U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide
VA, VISN 1 is actively recruiting for a Certified Prosthetist-Orthotist, GS-667-12, which will be physically located at our West Haven, Connecticut Healthcare System facility. This position will serve directly under the VISN 1 Network Prosthetics Manager. The general responsibility of the non-supervisory Prosthetist-Orthotist is to provide the most complex clinical and laboratory prosthetic and orthotic services to disabled patients. This work may include, but not limited to, the following for this series:
Treatment of all amputation levels including upper limb, hip disarticulation levels at VISN 1 Amputation Care Clinics.
Serving as ad advisor to physicians, therapists and other medical professionals with regard to indications and contraindications of prosthetic and orthotic componentry, prescription coding criteria for VISN 1 through Tele-Medicine and on site with needed when applicable.
Authorizing the purchase, fabrication or repair of prosthetic/orthotic devices.
Maintaining continuous liaison with manufacturers and dealers of prosthetic supplies, inspecting their facilities and services and participating in the award of prosthetic appliance contracts, as needed.
Participating in investigative/research project studieis by selecting patients as pilot wearers of newly developed prosthetic items, evaluating the usefulness of such items and compiling of data; when applicable.
Giving technical and administrative advice and assistance on prosthetic/orthotic problems to VISN 1 facilities through Tele-Medicine and on site as needed.
Responsible for providing VISN 1 facilities with appropriate L codes for custom orthopedic braces and prosthetic componentry.
Assists VISN 1 facilities with L-code reviews for orthotics and prosthetics, and serves as the VISN 1 subject matter expert with regard to appropriate coding for orthodics and prosthetics.
Oversight of VISN 1 Same Day O&P; Service Initiative.
May require involvement and coordination with a future VISN 1 Center of Excellence Amputation System of Care.
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Financial Disclosure Report:
: Not available
: Negotiable, possibly one-two days per week after one year, with supervisor concurrence
This is not a virtual position.
Certified Prosthetist-Orthotist Functional Statement
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This work requires 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/orthotic devices.
A Prosthetist/Orthotist at this level must have analytical ability, social awareness, tact and diplomacy, and excellent communication skills. They must be able to anticipate the need for action. They must also possess the ability to deal effectively with individuals and groups and to adjust to difficult or stressful situations.
ABC or BOC Practitioner Certification is required at this level. A Prosthetist/Orthotist at this level may serve as the (NCOPE) Residency Director for the host Medical Center site, or otherwise may be required to directly contribute to the education of Prosthetist-Orthotist Residents within VISN 1.
* This position is a Non-Bargaining Unit position
* This position is covered by locality based comparability pay.
* Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized.
* Selectee may be required to work at any VISN 1 Healthcare System campus, as needed.
* This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
* Candidates who meet the qualification requirements within 15 calendar days following the closing date of the announcement will be considered.
* Current and former Federal employees must submit copies of their most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action). The SF-50 must identify the position title, series, grade, step, tenure and type of service (Competitive or Excepted). In some cases, more than one SF-50 may be required to show a higher grade previously held.
* This position may be authorized for telework. Telework is negotiable, possibly one-two days per week after one year, with supervisor's concurrence.
* Permanent appointment and salary in this position is subject to review by the Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience.
* Narrative responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) will be required from the selectee in order to proceed with the appointment.
* Incomplete applications will not be considered.
* Selectee will be required to complete additional forms to proceed with employment process.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
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0667 Orthotist And Prosthetist
Orthotists And Prosthetists
Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
You may be required to serve a probationary period
Subject to a background/security investigation
Must be proficient in written and spoken English
* United States Citizenship:
Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
A bachelor's degree or higher in orthotics and prosthetics from a Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) accredited program; OR,
A bachelor's degree or higher in any major along with a post-graduate orthotics or prosthetics certificate from a CAAHEP accredited program. Or, 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.
* Board Certification:
Candidates must be board certified 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 education. NOTE: Certification as a technician, pedorthist, assistant or fitter does not meet this requirement.
