Therapeutic Radiologic Technologist
Department Of Veterans Affairs - Washington, DC

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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.

The incumbent serves as a Therapeutic Radiologic Technologist with the responsibility of administering radiation treatments prescribed by a Radiation Oncologist for the treatment and palliation of disease.

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:
The incumbent will be responsible for administering radiation treatments prescribed by a Radiation Oncologist for the cure and palliation of disease along with other duties as assigned. These duties include: CT-Simulation to position and immobilize patients for daily treatment; daily treatment from the simple to the highly complex on a high energy linear accelerator; performing daily Q/A on the machines to ensure proper function and output; interpreting treatment plans generated by dosimetry; performing emergency calculations; maintaining accurate treatment records; generating documentation of treatment portals; maintaining radiation safety and patient safety; billing for services rendered and participate in the on-call schedule.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
BASIC REQUIREMENTS:
  • U.S. citizenship.
  • Experience or Education. Completion of a full-time training course of at least 24 months duration (or the equivalent) in a post-high school therapeutic 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 radiation therapy.
  • Public Law 97-35, the Consumer-Patient Radiation Health and Safety Act of 1981, requires that persons who administer radiation therapy meet the credentialing standards in 42 CFR Part 75, Standards for the Accreditation of Educational Programs and the Credentialing of Therapeutic Radiologic Personnel. Essentially, they must have successfully completed an educational program that meets or exceeds the standards described in that regulation, and is accredited by an organization recognized by the Department of Education, and be certified as a radiation therapist in their field.
  • Certification. All applicants must be certified in general radiologic technology by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT) (T).
  • Certification. Certification by ARRT in one of the specialized areas of radiologic technology is highly desirable, in addition to certification by ARRT as a radiation therapist.
  • English Language Proficiency. Therapeutic Radiologic Technologists must be proficient in spoken and written English.
Applicants must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GS-9).

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

References : Input applicable reference and links. For example: VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G26, Therapeutic Radiologic Technologist QUALIFICATION STANDARD , dated March 2006.

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 .

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 .

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

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

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...