Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist in West Haven, Connecticut

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VA Connecticut Healthcare System was officially formed in 1995. We serve veterans in Connecticut and southern New England. The West Haven facility is a tertiary care facility classified as a Clinical Referral Level I Facility. It is a teaching hospital, providing a full range of patient care services, with state-of-the-art technology and a renowned research program. Comprehensive health care is provided through primary, acute, tertiary and long-term care in areas of medicine, surgery, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, oncology, dentistry, geriatrics and extended care. Newington is an ambulatory care center that provides primary and specialty care. In addition to our main campuses, we operate six community-based primary care centers throughout the state.

If you are not a current permanent VA Employee, you should apply under job announcement #VHA-689-17-EFDB-2016583-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.

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Responsibilities

This position is located in the Radiology/Diagnostic section at the West Haven campus. Employees at this grade level perform technical work in support of diagnostic radiology under the direction of a physician. Incumbent supports radiologist or other medical officers to produce radiographic studies used to diagnose medical conditions. Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Interprets requests or instructions from radiologist or medical officers.

  • Performs as technologist in charge on less demanding shifts or in a detached clinic.

  • Explains procedures, positions patients for desired results, and cushions and shields patients as appropriate.

  • Administers contrast materials orally, by enema, or in some circumstances intravenously under close supervision.

  • May administer anesthetic or antispasmodic drugs under close control.

  • Determines technical factors, sets controls and operates equipment.

  • Operates computerized radiography as well as conventional Radiology equipment.

  • Determines technical factors (i.e., calculates the correct exposure factors of time, distance, kilovoltage, and milliamperage), sets controls and operates equipment ensuring that the portion of the body specified receives the correct calculated exposure.

  • Performs procedures such as multiaxial tomography and bond densitometry.

  • As a team member with a radiologist, performs procedures such as bronchograms, cholecystograms, cholangiograms, urethrograms, G.I. series and barium and air contrast barium enemas.

  • Registers patients for examinations and updates status as necessary.

  • Independently makes routine radiographic examinations of head, trunk, and extremities for diagnosis of illness or injuries.

  • Performs darkroom duties, maintains supplies.

  • Performs routine maintenance and recognizes and reports malfunctioning equipment to ensure repair.

  • Captures computerized radiographs, applies an algorithm, configures the image and verifies patient information before transmitting them to the picture archive system.

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 10:00 am-6:30 pm, Includes weekend, holiday, and on-call coverage.

Functional Statement Title: Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist

Travel Required

Occasional travel - This position has rare travel responsibility, the employee will be required to cover shifts on both the West Haven and Newington campuses.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

08

Who May Apply
This job is open to…

CURRENT PERMANENT VA CONNECTICUT EMPLOYEES AND CURRENT PERMANENT VA NATIONWIDE EMPLOYEES

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Requirements
Conditions of Employment
  • 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.

*Physical Requirements: *Heavy lifting (45lbs and over); heavy carrying (45lbs and over); straight pulling (up to 1 hour); pushing (1-2 hours); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking (up to 3 hours); standing (up to 3 hours); repeated bending (up to 1 hour); ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision correctable at 13 to 16 inches; hearing aid permitted.

Qualifications

Basic Requirements:

Citizenship: Citizen of the United States.

Certification: 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).

Education: 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 the certificate or an associate's degree, accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) or from schools accredited by the ARRT and certification by the ARRT in radiology.

Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements you must meet the grade requirements.

GS-5

Experience or Education: None beyond the basic requirements.

GS-6

Experience or Education: At least one (1) year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level or the successful completion of a 4-year baccalaureate degree program in radiography or other directly related field to diagnostic radiology/imaging.

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs):

  1. Knowledge of basic technique standards for minimum radiographic exposure.

  2. Knowledge of anatomy and positioning.

  3. Knowledge of all patient safety procedures.

  4. Knowledge of radiographic producing equipment.

  5. Ability to learn basic computer functions.

GS-7

Experience or Education: At least one (1) year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level that demonstrates the clinical competencies described at that level or the successful completion of 1 full academic year of graduate education leading to a degree program in radiography or other directly related field to diagnostic radiology/imaging. Education may relate to the duties of a specific position or to the occupation, but must be appropriate for the position being filled.

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

  1. Knowledge of the technical adequacy of the digital image, including the ability to adjust the image quality in the digital system.

  2. Knowledge of different contrast material required for the requested study.

  3. Knowledge of radiation protection standards, minimum radiographic exposure techniques, appropriate beam limitation to anatomical area, and employing lead shielding when performing standard or fluoroscopic procedures.

  4. Knowledge of the function of computed radiography, Phosphor cassettes and CR readers.

  5. Knowledge of PACS and basic computer skills.

GS-8

Experience: At least one (1) year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level that demonstrates the clinical competencies described at that level.

Assignments: Employees at this grade level serve as staff DRTs at the full performance level. Candidates at this grade level are to be qualified to provide services in specialized areas of radiologic technology and/or general radiologic technology services.

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  1. Ability to check system for operation and assess acceptable performance based on established guidelines.

  2. Knowledge of calibration parameters and the ability to make adjustments as needed.

  3. Knowledge of patient's clinical record, diagnosis and laboratory results.

  4. Ability to monitor patient's physiologic changes during the procedure and keep the radiologist informed.

  5. Skill in using tact, diplomacy and courtesy in dealing with the customer base, patients, staff, family, visitors and volunteers.

  6. Knowledge of anatomy and physiology, and cross-sectional anatomy, recognizing unusual images, and determining proper positioning to best demonstrate areas of interest.

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.

References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/77, PART II, APPENDIX G25. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

Education

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.

Additional information

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.

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

Employees in this position are not required to file a financial disclosure report.

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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 and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

Note: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will recommend the grade and salary for the new appointments.

This is a Merit Promotion Announcement open to all current permanent VA nationwide employees. All eligible and qualified VA applicants will be referred in the following order:

* 1.* Current permanent VA Connecticut Employees

* 2.* All other current permanent VA nationwide employees

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

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Required Documents

The following documents are required:

  1. Resume

  2. VA Form 10-2850c

  3. Most recent Notification of Personnel Action, SF-50, please do not include an award SF-50. (Federal Employees)

  4. Other (see checklist below)

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), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), or 10pt (CP/CPS, XPP, XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP), on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section(s) provided. A legible copy of your DD214(s) indicating character of service, disability certification, SF-15 (if claiming 10 pt. preference) or if you are currently serving on active duty and expected to be released or discharged within 120 days; documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Documentation is required for eligibility verification.

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents: You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options. The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 2016581.

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

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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Benefits

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.

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  • Healthcare insurance
  • Pay and leave

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.

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.

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How to Apply

All applicants are encouraged to apply online.

To apply for this position, you must complete the View Occupational Questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, November 01, 2017 to receive consideration.

  1. To begin, click Apply Onlineto create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

  2. Click the* Submit My Answers* button to submit your application package.

NOTE: 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 USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details 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 USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

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Agency contact information
DIANA BACEY
Phone

(203)932-5711x2392

Email

DIANA.BACEY@VA.GOV

Address

VHA Connecticut HCS 950 Campbell Avenue West Haven, CT

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Next steps

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.

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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) office at OPM
  • Office of Equal Opportunity

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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.

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  • Financial suitability
  • Social security number request
  • Privacy Act
  • Signature and false statements
  • Selective Service
  • New employee probationary period

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/481275600. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 10/12/2017 to 11/01/2017

Salary: $45,681 to $67,869 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 00

Work schedule: Full-Time - Full Time

Appointment type: Permanent - Excepted Service Permanent