Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist
Department of Veterans Affairs - Salt Lake City, UT

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 847917

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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.

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

http://www.vacareers.va.gov/

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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

Maintains a professional certification

DUTIES:
Independently performs routine and fluoroscopic procedures, including a variety of difficult radiographic examinations. Receives patients, explains the method of the procedure, positions patients, selects and sets technical factors, adjusts accessory equipment, and makes necessary exposures for the requested examinations. The objective of the examinations and procedures is to produce radiographic studies that are used in medical diagnosis and interpreted by medical officers to locate injuries, foreign bodies, pathological conditions, or lesions within the body. The incumbent is responsible for ensuring the radiographic room is set up properly. Assures that sterile supplies, contrast materials, catheters or other equipment required are present and laid out. Prepares and administers contrast media and medications in accordance with State and Federal regulations. Performs all routine diagnostic radiographic examinations including portable and operating room procedures. Extracts patient data from hospital information system, and maintains records of patients examined, examinations performed, views taken, and the technical factors used. The technologist requires knowledge of image acquisition in computerized radiography (CR), digital radiography (DR) and Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS). Keeps work area clean and orderly, stocks room supplies and exhibits a professional manner in dress and work habits. Maintains current knowledge of new developments in the field of allied health sciences as related to Radiologic Technology and maintains current AART registration. Assists in the clinical and didactic training of x-ray students.

This announcement may be used to fill for a Full-time and Part-time appointment. When applying, please indicate which work schedule you would be willing to accept.

Tour of Duty: Rotating Shifts and Rotating Weekends and On-call shifts as required.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
BASIC REQUIREMENTS

:

a.

Citizenship.

Citizen of the United States.

(Non-citizens
may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified
candidates in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this
part.)

b.

Certification.

All
applicants must be certified in general radiologic technology by the
American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT).

c.

Experience or Education.

Completion
of a full-time training course of at least 24 months duration (or the
equivalent) in a post-high school diagnostic radiologic technology
program, evidenced by a certificate or an associate’s degree, accredited
by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
(JRCERT), and certification by the American Registry of Radiologic
Technologists (ARRT) in radiology.

Please visit this website to verify your programs accreditation.

https://portal.jrcertaccreditation.org/summary/accreditedprogramsearch.aspx

d.

Grandfathering
Provision.

All persons employed in VHA in this occupation on the
effective date of this qualification standard are considered to have met all
qualification requirements

for the title, series and grade held

,
including positive education and licensure/certification/registration that are
part of the basic requirements of the occupation.

For employees who do not meet all the basic
requirements required in this standard, but who met the qualifications
applicable to the position at the time they were appointed to it, the following

provisions apply:
Such
employees in an occupation that does not require a
licensure/certification/registration, may be reassigned, promoted, or demoted
within the occupation.

Such
employees in an occupation that

requires

a
licensure/certification/registration, may be reassigned, promoted up to and
including the full performance (journey) level, or demoted within the
occupation, but

may not

be promoted beyond the journey level or placed
in supervisory or managerial positions.

Such
employees in an occupation that requires a licensure/certification/registration
only at higher grade levels must meet the licensure/certification/registration
requirement before they can be promoted to those higher grade levels.

Employees who are appointed on a temporary basis prior to the
effective date of the qualification standard may not have their temporary
appointment extended or be reappointed, on a temporary or permanent basis,
until they fully meet the basic requirements of the standard.

Employees initially grandfathered into this occupation, who
subsequently obtain additional education and/or
licensure/certification/registration that meet all the basic requirements of this
qualification standard must maintain the required credentials as a condition of
employment in the occupation.

If an employee who was retained in an occupation listed in
38 U.S.C. § 7401(3) under this provision leaves that occupation, the employee
loses protected status and must meet the full VA qualification standard
requirements in effect at the time of reentry to the occupation.

e.

Physical Requirements

.

See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

f.

English Language Proficiency

.
Diagnostic Radiologic Technologists must be proficient in spoken and
written English in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a,
this part.

GRADE DETERMINATIONS:
To qualify at the GS-05

(a)

Experience/Education.

None beyond the basic requirements.

To qualify at the GS-6

(a)

Experience.

Must possess at least one

(

1) year of

SPECIALIZED

experience equivalent to
the GS-05 in the Federal service that equipped you with the particular
knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of
this Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist position, and that is typically
in or related to the work of the position to be filled.

SPECIALIZED
EXPERIENCE INCLUDES

: Basic technique standards for minimum radiographic
exposure; knowledge of anatomy and positioning; patient safety
procedures;radiographic producing equipment; and learn basic computer
functions.

OR

(b)

Education.

Must successfully complete a full 4-year Baccalaureate degree, with major study in Radiography or other subjects

DIRECTLY

related field to diagnostic radiology/imaging. (

Transcript Required

)

To qualify at the GS-07

(a)

Experience.

Must possess at least one (1) year of

SPECIALIZED

experience equivalent to
the GS-06 in the Federal service that equipped you with the particular
knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties for
this Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist position, and that is typically
in or related to the work of the position to be filled.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE INCLUDES

:
Technical adequacy of the digital image, including the ability to
adjust the image quality in the digital system; Use of different
contrast material required for the requested study, radiation protection
standards minimum radiographic exposure techniques, appropriate beam
limitation to anatomical area; and employing lead shielding when
performing standard or fluroscopic procedures; PACS systems, CDROMS, and
basic computer skills.

OR

(b)

Education.

Must sucessfully complete one full academic year of graduate education
leading to a degree program in radiography or other

DIRECTLY

related
field related to diagnostic radiology/imaging. Education may relate to
the duties of a specific position or to the occupation, but must be
appropriate for the position being filled.

(TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED).

AND

(c)

Certification.

Certification by ARRT in one of the specialized areas of radiologic technology is highly desirable,

IN ADDITION

to certification by ARRT as a general radiologic technologist.

To qualify at the GS-08

(a)

Experience.

Must possess at
least one (1) year of

SPECIALIZED

experience at the next lower grade level (GS-07) that
demonstrates the core competencies described at that level, i.e.,
experience that demonstrates possession of the knowledge, skills,
abilities, and other characteristics needed to provide general
radiologic technology services in a therapeutic setting and/or in a
specialized area.

AND

(b)

Certification.

Certification
by ARRT in one of the specialized areas of radiologic technology is
highly desirable,

IN ADDITION

to certification by ARRT as a general
radiologic technologist.

Minimum
qualifications will be determined in accordance with VA-specific
qualification standards, VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix II-G25, or
by the criteria established in the Qualification Handbook for general
schedule employees.

This handbook is available for review in the Human Resources Management Department, Building 4.

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

SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE:
Combinations of successfully completed education and experience may be used only in those instances directly related to the position to meet the total qualification requirements.

TO BE CREDITABLE, ALL PERTINENT COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS MUST BE SUBMITTED WITH THE APPLICATION PACKAGE.

If qualification requirements are not met by this review, the applicant WILL NOT receive further consideration

.

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. Applicants must, therefore, only report 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. ***

BASIS OF RATING:
Applications will be rated on the basis of experience, education and training, as it relates to the qualification requirements and the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA’s) listed above under duties and qualifications.

To receive full consideration, you should provide detailed evidence of the KSA’s in your application in the form of clear concise examples showing level of accomplishment and degree of responsibility.

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 (member 4 copy ) 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://www4.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp

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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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