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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Audiologist in Richmond, Virginia

Summary

This position is in Audiology Service at Central Virginia VA Health Care System (HCS) located in Richmond, VA.The duties and responsibilities are carried out throughout the (HCS), including all clinical and other patient care areas involving service-related administrative and patient care needs. In addition to duties and responsibilities at the GS-12 level, the Audiologist at this GS-13 level is engaged in service and section-level administrative management under the direction of the Chief.

Responsibilities

Supervisory, Audiologist in a large, 1A-tertiary-care facility engage in a full scope of managerial and clinical responsibilities. As such, the incumbent will provide direction regarding the appropriate provision of Audiology services, as well as the initiation of appropriate academic affiliation agreements. The incumbent will exercise supervision, administrative management, and direction of advanced practice audiologists, staff audiologists, health technicians, and student clinicians. The individual is capable of providing comprehensive clinical services in their area of specialization. The incumbent has responsibility for general or technical supervision of key clinical training programs within the service. This role encompasses at least 25% of the individual's time. The incumbent is under the direct supervision of the Chief, Audiology Service for Central Virginia VAHCS, who provides program goals and objectives. The incumbent is responsible for planning and carrying out assignments independently, resolving most of the conflicts that arise, coordinating the work with others as necessary and interpreting policy on own initiative in terms of established objectives. In some assignments, the incumbent also determines the approach to be taken and the methodology to be used. The incumbent keeps the Chief informed of progress and potentially controversial matters. Completed work is reviewed only in meeting technical requirements or expected results. Work Schedule: Monday- Friday 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

Qualifications

Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. Education: Master's degree or its equivalent in audiology or hearing science from an accredited college or university is required. ["Accredited" means a college or university accredited by a regional accreditation organization and an audiology program recognized by the Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education (ACAE) and/or the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).] Licensure: For those grades that require licensure (GS-12 and above), the incumbent must hold a full, current, and unrestricted license in a State, Territory, Commonwealth, or the District of Columbia. Preferred Experience: Supervisory Experience Grade Determinations: GS-13 (a) Licensure. [T]he incumbent must hold a full, current, and unrestricted license in a State, Territory, Commonwealth, or the District of Columbia. (b) Education and Experience. Completion of 1 year of professional 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 KSAs identified for the assignment. (c) Differentiating Full Performance Level from Advanced Practice Level. This is done based on the differences between independent practice, which is required for all audiologists at the full performance level, and advanced practice. An audiologist practicing at the independent level has a generalized knowledge of practice, whereas the audiologist practicing at the advanced level has specialized knowledge of practice typically related to a particular diagnosis or patient population. The advanced practice audiologist can be further differentiated from the independent audiologist by his/her ability to expand clinical knowledge in the profession, provide consultation and guidance to colleagues, role model effective audiology practice skills, and teach or mentor less experienced audiologists. An audiologist with advanced practice skills and personal qualifications that meet the standard for the Advanced Practice Audiologist will be assigned to a position that requires use of the advanced practice skills in order to be considered for the advanced practice audiologist grade. GS-0665-13 Supervisory Audiologist: Supervisory audiologists exercise supervision, administrative management and direction of the audiology program in a unified audiology and speech-language pathology service or equivalent service-level department. They have responsibility for general or technical supervision of key clinical or training programs and overall technical and administrative oversight of audiologists depending on grade level. Supervisory audiologists or section chiefs develop, organize, direct, manage, supervise, control, and implement policies and procedures in focused clinical programs. They plan, assess, and evaluate programs to ensure proper coordination between care delivery within the section and the overall delivery of health care. They make decisions that affect staff and other resources associated with the section and are made with wide latitude of control and independent judgment. They exercise supervisory responsibilities such as planning and scheduling work; assigning work to employees; accepting, amending or rejecting completed work; assuring that production and accuracy requirements are met; appraising performance and recommending performance standards and ratings; but exercise less authority than service chiefs. The following KSAs are required: Ability to balance responsibilities and to work with great autonomy; Ability to set priorities and delegate tasks, meet multiple deadlines, analyze organizational problems and develop and implement effective solutions; Ability to analyze and use data effectively to manage workload, quality, performance, and productivity within the section; Skill in interpersonal relationships in dealing with employees, team leaders, and managers; Knowledge of, and ability to utilize, evidence-based practices and clinical practice guidelines in a professional area, and to guide the section staff in applying these tools; Ability to analyze organizational and operational problems and to develop and implement solutions that result in efficient section operation; Skill in problem solving and conflict resolution; and Skill in the application and analysis of scientific and clinical literature in a professional area. References: VA Handbook 5005/38; Part II, Appendix G29; dated August 24, 2010 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-13. Physical Requirements: The work is primarily non-strenuous though a significant amount of walking is required for face to face contact with patients, family members and medical staff. Ability to life 5- 10 pounds, mostly documents and/or binders is required. The ability to sit for 1-2 hours and do substantial computer work.

Education

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.

Additional Information

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. 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. Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members. If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

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