* Physical Requirements
- The incumbent will be required to pass a pre-employment physical which is a requirement.
* English Language Proficiency.
Orthotists, prosthetists, or orthotist/prosthetists must be proficient in spoken and written as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d).
GS-12 Grade Determination:
Applicants must have completed 1 (one) year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-11) as an orthotist/prosthetist functioning as a full member of the clinical team which includes significant involvement in treatment plan development for the most complex types of conditions, in order to be considered for this position.
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs):
In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs and demonstrate the potential to acquire the assignment-specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*). These KSAs need to be demonstrated within your resume to receive credit for this requirement.
1. Knowledge of regulatory requirements established by the ABC, BOC, the National Committee for Orthotic/Prosthetic Education (NCOPE), the International Association of Orthotists and Prosthetists (IAOP), the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (AAOP), Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), etc.
* 2. Knowledge of administrative functions including budget development and management, inventory management, space and workload planning, as well as knowledge of the National Prosthetic Patient Database (NPPD), knowledge of the Prosthetic National Software (PNS) package, Decision Support System (DSS), and knowledge of accreditation requirements for orthotic and prosthetic laboratories and certification requirements for individuals.
*3. Ability to analyze data and provide reports using CPRS, Vista, DSS, HCPCS codes and other patient database information.
*4. Ability to provide training to orthotists/prosthetists in new technologies and innovations in devices.
Assignments for this grade:
For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity (difficulty) and range of variety and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time. Candidates at this grade level are in the following assignment:
Advanced Practitioner. The orthotist/prosthetist assignment at this level is intended for smaller, independent laboratories. In addition to functions typical of the GS-11 grade level, the assignment involves responsibility for assuring the accreditation of the laboratory, regulation compliance, and a variety of administrative duties such as developing a budget; managing inventory and resources; overseeing contract employees; planning the orthotics and prosthetics clinical schedule; conducting site surveys of commercial vendors; devising short and long
range goals in accordance with local, VISN, and VHA Central Office direction; and conducting quality assurance activities; etc. The orthotist/prosthetist communicates and interacts with physicians, allied health professionals, patients, and caregivers in various interdisciplinary clinical settings, rehabilitation medicine, orthopedics, neurosurgery, vascular care, podiatry, oncology, etc., as a subject matter expert to develop the orthotic and/or prosthetic treatment plan. The work includes complex patient analyses in accordance with established procedures for patients with unusual conditions, multiple complex conditions, interrelated conditions, etc.; assessment of the patient for indications/contra-indications and discussion of the assessment with the physician/requesting provider for the purpose of developing the overall treatment plan with considerable influence in the development of that plan; consideration of new and emerging technologies in designing unique or innovative devices to accommodate or treat a wide range of complex medical conditions which include unusual problems or complications. The orthotist/
prosthetist at this level is expected to recognize physical abnormalities, deviations, and complicating conditions with potentially life threatening implications.
VA HANDBOOK 5005/91 PART II APPENDIX G32
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12.
The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is for the GS-12 only**.
Physical Requirements:** Must be able to knell, sit, stand, and lift up to 40 lbs.
A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
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.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.
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.
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How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
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Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.
The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and salary at which the candidate will be placed. For internal selectees eligible for promotion, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.
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.
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The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's, documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).
Board Certification, VA Form 10-2850c
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Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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How to Apply
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All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the full questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 05/14/2018 to receive consideration.
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VISN 1 VA New England Healthcare System
200 Springs Rd
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/496765900. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
Open & closing dates:
04/13/2018 to 05/14/2018
$84,035 to $109,245 per year
Pay scale & grade:
The Veterans Health Administration is home to the United States’ largest integrated health care system consisting of 152 medical centers, nearly 1,400 community-based outpatient clinics, community living centers, Vet Centers and Domiciliaries. Together these health care facilities and the more than 53,000 independent licensed health care practitioners who work within them provide comprehensive care to more than 8.3 million* Veterans each year.