This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement. BASIC REQUIREMENTS. a. Citizenship. Be a citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified candidates in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g.) b. Certification. All applicants must be certified in general radiologic technology by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology, Radiography (ARRT) (R).Advanced ARRT certification is required for assignments that include computed tomography (CT). Advanced certification indicates that the incumbent can operate independently and has demonstrated specific clinical competency in the appropriate specialty and taken and passed the designated examination. In modalities that require advanced certification, to support their continued development, technologists who do not possess an advanced certification may be provided on the job training with oversight from a certified radiologic technologist. c. Education. Completion of a full-time training course of at least 24 months in duration (or the equivalent) in a post-high school diagnostic radiologic technology program, evidenced by a certificate or an associate degree, accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) or from other accrediting agencies as recognized by the Department of Education (DOE). Credentialing Standards. 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 U.S. Department of Education and be certified as radiographers in their field. Loss of Credential. An employee in this occupation who fails to obtain certification within two years, or who fails to maintain the required certification must be removed from the occupation, which may also result in termination of employment. d. English Language Proficiency. DRTs must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d). Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for appointment, the following criteria must be used when determining the appropriate grade assignment of candidates: Supervisory Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist GS-10. Experience. At least one year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level directly related to the position being filled that demonstrates the clinical competencies described at that level. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. The candidate must demonstrate all of the following technical KSAs and demonstrate the potential to acquire the assignment-specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*): i. *Ability to analyze organizational, technical, and administrative problems and to develop and implement solutions that result in efficient section operation. ii. Ability to evaluate quality management procedures and processes. iii. *Ability to analyze and use data effectively to manage workload, quality, performance, and productivity. iv. *Skill in developing new policies and guidelines as needed. v. Skill in problem solving and conflict resolution. References: VA Handbook 5005/119, Part II, Appendix G25, December 13, 2019. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-10. Physical Requirements: The work requires heavy lifting (over 45 pounds), moderate carrying (15-44 pounds), reaching above shoulder, use of fingers, both hands required, walking (4-8 hours), standing (4-8 hours), both legs required, near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4, far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other, both eyes required, depth perception, and hearing (aid permitted). Prolonged standing includes the use of lead protective wear and must have mental and emotional stability. There may be exposure to ionizing radiation and bodily fluids. Must be able to work alone and closely with others, there will be protracted or irregular hours of work. ["A RECRUITMENT OR RELOCATION INCENTIVE IS AUTHORIZED. The Supervisory Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist - CT, has the overall responsibility for coordination and performance of the CT section. The incumbent supervises technologists while working with radiologists, clinicians, and clerical staff to assure optimum quality control, efficient coordination of activities, high quality exam results, and patient satisfaction. In addition to supervisory technologist duties, the incumbent will operate independently as the supervisor responsible for the performance and coordination of all CT examinations. Supervisory duties include: Staff Scheduling: Develop and maintain a schedule for CT technologists to include fair and equitable call rotations. Determine staffing requirements based on past, present, and future workload patterns and develop weekly and monthly schedules. Organize staff work assignments, including lunch and break rotations. Hold staff accountable for workload assignments. Keep Chief Technologist or designee apprised of performance issues, absences, and tardiness issues. Direct any reassignment of technologists necessary because of call-ins or increased/decreased workload. Coordinate leave requests to maintain optimal staffing levels. Staff Training: Train new technologists in CT specific performance modalities and organizational practices. Develop formal orientation, training, and evaluation programs. Recommend, coordinate, and evaluate new or modified procedures/protocols. Instruct technologists on specialized tasks and new/modified procedures and policies. Participate in the education of CT technologists as well as other technologists through departmental in-services. Responsible for the completion of competency checklists. Staff Engagement: Coordinate efforts related to staff engagement. Provide opportunity for staff to participate in department, division, and facility wide workgroups and committees. Encourage staff to participate in professional advancement activities. Actively engage staff in a minimum of 2 ongoing engagement projects throughout the year based on survey response. Equipment Maintenance/Repair: Coordinate repair and installation of CT equipment to ensure optimal patient access. Serve as the liaison between Radiology and Biomedical Engineering and repair contractors. Track and maintain records of repair history and vendor performance. Monitor work performance by contractors and in-house services, assuring satisfactory completeness. Recommend equipment improvements, repairs, and upgrades. Participate in developing specifications for new equipment requests. Participate in developing service contract specifications. Develop and maintain a quality control program in conjunction with the Quality Technologist. Hiring/rewarding/discipline of employees: Evaluation of employees in the Performance Appraisal process including awarding high performers and working with human resources on performance deficiencies. Quality Control: Manage quality control for all aspects of CT. Other roles, responsibilities, and functions include: Develop new techniques, optimize protocols, and devise ways to visualize pathology within the patient. Evaluate new system(s) and compare them with existing methodologies. Interact with physicians, scientists, physicists, computer programmers, manufacturers, and technical design engineers on a recurring basis in the performance of daily assignments. Coordinate daily schedule and consults with other medical center physicians, clinical, administrative, and clerical personnel regarding availability for patient examinations. Perform technical and general operation and maintenance of computers, consoles, and imaging devices. Assist manufacturer and biomedical engineers in the calibration and troubleshooting of any malfunctions in all assigned equipment. Report all deficiencies and needed repairs to supervisor or designee and Bio-Med. Establish and monitor quality control programs for the section and maintain operation logs, service, and maintenance reports. Assist physicians and other employees in the development and execution of procedure manual(s) and in devising and modifying procedures as necessary to include research protocols. Assist and develop training programs for new technologists, physicians, residents, and general clinical staff in the Computed Tomography section. Work Schedule: Mon - Fri, 7:30am to 4pm Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position Functional Statement #: 000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: AUTHORIZED EDRP Authorized: Contact the VISN 20 EDRP Coordinators, Stacy Hermann or Taia Henderson @ V20CompensationTeam@va.gov Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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