Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Orthotist/Prosthetist in North Little Rock, Arkansas

Job Overview

Job Overview
Summary

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1993498

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

The position of Orthotist/Prosthetist in the Prosthetics and Sensory Aids Service (P&SAS;) is located in the Eugene J. Towbin Healthcare Center in North Little Rock, AR. The John L. McClellan VA Medical Center in Little Rock and the Towbin Healthcare Center comprise the two campus Joint Commission accredited, 1A facility serving Veterans in the entire state of Arkansas. The Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHS) facilities also include eight outpatient clinics. North Little Rock is home to a variety of musical, theatrical, and cultural artisans of many disciplines and shares the big city life with its sister city, Little Rock, where nightlife and fine dining are well within commuting distance. Located in the beautiful Natural State, North Little Rock is central to state parks, pristine lakes, and miles of biking and walking trails. Travel out of state is easy with the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport and an Amtrak station nearby. Come experience all Central Arkansas has to offer!

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/”

NOTE: The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11. The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be placed. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

To apply for this position, you must submit a complete application package, or you will receive an electronic notice that you are rated ineligible. See required documents section to upload. All of the documents are required for all applicants.

The area of Consideration for this announcement is current, permanent CAVHS and VA employees.

If you are a current CAVHS or VA employee, you should apply under this announcement (RQ-17-LT-1993498-BU).

If you are a current Federal employee, (not employed at CAVHS or by the VA) a Veteran, or other external applicant, you should apply under announcement RQ-17-LT-1993318-BU.

**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.

Duties
  • Independently performs the duties as an Orthotist.

  • Interprets oral and written instructions from physicians and other health care providers.

  • Utilizes Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS) or other Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) electronic software to obtain clinical information for each patient.

  • Communicates and interacts with physicians, allied health professionals, patients, and caregivers to obtain the best outcome for each patient as needed.

  • Advises physicians and other health care providers regarding orthotic issues.

  • Obtains accurate measurements and assures best fit for each orthosis.

  • Implements knowledge of the Prosthetic program and related regulations and procedures, maintains individual certification, and follows regulations required to maintain facility accreditation by the American Board for Certification.

  • Acts upon consults by creating an Orthotic Lab Work Order (OWL), ordering an item, or requesting a scheduled appointment.

  • Serves as a member of the Brace Clinic Team to participate in examining patients to provide the most appropriate device.

  • Is responsible for providing orthotic care for inpatients at both the Little Rock and North Little Rock campuses as needed.

  • Is aware of orthotic stock inventory and helps advise those ordering before items are out of stock.

  • Posts stock issued items to patient's records.

  • Has knowledge of and uses the HCPC code system.

  • Ensures all notes and encounters are entered in CPRS timely and accurately.

  • Monitors items being fabricate using the OWL system for custom fabricated devices for timeliness to ensure no delay in patient care and assists with Quality Control of all fabricated items.

  • Has knowledge and skills of Orthotic fabrication.

  • Assists with locating items scheduled for delivery appointments.

  • Uses communication software such as Outlook and Vista to communicate with supervisors and peers.

Work Schedule:*Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.Functional Statement Title/#: Orthotist, Prosthetist or Orthotist/Prosthetist/FS #000000*

Supervisory Status

No

Promotion Potential

11

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • Incentives MAY be authorized for qualified applicants.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…

Current, permanent CAVHS and VA employees

Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
Qualifications

Basic Requirements:

  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • Certification. Must have board certification by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics (ABC) or the Board for Orthotist/Prosthetist Certification (BOC) as an orthotist, prosthetist, or orthotist/prosthetist. The board certificate must be current and the applicant must abide by the certifying body's requirements for continuing educations. Certification as a technician, pedorthist, assistant or fitter does not meet this requirement.
  • English language proficiency. Orthotists, prosthetists, or orthotist/prosthetists appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English.

References: VA Handbook 2005/15, Part II, Appendix G32.

Preferred Experience: An allied health professional specifically trained to provide or manage the provision of custom designed, fabricated, modified and fitted orthoses and prostheses based upon the independent or consultative clinical assessment of the patient's unique needs and desires, as well as their expectations and pursuant to a physician's prescription.

*Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs). *In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

  1. Ability to attend clinics and participate as a fully participating member of the treatment team with considerable influence in the development of the treatment plan. This includes advanced knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, kinesiology, physics, and etiology of diseases as well as knowledge of psychology and age related competencies.

  2. Ability to conduct clinical patient analyses such as gait, range of motion, life style, etc., for patients with a wide range of complex medical conditions which include unusual problems or complications, and to design unique or innovative devices to accommodate those conditions.

  3. Ability to recognize physical abnormalities, deviations, and complicating conditions with potentially life threatening implications.

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.

**Work experience (NOTE: You must include the following information on your resume in order to receive credit for your experience):


  • Name and address of employer

  • Your job title

  • The beginning and ending month and year of your employment

  • A description of your duties that is sufficiently detailed to document the level of your experience. If the position is (was) with the Federal government (military or civilian), state the series and grade or pay grade (rank) and the date of last promotion. If the position is (was) in the private sector, please include salary and/or hourly wage.

  • The average hours worked per week. Full-time work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the number of hours a week spent in such employment. Your supervisor's name and phone number (indicate if we may call your supervisor);

  • Education: Name, location, and dates of attendance for colleges attended (if required). Type and date of degree received (if any);

  • Other: Training, license(s), or certification(s) relevant to the position

Do not submit letters of recommendation, performance appraisals, positions descriptions, examples of your work, etc. in lieu of a resume. This additional information will NOT be forwarded to the hiring facility/manager.

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.

Graduates of foreign degree programs must have proof of a minimum of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university (or foreign equivalent, as verified through an independent credential evaluation company), with a specialization in orthotics and prosthetics.

Physical Requirements:The work is primarily sedentary. However, there are occasions that do require walking, standing, climbing, reaching, bending, and carrying up to 10 pounds of orthotic/prosthetic items.

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on “Application Status.” For a more detailed update of your status, click on “more information.” Information regarding applicant notification points

can be found in the USAJobs Resource Center.

BENEFITS

VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/benefits/index.asp.

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

Other Information

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/475642600. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 2017-08-12 to 2017-08-28

Salary: $60,210 to $78,270 / per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 11

Series: 0667 Orthotist And Prosthetist

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full Time

Job announcement number: RQ-17-LT-1993498

Control number: 475642600