- U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
- Must be proficient in spoken and written English.
- Certification - not required as a basic requirement for this occupation; however, it is strongly desirable as evidence of possession of the essential knowledge, skill, and abilities.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE
ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade.
GS-5: Education: A full 4-year course of study at an 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.
1. Basic knowledge of medical/scientific terminology.
2. Basic knowledge of psychology.
3. Basic knowledge of materials such as plastics, composites, metals, and leather commonly used in fabrication.
4. Ability to use hand and power tools.
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 grade level (GS-5) and must fully meet the KSA's at the level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSA's:
1. Knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, kinesiology, physics, and etiology of diseases.
2. Knowledge of psychology and age related competency.
3. Knowledge of materials science including materials such as plastics, composites, metals, and leather commonly used in fabrication.
4. Ability to use hand and power tools in the fabrication of devices.
5. Ability to communicate orally and in writing.
Advance Entry Level Placement: At least 30 semester house of directly related, upper level undergraduate courses (e.g., at least 200-course level or higher, or as identified by the college or university). OR One full year of graduate level course work (typically at least 15-18 semester hours). OR Certification.
GS-9: Education: Two full years of progressively higher level graduated 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.
Experience: Completion of one year of experience equivalent to the next lower level (GS-7) which demonstrated possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities at the level needed to provide orthotic/prosthetic services in a hospital setting. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
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.
2. Knowledge of the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) coding.
3. Ability to conduct clinical patient analyses such as gait, range of motion, life style, etc., for patients with complex but typical conditions.
4. Ability to take necessary measurements, casts, or scans to develop positive molds of the affected area of the body to create orthoses and or prostheses.
5. Knowledge of materials science including material 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: Education: Three full years of progressively higher-level graduate education or a 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.
Experience: Completion of one full year of experience as an orthotist/prosthetist equivalent to the next lower level (GS-9) that demonstrates possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities at the level needed to provide orthotic/prosthetic services in a hospital setting. Certification at the practitioner level by the American board of Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics (ABC) or the Board for Orthotist/Prosthetist Certification (BOC) as an orthotist, prosthetist, or orthotist/prosthetist is not required but is highly desirable at this level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
1. Ability to attend clinics and participate as a fully participating member of the treatment team with considerable influence in the development of the treatment plan. This includes advanced knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, kinesiology, physics, and etiology of diseases as well as knowledge of psychology and age related competencies.
2. Ability to conduct clinical patient analyses such as gait, range of motion, life style, etc., for patients with a wide range of complex medical conditions which include unusual problems or complications, and to design unique or innovative devices to accommodate those conditions.
3. Knowledge of materials science including materials such as plastics, composites, metals, and leather used in fabrication in order to design and fabricate prescribed devices considering new and emerging technologies. This would include ability to use hand and power tools and CAD/CAM systems in the fabrication of the devices.
4. Knowledge of material 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 devices.
5. Ability to recognize physical abnormalities, deviations, and complicating conditions with potentially life threatening implications.
References: VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G32, Orthotist/Prosthetist Qualification Standards dated March 2006. VA Handbook 5005 at http://www.va.gov/orhm/joblistings/VAQualStads.doc.
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.
If you are qualifying based on education or a combination of education and experience, you MUST provide a copy of your transcripts. Failure to provide transcripts will result in you being rated ineligible for this position. We accept unofficial transcripts, as long as they contain the applicant's name, name of the school, date and degree awarded, and the list of classes and credits earned. Transcripts must be received by the 11:59 EST on the closing date in order to be considered. If you are selected an official transcripts must be provided prior to entry on duty.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Extended periods of standing (up to 3 hours); Stooping (up to 3 hours); Moderate lifting (15-44 lbs) Moderate Carrying (15-44 lbs); Hearing (aid permitted); Near vision correctable at 13" to 16". Applicant must be physically and mentally able to perform efficiently the duties of the position.
Veterans' 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 your DD214(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.
Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
Applicant's Responsibility: It is the applicant's responsibility to submit documentation to support his/her application for this position. Applicant is responsible for ensuring that all experience, education, formal training, award recognition, etc. are documented in the application package. Experience may include voluntary or other non-paid experience in the appropriate field. If you feel that your training record contains information pertinent to your qualifications, then you must submit a printed copy of your training record with your application package. Your training record will become a part of the specific vacancy file and will not be filled in Official Personnel Folder.
This announcement is not intended to cover all aspects of the duties, responsibilities or qualifications of this position. Request for copies, return of forms, or transfer of consideration to another announcement will not be honored.
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.
Interviews: Management may interview candidates for this position and may elect to use the Performance Based Interviewing (PBI) process. If PBI is used, questions will be job-related, reasonably consistent and fair to all candidates. You can visit http://www.va.gov.pbi to learn more about PBI, frequently asked questions and aids to prepare for an interview. Additionally, printed reference material is available at each Human Resources Office.