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Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:OG-13-DF0-881644

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$46,963.00 to $61,048.00 / Per Year


Monday, April 29, 2013 to Friday, May 03, 2013




Full Time - Permanent


2 vacancies in the following location:
Boston Metro Area, MA United States


United States Citizens


Vacancy ID: 881644 

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?

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. 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. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service. If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans.

The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define “who we are,” our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence (“I CARE”).

America's Veterans need you! To find out more, go to


  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation.


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The position is located administratively in the Sterilization and Processing Service for the Nursing Service. The position is located at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in West Roxbury, Ma. Some of the duties are as follows;

  • Performing duties associated with the decontamination, preparation, sterilization, distribution, storage and ordering of all instruments and equipment for the section;
  • Collecting and reviewing daily instrument quality control data and graphing results maintaining oversight of inventory quantities;
  • Maintaining data and sharing with SPS/Logistics services for trend analysis;
  • Determining employee training needs, developing personal learning plans, tracking employee training progress and requirements, developing and maintaining competency assessments;
  • Developing plans to enhance patient flow through the operating rooms; studying workload data, quantities of instruments required, turn-around time for processed instruments, etc.;
  • Planning the work of subordinate employees; setting and adjusting priorities and preparing schedules for completion of work;
  • Assigning work based on priorities, difficulty of tasks and capabilities of employees; evaluating work accomplished;
  • Giving advice, counsel and instruction to employees; resolving minor/serious complaints or grievances and referring complex problems to a higher level supervisor; effecting minor/major disciplinary measures as needed;
  • Interviewing candidates for positions within the unit, recommending appointments, promotions or reassignments; recommending awards and bonuses as appropriate;
  • Performing other duties as assigned.

Work Schedule: 1(one) position shift hours are 7:30am to 4pm, the other position shift hours are 3:30pm to 12am (midnight). The positions are with rotation to off tours; days, evenings, nights and weekend. Must be flexible.

 Selectees may be required to work at any Boston Healthcare system as needed.




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THE POSITION REQUIRES: One (1) year of specialized experience that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include: working in sterilization and processing, processing and distribution of equipment and instruments in a medical facility that includes; applying aseptic techniques; decontamination, sterile preparation, and preparing reusable medical equipment by sterilizing and processing for distribution; planning work to be accomplished and setting priorities; ability to supervise employees; collecting and compiling data; and developing and maintaining quality management systems for sterilization processing, and distribution. (*To receive credit for these skills they must be documented in your application/resume.)  




SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION: one and one/half full years of progressively higher level graduate education from an accredited institution in a related field of study that demonstrates your ability to perform the duties of this position? Eighteen (18) semester hours is usually considered as satisfying 1 year of full-time study. (*If you answer yes to this question, transcripts are required.)




COMBINATION: A combination of specialized experience and graduate education as described that demonstrates your ability to perform the duties of this position? Only graduate education in excess of the amount required for the next lower grade level may be used to qualify with a combination at the GS-08 grade level (*If you answer yes to this question, your experience must be documented in your resume and transcripts are required.)

You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:

Knowledge of management principles, regulations, policies, procedures and duties to plan, direct and coordinate the complexities of a sterilization and processing unit

Ability to supervise, perform administrative and personnel management functions for a sterilization and processing unit

Knowledge in sterilization practices used to determine the methods and procedures for the sterilization of a wide variety of sophisticated and technical surgical and medical instruments and supplies, also knowledge of recommendations with respect to environment of care, safety, infection control and maintenance of sterility, decontamination, and assembly of instruments

Knowledge of assessing, monitoring, developing and assisting with implementation of corrective action plans for instruments and reusable medical equipment by processing, decontamination, sterilization, and  biological monitoring

Ability to effectively communicate, negotiate, problem solve and team build


The work requires walking, standing, bending and lifting up to 25 pounds. The activity demands of the day may be both mentally and physically stressful. Work is performed in various areas of patient and non-patient care which involves moderate risks or discomforts and may require special safety precautions. Incumbent will be working around moving equipment, carts and machines. Incumbent will be required to use protective clothing in particular areas (i.e. sterile room, operating room, and warehouse) such as masks, safety shoes, shoe covers, goggles, and gloves.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at .

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC.  WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.  If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

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.  Please refer to this checklist to ensure proper accreditation and for foreign education requirements.

Veteran's 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 DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability.  If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non service-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed " SF15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," (go to and required documentation with your application materials. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit



Applicants will be ranked based on four quality groups, as follows:

  • Best qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position;
  • Highly qualified - applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job;
  • Well qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the job; and
  • Qualified - applicants possessing experience and/or education that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors.

After the vacancy announcement closes, reviewed applications are evaluated against the questionnaire responses and placed in the appropriate quality group.  Qualified veterans will be afforded preference by being placed at the top of the appropriate quality group.  Qualifying veterans with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be placed at the top of the best qualified group.  The best qualified group is the first to be referred to the hiring facility for further consideration and possible interview.  The remaining groups may be referred based on the number of applicants available.


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

The Federal Government has special excepted appointing authorities for persons with qualifying disabilities, such as Schedule A. Specific information can be found at  IMPORTANT: If you would like to receive consideration as a Schedule A applicant, you must contact the HR Office at the facility where this position is located: Human Resources - 05
940 Belmont Street
Brockton, MA 02301



Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at  

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. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

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

You may be required to serve a probationary period. 


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete application (See "Required Documents" section below).  The complete Application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, May 03, 2013.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button on the right side 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 (, select Application Status and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.

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: .
  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 using the following Vacancy ID: 881644.  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 following documents are required:

  1. Resume
  2. Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire
  3. Other documents - use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for well-qualified, displaced Federal employees), or documentation to support Veterans Preference claims.  You will not be contacted for additional information.


VHA Nationwide DEU
Phone: (501)257-4134
Agency Information:
VHA DEU Bedford
Thank You, AR


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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