Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Chief Audiologist in Louisville, Kentucky
Summary This position is located in the Audiology Service at the Robley Rex VA Medical Center in Louisville, Ky. The incumbent will serve as the Chief of Audiology Service in a 1 B facility. The duties and responsibilities will be carried out throughout the Medical Center and surrounding Community Based Outpatient Centers (CBOCs), including all clinical and patient care areas involved with the service. Responsibilities The incumbent manages substantive parts of the Medical Center that deliver specialized, complex, professional services and significantly impact the care provided to Veterans. The incumbent has broad and overall responsibility for the Service, general supervision of clinical and/or training programs, overall technical oversight and administrative oversight for all operations within the service. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Functions as an independent practitioner with clinical responsibilities and is fully responsible for all clinical decisions under the general oversight of the Chief of Staff or other delegated authority Develops, organizes, directs, manages, supervises, controls and implements policies and procedures for a complex service within the Robley Rex VAMC. Responsible for planning, assessing and evaluating programs to ensure proper coordination between care delivered by the service and the overall delivery of healthcare within the Robley Rex VAMC. Makes decisions that impact both clinical and clerical staff and other resources associated within the Service. These decisions are made with great autonomy. Responsible for developing and directing educational and training programs, negotiating affiliation agreements with academic partners and setting training objectives. Delegates responsibilities to subordinate service staff for planning and scheduling work, assigning work to employees, accepting, amending or rejecting completed work, assuring that production and accuracy requirements are met; appraising performance and recommending performance standards and ratings; assigning delineated scope of practice and current functional statements/position descriptions for staff members; approving leave; and effecting all levels of disciplinary measures. Assumes responsibility for determining budgetary goals and objectives at the Robley Rex VAMC into well-coordinated and controlled operations within the Service. Serves as a technical Subject Matter Expert to Human Resources for posting, interviewing, hiring, orientation and training of new staff within Audiology Service. Works with Human Resources in providing feedback, corrections and accommodations to employees as indications, following the rules outlined in the Master Agreement with the AFGE and Human Resources. Provides oversight for all quality improvement activities within the Service, assuring that the methodology and findings of these activities achieve the highest standards of ethical conduct. Enforces respect, equal treatment, and equal service for all persons, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, origin, disability or reprisal. Always ensures confidentiality of patient information and takes immediate action to correct any breach of confidentiality. Coordinates the hearing conservation program and the BABA surgically implantable hearing aid program. Provides treatment interventions, including the analysis and fitting of advanced amplification technology, and develops coherent treatment plans. Interacts with Audiology and Medical staff to identify candidates for implantable hearing aids and arrange for the treatment and rehabilitation of the patient. Coordinates the tinnitus management program, providing evaluation and treatment of patients presenting with tinnitus. Incorporates new clinical procedures sufficient to perform clinical services autonomously. Keeps current with theory and practice through continuing education programs, journals, textbooks and other literature and in-service programs. Applies advanced knowledge, theories and techniques to a full range of complex populations to include, but not limited to, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Polytrauma patients. Serves as the Service's Educational Coordinator, providing orientation and training to new staff, as well as students completing their clinical rotation and 4th year externship students. Directs staff in providing training and feedback to students rotating through the VA and the affiliated training programs. Responsible for communicating with the affiliated training programs in selecting students that will rotate through the VA Plans all educational activities between the VA and the affiliated programs. Maintains a thorough knowledge of the processes for reusable medical equipment (RME), including knowledge of standard operating procedures which document the processes and procedures for cleaning, disinfections, sterilization and preparation of RME. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications 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. 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. Master's degree or its equivalent in audiology or hearing science from an accredited college or university is required. "Accredited" means a college or university accredited by a regional accreditation organization and an audiology program recognized by the Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education (ACAE) and/or the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Licensure. The incumbent must hold a full, current, and unrestricted license in a State, Territory, Commonwealth, or the District of Columbia. English Language Proficiency. Audiologists must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, this part. Grade Determinations: Completion of 1 year of professional experience equivalent to the next lower grade level directly related to the position being filled (GS-13), and must fully meet the KSAs at that level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the [KSAs identified for the assignment] and demonstrate the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs as indicated by an asterisk (*): *a.] Ability to supervise, motivate, and manage effectively a diverse clinical staff applicable to a service-level department in large, complex, or multi-division facility; [b.] Skill in assessing qualifications and abilities of current and prospective employees; [c.] Ability to establish and monitor productivity standards and production and performance priorities;[d.] Ability to organize work, set priorities, delegate tasks and responsibilities; [e.] Ability to manage and direct the work of others to accomplish program goals and missions; [f.] Ability to accommodate to new and changing work conditions and contingencies, and staffing; and [g.] Ability to translate management goals and objectives into well-coordinated and controlled work operations. Service Chief. Service chiefs have broad and overall responsibility for a service-level department, or its organizational equivalent in large, complex, or multi-division facilities. They manage substantive parts of medical centers that deliver specialized, complex, professional services, and significantly impact the care provided to veterans. These individuals have responsibility for general supervision of clinical and/or training programs, and overall technical and administrative oversight for operations within the service. Service chiefs develop, organize, direct, manage, supervise, control, and implement policies and procedures for complex service-level departments. They have overall responsibility for planning, assessing, and evaluating programs to ensure proper coordination between care delivered by the service and the overall delivery of health care within the facility. Service chiefs make decisions that affect subordinate section or assistant chiefs (if applicable), clinical, and clerical staff, and other resources associated with the department and are made with great autonomy. Their responsibilities may include full responsibility for developing and directing educational and training programs; negotiating affiliation agreements with academic partners; and setting training objectives; delegating responsibilities to subordinate section or assistant chiefs (if applicable), planning, and scheduling work; assigning work to employees; accepting, amending or rejecting completed work; assuring that production and accuracy requirements are met; appraising performance and recommending performance standards and ratings; assigning delineated clinical privileges; approving leave; and effecting all levels of disciplinary measures. Service chiefs exercise supervision, administrative management and direction of both professional areas in a unified audiology and speech-language pathology service or equivalent service-level department, or administrative management and program direction of other rehabilitation-related areas. References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-29 AUDIOLOGIST QUALIFICATION. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-14. Physical Requirements: Prolonged periods of sitting, bending, reaching, stooping, stretching and light lifting (under 15 pounds); light carrying (under 15 pounds); use of fingers; both hands required; repeated bending (.5 hours); near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; hearing with aid. Applicants must be physically and mentally able to efficiently perform the essential functions of the position without hazard to themselves or others. 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 Receiving Service Credit or 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 employee's 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. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed. 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. 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