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Job Title:Orthotist-Prosthetist GS-667-5/7/9/11

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:NY-13-SLH-872311

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 10, 2013 to Wednesday, April 24, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0667-07

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

11

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Cape Coral, FL United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

   

  Vacancy Identification Number (VIN)  872311

 

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?

 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 and leadership positions 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. 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.  For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/

Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more

 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Proficiencyin spoken and written English is required.
  • Certification is not required, but highly desired.

DUTIES:

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THIS IS A BARGAINING UNIT POSITION.

Tour of Duty:  40 hours, 7:00 a.m. – 7:00p.m., Monday through Friday, may include Saturdays

DUTIES: The Orthotist-Prosthetist 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 Orthotist-Prosthetist 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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GRADE REQUIREMENTS:

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.


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.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.


BENEFITS:

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

http://www.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp.

VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies.  This position may be authorized for telework.  Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.



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 employee's 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.

Placement Policy:   The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion.  The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement.  Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

 



HOW TO APPLY:

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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package (See "Required Documents" section below).  The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, April 24, 2013


To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the bottom 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 ( https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login), select Application Status and click on the more information link under the application status for this position. 

If you cannot apply online: you will need to complete the Occupational Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire by submitting your answers on the 1203FX form ( http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf) and faxing the completed form with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144. The 1203FX form will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

 

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload: Complete the following cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using TAG:VacancyID.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following documents are required:

  1. 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:

Stacy Hermann
Phone: (727)398-6661x4122
Email: STACY.HERMANN@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Bay Pines HCS
Online Applications Accepted ONLY
No Mail or Email or In Person Applicants
PO Box 5005 HRMS 05
Bay Pines, FL
33744-9900

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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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Job Announcement Number:

NY-13-SLH-872311

Control Number:

341519800