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Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  PM-14-KMO-964642

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$57,982.00 to $75,376.00 / Per Year
Monday, January 13, 2014 to Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Tucson, AZ View Map
US Citizens and Status Candidates
Public Trust - Background Investigation


Dedicated to Patient-Centered Care, the Southern Arizona VA Healthcare System (SAVAHCS) is a state of the art network of health care facilities throughout Southern Arizona comprised of the medical center in Tucson, Arizona and seven Community Based Outpatient Clinics in Casa Grande, Green Valley, Safford, Sierra Vista, Yuma, Northwest and Southeast Tucson. Through an environment of compassion, education, and research, SAVAHCS is a national model of clinical and organizational excellence.

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 964642 (Include # on all documents)


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 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-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 may be authorized.


Are YOU the one?

We expect members of the SAVAHCS team to continually meet the VISN 18 Quality Standards.

Safety: SAFETY comes first!

Kindness: Treat Veterans, families, guests and SAVAHCS team members with compassion, respect and dignity.

Performance Excellence: Give your personal best and strive to "exceed expectations."

Presentation: Demonstrate professionalism, positive attitude and passion.

Stewardship: Accept responsibility for the duties entrusted to you, maintain the environment and support the SAVAHCS tradition of exceptional health care.


This is a reannouncement.  Applicants who have previously applied need not reapply and will be considered.



  • Not Required


  • No


  • 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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The Orthotist/Prothetist, provides the appropriate orthotic and/or prosthetic devices and treatment.  

  • Performs a comprehensive assessment of the patient to obtain an understanding of the patients orthotic/prosthetic needs.
  • Completes a comprehensive patient history, including demographic characteristics, family dynamics, previous use of an orthosis/prosthesis, diagnosis, work history, vocational activities, signs and symptoms, medical history, reimbursement status, patient expectations and results of diagnostics evaluations.
  • Assist with the formulation of the treatment plan by performing a diagnosis-specific functional clinical examination, including manual muscle-testing, gait assessment and evaluation of sensory function, cognitive ability, range of motion, joint stability, skin integrity and compliance.
  • Consult with other health care professionals and care givers about patient's condition to assist in formulating a treatment plan.
  • Communicate with patient and/or care giver about the recommended treatment plan, and any optional plans, to involve them in orthotic or prosthetic are; include disclosure of potential risks/benefits.
  • Refer patient to other health care professionals, if needed.
  • Create a comprehensive orthotic/prosthetic treatment plan to meet the needs and goals of the patients.
  • Evaluate the findings to determine an orthotic/prosthetic recommendation.
  • Perform the necessary procedures to deliver the appropriate orthotic/prosthetic services.
  • Provide the patient with information describing the procedure required to initiate the treatment plan.
  • Select appropriate materials, components and specifications for orthosis/prosthesis.
  • Fabricate/assemble prescribed devices by assembling selected materials/components.
  • Provide gait training/functional-use training Provide periodic evaluation to assure/maintain/document optional fit and function of the orthosis/prosthesis.
  • Solicit subjective feedback from patient and/or care giver to determine status. Complies with policies, procedures and regulations regarding human resources management, physical environment management, business/financial management and organizational management.



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  • U.S. citizenship.  Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.  


Must be a citizen of the United States

Certification is not required as a basic requirement; however it is strongly desirable as evidence of possession of the essential knowledge, skills, and abilities. 

Must be proficient in spoken and written English.



GS-5: Education: A full 4-year course of study at an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's degree.


Experience:  Three years of experience in a related field which demonstrates the basic knowledge, skills and abilities listed below:

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.

GS-7: Advanced Entry Level Placement:  See VA Handbook 5005, Appendix G17.


Experience:  One year basic experience as an orthotist/prosthetist equivalent to the GS-5 level and must meet the KSAs below:

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,

GS-9:  Education: 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 the GS-9 level.


Experience: Completion of 1 year experience equivalent to the next lower level which demonstrated possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities at that level.

1. Ability to attend clinics and participates as member of the treatment plan.  This includes knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy, phyiology, 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 the 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. 

GS-11: Experience: Completion of 1 full year of experience as an orthotist/prosthetist equivalent to the GS-9 level that demonstrates possession of the knowledge, skills and abilities.  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 KSA's


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.

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.

2. Ability to conduct clinical patient analyses such as gait, range of motion, life style, etc., for the 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.

4. Knowledge of materials science including materials in order to design and fabricate prescribed devices considering new and emerging technologies.  This would incurred 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.

PLEASE NOTE:  Education must be accredited by an accredited 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 accredited 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, 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 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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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, July 09, 2014

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.


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

Resume (required)

OF-306 "Declaration for Federal Employment" (required if you are currently not a federal government employee).

DD-214 (required if claiming Veteran Preference)
·Other Veterans Document - Letter from Department of Veteran Affairs showing award of a Service Connected disability (required if claiming a disability)
   ·SF-15 (required, if claiming Veteran Preference)
   ·SF-50 Most recent SF-50 that show position title, grade and step. (required, if a current federal employee)
   ·Transcript (required)


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


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 964642  964642   

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, July 09, 2014 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

TAG:Link to Full 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.


Zulema Barragan
Phone: (520)792-1450x6026
Agency Information:
Tucson, AZ


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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