DRUG-TESTING POSITION: Applicants
tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are
subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment.
Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA.
Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug
test result is received.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY: In accordance with 38
U.S.C. 7402(d), No person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless
they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. You must be proficient in basic written and
spoken English in order to meet the requirements of this position.
position involves a multi-grade career
ladder. The major duties listed below represent the full performance level
of GS-6. At the GS-5 grade level, you will perform assignments of a more
limited scope and with less independence. You will progressively acquire the
background necessary to perform at the full performance level of GS-6.
Promotion is at the discretion of the supervisor and is contingent upon
satisfactory performance, availability of higher level work and availability of
QUALIFICATIONS FOR GS-5: Possess one (1) year of
specialized experience equivalent to at next lower grade level in the Federal
Service. Examples of specialized experience include: in-processing, assembling,
trouble-shooting, preparing, sterilizing, storing, and issuing sterile and
unsterile medical instrumentation and equipment. You must be familiar with the
technical names, general uses, physical characteristics, and operating
conditions of medical instrumentation items; knowledge of decontamination,
cleaning, preparation, sterilization, and storage procedures; be familiar with
aseptic techniques; and knowledge in operating a washer-sterilizer, ultrasonic
instrument cleaners, and gas and steam sterilizers. Examples of qualifying
specialized experience include work as an operating room technician, medical
instrument technician, nursing assistant, corpsman, or laboratory worker.
complete at least 4 years of education above high school leading to a Bachelors
degree with major study in any field. (TRANSCRIPTS
combination of creditable specialized experience and education as described
above to meet the total experience requirements for the Medical Supply
Technician position. Combination of successfully completed post high school
education and experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements. NOTE: Only undergraduate
education after the first 60 semester hours of coursework are substitutable for
experience. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED)
FOR GS-6: Possess
one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level
in the Federal Service. Examples of specialized experience include: Experience
in processing, assembling, trouble-shooting, preparing, sterilizing, storing,
and issuing sterile and unsterile medical instrumentation and equipment. You
must possess knowledge of the technical names, general uses, physical
characteristics, and operating conditions of medical instrumentation items; knowledge
and skill in decontamination, cleaning, preparation, sterilization, and storage
procedures; knowledge of aseptic techniques; and skill in operating a
washer-sterilizer, ultrasonic instrument cleaners, and gas and steam
sterilizers. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include work as an
operating room technician, medical instrument technician, nursing assistant,
corpsman, or laboratory worker.
education or an internship meets the specialized experience required above GS-5
only in those instances where it is
directly related to the work of the position.
One full year of graduate education meets the requirements for
GS-7. One year of full-time graduate
education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school
attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that information cannot be obtained from
the school, 18 semester hours should be considered as satisfying the 1 year
full-time study requirement. Part-time
graduate education is creditable in accordance with its relationship to a year
of full-time study at the school attended. (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED)
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
will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other
characteristics as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:
1. KNOWLEDGE OF ASEPTICE PRINCIPLES
2. KNOWLEDGE OF GENERIC INVENTORY
PACKAGE, BAR CODING AND AUTOMATED INVENTORY SYSTEM TECHNOLOGIES
3. KNOWLEDGE OF THE AVAILBILITY, USE
AND INTEGRATION OF STERILE SUPPLIES AND ASEPTIC PROCEDURES
The work requires
regular periods of walking during the entire workday and frequent bending and lifting
of supply packages (occasionally weighing as much as 30 pounds). The employee regularly pushes loaded carts
weighing several hundred pounds and works them over slight rises such as door
regular and recurring basis, the employee alternates between a contaminated
environment and a carefully controlled clean environment. The employee wears special clothing, hair
covers and shoe covers which can be uncomfortably warm. The employee uses insulated gloves to remove
carts from sterilizers. The employee is
subject to burns from accidentally touching hot items. The hazards of working around minute
quantities of sterilizing gases are unknown.
information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States
Office of Personnel Management's website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.
DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE
ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support
your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).
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. Please refer to this checklist to ensure proper accreditation and for foreign education requirements.
When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s) 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. If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.
Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non service-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed " SF15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," (go to http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf) 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:
Applicants will be ranked based on four quality groups, as follows:
- Best qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position;
- Highly qualified - applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job;
- Well qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the job; and
- Qualified - applicants possessing experience and/or education that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors.
After the vacancy announcement closes, reviewed applications are evaluated against the questionnaire responses and placed in the appropriate quality group. Qualified veterans will be afforded preference by being placed at the top of the appropriate quality group. Qualifying veterans with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be placed at the top of the best qualified group. The best qualified group is the first to be referred to the hiring facility for further consideration and possible interview. The remaining groups may be referred based on the number of applicants available.