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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Prosthetic Representative (Chief) in Salem, Virginia

Summary

The Chief of Prosthetics reports to the Medical Center Associate Director and consults with the VISN 6 Prosthetics Service Line Manager. Incumbent is first line or second line supervisor for all personnel assigned to the Prosthetics and Sensory Aids Service.

Responsibilities

The duties of the Chief - Prosthetic Representative at the Salem VA Medical Center, Salem VA, within the VA Mid-Atlantic Health Care Network (VISN-6), are to administer, supervise, and perform work concerned with rendering prosthetic and sensory aids services to Veterans. The incumbent. will manage and supervise all phases of Prosthetic and Sensory Aids Service operations including: Plan, develop, and direct the Prosthetic and Sensory Aids Program; Demonstrate an understanding of the unique characteristics of the facility, particularly the special medical programs, such as Spinal Cord Injury, Traumatic Brain Injury, Driver Rehabilitation, Visual Impaired Service Team, Prosthetic Implants, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Services, Extended Care Services, Patient Aligned Care Teams, and Community Based Outpatient Clinics. Serve as an advisor to clinicians with regard to selection, prescription, and acquisition of prosthetic devices which involves furnishing information concerning such matters as new developments in the field of prosthetics and sources of supply for such devices; Interpret prescriptions of clinicians in order to make certain that proper prosthetic devices are selected for, or by, the patients; Authorize the purchase, fabrication or repair of prosthetic devices Maintain a continuous liaison with manufacturers and dealers of prosthetic supplies, inspects their facilities and services, and participates in the award of prosthetic appliance contracts; Participate in investigative/research project studies by selecting patients as pilot wearers of newly developed prosthetic items, evaluate the usefulness of such items, and compile data for analysis; and Provide technical and administrative advice and assistance regarding prosthetic problems to other facilities as needed. The work requires application and interpretation of laws concerning benefits available to disabled patients and of the regulations, procedures and practices based thereon and, in addition, a specialized knowledge of the medical and psychological problems directly related to the use of prosthetic devices; and a specialized knowledge and understanding of the fabrication and satisfactory fitting of prosthetic devices. The administrative aspects of the work require and understanding of statistics, budgeting, contracting, procurement, human resources, NPPD, inventory management, and the Prosthetic national software package. Incumbent must have analytical ability, social awareness, tact and diplomacy, and good communication skills; possess knowledge of established management principles, concepts and methodology to identify, analyze and resolve managerial and administrative issues or problems of a procedural or factual nature; be able to anticipate the need for action; possess the ability to deal effectively with individuals and groups and to adjust to difficult or stressful situations. Work Schedule: Monday to Friday 7:45 AM to 4:30 PM

Permanent Change of Station (PCS), excluding Appraised Value Offer (AVO): may be authorized to highly qualified candidates. VA Department of Veterans Affairs offers Permanent Change of Station (PCS) relocation services. Permanent Change of Station is the relocation of a household due to government convenience in connection with a transfer between duty stations or facilities. For more information go to http://vaww.fscdirect.fsc.va.gov/pcs.asp.

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. Experience and Education: Individual must meet at least one of the requirements below. (1) Experience. One year of creditable experience that demonstrates: Knowledge of basic anatomy and medical terminology; knowledge of accounting methods; ability to research, analyze, comprehend, and apply decisions; basic knowledge of inventory management procedures; ability to use computer software packages for word processing, spreadsheet development, and database management; and ability to work independently and as a member of a team; OR (2) Education. A bachelor's degree from an accredited educational institution AND at least 24 semester hours in course work related to health care, public administration, or business. The 24 semester hours could include but is not limited to any combination from the following fields: occupational therapy, physical therapy, kinesiotherapy, social work, psychology, prosthetics, orthotics, respiratory therapy, assistive technology, business law, leadership, healthcare, public administration, or business management. This course work may have been completed within the degree or in addition to the degree; OR (3) Experience/Education Combination. Equivalent combinations of experience and education are qualifying. Preferred Experience: Prosthetics supervisory experience, and budget management. Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following

criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates: GS-13 Prosthetic Representative (Service Chief) Experience. At least one year of experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the

candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: 1. Knowledge of directives, handbooks, clinical practice guidelines, and regulations that apply to

Prosthetic and Sensory Aids Service to resolve complex, controversial, or precedent-setting matters. 2. Ability to manage specialty prosthetic services. This includes the ability to provide specialty

services based on the unique needs of the patient. 3. Skill and ability to effectively advise senior management officials. 4. Ability to manage a health care program that provides home medical equipment, rehabilitation

services, home oxygen, visual or hearing impairment devices, assistive technology, orthotics, or

prosthetics. 5. Ability to supervise/manage through subordinate supervisors the activities of prosthetic

representatives that have diverse functions. 6. Ability to establish and monitor productivity standards and production and performance priorities. References: VA Handbook 5005/94, Part II, Appendix G34, Dated: January 18, 2018. The full performance level of this vacancy is GA-13. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-13. Physical Requirements: Heavy lifting (up to 20 lbs.); heavy carrying (up to 20 lbs.); straight pulling (up to 1 hour); pushing (1-2 hours); reaching above shoulders; use of fingers; both hands required; walking (up to 3 hours); standing (up to 3 hours); repeated bending (up to 1 hour); ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; hearing (aid permitted).

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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