VA Business / Administration Careers
0510 – Accountant
This series covers positions that advise on or administer, supervise, or perform professional accounting work that requires application of accounting theories, concepts, principles, and standards to the financial activities of governmental, quasi-governmental, or private sector organizations. The work includes:
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0525 - Accounting Clerk / Technician
This series covers account maintenance clerical and accounting technician support positions requiring a basic understanding of accounting systems, policies, and procedures in performing or supervising the examination, verification, and maintenance of accounts and accounting data. Also included are positions that perform technical audit functions, develop or install revised accounting procedures, or perform similar quasi-professional accounting work. Positions in this series require a knowledge of existing accounting systems, standard accounting codes, classifications, and terminology; an understanding of agency accounting policies, procedures, and requirements; and the ability to apply various accounting methods, forms and techniques, but less than the broad understanding and theoretical knowledge of accounting acquired through professional education and training.
0301 - Administration & Program Staff
This series covers positions the duties of which are to perform, supervise, or manage two-grade interval
administrative or program work for which no other series is appropriate. The work requires analytical ability, judgment, discretion, and knowledge of a substantial body of administrative or program principles, concepts, policies, and objectives.
0341 - Administrative Officer
This series covers positions in which the employees are responsible for providing or obtaining a variety of
management services essential to the direction and operation of an organization. The paramount qualifications required are extensive knowledge and understanding of management principles, practices, methods and techniques, and skill in integrating management services with the general management of an organization.
0511 – Auditor
This series covers positions that apply professional accounting and auditing knowledge, standards, and principles when performing these duties:
• advising on, supervising, or performing work consisting of a systematic examination and appraisal of financial records, financial and management reports, management controls, policies and practices affecting or reflecting the financial condition and operating results of an activity;
• analyzing work related to developing and executing audit policies and programs;
• conducting performance audits; or
• conducting activities related to the detection of fraud, waste and abuse.
0560 - Budget Analyst
This series covers positions that perform, advise on, or supervise work in any of the phases of budget administration when such work requires knowledge and skill in applying budget-related laws, regulations, policies, precedents, methods, and techniques.
0561 - Budget Clerk / Assistant
This series covers all positions the principal duties of which are to perform clerical and technical work in support of budget analysis and administration when such work requires primarily knowledge of the procedures that facilitate budgeting as conducted in the Federal service. Work in this series requires practical understanding and skill in the application of administrative rules, regulations, and procedures associated with recording, reporting, processing, and keeping track of budgetary transactions; e.g., the credit, receipt, transfer, allotment, withdrawal, obligation or outlay of funds.
0530 - Cash Processing Clerk
This series covers positions that involve clerical work in the receipt, disbursement, examination, deposit, custody, or other clerical processing of cash items, when this includes: (1) direct handling of the cash items; and (2) use of cash accountability control methods. The work requires application of a knowledge of: (1) the negotiability, validity, and genuineness of cash items; (2) the acceptability requirements of supporting documents; and (3) cash processing procedures of Federal agencies and commercial institutions.
1630 - Cemetery Administrator
This series covers positions the duties of which are to direct, administer, manage, advise on, or supervise the overall operation of one or more Federal cemeteries.
0060 – Chaplain
This series covers all positions the duties of which are to advise on, administer, supervise, or perform professional work involved in a program of spiritual welfare and religious guidance for patients of Government hospitals and homes, for inmates of Government correctional and penal or other institutions, or for persons in other Government activities where civilian chaplain service is needed. Positions are classifiable to this series when the nature of duties and responsibilities is such that ordination by a recognized ecclesiastical body is a basic requirement.
