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Job Title:Orthotist

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:CD-13-SRJ-877970

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$57,408.00 to $74,628.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, April 18, 2013 to Wednesday, May 08, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0667-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Kansas City, MO United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

 Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 877970

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.  

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.

More than 1 vacancy may be filled through this announcement should the need arise.

WORK SCHEDULE: Mon- Fri 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

 

If applicants are interviewed for the position, performance based interview questions will be used.  For additional information regarding performance-based interviews, please review the following website on the Internet: http://www.va.gov/pbi  In addition, candidates may be interviewed by a panel.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must pass pre-employment physical examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Subject to Random Drug Testing.
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required

DUTIES:

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MAJOR DUTIES:  This position functions in the Orthotics Section of the Prosthetic Treatment Center.  The Orthotist provides clinically appropriate orthotic devices and treatment.  To accomplish this goal, the Orthotist conducts a comprehensive assessment, devises a treatment plan, performs the design, fabrication and fitting of devices, documents encounters in the patient record, and provides continuing care through follow up with the patient.

 


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.   
  • Certification.  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.   Certification is required for assignments at the GS-12 grade level or higher.
  • English Language Proficiency.  Orthotists, prosthetists, or orthotist/prosthetists appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English.

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

 

  GRADE DETERMINATIONS:

(1)  GS-5

     (a)  Education.  A full 4-year course of study at an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor’s degree.

    OR,

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

    (c) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

      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 orrally and in writing.

  (d) Assignment.  Assignments at this grade level are entry level trainee in nature where the individual receives developmental assignments designed to build upon the base knowledge, skills and abilities.  The orthotist/prosthetist at this level receives training and instruction to develop proficiency in essential occupational tasks such as taking measurements, patient communication, and fabrication and fitting of simple appliances. The work is performed under close supervision.

(2)  GS-7

  (a)  Advanced Entry Level Placement.  See VA Handbook 5005, Appendix G17.

 OR,

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

  (c)  Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

       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.

  (d)  Assignment.  Assignments at this grade level represent an advanced trainee level where the individual continues developing the more complex knowledge, skills, and abilities to prepare for substantially independent functioning at the GS-9 grade level.  The work includes consultation with the physician, therapist, and/or senior orthotist/prosthetist staff members to obtain and understand the prescription; taking measurements for fabrication and fitting for common disability levels including orthoses for the trunk and cervical spine, leg braces, and prostheses for short or long stumps; and fabrication and fitting of those appliances.  Supervision is close for developmental assignments and more general in nature for assignments for which the individual has demonstrated competency.  The supervisor is present at final fittings.

 (3)  GS-9

  (a)  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,

  (b)  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 KSAs:

  (c)  Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

       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 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.

  (d)  Assignments.  The orthotist/prosthetist performs a broad range of orthotic and prosthetic services designing custom devices using standard components to optimize patient performance for difficult and complex but typical conditions.  Assignments include clinic attendance to provide information on standard and stock items which are readily available.  The work involves identification of the biomechanical condition; explaining procedures to patients to reduce anxiety and gain support and cooperation; detailed patient assessment including conducting gait analysis, range of motion, coordination and balance, and motor skills; interviewing patients for lifestyle assessments; taking necessary measurements, casts, or scans to develop positive molds; recognizing physical abnormalities, deviations, and complicating conditions; fabricating, fitting, and evaluating these custom devices; and maintenance of the patient’s record.  The work may include use of Computer Assisted Design/Computer Assisted Manufacturing (CAD/CAM) systems.

 (4)  GS-11

  (a)  Experience.  Completion of 1 full year of experience as an orthotist/prosthetist equivalent to the next lower level that demonstrates possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities at that level needed to provide orthotic/prosthetic services in a hospital setting.  Certification at the practitioner level by the American Board for 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:

 OR,

  (b)  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.

  (c)  Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

       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 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.

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

  (d)  Assignments.  This is considered to be the full performance level.  The orthotist/prosthetist communicates and interacts with physicians, allied health professionals, patients, and caregivers in various interdisciplinary clinical settings, rehabilitation medicine, orthopedics, neurosurgery, vascular care, podiatry, oncology, etc., as a subject matter expert to develop the orthotic and/or prosthetic treatment plan.  The work includes complex patient analyses in accordance with established procedures for patients with unusual conditions, multiple complex conditions, interrelated conditions, etc.; assessment of the patient for indications/contra-indications and discussion the assessment with the physician/requesting provider for the purpose of developing the overall treatment plan with considerable influence in the development of that plan; consideration of new and emerging technologies in designing unique or innovative devices to accommodate or treat a wide range of complex medical conditions which include unusual problems or complications.  The orthotist/prosthetist at this level is expected to recognize physical abnormalities, deviations, and complicating conditions with potentially life threatening implications.

 

 

 


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.

Physical Requirements:  Lifting (25 lbs and over); Carrying (25 lbs and over); Pushing and pulling; Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Standing for extended periods; Repeated bending. Ability for simultaneous mental and muscular coordination.


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


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.



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.



HOW TO APPLY:

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HOW TO APPLY: All applicants are encouraged to apply online.

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 Wednesday, May 08, 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:

The following documents are required:
   •   Résumé or Optional Application for Federal Employment (OF-612).
  Résumés must provide your full name, mailing address and day/evening/cell phone numbers, country of Citizenship, and Veterans' preference. For each work experience, list job title (include series/grade if Federal Job), duties and accomplishments, employer's name/address, supervisor's name/phone number, starting and ending dates (month/day/year), hours per week and salary.
   •   Responses to the Questionnaire. PLEASE NOTE: In Section 25 of the Occupational Questionnaire, you may notice that the numbering restarts with number one. When entering your responses on the 1203-FX form please continue to enter your responses on the next available number within this section. The numbers on the 1203-FX will not match the Occupational Questionnaire once it restarts with number one. Submission of a resume' or a 1203FX form alone IS NOT a complete application. This position requires the completion of additional forms and/or supplemental materials as described under Required Documents section. Please carefully review the complete job announcement and the "How to Apply" instructions. Failure to provide the required information and/or materials will result in your application not being considered for employment. 
   •   Transcripts.  Copy of your transcripts if you are using education to qualify
   •   Evidence of your eligibility to apply for this vacancy, such as SF50, DD214, or documentation for proof of military spousal preference, or other employment eligibility.  Veterans, in order to receive preference, you must provide a copy of final discharge papers (DD-214) that documents the type of discharge received.  If you are claiming 10-point veterans preference you must also complete a SF-15 "Application of 10 point Veterans Preference", furnishing the required documentation as stated on the back of the SF-15.
   •   VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations, which is located at the following link, http://vaww4.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf

    •   OF306, Declaration for Federal Employment form, which may be downloaded from the OPM website, http://www.opm.gov/forms

   • Any other documents required by the checklist

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 877970.
  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 Wednesday, May 08, 2013Wednesday, May 08, 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:

Susan Jordan
Phone: (816)861-4700x56947
Email: SUSAN.JORDAN4@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Kansas City VAMC
Human Resources Office
4801 Linwood Blvd
Kansas City, MO
64128

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:

CD-13-SRJ-877970

Control Number:

342008100