Speech Pathology Assistant
Department of Veterans Affairs - Seattle, WA

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Vacancy ID: 934295

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? The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. 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. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service. If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans .

The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define “who we are,” our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are I ntegrity, C ommitment, A dvocacy, R espect and E xcellence (“ I CARE ”).

America's Veterans need you! To find out more, go to http://www.va.gov/jobs/ .
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation.

DUTIES: Location: This position is located in the Speech Language Pathology Service under the Rehabilitation Care Services at the VA Puget Sound Healthcare System (VAPSHCS) in Seattle, WA.

Major duties and responsibilities include:

The incumbent performs a broad range of tasks in support of the mission of the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Programs to include administrative and clinical functions. Major Duties include but are not limited to:
· Manage Speech-Language Pathology equipment, supplies and educational material.
· Monitor the timeliness of cognitive, communication and speech device orders being processed.
· Assist the Speech-Language Pathologist during studies and prosthetic changes.
· Transport documents, materials and assists in delivering patients to and from the department within the hospital.
· Monitor and maintain inventories and order supplies.
· Assist in the management of access to Speech Pathology and Audiology services.
· Communicate with triaging clinicians and scheduling clerks.
· Maintain patient data in electronic files and documents within prescribed guidelines.
Work Schedule: M-F 8:00am-4:30pm

Possess specialized experience directly related to this position, which has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the assigned duties. When answering the questionnaire, remember that your experience and/or education is subject to verification by investigation. You must show this experience in your resume/application, you may be asked to provide specific examples or documentation of experience or response by a practical demonstration of your claimed ability to perform a task.

One (1) full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience includes: managing Speech-Language Pathology equipment, supplies and educational material; entering and monitoring the completion of work orders; managing patient and equipment transportation; working with medical media to maintain inventory of educational handouts; maintaining clean, disinfected and sterilized equipment, tests batteries, trial devices and work surfaces; maintaining hazardous materials inventory for a Speech-Language Pathology program; and coordinating provision of services and care with or through outside parties.



Possess at least six months of directly related graduate education or an internship. This education is creditable only in those instances where it is directly related to the work of this Health Technician position. (COPY OF TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED)



Possess equivalent combinations of graduate education and specialized experience as describe above to meet the total qualification requirements for this position. (COPY OF TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED)

A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.


ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY: In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), No person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. You must be proficient in basic written and spoken English in order to meet the requirements of this position.

You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position (Narrative Responses Not Required):
· Knowledge of regulations, procedures and guidelines required in ordering supplies and prosthesis.
· Knowledge of infection control and sterilization procedures.
· Skill in using Microsoft Office software to include Word, Excel, Outlook and Power Point.
· Knowledge of specialized Speech-Language Pathology equipment and instruments.
· Ability to follow specific oral and written instructions.
· Knowledge of terminology and clinical procedures related to Speech-Language Pathology.

The work is mostly sedentary and requires some standing, bending and carrying light items such as charts, papers and books. A piece of equipment on a rolling cart would need to be moved on a daily basis. A significant amount of walking is also required to interact with patients and other services.

The work is carried out throughout the hospital including the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Clinic. Additional activities take place in many other areas in the Medical Center including offices of other services.

Involves regular and recurring exposure to infection and contagious diseases. Personal protective equipment such as gloves, gowns and/or masks may be required for safety.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications .

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

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. Please refer to this checklist to ensure proper accreditation and for foreign education requirements.

Veteran's 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 DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability. If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non service-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed " SF15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference ," (go to http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf ) and required documentation with your application materials. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx .

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: Applicants will be ranked based on four quality groups, as follows:
  • Best qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position;
  • Highly qualified - applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job;
  • Well qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the job; and
  • Qualified - applicants possessing experience and/or education that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors.
After the vacancy announcement closes, reviewed applications are evaluated against the questionnaire responses and placed in the appropriate quality group. Qualified veterans will be afforded preference by being placed at the top of the appropriate quality group. Qualifying veterans with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be placed at the top of the best qualified group. The best qualified group is the first to be referred to the hiring facility for further consideration and possible interview. The remaining groups may be referred based on the number of applicants available.

BENEFITS: VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.va.gov/jobs/job_benefits/benefits.asp .

The Federal Government has special excepted appointing authorities for persons with qualifying disabilities, such as Schedule A. Specific information can be found at http://www.opm.gov/disability/peoplewithdisabilities.asp . IMPORTANT: If you would like to receive consideration as a Schedule A applicant, you must contact the Human Resources office at the facility where this position is located at .

OTHER INFORMATION: Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

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 (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/ .

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. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

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

You may be required to serve a probationary period.

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