0998 - Claims Assistant and Examiner
This series covers one-grade interval administrative support positions that supervise, lead, or perform support and related work in examining, reviewing, developing, adjusting, reconsidering, or recommending authorization of claims by or against the Federal Government. The work requires knowledge of claims processing procedures and claims requirements. This includes the following:
• examine claims due to loss and damage by or against the Government;
• settle claims for the payment of monetary allowances or gratuities based upon dependency on an active or deceased former military service member;
• develop, examine, adjust, reconsider, and/or authorize settlement of claims against the Government; settle claims involving assets of a deceased or incompetent person that are in the possession of a Government agency; and
• examine and develop claims cases for adjudication including determining and verifying entitlement to
benefits, verifying post-entitlement actions regarding beneficiaries, and answering inquiries about benefits
or procedures for filing claims.
This series covers positions the duties of which are to administer, supervise, or perform quasi-legal work involved in developing, examining, adjusting, reconsidering, or authorizing the settlement of claims filed by veterans, their dependents and beneficiaries, in regard to disability compensation, disability, pension, death pension, death compensation, National Service Life Insurance and U.S. Government Life Insurance, as well as other Veterans Administration administered benefits.
1802 - Compliance Inspection/support Positions
This series covers positions that perform or supervise inspectional or technical support work in assuring compliance with or enforcement of Federal laws, regulations, or other mandatory guidelines and that are not classifiable to another, more specific, occupational series. The work requires a knowledge of prescribed procedures, established techniques, directly applicable guidelines, and pertinent characteristics of regulated items or activities.
0335 - Computer Clerk / Assistant
This series covers positions involving performance or supervision of data processing support and services functions for users of digital computer systems including such work as: (1) receiving, maintaining, and issuing data storage media for computer operations; (2) collecting and sequentially staging input media with associated program instructions for processing; (3) scheduling the use of computer time for program processing; (4) collecting, maintaining and distributing program and systems documentation; and (5) collecting raw information, preparing flow charts, and coding in program languages; or (6) other support functions. This work requires knowledge of external data processing sequences, controls, procedures, or user and programming languages, rather than in-depth knowledge of computer requirements or techniques associated with development and design of data processing systems.
0962 - Contact Representative
This series covers one-grade interval administrative support positions that supervise, lead, or perform support and related work in connection with:
• dispersing information to the public on rights, benefits, privileges, or obligations under a body of law;
• explaining pertinent legal provisions, regulations, and related administrative practices, and their application to specific cases; and
• assisting individuals in developing needed evidence and preparing required documents or in resolving
errors, delays, or other problems in obtaining benefits or fulfilling obligations.
This series covers positions that manage, supervise, perform, or develop policies and procedures for professional work involving the procurement of supplies, services, construction, or research and development using formal advertising or negotiation procedures; the evaluation of contract price proposals; and the administration or termination and close out of contracts. The work requires knowledge of the legislation, regulations, and methods used in contracting; and knowledge of business and industry practices, sources of supply, cost factor, and requirements characteristics.
1087 - Editorial Assistant
This series covers positions that involve editorial support work in preparing manuscripts for publication and verifying factual information in them. Such support work includes editing manuscripts for basic grammar and clarity of expression as well as marking copy for format. These positions require skill in using reference works to verify information and knowledge of grammar, punctuation, spelling, and good English usage.
0260 - Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist
This series covers positions primarily concerned with developing, administering, evaluating, or advising on the Federal Government's internal equal employment opportunity program within various Federal agencies when the position requires knowledge of Federal equal employment opportunity regulations and principles; compliance and enforcement skills; administrative, management, and consulting skills; and knowledge of Federal personnel administration. This includes managers or coordinators of special emphasis programs designed to solve the specialized employment problems of women, minorities, veterans, the handicapped, persons over age forty, and others as they relate to Federal employment.
0501 - Financial Administrator
The series covers positions that perform, supervise, or manage administrative work of a fiscal, financial
management, accounting, or budgetary nature.
0503 - Financial Clerk / Assistant
This series covers positions the duties of which are to perform or supervise clerical or technician work in support of accounting, auditing, budgeting, or financial management functions when no other established series in the Accounting and Budget Group, GS-0500, is appropriate. The work requires a knowledge of the procedures and techniques involved in carrying out the work of an organization and involves application of procedures and practices within the framework of established guidelines.
