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Job Title:Supervisory Medical Instrument Technician (Polysomnography)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:OB-12-RGM-790367r-NEU-Ext

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$47,448.00 to $61,678.00 / Per Year


Monday, November 19, 2012 to Friday, November 30, 2012




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Birmingham, AL United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 790367 



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. 


Please read the entire announcement before beginning the application process to ensure you submit all the required documents.  All applicable forms must be complete and signed prior to uploading.


NOTE:  If you apply for this position electronically (On-Line), you do not need to apply manually using the OPM Form 1203-FX (OPM-Occupational Questionnaire).  If you complete and fax the OPM Form 1203-FX to the designated fax number listed in this vacancy announcement, It will override your previous application you have already submitted electronically (On-Line).  Therefore, please apply for this position using one method only (i.e., apply electronically [On-Line] or apply manually using the OPM Form 1203-FX).  If you apply using both the electronic (On-Line) and manual (OPM FORM 1203-FX) methods, it will result in a duplicate processing error and you may lose consideration for this position.

The Birmingham Veterans Affairs Medical Center (BVAMC) is an integral part of the Medical community that provides acute, tertiary, medical, and surgical care to Veterans of Alabama.   The Medical Center provides care to a veteran population of 420,000 in Alabama and treats approximately 57,000 unique veterans annually.   The medical center serves as a referral center for this area with 138 operating beds with care provided in almost all medical and surgical specialties and subspecialties.

Birmingham, AL is located in the heart of the Southeastern United States and is a progressive center for medical research, banking, music, technology, art, engineering, and higher education.

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


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.


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


  • 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


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This position is located in the Sleep Disorders Center in the Birmingham VA Neurology Service.   This person will work under the supervision of the Director, Birmingham Veteran Affairs Medical Center (BVAMC) Sleep Disorders Center, and displays proficiency and performs at a level of excellence in all sleep diagnostic and treatment procedures and other related procedures in accordance with the guidelines and protocols established by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, BVAMC Sleep Disorders Center, and procedures of the Birmingham VA Hospital.   The Supervisor will provide training and mentorship to subordinate Medical Instrument Technicians (Polysomnography) staff.   This person is able to interact fully with the patient and physician to diagnose sleep disorders including those that are uncommon or rare.   He/she is able to conduct full sleep studies including overnight studies, extended EEG studies, and evaluate the relationship of events, sleep stages, and possible medical conditions which influence or result from events occurring during sleep.   This person anticipates problems likely to occur during the sleep study and is able to prepare for such situations, suggest changes in established procedures, or recommend alternative courses of action.   He/she in this assignment will assume full administrative and professional responsibility for planning and guiding the work of subordinate polysomnography technicians.   Duties include assigning and evaluating work of subordinate staff;providing polysomnography technician services in more complex cases; reviewing and making recommendations regarding new and emerging procedures; providing instruction and training of new staff; interviewing candidates for positions; recommending selections, advancements, and promotions; evaluating performance and taking disciplinary action, when necessary; and identifying educational or training needs.   The Polysomnographer is responsible for performing duties in accordance with the mission, vision, and values of the Birmingham VA Hospital.

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

Duty Hours will be Day Shift.




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Citizenship:   Must be a citizen of the United States.   Non-Citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified US Citizens.

Education:   There is no specific educational requirements for this occupation.

Licensure or Certification:   Registration by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT) is highly desirable.   Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certifications are also desirable for employees at this level.

Physical Requirements:   Candidate selected must be able to successfully pass a medical screening conducted by the Birmingham VA Medical Center Employee Health Unit Staff.

English Language Proficiency:   Medical Instrument Technicians must be proficient in the spoken and written English language.



