Program Analyst

Department of Veterans Affairs
West Haven
Oct 03, 2017
Oct 09, 2017
Employer Type
Direct Employer
Employment Type
Full Time
VA CT is seeking a full-time Program Analyst. The principal responsibility of this position is to participate in the ongoing development and implementation of monitoring, evaluation and dissemination plans for mental healthcare nationally. This participation will take multiple forms: designing data collection methods and collecting data from the field, extracting data from administrative data such as the Corporate Data Warehouse, designing reporting structures for both VACO and other stakeholders, ensuring compliance with information security policy, and communicating directly with OMHO staff and front line mental health field staff about those data and reports.

* The incumbent will be responsible for proposing, building and documenting data collection methods for those data that must be collected directly from programs, facilities, and individual Veterans.

* The incumbent is responsible for creating and maintaining data systems (i.e. databases and data files) as well as data management protocols that ensure that data flow into analytic data sets accurately, and are cleaned and maintained accurately.

* In order for NEPEC to effectively collect and analyze national data for VACO leadership, the incumbent performs in-depth analysis of existing automated and manual systems to determine what can be used or changed; prepares programming specifications for implementation by computer programmers; specifies inputs and outputs, appropriate data structure, module interface plans, detailed layout of files, and test plans.

* Incumbent designs the physical structure of required databases considering such factors as access methods, frequency of access, storage media, data volatility, search strategies to be employed, etc.

* Selects appropriate programming language and utility routines or adaptations. Codes, tests, debugs and documents applications as they are developed.

* The incumbent is responsible for accurately and efficiently extracting such data directly, as well as in collaboration with NEPEC programming staff.

* The incumbent will document extraction protocols and update them as needed, as well as train other program analysts in the protocol so that they can act as backup in the event of absence.

* Incumbent codes, tests, debugs and documents data extraction protocols as they are developed.

* The incumbent is responsible for designing documents and other deliverables such as dashboards or slide decks that summarize the results of monitoring and evaluation protocols in collaboration with the evaluation team.

* Incumbent also prepares ad hoc reports from the data as requested by VACO leadership, and supports ad hoc data requests from the field as much as possible. NEPEC creates many national performance measures for mental health care (e.g. mental health SAIL scores), and the incumbent will be responsible for understanding how and why the performance measures are calculated and communicating with programs and mental health leadership across the country regarding those measures and their values and meaning.

* The incumbent is responsible for understanding the data reported sufficiently to identify where there are possible operational concerns in a specific VA facility.

Work Schedule: Monday- Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm

Position Description Title/PD#: Program Analyst/00526



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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Who May Apply

Applicants will be accepted from current permanent competitive service employees of VA CT Healthcare System and permanent Veterans Canteen Service employees. Status eligibles- current career or career-conditional federal employees with competitive status. Reinstatement eligibles, Veterans Recruitment Authority (VRA) eligibles, Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) eligibles, certain military spouses, persons with disabilities, disabled veterans with a 30% or more disability.


Full Time

* More About VA

* 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 employees 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.

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.

* Qualifications

* To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement TAG:Closing Date.

Specialized Experience: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-11) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to:

* analyzing and evaluating (on a quantitative or qualitative basis) the effectiveness of line program operations in meeting established goals and objectives;

* developing life cycle cost analyses of projects or performing cost benefit or economic evaluations of current or projected programs;

* advising on the distribution of work among positions and organizations and the appropriate staffing levels and skills mix;

* advising on the potential benefits/uses of automation to improve the efficiency of administrative support or program operations;

* evaluating and advising on the organization, methods, and procedures for providing administrative support systems such as records, communications, directives, forms, files, and documentation; Develops tools promoting effective coordination of the records management program

* Develops and approves methods for automating reports using a variety of software packages and applying judgment in selecting the most appropriate software type

* Modifies the existing tracking methods to correct problems

* Establishes a database management system to improve tracking methods

* Improves efficiency and effectiveness of processes by utilizing knowledge of human factors

* Applies statistical analyses and interprets their significance

* Utilize analytical and evaluative techniques to assess effectiveness of results and other related programs

* Prepares narrative summaries, white papers, charts, graphs and briefing books as required

* Analyzes statistical and demographic data to support program development and to aid in the establishment of goals and objectives

There is no educational substitution for the GS-12 level.

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.

* Benefits

* VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:

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.

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide 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 (have a final rating of 85 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website.