Department Of Veterans Affairs - Portland, OR

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 563283 (Include # on all documents)

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 .

The (VISN) 20, includes the states of Alaska, Washington, Oregon, most of the state of Idaho, and one county each in Montana and California. Our network of health care facilities is comprised of six medical centers one independent outpatient clinic, one rehabilitation center, 23 community based outpatient clinics (CBOCs), and one mobile clinic. Other services include seven nursing home care units, two homeless domicilaries, and 16 readjustment counseling centers.

Your salary and grade will be determined by the Professional Standards Board (PSB). The PSB is a peer review process. The PSB will review your individual qualifications, education, professional training/internship(s) and professional experience to determine the most appropriate salary and grade based on your individual accomplishments.



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 include but are not limited to :
You will have full responsibility for the operation of the laboratory to include the flexibility of planning and scheduling of varied and changing work situations including planning work flow, establishing work methods, procedures, etc., and evaluating products which requires technical knowledge in all areas of the laboratory including orthosis, prosthesis, orthopedic shoes and the technical knowledge and practical application of the equipment necessary to construct these items.

You will utilize the Automated Fabrication of Mobility Aides Program to design and fabricate sockets for preparatory and some definitive prostheses and orthotic devices including AFO's and KAFO's, etc. Construction of theses devices include the selection of the design, drafting patterns, cutting, shaping the selected materials, sewing, riveting, and final finish and fitting to the patient observing the practical application of the device to insure that it meets the demands of the prescription such as skeletal support during ambulation, or hand, finger thumb position for functional use.

You will work with physicians and other team members assisting in the evaluation of amputees or patients' potential for fitting/fabricating orthotic devices, fitting/fabricating sockets and prosthesis, and evaluating the adequacy of these methods. You will alert the team to any problems with existing procedures or devices and formulate plans for appropriate improvements. Demonstration and teaching of new techniques will be required.

You will maintain records information required by Regional Office and Central Office, annotating patient records with regard to services rendered of treatment provided to comply with Quality Management and JACHO Standards and guidelines, and perform other duties as assigned.

U.S. citizenship.

  • Certification. Certification is not required as a basic requirement for this occupation; however, it is strongly desirable as evidence of possession of the essential knowledge, skills, and abilities. Certification is required for assignments at the GS-12 grade level and higher.
  • Licensure. Washington law requires the successful candidate to meet one of the following to obtain a license within the probationary period (1 year):
  • Possess a bachelor degree in orthotics from an approved orthotic education program; or complete a certificate program in orthotics from an approved education program.
  • Complete a clinical internship or residency of 1900 hours.
  • Complete an examination.
An employee who fails to obtain licensure within the required time frame, or who fails to maintain the required licensure, must be removed from the occupation, which may also result in termination of employment.

GS-9 (a) Education . Education equivalent to 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education or master’s or equivalent graduate degree in orthotics and/or prosthetics, provided the applicant’s total background demonstrates the core competencies for GS-9 level assignment. OR,

(b) Experience. Completion of 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower level which demonstrated possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities at that level needed to provide orthotic/prosthetic services in a hospital setting. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

1. Ability to perform a comprehensive examination of the patient and assessment of their individual needs and desires.

2. Ability to formulate a treatment plan.

3. Ability to design, choose componenets, measure and/or cast the patient, fabricate and fit the required orthosis.

4. Ability to properly document into the patient record (CPRS, VISTA, OWL).

5. Ability to communicate with patient, caregiver and treatment team concerning recommended treatment plan.

GS-11 (a) Experience. Completion of 1 full year of experience as an orthotist/prosthetist equivalent to the next lower level that demonstrates possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities at that level needed to provide orthotic/prosthetic services in a hospital setting. Certification at the practitioner level by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics (ABC) or the Board for Orthotist/Prosthetist Certification (BOC) as an orthotist, prosthetist, or orthotist/prosthetist is not required but is highly desirable at this level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: OR,

(b) Education. Three full years of progressively higher-level graduate education or a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in orthotics and/or prosthetics, provided the applicant’s total background demonstrates evidence of knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the work of the position to be filled.

1. Ability to perform comprehensive assessment of patients to determine/understand orthotic/prosthetic needs.

2. Ability to create a comprehensive orthotic/prosthetic treatment plan.

3. Knowledge to perform the necessary procedures to deliver the appropriate orhtotic/prosthetic services including fabrication of the orthosis/prosthesis.

4. Knowledge to provide continuing patient care and periodic evaluation to assure/maintain/document fit and function of the orthosis/prosthesis.

GS-12 (a) Experience. Completion of 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower level as an orthotist/prosthetist functioning as a full member of the clinical team which includes significant involvement in treatment plan development for the most complex types of conditions. Certification is required at the practitioner level by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics (ABC) or the Board for Orthotist/Prosthetist Certification (BOC) as an orthotist, prosthetist, or orthotist/prosthetist. Certification as a technician or fitter does not meet this requirement. Candidates must fully meet the KSAs at that level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the professional KSAs and demonstrate the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*):

(b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

1. Knowledge of regulatory requirements established by the ABC, BOC, the National Committee for Orthotic/Prosthetic Education (NCOPE), the International Association of Orthotists and Prosthetists (IAOP), the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (AAOP), Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), etc.

  • 2. Knowledge of administrative functions including budget development and management, inventory management, space and workload planning as well as knowledge of the National Prosthetic Patient Database, a knowledge of the Prosthetic National Software package, and knowledge of accreditation requirements for orthotic and prosthetic laboratories.
  • 3. Ability to analyze data and provide reports using HCPCS codes and other patient database information.
  • 4. Ability to provide training to orthotists/prosthetists in new technologies and innovations in devices.
  • 5. Ability to manage and supervise employees. (To be used if the assignment is supervisory in nature.)
(c) Assignments. For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity (difficulty), and range of variety, and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time.


VA Handbook 5005/23, Part II, Appendix G32. ORTHOTIST/PROSTHETIST

Requirements: See Above

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.

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 .

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 .

This position will be filled on a full-time permanent basis. Upon completing any required probationary period, the position will be permanent.

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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The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is a government-run military veteran benefit system with Cabinet-level status. It is...