In addition to the Basic Requirements listed above, applicants must meet the below additional requirements to qualify at the GS-09 grade level:

 GS-09 IS ABOVE THE FULL PERFORMANCE LEVEL for the GS-0649 Medical Instrument Technician (Polysomnography) series and is used for MIT's who possess at least one (1) full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience comparable to the next lower grade level (GS-08) which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities related to the duties of this position.  THIS EXPERIENCE WOULD DEMONSTRATE POSSESSION OF THE KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE ALL ASPECTS OF POLYSOMNOGRAPHY SERVICES.  CERTIFICATION OR REGISTRATION BY THE BOARD OF REGISTERED POLYSOMNOGRAPHIC TECHNOLOGISTS (BRPT) IS HIGHLY DESIRABLE AT THIS GRADE LEVEL.   Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) AND Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification is also highly desirable at this grade level. Assignments at this level is in a Supervisory responsibility and assumes full administrative and professional responsibility for planning and directing the work of subordinate technicians.  Typically, these duties include assigning and evaluating the work of subordinate staff;providing polysomnography technician services in more complex cases;reviewing and making recommendations regarding new and emerging procedures;providing instruction and training to new staff;interviewing candidates for positions;recommending selections, advancements, and promotions;evaluating performance;taking disciplinary action, when necessary;and identifying educational or training needs. 


Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA's):


1.      Knowledge of the more complex examination and treatment procedures and techniques in order to provide training and supervision in these procedures, to evaluate and initiate performance improvement projects, and to write policies, procedures, and protocols that pertain to Polysomnography.

2.      Knowledge of JCAHO and other regulatory requirements.

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

4.      Ability to manage and supervise employees.

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


NOTE:   Please do NOT respond in writing to the above KSA's, as these KSA competencies will be incorporated into the On-Line Assessment Questionnaire you will be required to complete when you apply for this position electronically.




References :  VA Handbook 5005/54, Part II, Appendix G-27, Medical Instrument Technician  QUALIFICATION STANDARD , dated June 7, 2012. 


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:   Satisfactory physical examination as determined by the Employee Health Unit upon appointment only.  See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.


NOTE:  The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-09 .  The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is  GS-09.  The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be placed.  The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

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: 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


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.


For more information on the VA’s preferred method of interviewing, please visit .


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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 job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.


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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To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the right side of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.


YOU MUST INCLUDE VA FORM 10-2850c IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY.   You may upload the completed form to your USAJOBS or Application Manager account if you apply online.  Then you can use the uploaded form again and again when applying for future vacancies.  Please see this guide ( for more information on uploading and re-using the form in your applications.  Other required forms and documents can also be saved in your account and used the same way.  Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is much easier and faster.


Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, just reapply through your account in USAJOBS. Check your account ( to see the status of your application after applying, including any messages that may have been sent to you.


If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print this 1203-FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire:
  3. Fax the completed 1203-FX form along with all supporting documents to (478) 757-3144.  Your 1203-FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
  4. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.


A fax machine is available for internal applicants in Human Resources, Career Development Center, Room 2207.  Applications and supporting documents may be faxed Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.


To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID: 790367.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.
  2. Fax your documents to (478) 757-3144.
  3. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.


The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, November 30, 2012.


The following documents are required:


REQUIRED:  Résumé/ CV.  Your resume or CV should include the vacancy announcement information and personal information including:  current/ prior Federal service information, education information, work experience which includes job title, duties, and responsibilities, employer’s name and address, supervisor’s name and telephone number, starting and ending dates of employment, hours worked per week, and salary.  Please indicate whether your supervisor(s) can be contacted.


REQUIRED:  VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (available at . 


REQUIRED:  If you are a current or former federal employee, you must submit your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action).                                        

REQUIRED:  Responses to the occupational questionnaire.


Any other documents required by the checklist.


Ramonia Moon
Phone: (205)933-8101x4165
Agency Information:
VHA Birmingham VAMC
Department of Veteran Affairs
700 19th Street South
Human Resources
Birmingham, AL


After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements.  You will be notified when this decision is made.


For more information on the VA’s preferred method of interviewing, please visit .

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