Audiologist
Department of Veterans Affairs - Marion, IL

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):
834594

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 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.

NOTE: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience and recommend the step at which the candidate will be placed

in that specific grade

. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

Special Employment Consideration:
VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

This position is located in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service.

Tour of duty: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday.

More than one (1) vacancy may be filled through this announcement should the need arise.

PLEASE NOTE: In Section 25 of the Occupational Questionnaire, you may notice that the numbering restarts with number one. When entering your responses on the 1203-FX form please continue to enter your responses on the next available number within this section. The numbers on the 1203-FX will not match the Occupational Questionnaire once it restarts with number one. Submission of a resume or 1203-FX alone IS NOT a complete application. This position requires the completion of additional forms and/or supplemental materials as described under Required Document section. Please carefully review the complete job announcement and the "How to Apply" instructions. Failure to provide the required information and/or materials will result in your application not being considered for employment.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

U. S. Citizenship

Must pass pre-employment examination

English Language Proficiency required

Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required

Background and-or Security Investigation required

DUTIES:
Duties include but are not limited to:
The incumbent conducts diagnostic assessment, planning, organizing and conducting a rehabilitative program, training consultation and other related functions.

The incumbent develops diagnostic and therapeutic programs for the patient, conducts evaluations leading to the decisions regarding compensation claims, hearing aid selection, and dispensing.

The incumbent conducts interviews with patients and/or appropriate family members.

M

easure acoustical characteristics of environment.

Utilizes knowledge of resources, relationship between resources available and patient needs, collects, and analyzes data used in preparing recurring and special reports.

Identifies and evaluates individuals with hearing disorders in the reception and perception of speech, language, and other acoustic signals.

Administers the full range of tests including the testing of vestibular nerve function and electrophysiological testing to rule out possible retrocochlear disorders; evaluates the type and degree of hearing loss for patients who are normally unable to provide consistent and reliable reaction to diagnostics.

The incumbent is responsible for direct services of a remedial and sometimes preventative nature.

Relocation Expenses:
Relocation expenses are not

authorized for this position.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
BASIC REQUIREMENTS:
U.S. Citizenship

A master’s degree or its equivalent in audiology or hearing science from an accredited college or university.

“

Accredited” means a college or university [recognized] by a regional accreditation organization and an audiology or speech-language pathology program [recognized] by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

(ASHA)

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EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE FOR GS-11 LEVEL:
Completion of 1 year of professional experience as an Audiologist equivalent to the next lower level; or 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a doctoral degree; or a doctoral degree in audiology, hearing science, or a related field.

In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) identified for the assignment.

[a

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Knowledge of contemporary audiology practice;

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Ability to communicate orally and in writing;

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c

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Knowledge of anatomy, physiology, acoustics, applied acoustics, communication, psychoacoustics, and auditory/vestibular pathophysiology;

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Knowledge of principles and techniques in the assessment and treatment of auditory and balance disorders;

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Ability to perform functions associated with contemporary audiology scope of practice; and

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Ability to interact with patients, families, and other health care professionals.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE FOR GS-12 LEVEL:
Completion of 1 year of professional experience comparable to the GS-11 level and possession of a full, current, and unrestricted license to practice audiology.

Staff audiologists at this grade level must demonstrate professional knowledge of, and skill in applying, a wide range of theories, principles, and methodology of the practices of audiology to a wide range of populations.

Individuals may perform ancillary assignments, including program management duties on an occasional basis, where the complexity and amount of work is not substantial (less than 25% of the time).

In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs identified for the assignment.

[a

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Ability to develop coherent treatment strategies;

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b

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Knowledge of clinical services, and the ability to perform them independently;

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c

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Ability to conduct assessments and provide treatment interventions;

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d

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Ability to provide consultation to other health care professionals;

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e

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Knowledge of contemporary audiology practice; and

[

f

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Ability to perform functions associated with contemporary audiology scope of practice.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

All legal and regulatory requirements must be met within 30 days of the closing date.

References :
VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G29, Audiologist Qualification Standard, dated March 17, 2006.

VA Handbook 5005 at

http://www.va.gov/ohrm/joblistings/VAQualStds.doc

(also available in the local Human Resources Office)

APPLICANTS 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:

http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html

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.

Veterans' Preference:
When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit

http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx

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HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment. You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.

BENEFITS:
Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at

http://www.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp

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

OTHER INFORMATION:
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

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.

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