0505 - Financial Program Specialist
This series covers all classes of positions the duties of which are to manage or direct a program for the management of the financial resources of an organizational segment, field establishment, bureau, department, independent agency, or other organizational entity of the Federal Government when the duties and responsibilities include: (1) developing, coordinating, and maintaining an integrated system of financial staff services including at least accounting, budgeting, and management-financial reporting, and sometimes also one or more of such related staff services as auditing, credit analysis, management analysis, etc.; (2) exercising effective control over the financial resources of the organization; (3) coordinating and synthesizing financial and management data so as to interpret the composite financial results of operations to all levels of the organization's management; (4) advising on, developing, coordinating, and carrying out financial policies, procedures, and plans; (5) reviewing, analyzing, evaluating, and reporting upon program accomplishments in financial terms; and (6) advising and assisting the management officials of the organization served by supplying financial management advice required to make management decisions, establish organizational goals and objectives, and in all respects to manage the organization.
0670 - Health System Administrator
Positions in this series have full line responsibility for the administrative management of a health care delivery system that may range from a nationwide network including many hospitals to a major subdivision of an individual hospital. The fundamental responsibility of health system administrators is to effectively use all available resources to provide the best possible patient care. This requires an understanding of the critical balance between the administrative and clinical functions in the health care delivery system, and ability to coordinate and control programs and resources to achieve this balance. These positions require the ability to apply the specialized principles and practices of health care management in directing a health care delivery system. They do not require the services of a qualified physician.
0671 - Health System Specialist
Positions in this series provide support to health care management officials by analyzing, evaluating, advising on and/or coordinating health care delivery systems and operations. Such positions may be located within an operating health care facility or at a higher organizational echelon. In addition to a high degree of analytical ability, positions in this series require specialized knowledge of the basic principles and practices related to the management of health care delivery systems. These positions do not have line authority.
0673 - Hospital Housekeeping Officer
This series covers all positions requiring application of administrative ability and technical knowledge in
supervising or performing work in the development, coordination, direction, and management of hospital
housekeeping programs. The major concern of such programs is the maintenance of environmental sanitation within acceptable levels of bacteriological, as well as visual cleanliness.
0203 - Human Resources Assistant
This series covers one–grade interval administrative support positions that supervise, lead, or perform human resources (HR) assistance work requiring substantial knowledge of civilian and/or military HR terminology, requirements, procedures, operations, functions, and regulatory policy and procedural requirements applicable to HR transactions.
This series covers two-grade interval administrative positions that manage, supervise, administer, advise on, or deliver human resources management products or services. This series covers, but is not limited to, the following specialties:
Information Systems – Work that involves developing, delivering, managing, and maintaining HR information systems when the paramount knowledge requirement is human resources management, rather than information technology.
0690 - Industrial Hygienist
This series covers all classes of positions the duties of that are to advise on, administer, supervise, manage, or perform professional and scientific work in industrial hygiene, including the identification and evaluation of conditions affecting the health and efficiency of employees, or the citizens of the adjacent community, the formulation and recommendation of measures to eliminate or control occupational health hazards, and the promotion of occupational health programs for instructing and motivating managers and employees in the prevention as well as correction of potential health hazards.
This series covers two-grade interval administrative positions that manage, supervise, lead, administer, develop, deliver, and support information technology (IT) systems and services. This series covers only those positions for which the paramount requirement is knowledge of IT principles, concepts, and methods; e.g., data storage, software applications, networking. Information technology refers to systems and services used in the automated acquisition, storage, manipulation, management, movement, control, display, switching, interchange, transmission, assurance, or reception of information. Information technology includes computers, network components, peripheral equipment, software, firmware, services, and related resources. This series covers, but is not limited to, the following specialties:
1801 - Inspector, Investigation, and Compliance Officer
This series covers positions the primary duties of which are to administer, coordinate, supervise or perform
inspectional, investigative, analytical, or advisory work to assure understanding of and compliance with Federal laws, regulations, or other mandatory guidelines when such work is not more appropriately classifiable to another series either in the Investigation Group, GS-1800 or to another occupational series.
