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Job Title:  Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (Ultrasound)
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  VHA-612-13-888696MS

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$58,183.00 to $70,648.00 / Per Year
Thursday, May 09, 2013 to Friday, May 31, 2013
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Redding, CA United StatesView Map
US Citizens and Status Candidates


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 888696

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.

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

Note: The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-9.  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.

Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

For Positions Covered by the Bargaining Unit: First consideration will be given to employees of this facility.

All Applicants Including Department of Veterans Affairs Northern CA Health Care System Employees: You must submit ALL required documents as indicated under “How to Apply” and “Required Documents.” Failure to provide all required documents/information will result in loss of consideration or a lower evaluation in rating and/or selection consideration. Applicants will not be contacted for additional information if their applications are incomplete or inadequate. 


On-Call:  No

Rotating Shifts:  No

Required to Work Holidays or Weekends:  No

Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Fair Labor Standards Acts (FLSA):  Non-Exempt

Bargaining Unit Position:  Yes



  • 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
  • Certified in general radiology technology by ARRT R.
  • Customer Service.


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Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (Ultrasound)


Independently performs standard examinations.  Schedules patients for examinations.  Evaluates the nature of critical and emergency procedures, and rearranges patients scheduled to accommodate them.  Maintains records and files of patients examined.  Performs research studies as approved by Chief of Radiology.  Advises radiologist or referring physician of significant abnormalities requiring their immediate attention and visualization while the patient is undergoing examination.  Performs ultrasound exams of the abdomen, neck, chest, extremities, retroperitoneal space for the purpose of acquiring high quality examinations that assist in the diagnosis and treatment of patient medical disorders.  Performs routine clerical procedures such as maintaining accurate ultrasound records (diagnostic, patient schedule, procedure, and, research logs).  Makes multiple simultaneous settings and adjustments in operation of equipment to ensure accurate results.  Determines necessary ultrasonic procedures to yield definitive diagnostic findings.  Reviews new developments in the field and recommends improvements.  Maintains adequate supplies so exams are not delayed due to the lack of necessary equipment and supplies.  Explains examinations to be performed to the patients so that an understanding of the purpose of the study as well as any requirements of the patients are thoroughly understood.  Gathers related information such as patient electronic medical record, x-rays, etc., so that correlation of exams to other studies may be made by the radiologist in diagnosis and recommendation of treatment for medical disorders.  Distributes ultrasound exams and related information to radiologist for the interpretation of the exams.  Assists quality assurance technologists in performing quality assurance testing of ultrasound unit using phantoms, test tools, test check lists, etc.  


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



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Citizenship. Citizen of the United States


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


Experience or Education. Completion of a full-time training course of at least 24 months duration (or the equivalent) in a post-high school diagnostic radiologic technology program, evidenced by a certificate or an associate's 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.

Public Law 97-35, the Consumer-Patient Radiation Health and Safety Act of 1981, requires that persons who administer radiologic procedures meet the credentialing standards in 42 CFR Part 75, Standards for the Accreditation of Educational Programs and the Credentialing of Radiographic Personnel. Essentially, they must have successfully completed an educational program that meets or exceeds the standards described in that regulation, and is accredited by an organization recognized by the Department of Education, and be certified as radiographers in their field.

Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019. Bending, pushing, pulling, reaching and occasional kneeling, crawling and squatting; lifting, carrying and manipulation of equipment; patient assistance and positioning; walking and prolonged standing; the ability to read written orders, computer screens, patient records and equipment controls; the ability to communicate with patients, physicians and coworkers. Near visual acuity to assess patient's physical condition when performing exams and evaluating images for diagnostic quality. Must be able to speak and hear to communicate with patients. Ability to make critical decisions, interact with patients of different ages and health conditions, maintain patient confidentiality and work under stressful conditions, such as operating or emergency rooms.


English Language Proficiency. Diagnostic Radiologic Technologists (DRT) must be proficient in spoken and written English.


Creditable Experience -

Knowledge of Current Radiologic Technology Practice. To be creditable, experience must have demonstrated possession of the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics (also referred to as "core competencies") associated with current radiologic technology practice. This may have been evidenced by the equivalent of 1 year of active practice, which is paid or non-paid employment as a DRT as defined by ARRT.

Quality of Experience. Experience is only creditable if it was earned after completion of the Basic Requirements identified above. Experience as a graduate DRT is creditable provided the candidate functioned as a DRT and subsequently passed the certification examination.

Part-Time Experience. Part-time experience as a DRT is creditable according to its relationship to full-time workweek. For example, a DRT would receive 1 week of full-time credit for each 2 weeks of half-time work. 


