Open & closing dates
Opening and closing dates
05/29/2020 to 07/31/2020
Pay scale & grade
$84,644 to $101,204 per year
1 vacancy in the following location:
This job is open to
U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.
Clarification from the agency
NOTE: This is an open continuous announcement and applications submitted prior to June 12, 2020 will be pulled and rated for referral. Further ratings will occur every week thereafter until position is filled. Once a selection has been made, no further candidates will be rated/referred unless further vacancies occur. This announcement may be canceled at any time.
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First consideration will be given to current, permanent VACCHCS employees.
The Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (DRT) (Picture Archive & Communication System (PACS)) position is in our Imaging Service at the VA Central CA Healthcare System (VACCHCS). The incumbent will provide support and troubleshoot system application issues and instructs users in the proper operation of digital image processing, storage, and display systems. Major duties include, but are not limited to:
- Facilitate the implementation and support of various clinical information systems to include: Picture Archival and Communication Systems (PACS); VistA Radiology Package; Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS); Nuance Powerscribe 360; Vitrea; OrthoView; and Various applications associated with PACS.
- Trains users on the operation of PACS and associated clinical applications.
- Works with· facility clinical applications personnel to ensure users have proper access to Imaging clinical applications.
- Functions independently and serves as primary point of contact for PACS and associated clinical applications.
- Assist with Imaging department data collection and interpretation at the discretion of the Chief of Imaging.
- Develops and maintains Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) associated with PACS such as downtime policy.
- Monitors clinical applications and troubleshoots issues in collaboration with the Vendor and engage facility resources when needed.
- Serves as a resource in coordinating new system installations and expansion of existing systems such as radiologist reading workstations.
- Configure PACS hanging protocols and maintain exam dictionaries.
- Create and maintain radiologist's dictation templates.
- Serves as liaison between the Office of Information Technology (Ol&T), Biomedical Engineering, and clinicians in order to solve issues, coordinate training, and exchange information.
- Creates and maintains Vista Radiology Package to include user setup and orderable procedures.
- Assist with testing and upgrades of clinical applications and their interface with Vista and CPRS.
- Manage PACS exceptions daily and work with users to resolve database errors.
Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm (Subject to change based upon agency needs)
Functional Statement Title/Number: DRT (PACS)/060180
Recruitment/Relocation Incentive: Not authorized
PCS/Relocation Allowances: Not authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Conditions Of Employment
- You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
- Designated and random drug testing is 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
- Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met.
1. Citizenship. Be a citizen of the United States. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA policy.
2. Certification. Must be certified in general radiologic technology by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT)(R) is required for this position. NOTE: Experience is only creditable if it was earned after completion of the basic ARRT certification requirements. Experience as a graduate DRT is creditable provided the candidate functioned as a DRT and subsequently passed the certification examination.
3. 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 a 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.
4. Physical Requirements. Must be able to pass a pre-employment physical.
5. English Language Proficiency. Must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA policy.
GS-11 Grade Determinations:
In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following grade requirements must be met to qualify for this position. The below experience must be detailed on your resume.
Experience. At least one year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-10) that demonstrates the clinical competencies described at the GS-10 level. Examples of qualifying experience include: (1) Providing support and troubleshooting system application issues and instructing users in the proper operation of digital image processing, storage, and display systems; (2) Performing VistA radiology, VistA imaging, and PACS support activities and general ADPAC duties including user access control; (3) Coordinating contingency plans during equipment downtimes and initiating repair requests with appropriate services or vendors; (4) Providing oversight of hardware relating to PACS display workstations, applications, speech recognition hardware, and other medical imaging hardware; (5) Providing training to radiologists, technologists, and other clients in the proper and efficient use of imaging hardware and software of the integrated PACS and VistA imaging systems; (6) Providing instruction and guidance in daily operations of the ancillary systems such as: speech recognition dictation, dose reporting systems, contrast reporting systems, etc.; (7) Functioning as a DRT which may include complex modalities such as CT, MR, mammography, ultrasound, and/or IR.
- 1 year experience as a PACS administrator; or
- ABII (the American Board of Imaging Informatics) with CIIP certification (Certified Imaging Informatics Professional); or
- PARCA (the PACS Administration and Registry Certification Association) with CPSA certification (Certified PACS Systems Analyst; or
- 2 years' experience as a PACS Administrator Assistant; or
- Radiologic Informatics Degree; or
- Information Technology Degree.
