Serves as the Chief, Biomedical Engineer and has oversight of all Biomedical Engineering staff with direct overall responsibility for all matters relating to medical equipment, biomedical engineering operations, electronics operations and hybrid information technology (IT) support of health information systems; and patient safety matters pertaining to the aforementioned.Learn more about this agency
Conducts a medical equipment management program that meets current Joint Commission, NFPA and other pertinent regulatory requirements.
Manages a recall and safety alert program for medical devices, including medical device incident investigations to assure compliance with patient safety goals, SMDA and Joint Commission requirements.
Serves as an advisor to senior clinical and leadership staff on medical technology, including existing and emerging technology, addressing viability, long-term suitability, compatibility, and/or safety.
Serves as an institutional expert who directly supports the most complex and specialized clinical technology including service, system administration, training and quality assurance for multiple sites.
Supports and manages numerous VISN hosted health information systems i.e. Cardiovascular PACs, Dental PACs, Clinical Information Systems (CIS) and Anesthesia Record Keeper (ARK) including service, system administration, quality assurance and following the Medical Device Protection Program (MDPP) standards.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8am - 4:30pm
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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Conditions of Employment
- You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
- Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
- You may be required to serve a probationary period
- Subject to a background/security investigation
- Must be proficient in written and spoken English
- Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
QualificationsTo qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 01/27/2020.
- United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
- Education and/or Experience: Bachelor's degree: Professional engineering. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (a) Be in a school of engineering with at least 1 curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; or, (b) Include differential and integral calculus, and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in 5 of the following 7 areas of engineering science or physics: (1) statics and/or dynamics; (2) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (3) fluid mechanics and/or hydraulics; (4) thermodynamics; (5) electrical fields and circuits; (6) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); or (7) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics. OR
- Combination of education and experience: College-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished: [a] a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering; and [b] a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to 1 of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by 1 of the following:
- Professional registration: Current registration as a professional engineer by any State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States (e.g., Puerto Rico), or the District of Columbia. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than a written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would not be rated eligible for biomedical engineering positions.
- Written Test: Evidence of having successfully passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration, which is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners of a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States (e.g., Puerto Rico), or the District of Columbia.
Experience: Completion of at least 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower level, and must fully meet the KSAs at that level.
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Ability to conduct capital asset and infrastructure planning for medical equipment spanning initial concept, installation, and effective implementation of complex medical equipment.
- Knowledge of the most complex and specialized clinical technology including service, system administration, training, and quality assurance.
- Expert knowledge of, and the ability to interpret and apply, complex codes, regulations, guidelines, and standards associated with the biomedical engineering field.
In addition to the core competencies for GS-13 level positions, the supervisory biomedical engineer (clinical) must demonstrate the following professional KSAs and potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*):
a. Ability to initiate new ideas and approaches, and demonstrate resourcefulness.
*b. Ability to manage resources, i.e., space, equipment, supplies, staff, at the local level.
*c. Ability to draft and/or recommend local policies and/or directives.
d. Skill in managing a biomedical engineering program at the local level.
Grade Determination for GS-14: In addition to the basic requirements listed above, applicants will need the following to be considered for this vacancy:
Experience: Completion of at least 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower level, and must fully meet the KSAs at that level.
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Ability to manage overall department resources, i.e., finance, space, equipment, supplies, and staffing at a highly complex medical center or at the VISN level.
- Ability to develop local or VISN policies and/or draft directives related to healthcare technology management.
- Skill in balancing multiple responsibilities, setting priorities, delegating tasks and projects, meeting multiple deadlines, analyzing organizational problems, and developing and implementing effective solutions.
- Ability to analyze complex organizational and operational problems to develop and implement solutions that result in efficient operations, and use data effectively to manage workload, quality, performance, and productivity within the area of responsibility.
- Skill in interpersonal relationships leading and dealing with employees, team leaders, and managers, within and outside the biomedical engineering program, to include conflict management, dispute resolution, mediation, or reasonable accommodations.
a. Skill in interpersonal relationships including conflict resolution.
*b. Ability to work collaboratively with other disciplines, upper management, VHA Central Office, and/or VISN level staff.
*c. Ability to implement national policies.
d. Ability to develop and recommend new or revised policies that are consistent with organizational goals and objectives.
Note: KSA's should be included in your resume (used to help determine if applicant is qualified)
References: VHA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G38
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-14. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-13 to GS-14.
Physical Requirements: This work is moderately physical. Lifting and moving of biomedical equipment is part of the daily routine. Some equipment items weighing over 100 pounds, therefore knowing how to move these items safely is extremely important. This also requires physical activity such as walking, stooping, and bending, crawling, working on back or side, overhead or in tight spaces. These above requirements are also needed in determining space needs and requirements, user equipment needs, and for the inspection of existing facilities.
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.
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This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
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.
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How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
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NOTE: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and salary at which the candidate will be placed. For internal selectees eligible for promotion, the board will recommend grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
If selected, applicants will complete a VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations which can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search.
The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), etc.
- Cover Letter
- DD-214/ Statement of Service
- Disability Letter (Schedule A)
- Disability Letter (VA)
- Other (1)
- Other (2)
- Other (3)
- PCS Orders
- Performance Appraisal
- Separation Notice (RIF)
- SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
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If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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How to Apply
All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the full questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 01/27/2020 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10690004.
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Agency contact information
AddressBoise VA Medical Center
500 West Fort Street
Boise, ID 83702
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