This position is located within the VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS), Environmental Management Service (EMS) as part of the Textile Care Processing Facility (TCPF). The incumbent is responsible for ensuring accurate stock levels and customer service request are processed accurately for the Health Care System.Learn more about this agency
ResponsibilitiesMajor duties include but is not limited to:
- Receives, stores, issues, and sorts a wide variety of medical linens for all facilities within the VA
Portland Health Care System and Interagency Agreement Facilities
- Ensures accuracy of orders processed for Interagency Agreement Facilities, records weights and enters data into Linen Management database
- Receives, identifies, validates, loads exchange carts and delivery carts with correct par levels of clean linen items
- Compares quantity with baseline Par levels (as prescribed on Par level Memo) and information received from ward-masters (patient census, unusual situations, problems, etc.)
- Monitors and adjust Par levels within Linen Management database to ensure optimal efficiency of inventory
- Reviews for accuracy all daily requests for linen supplies. Prepares linen carts for distribution to various end users, using existing Par Tracker to ensure proper stock levels
- Selects linens by type, size and quantity, and loads them into transport carts
- Moves cart with new day's linen to ward area(s)
- Coordinates with the Nursing Station Staff daily for hospital linen needs
- Performs inventory of linen by counting quantities of items remaining on wards and clinics linen racks and adjusts daily linen order to replenish par level
- Follows established standard operating procedures to wipe down carts prior to re-delivery
- Notifies Laundry Supervisor or Laundry Manager, Environmental Services when operating level of linens is too low to meet demand, selects necessary quantities of linens from shelf stock and places into operating stock
- Performs various duties in the Uniform Distribution room including issuing and receiving uniforms to hospital staff, inventory, stocking and records keeping
- Participates in physical inventory of all hospital linens and may perform periodic "Spot Check" inventories as needed to track specific stock needs
- Moves linen supplies via hand cart, dolly, Tractor or similar equipment delivering or picking up to or from wards, clinics, or the laundry
- Maintains minimum of 5-day par for general linen, 7 day for essential PPE
- Performs count of items in designated areas, completes inventory forms, reconciles discrepancies in accordance with established procedures
- Maintains hand receipts for linen supplies delivered to clinics
- Ensures that adequate supply of linen is issued to cover weekends and holidays
- Coordinates shipping of salvaged or Fair Wear and Tear items back to the TCPF for tracking and accountability
- Schedules semi-annual inventories of all hospital linen used in a patient care environment.
- Assists the representatives from each linen using area in the identification and inventory requirements throughout the hospital
- May be required to operate government owned vehicle for occasional travel to facility sites for delivery or pick up of textile/linens or uniforms
- Performs linen counts as required during linen transfers to and from laundry
- Completes trip ticket and performing normal vehicle operator maintenance
- Perform all duties and responsibilities of a WG-2 Textile Care Worker and will accomplish such duties when deemed necessary by his/her immediate Supervisor
- Ensures that records are maintained of linen sent to and returned from laundry, enters data into Linen Management database
- Submits descriptive listing of all items (i.e. nomenclature, size, etc.) to supervisor
- Reports linen shortages and damaged linen losses to supervisor
- Submits requests for purchases of linens to supervisor
- Responds to customer request for linen/textiles and uniforms ensuring completion of request is documented via email, SharePoint, or verbal communication to Supervisor or Work Leader
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 7:00 am - 3:30 pm
Position Description Title/PD#: Materials Handler/21601-A
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
- Receives, stores, issues, and sorts a wide variety of medical linens for all facilities within the VA
Job family (Series)
Conditions Of Employment
- You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
- Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
- You may be required to serve a probationary period
- Subject to a background/security investigation
- Pre-employment physical required
- Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
QualificationsTo qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement, 03/03/2021.
EXPERIENCE: A specific length of training and experience is not required, but you must show evidence of training or experience of sufficient scope and quality of your ability to do the work of this position. Evidence which demonstrates you possess the knowledge, skills, and ability to perform the duties of this position must be supported by detailed descriptions of such on your resume. Applicants will be rated in accordance with the OPM Federal Wage System Qualification Standards.
SCREEN-OUT ELEMENT: Your qualifications will first be evaluated against the prescribed screen out element, which usually appears as question 1 in the on-line questionnaire. The screen out element for this announcement is: Ability to do the work of the position without more than normal supervision. Examples include: Receives, stores, issues, and sorts a wide variety of linens; Selects linens by type, size and quantity, and loads them into transport carts; Maintains hand receipts for linen supplies delivered; Ensures that records are maintained of linen sent to and returned from laundry, enters data into Linen Management database. Those applicants who appear to possess at least the minimal acceptable qualification requirement are considered for further rating; those who do not are rated ineligible and are eliminated. The potential eligibles are then rated against the remainder of the Job Elements:
- Dexterity and Safety
- Interpret Instructions, Specifications (other than blueprint reading)
- Work Practices
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Note: 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.
Physical Requirements/Working Conditions: Duties require frequent maneuvering of heavy carts; both soil and clean, from using areas, carts that sometimes have a gross weight of 800 pounds or more. Incumbent is required to do
extensive walking, pushing, pulling, stooping, bending and lifting of laundry bags, sometimes more than 75 pounds when linens are wet.
This job does not have an education qualification requirement.
Receiving Service Credit or 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 employee's 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.
Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Contact the Agency Contact for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.
The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal/VA 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/.
Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.
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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.
- Cover Letter
- DD-214/ Statement of Service
- Disability Letter (Schedule A)
- Disability Letter (VA)
- Other (2)
- Other (3)
- PCS Orders
- Performance Appraisal
- Proof of Marriage Status
- Separation Notice (RIF)
- SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
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How to Apply
All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 03/03/2021 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/11038982.
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NOTE: Participation in the seasonal influenza program is a condition of employment and a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). It is a requirement that all HCP to receive annual seasonal influenza vaccination or obtain an exemption for medical or religious reasons. Wearing a face mask is required when an exemption to the influenza vaccination has been granted. HCP in violation of this directive may face disciplinary action up to and including removal from federal service.
HCP are individuals who, during the influenza season, work in VHA locations or who come into contact with VA patients or other HCP as part of their duties. VHA locations include, but are not limited to, VA hospitals and associated clinics, community living centers (CLCs), community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs), domiciliary units, Vet centers and VA-leased medical facilities. HCP include all VA licensed and unlicensed, clinical and administrative, remote and onsite, paid and without compensation, full- and part-time employees, intermittent employees, fee basis employees, VA contractors, researchers, volunteers and health professions trainees (HPTs) who are expected to perform any or all of their work at these facilities. HPTs may be paid or unpaid and include residents, interns, fellows and students. HCP also includes VHA personnel providing home-based care to Veterans and drivers and other personnel whose duties put them in contact with patients outside VA medical facilities.
Agency contact information
AddressVA Portland Health Care System
3710 Southwest US Veterans Hospital Road
Portland, OR 97239
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?
VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS) is a Level 1A major interdisciplinary teaching and quaternary facility with service-lines serving primary care, emergency medicine, medicine, surgery, specialty, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, oncology, dentistry, geriatrics and extended care inpatients and outpatients throughout Oregon and Southwestern Washington. In addition to the two main divisions located in Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington, VAPORHCS operates nine community-based outpatient/outreach clinics (CBOC) and is a consulting and referral center for many patient care specialties not offered at other VHA medical centers within VISN 20.
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