KSAs: In addition, candidates must demonstrate the following technical KSAs for the GS-11 level. The selectee for the position may be required to provide a narrative reply for each KSA.
1. Knowledge of contingency plans during equipment downtimes.
2. Ability to act as liaison for Radiology with biomedical engineering and OI&T.
3. Ability to develop methods and programs to evaluate, monitor, and maintain digital imaging and voice recognition systems.
4. Ability to lead a team of multidisciplinary members in accomplishing strategic planning and integration of PACS and network elements.
5. Ability to perform complex system administrator functions such as: oversight of RIS (Hospital Information System/Radiology Information System) links, AE titles, individual and user group creation and access management, etc.
6. Knowledge of VA and other national guidelines pertaining to PACS network, VistA imaging, and database security.
7. Knowledge of specific positioning, technique, and imaging procedures so he/she will be able to perform and reconcile image information correctly and efficiently during technical post processing and evaluation.
References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G25. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11.
Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting & carrying (15-44 lbs); Straight pulling and pushing (Up to 7 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking and standing (Up to 7 hours); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Far vision 20/50 and 20/100; Emotional/mental stability.
IMPORTANT: A copy of your educational certificate or copy of unofficial Associates Degree transcript must be submitted with your application.
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.
Veteran's Preference will not be applied to this positing per HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT LETTER NO. 05-19-12, Annual Determination of Staffing Shortages.
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.
If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.
How You Will Be Evaluated
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.
Background checks and security clearance
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes the below documents. Documents 1-4 (required from every applicant). Document 5 is only required if it applies to you.
1. Resume: Your resume must include the following information for each job you list: Job title; Complete Work Place Addresses; Duties (be as detailed as possible); Month and year start/end dates (e.g. June 2007 to April 2008); Full-time or part-time status, (include hours worked per week); Grade level held, if applicable. Information must be current not older than a year; Ensure your resume clearly details your applicable work experience to meet the KSAs outlined in the 'Qualifications' section.
2. Application 10-2850c is required to be considered for this position. Please complete form in its entirety. If you answer "YES" to questions item # 15B and/or item # 28 through # 37, please attach a separate sheet of paper with a brief explanation for each question to which you answered "Yes". VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search. Information must be current not older than a year. Outdated and/or incomplete applications will be considered ineligible.
3. Copy of AART certification required for this position.
4. Copy of educational certificate or unofficial Associates Degree transcript required for this position (official college transcripts may be required if selected for the position).
5. Current, former Federal employees: you must include your latest SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action, and SF-50 displaying your highest previous rate (if applicable). You may obtain these from your current Human Resources office or your e-Official Personnel Folder. The SF-50 must display: Title, Pay Plan, Occ Code, Grade, Tenure, and Position Occupied. This includes ICTAP/CTAP documentation for displaced Federal employees, to include a copy of the agency notice in addition to your last SF-50. VA employees are able to access their SF-50 through the eOPF portal: https://eopf.opm.gov/va/.
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 (current/former Federal employees), etc.
- Cover Letter
- DD-214/ Statement of Service
- Disability Letter (VA)
- Other (1)
- Professional Certification
- Separation Notice (RIF)
- SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
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.
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 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 07/31/2020 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10829530.
- 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.
- Click Submit My Answers 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 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.
If you are unable to apply electronically or need to fax a document that you do not have in electronic format, please see the "Alternate Application" link in the "Additional Information" section above.
NOTE: Participation in the seasonal influenza program is a condition of employment and a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). HCP are individuals who, during the influenza season, work in VHA locations where patients receive care or who come into contact with VA patients as part of their duties. VHA locations include, but are not limited to, VA hospitals and associated clinics, community living centers (CLCs), community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs), domiciliary units, Vet centers and VA-leased facilities. HCP include all VA licensed and unlicensed, clinical and administrative, paid and unpaid, full- and part-time employees, intermittent employees, fee basis employees, VA contractors, students, researchers, volunteers, and trainees who work at these facilities. HCPs that are unable to receive or otherwise decline a flu shot will be expected to wear a face mask throughout the influenza season.
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