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Job Title:Orthotist/Fitter

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:AG-T38-13-182-JWi-865916

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:

Wednesday, April 03, 2013 to Wednesday, April 24, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0667-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

11

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Austin, TX United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

US Citizens and Status Candidates

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 865916 

Applications will ONLY be accepted online or by fax, 1-478-757-3144.

 

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?

 

Central Texas Veterans Health Care System (CTVHCS) is one of the largest integrated health care systems in the Department of Veterans Affairs and includes facilities in Temple, Waco, and Austin, TX.  Community-Based Outpatient Clinics are located in Brownwood, Cedar Park, Palestine, and Bryan-College Station.  NO STATE TAXES!!! 

These vacancies are advertised at the range of grades covered by the VA qualifications standard.  HR Users - Optional to add:   This is an open continuous announcement.  We accept applications for this occupation on an ongoing basis; qualified applicants will be considered as vacancies become available.  Applications will remain on file for one year from the date the application was signed.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.

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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IF PATIENT NEEDS ARISE, THE INCUMBENT OF THE ABOVE POSITION MAY BE REASSIGNED WITHIN THE CENTRAL TEXAS VETERANS HEALTH CARE SYSTEM.

 

THIS IS A BARGAINING UNIT POSITION.

 

Tour of Duty:  8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday

 

DUTIES: The Orthotist (Fitter) will be responsible for the design, fabrication, and fitting of orthotic/prosthetic devices for common disability levels. These are achieved through consultation with physician, caregiver, therapist and/or senior Orthotist/Prosthetist staff members, which enables incumbent to become proficient in essential occupational tasks and understand the prescription for orthotic and prosthetic devices for the more common disability levels. Communicates with the patient to explain the procedure, solicit cooperation and reduce anxiety. The incumbent will prepare molds and/or tracings to be used in the fabrication of the device. Assemble components to create a finished device. Performs preliminary alignment and fitting of the device. Incumbent will attend professional and manufacturer's training seminars to expand knowledge, maintain competency and become familiar with new techniques and emerging technologies.

  

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


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS:  

·          U.S. citizenship.

·          English Language Proficiency.  You must be proficient in spoken and written English.

·          Physical standards:  You are required to pass a pre-employment physical.

·          Certification is not required as a basic requirement for this occupation; however, it is strongly   desirable as evidence of possession of the essential knowledge, skills, and abilities.  

GRADE REQUIREMENTS:

 

Definitions

 

Titles: The professional standards board will determine which is most appropriate based upon the function of the position to be filled and the specific qualifications of individuals.

Orthotist: An allied health professional specifically training to provide or manage the provision of a custom designed, fabricated, modified, and fitted orthosis based upon independent or consultative clinical assessment of the patient's unique needs and desires, as well as their expectations pursuant to a physician's prescription.

Creditable Experience - Knowledge of Current Professional Orthotic and/or Prosthetic Principles and Practices.  To be creditable, the experience must have required the use of knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with current professional orthotic and/or prosthetic professional practice.

Quality of Experience.  Experience is only creditable if it is equivalent to at least the next lower grade level and is directly related to the position to be filled.

 

Part-Time Experience.  Part-time experience is creditable according to its relationship to a full time work week.  For example, an individual employed 20 hours per week, or on a ½ time basis, would receive 1 work week credit for each 2 weeks of service.

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

 

GS-5 - Education. A full 4-year course of study at a n accredited college or university leading to a bachelor’s degree OR,

Experience. Three years of experience in a related field which demonstrates the basic knowledge, skills, and abilities (core competencies) listed below.

KSA 1: Basic knowledge of medical/scientific terminology.

KSA 2: Basic knowledge of psychology.

KSA 3: Basic knowledge of materials such as plastics. Composites, metals, and leather commonly used in fabrication.

KSA 4: Ability to use hand and power tools.

