DRT - QUALITY MANAGEMENT
This position is in the Imaging Department, aligned under the Surgical & Diagnostic Care Line of the Syracuse VA Medical Center. The incumbent filling this position performs Quality Management duties and serves as the Picture Archiving Communication System (PACS) / Automated Data Processing (ADP/VISTA) Coordinator. The incumbent is responsible for efficient operations, data validation, Radiology and Nuclear Med files documentation, and training programs within the assigned services.
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Full-Time, Monday-Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm, with possible coverage on weekends and or holidays, and on-call / rotating on-call coverage as necessary.
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The duties of this position include, but are not limited to:
Management of Imaging Department package parameters related to computer applications.
Development of training plans and materials.
Review of the data entered and validation of this information.
Development of automated methods or data extraction.
Analysis of data for process improvement
Formulation of specific recommendation for reallocation of resources.
Serves as point of contact on all matters related to PACS and VISTA Packages.
Evaluates and updates operational procedures when necessary.
Makes proper revisions to PACS Computer packages when needed.
Performs regular inspections on digital radiology equipment.
Maintains and oversees to a safe work environment.
Responsible for adherence to Syracuse VAMC policy.
Ensures that others are following policies outlined in Radiology procedure manuals.
Participates in VISN-2 after-hours calls to maintain a region wide 24 hours virtual radiology system.
Perform other duties as assigned.
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0647 Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist
Conditions of Employment
Applicants will have to meet the following requirements to be considered:
Must be a United States Citizen.
Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
Must be a current permanent Federal Employee of the Syracuse VA Medical Center.
Must be willing to participate in a screening for illegal drug use.
Must be willing to participate in a NACI level background investigation, (if applicable.)
Must have registration with the Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/1959.
Must successfully complete a pre-placement physical examination, (if applicable.)
Must have a current/valid ARRT (R) Certification.
Must meet the Time-In-Grade requirement of the position, (if applicable.)
Must meet the basic requirements/qualifications described in this announcement.
Basic Requirements / Qualifications
Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
All applicants must be certified in general radiologic technology by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT) (R). Advanced ARRT certification is required for Computed Tomography (CT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Advanced certification indicates that the technologist has demonstrated specific clinical competency in the appropriate specialty and taken and passed the designated examination.
Completion of a full-time training course of at least 24 months duration (or the equivalent) in a post-high school diagnostic radiologic technology program, evidenced by a certificate or an associate's degree, accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) or schools accredited by the ARRT and certification by the ARRT in radiology.
English Language Proficiency:
Must be proficient in spoken and written English.
Applicants that have held a GS position in the past 52 weeks must also meet the time-in-grade requirement of this vacancy. For this vacancy, the GS position must have been held for one full year and it must have been at the GS-10 level or higher. The position could have been held in any occupation, but it must have been held on the GS pay scale. Note*
Applicants that have not held a GS position in the last 52 weeks do not have to meet the time-in-grade requirement.
3-5 years of Imaging PACS management and DRT experience is preferred, but not required. 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.
GS-11 Grade Determinations
In addition to meeting the basic requirements, candidates must have a minimum of one (1) full year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level of GS-10 that demonstrates the clinical competencies described at that level. Candidates must be able to demonstrate thorough knowledge of radiation protection standards, devices and techniques including concepts or accumulated dosage and genetic changes; skill to recognize changes in equipment and procedures that might result in increased exposures, and ability to recommend methods to prevent such exposures; knowledge of basic physics including concepts of energy, electric power, magnetic fields, and properties of x-ray, in order to understand the operation of the equipment; and knowledge and skill in positioning of patients for a wide variety of difficult radiographic (CT, MRI, Special procedures, Mammography, etc.) studies.
VA Handbook 5005/77, Part II, Appendix G25, Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist, GS-0647.
Full Performance Level:
Medium lifting and carrying, straight pulling, pushing, reaching above shoulders, standing for long periods of time, repeated bending, working with radiant energy, working closely with others, ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, near vision correctable at 13 to 16; hearing (air permitted) and clear speech.
A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
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This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
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This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
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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.
Written KSA Responses:
Your application package must contain written/typed KSA responses. The KSA responses can be submitted on a Word Document or PDF. The written responses should reflect the applicant's ability to demonstrate the following KSA requirements:
Knowledge of all Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and VA standards regarding radiology quality assurance and other technical functions;
Skill to properly train staff on quality assurance and control;
Knowledge of Automated Management Information System (AMIS) preparation and fill usage reports for monthly and quarterly reporting of activity and usage data;
Thorough knowledge of x-ray and other image-producing machinery, film processors, and intensifying screens in order to design and operate a complete radiology quality assurance program; and
Knowledge of physics and chemistry to enable the incumbent to diagnose difficulties in x-ray machinery and processors.
Your assessment questionnaire answers, résumé, application, and KSA responses 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.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
When applying online for this position, applicants must provide:
an updated Résumé,
written KSA responses
and an updated VA10-2850c form, which can be found here: ****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.
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How to Apply
How to Apply
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 08/13/2018 to receive consideration.
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Syracuse VA Medical Center
800 Irving Ave
Syracuse, NY 13210
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Open & closing dates:
08/08/2018 to 08/13/2018
Pay scale & grade:
$65,445 to $81,366 per year