Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist MRI in Los Angeles, California

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Summary

The position is in the Imaging Service of the Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. The incumbent performs as a fully functional diagnostic radiologic technologist in the specialization of Magnetic Resonance (MR) and operates a super conductive Magnetic Resonance Imager (MRI). In this position, the technician supports radiologists or other medical officers to produce imaging studies used to diagnose medical condition.

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Responsibilities

Sets up and positions patients, provides immobilization devices, selects proper technical factors.

Evaluates new equipment and new methods.

Interacts with physicians, scientists, physicists, computer programmers, and manufacturers.

Performs a wide range of studies that include cardiac, angio, prostate, MRI enteroraphy, full spine with contract, humerus, femur, chest, abdomen, pelvis and all routine exams for neuro/bone and abdomen.

Performs studies on the inpatient and outpatient population that are ambulatory and non-ambulatory.

Checks all equipment and reports failures to the Supervisor, Chief Technologist or Biomedical Engineer.

Interacts with patients, explains exam procedures, positions patients within the scanner, monitors patients during all phases of the examination, and records all patient exam information for permanent record.

Coordinates with Radiologists and Physicists to determine the most ideal parameters to pulse the magnet for each individualized patient examination.

Programs technical factors by interrogating computer console and responding with inputs that will result in the required parameters.

Monitors the examination by checking computations, performances and results of the selected parameters.

Performs technical operation and general technical maintenance of the computer, disk drives, console, imaging devices, etc.

Uses computer programs with competence, and established and monitors quality control program.

Maintains archives of recording medical and film files.

Coordinates daily schedule and consults with hospital physicians, clinical and administrative personnel pertaining to the next day and future day's availability for patient examinations.

Performs or monitors safety checks on patients, employees and visitors to comply with FDA safety standards.

Assists physicians and other investigators in the development and execution of research protocols and maintains the records as necessary. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 3:30 p.m. - Midnight Financial Disclosure Report: Not required PCS Expenses and Recruitment/Relocation Incentives: Not Authorized Telework: Not Authorized

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

10

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0647 Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist

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Conditions of Employment
  • 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
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
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: You must be certified in general radiologic technology by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT) (R). Advanced ARRT certification is required for 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. (Documentation required with your application). Education: You must have 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. (UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED: If you do not submit your transcript, your application may not be reviewed. English Language Proficiency: DRTs must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d). (1) Credentialing Standards. Public Law 97-35, the Consumer-Patient Radiation Health and Safety Act of 1981, requires that persons who administer radiologic procedures meet the credentialing standards in 42 CFR Part 75, Standards for the Accreditation of Educational Programs and the Credentialing of Radiographic Personnel. 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 as radiographers in their field.

Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates. GS-10 Experience: At least one (1) year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-9) directly related to the position being filled that demonstrates the clinical competencies described at that level (i.e., documented experience functioning as an advanced DRT and carrying out assigned tasks independently including special and complex radiographic procedures) To be creditable, experience must have demonstrated possession of the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics (also referred to as a clinical competencies) associated with current radiologic technology practice. This may be have been evidenced by the equivalent of 1 year of active practice, which is paid or non-paid employment as a DRT as defined by ARRT. Experience is only creditable if it was earned after completion of the basic certification requirements identified in Certification Requirement. Experience as a graduate DRT is creditable provided the candidate functioned as a DRT and subsequently passed the certification examination. (This experience must be reflected in your resume to be credited to your rating.) DRT: Employees are trained to work in one or more difficult and complex modalities performing procedures related to these modalities as well as providing general diagnostic procedures in a therapeutic setting. At this grade level, it is expected that such assignments be unique, perhaps with expert specialization in complex areas of radiologic technology. You must demonstrate the following technical Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities and demonstrate the potential to acquire the assignment-specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*):

  • a. Thorough knowledge of radiation protection standards, devices and techniques including concepts of accumulated dosage and genetic changes.
  • b. Skill to recognize changes in equipment and procedures that might result in increased exposures, and ability to recommend methods to prevent such exposures.
  • c. 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. d. Knowledge and skill in positioning of patients for a wide variety of difficult radiographic (CT, MRI, Special Procedures, Mammography, etc.) studies.

References: VA Handbook 5005/77, Part II, APPENDIX G25 DIAGNOSTIC RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD GS-647 Veterans Health Administration, dated June 26, 2014.

The full performance level of this vacancy is 10.

Physical Requirements: Physical demands are usually moderate. Lifting objects up to 40 pounds, moving specialized equipment and assisting patients from a gurney to a procedure or scan table. Occasionally, the technician assists with moving of heavy equipment or large patients but this is done with the assistance of others to minimize the danger to the individual.

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.

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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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Other

Drug test required

Yes

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Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes the following required documents:

VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations - (form must be completed, links to the form are not accepted) can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/searchaction.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey;=&Action;=Search. Resume -Your resume must include the following information for each job listed: Job title, Duties (be as detailed as possible), Month & year start/end dates (e.g. June 2007 to April 2008) Full-time or part-time status (include hours worked per week) Salary or current/former governmental grade held (example - GS-7) Transcripts Certification - American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT) (R). SF-50: If you are applying as a current, permanent employee of the Department of Veterans Affairs, you must submit a copy of your latest computer-generated SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action), that verifies your career or career-conditional status (block 24, code 1 or 2) as a VA employee. Temporary, term, or intermittent employees (block 24, code 0 or 3) are not considered in the area of consideration for this announcement. You may be required to submit more than one SF 50 to verify length of experience at the next lowest grade level. (This form may be obtained at https://eopf.opm.gov/va/) If you do not submit the required documents listed above, your application package will be disqualified for the position due to not submitting the required documents.

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.

  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214
  • VA Form 10-2850c, Certification
  • Other Veterans Document
  • Resume
  • SF-50
  • Transcript

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 http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.

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

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 12/17/2018 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.

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.

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Agency contact information
VHA National Recruitment Center
Phone

(844)456-5208

Email

VHANationalRecruitmentCenter@va.gov

Address

Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System 11301 Wilshire Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90073 US

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Next steps

Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. 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. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email. 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.

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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.

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Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants 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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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/518015900. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 12/07/2018 to 12/17/2018

Service: Excepted

Pay scale & grade: GS 10

Salary: $69,227 to $83,717 per year

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full-Time