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Job Title:Prosthetics Representative

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-438-13-KCB-851774

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$31,315.00 to $74,628.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, March 04, 2013 to Friday, March 22, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0672-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

11

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Sioux Falls, SD United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 851774

***APPLY ONLINE OR BY FOLLOWING THE FAXING INSTRUCTIONS LOCATED IN THE "HOW TO APPLY" SECTION***

Our mission: 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.

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

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

At the Sioux Falls VA Health Care System (SFVAHCS), we strive to hire only the best! Working with and for America's Veterans is a privilege and we pride ourselves on the quality of care we provide. In return for your commitment to quality health care for our nation's Veterans, the VA offers an incomparable benefits package.  Located in southeast South Dakota, Sioux Falls is a progressive family-oriented community, with an extremely low crime rate.  Four seasons with abundant recreation activities.  No state income tax.  The SFVAHCS is a teaching hospital providing a full range of patient care service, with state-of-the-art technology as well as education and research. Care is provided to eligible veterans in eastern South Dakota, Northwestern Iowa, and Southwestern Minnesota. Comprehensive health care is provided through primary care, tertiary care, and long-term care in the areas of medicine, surgery, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, oncology, dentistry, geriatrics, and transitional care. The SFVAHCS is part of VA Midwest Healthcare System (VISN 23), which includes facilities in Minnesota, North Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota. Every job at the VA impacts the Veterans that we serve. You can be part of that team, helping to make sure that our Veterans receive the top-quality care they deserve.

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.

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

The procedures outlined in AFGE Master Agreement, Article 23, Section 8 will be followed.  First consideration will be given to current Sioux Falls VAHCS employees.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U. S. Citizenship

DUTIES:

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The Sioux Falls VA Health Care System is currently recruiting for a Full-time, Permanent, Prosthetics Representative.  This position will be located in the Prosthetics Service.  As a Prosthetics Representative, you are responsible for the following duties to include, but not limited to:

  • Serve as an advisor to clinicians with regard to selection, prescription, and acquisition of prosthetic devices involving furnishing information concerning such matters as new developments in the field of prosthetics and sources of supply for such devices
  • Interpret prescriptions of clinicians in order to make certain that proper prosthetic devices are selected for, or by, the patients
  • Maintain continuous liaison with manufacturers and dealers of prosthetic supplies, inspecting their facilities and services and participating in the award of prosthetic appliance contracts
  • Give technical and administrative advice and assistance on prosthetic problems to other facilities
  • Identify orders for potential macropurchase through collaboration with Logistics
  • Communicate with other disciplines including health care and acquisition team members regarding prosthetic orders, eligibility, and program 
  • Assist with and develop local organizational policies and procedures consistent with national policies and procedures
  • Receive, analyze and process requests for prosthetic equipment and services
  • Identify and select national Health Care Procedural Coding System (HCPCS) codes are entered for every item purchased through and/or billed to ensure proper reporting
  • Establish short term program goals for macro-purchases in collaborate with Supervisor
  • Participate in local facility committees, workgroups, teams
  • Assess and provide technical guidance concerning equipment and benefits to beneficiaries and other health care workers
  • Assist supervisor in adjusting workload and developing performance measures for staff
  • Implement new and changing local and national guidelines
  • Analyze, review, and evaluate the results of various monitors and databases
  • Confer with Logistics leadership, procurement teams, contractors and other health care workers
  • Plan, develop and prepare budget estimates associated with specialty equipment and macropurchases
  • Utilize tools and knowledge to develop and implement cost containment measures
  • Determine eligibility of Veterans for items and services
  • Review medical and administrative files of veterans
  • Interview veterans and inspect prosthetic equipment /appliances
  • Authorize benefit payment and reimbursement
  • Process and authorize service and payment of monthly Home O2 program as needed
  • Implement Joint Commission (JC) standards of care
  • Coordinate specialty clinics including wheelchair, amputee, etc
  • Participate in team discussions
  • Prepare minutes and/or correspondence to Veterans, health care officials, etc
  • Serve as a technical advisor and subject matter expert
  • Ensure clinic decisions are implemented
  • Facilitate procurement of materials, supplies and equipment for inventory
  • Assist in the effective utilization of resources for macro-purchases
  • Ensure adherence to guidelines and procedures to assure safe work environment and use of safety equipment

Work Schedule: The tour of duty for this position is Monday - Friday, Administrative Hours

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


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Basic Requirements:

  • Citizen of the United States.
  • Experience and Education

Experience.  Three years of experience that demonstrates:  knowledge of accounting methods; ability to analyze, comprehend, and apply decisions; basic knowledge of inventory management procedures; ability to use computer software packages for word processing, spreadsheet development, and database management; ability to compile, research, analyze, comprehend, and apply information or data; and ability to work as a team member in a group setting.

 OR

Education.  Education equivalent to a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college.

 OR

Experience/Education Combination.  Equivalent combinations of experience and education are qualifying.

  • Must be proficient in spoken and written English.

Grade Requirements:

Grade Determination.  In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates:

GS-5 Experience.  None beyond the basic requirements.

GS-7:  Experience.  In addition to the basic requirements, 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower level (GS-05).  In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities, (KSAs):

 OR

           Advanced Entry Level Placement.  See VA Handbook 5005, Appendix G17.  Appropriate bachelor’s degrees include business; those in a medical field, e.g., kinesiotherapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, orthotics, prosthetics, nursing, etc.; public administration; health administration; or those in related courses of study.

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs)

 1.  Ability to understand and apply procedures, regulations, and laws.

 2.  Knowledge of procurement practices.

 3.  Knowledge of appropriations and obligations relating to accounts.

 4.  Knowledge of general anatomy and medical terminology.

 5.  Knowledge of principles and practices of budget formulation and execution.

GS-9:  Experience.  At least 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower level (GS-07).  In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

 OR

           Education.  Education equivalent to 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education or master’s or equivalent graduate degree from an accredited university or college in the field of business; a medical field, e.g., kinesiotherapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, nursing, etc.; public administration; health administration; or those in related courses of study.

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs)

 1.  Ability to maintain and control an inventory system.

 2.  Knowledge of methods to identify trends and causation factors sufficient to analyze prepared data and gather information to inform and advise management. 

GS-11:  Experience.  At least 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower level (GS-09).  In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

 OR

           Education.  Education equivalent to 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education or a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree from an accredited university or college in the field of business; a medical field, e.g., kinesiotherapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, nursing, etc.; public administration; health administration; or those in related courses of study.

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs)

 1.  Knowledge of prosthetic programs related to at least 2 specialty programs as identified in 3a(4).

 2.  Ability to advise clinicians on the selection, prescription, and acquisition of a full range of prosthetic devices.

 3.  Ability to maintain liaison with prosthetic supply manufacturers and dealers by inspecting their facilities and services, and participating in the award of prosthetic appliance contracts by providing advisory services to contract specialists.

 4.  Knowledge of investigative;research studies for newly developed prosthetic items in order to select pilot wearers, and compile data on item usefulness. 

Grade Determinations:

Note: The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-05 to GS-11. 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.

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

Reference: VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G34 Prosthetic Representative Qualification Standard, QUALIFICATION STANDARD , dated March 17, 2006.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  VISN 23 Prosthetics Integrated Service Line functions primarily within VA medical facilities; environmental exposures and physical demands vary across the health care systems. This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity.  This position requires potentially long periods of continued sitting, with intermittent bending, pulling, and pushing.  Movement between work areas within the health care system is expected. Occasional lifting of objects < 20 pounds may be required.  The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing appropriate to the health care environment.  The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders.  The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, and be able to shift priorities based on patient and department needs.

 


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.

INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package. We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, fax transmissions errors, or any other delays. You will not be contacted for missing, incomplete or clarification of information relating to your application materials.

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

  • 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.
  • Applicant is subject to a pre-employment physical examination.
  • 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.
  • Applicants must not be 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 probationary period.


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 .



OTHER INFORMATION:

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

VET PRO CREDENTIALING: Individuals selected for positions that have patient care responsibilities are subject to undergoing an electronic credentialing process called VetPro. As part of this process, it will be necessary for you to submit complete information concerning your professional education, training, experience, licensure and certifications using VetPro. The candidate selected will be provided with further information on how to use VetPro.

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



HOW TO APPLY:

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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete application (See "Required Documents" section below).  The complete Application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (Eastern Time) on Friday, March 22, 2013

To begin the process, click the "Apply Online" button on 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 easier, faster, provides less room for error and more information as applications are processed. Mailed, emailed, or hand delivered applications will not be accepted.

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. Please review the "Required Documents" area to ensure that all the required documents are faxed together with your application package.
  3. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire: http://www.opm.gov./forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf .
  4. 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.
  5. 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: 851774.  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.

Faxed documents submitted with missing information will not be processed. The following will prevent your documents from being processed:

  • Not using the special cover page mentioned above.
  • Missing, incomplete, illegible, or invalid Vacancy Identification Number
  • Missing, incomplete, or illegible Social Security Number or name

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, March 22, 2013.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

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

  1. Complete and current professional resume or CV. REQUIRED Please upload as "Resume".
  2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Obtain VA Form 10-2850c here) (THIS FORM NEEDS YOUR SIGNATURE, if you do not submit the required signed form, you will not be considered for this position.)  REQUIRED Please upload as "Other".
  3. OF 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment.  You must complete this form to determine your suitability for Federal employment. (Obtain OF-306 herePlease upload as "OF-306".
  4. Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire. (Listed within the Application Manager program when you click on the "Apply Online" button) REQUIRED
  5. Copy of latest performance evaluation - All current and previous Federal Employees must provide their last or most recent performance evaluation with their application package. (If applicable) Please upload as "Other".
  6. SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action" - Attention all previous and current Federal Employees, you must provide your last or most recent SF-50, 'Notification of Personnel Action'. (If applicable) Please upload as "SF-50".
  7. If prior military, you must submit a legible copy of ALL MEMBER 4, DD-214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.  Note: More than one DD-214 may be needed to show all dates of service. Veteran preference will only be given when proper documentation is submitted. (If applicable) Please upload as "DD-214".
  8. Disabled Veterans and other Veterans eligible for 10-point preference must also submit an SF-15 with current proof of a service-connected disability. 10-point preference will only be given when proper documentation is submitted. (Obtain SF-15 here) (If applicable) Please upload as "SF-15".
  9. VA Civil Service Preference Letter - If applying for 10-point Veterans preference using an SF-15 you must also include a copy of your VA Civil Service Preference Letter. A VA Civil Service Preference Letter can be obtained from the nearest VBA Regional Office. (If applicable) Please upload as "Other Veterans Document".

Notice to all applicants: Failure to provide all required documents may result in loss of consideration for this vacancy. If a determination is made that your application package is incomplete, you may receive no further consideration for this job announcement. You must provide the information listed above if it applies. Credit will not be given if proofs of qualifications are not received. Requests for reconsideration of ratings may not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package. You will not be contacted to provide missing information or to clarify conflicting information. 

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (Eastern Time) on Friday, March 22, 2013.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Kristl Bryant
Phone: (605)336-3230x6852
Email: KRISTL.BRYANT@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Sioux Falls HCS
Department of Veterans Affairs
2501 West 22nd Street
Sioux Falls, SD
57105
USA

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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Job Announcement Number:

VHA-438-13-KCB-851774

Control Number:

338996200