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Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  AH-13-SCJ-859522

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$41,002.00 to $53,307.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, March 19, 2013 to Monday, April 08, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
2 vacancies in the following location:
Dallas, TX United StatesView Map
Applications are being accepted from current VA employees serving on a permanent Career or Career Conditional appointment, a permanent Title 38 or Hybrid Title 38 Excepted service appointment with eligibility to apply under the interchange agreement.


Vacancy ID: 859522 

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

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. 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. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service. If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans.

The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define “who we are,” our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence (“I CARE”).

America's Veterans need you! To find out more, go to


  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • Desginated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Must be a permanent employee of this facility


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Certification, education and experience provide documentation of the qualifications of surgical technologist which is a valuable to the operating room services, preferred.


The Surgical Technician is a member of the surgical team and provides assistance to the Operating Room (OR) team member during surgical procedures. The surgical technician participates with the surgical team members in planning and implementing complex procedures under the supervision of the perioperative registered nurse and surgeon. The surgical technician possesses and demonstrates knowledge and skills of expertise in theory and application of sterile and aseptic principles and incorporates the knowledge of human surgical anatomy, and surgical intervention techniques, in conjunction with surgical instrumentation, supplies, and equipment to facilitate the surgeon's performance during invasive therapeutic and diagnostic procedures. Incumbent functions in the primary scrub role, handling and assembling highly specialized surgical instruments, supplies, and medical equipment used during surgical procedures. Performs pre-operative patient interview to assert and verify demographic data as documented on the patient's informed consent. Identifies patient by verbally verifying identification arm band and medical record with patient's family and/or significant other, offering reassurances, emotional, and physical support. Informs the charge nurse, perioperative nurse, surgeon and anesthesia provider of discrepancies in the patient's medical record, pre-operative laboratory results, and change in patient's medical condition that may adversely affect outcome of the proposed surgical intervention.Responsible for the  prep shave of the patient's surgical site. Responsible for setting up the sterile field with all required surgical instrumentation, medical equipment, surgical drapes and sterile supplies. Demonstrates initiative and self-direction to prepare, organize and maintain complex surgical sterile setups. Demonstrates knowledge of anatomy and physiology to prepare the sterile field for various surgical procedures in assigned surgical specialties. Monitors the sterile field for breaks in technique and takes appropriate corrective action. Performs sponge, sharps and instrument counts with a circulator to assure accurate accounts of items used in deep cavity procedures. Takes appropriate corrective action when incorrect counts are identified. Demonstrates knowledge in body mechanics to assist in the transporting of patients from the stretcher to operating room tables, and ensures the safety of the patient during transport. Assumes responsibility and accountability for the ordering/inventory of all supplies and instruments. Demonstrates accountability for maintaining and updating surgeon's preference cards for surgical procedures performed in the operating room.


Work Schedule:  Monday-Friday- 11am-7:30pm with Saturday Rotation, and on-call.   






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Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on OPM's web site at


GS-7: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade GS-6.


Education:  Applicants may substitute education for experience at this grade level also. One full year of graduate education meets the requirements for GS-7. 


Combination of Education and Experience:

Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at the GS-7 level.   To calculate, first identify the percentage of required graduate-level education you have earned.   Then identify the percentage of required experience you possess.   Add the two percentages.   The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify at the GS-7 level.

Time-in-Grade Restriction:

GS-7:  Applicants must have at least 52 weeks of service at the GS-6 level.  

You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:

1.  Ability/knowledge of surgical procedures performed in various surgical specialties.  Completion of a certified surgical program is preferred.

2.  Knowledge and understanding of disease, wellness, anatomy and physiology, and body mechanics and skills for communication both verbally and in writing.

3.  Knowledge and ability to comply with infection control standards.  Knowledge/ability of aseptic and sterile techniques and principles, sterilization and disinfection of surgical instrumentation and endoscopic equipment.  Has a strong foundation in the principles of patient safety standards and emergency procedures.

4.  Knowledge and ability to effectively communicate and collaborate with all members of the surgical team to include the preoperative registered nurse, staff surgeon surgical residents, and anesthesia providers to achieve positive patient outcomes.

5.  Knowledge of and ability to initiate appropriate actions in emergency situations to prevent, treat, or de-escalate crisis situations


Applicant must meet all requirements by closing date of vacancy.


for this position must pass a pre-employment medical examination.



For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at .


IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.   If your resume does not support your questionnaire answer, we will not allow credit for your response(s).


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.  ***  Please refer to this checklist to ensure proper accreditation and for foreign education requirements.




Veteran's Preference:

When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability.  If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non service-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed " SF15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," (go to and required documentation with your application materials. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit



Applicants will be ranked based on four quality groups, as follows:

  • Best qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position;
  • Highly qualified - applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job;
  • Well qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the job; and
  • Qualified - applicants possessing experience and/or education that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors.

After the vacancy announcement closes, reviewed applications are evaluated against the questionnaire responses and placed in the appropriate quality group.  Qualified veterans will be afforded preference by being placed at the top of the appropriate quality group.  Qualifying veterans with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be placed at the top of the best qualified group.  The best qualified group is the first to be referred to the hiring facility for further consideration and possible interview.  The remaining groups may be referred based on the number of applicants available.


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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package.  This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:

The Federal Government has special excepted appointing authorities for persons with qualifying disabilities, such as Schedule A. Specific information can be found at  IMPORTANT: If you would like to receive consideration as a Schedule A applicant, you must contact the HR Office at the facility where this position is located: VAMC Dallas
4500 S Lancaster Rd
Dallas, TX 75216



Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at  

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. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

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

You may be required to serve a probationary period. 


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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 (EST) on Monday, April 08, 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.  Be sure to upload the required documents before you submit your application.  Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.  Mailed/emailed applications will not be accepted.

Note: To change or update your application, simply reapply through My USAJOBS, before the closing date.  To check the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (, select Application Status and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.

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: 859522.  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 following documents are required:

1.  Résumé (required)

2.  Copy of most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) reflecting competitive status. (Required)

3.  Copy of most recent performance Appraisal.

4.  Responses to the questionnaire. (required)
5.  Copy of your transcript if you are using education to qualify
6.  Evidence of your eligibility to apply for this vacancy (please see checklist) checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for well-qualified, displaced Federal employees), or documentation to support Veterans Preference claims.  You will not be contacted for additional information.


Employment Office
Phone: (214)857-1701
Agency Information:
Human Resources Mgmt
VAMC Dallas
4500 S Lancaster Rd
Dallas, TX


After the vacancy announcement closes and a referral certificate is issued, an electronic notification letter - or e-mail - will be sent to applicants who provide an e-mail address.  Otherwise, you will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service within 2 to 4 weeks.

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