The incumbent in this position will furnish actuarial analysis, reports, and related data pertinent to the administration and revision of veterans' services and entitlement programs (with the exception of life insurance). This includes disability compensation, pension, educational benefits, home loan guaranty benefits, vocational rehabilitation, and burial.
As an Actuary for the VBA you will:
Compile Statistical Data for Analysis and Reports
This will involve actuarial expertise in applying a wide variety of projections across the full range of the Veterans Affairs benefit programs with a focus on disability compensation and other post-employment benefit programs. Specific duties include: developing actuarial liability for various programs as required for financial reporting; preparing and defending formal actuarial reports; providing a high level of predictive modeling and research; and advanced actuarial projection, statistical analysis, data mining, predictive modeling and innovative research.
Estimate Probability and Cost
This will involve developing new approaches to problems using advanced data mining and predictive techniques (e.g. decision tree, GLM, NN, MARS). Specific duties include: building predictive models using diverse data sources; implementing model results into organizational decisions and strategies; developing in-house knowledge of various model and recommendations for their future use; and performing advanced programming in SAS, Excel, Access or other software to perform data mining and predictive modeling activities.
Design, Test and Administer Strategies to Minimize Risk
This will involve providing authoritative actuarial consultation and advice on a wide range of program issues. Specific duties include: evaluating proposed legislation affecting veterans benefit programs for cost, impact and actuarial soundness; preparing supporting evidence for the findings that can be understood by a layman; designing ad-hoc models and analyses; working closely with organizational elements and communicating with actuaries and technicians on matters pertaining to the actuarial aspects of the VA's services and compensation programs; and working with both interagency and external contractors on a project basis.
Project Lead Responsibilities
This will involve responsibility to the Director, Accounting Policy and Reporting Staff, for ensuring that the work of the Actuarial team is carried out. In this capacity the Team Lead will explain team goals and objectives; assist the team in organizing in order to accomplish the work; coach, facilitate and solve work problems; provide information to the supervisor on performance of the team and individuals; communicate assignments, milestones and deadlines; observe training needs; and relay training needs and requests to the supervisor.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
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Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
Selectees are subject to a background/suitability investigation.
Selective Service registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
A probationary period may be required.
Work Schedule: Regular office hours, Monday through Friday. Alternate work schedules may be available.
There are three major requirements that must be met in order to qualify for this position. Those requirements are as follows and must be met by the closing date of the announcement:
A bachelor's (or higher level) degree that included courses in actuarial science, mathematics, relevant statistics, business, finance, economics, insurance, or computer sciences totaling at least 24 semester hours. This course work must have included a minimum of 12 semester hours of mathematics that included differential and integral calculus and one or more courses in mathematics for which those calculus courses were prerequisites.
A minimum of one year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the grade GS-13 level in Federal or other service, that demonstrated mastery of advanced theories, practices, methods and principles of actuarial science sufficient to provide expert consultation to senior level staff and to other actuaries, analysts, and personnel on social or health insurance issues, study approaches, research techniques amendable to actuarial methods, and the validity of actuarial assumptions and methods. Such work would typically have involved planning, coordinating and analyzing recent financial experience and preparing estimates of future experience based on general social, economic, and demographic factors using a variety of actuarial techniques.
Current associateship in the Society of Actuaries; or associateship in the Casualty Actuary Society; or status as an Enrolled Actuary. You must submit proof as part of your application.
In describing your experience, please be clear and specific. We will not make assumptions regarding your experience. Applicants who do not fully address in their resume the specialized experience needed for the position and who do not possess the education will not be further considered. You will be rated on the following competencies based on your application for this position and your response to the occupational questionnaire:
Knowledge of actuarial sciences with a focus on other post-employment benefits.
Ability to analyze, interpret and implement actuarial techniques based on actuarial and accounting standards when preparing and reporting on actuarial based estimates.
Ability to evaluate, test and analyze data factors used to develop and support assumptions used in the estimates.
Ability to communicate orally.
Ability to communicate in writing.
Only education or a degree recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from an accredited college, university, schools or institution may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education . 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 your education.
Physical Requirements: The work is sedentary. Typically the employee may sit comfortably to do the work. The work does not require any special physical effort. The Department of Veterans Affairs provides reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities.
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 may be discussed during the interview process.
