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Job Title:  Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (Computed Tomography)
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  VQ-GS-13-105-VLF-832700

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

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SALARY RANGE:
$31,315.00 to $61,678.00 / Per Year
OPEN PERIOD:
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 to Thursday, February 21, 2013
SERIES & GRADE:
GS-0647-00
POSITION INFORMATION:
Full Time - Permanent
DUTY LOCATIONS:
1 vacancy in the following location:
Fargo, ND United StatesView Map
WHO MAY APPLY:
United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 832700 

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. 

How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

  

The Fargo VA Health Care System is a Level 2 Medical Center and a member of Veterans Integrated Service Network 23. This facility combines a 39 bed medical facility along with a 38 bed Community Living Center providing transitional care, both accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. Fargo also has a Department of Veterans Affairs Benefits Office on campus, offering veterans the unique opportunity to obtain health care, benefits services, and Readjustment Counseling at one location. Due to the growing veteran population in our service area, nine Community Based Outpatient Clinics have been established with the tenth planned for opening in late 2012. The Fargo Health Care System provides a wide spectrum of primary and tertiary acute and extended care inpatient and outpatient activities in an academic setting. The Fargo Health Care System has an active research program and has a successful affiliation with the University of North Dakota School of Medicine.

 

Fargo is a thriving metropolitan area of nearly 200,000 that offers a sense of solid values and has been ranked 1 nationally for safety.   Additionally, the July 2010: Money Magazine ranked Fargo among top "100 Best Places to Live".   The community supports 4 hospitals, 3 colleges and all the amenities one would expect in a metropolitan area including great shopping, excellent private and public schools, an active arts community, and sports activities for every interest.  If the Minnesota lakes country appeals to you we are a short commute from the tranquility of the great outdoors. Major metropolitan areas of Minneapolis and Winnipeg are an easy drive down the interstate and the major airlines offer direct service to many cities.  Fargo Moorhead is a diverse, stimulating, family-oriented city with, affordable housing, and an overall low cost-of-living, all amenities that make for a satisfying and fulfilling life. Join a dynamic leadership team at a progressive medical center in a truly wonderful community!  Go to http://www.fargomoorhead.org/ or http://www.fmchamber.com/ for more information.

 

 

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 vacancy is advertised at the range of grades covered by the VA qualifications standard. 

NOTE:  The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-9.  The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-5 to GS-9.  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.

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

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • 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

DUTIES:

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The incumbent performs procedure and examinations in hospital or clinic setting under the direction of radiologists and other medical providers.  The objective of the examinations and procedures is to produce radiographic studies that are used in medical diagnosis and interpretation by radiologists to locate injuries, foreign bodies, pathological conditions, or lesions within the body.  DRTs prepare and administer contrast media and medications in accordance with facility and policy.  The diagnostic radiologic technologist must be knowledgeable in Direct Radiography/Computerized Radiography (DR/CR), Computerized Tomography (CT), DEXA (Dual-Energy X-ray Absorptiometry), Fluoroscopy, and Picture Archiving and Communications Systems (PACS).  The incumbent will perform routine clerical procedures for the purpose of maintaining accurate records so that easy recall of patient examinations may be achieved.  This requires maintaining any department logs and schedules, and check-in and registering of patients in the Radiology Information System (RIS) and Veterans Integrated Systems Technology Application (VistA).

General radiography and CT scanning are available 24/7.  The Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist is required to work rotating hours for department coverage.  This coverage will include day tour, weekends, holidays, and call back.  Call back requires the technologist to be available within 30 minutes from receipt of call so appropriate and effective care can be provided to the patient.

 

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


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS:  

  • U.S. citizenship. 
  • Certification:  All applicants must be certified in general radiologic technology by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT) (R)
  • Experience or Education:  Completion of a full-time training course of at least 24 months duration (or the equivalent) in a post-high school diagnostic radiologic technology program, evidenced by a certificate or an associate's degree, accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), and certification by the American Registry or Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) in radiology. 

GRADE DETERMINATIONS:

  Definitions

      (1)  Creditable Experience

 

     (a)  Knowledge of Current Radiologic Technology Practice.  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 radiologic 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 DRT as defined by ARRT.

 

     (b)  Quality of Experience.  Experience is only creditable if it was earned after completion of the basic requirements identified in paragraph 2.b. above.  Experience as a graduate DRT is creditable provided the candidate functioned as a DRT and subsequently passed the certification examination.

 

     (c)  Part-Time Experience.  Part-time experience as a DRT is creditable according to its relationship to full-time workweek.  For example, a DRT would receive 1 week of full-time credit for each 2 weeks of half-time work.

 

Grade Determinations.  In addition to the basic requirements for appointment, the following criteria must be used when determining the appropriate grade assignment of candidates:

 

GS-5:    Experience or Education.  None beyond the basic requirements.

 

GS-6     Experience.  At least 1 year of experience at the next lower grade level that demonstrates the core competencies described at that level, i.e., experience that demonstrates possession of the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics needed to provide general radiologic technology services in a therapeutic setting.  In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

  OR,

Education.  The successful completion of a 4-year baccalaureate degree program in radiography or other directly related field to diagnostic radiology/imaging.

      Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

 1.  Knowledge of basic technique standards for minimum radiographic exposure;

 2.  Knowledge of anatomy and positioning;

 3.  Knowledge of all patient safety procedures;

 4.  Knowledge of radiographic producing equipment; and

 5.  Ability to learn basic computer functions.

 

 GS-7     Experience.  At least 1 year of experience at the next lower grade level that demonstrates the core competencies described at that level, i.e., experience that demonstrates possession of the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics needed to provide general radiologic technology services in a therapeutic setting and/or in a specialized area.  In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

 OR,

 Education.  The successful completion of 1 full academic year of graduate education leading to a degree program in radiography or other directly related field related to diagnostic radiology/imaging.  Education may relate to the duties of a specific position or to the occupation, but must be appropriate for the position being filled.

Certification.  Certification by ARRT in one of the specialized areas of radiologic technology is highly desirable, in addition to certification by ARRT as a general radiologic technologist. 

     Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

1.  Knowledge of the technical adequacy of the digital image, including the ability to adjust the image quality in the digital system;

2.  Knowledge of different contrast material required for the requested study;

3.  Knowledge of radiation protection standards, minimum radiographic exposure techniques, appropriate beam limitation to anatomical area, and employing lead shielding when performing standard or fluoroscopic procedures;

4.  Knowledge of the function of computed radiography, Phosphor cassettes and computed radiography (CR) readers;

5.  Knowledge of PACS systems, CDROMS, and basic computer skills;

6.  If the position is supervisory in nature, ability to manage and supervise employees; and

7.  If the position is supervisory in nature, ability to coordinate staff development and training.

 

GS-8     Experience.  At least 1 year of experience at the next lower grade level that demonstrates the core competencies described at that level, i.e., experience that demonstrates possession of the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics needed to provide general radiologic technology services in a therapeutic setting and/or in a specialized area.  In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

Certification.  Certification by ARRT in one of the specialized areas of radiologic technology is highly desirable, in addition to certification by ARRT as a general radiologic technologist.

       Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

1.  Ability to check system for operation and assess acceptable performance based on established guidelines;

2.  Knowledge of calibration parameters and the ability to make adjustments as needed;

3.  Knowledge of patient’s clinical record, diagnosis, and laboratory results;

4.  Ability to monitor patient’s physiologic changes during the procedure and keep the radiologist informed;

5.  Skill in using tact, diplomacy, and courtesy in dealings with the customer base, patients, staff, family, visitors, and volunteers; and

6.  Knowledge of anatomy and physiology, and cross-sectional anatomy, recognizing unusual images, and determining proper positioning to best demonstrate areas of interest.

7.  If the position is supervisory in nature, the ability to manage and supervise employees; and

8.  If the position is supervisory in nature, the ability to coordinate staff development and training.

  

GS-9     Experience.  Completion of 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level directly related to the position being filled, and must fully meet the KSAs at that level.  In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSAs and demonstrate the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*)

Staff DRT.  Employees at this level are fully functional as a DRT and are able to carry out their assigned tasks independently.  DRTs at this level may have varying assignments including special and complex radiographic procedures.  Regardless of the nature of the specific assignment, the work must be of sufficient scope and complexity to meet the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform at this level.

      Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

 *(1) Ability to balance the needs of the patients and staff while still performing complex scans and procedures;

(2)  Skill to demonstrate appropriate techniques to gather relevant information from the medical record, significant others, and health care providers; *(3)  Ability to assess factors that may contraindicate the procedure;

(4)  Knowledge of basic first aid and basic life support practices related to radiography;

(5)  Knowledge of physical assessment, aseptic techniques, intravenous skills, and universal precautions; and

(6)  Knowledgeable in pre-procedural, procedural, and post-procedural care of patients.

 

 

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

References :   VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G25, DIAGNOSTIC RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD , dated March 2006,  and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/IORs/GS0100/0185.htm  or VA Handbook 5005 at http://www.va.gov/ohrm/joblistings/VAQualStds.doc (also available in the local Human Resources Office) and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/IORs/GS0100/0185.htm

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  The work requires long periods of standing and walking as well as intermittent bending, stooping, reaching, lifting, and carrying of lightweight items.  X-ray film jackets may be moderately heavy.  Positioning patients who are unconscious or disabled requires considerable effort and working in awkward positions.  Heavy lifting of totally incapacitated patients is done only with the help of other employees or patient lift systems.  Rigid deadlins and need for high degree of accuracy periodically becomes stressful.


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: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html 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 http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

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.


BENEFITS:

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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 http://www.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp.

 

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


OTHER INFORMATION:

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.


HOW TO APPLY:

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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 (http://www4.va.gov/OHRM/joblistings/uploading-and-using-documents-online.doc) 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 (https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login) 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 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire: http://www.opm.gov./forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf.
  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.
  4. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page  http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID: 832700.  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.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. CV or Resume.  (required)
  2. OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment (required)
  3. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at  http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf) (required).
  4. Occupational Questionnaire (required)
  5. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 or proof of service (required).   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 http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf).  
  6. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Cindy R. Dahl
Phone: (701)239-3700x3653
Fax: (701)237-2645
Email: CINDY.DAHL@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Fargo HCS
2101 N Elm Street
Fargo, ND
58102 Fax: (701)237-2645

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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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