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Job Title:Staff Audiologist

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:HN-1332-792790-BC

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$75,403.00 to $98,022.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 to Tuesday, December 11, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0665-12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Hines, IL United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

MISSION & VISION: "To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan."    –Abraham Lincoln

This position is located in the Rehabilitation Service Line department at the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital in Hines, IL.

Relocation Incentive may be authorized for highly qualified candidates.

WHO WE ARE: We are people who take great pride and deep satisfaction in providing America's veterans with the best clinical care, the most innovative technology, and the most comprehensive array of benefits America has to offer.

ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER: HN-1332-792790-BC

Vacancy Identification Number: 792790

Grade/Step/Salary will be recommended by a Professional Standards Board and is based upon education and/or experience.

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. 

This position is located in the Audiology and Speech Pathology Service at the Edward J. Hines, Jr., VA Hospital. The duties and responsibilities are carried out throughout the medical center including all clinical and other patient care areas involved with the service.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a US citizen to apply for this job
  • You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period.

DUTIES:

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The audiologist at this level conducts, plans, and coordinates all clinical and administrative aspects of a full range of services associated with contemporary audiology practice. Clinical duties and responsibilities include direct patient care involving a full range of audiology and balance evaluation and treatment services, including the selection and fitting of hearing aids and other amplification systems and devices, aural (auditory) rehabilitation, and counseling of hearing-impaired veterans and their family. The incumbent identifies and evaluates individuals with hearing disorders in the reception and perception of speech, language and other acoustic signals to a full range of patient complexity.  Administers the full range of tests including the testing of vestibular nerve function; evaluates the type and degree of hearing loss for patients who may be unable to provide consistent and reliable reaction to diagnostics. The incumbent is responsible for planning, delivering, and monitoring the effectiveness and clinical outcomes of patient-centered treatment and rehabilitative services for patients with significant physical and psychological complicating conditions; including, but not limited to, the selection and fitting of all types of hearing aids; programming of digital hearing aids; issuance of hearing protection devices for prevention of acoustic trauma for those individuals working in a noisy environment; selection and fitting of assistive devices and assistive listening devices such as personal and FM amplifiers, telephone amplifiers, radio or TV magnetic induction devices for special communication problems; and inspection, modification, and repair of amplification devices and ear molds.   Incumbent plans, conducts, and coordinates auditory (aural) rehabilitation, tinnitus, and/or vestibular rehabilitation programs for patients; designs patient-centered treatment plans to assist patient and caregivers to maximize and restore to the greatest extent possible physical and social functioning; and designs, monitors, and conducts a comprehensive hearing conservation program for employees at risk for noise exposure. The incumbent will be responsible for supervising, evaluating, mentoring, and precepting student trainees in audiology and maintained a liaison with affiliated colleges and universities. He/she may also provide instruction to residents and interns who seek information relation to audiology. Incumbent will complete all documentation in accordance with facility policy.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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NOTE:   Your résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified to ensure that you meet the minimum qualifications required as described in the duties listed above. You will also be evaluated to the extent you possess the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics associated with the position.  Therefore, please ensure your application package addresses the assessment questionnaire.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC.  WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.  If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, you may be rated ineligible for this position.

To qualify for an Audiologist with the Department of Veteran Affairs you must:

o possess a master's degree or doctoral degree in audiology, hearing science or related field from an  accredited college or university. Accredited  means a college or university accredited by a regional accreditation organization and an audiology program recognized by the Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education (ACAE) and/or the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA); and
o possess a full, current, and unrestricted license* in a State, Territory, Commonwealth or the District of Columbia; and
o be proficient in spoken and written English; and
o be a citizen of the United States.

In addition to qualify for an Audiologist at the GS12 level: you must have at least one (1) full year of professional experience equivalent to the next lower grade level directly related to the position being filled (equivalent to the GS-11 level) This experience must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics associated with contemporary professional audiology practice where you have:

  • Proven knowledge of contemporary audiology practice; 
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing; knowledge of anatomy, physiology, acoustics, applied acoustics, communication, psychoacoustics, and auditory/vestibular pathophysiology;
  • Knowledge of principles and techniques in the assessment and treatment of auditory and balance disorders;
  • Ability to perform functions associated with contemporary audiology scope of practice; and
  • Ability to interact with patients, families, and other health care professionals.

You must also be able to demonstrate the following: 

  • Ability to develop coherent treatment strategies;
  • Knowledge of clinical services, and the ability to perform them independently;
  • Ability to conduct assessments and provide treatment interventions;
  • Ability to provide consultation to other health care professionals;
  • Knowledge of contemporary audiology practice;and
  • Ability to perform functions associated with contemporary audiology scope of practice.


You must provide a copy of your transcripts. Failure to provide transcripts will result in you being rated ineligible for this position. We accept unofficial transcripts, as long as they contain the applicant's name, the name of the school, the date and degree that was awarded, and the list of classes and credits earned. Transcripts must be received in this office by 11:59PM EST on the closing date in order to be considered. If you are selected an official transcript must be provided prior to entry on duty.

