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Job Title:  Orthotist
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  IN-13-944520-MTH

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$38,790.00 to $61,678.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, August 20, 2013 to Monday, September 09, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Omaha, NE United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 944520

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 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.

NOTE:  The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-09. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-07 to GS-09.  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.

Important:  Current permanent VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System employees will be given first consideration. 

NOTE: External candidates eligible for veterans preference will receive consideration prior to considering external non-preference applicants.

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


  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required.
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • English Language Proficiency required.


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This position is located in the Prosthetics Service.

As A Orthotist specifically trained to provide or manage the provision of a custom designed, fabricated, modified, and fitted orthosis based upon independent or consultative clinical assessment of the patient's unique needs and desires, as well as their expectations and pursuant to a physician's prescription.

The Non-Certified Orthotist duties will be as follows:

  • Follows established regulations and procedures to insure patient privacy.
  • Performs patient’s clinical assessments such as gait, range of motion, life style, etc. for patients with few co- morbidities.
  • Communicates with Certified Orthotist to review incumbent’s clinical patient assessments and care plan.
  • Fits, fabricates, adjusts, and repairs custom orthosis through various methods and materials and measures and fits patients for pre-fabricated devices.
  • Measures, casts and scans patient to develop positive molds for custom work and custom molded footwear.
  • Prepares the positive mold and performs scans, tracing, and impressions of body segments for lamination and/or metal, thermo plastics, thermosetting acrylic or epoxy resins, carbon, fiberglass and nylon.
  • Performs biomechanical/bench alignment, formation of metal components and bench fabrication for orthosis.
  • Is responsible for following all manufacture’s specifications related to patient safety, lab safety and component safety.
  • Evaluates the final product as to the specifications, trim lines, contours, quality, pleasing cosmetic aesthetics and safety of the item. 
  • Carries out responsibilities of submitting, packing and shipping necessary items as related to work.
  • Performs appropriate documentation of workload, procedure coding, progress notes in electronic medical record, appointments and encounters.
  • Maintains current knowledge of new products, procedures, materials and techniques as related to their scope of practice.
  • Completes mandatory training per hospital requirements.
  • Other duties as necessitated by department, workload and achievement.


The Certified Orthotist duties will be as follows:

  • He/she transforms materials such as leather, metal, plastics, and fabric using hand and power tools to fabricate orthotic and prosthetic appliances.
  • Fabricates negative molds using a variety of casting materials such as plaster of Paris, alginate, orthoplast, etc., in order to make positive molds which have exact anatomical landmarks, identifying pressure. points, bony prominence and other contours of the body parts. He/she maintains the knowledge and technical ability to modify positive molds by removal or addition of materials to accommodate pressure sensitive areas.
  • She/he will instruct the patient in wearing and maintaining an orthotic/prosthetic device to maximize the benefit, functionality and the durability of the device .
  • Review medical files of veterans.
  • Interview veterans and inspect prosthetic equipment /appliances.
  • Assist in inspection and any recommendations of contractor prosthetic shop inspections.
  • Assist in implementing of JC standards of care.
  • Assist in coordinating amputee clinics.
  • Participate in team discussions.
  • Assist in preparing correspondence to Veterans, health care officials; responds to a variety of correspondence.
  • Serve as technical advisor and subject matter expert.
  • Assist to ensure clinic recommendations and decisions are implemented.
  • Assists in training other PSAS staff in about orthotics.
  • He/she repairs, adjusts and modifies orthotic devices according to current regulations and guidelines.
  • He/she modifies shoes for specific disabilities using hand and power tools to promote ambulation with the least amount of discomfort and the greatest possible function.
  • Performs preventive and corrective maintenance on an shop equipment and tools to keep them in proper operating condition and to achieve the maximum life of the equipment and tools.
  • Required to understand and use proper medical, prosthetic and orthotic terminology when reading prescriptions and consulting with physicians.
  • Other duties as necessitated by department, workload and achievement.


Work Schedule:  Monday to Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm


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• U.S. citizenship.  
Certification. Certification is not required as a basis requirement; however, it is strongly desirable as evidence of possession of the essential knowledge, skills, and abilities.

English Language Proficiency.

Preferred Experience: [HR users should write an announcement that will generate qualified applicants and may insert the experience preferred for their vacancy]


(a) Advanced Entry Level Placement.
Possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in a major field of study related to the Orthotist/Prosthetist occupation. Transcripts Required. Failure to submit transcripts may result in being disqualified.
Possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university unrelated to the Orthotist/Prosthetist occupation that included or was supplemented by at least one of the following: At least 30 semester hours (or at least the same number of hours required by the educational institution for a major field) of directly related, upper level undergraduate courses (e.g. at least 200-course level or higher as identified by the college or university) for the occupation, or one full year of graduate level coursework (typically at least 15-18 semester hours) towards a directly related degree; or directly related practicum/internship in orthotist/prosthetist, either included in the degree or post-degree; or directly related certification/licensure/registration for the occupation. Transcripts Required. Failure to submit transcripts may result in being disqualified.
Possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, with an exemplary academic record as demonstrated by at least one of the following: Class standing: applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major sub-division; or Grade Point Average –Applicants must have a grade-point average of: 1) 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B" or better) as recorded on their official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or 2) 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B+" or better) based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or election to a National Honors Society. Transcripts Required. Failure to submit transcripts may result in being disqualified.
(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.
(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.
(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.

References: VA Handbook 5005 Appendix G32 and G17 .

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.



PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Orthotist functional requirements are as follows: Heavy lifting, 45 lbs and over; Heavy carrying, 45 lbs and over; Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking, up to 6 hours; Standing, up to 6 hours; Kneeling, up to 5 hours; Repeated bending, up to 5 hours; Climbing, use of legs and arms; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/50 and 20/100 in the other; Mental & emotional stability required.

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


Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect 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


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.

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

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


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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 Monday, September 09, 2013 to receive consideration.

  1. 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. 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.


All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):

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

VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at (required).
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 944520.
  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 09, 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
  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.


Human Resources
Phone: (402)995-4947
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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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