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Job Title:ORTHOTIST (FITTER)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:T38-13-VCB-085-ARF-872025

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:

Thursday, April 11, 2013 to Thursday, April 25, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0667-05/11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

11

DUTY LOCATIONS:

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

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 872025872025

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.  
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-5 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.  The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.
Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required

DUTIES:

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The Orthotist (Fitter) will serve within the Prosthetic Service Line for the Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System and will be located in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Major duties and responsibilities include but not limited to:

  • Responsible for the design, fabrication, and fitting of orthotic/prosthetic devices for common disability levels.
  • Take measurements for fabrications and fitting of devices used to treat common disability levels including orthoses for the trunk and cervical spine, lower and upper extremity orthoses and transtibial/transfemoral prostheses.
  • Prepare molds and/or tracings to be used in the fabrication of the devices.
  • Assemble components to create a finished device and perform preliminary alignments.
  • Maintain patient records regarding work done in accordance with polices and guidelines.
  • Communicate with patients to explain the procedures, solicit cooperation and reduce anxiety.

 

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS:   

  • 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.


GRADE DETERMINATIONS:

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.

OR,

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.

OR,

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.

OR,

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.


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.

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.



OTHER INFORMATION:

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

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

All qualified applicants will received consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, lawful political affiliations, marital status, disability or membership or non-membership in a labor union.

 

This Agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the applications and hiring process, you must notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.



HOW TO APPLY:

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To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, April 25, 2013Thursday, April 25, 2013 to receive consideration.
  1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  2. Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.  

To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • CV or Resume
  • VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf)
  • Occupational Questionnaire
  • OF-306 - Declaration of Federal Employment (Available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of306.pdf)
  • SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action for current or former federal employee showing grade and step. NOTE: Award/Incentive SF-50 may not contain the required information needed.
  • DD-214 showing character of service i.e., honorable, general, etc. (if applicable)
  • Veterans Preference documentation (if applicable)
  • Other documents - Use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for well-qualified, displaced Federal employees), or documentation to support Veterans Preference claims.  You will not be contacted for additional information.


Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

You are encouraged to apply online.  Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE:  If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

  1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 872025.
  2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.
If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials.  The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, April 25, 2013Thursday, April 25, 2013 to receive consideration.  Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:
  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf.  
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Alisha Ford
Phone: (956)430-9319x
Email: ALISHA.FORD@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Valley Coastal Bend HCS
2701 S 77 Sunshine Strip
Harlingen, TX
78550

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:

T38-13-VCB-085-ARF-872025

Control Number:

341361200