KSA 5: Ability to communicate orally and in writing

 

GS-7

Experience. One year of basic experience as an orthotist/prosthetist equivalent to the next lower level and must fully meet the KSA’s at that level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSA’s:

KSA 1: Knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, kinesiology, physics, and etiology of diseases

KSA 2: Knowledge of psychology and age related competency.

KSA 3: Knowledge of materials science including materials such as plastics, composites, metals, and leather commonly used in fabrication.

KSA 4: Ability to use hand tools in the fabrication of devices.

KSA 5: Ability to communicate orally and in writing

GS-9

Education. Education equivalent to 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education or master’s or equivalent graduate degree in orthotics and/or prosthetics, provided the applicant’s total background demonstrates the core competencies for GS-9 level assignment. OR,

Experience. Completion of 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower level which demonstrated possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities at that level needed to provide orthotic/prosthetic services in a hospital setting. In addition the candidate must demonstrate the following KSA’s:

KSA 1: Ability to attend clinics and participate as a member of the treatment team. This includes knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, kinesiology, physics, and etiology of diseases as well as knowledge of psychology and age related competencies.

KSA 2: Knowledge of the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) coding.

KSA 3: Ability to conduct clinical patient analyses such as gait, range of motion, life style, etc., for patients with complex but typical conditions.

KSA 4: Ability to take necessary measurements, casts, or scans to develop positive molds of the affected area of the body to create orthosis and/or prostheses.

KSA 5: Knowledge of materials science including materials such as plastics, composites, metals, and leather commonly used in fabrication in order to design and fabricate prescribed devices. This would include ability to use hand and power tools in the fabrication of the devices.

GS-11  

Experience. Completion of one full year of experience as an Orthotist/prosthetist equivalent to the next lower level that demonstrates the possession of the knowledge, shills, and abilities at that level needed to provide orthotic/prosthetic services in a hospital setting. Certification a the practitioner level by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics (ABC) or Board for Orthotist/Prosthestist Certification (BOC) as an Orthotist, prosthetist, or Orthotist/Prosthestist is not required but is highly desirable at this level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSA’s: OR,

Education. Three full years of progressively higher-level graduate education or Ph. D. or equivalent doctoral degree in orthotics and/or prosthetics, provided the applicant’s total background demonstrates evidence of knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the work of the position to be filled.

KSA 1: Ability to attend clinics and participate as a member of the treatment team. This includes knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, kinesiology, physics, and etiology of diseases as well as knowledge of psychology and age related competencies.

KSA 2: Ability to conduct clinical patient analyses such as gait, range of motion, life style, etc., for patients with complex but typical conditions.

KSA 3: Knowledge of materials science including materials such as plastics, composites, metals, and leather commonly used in fabrication in order to design and fabricate prescribed devices. This would include ability to use hand and power tools in the fabrication of the devices.

KSA 4: Knowledge of materials science in order to design and fabricate prescribed devices considering new and emerging technologies. This would include the ability to use CAD/CAM systems in the fabrication of the devices.

KSA 5: Ability to recognize physical abnormalities, deviations, and complicating conditions with potentially life threatening implications.

 

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

References : 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/index-Standards.asp.


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.  http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html

 

 

FOREIGN EDUCATION: 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.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:   The work is primarily spent standing and sitting in the fitting room. Manual dexterity in the procedures of measurement fitting and patient’s handling is necessary. There exists periods of working at a computer terminal. Incumbent may carry/lift items weighing up to fifty (50) pounds. Employee may be required to make adjustments to orthotic devices. Also requires bending, reaching, stretching, etc.

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.

 

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



OTHER INFORMATION:

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: 865916.  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 24, 2013.



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. 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).  
  5. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Jeanette E. Wilson
Phone: (254)743-0242
Email: JEANETTE.WILSON@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Central Texas HCS Temple
Human Resources 05
Temple, TX
76504

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:

AG-T38-13-182-JWi-865916

Control Number:

341092000