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Supervisory Orthotist/Prosthetist

Company: Veterans Health Administration
Location: Biloxi
Posted on: April 9, 2021

Job Description:

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. Education. Must meet one of the following education requirements: A bachelor's degree or higher in orthotics and prosthetics from a Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) accredited program. COPY OF TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED OR A bachelor's degree or higher in any major along with a post-graduate orthotics or prosthetics certificate from a CAAHEP accredited program. COPY OF BACHELOR'S DEGREE TRANSCRIPT AND CAAHEP CERTIFICATE/DEGREE TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED Foreign Graduates. Graduates of foreign degree programs must have proof of a minimum of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university (or foreign equivalent, as verified through an independent credential evaluation company), with a specialization in orthotics and prosthetics. COPY OF TRANSCRIPT AND FOREIGN EDUCATION EVALUATION REQUIRED Certification. Current board certification by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics (ABC) or the Board for Orthotist/Prosthetist Certification (BOC) as an orthotist, prosthetist, or orthotist/prosthetist. The board certificate must be current and the applicant must abide by the certifying body's requirements for continuing education. Certification as a technician, pedorthist, assistant or fitter does not meet this requirement. COPY OF UNEXPIRED CERTIFICATION REQUIRED Loss of Certification. Loss of certification will result in removal from the GS-0667 orthotist/prosthetist series and may result in termination of employment. English Language Proficiency. Supervisory Orthotist/Prosthetists must be proficient in spoken and written English, as required by 38 U.S.C. -- 7403(f). May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria). Preferred Experience: Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) certification is desired. If selected for this position, per VHA Directive 1177, you must possess current BCLS certification as you will provide direct clinical care to patients in this position. Grade Determinations:
Supervisory Orthotist/Prosthetist, GS-13
For GS-13, the candidate must at least one year of full time experience as an Orthotist/Prosthetist at the GS-12 grade level.
Specialized Experience: At the GS-12 level the Orthotist/Prosthetist independently functions as an Orthotist/Prosthetist. Specialized experience includes but is not limited to the below: In addition to independently functioning, the assignment involves responsibility for assuring the accreditation of the laboratory, regulation compliance, and a variety of administrative duties such as developing a budget; managing inventory and resources; overseeing contract employees; planning the orthotics and prosthetics clinical schedule; conducting site surveys of commercial vendors; devising short and long range goals in accordance with local, VISN, and VHA Central Office direction; and conducting quality assurance activities; etc. The orthotist/prosthetist communicates and interacts with physicians, allied health professionals, patients, and caregivers in various interdisciplinary clinical settings, rehabilitation medicine, orthopedics, neurosurgery, vascular care, podiatry, oncology, etc., as a subject matter expert to develop the orthotic and/or prosthetic treatment plan. The work includes complex patient analyses in accordance with established procedures for patients with unusual conditions, multiple complex conditions, interrelated conditions, etc.; assessment of the patient for indications/contra-indications and discussion of the assessment with the physician/requesting provider for the purpose of developing the overall treatment plan with considerable influence in the development of that plan; consideration of new and emerging technologies in designing unique or innovative devices to accommodate or treat a wide range of complex medical conditions which include unusual problems or complications. The orthotist/prosthetist at this level is expected to recognize physical abnormalities, deviations, and complicating conditions with potentially life threatening implications. Part-Time Experience. Part-time experience is creditable according to its relationship to the full-time work week. For example, one week of full-time credit is equivalent to two weeks of part-time work.
To qualify for the GS-13 level, your resume must demonstrate you possess the specialized experience necessary to possess the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities required for the grade. Be clear in describing the job duties that demonstrate you possess the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities listed.
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSA and demonstrate the potential to acquire the assignment- specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*):
1. Knowledge of regulatory requirements established by ABC, BOC, NCOPE, IAOP, AAOP, JCAHO, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMMS), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), etc., in order to provide advice to VISN management of the implementation of those requirements.
* 2. Knowledge of administrative functions including budget development and management, inventory management, space and workload planning, as well as knowledge of the National Prosthetic Patient Database, a knowledge of the Prosthetic National Software package, CPRS, DSS and knowledge of accreditation requirements for orthotic and prosthetic laboratories and knowledge of certification requirements for clinical staff in order to develop VISN guidelines and policies, allocate resources within the VISN, and project future workload for the VISN.
* 3. Ability to analyze data and provide reports using HCPC codes and other patient database information from VISN orthotic and prosthetic laboratories and to provide such reports to VISN management.
* 4. Ability to serve as a consultant to orthotists/prosthetists within the VISN on emerging technologies, the most difficult and complex cases, changes in policy, etc.
* 5. Ability to supervise. References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/91, PART II, APPENDIX G32. ORTHOTIST/PROSTHETIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD dated March 21, 2017 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13. Physical Requirements: Work is primarily sedentary and is carried out in an office setting. Prolonged periods of working at a computer terminal exists. Ability to retrieve equipment from storage room is required. Climbing and reaching associated with stocking of equipment is necessary. Incumbent may carry/lift items weighing up to twenty (20) pounds. Normal safety precautions are adequate.

Keywords: Veterans Health Administration, Biloxi , Supervisory Orthotist/Prosthetist, Other , Biloxi, Mississippi

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