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Job Title:Lead Medical Instrument Technnologist (Diagnostic Ultrasound)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA 626-13-827529-BER

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

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$52,252.00 to $67,931.00 / Per Year


Thursday, January 24, 2013 to Thursday, February 14, 2013




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Nashville, TN United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 827529(Include on all documents)

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.

Vacancy ID: 827529





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.

VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. 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 .  


  • 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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Relocation and Recruitment Incentives are not authorized. 


Tour of Duty:   

Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, with rotating on-call status.



Independently performs standard and advanced examinations. Schedules patients for examinations. Evaluates the nature of critical and emergency procedures and rearranges patients scheduled to accommodate them Cross-indexes interesting cases for teaching purposes.  Independently performs standard and advanced examinations. Schedules patients for examinations. Evaluates the nature of critical and emergency procedures and rearranges patients scheduled to accommodate them Cross-indexes interesting cases for teaching purposes.*


*This position is being recruited at an advanced level and will be providing supervision/direction of other Medical Instrument Technicians (MIT) conducting Diagnostic Ultrasound procedures.



Functions as a lead MIT for a group of MIT's in the Ultrasound section of Medical Imaging. The incumbent performs standard and advanced ultrasound examinations, assists in scheduling patients for examinations, and evaluates the nature of emergency procedures and rearranges schedules to accommodate them. The incumbent will oversee staff assignments, maintain a fair and equitable work distribution and call schedule to continuously strive to improve processes and patient care within the ultrasound section.


The incumbent will also perform the following responsibilities (not all inclusive):

 -Performed examinations include, but are not limited to: abdomen, small parts, OB/GYN, (i.e. transvaginal) and vascular studies to including vein mapping, arterial duplex, and transplant studies for the purpose of acquiring high quality examinations that aid in the diagnosis and treatment of disease.
-Advises radiologist or referring physicians of significant abnormalities that would require their immediate attention and visualization while the patient is undergoing examination.
-Participates in the training of students and co-workers so that these individuals may acquire an understanding of the principles of ultrasound and how it relates to other diagnostic exams.
-Perform routine clerical procedures for the purpose of reviewing patient charts. This requires case editing exams and registering patients in the RIS (Radiology Information System) and reviews images in the PACS (Picture Archiving and Communications System).
-Makes multiple simultaneous settings and adjustments in operation of equipment to ensure accurate results. On the basis of findings, the incumbent will determine necessary ultrasound images to aid in diagnostic findings.
-Review new developments in the field and makes recommendations to the supervisor that would improve the operations of the section.
-Perform difficult and standardized ultrasound examinations including portable exams.
-Maintains adequate supplies so that examinations are not delayed due to the lack of necessary equipment and supplies.
-Assists the radiologist and other physicians in the performance of cyst aspirations, fine needle aspirations, and biopsies that require ultrasound guidance. This requires sterile technique, syringes, needles, etc.
-Develops and maintains patient prep procedures so that patients and wards understand the proper preparations for ultrasound studies in effort to minimize delays of examinations. This information shall be disseminated by written information or telephone conversation.
-The incumbent explains examinations to be performed to the patient so that an understanding of the purpose of the study as well as any requirement of the patient is thoroughly understood. This is done so that an adequate study may be obtained for the purpose of treatment and diagnosis.
-Gathers related information from the patient history orally, through the electronic chart, or from associated diagnostic studies so that correlation to other studies may be made by the interpreting physician.
-Presents ultrasound images and related information to the interpreting physician in a timely manner. This is done so that treatment based on diagnosis may be effectuated in a timely manner.
-Utilize electronic imaging systems to transmit images to interpreting radiologist.
-Perform periodic quality assurance (QA) testing on the ultrasound units using phantoms and test tools for the purpose of assuring peak performance of the ultrasound equipment as needed. Maintains records of the QA so easy reference is available should servicing be necessary.
-Performs or supervises routine housekeeping duties to ensure that the work area is clean and sanitary.
-Ensure compliance with policies regarding  Reusable Medical Equipment (RME) as it pertains to cleaning ultrasound transducers and examination tables and any other equipment that comes in contact with the patient.
-Provide input on performance of staff in the ultrasound section and maintain competencies of staff members in compliance with department and facility guidelines.
-Ensures proper awareness and practice the safety policies/procedures of the medical center and participate in quality assurance activities and staff meetings as directed.