1750 - Instructional Systems Specialist
This series covers professional positions the duties of which are to administer, supervise, advise on, design,
develop, or provide educational or training services in formal education or training programs. The work requires knowledge of learning theory and the principles, methods, practices and techniques of one or more specialties of the instructional systems field. The work may require knowledge of one or more subjects or occupations in which educational or training instruction is provided.
2010 - Inventory Management Specialist
This series covers positions that involve analytical work in managing, regulating, coordinating, or otherwise exercising control over supplies, equipment, or other material. The work includes one or more phases of material management including initial planning, provisioning and requirements determination, acquisition and distribution, accountability, and ultimate issue for consumption, retention, or disposal. The work requires knowledge of acquisition processes, automated records and control systems, material substitution criteria, and storage, issue, and disposal processes.
0305 - Mail and File Clerk
This series covers positions involving the administration, supervision, or performance of clerical work related to the processing of incoming or outgoing mail and/or the systematic arrangement of records for storage or reference purposes, the scheduled disposition of records, and the performance of related work when such duties require the application of established mail or file methods and procedures, knowledge of prescribed systems for governing the flow and control of communications, and/or the filing or storage and retrieval of records, and knowledge of the organization and functions of the operating unit or units serviced.
0343 - Management and Program Analyst
This series covers positions that primarily serve as analysts and advisors to management on the evaluation of the effectiveness of government programs and operations or the productivity and efficiency of the management of Federal agencies or both. Positions in this series require knowledge of: the substantive nature of agency programs and activities; agency missions, policies, and objectives; management principles and processes; and the analytical and evaluative methods and techniques for assessing program development or execution and improving organizational effectiveness and efficiency. Some positions also require an understanding of basic budgetary and financial management principles and techniques as they relate to long range planning of programs and objectives. The work requires skill in: application of factfinding and investigative techniques; oral and written communications; and development of presentations and reports.
0344 - Management and Program Clerk / Assistant
This series covers positions involved in supervising or performing clerical and technical work in support of
management analysis and program analysis, the purposes of which are to evaluate and improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and productivity of organizations and programs. The work requires a practical knowledge of the purposes, methods, and techniques of management analysis and/or program analysis and the structures, functions, processes, objectives, products, services, resource requirements, and similar features of Government programs and organizations.
0622 - Medical Supply Aid and Technician
This series contains positions the duties of which are to provide wards, clinics, operating rooms, and other hospital facilities with medical supplies, instruments, sets, and equipment. Duties require a knowledge of aseptic techniques and sterilization practices; the care, functioning, and uses of supplies, equipment, sets, and instruments; and methods for the preparation, storage, and issue of sterile and nonsterile medical supplies and the maintenance of adequate stock levels.
0679 - Medical Support Assistant
This series covers one-grade interval administrative support positions that supervise, lead, or perform support work in connection with the care and treatment given to patients in wards, clinics, or other such units of a medical facility. The work includes functions such as serving as a receptionist, performing record keeping duties, and providing miscellaneous support to the medical staff of the unit. This series includes work that requires a practical knowledge of computerized data entry and information processing systems, the medical facility’s organization and services, basic rules and regulations governing visitors and patient treatment, and a practical knowledge of the standard procedures, medical records, and medical terminology of the unit supported.
0326 - Office Automation Clerk / Assistant
This series covers all positions the primary duties of which are to perform office automation work that includes word processing, either solely or in combination with clerical work, when such work is performed in the context of general office clerical support. Also included are positions that supervise work characteristic of this series when the knowledge, skills, and abilities for general office automation support work are essential requirements of the supervisory position. Positions in this series require: (1) knowledge of general office automation software, practices, and procedures; (2) competitive level proficiency in typing; and (3) ability to apply these knowledge and skills in the performance of general office support work.
