Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Purchasing Agent in Boston, Massachusetts02133

Job Overview

Job Overview





Our Mission:To fulfill President Lincoln’s promise – “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to

Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Contact the Agency Contact on the last page of the JOA for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.

Who May Apply:

• Current permanent employees of the VA Boston Healthcare System including permanent Veterans Canteen Service employees. • All federal employees serving on a Career or Career-Conditional appointment. • Former federal employees eligible for reinstatement. • Permanent Title 38 employees employed on a full-time basis. • Veterans eligible as 30% Disabled Veterans. • Veterans eligible under a Veterans' Recruitment Appointment (VRA) • Veterans eligible under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) • Those eligible under the Employment Program for People with Disabilities • Those eligible under ICTAP.


The position is located in Engineering Service at the West Roxbury campus. Performs a wide variety of administrative tasks associated with maintaining and supporting the work performed within the service. Types and submits reports and documents, transcribes, and compiles reports, documents and statistical data. Reviews work requests submitted by customers and assigns them as appropriate. Answers both routine and trouble calls and takes appropriate actions, directs calls to appropriate staff, responds to questions, or takes messages as appropriate. Searches, assembles and summarizes information from files and documents as required for reports, briefings and conferences. Utilizes appropriate computer software (e.g. MS Office, including Excel and Word) and programs (e.g. VISTA/DHCP) in the performance of tasks required for the job. Maintains key control records and distributes office and car keys. The incumbent also manages the government vehicle reservations for the Fleet and submits the monthly reports of use to the Fleet Coordinator. He/she coordinates procurement activity. Incumbent serves as the focal point for arranging and coordinating training activities. He/she creates and modifies forms for use by non-card holding individuals to record all information necessary to process procurement requests; developing procedures for issuing purchase orders to vendors; creating any necessary documentation systems; and establishing procedures for prompt reconciliation and approval of credit card statements and/or FMS and IFCAP transactions. Serves as primary purchasing agent for Engineering at the West Roxbury campus through use of VA Purchase Card. Acts as a resource in establishing purchase card procedures. Enters all traditional (non purchase card) IFCAP requests for material and service and alerts Chief, Engineering or other designated Control Point Official of need for approving transactions and follows-up on status of any requests. A more detailed position description is available in the Human Resources Management Service WORK SCHEDULE: Full-time, 8:00am-4:30pm, Monday through Friday FUNCTIONAL STATEMENT #: 523-00389-A

NOTE: This position is a NAGE Bargaining Unit position. NOTE: Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized. NOTE: Selectee may be required to work at any Boston Healthcare System campus, as needed. NOTE: Veterans' preference does not apply for other current permanent Federal agency employees NOTE: Current and former Federal employees must submit copies of their most recent SF-50, (Notice of Personnel Action). The SF-50 must identify the position title, series, grade, step, tenure and type of service (competitive or Excepted). In some cases, more than one SF-50 may be required to show a higher grade previously held.

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Selectee may be required to work at any Boston Healthcare System campus, as needed.
Relocation Authorized
  • No

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Must pass pre-employment physical examination.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

(From the OPM Qualification Standards Operating Manual)


Specialized Experience -OR-

Substitution of Education


1 year

Bachelor's degree

A combination of education and specialized experience is also acceptable, for example 2 years of post-high school education AND six months of specialized experience.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Qualifying specialized experience includes submitting purchase requests/making credit card purchases and reconciling same; maintaining time and attendance records for a department; properly receiving/routing electronic requests for services (work orders); receiving calls requesting urgent assistance and dispatching appropriate personnel; and other administrative support duties. PLEASE NOTE this experience MUST be documented in your resume. APPLICANTS MEETING THE QUALIFICATION STANDARDS WILL BE EVALUATED ON THE FOLLOWING COMPETENCIES: 1. CONTRACTING/PROCUREMENT 2. TECHNICAL COMPETENCE 3. CLERICAL 4. COMPUTER SKILLS 5. CUSTOMER SERVICE

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: 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. PLEASE NOTE: 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; religious; 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.

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 incumbent may be required to travel to another division if needed. The Department of Veteran Affairs must provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities where appropriate.

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or 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 Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application

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Security Clearance


Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After the vacancy announcement closes and a referral certificate is issued, an electronic notification letter - or e-mail - will be sent to applicants who provide an e-mail address. Otherwise, you will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service within 2 to 4 weeks.


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

Other Information

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 90 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Salary Range: $34,576.00 to $44,954.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-1105-05/05

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: Merit Promotion & Status Eligibles

Control Number: 472389000

Job Announcement Number: RS-17-JB-1975406-BU