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Job Title:  Audiologist
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide
Job Announcement Number:  VQ-GS-13-133-PJM-861656

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

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$47,448.00 to $89,450.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 to Wednesday, April 03, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Fargo, ND United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 861656 

The Fargo VA Health Care System is a Level 2 Medical Center. 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 (CBOC) have been established. The Fargo HCS provides a wide spectrum of primary and tertiary acute and extended care inpatient and outpatient activities in an academic setting. The Fargo HCS has an active research program and has a successful affiliation with the University of North Dakota School of Medicine.

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

These vacancies are advertised at the range of grades covered by the VA qualifications standard.

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 full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-9 to GS-12. 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.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.




  • 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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The staff audiologist conducts a full range of audiologic evaluations to determine the type and degree of hearing loss, determines patients’ need for amplification, predicts and measures the effectiveness of amplification, and determines need for and type of rehabilitation and counseling of veterans with hearing loss and their families.   Incumbent performs examinations for Compensation and Pension purposes. Incumbent provides Tele-Audiology services to veterans at various Community Based Outpatient Clinic locations.  This position is located in Fargo, North Dakota in the Audiology Service which is aligned under the Surgical and Specialty Care Service Line.

Tour of Duty: Monday - Friday.  Flexible with start time and/or compressed work schedule, may also be available.

Bargaining Unit Position: Yes

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-09 to GS-12. 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.

Relocation Expenses: Are not authorized



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APPENDIX G29. Audiologist Qualification Standard, GS-665 Veterans Health Administration

COVERAGE. The following are requirements for appointment as an audiologist in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). These requirements apply to all VHA audiologists in the General Schedule (GS)-665 series.


1. Citizenship

2. Education - Master’s degree or its equivalent in audiology or hearing science from an accredited college or university is required.  “Accredited” means a college or university accredited by a regional accreditation organization and an audiology program recognized by the Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education (ACAE) and/or the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

3. Licensure – For grades GS-12 and above, the incumbent must hold a full, current, and unrestricted license in a State, Territory, Commonwealth, or the District of Columbia. 


Creditable Experience

Knowledge of Contemporary Professional Audiology Practice.  To be creditable, the experience must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics associated with contemporary professional audiology practice.  This knowledge may be evidenced by one or more of the following:

a.  At least 1 year of active professional practice or its equivalent.  Active professional practice means paid or non-paid employment as a professional audiologist engaged in the practice of audiology as defined by the appropriate licensing board.

b.  Academic course work leading to a doctoral degree in audiology or hearing science.

Quality of Experience.  Experience is only creditable if it is both of the following:

a.  Work as a professional audiologist directly related to the position to be filled; and

b.  At a level comparable to audiology experience at the next lower grade level.

Part-Time Experience.  Part-time experience as a professional audiologist is credited according to its relationship to the full-time workweek.  For example, an audiologist 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 employment, the following criteria must be met when determining grades.


Education and Experience.  None beyond the basic requirements.


Education and Experience.  Completion of 1 year of professional experience as an audiologist equivalent to the next lower level; or 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a doctoral degree; or doctoral degree in audiology, hearing science, or a directly related field.  For positions involved in research audiologist assignments involving no direct patient care, no additional education or professional experience is required beyond those identified at the GS-9 level.  In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the knowledge, skills and abilities:

1. Knowledge of contemporary audiology practice;

2. Ability to communicate orally and in writing.

3. Knowledge of anatomy, physiology, acoustics, applied acoustics, communication, psychoacoustics, and auditory/vestibular pathophysiology;

4. Knowledge of principles and techniques in the assessment and treatment of auditory and balance disorders;

5. Ability to perform functions associated with contemporary audiology scope of practice; and

6. Ability to interact with patients, families, and other health care professionals.


Licensure.  The incumbent must hold a full, current, and unrestricted license in a State, Territory, Commonwealth, or the District of Columbia.

Education and Experience.  In addition to the requirements at the GS-11 level, completion of 1 year of professional experience comparable to the next lower level and possession of a full, current and unrestricted license to practice audiology.  For positions involved in research audiology assignments involving no direct patient care, completion of a doctoral degree in audiology, hearing science, or a related field is fully qualifying.  In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the KSAs identified:

1. Ability to develop coherent treatment strategies;

2. Knowledge of clinical services, and the ability to perform them independently;

3. Ability to conduct assessments and provide treatment interventions;

4. Ability to provide consultation to other health care professionals;

5. Knowledge of contemporary audiology practice; and

6. Ability to perform functions associated with contemporary audiology scope of practice.


References: AUDIOLOGIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD, GS-665, Veterans Health Administration, VA Handbook 5005/38, Dated August 24, 2010

VA Handbook 5005 at  


Physical Requirements. This position requires a pre-employment physical. Requires light lifting and carrying (under 15 pounds); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking, standing, and repeated bending (up to 4 hours), and pushing (up to 2 hours). Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously. Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4. Far visions correctable in one eye to 20/50 and to 20/100 in the other. Both eyes required. Must have depth perception and ability to distinguish basic colors and shades of colors. Hearing (Aid permitted)



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: 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


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.


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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 job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.


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.


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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 ( 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.

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 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 using the following Vacancy ID: 861656.  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 Wednesday, April 03, 2013.


You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. Resume.
  2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at (required).
  3. Occupational Questionnaire (required).
  4. OF 306, Declaration of Federal Employment (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  
  6. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).


Amber Efta
Phone: (701)239-3700x3695
Agency Information:
2101 N Elm Street
Fargo, ND


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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