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Medical Supply Technician-Lead SPS

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide

Nashville, TN
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Medical Supply Technician-Lead (SPS)








The Medical Supply Technician (Lead) position is located in the Sterile Processing Service (SPS) and works throughout the medical center with support to all wards, clinics, operating rooms, and other support services. The incumbent is responsible to their supervisor for assuring that work assignments are carried out by SPS personnel for all work areas inside and outside of the SPS, which includes Decontamination, Instrument Preparation, Processing and Sterilization and Distribution of sterilized items. This position demands a complete conceptual and practical working knowledge of all SPS functions regardless of where the reprocessing takes place within the medical facility or the centrally based outpatient clinics (CBOCs). The incumbent serves as direct liaison with supported activities including Surgery, Wards, Intensive Care Units, Clinics, Nuclear Medicine and all other support services. Duties include:

Performing Quality Assurance duties under the direction of the SPS Program Specialist (QA).

Maintaining a current knowledge and answering questions of other employees on procedures, guidelines, methods, and standards to maintain a quality and effective SPS program.

Maintaining complex files to enable identification, disassembly, cleaning, decontamination, and pre-sterilization of all reusable items and the proper disposal methods of non-reusable and contaminated items.

Reviewing completed work to ensure that supervisory instructions on work sequence, procedures, methods, and deadlines have been met.

Providing formal training and orientation on material handling, sterilization techniques, operation of sterilizers, principles of packaging of sterile material, storage, correct sterilization and decontamination methods, safety, body mechanics, and quality assurance to a wide range of employees including SPS employees, nurses, supervisors, surgical technicians, and other patient care professionals.

Work Schedule: Based on needs of service. May include shift work and/or holidays/weekends.

Position Description/PD#: Lead Medical Supply Technician/PD #70184-A

Relocation/Recruitment Incentives:

Not Authorized

Financial Disclosure Report:

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Assembles large numbers of instruments and equipment for sets and places items based on size, weight, and delicacy of instruments, while striving for a compact, useful packages that will permit effective penetration of the sterilant.

Maintains inventory control of items as both a user and a consumer, restocking SPS inventory on a regular frequency, rotating stock appropriately, and avoiding overstocking and waste.

Being responsible for distributing and balancing the workload among employees in accordance with established work flow or job specialization on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis, for specific projects, or for a longer basis if required to assure an even flow and distribution of work.

Reporting to supervisor on attendance, performance, progress, training needs of employees, and on disciplinary problems.

Resolving simple informal complaints of employees with his/her jurisdiction and referring others to high levels of supervision.

Providing input for appraisals to be incorporated into the formal evaluation.

Making information suggestions to supervisor as requested concerning promotions, reassignments, or other status changes of assigned personnel, such as retention or release of probationary employees.

Informing employees about the policies, procedures, and goal of the supervisory as they relate to the work of the unit and changes thereto.

Developing computer records required outside already existing packages, and interpreting and analyzing this complex information.

Being responsible for following local Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), drafted in accordance with the manufacturer's written recommendations when reprocessing RME, SPS supervisors and infection Prevention and Control.

Having documented training in the setup, reprocessing, and maintenance of specific equipment. Suspending the reuse of any RME if they suspect that the device was not properly cleaned, disinfected, or sterilized according to the SOP and manufacturer's guidelines.

Having an understanding of the importance in reprocessing of RME and the significant impact on our Veteran population through the risk of infectious disease.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel between TVHS Campuses may be required

Supervisory status


#### Job family (Series)

0622 Medical Supply Aide And Technician




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 background/security investigation

You must meet time-in-grade restrictions by closing date of announcement.


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 05/02/2018.

Time-In-Grade Requirement:

Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements. For a GS-7 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-6 level.. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment.

You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below:

Specialized Experience:

Experience in processing, assembling, trouble-shooting, preparing, sterilizing, storing, and issuing sterile and unsterile medical supplies and equipment to include Reusable Medical Equipment (RME). The applicant must possess knowledge of the technical names, general uses, physical characteristics, and operating conditions of medical supply items; knowledge of decontamination, cleaning, preparation, sterilization, and storage procedures; knowledge of aseptic techniques; and skill in operating a washer-sterilizer, ultrasonic instrument cleaners, and gas and steam sterilizers. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include work as an operating room technician, medical instrument technician, nursing assistant, corpsman, or laboratory worker.