Specialized Assignment.  Positions should be assigned to the DRT, GS-647 series, when both ultrasound and other modalities which require the delivery of ionizing radiation are performed.   Positions in which ultrasound duties are performed exclusively (no other modalities are performed), should be assigned to the Medical Instrument Technician, GS-649 series, since ultrasound duties solely do not require the delivery of ionizing radiation.   Diagnostic ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves and other diagnostic techniques for medical purposes.   The practitioner must be competent in the production, use, recognition, and analysis of ultrasound images and patterns used for patient diagnosis and treatment.  The sonographer is regarded as the expert source of all ultrasound imaging, and the interpreting radiologist relies heavily on the skills, knowledge, and abilities of the sonographers in providing a final interpretation.   Within this specialization there is a diverse range of ultrasound imaging sub-specialties.   These include: 1) diagnostic medical sonography – abdominal, neurologic, obstetrical/gynecologic, and ophthalmic; 2) cardiac sonography – adult and pediatric echocardiography; and 3) vasculartechnology – vascular and related organs.  


GRADE DETERMINATIONS:  In addition to the Basic Requirements for appointment, the following criteria must be used when determining the appropriate grade assignment of candidates:


Experience.   Completion of 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-8) directly related to the position being filled, and must fully meet the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) at that level.  


Assignments.  For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity (difficulty), and range of variety, and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time.  

Substituting Education for Experience:  None



REFERENCES: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G25, Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist Qualification Standard, GS-647.

Experience or Education. Completion of a full-time training course of at least 24 months duration (or the equivalent) in a post-high school diagnostic radiologic technology program, evidenced by a certificate or an associate's 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.


Substituting Education for Experience: None


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 (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: 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.

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

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 visit


You will be evaluated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) based on your application for this position. In addition, you must demonstrate the following technical KSAOs and demonstrate the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAOs designated by an asterisk (*):


*(1) Ability to balance the needs of the patients and staff while still performing complex scans and procedures; 

(2)  Skill to demonstrate appropriate techniques to gather relevant information from the medical record, significant others, and health careproviders; 

*(3)  Ability to assess factors that may contraindicate the procedure; 

(4)  Knowledge of basic first aid and basic life support practices related to radiography; 

(5)   Knowledge of physical assessment, aseptic techniques, intravenous skills, and universal precautions; and 

(6)   Knowledgeable in pre-procedural, procedural, and post-procedural care of patients.  


If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.

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.


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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




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

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


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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 Friday, May 31, 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.

You must include a VA FORM 10-2850C - Application for Associated Health Occupations  in your application package to be considered for this vacancy. You may upload the completed form to your USAJOBS or Application Manager account if you apply online. Then you can use the uploaded form again and again when applying for future vacancies.

Please see this guide: for more information and re-using the form in your applications. Other required forms and documents can also be saved in your account and used the same way. Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is much easier and faster.

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: 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.


You must provide a complete Application Package which includes the following required documents:


1.      CV or Resume or any other written format may be submitted provided it contains all of the information in the USAJobs resume format. Provide beginning and ending dates (MM/YY) of employment, the average number of hours worked per week, and a description of the duties for each position listed on your resume. If you performed more than one position title, please indicate the percentage of time you spent performing each title's duties. (required).

2.      VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations, signed and dated (Available at (required).

3.      Occupational Questionnaire (required)

4.      Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment: signed and dated. (Available at This is a required form and must be submitted with your application.

5.      DD Forms 214: If prior military 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

6.     Notification of Personnel Action – SF-50’S: All current or former Federal Employees - VA and non-VA: documenting permanent status, promotion action to the highest grade held in the Federal government, and, if applicable, your separation SF-50.

7.      Copy of your college transcript(s). Certificates/diplomas are not acceptable. If selected for this vacancy, you may be required to submit official college transcript(s) prior to appointment (required).

8.     Copy of your current registration/certification/licensure (required).

ALL APPLICANTS INCLUDING DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS NORTHERN CALIFORNIA HEALTH CARE SYSTEM EMPLOYEES: You must submit ALL required documents as indicated under “How to Apply” and“Required Documents.” Failure to provide all required documents/information will result in loss of consideration or a lower evaluation in rating and/or selection consideration. Applicants will not be contacted for additional information if their applications are incomplete or inadequate.




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):

To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page: provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 888696.

Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144. If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials.

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, May 31, 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:

Click the following link to view and print the Occupational Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire

Print the 1203FX form (, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items.

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.



Elizabeth Inman
Phone: (925)372-2370
Agency Information:
VHA Northern California HCS Sacramento
Department of Veterans Affairs
150 Muir Road
Human Resources Management Service
Martinez, CA


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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