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Job Title:Orthotist/Prothetist

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-652-13-NLB-955659

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$70,201.00 to $91,260.00 / Per Year


Thursday, September 05, 2013 to Wednesday, September 18, 2013




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Richmond, VA United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 955659 

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 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.


  • U. S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required


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As a Orthotist/Prosthetist you will be responsible for administering, training, and performing work concerned with providing clinical and laboratory prosthetic and orthotic services to disabled Veteran beneficiaries.   Duties of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:   

  • Understands the complex and unique activities and characteristics of a Level 1 Polytrauma facility; to include Spinal Cord Injury, Traumatic Brain Injury, Physical Medicine and Rehab Services, PACT Committee, Amputation System of Care (ASoC) and Regional Amputation Center (RAC), and Servicemember Transitional Amputation Rehabilitation (STAR) program;

  • Assists the Chief, O&P Services in the planning, developing, and directing an Orthotic-Prosthetic Laboratory and related clinical activities at the national, VISN or local level;
  • Serves as an advisor to physicians, therapists and other medical professionals with regard to indications and contraindications of prosthetic and orthotic componentry, prescription criteria;
  • Authorizes the purchase, fabrication or repair of prosthetic devices;
  • Maintains continuous liaison with manufacturers and dealers of prosthetic supplies, inspecting their facilities and services and participating in the award of prosthetic appliance contracts;
  • Participates in investigative/research project studies by selecting patients as pilot wearers of newly developed prosthetic items, evaluating the usefulness of such items and compiling of data;
  • Gives technical and administrative advice and assistance on prosthetic problems to other facilities;
  • In the absence of the Chief, O&P or as directed, maintains close liaison with the ASoC Director and RAC Orthotist/Prosthetist;
  • Assists the Chief, O&P Services with duties regarding the NCOPE Residency program.


Work schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00AM - 4:30PM

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Status:   Non-Exempt

Supervisory Position: No

Bargaining Unit Position:  Yes

Recruitment/relocation incentives: Recruitment/Relocation incentives are not authorized for this position.

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

Probationary Period: May be required


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Citizenship.   Citizen of the United States.   Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

Certification.   Certification is required 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.   Certification as a technician or fitter does not meet this requirement.

NOTE:  This position requires thecandidate to be a certified in both disciplines as an Orthotist/Prosthetist.

Physical Requirements.   The physical requirements of this position include lifting, prolonged standing and sitting, frequent bending, walking (distance), climbing (steps, ladder, etc, reaching (overhead, extensive/repetitive), repetitive motion and stooping.  The mental/sensory requirements include recall, reasoning, problem-solving, hearing, speaking clearly, writing legibly, keyboarding, reading and logical thinking.  The environment's pace can vary from steady to a sometimes fast pace requiring handling of multiple priorities, frequent, sometimes intense customer interactions, and the ability to adapt to frequent changes in a sometimes noisy environment.  There may be the need to use personal protective equipment to prevent exposure to disease, illness and hazardous materials.  Eligible applicants must be physically and mentally able to perform efficiently the essential functions of the position, with or without reasonable accommodation, without hazard to themselves or others. Depending on the essential duties of a specific position, usable vision, color vision, hearing, or speech may be required. However, in most cases, a specific physical condition or impairment will not automatically disqualify an applicant for appointment. The loss or impairment of a specific function may be compensated for by the satisfactory use of a prosthesis or mechanical aid.

English Language Proficiency.   Individuals appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d). 


GS-12:  Completion of 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower level  of GS-11 as an orthotist/prosthetist functioning as a full member of the clinical team which includes significant involvement in treatment plan development for the most complex types of conditions.   Specialized experience would include administering, supervising, or performing work concerned with providing clinical and laboratory prosthetic and orthotic services to disabled patients. Planning, developing, and directing an Orthotic experience in performing work concerned with rendering prosthetic or orthotic services to disabled beneficiaries, advising physicians with regard to selection, prescription; and acquisition of prosthetic/orthotic devices; counseling and advising patients, their families, and representatives regarding eligibility for the use of prosthetic and sensory aids; interpreting medical prescriptions of medical officers in order to make certain that proper prosthetic/orthotic devices are selected for, or by, the patients; authorizing the purchase , fabrication or repair of prosthetic/orthotic devices.  In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSA/ Job Elements and demonstrate the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSA/ Job Elements designated by an asterisk (*):   1.   Knowledge of regulatory requirements established by the ABC, BOC, the National Committee for Orthotic/Prosthetic Education (NCOPE), the International Association of Orthotists and Prosthetists (IAOP), the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (AAOP), Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), etc.  *2.   Knowledge of administrative functions including budget development and management, inventory management, space and workload   planning as well as knowledge of the National Prosthetic Patient Database, a knowledge of the Prosthetic National Software package, and knowledge of accreditation requirements for orthotic and prosthetic laboratories.  *3.   Ability to analyze data and provide reports using HCPCS codes and other patient database information.  *4.  Ability to provide training to orthotists/prosthetists in new technologies and innovations in devices.

BLS/ACLS Requirements:  Current certification in BLS is required for all staff providing direct patient care, and police.  Additionally, current ACLS is required for patient care staff that work in specified or high risk areas (SICU/ICU/CCU/MICU/PACU/ED/and all procedure suites using moderate sedation, etc.). If you are selected for a position which requires BLS/ACLS certification, you will be required to have proof of certification prior to being boarded for appointment with VA.  If selected, obtain such certification in order to avoid any delays in the hiring process.

References:  VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G32, Orthotist/Prosthetist Qualification Standard, Dated March 2006,   


Unofficial transcripts are required whenever qualifying based on education.  Education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. A transcript or course listing must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. 

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.

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, 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.  


  • This is a bargaining unit position.
  • This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 
  • This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
  • Male applicants born after 12/31/1959, who are required to register with the Selective Service under Section 3 of the Military Selective Service Act, must be registered (or must have registered a the time they were required to do so) in order to be eligible for appointment.
  • Equal Employment Opportunity:  All applicants will receive consideration regardless of race, color, age, religion, sex, national origin, political affliliation, sexual orientation, marital status as a parent, or non-disqualifying physical handicap.  For information regarding the No FEAR Act Regulations, refer to 5 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 724. 



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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 Wednesday, September 18, 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.



You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:


1.    CV or Resume.

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

3.  Delaration of Federal Employment, OF 306- (

3.    Occupational Questionnaire

4.    If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 or proof of 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  

5.    If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).

6.  Copies of college transcript(s) (Official copy will be required for appointment).

7.  Copies of all licensures and certifications.


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  955659.

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 Wednesday, September 18, 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.

NOTE:   Mailed/e-mailed application packages will not be accepted.  Paper application packages can be faxed in Human Resources at the McGuire VA Medical Center in room 2K-150 from current VA bargaining unit employees ONLY.   Manual submissions must be received by 4:00 PM on the closing date Wednesday, September 18, 2013 of the vacancy announcement. 




Nakishia L. Booker
Phone: (804)675-5095
Agency Information:
VHA Richmond VAMC
Department of Veterans Affairs MC
1201 Broad Rock Blvd
HR Management Service - 05
Richmond, VA


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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