Security Assistant - White River Junction - job 742723

Department of Veterans Affairs

Date: 05/04/2021

City: White River Junction, Vermont

Employment type: Full-time

  • Duties




This position is located in the Communications Section of the White River Junction VA Police Service. The incumbent initiates and carries out a variety of complex duties such as monitoring and directing police officers response to emergency and non-emergency criminal activity, security and life safety matters, communications, radio dispatching, telephone, fire and security computer system.

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The incumbent performs work related to the collection, organization, and/or tracking of information in support of the security and enforcement programs. Receives and complies information from various sources related for police and emergency incidents, takes appropriate action regarding fire, intrusion, duress and hold-up alarms, and directs patrol responses and/or notifies responsible personnel depending on the type of incident or request. The incumbent operates a wide variety of communication systems and related security equipment, such as computers, the National Crime Information Center Computer Terminal (NCIC), National Law Enforcement Telecommunications System (NLETS) and other various communications systems. The incumbent is responsible for operation of SSTV systems, telephone and alarm systems, radio consoles, PACS lock down device, time lapse video system, and related peripherals. Compiles and prepares reports related to events occurring in the operation of the police control center for dissemination of the completed product to various supervisors, department heads, and top management officials. Incumbent coordinates with local emergency services, Local, State, and Federal Law Enforcement officials during emergency situations. The incumbent monitors the operation of all communication/security and related electronic equipment daily. In the event of a malfunction, coordinates with appropriate maintenance personnel to begin repairs. Thereafter, verifies correct operation of the repaired equipment.

Work Schedule: Full Time, Sunday - Saturday, 40 hrs/week, Varying Shifts

Position Description Title/PD#: Security Assistant

Physical Requirements: The work is sedentary. Typically, the employee sits comfortably to do the work. However, there may be some walking; standing; bending; carrying of light items such as papers, books, small parts; or driving an automobile, etc. No special physical demands are required to perform the work. The work is primarily sedentary in nature in an office environment. Most duties can be accomplished form a sitting position. The mental stress however, is much more demanding then the physical stress, because of the split second decisions that must be made as a fire alarm goes off, telephones ring, and radiocommunication requesting instructions or information. Incumbent must have a keen sense of hearing in responding to more than 500 audible-visual signals of wire communication receivers, and occasionally weak radio transmissions or signals.

Travel Required

76% or greater - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

0086 Security Clerical and Assistance

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  • Requirements



Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job

  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation

  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required

  • May serve a probationary period

  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

  • A complete application package; Resume, Transcripts, etc.

  • 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.

GS-05 grade level: One year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-04 grade level in the federal service); experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA's) and other characteristics to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled, in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Specialized experience includes:

Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level. Applicants who have the 1 year of appropriate specialized experience, as indicated in the table, are not required by this standard to have general experience, education above the high school level, or any additional specialized experience to meet the minimum qualification requirements.


Applicants may substitute education for the experience required for the GS-05 level.


Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at the GS-05 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 at the GS-05. 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 A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.


4 years above high school is required when using education as substitute for experience.

Successfully completed education above the high school level in any field for which high school graduation or the equivalent is the normal prerequisite is creditable at grades GS-3 through GS-5 for all positions except Reporting Stenographer, GS-5. This education must have been obtained in an accredited business, secretarial or technical school, junior college, college or university. One year of full-time academic study is defined as 30 semester hours, 45 quarter hours, or the equivalent in a college or university, or at least 20 hours of classroom instruction per week for approximately 36 weeks in a business, secretarial, or technical school.

Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here:


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.

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