0303 - Office Clerk / Assistant
This series covers positions the duties of which are to perform or supervise clerical, assistant, or technician work for which no other series is appropriate. The work requires knowledge of the procedures and techniques involved in carrying out the work of an organization and involves application of procedures and practices within the framework of established guidelines.
0544 - Payroll Clerk, Civilian
This series covers positions concerned with the determination of pay, the maintenance of payroll records, and the compilation of related reports pertaining to civilian employees of the Federal Government, and/or with the establishment, maintenance, review, and disposition of time and leave records for civilian employees of the Federal Government. Positions in the Civilian Pay Series require: (1) substantial knowledge of civilian pay and/or leave rules, regulations, procedures, programs, and systems requirements; and (2) usually, a knowledge of those civilian personnel rules and regulations that affect pay.
0340 - Program Manager
This series covers all classes of positions the duties of which are to manage or direct, or to assist in a line capacity in managing or directing, one or more programs, including appropriate supporting service organizations, when the paramount qualification requirement of the positions is management and executive knowledge and ability and when the positions do not require competence in a specialized subject-matter or functional area. (Positions in which specialized subject matter or functional competence is a necessary qualification requirement are classifiable to whichever specialized or general series is most appropriate.)
1035 - Public Affairs Specialist
This series covers positions responsible for administering, supervising, or performing work involved in establishing and maintaining mutual communication between Federal agencies and the general public and various other pertinent publics including internal or external, foreign or domestic audiences. Positions in this series advise agency management on policy formulation and the potential public reaction to proposed policy, and identify and carry out the public communication requirements inherent in disseminating policy decisions. The work involves identifying communication needs and developing informational materials that inform appropriate publics of the agency's policies, programs, services and activities, and plan, execute, and evaluate the effectiveness of information and communications programs in furthering agency goals. Work in the series requires skills in written and oral communications, analysis, and interpersonal relations.
1105 - Purchasing Agent
This series covers positions that involve supervising or performing work to acquire supplies, services, and
construction by purchase, rental, or lease through (1) delivery orders and/or (2) small purchase procedures. The work requires knowledge of policies and procedures for delivery orders and small purchases. This work also requires knowledge of commercial supply sources and common business practices related to sales, prices, discounts, units of measurement, deliveries, stocks, and shipments.
0018 - Safety & Occupational Health Mgm Specialist
This series covers positions that involve the management, administration, or operation of a safety and occupational health program or performance of administrative work concerned with safety and occupational health activities and includes the development, implementation, and evaluation of related program functions. The primary objective of this work is the elimination or minimization of human injury and property and productivity losses, caused by harmful contact incidents, through the design of effective management policies, programs, or practices. Safety and occupational health management work requires application of the knowledge of: (1) the principles, standards, and techniques of safety and occupational health management; and (2) pertinent elements of engineering, physical science, ergonomics, psychology, industrial hygiene, physiology, sociology, and other scientific and technological fields, that contribute to the achievement of comprehensive safety and occupational health objectives.
0318 – Secretary
This series covers all positions the duties of which are to assist one individual, and in some cases the subordinate staff of that individual, by performing general office work auxiliary to the work of the organization. To be included in this series, a position must be the principal office clerical or administrative support position in the office, operating independently of any other such position in the office. The duties require a knowledge of clerical and administrative procedures and requirements, various office skills, and the ability to apply such skills in a way that increases the effectiveness of others. The duties do not require a technical or professional knowledge of a specialized subject-matter area.
