Opportunities for Veterans
Employment Type: Full-Time
At the Social Security Administration, we offer several career options for people who have proudly served our country. With so many diverse career fields available in our agency, your solid military experience and willingness to selflessly serve can avail you of a rewarding career in public service.
For consideration at SSA under non-competitive hiring authorities for veterans, please see below for more information.
To learn more about opportunities for veterans, please visit FedsHireVets.gov.
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This announcement may be used to fill one or more vacancies at any time without notification, in any series or grade. Typical job opportunities within SSA can include, but are not limited to, the following occupations:
* Acquisitions, Grants and Contracts: Contract Specialists, Purchasing Agents, Procurement Analysts, Grants Management Specialists
* Administrative Support: Staff and Executive Assistants, Management Analysts
* Public Contact: Claims Specialists, Customer Service Representatives, Benefit Authorizers
* Facilities and Physical Security: Physical Security Specialists, Safety and Occupational Health Specialists, Architects, Supply Specialists and Inventory Management Specialists, Mechanical, Industrial, and Electrical Engineers
* Finance and Accounting: Financial Management Analysts, Accountants, Budget Analysts, IT Specialists
* Law Enforcement: Criminal Investigators, Auditors
* Legal: Legal Support, Legal Assistants, Paralegal Specialist, Paralegal Analysts, Paralegal Specialists (Decision Writers), General Attorneys
* Maintenance Mechanics: HVAC, Electricians, Plumbers, etc.
* Job family (Series)
0301 Miscellaneous Administration And Program
Conditions of Employment
* U.S. Citizenship required
* Selective Service Registration, if applicable (www.sss.gov)
* Background and/or security investigation required
* Job offers are contingent on background / security investigation results
* Selectees are required to serve either a 1-year probationary period or a 2-year trial period
* Relocation expenses will not be paid
You must meet the eligibility requirements for veterans preference OR a special hiring authority for veterans to be considered.
Veterans preference gives eligible veterans preference in hiring. Preference is given in competitive appointments as well as special noncompetitive appointments. Only veterans discharged or released from active duty in the armed forces under honorable conditions (i.e., with an honorable or general discharge) are eligible for veterans preference.
There are three types of preference eligible:
* Disabled, regardless of the rating;
* Non-Disabled; and
* Sole survivorship preference
The preference eligibles are divided into five basic groups:
* CPS - Disability rating of 30% or more (10 points)
* CP - Disability rating of at least 10% but less than 30% (10 points)
* XP - Disability rating less than 10% (10 points)
* TP - Preference eligibles with no disability rating (5 points)
* SSP - Sole Survivorship Preference (0 points)
For more information on the types of veterans preference, visit the Feds Hire Vets Veterans Preference web page.
Special Hiring Authorities for Veterans
Below is a list of special hiring authorities designed specifically for veterans. For more information, visit the Feds Hire Vets Special Hiring Authorities for Veterans web page.
Veterans Recruitment Act (VRA)
VRA allows for the appointment of eligible veterans without competition from non veterans. This hiring authority can be used for positions up to GS-11 or equivalent. Veterans are hired under excepted appointments to positions that are otherwise found in competitive service. After the individual satisfactorily completes 2 years of service, the veteran must be converted non-competitively to a career or career-conditional appointment.
Eligibility under the VRA hiring authority applies to any of the following veterans:
* Disabled veterans; or
* Veterans who served in active duty in the Armed Forces during a war, or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized; or
* Veterans who, while serving on active duty in the armed forces, participated in a United States military operation for which an Armed Forces Service Medal was awarded; or
* Recently separated veterans (within 3 years).
In addition, veterans must be separated from the Armed Forces under honorable or general discharge.
Disabled Veterans Enrolled in a VA Training Program
Disabled veterans eligible for training under the Veterans Administration (VA) vocational rehabilitation program may enroll for training or work experience at an agency under the terms of an agreement between the agency and VA. While enrolled in the VA program, the veteran is not a Federal employee for most purposes, but is a beneficiary of the VA.
Training is tailored to the individual's needs and goals, so there is no set length. If the training is intended to prepare the individual for eventual appointment in the agency rather than just provide work experience, the agency must ensure that the training will enable the veteran to meet the qualification requirements for the position.
Upon successful completion, the host agency and VA give the veteran a Certificate of Training showing the occupational series and grade level of the position for which the veteran trained. The Certificate of Training allows any agency to appoint the veteran non-competitively under a status quo appointment which may be converted to career or career conditional at any time.
Applicants wishing to be considered for employment using SSA's competitive selection process may also respond to a specific job opportunity announcement listed on SSA's job opportunity page at: https://www.usajobs.gov/Search/Results?a=SZ00&hp=public&p=1
Providing Proof of Education or Substituting Education
Some positions require proof of education or allow you to use your education to meet qualification requirements. For information on providing proof of education or substituting education for experience, visit https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/#url=Group-Standards
If you are qualifying on the basis of education or satisfying an educational requirement, submit a copy of your transcripts that includes your name, the name of the educational institution, course title(s), number of credits, grade, and date of completion. Unofficial transcripts or screenshots of electronic/web transcripts with the required information will be accepted at the time of application. You must submit your transcripts according to the application submission details of this announcement. Documents will not be accepted via email or regular mail. If selected, you may be required to provide your official college transcripts prior to the effective date of the personnel action placing you into the new position.
Foreign Education: If your transcripts show education completed in foreign colleges or universities, you must also provide documentation that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in a conventional/accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university.