Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Therapeutic Radiologic Technologist GS-10 in San Juan, Puerto Rico

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This is an OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT. Qualification determinations will be done based on the applicant's resume/questionnaire/documents submitted for the position and a list of qualified candidates will be referred to Service.

*The first list of eligible applicants will be pulled for referral on April 30, 2018* .Subsequent referrals of qualified applicants will be referred on the last day of each month (Cutoff dates) or as need it.

The vacancy announcement will remain open until closed, canceled or filled.

The Therapeutic Radiologic Technologistadministers ionizing radiation to specifically determined sites, following prescriptions of the radiation oncologist to deliver high dose levels of ionizing radiation to predetermined areas of malignant tumors as well as certain benign disorders with minimal supervisory controls. The objective of the radiation treatments and procedures is to accurately deliver a therapeutic dose level of ionizing radiation to a precise site. The therapists utilize combinations of wedges, blocks, treatment devices, multi-leaf collimators, record and verify systems, portal vision, and other specialized methodologies such as IMRT and 3D conformal radiation therapy systems to accomplish treatment goals in accordance with State and Federal regulations.This position is located at the Radiation Oncology Section of the Radiology Service at the VA Caribbean Healthcare System San Juan, PR.

Work Schedule:From 6:00 am thru 6:00 pm, alternate tours of duty may be required. Performs irregular hour emergency treatments on standby, 24 hours per day coverage, with the availability within 2 hours from receipt of call so that proper and effective emergency care can be given to the patient

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Responsibilities

**The incumbent will be responsible to perform the following duties to include but not limited to:

  • Schedules treatments in a manner as to optimize accelerator times while maintaining flexibility for emergency cases. This requires the ability to prioritize scheduled patients as well as the ability to accommodate the emergency patient who may need immediate simulation and treatment.
  • Performs complex radiation oncology treatment modalities including but not limited to IMRT.
  • Operates CT and PET/CT simulator, provides reproducible patient treatment position sets-up that is used for daily treatments on the Linear Accelerator.
  • Records all parameters involved with each patient including daily and accumulated doses, treatment time, field site and type of radiation used.
  • Performs quality control of the treatment machines by taking recorded readings every morning prior to patient treatments using the dosimetry verification and record system for each energy level.
  • Handles and fabricates special molds, blocks and compensator using hazardous materials.
  • Recognize abnormalities in relevant lab procedures and notify oncologist/nurse of abnormalities.
  • Operates highly complex and technical equipment such as: linear accelerators, teletherapy units, patient management systems, record and verify systems, electronic portal imaging, 3-D conformal radiation therapy systems, multi-leaf collimator, and intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT).
Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

No

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  • 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
Qualifications

Basic Requirements:

  • United States Citizenship*:*Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • Certification: (1)All applicants must be certified in therapeutic radiologic technology by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT) (T). YOU MUST SUBMIT A COPY OF YOUR CERTIFICATION WITH YOUR APPLICATION.
  • Experience or Education: Completion of a program in therapeutic radiologic technology, evidenced by a certificate or an associate's degree, accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT); certification by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) in Radiology, and the subsequent completion of a 12-month JRCERT approved program in therapeutic radiologic technology. JRCERT is the accrediting agency for the radiation therapy programs recognized by the US Department of Education. (1)Public Law 97-35 requires that persons who administer radiologic procedures meet the credentialing standards in 42 CFR Part 75. Essentially, they must have successfully completed an educational program that meets or exceeds the standards described in that regulation, and is accredited by an organization recognized by the Department of Education, and be certified (registered) as radiation therapists in their field.
  • English Language Proficiency: TRTs must be proficient in spoken and written English. Grade Determinations:GS-10 (a) Experience. At least 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level GS-9 that demonstrates the core competencies described at that level, i.e., experience that demonstrates possession of the KSAs needed to provide therapeutic radiologic services in any specialized area. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

  • Ability to confer with radiation oncologist regarding simulation/CT procedure needed to yield the most optimal images needed for treatment planning procedures to be performed;

  • Knowledge of disease process, co-morbid conditions, and other factors relating to individual patients in selecting appropriate positioning devices for procedure to be performed;
  • Knowledge of radiographic fluoroscopic, CT, and combinations of modalities and ability to obtain the images for review by the radiation oncologist for localization of tumors, their extent, and ancillary areas needing treatment; and
  • Ability to accurately transfer radiographic images to treatment planning and dosimetry for use in development of computer generated treatment plans. Selected applicant will be required to summit a detail and comprehensive summary of each KSAO's.

Quality Ranking Factor: **Basic knowledge in Spanish.

References: VA Handbook 5005/22, Part II, Appendix G26, THERAPEUTIC RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGISTS QUALIFICATION STANDARD. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

Physical Requirements:**The work requires long periods of standing and walking. There is some bending and carrying of moderately heavy articles such as film cassettes, treatment devices, and molds with heavier lifting of wedges and specially designed shielding blocks. Patients often are assisted to achieve proper positioning, which may require reaching, lifting, or working in strained positions. The deterioration of the patient due to disease progression often requires lifting of the patient from stretchers or wheelchairs to treatment and examination tables utilizing special techniques designed to minimize the discomfort of the patient.

Education

IMPORTANT:A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on 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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

Additional information

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

  1. Resume-use the MM/DD/YY format and include hours worked per week for part time and full time work. (Please Note: that providing Resume or CV does not substitute application below which is required if it applies to you).* (Required).*
  2. Online Assessment Questionnaire, (Required).https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10176084
  3. Copy of ARRT (T) (Required). 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).
  4. VA Form 10-2850cApplication for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/searchaction.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey;=&Action;=Search. Only required if selected for the position.
  5. Copy of transcript(s) and/or diploma and/or certification of degree, license registration and/or certification is required. You must submit evidence of* ALL staggeredcredentials obtained in order to evidence you meet qualifications/selective placement factors for this occupation. *Only required if selected for the position.
  6. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdffill/SF15.pdf).
  7. If you are a current or former federal employee, you must submit your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) that shows your position information, including tenure, type of appointment (competitive/excepted), grade and step. DO NOT submit award SF-50s, as they do not contain the information required to assess eligibility. You may need to submit additional SF-50s to prove your eligibility (i.e. Original Appointment, Promotion, Within Grade Increase, and/or ResignationSF-50). 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.
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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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 10/12/2018 to receive consideration.

  1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS 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.
  2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.

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To verify your application is complete, log into your USA JOBS 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 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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CAROL ORTIZ-MARTINEZ
Phone

(787) 641-7582

Email

Carol.Ortiz-Martinez@va.gov

Address

San Juan VA Medical Center 10 Calle Casia San Juan, PR US

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/496748100. 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 10/12/2018

Salary: $66,746 to $86,772 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 10

Work schedule: Full-Time

Appointment type: Permanent