Must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-6 level


1 full year of graduate education only in those instances where it is directly related to the work of the position. (to receive credit for college education you must submit transcripts)



Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. You must have an combination of specialized experience and education beyond high school.

A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your responses.

You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:

Applies Technology to Tasks

Attention to Detail


Computer Skills

Infection Control

Lead or Supervise

Manages and Organizes Information

Quality Assurance

Technical Competence

Technical Problem Solving

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.


: A full year of 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 nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.

**Physical Requirements:

Physical Demands:** The work requires walking, standing, bending, stooping, and stretching. The employee usually stands and moves from one part of the room to another in performance of assigned duties, and is also required to travel throughout the medical center making pickups and deliveries. There is a frequent requirement for lifting baskets and cases of supplies, weighing 25 pounds from floor level to chest level, and occasional requirements for similarly lifting boxes weighing 50 pounds. Dexterity and strength are required in lifting and positioning baskets and boxes weighing 10 pounds overhead. Regularly pushes carts weighing up to 600 pounds for distances up to 2640 feet.

Work Environment:

The employee alternates between a contaminated and carefully controlled clean environments. The employee is always required to wear special clothing, hair cover, mask/beard cover, full face shield and shoe covers, which can be uncomfortably warm. When handling contaminated medical supplies, the employee also uses rubber gloves and an impervious gown. The work is often hot and humid. The employee is subject to slipping on floors. He/she must use padded gloves to remove carts from sterilizers and trays from the carts and is subject to burns from accidently touching hot items. Also subject to cuts from both sterile and contaminated instruments, knife blades and needles; and dermatitis from contact with cleaning agents. The employee often works around body fluids, mucus, excretions, and bits of tissue, some of which may be foul smelling. Strong, unpleasant odors are encountered while disinfecting instruments, patient care equipment and work surfaces. The work area is noisy due to the clatter of metal instruments, rumbling of carts, and operation of pre-sterilizing equipment. Use of ultrasonic equipment may require use of hearing protection. Employee is exposed, on a regular/recurring basis, to the residuals of ethylene oxide (ETO), a colorless gas with ether like odor and skin, eye, and respiratory irritant. Prolonged contact of ETO with skin may result in delayed burns. Employee must exercise various safety precautions, protective measures/devices, etc., e.g., wearing protective gown, mask, and gloves.


A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.


: 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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. 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.

Additional information

Receiving Service Credit or 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 employee's 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. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan

(ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan

(CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal/VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at

Placement Policy:

The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

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.

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.

For more information on the Who may apply eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.

If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

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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.


Narrative responses are not required at this time. If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance


Required Documents


Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

Résumé (Please make sure your resume includes where you worked, when, and whether you were part-time. If you were part time, be sure to state how many hours you worked).

Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) (IF YOU ARE A CURRENT OR FEDERAL EMPLOYEE you must provide a copy of your last or most recent SF-50, it must indicate proof of status (for example, you were a career or career-conditional employee) and should identify your position, title, series, grade, step, tenure, current pay, and type of service (Competitive or Excepted)).

Occupational Questionnaire.

A copy of your college transcript if education is used to qualify. (An official college transcript will be required before being hired.)

Evidence of your eligibility to apply for this vacancy (please see checklist)

Any other documents required by the checklist.

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 make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.

Cover Letter



Other Veterans Document





Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306)

Veterans' Preference:

When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference.

For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

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.




A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

Review our benefits

Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

How to Apply


How to Apply

All applicants are encouraged to apply online.

To apply for this position, you must complete the 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 05/02/2018 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click

To begin, click Apply Online

to create a USA JOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

Click Submit My Answers

to submit your application package.


It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

To verify your application is complete, log into your USA JOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Application page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process. To return to an incomplete application, log into your USA JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

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Agency contact information

Pamela Hays





Tennessee Valley HCS - Nashville

1310 24th Avenue South

Nashville, TN


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Next steps

Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. 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. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email. 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 USA Jobs account and clicking on Applications. Information regarding your application status can be found in the USAJobs Help Center.

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Fair & Transparent

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants

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Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.

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Legal and regulatory guidance

Financial suitability

Social security number request

Privacy Act

Signature and false statements

Selective Service

New employee probationary period

This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Open & closing dates:

04/11/2018 to 05/02/2018


$41,365 to $53,773 per year

Pay scale & grade:

GS 7

Work schedule:


Appointment type:


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Company Profile
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.

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