Veterans Service Representative (Rating) Pathways Recent Graduate
Department of Veterans Affairs
Veterans Benefits Administration
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32 vacancies in the following location:
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The Rating Veterans Service Representative (RVSR) is located in the
Veterans Affairs Regional Office located in Atlanta GA. The RVSR
works as a member of the Rating and Appeals teams within Veterans
Service Center. The incumbent serves as a decision maker for claims
involving rating decisions.
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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.
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. \*Preference eligible veterans unable to
apply due to military service obligation begin their 2-year
eligibility upon release or discharge from active duty not-to-exceed
6 years from the date they completed their degree/certification.
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.
**GS9: one year of specialize experience equivalent to the GS 7
grade or higher in Federal Service.
GS10: one year of specialize experience equivalent to the GS 9 grade
or higher in Federal Service.**
Specialized experience is defined as experience which required
interpretation of evidence (medical, benefit and/or legal
documentation) to assist in preparation of legal cases, to determine
eligibility of benefits/services or to assist in performing clinical
research, clinical or physiological studies, evaluations, or medical
treatment. Examples of experience would typically include:
1) Determining the eligibility for federal or state-administered
benefits, such as: disability, education, housing, medical and/or
2) Applying federal and state laws to process claims pertaining to a
service, disability or benefit program;
3) Gathering and requesting evidence to build service program case
files, respond to claimant inquiries, and identify errors,
inconsistencies or omissions;
4) Explaining decisions to claimants, customers, special interest
groups, dependents and/or representatives in an effort to gain
understanding of determinations;
5) Processing claims for eligibility for workers' compensation
benefits to determine appropriateness and amount of worker's
6) Performing, ordering and/or evaluating diagnostic tests to
identify and assess patient's condition, report symptoms or changes
in patients' condition, maintain accurate detailed reports/charts.
**Applicants may substitute education for the experience required to
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 substitutable.
GS-10 level: completed a 45 semester hours of progressive
higher-level graduate education. NOTE: YOU MUST SUBMIT COPIES OF
YOUR OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS for your education to be considered.
**Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify.
GS 9** **level:** 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. An applicant has 6 months of specialized experience
equivalent to GS-7 and 1 year of graduate level education. The
applicant meets 50 percent of the required experience but none of
the required education, since he or she does not have any graduate
study beyond that which is required for GS-7. Therefore, the
applicant meets only 50 percent of the total requirement and is not
qualified for the position.
GS 10 level: To combine education and experience, first
determine how much of the qualifying experience and education you
have, as a percentage of what is required for each. Add the
percentages together, and if the total is 100% or more, then the
combined education and experience is qualifying 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.