Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Job Opportunity: US Department of Labor, Seattle, WA

U.S. Department of Labor

Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs Regional Office
Announces a Career Intern Opportunity 

Job Opportunity: Located in downtown Seattle, the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP) is offering a unique and challenging job opportunity for three, two-year, paid internship under the Federal Career Intern Program. During the internship, you will participate in a formal training program with job assignments to develop competencies applicable to our mission and needs.  Upon successful completion of the internship, you will be eligible for a permanent appointment (time spent in the internship is included in total career service.).  The internship is full-time with benefits.

WHAT IS THE JOB?  Workers’ Compensation Claims Examiner, GS-0991
WHAT IS THE STARTING SALARY?  $50,628 - $65,812 per year, GS-09
IS THERE PROMOTION POTENTIAL?  Yes, to GS-12: $73,420 - $95,444 per year 
WHAT ARE THE MAJOR DUTIES? The Office of Workers' Compensation Program provides compensation and medical benefits to injured Federal employees.  As a Claims Examiner, you will make legal and medical decisions to help injured Federal workers.   You will determine their medical benefits, pay and assist injured workers to fully recover, return to modified work or participate in vocational rehabilitation services. 

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?  Our outstanding benefits package includes:
  • Interesting work which Helps People 
  • Flexible Schedule 
  • Health Care Benefits, Life Insurance
  • Flexible Schedule
  • Health Care Benefits, Life Insurance
  • On-the-job Training
  • 2 1/2 Weeks Paid Vacation per year
  • Paid Sick Leave and Holidays
  • Employer-matching Retirement Plan
  • Paid Transportation Subsidies
U.S. Citizenship
Background Investigation Required 

WHAT QUALIFICATIONS DO I NEED?  ONE of the items listed below.
  1. Two full academic years of full-time graduate level education (Master’s or equivalent) in a discipline directly related to claims examining.  Related disciplines include, but are not limited to, psychology, public administration, labor relations, business administration, law, finance, economics, political science, statistics, accounting, and other social sciences.  –OR-

  1. One year of experience equivalent to the GS-7 (advanced trainee) grade level in the Federal Service assisting with or performing the following:  adjudicating less difficult disability claims for traumatic injuries such as fractures or contusions occurring on the job; applying medical knowledge of various physical and mental impairments and physical requirements for a wide variety of jobs; ensuring that the payments of compensation and related medical expenses by the insurance carrier for the employer are correct and timely; applying workers’ compensation statues, regulations, precedents and guides; developing cases that are contested or likely to be contested in preparation for an informal or pre-hearing conference to be conducted by a higher level claims examiner.  –OR-

      C.  Combination of A and B.

Qualified applicants will be asked to provide a short writing sample during the interview. This sample will be used as an additional source of information regarding your ability to communicate in writing, an important aspect of the work of this position. 

TO APPLY: Email or fax a resume and a copy of all college transcripts (if qualifying based on education), to U.S. Department of Labor, Human Resources Division, ATTN: Annie Tran. Fax: 415-625-2414  Email:  fed-jobs-san@dol.gov.  Reference announcement number FCIP-10-SF-OWCP-024. 
Include month/year dates for all period of employment.  If you have held any part-time positions, include number of hours worked per week.  Your resume and all supporting documentation must provide sufficient information to support your qualifications.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: All application materials must be received in the Human Resources Office by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, September 27, 2010.  Contact Annie Tran at (415) 625-2401 if you have any questions.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.   Hard of hearing or deaf individuals may contact the Human Resources Office via the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339 (TTY/ASCII).

VETERANS:  If you are a veteran of the U.S. military, you must submit a copy of your DD-214, Report of Discharge, with your application (including character of discharge).  If you are a veteran with a service-connected disability, you should also include a SF-15, Application for 10-point Veterans Preference with the appropriate documentation identified on the SF 15.

NOTICE TO APPLICANTS:  The Department of Labor does not recognize academic degrees from schools that are not accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the Department of Education.  Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from federal employment is subject to removal from federal service.  To receive credit for education outside the U.S., you must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in the interpretation of foreign credentials.  For a list of private organizations that are accredited to evaluate foreign education, visit www.naces.org/members.htm.

For more information concerning the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs: http://www.dol.gov/owcp/

Reasonable Accommodation:  The Department of Labor provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis.