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Job Title:Therapeutic Radiologic Technologist

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-552-13-859186

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$53,204.00 to $69,169.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, March 25, 2013 to Friday, April 12, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

VN-0648-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Dayton, OH United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 859186 

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?

 

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.

 

NOTE:  The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience and recommend the step at which the candidate will be placed in that specific grade.  The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

 

 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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Delivers prescribed therapeutic radiation for the purpose of cancer and abnormal cell growth treatments. These treatments are performed by utilizing a Linear Accelerator. Performs treatment CT/simulations and fabrication of cast blocks and compensators.

Schedules treatments in a manner that optimizes Accelerator times while maintaining flexibility for emergency cases. This requires the ability to prioritize scheduled patients as well as the ability to accommodate the emergency patient who may need immediate treatment. Identifies individual patient by name and face photograph, before radiation treatment is delivered.  Accurately reproduces initial simulation set-up, i.e., patient position, immobilizing devices, for daily treatment, in order to ensure proper patient alignment and quality treatment.  Utilizes radiation treatment chart for set-up instructions, correct use of field size, SSD, and beam restrictions.

Employs any necessary accessory beam restriction devices, i.e., wedges, bolus, collimator angles, or cerrobend blocks, for fields to be treated. Accurately records in the patient's treatment chart, the daily dosage delivered, to ensure that there is no overdose or under dose in the prescribed treatment.  Routinely takes port/verification images on patients under radiation treatment, to maintain record of treatment accuracy. Promptly records in patient's treatment chart any change in treatment, i.e., change in patients SSD reading, change in field measurements, adjustments to position of treatment field, or patients treatment status (if not treated) in order to make corrections in the treatment calculations or prescription, if needed.  Prepares contrast materials that are to be used for treatment CT/simulations. Insures proper use or administration of the contrast materials to avoid the risk of patient mortality; therefore, it is essential that the therapist has a thorough understanding of contrast material usage.  Must be alert to patient's condition and other disorders.    Reactions on the part of the patient require immediate attention so that harm does not come to the patient.  Properly operates Ct/simulation unit and sets-up patient treatment fields so that they can be reproduced accurately for daily treatments on the Linear Accelerator.  Indicates on patient's skin with tattoos and/or paint markers, all necessary points that the therapists will need to locate in order for the correct area to be treated.  Fabricates and verifies cast molds, and other immobilization equipment, used for radiation treatments.  Able to operate ultrasound (SonoCite) equipment, to locate internal organs.  Works with Radiation Oncologists, Dosimetrists, Department Nurse Practitioner, and Clerical staff, as a member of the radiation therapy team to effectively and efficiently accomplish the goals of the radiation therapy department.  Continually keeps current with new developments in the field of radiation therapy and is able to utilize the new technologies available. Providing the patients with the best possible treatment.  Follows established safety practices and reports to supervisor as promptly as possible, unsafe conditions, unsafe practices, any injury sustained or occupational illness. Adheres to all safety and health standards, regulations, work practices and uses proper protective equipment as required.  Insure that all reuseable Medical equipment is properly clean according to their Standard Operating Procedure(SOP).


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS:   

U.S. citizenship.  

     

Certified in therapeutic radiologic technology by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT) (T).

 

Completed a program in therapeutic radiologic technology, evidenced by a certificate or an associate's degree, accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT); certification by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) in Radiology, and the subsequent completion of a 12-month JRCERT approved program in therapeutic radiologic technology.  

 

GRADE DETERMINATIONS:  At least 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level that demonstrates the core competencies described at that level, and must fully meet the KSAs at the next grade level GS-9.

 

1.   Ability to confer with radiation oncologist regarding simulation/CT procedure needed to yield the most optimal images needed for treatment planning procedures to be performed;

 

2.  Knowledge of disease process, co-morbid conditions, and other factors relating to individual patients in selecting appropriate positioning devices for procedure to be performed;

 

3.  Knowledge of radiographic fluoroscopic, CT, and combinations of modalities and ability to obtain the images for review by the radiation oncologist for localization of tumors, their extent, and ancillary areas needing treatment.

 

4.   Ability to accurately transfer radiographic images to treatment planning and dosimetry for use in development of computer generated treatment plans.

 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:   The work requires long periods of standing and walking.   There is some bending and carrying of moderately heavy articles such as film cassettes, treatment devices, and molds with heavier lifting of wedges and specially designed shielding blocks.   Patients often are assisted to achieve proper positioning, which may require reaching, lifting, or working in strained positions.   The deterioration of the patient due to disease progression often requires lifting of the patient from stretchers

or wheelchairs to treatment and examination tables utilizing special techniques designed to minimize the discomfort of the patient.   See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

 

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

References : Input applicable reference and links.   For example:   VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G26, THERAPEUTIC RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD , and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/IORs/GS0100/0185.htm


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.

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.

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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.

 

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses not authorized for this position.



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: 859186.  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 Friday, April 12, 2013.

 

Need additional assistance on How To Apply Online: Click on the link for the Application Manager Quick Start Guide.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

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  http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf) (required).
  3. Occupational Questionnaire
  4. Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at http://www.opm.gov/Forms/pdf_fill/OF306.pdf).  This is a required form and must be submitted with your application.
  5. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 (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).

 

Mailed documents will not be accepted

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Roslyn Evans
Phone: (937)268-6511x2502
Email: ROSLYN.EVANS@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Dayton VAMC
Department of Veteran Affairs
4100 West Third Street
HRM Service
Dayton, OH
45428

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-552-13-859186

Control Number:

339838100