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Citizenship: Citizen of the United States. 


Certification: Registration by Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) or by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) is highly desirable.  Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certifications are also desirable.


Experience: Experience comparable to: Conducting highly complex examination and treatment procedures and techniques in order to provide training and supervision in these procedures. Knowledge of Joint Commission (JCAHO) and other regulatory requirements.  Effective communication with employees at varying grade levels. Management and supervision of employees. Providing staff development and training.


English Language Proficiency:  Medical Instrument Technologist must be proficient in spoken and written English.


Physical Requirements: The candidate selected may need to successfully complete a pre-employment examination prior to appointment.




Grade determination will be performed by a Professional Standards Board of Subject Matter Experts in the field based upon education and experience.


Creditable Experience: To be creditable, experience must have demonstrated possession of the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics (also referred to as "core competencies") associated with current Ultrasound technology practice. This may have been evidenced by the equivalent of 1 year of active practice, which is paid or non-paid employment as a Ultrasound Technologist.


Quality of Experience:  The Team Leader functions as a lead technologist for a group of Ultrasound Technologists. Provides a full range of general diagnostic ultrasound procedures and a broad knowledge of the different modalities within the diagnostic ultrasound area and is accountable to the next higher-level supervisor.  Experience will be evaluated as it directly relates to this position, and must fully meet the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs).  Experience must be gained from performing procedures and examinations in hospitals or clinics under the direction of radiologist and other medical officers.  In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSAs and demonstrate the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*):


Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

1. Advanced knowledge of complex and non-standard treatment and examination procedures and techniques.
2. Ability to plan and assist in the establishment of a completely integrated treatment and examination program.
3. Ability to evaluate new products and equipment and make recommendations concerning developments which would improve operations.
4. Ability to manage the fiscal matters of the functions supervised (which would include fund controls, contracts, and equipment expenditures), forecast resource and equipment needs, and administer the allocated budget.
5. Knowledge of and ability to provide the full range of supervisory duties which would include responsibility for assignment of work to be performed; performance evaluation; selection of staff; and recommendation of awards, advancements, training, and, when appropriate, disciplinary actions.





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. Applicants must, therefore, only report 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, receipt of the Purple Heart Medal, 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 read through the entire announcement first and follow all instructions carefully when applying for the position.  Errors, omissions, and failure to provide required documents and forms 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 site specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome. 


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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 position will be filled on a full-time permanent basis.  Upon completing any required probationary period, the position will be permanent.  This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 


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.


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You are strongly encouraged to read this announcement in its entirety to gain a full understanding of the position and the requirements for a complete application and supporting documentation that comprises a complete  application packet. 


After such, 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.  Also ensure that all supporting documentation required is submitted either on-line or via fax. 

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 any supporting documents to (478)757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:


1.  Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 827529 .

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

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.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, February 14, 2013


To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:


1.  CV or Resume.


2.  VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at (A completed VA Form 10-2850c is required from all applicants.  Failure to submit this form can result in an ineligible determination).


3.  Online Questionnaire (required).


4.   Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at  This is a required form and must be submitted with your application. Failure to submit this form nay result in a rating of ineligible.  (Current permanent Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (TVHS) employees are not required to submit this form.)


5.  If prior military service (a Veteran), include all copies of your DD Forms 214(s) (required) and DD215(s) if applicable.   Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at and submit the VA Letter showing the percentage of disability or derived preference.  Replacement VA Letters for use to apply for Federal employment can be obtained by calling 1-800-827-1000 and following the prompts.    


6.  If currently or previously employed in the VA system or Federal Government Civil Service, include latest non-award SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).


Earl Rice
Phone: (615)225-3729
Agency Information:
VHA Tennessee Valley HCS
Department of Veterans Affairs
Murfreesboro, TN


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.

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