Supervisor, Medical Instrument Technician (EKG/ECHO)
Department of Veterans Affairs - Orlando, FL

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 857593

This is a reannouncement of ORL-13-AM- 857593R, all candidates who have applied for this position NEED NOT RE-APPLY.

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? Officially established in October 2006 the Orlando VA Medical Center is one of the Top 100 Companies in Central Florida for working families in the area. The Orlando VAMC system includes a 120-bed NHCU, a 60-bed Domiciliary, and a large, comprehensive satellite outpatient clinic and CBOC systems that includes facilities in Orlando (Lake Baldwin), Viera, Daytona Beach, Leesburg, Lake Nona, Clermont, Orange City and Kissimmee. Clinic activities will transfer to Orlando's first - and the nation's largest - VA hospital in late 2013. Located in the Medical City at Lake Nona, the new VA hospital will provide state-of-the-art inpatient and day clinic capabilities to benefit more than 90,000 Veteran enrollees throughout its six neighboring counties. With the new hospital the Orlando VA's acute care, complex specialty care, and advanced diagnostic services will be available and consolidated for enrolled Veterans for the first time. The Orlando VAMC is located in East-Central Florida, a family-oriented area with many local entertainment attractions, outdoor activities, beautifully landscaped communities, and some of the best primary schools, colleges and universities in the state. Florida is recognized for its warm, sunny climate, beautiful beaches, abundant housing options, and no state income tax. The Orlando VAMC is associated with the University of Central Florida and other local community colleges, with active affiliations in allied health programs such as Nursing, Pharmacy and Physical/Occupational Therapy.

These vacancies are advertised at the single grade at which this position will be filled above the full performance level.

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 salary, based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

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

A Personal Note to Our Valued Candidates: VAMC Orlando is committed to providing the highest quality care to our Veteran patients. We are dedicated to attracting and retaining employees with natural talent as it relates to a customer and total quality care focus. VAMC Orlando utilizes various tools to identify qualifications and natural talent, to include a manual review of experience, education and credentials, as well as an online questionnaire for clinical and non-clinical positions, and talent-based telephone interviews of candidates who serve as professional healthcare providers, and leaders, to include those at the executive-level at our healthcare facility. Applicants who are found qualified or identified as among the best qualified for a position, may be asked to participate in a natural-talent assessment as part of the hiring process; therefore, we ask that you provide us with an email address you check daily to ensure you receive and respond to our invitation timely. Please include this email address on your application materials. Thank you for considering employment with VAMC Orlando.
    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: This announcement was amended on April 8, 2013 to extend the closing date, and to include information relating to our natural talent based methodology to hiring.

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

The Supervisor, Medical Instrument Technician requires an exceptional level of skills and knowledge unique among diagnostic procedures not performed by physicians. The incumbent must possess a thorough understanding of Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation in order to provide training to other Sonographers and Cardiology Fellows and/or perform when needed. The incumbent must have extensive knowledge of cardiovascular longitudinal and cross-section anatomy and pathology and the knowledge of common cardiac disorders/complications in order to know the location of abnormalities suspected by the referring physician. Must possess sufficient knowledge of ECG interpretation to allow recognition of technical error and inadequate tracings so as to correct problems in quality control as they arise. In addition, the incumbent must be highly skilled in exercise stress testing as to provide training and/or perform when necessary, skill in operating exercise equipment and troubleshooting technical problems and skill in taking blood pressures. Must possess a thorough knowledge of indications for canceling and/or terminating a Stress Test in order to end potential complications or bring to immediate physician attention.

Tour of Duty: Monday to Friday, 8:00am to 4:30 pm.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • English Language Proficiency
**Candidates who possess a Registration by Cardio Vascular Credentialing International (CCI) as a Registered Cardiac Sonographer (RCS) or by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers, (ARDMS) as Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS), Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) and advance Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certifications and a minimum 1 year of experience are HIGHLY desired**

For the GS-10 grade level, at least 1 year experience comparable to the next lower grade level which demonstrates the KSAs that include:

1. Knowledge of JCAHO and other regulatory requirements.

2. Ability to communicate effectively and professionally with employees at varying grade levels.

3. Ability to provide, or provide for, staff development and training.

4. Ability to manage and supervise employees.

In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

1. Advance knowledge of complex and non-standard treatment and examination procedures and techniques.

2. Ability to plan and assist in the establishment of a completely integrated treatment and examination program.

3. Ability to evaluate new products and equipment and make recommendations concerning developments which would improve operations.

4. Ability to manage the fiscal matters of the functions supervised (which would include fund controls, contracts, and equipment expenditures), forecast resource and equipment needs, and administer allocated budget.

5. Knowledge of and ability to provide the full range of supervisory duties which would include responsibility for assignment of work to be performed; performance evaluation; selection of staff; and recommendation of awards, advancements, and, when appropriate, disciplinary actions.

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

References: V A Handbook 5005 at http://www.va.gov/ohrm/joblistings/VAQualStds.doc (also available in the local Human Resources Office) and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/IORs/GS0100/0185.htm .

There is a quality ranking factor associated with this position. Applicants who meet this factor will be considered the "Best Qualified" candidate.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
  • Moderate carrying, 15-44 pounds
  • Walking (6 hours)
  • Standing (6 hours)
  • Repeated bending (2 hours)
  • Emotional stability

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: Basis of Rating : Applicants will be rated on the basis of the quality and extent of their total experience, education, and training in relation to the requirements of the specific position for which they are being considered. Ratings will be based on competitor's statements in their applications and on any additional evidence that may be secured through inquiries of qualifications. Recency of education, training and professional experience may be considered in the rating.

Performance Based Interviewing is utilized by our agency as part of our selection process. Please consult the PBI web site at www.va.gov/pbi for further information.

Management reserves the right to use alternative methods of selection.

You will need to successfully complete a background security investigation before you can be appointed into this position.

This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and/or hiring process please notify Stephen Klubock, Human Resources Specialist, at 321-397-6541. Decisions to approve reasonable accommodation requests are made on a case-by-case basis. Applications submitted outside of the automated application process may not be considered unless an accommodation to the application process has been granted. All application materials must be received by the end of the day on the closing date of this announcement to be considered.

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 and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 90 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp .

This is a drug-testing designated position.

This position is covered by the bargaining unit.

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

You will need to successfully complete a background security investigation before you can be appointed into this position.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies throughout Corporate Orlando VAMC without re-announcing.

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...