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Job Title:Orthotist/Prosthetist

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:T38-14-VCB-065-SLW-1039689

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$31,628.00 to $75,376.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, January 30, 2014 to Wednesday, February 12, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0667-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

11

DUTY LOCATIONS:

2 vacancies in the following location(s):
Harlingen, TX View Map
McAllen, TX View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Confidential

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1039689

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 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 http://www.vacareers.va.gov


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.

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Not Required

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • 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
  • Education/Experience- See Qualifications Section

DUTIES:

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The Orthotist/Prosthetist will serve within the Prosthetic Service Line for the Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System.

Major duties and responsibilities include but not limited to:

·         Responsible for the design, and fabrication and fitting of orthotic prosthetic devices for commons disability levels.

·         Take measurements for fabrications and fitting of devices used to treat common disability levels including orthoses for the trunk and cervical spine, lower and upper extremity orthoses and transtibial/transfemoral prostheses.

·         Prepare molds and/or tracings to be used in the fabrication of the devices.

·         Assemble components to create a finished device and perform preliminary alignments.

·         Maintain patient records regarding work done in accordance with polices and guidelines.

·         Communicate with patients to explain the procedures, solicit cooperation and reduce anxiety.

 

·         Follows established infection control procedures.

Work Schedule: Monday to Friday 8:00am to 4:30 pm
PD / Functional Statement: Functional Statement
Relocation Expenses: Relocation Expenses are NOT authorized for this position.
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Relocation/Recruitment Incentives are NOT authorized for this position.
This is a Bargaining Unit Position
Background Information: NACI
This is NOT a Supervisory position

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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GRADE DETERMINATIONS:

In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade.

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

OR

Experience: Three years of experience in a related field which demonstrates the basic knowledge, skills and abilities (core competencies) 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: Experience: One year of basic experience as an orthotist/prosthetist equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-5) and must fully meet the KSA's at the level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSA's:

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.

OR

Advance Entry Level Placement: See VA Handbook 5005, Appendix G17.

Criteria for Advanced Entry-Level Placement. Applicants who meet all qualification requirements for the GS-5 grade level of two-grade interval occupations may be appointed at the GS-7 grade level if they possess one of the following:

(1) Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in a major field of study related to the Title 38 Hybrid occupation, including those occupations that have a positive education requirement.

(2) Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university unrelated to the Title 38 Hybrid occupation that included or was supplemented by at least one of the following:

(a) 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, or as identified by the college or university) for the hybrid occupation, or one full year of graduate level coursework (typically at least 15-18 semester hours) for the hybrid occupation; or

(b) Directly related practicum/internship in the hybrid occupation, either included in the degree or post-degree; or

(c) Directly related certification/licensure/registration for the hybrid occupation.

 

GS-9: Education: Two full years of progressively higher level graduated 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.

OR

Experience: Completion of one year of experience equivalent to the next lower level (GS-7) which demonstrated possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities at the level needed to provide orthotic/prosthetic services in a hospital setting. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

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 material 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.

GS-11: 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.

OR

Experience: Completion of one full year of experience as an orthotist/prosthetist equivalent to the next lower level (GS-9) that demonstrates possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities at the level needed to provide orthotic/prosthetic services in a hospital setting. Certification at the practitioner level by the American board of 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 KSAs:

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. This includes advanced knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, kinesiology, physics, and etiology of diseases as well as knowledge of psychology and age related competencies.

2. Ability to conduct clinical patient analyses such as gait, range of motion, life style, etc., for patients with a wide range of complex medical conditions which include unusual problems or complications, and to design unique or innovative devices to accommodate those conditions.

3. Knowledge of materials science including materials such as plastics, composites, metals, and leather used in fabrication in order to design and fabricate prescribed devices considering new and emerging technologies. This would include ability to use hand and power tools and CAD/CAM systems in the fabrication of the devices.

4. Knowledge of material science in order to design and fabricate prescribed devices considering new and emerging technologies, This would include the ability to use CAD/CAM systems in the fabrication of devices.

5. Ability to recognize physical abnormalities, deviations, and complicating conditions with potentially life threatening implications.

 

References: VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G32, Orthotist/Prosthetist Qualification Standards dated March 2006. VA Handbook 5005 at http://www.va.gov/orhm/joblistings/VAQualStads

 


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: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html 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: This position will require some walking, standing, bending, working with machinery, and closely working with others.  Applicants must physically and mentally meet the duties of the position being filled.

 

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 http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

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

 

Interviews: Management may interview candidates for this position and may elect to use the Performance Based Interviewing (PBI) process. If PBI is used, questions will be job-related, reasonably consistent and fair to all candidates. You can visit http://www.va.gov.pbi/ to learn more about PBI, frequently asked questions and aids to prepare for an interview. Additionally, printed reference material is available at each Human Resources Office.

 


BENEFITS:

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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 http://www.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp.

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.  


OTHER INFORMATION:

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


HOW TO APPLY:

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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 Wednesday, February 12, 2014 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, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, 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.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

·         CV or Resume

·         VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf)

·         Occupational Questionnaire

·         OF-306 - Declaration of Federal Employment (Available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of306.pdf)

·         SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action for current or former federal employee showing grade and step. NOTE: Award/Incentive SF-50 may not contain the required information needed.

·         DD-214 showing character of service i.e., honorable, general, etc. (if applicable)

·         Veterans Preference documentation (if applicable)

·         Other documents - Use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for well-qualified, displaced Federal employees), or documentation to support Veterans Preference claims.  You will not be contacted for additional information.

Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.


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 http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 1039689.
  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, February 12, 2014Wednesday, February 12, 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.
  2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf.  
  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.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Shelley Williams
Phone: (956)430-9315
Email: SHELLEY.WILLIAMS1@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Valley Coastal Bend HCS
2701 S 77 Sunshine Strip
Harlingen, TX
78550

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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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Job Announcement Number:

T38-14-VCB-065-SLW-1039689

Control Number:

360313300