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VA expedites hiring for occupations with ‘severe shortage of candidates’

The Department of Veterans Affairs is looking for a few good professionals. This recent article from Government Executive Magazine describes the Expedited Hiring Authority to hire 15 Critical positions at the VA hospitals throughout the US!

Actually, the VA is looking for tens of thousands of employees in scores of occupations, from healthcare to IT to building maintenance.

The VA considers this a critical personnel situation because overworked staffers in understaffed occupations can have higher rates of attrition. And with the U.S. economy near full employment and millions of jobs open in the private sector, the situation is growing more dire by the day.

This staffing crisis, many years in the making, is particularly acute in 15 occupations for which the VA has declared a “severe shortage of candidates.” So it’s for these vacancies that the VA has petitioned for – and recently received – authority to hire through a rare, expedited process.

What does expedited hiring mean to potential candidates for these challenging, well-paying, secure jobs with great benefits? It means you’ve got a greater chance than usual of getting hired, and faster. It means that for these jobs, the VA is setting aside time-consuming processes like veterans preference and competitive rating and ranking, to get new employees in the door sooner rather than later.

But enough with the suspense. Here are sample openings for the
15 VA occupations, many with vacancies across the country, that are – or soon will be – posted with expedited hiring authority:

Accountants: An opening in Fort Lawton, Washington, pays $43,930 to $84,514.
Biomedical Equipment Support Specialists: Baltimore, MD, pays $57,948 to $91,147
Boiler Plant Operators: Salem, VA, $24.05 to $28.06 per hour
General Engineers: Orlando, Florida, $72,168 to $93,821
Social Workers: Multiple Locations, $73,623 to $95,710
Health Technicians: Louisville, KY, $41,365 to $53,773
Histopathology Technicians: North Las Vegas, Nevada, $41,766 to $54,295
Human Resources Specialists: Battle Creek, MI, $50,598 to $79,586
Information Technology Specialists: Marion, Indiana, $47,686 to $81,400
Police Officers: Shreveport, LA,$37,223 to $48,385
Realty Specialists: Vacancies should post soon
Repair Specialists: Vacancies should post soon
Security Specialists: Boise, Idaho, $41,365 to $65,778
Utility Systems Operators: Charleston, South Carolina, $21.28 to $24.82 per hour

EXPEDITED HIRING AUTHORITY FOR THESE 15 OCCUPATIONS! Keep in mind that these are representative job postings for each of the 15 occupations for which Veterans Affairs has received expedited hiring authority. Some of these openings have restrictions on who may apply, but additional similar vacancies should be posted soon.


Posted by Kathryn Troutman on Feb 06, 2018 at 7:14 AM

Reader comments

Thu, Aug 30, 2018 Joseph Stafford

I have noticed that Human Resources is one of the critical fields. If this true, why does the VA (I'm referring to Bay Pines in St. Petersburg Fl) only hire internal candidates for their positions. I have searched their vacancies for several years and I have never seen their positions open to the pubic. I received my bachelor degree in Human Resources through the Vocational Rehabilitation program, but will never have the opportunity to work in HR with the VA if positions are never open to the public. I have to guess that HR is not critical at Bay Pines.

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