Supervisory Medical Support Assistant
The purpose of this position is to serve as a Supervisory Medical Support Assistant (MSA), for Outpatient Clinical Support in the VA Boston Healthcare System. The incumbent is responsible for a wide range of assignments and provides administrative support to the Sections.
WHO MAY APPLY
This position is open to current, permanent employees of the VA Nationwide.
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This position is located in the Mental Health Service Line and will be assigned to the Brockton campus.
The incumbents duties for this position include but are not limited to:
Monitoring and making work assignments for lower grade MSA positions.
Providing input on MSA 6 & 7 performance and resolving workplace issues.
Supporting clinics regarding clinic profile management and utilization via various reports.
Responsible for the daily staffing of assigned clinics, assuring adequate support staff is available; this includes coordination of leave amongst the site.
Resolving complex problems to ensure patient services are met.
Identifying educational or training needs (to include coordinating on-the-job training to all new and established MSAs)
Participating in hiring processes and decision selections.
Evaluating performance, completing Performance Appraisals, and assisting in taking disciplinary action when necessary.
Responsible extracting and analyzing data in order to provide reports in support of performance measures to senior management.
Communicating and interacting with patients in a manner which is appropriate to cognitive, emotional, and chronological maturation needs of the adult and/or geriatric patient.
Assuring that all appropriate VA forms are used correctly and regulations followed.
Full-time, Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm
nancial Disclosure Report:
* Not required
NOTE: This position is covered by locality-based comparability pay.
NOTE: Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized.
NOTE: Selectee may be required to work at any Boston Healthcare System campus as needed.
NOTE: Candidates who meet the qualification requirements within 15 calendar days following the closing date of the announcement will be considered.
NOTE: This position is in the Excepted Service.
NOTE: Incomplete applications will not be considered.
NOTE: Current and former Federal employees must submit copies of their most recent SF-50, (Notice 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.
NOTE: 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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0679 Medical Support Assistance
Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
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
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
* 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:
* (1) Experience. Six months experience of clerical, office or other work that indicates the ability to acquire the particular knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties of the position; or
* (2) Education. One year above high school; or
* (3) Experience/Education Combination. Equivalent combination of experience and education are qualifying for entry level for which both education and experience are acceptable.
* Grandfathering Provision:
All MSAs employed in VHA in this occupation on the effective date of this qualification standard are considered to have met all qualification requirements for the title, series and grade held, that are part of the basic requirements of the occupation. For employees who do not meet all the basic requirements required in this standard, but who met the qualifications applicable to the position at the time they were appointed to it, the following provisions apply:
* (1) Such employees may be reassigned, promoted or demoted within the occupation.
* (2) Employees who are appointed on a temporary basis prior to the effective date of the qualification standard may not have their temporary appointment extended or be reappointed, on a temporary or permanent basis, until they fully meet the basic requirements of the standard.
* (3) If an employee who was converted to title 38 hybrid status under this provision leaves the occupation, the employee loses protected status and must meet the full VA qualification standard requirements in effect at the time of reentry to the occupation.
* Foreign Education:
To be creditable, education completed outside the U.S. must have been submitted to a private organization that specializes in the interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education must have been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U. S. programs.
* English Language Proficiency:
MSAs must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j.
* GS-8 Supervisory MSA
One year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level.
* Assignment. Supervisory MSAs at this level plan and direct programs at medical centers and/or satellite outpatient clinics and have full supervisory responsibility for supervising at least one subordinate team leader or supervisor. Assignments at this level include, but are not limited to: assigning and evaluating the work of subordinate staff; resolving complex problems to ensure patient services are met; evaluating new products, equipment, and systems in order to make recommendations for improved operations; identifying educational or training needs; making final decisions on selections; evaluating performance, and taking disciplinary action when necessary. The employee has full administrative and professional responsibility for planning and directing the MSA's activities. Responsible for extracting and analyzing data in order to provide reports in support of performance measures to senior management. For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher level duties must consist of significant scope, administrative independence, complexity (difficulty) and range of variety as described in this standard at the specified grade level and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time.
* Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Candidates must demonstrate the KSAs below:
* 1. Ability to provide the full range of administrative and supervisory duties which includes assignment of work, performance evaluations, selection of staff, and recommendation of awards and/or advancements.
* 2. Ability to collaborate, communicate, and demonstrate customer service and interpersonal skills with all healthcare professionals to ensure quality/continuity of care and ensure compliance with established policies and regulations.
* 3. Ability to provide briefings, orientations, staff development, and training.
* 4. Ability to manage fiscal matters, forecast resource and equipment needs, and identify budget needs.
VA Handbook 5005/53, Part II, Appendix G, page II-G45-4 & G45-5.
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-8.
The work is sedentary. Some work may require walking in offices, hospitals, warehouses and similar areas for meetings and to conduct work. Work may also require walking and standing in conjunction with travel to and attendance at meetings and conferences away from the worksite. Incumbent may carry light items.
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: ****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: ****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.
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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.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
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.
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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Drug test required
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
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).
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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
How to Apply
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 08/23/2018 to receive consideration.
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VA Boston Healthcare System
940 Belmont Street
Brockton, MA 02301
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Open & closing dates:
08/09/2018 to 08/23/2018
Pay scale & grade:
$50,618 to $65,809 per year