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Job Title:Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (Sonographer)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-558-14-DU-980368-HC

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$47,488.00 to $61,678.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, October 23, 2013 to Tuesday, November 05, 2013




Full Time - Permanent


2 vacancies in the following location:
Greenville, NC View Map


United States Citizens


 Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 980368

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?

Since 1953, VAMC Durham has been improving the health of the men and women who have so proudly served our nation. We consider it our privilege to serve your health care needs in any way we can. Services are available to more than 200,000 veterans living in a 26-county area of central and eastern North Carolina. In addition to our main facility in Durham, we offer services in three community-based outpatient clinics. These clinics are located in

·         Raleigh, North Carolina

·         Greenville, North Carolina

·         Morehead City, North Carolina

With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions 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 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.



Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses ARE NOT authorized for this position.


  • 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
  • Form Of-306


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TOUR OF DUTY:  8:00 TO 4:30 with on call coverage


1.     This position is located in the Greenville Health Care Center in Greenville, North Carolina. The incumbent performs the most complex ultrasound examinations. The incumbent is responsible for performing a variety of ultrasonic technical studies in the application of non-ionization high frequency waves to patients for diagnosis of disease and other abnormalities; performs Duplex (Doppler) examinations, carotid, intra-abdominal vessels, venous reflux examinations and peripheral arteries and veins.


2.     Assists the radiologist with interventional procedures such as biopsies and fluid drainage; determines depths, locations, and required needle angles for the lesions to be sampled; instructs the radiology residents and fellow staff and students in all aspects of ultrasound; manages the technique of residents and students performing scans and in the generation of images for interpretation.


3.     Advises radiologist or referring physician of results and provides a preliminary diagnostic evaluation. Locate, identify, and determine compositions of cold nodules; differentiate benign renal cysts from malignant neoplasms; evaluate renal disease, liver abnormalities, pancreatic masses, and determining presence or absence of abdominal aortic aneurysms are among the variety of studies to be performed.


4.     Perform more difficult ultrasound examinations such as prostate, scrotum and pulse and continuous wave Doppler flow studies coupled with color flow analysis; measure flow velocity and tumor, cyst or aneurysm size.


5.     Assists section supervisor and the radiologists in establishing protocols for routine examinations and makes independent judgments when it is necessary to deviate from standard procedures. Trains new technologists in most complex Ultrasound and other procedure; participates in the evaluation of new employees.





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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.)

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


 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.


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.


Grade Determination  GS-9 


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 designated by an asterisk (*)


Assignments.  For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity (difficulty), and range of variety, and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time.  DRTs at this grade level may be appointed to one of the following assignments:


Staff DRT.  Employees at this level are fully functional as a DRT and are able to carry out their assigned tasks independently.  DRTs at this level may have varying assignments including special and complex radiographic procedures.  Regardless of the nature of the specific assignment, the work must be of sufficient scope and complexity to meet the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform at this level.

    a.  Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

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

      (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.


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: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.


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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The first area of consideration will be given to current permanent employees of the Durham VA Medical Center. The second area of consideration will be given to current permanent employees of the Department of Veteran’s Affairs. The third area of consideration will be given to Status Candidates (VEOA, VRA, other current Federal employees with status).


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, November 05, 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.


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:

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:


Form OF 306 is a required document and can be obtained at

Failure to submit the completed 306 form, signed and dated within the past year will result in your application not being considered. Forms must be submitted by the closing date of this announcement;. and in blocks that you check Yes, Please supply an explanation listing dates, addresses, how, what, when and where. If links will not open please google the form number and print it.

Resume-- with ending and beginning dates, number of hours worked, and the 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 980368.
  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, November 05, 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.


Hilda Cobb
Phone: (919)286-0411x5094
Agency Information:
Thank You, NC


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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