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. http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html

FOREIGN EDUCATION: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, you must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.

Veterans Preference:  When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans must claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s), Member Copy 4, if available, showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.).  Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability and a completed SF-15, "Application for 10-point Veteran Preference".

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, nonservice-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, must refer to and submit a completed SF 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," and required documentation with your application materials.

For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors, omissions, or failure to submit all required documents will affect your eligibility or consideration for this position.


BENEFITS:

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Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, 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://www4.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp  

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.



OTHER INFORMATION:

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

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



HOW TO APPLY:

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APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE:   The selecting official for this position is not allowed access to your electronic OPF which is why it is required for you to submit a thorough and complete resume to include all of your relevant work information (ie starting and ending dates of employment, hours worked, duties, etc).  The resume you provide through this application process is forwarded to the selecting official.  It is highly recommended that you use the resume builder in USA JOBS as it contains all of the information we need to determine whether or not you are qualified for this position.  Failure to provide a resume and all the documents requested in the announcement may render you not qualified for the position you are applying for.   

TO APPLY ONLINE:

1.    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete application (See "Required Documents" section below).   

2.    The complete Application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, December 11, 2012.

3.    Click the Apply Online button at the bottom of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. 

4.    You must upload the required documents before you submit your application.  

5.    Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. 

NOTE:  Mailed/emailed applications will not be accepted.

When submitting your RESUME ONLINE yet unable to upload all other required supporting documents, you may fax supporting documents using the below instructions:

TO FAX YOUR SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS:

1.    Complete this supporting documents cover sheet for submitting supporting documents using the following Vacancy ID: 792790.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.  Without the cover page, your documents will not be processed.

2.    Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.

NOTE:  The supporting documents cover sheet in this section is only for use when you have applied online and need to submit faxed supporting documents.

IF YOU CANNOT APPLY ONLINE:

1.    Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire.

2.    Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire.

3.    Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144.  Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission. Keep a copy of your fax receipt for your verification.

NOTE:  The 1203FX form is considered a part of your initial application package.  You must submit all six (6) pages of the form.  Please ensure you use the 1203FX form when you are submitting your entire application via fax.  DO NOT use the cover page listed above under the heading section "TO APPLY ONLINE", USE THE 1203FX as your cover page.

To change or update your application , reapply through My USAJOBS, before the closing date.  To check the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account ( https://my.usajobs.gov/Login.aspx), select Application Status and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: (Failure to comply may be basis for withdrawal of an offer of employment or dismissal after appointment)

·          Applicants must be citizens of the United States, and be at least 16 years of age as of the closing date.

·          Applicants tentatively selected will be subject to a pre-employment medical screening.

·          Applicants tentatively selected for certain designated positions may be subject to a random drug screening for illegal drug use. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment.

·          New Appointees will be subject to a background investigation to determine suitability.

·          Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify at the time of appointment that they have registered with the Selective Service system or are exempt for having to do so under Selective Service law. http://www.sss.gov/

·          Applicants will be denied employment consideration if listed on the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Inspector General Sanctions database.

·          Applicants selected for positions through this announcement may be subject to a one year supervisory probationary period.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

           Curriculum Vitae (CV)*  or Résumé  - A sample can be obtained at http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp. * (ALL APPLICANTS MUST SUBMIT)

·           Application for Associated Health Occupations .* (ALL APPLICANTS MUST SUBMIT)

·           Declaration for Federal Employment ,   OF-306 (ALL APPLICANTS MUST SUBMIT)     

·        Your most recent SF-50*   (ALL Current Federal Employees, and Former Federal Employees MUST SUBMIT, if applicable.)

·          Evidence of your eligibility to apply for this vacancy (All applicants must submit required documentation, as applicable.)

·          Any other documents required    (i.e. DD-214, SF-15, VA Disability Award Letter, etc.) 

·          Responses for Questionaire*       View Occupational Questionnaire

NOTICE: Eligible Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) applicant you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position . To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position. ICTAP eligible must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a separation notice; a "Notice of Personnel Action" (SF-50) documenting separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456.

* INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL receive a rating of IFM (ineligible due to missing forms). Requests for reconsideration of ratings will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package. We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software or fax transmissions, etc.

Only send documentation as requested/required by this announcement and that directly supports your qualifications for this position.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Deborah Reid
Phone: (708)202-8387x23431
Email: DEBORAH.REID@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA VISN 12
VISN 12 Great Lakes Human Resources
Honey Creek Three
135 S 84th St Room 175
Milwaukee, WI
53214

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to determine eligibility. We will also review your application to ensure that your résumé supports the answers you provided in the questionnaire. If your résumé does not support your questionnaire answers,  you will be rated ineligible for this position.


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Job Announcement Number:

HN-1332-792790-BC

Control Number:

331882500