Veterans Benefits Administration Review Appraiser in Lakewood, Colorado
This position is located in the Regional Loan Center (RLC). The Review Appraiser is responsible for oversight duties for an assigned multi-state jurisdiction. This includes reviewing and auditing appraisals of residential properties and compliance inspection reports as well as a full range of construction and valuation matter affecting the VA Loan Guaranty Program.
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Performs oversight desk reviews of appraisals of residential properties for the purposes of both loan origination, liquidation, partial release of security, VA owned property sales, or loss and damage estimates to ensure the accuracy of the final value.
Performs post audit desk reviews of the quality of appraisals performed by fee-basis appraisers and of the quality of Notices of Value issued by Staff Appraisal Reviewers (SAR) under the Lender Appraisal Processing Program (LAPP) nationwide.
Performs desk review of compliance inspection reports on newly constructed properties to ensure accuracy and compliance with construction exhibits used for appraisal
Makes recommendations on disciplinary actions or sanctions against appraisers or inspectors who violate USPAP or other VA program requirements as set forth in regulations or law.
Disseminates to lenders, veterans, builders, brokers, attorneys, escrow officers, etc. the advice, counsel, and operation procedures to be followed in the processing of VA guaranteed loan or the special housing grant programs.
Performs a full range of construction and valuation matters affecting the VA Loan Guaranty Program.
Overnight travel may be required.
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. The grade progression for this position is GS-7/9/11.
Work Schedule:Monday-Friday, Full-time, actual times to be determined Compressed/Flexible: Available Telework:Available at full performance level Virtual:This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#:Review Appraiser/02917A/92917A/42917A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives:Not authorized Financial Disclosure Report:Not required This is a bargaining unit position.
Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required for field reviews-valid drivers license is required
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Conditions of Employment
- You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
- You may be required to serve a probationary period
- Subject to background/security investigation
- Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 10/18/2018.
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-11 position, you must have served at least 52 weeks at the GS-09. For a GS-09 position, you must have served at least 52 weeks at the GS-07. For a GS-07 position, you must have served at least 52 weeks at the GS-05. 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. 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 and/or education as described below:
GS-7 level specialized experience: Applicants must have One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-05) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Specialized experience is defined as experience dealing with Construction and Valuation policies and procedures. OR 1 full year of graduate level education or a Bachelor's degree with superior academic achievement. OR Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at the GS-7 level. To calculate, first identify the percentage of required education you have earned (when substituting, you cannot use the first 60 semester hours that you earned). Then identify the percentage of required experience you possess. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify. For example, an applicant who has 9 semester hours of graduate level education (i.e. 50% of graduate education required) and 6 months of creditable specialized experience (i.e. 50% of the required experience) would equal 100% of the required experience for the position.
GS-9Level specialized experience: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-07) in the normal line of progression for this occupation. Specialized experience is defined as performing appraisals for residential properties; experience in dealing with construction and valuation policies, procedures and codes; and applying appraisal concepts, principles and practices such as the Uniform Standard of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP). OR A Master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree. To be creditable, such education must demonstrate the competencies necessary to do the work; OR Equivalent combinations of Specialized Experience and Graduate level education. [To compute, divide your total months of qualifying experience by 12. Then divide your semester hours of graduate education beyond 1 year by 18. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100% to qualify.]
GS-11 Level specialized experience: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-09) in the normal line of progression for this occupation. Specialized experience is defined as experience with a wide range of appraisal concepts, principles and practices to appraise properties with complex characteristics; analyze complicated valuation problems; and resolve value problems with properties with limited comparable sales. OR Three years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree. To be creditable, such education must demonstrate the competencies necessary to do the work; OR Equivalent combinations of Specialized Experience and Graduate education. [To compute, divide your total months of qualifying experience by 12. Then divide your semester hours of graduate education beyond two years by 9. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100% to qualify.]
Graduate Education: Education at the graduate level in an accredited college or university in the amounts shown in the table meets the requirements for positions at GS-9 through GS-11. Such education must demonstrate the competencies necessary to do the work.
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:This position is primarily sedentary with some walking, standing, bending, and carrying of lightweight items (i.e. folders, claims files). Some slight physical effort may be required in completing field reviews and field inspections. On-site inspections of subject or comparable properties often require frequent stops and starts interspersed with some hiking or lengthy walks over various terrain types ranging from flat open field to rough, brushy and forested areas. Some walking, standing, climbing, stooping, and bending is required. Since the work is done on a 12-month basis, the incumbent may be exposed to a variety of climatic conditions ranging from hot, dusty rainy, cold and snowy.
A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. 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.
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.
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 (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/.
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.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
You will be rated on the following competencies based on your application for this position:
For the GS-07 level:
- Knowledge of appraisal concepts, principles, and practices.
- Ability to conduct market analysis.
- Ability to communicate verbally with individuals having a variety of backgrounds and levels of understanding.
- Ability to communicate in writing.
- Ability to work under supervision within established priorities and deadlines.
For the GS-09 level:
- Knowledge of appraisal concepts, principles, and practices to appraise and/or review the appraisals of properties.
- Ability to conduct market analysis and apply current trends.
- Ability to effectively communicate verbally with individuals having a variety of backgrounds and levels of understanding.
- Ability to communicate in writing with a variety of customers.
- Ability to work independently within established priorities and deadlines.
For the GS-11 level:
- Knowledge of wide range of appraisal concepts, principles, and practices to appraise and/or review the appraisals of properties.
- Ability to analyze and interpret the effects of unstable social, economic, and political trends on property uses and values.
- Comprehensive knowledge of valuation approaches and various appraisal techniques to adapt and apply the most appropriate appraisal methods for analyzing the available data.
- Ability to effectively communicate with individuals having a variety of backgrounds levels and to exercise an understanding when the individual may become upset, hostile or unreceptive.
- Ability to work independently including establishing priorities, meeting deadlines, applying judgment, and maintaining complete records. If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
- Required Documents
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
Most recent non award SF-50
Transcripts (if using education to apply)
Veteran Preference documents (DD-214, Va rating letter, etc)
Proof of eligibility to apply (Sch A letter, etc.)
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference.For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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How to Apply
All applicants are encouraged to apply online.To apply for this position, you must complete the questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 10/18/2018 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10329192.
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Agency contact information
Denver Regional Benefit Office 155 Van Gordon St Lakewood, CO 80228 US
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/513499100. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
Open & closing dates: 10/12/2018 to 10/18/2018
Pay scale & grade: GS 7 - 11
Salary: $44,986 to $86,553 per year
Appointment type: Permanent
Work schedule: Full-Time