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Job Title:Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (Quality Manager)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:528D-13SMF-158

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, May 02, 2013 to Friday, June 07, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0647-11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Albany, NY United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 884960

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/

The Stratton VA Medical Center, part of the VA Health Care Upstate New York, is located in the heart of Albany. Albany, the capital city of New York, the seat of Albany County, and the central city of New York's Capital District, is roughly 140 miles north of New York City and sits on the west bank of the Hudson River. Opened in 1951, our Medical Center serves 22 counties of Upstate New York, Western Massachusetts and Vermont. In 1990 this facility was named in honor of Samuel S. Stratton, U.S. Congressman for 30 years of the 23rd District, a staunch supporter of veterans and a frequent visitor to our hospital.

Albany has close ties with the nearby cities of Troy, Schenectady, and Saratoga Springs, forming a region called the Capital District. The bulk of this area is made up of the Albany-Schenectady-Troy Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). Its 2010 population was 870,716, the fourth-largest urban area in New York State and the 58th-largest MSA in the country.

Patient Centered care is our approach to delivering healthcare to our Veterans. This philosophy gives patients and their families the chance to work closely with their healthcare providers to create more personalized care plans. Patient-centered care also considers the Veterans’ personal preferences and values, family situations, cultural traditions, and lifestyles; it keeps them informed and engaged throughout their treatment. The Veteran and family members become key members of the healthcare team and are active participants in making healthcare decisions.

NOTE:  The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience and recommend the step at which the candidate will be placed in that specific grade.  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.

Tour of Duty: Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm, subject to change

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Current ARRT certification required

DUTIES:

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This position is located in Radiology Department, Albany Stratton VA Medical Center, Albany, New York. The Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist Quality Manager provides support to the Radiology departments Interventional (Angio) Suite and functions as the Quality Management/Quality Assurance Technologist.

The Incumbent will be directly supervised by the Radiology Supervisor/ Chief Technologist. He/she is knowledgeable of Quality Control/Quality Assurance (QC/QA) guidelines, regulations and standards set by external auditing agencies (i.e. JCAHO, OSHA, ACR etc.) as well as VA standards and ensure the guidelines, regulations and standards are followed.  The technologist will also operate independently and without direct supervision as an Interventional Radiological Technologist in coordination and performance of the full spectrum of interventional radiology procedures. 

Duties required as a Quality Management technologist in the Radiology Department to include General Radiology, Computed Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Ultrasound and Interventional Radiology (IR).  Quality management includes quality assurance, quality control, quality planning, and quality improvement.

  Demonstrates an understanding of the various modalities, equipment performance, regulatory/accreditation requirements and performance improvement process as well as patient throughput.

  Maintains accurate records as required by management and provide statistical information as required for quality assurance analysis, quality planning, quality control, and quality improvement. 

  Reviews radiographs produced throughout the service for image quality in accordance with the Image Quality Review Policy.

  Tracks performance issues and identify trends with the purpose of individual and group training.

  Serves as back up to Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) manager, to ensure correct images are located in correct patient record.

  Practices radiation safety in order to reduce exposure to patient, staff and self; this is achieved by the use of lead aprons, lead gloves, lead shields, lead-lined walls and collimation; assure compliance to radiation regulations wear film badges; be aware of and practice safety policies/procedures of the medical center and participate in quality assurance activities as directed.

Duties required as an Interventional Radiology Technologist and the full scope of practice of Interventional Radiology (IR); Performs studies in the Radiology Department, Interventional Suite, and Operating Room or with the Portable Unit.

  Possess and maintain knowledge of and be responsible for equipment requirements and availability for the full spectrum of interventional radiology procedures.

  Knowledgeable about all steps of all main interventional radiology procedures including - but not limited to - procedural preparations and direct intra-procedural assistance.

  Assures completion of all interventional procedures including - but not limited to - adequate specimen labeling and delivery, procedural coding, image selection labeling, image transfer to PACS and so forth.

  Monitors, manages and maintains the Interventional Radiology inventory and work with the Stratton VA Clinical Product Review Committee and Logistics to assure proper, complete and timely availability of all necessary equipment for all procedures that are planned and performed on an emergent and elective basis within the IR suite and operating rooms at the Stratton VA Medical Center.

  Develops and initiates training/evaluation program for interventional radiology technologists for the entire spectrum of interventional radiology procedures.


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. All applicants must be certified in general radiologic technology by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT) (R).

·         English Language Proficiency. Diagnostic Radiologic Technologists must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with 38 U.S.C., chapter 73 or 74, to serve in a direct patient-care capacity.

·         Experience or Education. All candidates must meet the basic education requirement by the completion of a full-time training course of at least 24 months in duration (or the equivalent) in a post-high school diagnostic radiologic technology program, evidenced by a certificate or an associates’ degree, accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), and certification by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) in radiology.

To be creditable, experience must have demonstrated possession of the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics associated with current radiologic technology practice.

·         KSA 1 – Knowledge of all Joint Commission and Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and other VA Standards.

·         KSA 2 – Skill to properly train staff on quality assurance and control.

·         KSA 3 – Ability to analyze information and data for the usage of reports for monthly and quarterly reporting of activity and usage data.

·         KSA 4 – Knowledge of x-ray, digital radiography, computed radiography and other image-producing equipment, to maintain the Image Quality Review Policy.

Preferred Experience: Completion of one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, that is directly related to the position to be filled and that demonstrates possession of the knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics needed to provide services as a quality control technologist, diagnostic radiologic technology team leader, supervisory radiologic technologist, or an assistant chief radiologic technologist. Your resume must support evidence of this.

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

References: See VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G25
Qualification Standards.

 


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: Position requires heavy lifting, reaching above shoulders, both hands required. Prolonged standing, walking, repeated bending required. Must have near vision correctable to 13”-16”, hearing (aid permitted), and emotional and mental stability. Must work with radiant energy, and work closely with others.

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:

Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will receive a rating of IFM (ineligible due to missing forms). Requests for reconsideration will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package. We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, fax transmissions, delays in mail service, etc.

Only send documentation as requested/required by this announcement and that directly supports your qualifications for this position.


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. 




HOW TO APPLY:

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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 Friday, June 07, 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:

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
   ·Other (VA 10-2580C)
   ·Resume
   ·Transcript

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
   ·Cover Letter
   ·SF-50

VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf) (required).

Please 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), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). 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 TAG:VacancyID.

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 Friday, June 07, 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:

Sharon Fullwood
Phone: (518)626-6155
Email: SHARON.FULLWOOD2@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Albany VAMC
Department of Veterans Affairs
VAMC Albany 5
113 Holland Avenue
Albany, NY
12208-3410
USA

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and or referral to the hiring official.  If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.

Instructions for answering the questions in the Occupational Questionnaire:

If you are applying to this announcement by completing the OPM 1203-FX form instead of using the Online Application method, please use the following step-by-step instructions as a guide to filling out the required questionnaire. You will need to print the vacancy announcement and refer to it as you answer the questions. You may omit any optional information; however, you must provide responses to all required questions. Be sure to double check your application before submission.


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Job Announcement Number:

528D-13SMF-158

Control Number:

342791600