Rating Veterans Service Representative - Pathways Recent Graduates
Department of Veterans Affairs
Veterans Benefits Administration
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8 vacancies in the following location:
Yes as determined by agency policy
The Rating Veterans Service Representative (RVSR) works in the
Veterans Service Center (VSC). The RVSR, working in concert with
members of the team or other VSC teams, serves as a decision maker
for claims involving rating decisions. The RVSR analyzes claims,
applies VA's Schedule for Rating Disabilities (Rating Schedule), and
prepares rating decisions informing the Veteran Service
Representative (VSR) and claimant of the decision and reason and
basis for it.
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- Analyze claims to determine if diseases and/or injuries were
for purposes of compensation, treatment or hospitalization.
- Assure proper application of the rating schedule and other
analysis, appropriate development, and final rating
- Provide consultative advice and assistance to VSRs.
- Participate in meetings and training sessions and lend expertise
relate to evidence gathering for rating decisions.
- Prepare correspondence to members of Congress and special
- Act as an advocate for Veterans and their beneficiaries in their
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
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- 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
- A probationary period may be required.
- Mandatory 6-week consecutive training session.
- Mandatory overtime may be required.
- Occasional evening and weekend work may be required.
- VSR skill Certification required at the grade GS-10 level.
To qualify, you must meet both Recent Graduates Eligibility
requirements and Minimum Qualifications for the position.
Recent Graduates Program Eligibility Requirements: The Pathways
Recent Graduates Program is open to recent graduates who are legally
permitted to work in the U.S. To be eligible, you must have
completed, within the previous two years, a qualifying associates,
bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical
degree, or certificate from a qualifying educational institution.
Veterans unable to apply within two years of receiving their degree,
due to military service obligation, have as many as six years after
degree completion to apply. Upon completion of the Pathways Program,
the selectee may be converted to a permanent competitive service
position contingent upon meeting program requirements and the needs
of the agency.
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, including volunteer experience.
To qualify, applicants must have one year of specialized experience
equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-07) in the normal
line of progression for the occupation in the organization analyzing
evidence (medical, benefit and/or legal documents), interpreting and
applying laws, regulations and official guidance sufficient to
evaluate the adequacy of collected information to determine
claimants eligibility for benefits and services.
Specialized experience is defined as work that involves:
1. Interpreting and applying laws, regulations and policies in the
management and processing of medical and benefit service claims; 2.
Reviewing and analyzing medical and legal evidence to make
determinations as to the entitlement and/or eligibility for benefits
and services; and 3. Experience developing case file records and
reports to support claim decisions. ***Specialized experience*** may
have been gained in the practice of law or working in a Federal or
state agency, insurance company, retirement disability, or a
disability insurance program.
Applicants may substitute education for the experience required to
qualify at the GS-09 level:** A master's or equivalent graduate
degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate
education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related may
be substituted. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge,
skills, and abilities necessary to do the work in order to be
**Or Applicants may also combine education and experience to
qualify.** To calculate, first identify the percentage of required
education you have earned (when substituting, you can only use
graduate level education that you have earned). Then identify the
percentage of required experience you possess. Add the two
percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to
qualify. For example, an applicant who has 24 semester hours of
graduate level education (i.e. 50% of graduate education required
above the first 18 credits required) and 6 months of creditable
specialized experience (i.e. 50% of the required experience) would
equal 100% of the required experience for the position.
The Office of Personnel Management's group coverage qualification
standards, associated individual occupational requirements (IOR),
and individual qualification standards covering white collar
occupations in the Federal competitive service can be found here.
A transcript must be submitted with your application.
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 in order to receive credit
for your education.
Work Schedule: Regular office hours; Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM -
4:30 PM. Alternate work schedules may be available after training.
Promotion Potential: The incumbent may be promoted without
further competition after meeting time-in-grade and specialized
experience requirements. The career progression pattern for this
position, in 52 week increments at each grade level, is GS-9, to
GS-10 to GS-11, to GS-12. Grade GS-12 is the full-performance level.
Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the
full performance level.
Physical Requirements: The work is sedentary. Typically the
employee may sit comfortably to do the work. However, there may be
some walking, standing, bending and carrying of light items such as
papers and books. No special physical demands are required to
perform the work. The Department of Veterans Affairs makes
reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities.
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
employees 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) provides eligible displaced
Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over
other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified
you must submit