Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist, GS-0647-9
Department Of Veterans Affairs - Dayton, OH

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 844416

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. 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 technologist operates various types of radiography equipment in the Radiology Department, Operating Suites, Pulmonary Lab and GI Lab; the equipment, both fixed and mobile units, including direct capture digital and cassette acquired digital units as part of the diagnostic imaging plan for patients. Secondary equipment assigned is at least 25% of duties, Computed Trans axial scanner(CT scan), a highly complex computerized imaging device. Incumbent supports radiologists or other medical officers to produce radiographic studies used to diagnose medical conditions. Routine examinations include but are not limited to radiographs of the skull, thorax, abdomen, pelvis, spine, extremities and soft tissue studies; contrast studies of the digestive system, lower extremity venous system, joints and other internal organs and systems.

Co mputed Tomography (CT). This specialty modality requires specific knowledge of cross sectional human anatomy and its application in spiral, and/or, multi-slice computer tomography, inclusive of 3-D reconstruction scans, including drainages, biopsies, and peripheral vascular examinations. The technologist requires specific knowledge and training in the location, appearance, and function of the various major and minor systems susceptible to radiological illumination; to interpret the examination request accurately; to understand the functioning and inter-relationship of the various organs; to use the methods and techniques which will identify organs appearing on the digital display monitor, or on film, and the various stages of the examination to judge the acceptability of the image and/or scan for diagnostic use and to emphasize the aspects of particular interest to the physician.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
BASIC REQUIREMENTS:
Are you a United States Citizen?

Are you currently certified in general radiologic technology by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT) (R)?

Have you completed 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?

GRADE DETERMINATIONS:
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR GS-09 LEVEL: Completion of 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level directly related to the position being filled, and must fully meet the KSAs at that level.

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

(1) Ability to balance the needs of the patients and staff while still performing complex scans and procedures;

( 2 ) Skill to demonstrate appropriate techniques to gather relevant information from the medical record, significant others, and health care providers;

( 3 ) Ability to assess factors that may contraindicate the procedure;

( 4 ) Knowledge of basic first aid and basic life support practices related to radiography;

( 5 ) Knowledge of physical assessment, aseptic techniques, intravenous skills, and universal precautions; and

( 6 ) Knowledgeable in pre-procedural, procedural, and post-procedural care of patients.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

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/ Part II, Appendix G25, DIAGNOSTIC RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGIST Qualification Standards.

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 .

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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.

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

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