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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Training Instructor in Des Moines, Iowa


This position is located in Learning Service at VA Central Iowa Health Care System with location at the Des Moines campus. As part of the VACIHCS Learning Organization Initiative, the incumbent is responsible for the training/instruction and the Talent Management System (TMS), a national program which provides a single portal of access to all online learning opportunities, the method by which all employee's training, both internal to the VA and external to the VA is recorded and tracked.


Duties of this position include, but are not limited to, the following: Serves as primary contact and advocate for Training Management System (TMS). Responsible for implementation of TMS which involves, in addition to VA national mandatory training courses, building all required facility level mandatory training classes and the assignment of these mandatory training classes to all employees or to employees in the targeted occupations/positions. Assists service line TMS Administrators/Super Users in adding all VA national mandatory training, along with all mandatory training, to the individual's TMS Leaming Plan using the TMS Administrator User Management programs. Provides technical assistance and guidance to all VACI HCS designated service line TMS Administrators/Super Users and all VACIHCS employees who request or require assistance in navigating the TMS. Provides consultation and training using a wide range of training methods, on TMS User interface, training items, reports, administration of accounts, and other needs of the facility. Designs and modifies all courses based on adult learning theory principles and practices. Delivers training instruction utilizing a variety of teaching modalities to meet learners' needs and facilitates course delivery from a learner-centered approach that accounts for diverse backgrounds, experiences, and levels of interest in the subject matter. Utilizes evaluation to assess the impact of training conducted within the health system. 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 a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 7:30 am to 4:00 pm or 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Telework: Ad Hoc.

Virtual: This is not a virtual position.

Position Description/PD#: Training Instructor/PD30359-0 and PD30360-0

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, 08/20/2020. 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-7 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-5. For a GS-9 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-7.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. Individual Occupational Requirements, applicants must meet the qualifications below to qualify for the 1712 job series: Individual Occupational Requirements: Education- Undergraduate and Graduate Education: Major study -- education or a subject area related to the position to be filled. OR, Experience- Specialized Experience: Experience that demonstrated a practical knowledge of the subject area of the position and of the methods and techniques of instruction. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include:

  • Teaching or instructing in an adult education program, secondary school, college, military installation, or industrial establishment in the appropriate field(s).

  • Supervising or administering a training program.

  • Development or review of training/course materials, aids, devices, etc., and evaluation of training results.

  • Work in the occupation or subject-matter field of the position to be filled that required training or instructing others on a regular basis. In addition to the Individual Occupational Requirements, applicants must also meet the following to qualify at each grade level. You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below: GS-7 Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-5 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Specialized experience would typically include experience performing at least three of the following tasks: assisting in generating training materials; identifying automation problems and communicating with IT to resolve issues; using Microsoft Excel, Access, Outlook and/or Powerpoint to generate reports and/or briefings; establishing and maintaining calendars; assisting in training needs assessments. OR, Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have successfully completed one full year of graduate level education or have superior academic achievement*. OR, Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. You must have an combination of specialized experience and education beyond graduate level. *S.A.A. is based on (1) class standing, (2) grade-point average, or (3) honor society membership. Class standing -- Applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, such as the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Business Administration, based on completed courses. Grade-point average (G.P.A.)-- Applicants must have a grade-point average of: 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B" or better) as recorded on their official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B+" or better) based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum. Grade-point averages are to be rounded to one decimal place. For example, 2.95 will round to 3.0 and 2.94 will round to 2.9. Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society -- Applicants can be considered eligible based on membership in one of the national scholastic honor societies listed by the Association of College Honor Societies. GS-9 Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-7 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Specialized experience would typically include experience performing at least three of the following tasks: applying basic principles of adult learning theory techniques; generating training products such as courses, aids, and/or training plans; providing training using a wide range of training methods; pulling reports on curriculum status, learning history and/or learning needs; collecting information to conduct analysis of training program courses. OR, Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have successfully completed 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. OR, Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. You must have an combination of specialized experience and education beyond the first year of graduate level. You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:

Attention to DetailCustomer ServiceEmployee DevelopmentInformation ManagementPlanning and EvaluatingProblem SolvingTeamwork 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: Work is mostly sedentary, with some walking, standing, bending, and carrying of light to moderate weight items such as papers, files, manuals, and occasional requirements to move educational materials, boxes of files, and equipment such as flip charts, video monitors, projectors, tables, chairs, etc. Work involves occasional standing for long periods providing presentations and instruction. Work requires long periods of sitting in one position for typing and other duties, including use of a personal computer. For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at


A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions 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 send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit:

Additional Information

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.