Receiving Service Credit for 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) provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for Competitive Service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified for this vacancy. A well-qualified candidate is defined as meeting all of the minimum qualification standards and eligibility requirements as well as possessing skills that clearly exceed the minimum qualifications requirements for this position. Specifically, a well-qualified candidate will demonstrate relevant experience as an Actuary with an emphasis on benefits as described in the vacancy announcement. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility can be found .
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.
Notice to Applicants:
It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. Information about an individual's employment experience will be used only to determine the person's qualifications and to assess his or her relative level of knowledge, skills, and abilities. Although an individual's personal conduct may be relevant in any employment decision, including conduct during periods of unemployment or evidence of dishonesty in handling financial matters, financial difficulty that has arisen through no fault of the individual will generally not in itself be the basis of an unfavorable suitability or fitness determination.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
If you are referred for further consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include responses to the knowledge, skill and ability statements; completion of a work sample; and/or an interview. Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or further consideration for employment. After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your resume and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. Your application will be evaluated using the category rating method based on your responses to the assessment questions and the documents you submit. If you meet the basic requirements for the position, your application will be evaluated and placed into one of three categories: Best Qualified Category - Candidates who meet the minimum qualification requirements and demonstrate a high level of the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the duties of the position.
Well Qualified Category - Candidates who meet the minimum qualification requirements and demonstrate a satisfactory level of the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the duties of the position.
Qualified Category - Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications requirements.
Note: Candidates eligible for veterans' preference will be placed ahead of other candidates in the appropriate category for which they have been rated. Additionally, preference eligibles who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent and who meet the minimum qualification requirements will automatically be placed in the best qualified category.
After the review is completed, a referral certificate(s) will be issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided). Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made. You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on Application Status. For a more detailed update of your status, click on more information. Information regarding applicant notification points can be found in the USAJobs Resource Center.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
Your resume may be submitted in any format, however we strongly recommend using USA Jobs resume builder as it contains all of the information required on Federal resumes.
For qualifications determinations your resume must reflect hours worked per week, inclusive dates of employment, and the level of your experience. If your resume does not reflect this information you will not receive further consideration for this position.
If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, it will not be used to make eligibility and qualification determinations and you may not be considered for this vacancy.
Applicants claiming veterans' preference must also submit:
A legible copy of your DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, showing all dates of service, as well as character of service (Honorable, General, etc.). The member 4 copy of your DD Form 214 is preferable. Copies of DD-214's can be requested .
Current active duty members must submit a signed statement of service from their commander dated within the last 120 days that contains their expected discharge date, their release from active duty under honorable conditions, any medals awarded, and the timeframe of their service so eligibility can be determined.
Veterans claiming 10 point preference must also submit an and all documents indicated on the form as proof of type of preference. This includes a VA letter supporting your disability claim with the overall percentage listed.
If you are unsure as to whether you qualify for veterans' preference, please consult the U.S. Department of Labor's Veterans' Preference Advisor here
A transcript must be included as part of your application package.
An unofficial transcript may be submitted, however, it must reflect the course names, levels, credits earned, and grades received.
Your transcript must reflect the degree conferred date
A photocopy of your degree is not acceptable in lieu of a transcript.
An official transcript will be required at a later date if you are selected for the position.
Applicants claiming eligibility must also submit:
Certification of expected separation, reduction-in-force separation notice, or notice of proposed removal; and your most recent performance evaluation; and an SF-50 demonstrating your separation or the position you will be separated from;
Worker's compensation separation: agency certification of inability to place employee and notification of separation or a separation SF-50;
Disability annuity termination: Notification from OPM of disability annuity termination and separation SF-50 of the last position held;
Military reserve or National Guard technician special disability retirement annuity under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456: Certification of special disability retirement annuity from a military department or National Guard bureau and separation SF-50 of the last position held.
Failure to submit any of the above mentioned required documents may result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted. You will not be contacted for additional information.
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.
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.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. .
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
To apply for this position, you must complete the and submit the documentation specified in the required documents section below.
The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 08/03/2018 to receive consideration.
1. To begin, click apply online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
2. Click submit my answers to submit your application package.
: It is your responsibility to ensure that your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. To verify that your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, select the application status link, and then select the more information link for this position. The details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click update application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
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Agency contact information
VBACO HRC Detroit
810 Vermont Ave NW
After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your resume and application package does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) will be issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided). Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. Referred applicants will receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.
You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on Application Status. For a more detailed update of your status, click on more information. Information regarding applicant notification points can be found in the USAJobs Resource Center.
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