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Job Title:Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist/CT

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:528D-13TMS-218A

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$47,448.00 to $61,678.00 / Per Year


Friday, June 21, 2013 to Monday, September 30, 2013




Intermittent - Intermittent


4 vacancies in the following location:
Albany, NY United StatesView Map


Saturday/Sunday (every other weekend), 8AM to 4PM and 4PM to Midnight




Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 913468

This announcement has been amended on 6/20/2013 to include another tour of duty and increase the number of positions being recruited for.  Individuals that previously applied to 528D-13TMS-218 and were referred for consideration do not need to re-apply as they are still being considered for this position.

All applicants should review what must be provided for an application package to be considered complete.

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?


Duty Location:  Albany Stratton VA Medical Center, Radiology Services, Albany, New York

Tour of Duty:     Two positions:  Saturday and Sunday, every other weekend, 8:00am - 4:00pm

                         Two positions:  Saturday and Sunday, every other weekend, 4:00pm - MidnightNOTE:  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.

INTERMITTENT employment is defined as non-full time employment in which employees serve under an excepted or competitive service appointment without a regularly scheduled tour of duty.  A position with an intermittent work schedule is sporadic and unpredictable so that a tour of duty cannot be regularly scheduled in advance.  The salary listed represents full time employment and will be pro-rated based on the actual number of hours worked each pay period.  This appointment may be renewed for additional service in accordance with agency needs, does not offer health or life insurance benefits and may be terminated at any time before the expiration date.


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.




  • 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 radiologic technology by (AART) (R)


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Duties include but are not limited to the following:

Incumbent operates independently and without direct supervision as the technologist responsible for the performance and coordination of all diagnostic radiology examinations with and without the use of contrast material. They perform technical work in support of diagnostic radiology under the direction of a physician.

Incumbent operates general X-ray radiology and CAT scan equipment.  Incumbent assists radiologists and surgeons in fluoroscopic procedures as part of the diagnostic and or treatment plan for patients.

Employee performs computerized tomography (CT), and radiographic examinations of the head, neck spine, chest, body and extremities. These exams are performed with and without use of contrast materials.

Supports radiologist or other medical officers to produce radiographic studies used to diagnose and treat medical conditions.


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    a.  Citizenship.  Citizen of the United States.  (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified candidates in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)

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

    c.  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.

    (1)  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.

    (2)  Non-certified applicants who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements for ARRT (R) certification may be given a temporary appointment as a graduate DRT under the authority of 38 U.S.C. § 7405 (a) (1) (D).  Failure to obtain certification during that period is justification for termination of the temporary appointment.  This may result in termination of employment.

   d.  Physical Requirements. The work requires some physical exertion, such as regular and recurring standing, walking, bending, moving stretchers, lifting and carrying of equipment and/or patients.

   e.  English Language Proficiency.  Diagnostic Radiologic Technologists must be proficient in spoken and written English.


(a)    Experience.  Completion of 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level directly related to the position being filled, and must fully meet the KSAs at that level.  In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSAs and demonstrate the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs (below) designated by an asterisk (*)


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


             (2)  Skill to demonstrate appropriate techniques to gather relevant information from the medical

                   record, significant others, and health care providers;

            *(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. 

Quality Ranking Factor: This position includes a Quality Ranking Factor (a knowledge, skill, ability, or competency that could be expected to significantly enhance performance in a position). Applicants who possess the quality ranking factor will be ranked above those who do not.

The Quality Ranking Factors for this position is:

1.     Knowledge of cross sectional human anatomy and its application in spiral, and/or, multi-slice computer tomography, inclusive of 3-D reconstruction scans, including drainages, biopsies, and peripheral vascular examinations.

2.     Specific knowledge and training in the location, appearance, and function of the various major and minor systems susceptible to radiological illumination.


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.

Failure to comply may be grounds for withdrawal of an offer of employment, or dismissal after appointment):

·   Applicants must meet any physical, language, license or degree requirements.

·   Applicants must be citizens of the United States.

·  All selected candidates will be required to pass a medical examination.

·   Applicants tentatively selected for certain designated positions may be subject to a random

   drug screening for illegal drug use.

·   Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment.

·   New Appointees may be subject to a probationary period.

·  New Appointees will be subject to a background investigation to determine suitability



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. 


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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


Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605 (a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP.  This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location.  Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.

Reasonable Accommodations:  This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Equal Opportunity Employer:  VA will not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, gender identity, parental status, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information, political affiliation, or retaliation for opposing discriminatory practices or participating in the discrimination complaint process. This applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, reassignments, training, career development, benefits, and separation.

Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., mental retardation (intellectual disabilities), severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.


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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 Monday, September 30, 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,, 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.


The following documents are required from all Current VA and Public Candidates:

1. Resume/CV (all work experience must list month and year, full time, part time, or intermittent)

2.  VA Form 10-2850C: (Application of Associated Health Occupations)


3.   Copy of Certification. (Current)

4.  Responses to the Questionnaire

5.  Copy of most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action - illustrating current title, series and grade), if applicable.

6. Copy of DD Form 214 (Certificate Release of Discharge from Military Service) & SF-15 (Application for 10 point Veterans Preference), if applicable.

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 and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 913468.
  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 Monday, September 30, 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 QuestionnaireView Occupational Questionnaire
  2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items  
  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.


Thomas M. Schoenfeld
Phone: (518)626-6767
Agency Information:
Department of Veterans Affairs
VAMC Albany 5
113 Holland Avenue
Albany, NY


After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed and assigned an initial rating. We will also review your application to make sure that your résumé supports the answers given in the questionnaire. If your résumé does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified when your rating is determined.

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