever possible it is preferable that you submit copies of official transcripts. Unofficial transcripts may lack essential information necessary for a full evaluation of your qualifications.
    Applicants claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must also submit:
    • Certification of expected separation, reduction-in-force separation notice, or notice of proposed removal; and your most recent performance evaluation; and an SF-50 demonstrating your separation or the position you will be separated from.
    Failure to submit any of the above mentioned required documents may result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure that all required documents have been submitted by the closing date of the announcement. You will not be contacted for additional information.If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
  • BenefitsBenefitsA career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.Review our benefitsEligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
  • How to ApplyHow to ApplyTo apply for this position, you must complete the https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10470283 and submit the documentation specified in the required documents section below.
    The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 04/18/2019 to receive consideration.
    1. To begin, click apply online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and to complete the occupational questionnaire.
    2. Click submit my answers to submit your application package.
    Note: It is your responsibility to ensure that your response and any appropriate documentation is submitted by the closing date of the announcement. To verify that your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, select the application status link, and then select the more information link for this position. The details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to your application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process. To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS accountand click update application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

    Alternate Application Information: If you are unable to apply online you may review additional options here You may also call the Alternate Application phone line Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, excluding Federal Holidays, at 1-478-744-2360.Agency contact informationHRC-Detroit DEU HRC-Detroit DEUPhone313-596-7213EmailHRCDDEU.VBADET@va.govAddressPhoenix Regional Benefit Office
    3333 North Central Ave
    Phoenix, AZ 85012
    USLearn more about this agencyNext stepsAfter the review is complete, a referral certificate will be issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided). Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

    You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account: here
    For a more detailed update of your status, click on “more information.” Information regarding applicant process can be found: here
  • Fair & TransparentFair & TransparentThe Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.Equal Employment Opportunity PolicyThe United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.Reasonable Accommodation PolicyFederal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
    • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
    • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
    • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.
    You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.Legal and regulatory guidance

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