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    Summary

    The Supervisory Medical Supply Technician- Assistant Chief is responsible for assisting the Chief of Sterile Processing Services in oversight of all operational and administrative activities of the service. Responsible for providing technical and direct supervision through subordinate supervisors and managing staffing needs. Incumbent ensures that reusable medical equipment is cleaned, processed and packaged as appropriate for use by clinical personnel throughout clinical and patient care areas.

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    Responsibilities

    Duties include, but are not limited to:

    • Assisting the Chief of Sterile Processing Services in oversight of all operational and administrative activities of the service.
    • Providing technical and direct supervision through subordinate supervisors, and managing staffing needs.
    • Ensuring that reusable medical equipment (RME) is cleaned, processed and packaged as appropriate for use by clinical personnel throughout all clinical and patient care areas of the Medical Center.
    • Working cooperatively with Surgical Service to establish shared goals that make for a successful Surgery Case Cart System and other delivery systems used within the Medical Center. This requires development of a critical scheduling system by continually anticipating and responding to the surgical schedule of the Medical Center.
    • Responsible for the quality management system activities within the Sterile Processing Service, to include training, competency assessment, development and enforcement of standard operating procedures.
    • Responsible for continuous quality improvement projects that result in improved services to all customers.
    • Issuing, adapting, implementing and maintaining local SPS policies and procedures as applicable to specific facility/system programs. Implementing Federal and agency program for return or reutilization of equipment.
    • Responsible for ensuring all functionality checks are conducted on sterilization equipment and records of the testing are maintained in accordance with The Joint Commission and official Medical Center policy.
    • Soliciting assistance from, or responding to, inquiries from outside regulatory and advisory agencies to ensure compliance with established policies and procedures from organizations such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI), Joint Commission (JC), International Association for Healthcare Central Service Material Management (IAHCSMM), Association of Perioperative Nurses (AORN), and others.
    • In conjunction with the Chief, SPS, the Assistant Chief is responsible for developing policies and procedures that meet the infection prevention standards set by JC, AAMI, AORN, IAHCSMM, and for monitoring compliance with those policies to meet established local, VISN, VHA and JC requirements for safe patient care.
    • Assistant Chief is under the supervision of the Chief, Sterile Processing Service. Supervisor provides guidance concerning strategic program requirements, objectives and interpretation but incumbent works primarily independently and refers only problems with difficulty to the supervisor for discussion and advice.
    • The Assistant Chief proceeds with supervisory guidance and shows self-initiative in accomplishing assigned duties within timeframes usually dictated by controlled due dates, urgency of the matter, or by the supervisor. Exhibits self-initiative in starting and completing projects. Keeps supervisor informed of potential issues or problems with widespread impact.
    • Per VHA Directive 1116(2), chapter 7a and d, all new Medical Supply Technicians must complete Level I Training within 90 days of hire. Additionally, all Medical Supply Technicians must participate in continuing education such as, computer-based training, or in-service education sessions leading to 12 education hours annually.
    • Meeting the needs of customers while supporting the Medical Center, Service and national VA priorities. Consistently communicating and treating customers (patients, visitors, volunteers, and all Medical Center staff) in a courteous, tactful, and respectful manner.
    • Adhering to all facility required computer security policies and procedures. Incumbent protects printed and electronic files containing sensitive data in accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act of 1974 and other applicable laws, Federal regulations, VA statutes and policy, and VHA policy. Protects the data from unauthorized release or from loss, alteration, or unauthorized deletion.
    • The employee wears special clothing, hair covers, personal protective equipment and shoe covers that can be uncomfortably warm.
    • Performs other duties, as required.
    Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm
    Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status

    Yes

    Promotion Potential

    None

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/585257700. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.