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Job Title:Orthotist/Prothetist

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:520-SJB-13-910439

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, June 26, 2013 to Tuesday, July 16, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0667-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

2 vacancies in the following location(s):
Biloxi, MS United StatesView Map
Pensacola, FL United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 910439

 

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.  

 

Biloxi:  The Mississippi Gulf Coast overlooks the sparkling Gulf of Mexico and 62 miles of scenic shoreline including the world's longest (26 miles) man-made beach - started by nature, improved by man.  Explore the Coast's rich heritage from the American Indians to the modern day blending of cultures including cuisine, attractions, and events.  For further information on the Gulf Coast area, please visit the following website: http://www.gulfcoast.org/

 

Pensacola:  The Pensacola Bay Area is an activity-packed destination featuring culture, outdoor adventure, fine museums, attractions and miles of beaches.  Whether you're an art enthusiast, birdwatcher, golfer, food critic or a shopaholic, you'll find your niche in the Pensacola Bay Area.  (www.visitpensacola.com).

 

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.

 

Relocation/recruitment incentive is not authorized.

 

Note: The duty station of these positions may change based upon the needs of the health care system.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Must be a US Citizen
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required

DUTIES:

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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 incumbent 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.

 

Tour of Duty:  Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


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.   
  • English language proficiency

 

The following Knowledge, Skills & Abilities do not need to be address separately but should be identified somewhere in your resume:

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.  Ability to conduct clinical patient analyses such as gait, range of motion, life style, etc., for patients with complex but typical conditions.

 

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. 

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.

 

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


GRADE DETERMINATIONS:

Grade Determinations.  In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates.

 (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 orally 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.


References: VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G32. 


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:  Moderate lifting (15-44 pounds), moderate carrying (15-44 pounds), walking (6 hours), use of fingers, both hands required, standing (8 hours), kneeling (8 hours), repeated bending (8 hours), hearing (aid permitted), near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4, far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other, emotional mental stability.   

 

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.

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.  


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 Tuesday, July 16, 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:

***You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:***

 

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 – and MUST be signed and dated).

3.  The completed OPM 1203fx form (answers to questionnaire) - required if unable to apply on line.

4.  OF-306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf).  This is a required form and must be completed, signed and dated.

5.  If using education to qualify you MUST submit a copy of your transcripts which shows the degree conferred and date (required).

6.  If claiming veteran's preference you must include the following documents:

a.  All copies of your DD Forms 214, member 2 or 4 copy (required if claiming).  

b.  Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, should also complete and submit a signed SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf), required if claiming.

c.  A copy of your disability rating letter (required if claiming).

7.   If you are a current or former federal employee you must include most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action that shows position held, grade, series, and tenure.

 

Incomplete applications will not be considered

We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, fax transmissions, etc.

 

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 910439.
  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 Tuesday, July 16, 2013Tuesday, July 16, 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:

Human Resources Office
Phone: (228)523-5780
Email: VHABILUSASTAFFING@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
Prosthetics and Sensory Aid Service
400 Veterans Avenue
Biloxi, MS
39531

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:

520-SJB-13-910439

Control Number:

345979700