BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT Applicants must possess a bachelor's degree (or higher) with major study in an academic field related to the health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of this position. (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED)
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.
This position includes a Selective Placement Factor (skill, knowledge, ability or other worker characteristic basic to - and essential for - satisfactory performance of the job). Selective Placement Factors are a prerequisite to appointment and represent minimum requirements for a position. Applicants who do not meet it are ineligible for further consideration.
The Selective Placement Factor for this position is:
Must have certification as a Clinical Exercise Specialist (CES) or Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist (RCEP) through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE - In addition to meeting the basic education requirement above, applicants must have at least one year of specialized experience that equipped them with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the Health Science Specialist position. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-7 level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience includes: knowledge of the principles and practices of health services research; recruiting and screening research study participants; conducting physiological testing on human subjects; performing exercise screening and clinical exercise testing; collecting and analyzing data; conducting literature reviews and preparing administrative and statistical reports; and assisting in preparing grant applications and manuscripts.
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.
SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED) - Successful completion of 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree with a major in a field appropriate to the work of this position to substitute for the one year of experience, is fully qualifying for the GS-9.
COMBINING EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED) - Combination of successfully completed graduate education and experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements.
Quality Ranking Factors* have been requested by the facility to help determine which of the basically qualified applicants are likely to be better qualified for a position. The quality ranking factors for this position are:
"Possession of a degree from an accredited college or university in clinical exercise physiology, exercise science, or a related field."
"Specialized experience in physiological data and statistical analysis."
"Possession of valid certification in Basic and/or Advanced Cardiac Life Support."
*Quality Ranking Factors are skills, knowledge, abilities, or other worker characteristics which could be expected to result in superior performance on the job. Quality ranking factors will not be used for screening, but may be used as ranking criteria. Applicants with higher proficiency levels may rank above those with lower proficiency levels on a quality ranking factor.
You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:
- Knowledge of the theories, principles, practices, and techniques of exercise physiology.
- Ability to detect cardiac and respiratory abnormalities.
- Skill in using exercise equipment.
- Knowledge of human anatomy and physiology.
- Ability to communicate orally to convey complex technical and scientific information.
- Knowledge of ethics, privacy and research compliance regulations.
- Knowledge of record keeping principles.
- Skill in the use of computers.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Testing and training require standing, walking, and the demonstration of exercise equipment. There is some minimal bending and lifting required in setting up apparatuses for data collection. The remainder of the job is sedentary. The work is performed in either an exercise laboratory or in an office setting for administrative and record keeping matters.
For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.
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. 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.