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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Hospital Housekeeping Officer in Albany, New York


The incumbent serves as the Hospital Housekeeping Officer/Service Chief and reports directly to the Associate Director (AD). The HHO has primary duties focused on support and problem resolution of the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center environment of care operations, policies, programs and

projects within all aspects specific to the environmental sanitation and disposition of all collected waste whether clinical or non-clinical throughout the campus and corresponding areas of operations.


Major duties include but are not limited to; Oversees, guides, manages and integrates EMS operations across the organization. Establishes, monitors and manages the performance and measurement of EMS functions. Conduct EMS audits, compliance reviews and program effectiveness/efficiency reviews. Coordinates and collaborates with a variety of stakeholders, including clinicians, professional/administrative peers, suppliers, intermediaries, third-party service providers, and customers. Plans forecasts and executes budget for expendable/non-expendable supplies, linen, uniforms and equipment, inventory management, EMS operations, transportation, and distribution. Establishes, maintains and promotes area EMS personnel training and professional development programs. Identifies specific requirements for money, manpower, material, facilities, and services needed. Coordinate support, answer questions and resolve EMS problems. Mentors and guides supported area EMS personnel. Support and coordinate and evaluate the efforts of EMS Staff to identify specific requirements to develop and adjust plans and schedules for the actions needed to meet facility needs in a timely manner. Provide satisfactory levels of Veteran centered service in accordance with HRO principles and comply with all applicable laws, rules, regulations, directives and procedures. Inspires, motivates and guides others toward goal accomplishment; coaches, mentors, and challenges subordinates; adapts leadership styles to a variety of situations; models high standards of honesty, integrity, trust, openness, and respect for the individual by applying these values to daily behaviors. Requirements determination, acquisition planning/coordination/oversight, purchasing, transportation, distribution, tracking, inventory management/control, reconciliation of undelivered orders, and disposition of supplies and equipment for the EMS service. Planning/coordination with fiscal, acquisition, clinical and administrative operations. Development and integration of a cohesive, forward-looking EMS Service capable of completing competing demands in a high tempo, kinetic Hospital environment. Plans and manages all levels of EMS activities involved in sourcing, procurement and management of EMS Supplies and staff. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Compressed/Flexible: May be Available

Telework: May be Available

Virtual: This is not a virtual position.

Position Description/PD#: Hospital Housekeeping Officer/PD21O08-O

Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required


Conditions of Employment


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 04/16/2021. Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-13 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-12 grade level. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one-year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one-year time-in-grade. Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment. You may qualify based on your experience as described below: Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-12 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: Experience that demonstrated a practical working knowledge of the basic principles of chemistry, biology, and bacteriology as applied to environmental sanitation, infection control, and to the choice and use of antimicrobial agents in the disinfection, sanitization, and/or sterilization of surfaces and equipment. Experience in laundry and linen management. Experience in interior design management. Experience that demonstrated a knowledge of waste management, including the requirements relating to hazardous, toxic, and infectious wastes and provisions for their final disposition. Experience that demonstrated a knowledge of pest management, including alternative methods of control and the selection and application of chemicals. You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:

Administration and ManagementAuditingFlexibilityLeadership 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. Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. 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. Physical Requirements: The work is primarily sedentary, al1though some physical effort may be required, e.g., walking, standing, carrying light items such as manuals or briefcases, or driving or traveling by motor vehicle. For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at


There is no educational substitution at this grade level.

Additional Information

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. Receiving Service Credit or 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. Contact the Agency Contact for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator. The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal/VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well-qualified: applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the required competencies of the job. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at 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. It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members. For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document. If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.