0080 - Security Administrator
This series covers positions the primary duties of which are analytical, planning, advisory, operational, or evaluative work that has as its principal purpose the development and implementation of policies, procedures, standards, training, and methods for identifying and protecting information, personnel, property, facilities, operations, or material from unauthorized disclosure, misuse, theft, assault, vandalism, espionage, sabotage, or loss. Duties involve the management, supervision, or performance of work in: (1) developing, evaluating, maintaining, and/or operating systems, policies, devices, procedures, and methods used for safeguarding information, property, personnel, operations, and materials; and/or (2) developing and implementing policies and procedures for analyzing and evaluating the character, background, and history of employees, candidates for employment, and other persons having or proposed to be granted access to classified or other sensitive information, materials, or work sites. ( Note : This series does not include police work as described in the Police Series, GS-0083.)
0102 - Social Science Aid / Technician
This series covers positions involving nonprofessional work of a technical, specialized, or support nature in one or more of the social science or other occupational fields covered by this group when there is no more appropriate series. The positions require a practical understanding of the objectives, policies, procedures, or regulatory requirements pertaining to the work and the ability to apply skills or knowledge of the occupation involved. The work does not require full professional competence (or equivalent professional-level preparation) in the theories, principles, and concepts of the field.
0101 - Social Science Specialist
This series covers positions the duties of which are to advise on, administer, supervise or perform research or other professional and scientific work in one or any combination of the social sciences when such work is not classifiable in other series of this occupational group.
0186 - Social Services Aid / Assistant
This series covers nonprofessional positions in support of counseling, guidance, and related social services work in social, employment assistance, or similar programs. The people served by the programs may be individuals or families in the community or individuals in an institution, dormitory, or other Government facility. Duties may range from work that involves group leadership and giving practical guidance on day-to-day activities to residents in a Government facility to work that involves training or employment opportunities. The work requires skill to communicate effectively and work constructively with members of the particular group involved. The work also requires a practical knowledge of program requirements and procedures, and a practical understanding of some of the more routine methods and techniques of counseling.
2005 - Supply Clerk / Technician
This series covers positions involved in supervising or performing clerical or technical supply support work
necessary to ensure the effective operation of ongoing supply activities. It requires knowledge of supply operations and program requirements and the ability to apply established supply policies, day-to-day servicing techniques, regulations, or procedures.
2001 - Supply Specialist
This series covers positions involving: (1) a combination of supply work covered by two or more two-grade
interval series in the Supply Group when no other series is appropriate for the paramount knowledge and abilities required for the position; or (2) other analytical or administrative supply work not specifically covered by another series.
1712 - Training Instructor
This series covers positions concerned with administration, supervision, training program development, evaluation, or instruction in a program of training when the paramount requirement of the work is a combination of practical knowledge of the methods and techniques of instruction and practical knowledge of the subject-matter being taught. Positions in this series do not have either a paramount requirement of professional knowledge and training in the field of education, or mastery of a trade, craft, or laboring occupation.
2102 - Transportation Clerk / Assistant
This series covers positions that involve supervising or performing work to arrange transportation for or perform other actions in connection with the movement of freight, passengers, or personal property by Government or commercial means. This series also includes other transportation support work not covered specifically by another one grade interval series in the Transportation Group (e.g., fleet management, safety or regulatory program support, quality control and inspection, carrier performance evaluation, or transportation report analysis and preparation). The work requires a practical knowledge of the regulations and methods governing traffic management or transportation programs.
0540 - Voucher Examiner
This series covers all classes of positions the duties of which are to administer, supervise, or perform work consisting of the examination for accuracy, legality, compliance with regulations, and justification of vouchers, invoices, claims, and other requests for payment for: (1) goods and services provided to or by the Government; (2) satisfaction of breach of contract or default in fulfilling contractual obligations; (3) reimbursement of expenditures made by beneficiaries for such purposes as medical and domiciliary care and treatment, burial expenses, and education and training; (4) reimbursement of expenditures for travel and transportation; or (5) other transactions when such examination of the request for payment is not classifiable in another series.
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Reviewed/Updated Date: November 9, 2009