Hiring Programs and Incentives
Below are many government initiatives that give employment preference to veterans. For additional information on these initiatives, please visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at URL http://www.opm.gov/veterans
Veterans Employment Coordination Service (VECS) mission is to attract, recruit and hire veterans into VA, particularly severely injured veterans returning from the Global War on Terror. Nine (9) Regional Veterans Employment Coordinators (VEC) positioned throughout the United States stand ready to support efforts that assist veterans interested in employment at VA. For more information, please visit: http://www.va.gov/vecs.
VA recruits from a variety of disciplines, with a special interest in college graduates who seek a career in the analysis and management of public policies and programs.
There are special opportunities available:
The Outstanding Scholar Program offers high-achievers appointments in covered occupations.
The Federal Career Intern Program is designed to attract exceptional individuals to the VA workforce who have diverse professional experiences, academic credentials, training, and competencies and to prepare them for a variety of occupations. Individuals are appointed to entry level positions for a two-year internship. Upon successful completion of the internships, the interns may be eligible for permanent placement within VA.
The Presidential Management Fellows Program (PMF) is a two year program which enables students who complete a master's or doctoral-level degree to be appointed to Federal positions. PMFs are appointed at the GS-9 level and after successful completion of the first year they are eligible for promotion to GS-11. Upon completion of the two-year fellowship, PMFs are eligible for conversion to career or career-conditional appointment and are eligible for promotion to GS-12.
Federal status is typically granted to an employee who has held a permanent Federal position for more than three years. VA offers some opportunities that are open only to Federal employees and/or former Federal employees:
Reinstatement Eligibles must have held a career or career-conditional appointment at some time in the past. If so, there is no time limit on reinstatement eligibility for those who:
Have veterans' preference
Acquired career tenure by completing three years of substantially continuous creditable service. If you do not have veterans' preference or did not acquire career tenure, you may be reinstated within three years after the date of your separation.
Transfer Eligibles allows current career and career-conditional employees to be appointed to VA jobs. Those eligible for transfer may be required to compete under the merit promotion program.
VA is a leader in U.S. health care. Many physicians, nurses, and other medical professionals began their careers in VA's more than 160 hospitals. In addition, VA conducts more than 10,000 research projects at 115 VA medical centers. VA hires physicians, dentists, optometrists, podiatrists, registered nurses, physician assistants, and 28 other health care professionals. There are several incentive programs aimed at attracting health care professionals:
For more information about any of these programs, please call the VHA Healthcare Retention & Recruitment Office (HRRO) at 1-800-949-0002.
Please contact your local VA medical center for the following locally administered programs:
VA is committed to enhancing the employment and advancement of persons with disabilities. Individuals with a certification letter from VA or a state vocational rehabilitation office are encouraged to apply for noncompetitive appointment.
The Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP) provides accommodation solutions to eliminate barriers to employment for people with visual, hearing, cognitive, communication, and dexterity disabilities.
In addition to CAP, VA supports the following Executive Orders (EOs) designed to benefit those with disabilities.
The Student Educational Employment Program (SEEP) provides Federal employment opportunities to students who are enrolled or accepted for enrollment as degree-seeking students taking at least a half-time academic, technical, or vocational course load in an accredited high school, technical, vocational, two- or four- year college or university, graduate, or professional school. This program is comprised of two components: the Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP) and the Student Career Experience Program (SCEP).
The Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP) offers temporary employment ranging from summer jobs to positions that can last for as long as you are a student. These employment opportunities need not necessarily be related to your academic field of study.
The Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) provides a formal work-study program to degree-seeking students in accredited high schools, colleges, and universities. It requires a commitment by you, your school, and the employing Federal agency. You may be eligible for permanent employment under this component after successfully completing your education and meeting work requirements.