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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Audiologist in Lubbock, Texas

Summary This position is located in the Audiology Service at the Lubbock Community Based Outpatient Clinic as part of the Amarillo VA Health Care System. The staff audiologist conducts a full range of audiological evaluations to determine the type and degree of hearing loss and determines patients' need for amplification. This vacancy will remain open until filled. The first cut-off date is 2/23/2023. Additional applications will be referred as needed. Responsibilities The staff audiologist conducts a full range of audiological evaluations to determine the type and degree of hearing loss, determines patients' need for amplification, predicts and measures the effectiveness of amplification, and determines need for and type of rehabilitation and counseling of veterans with hearing loss and their families. The staff audiologist conducts and interprets behavioral, electroacoustic, or electrophysiological methods used to assess hearing, tinnitus, balance and neural system function. Conduct, plan, and coordinate all clinical and administrative aspects of a full range of services associated with contemporary audiology practice. Perform clinical duties and responsibilities to include direct patient care involving a full range of audiology and treatment services. This will include selection and fitting of hearing aids and other amplification systems and devices, selectin and fitting of hearing protection and custom ear protection devices, aural (auditory) rehabilitation, auditory brainstem response (ABR), otoacoustic emissions, balance evaluation, and counselling of hearing impaired veterans and family members/caretakers. Identify and evaluate individuals with hearing disorders in the reception and perception of speech, language and other acoustic signals to a full range of patient complexity. Administer full range of tests and evaluate the type and degree of hearing loss for patients who may be unable to provide consistent and reliable reaction to diagnostic techniques Responsible for planning, delivering, and monitoring the effectiveness and clinical outcomes of patient-centered treatment and rehabilitative services for patients with significant physical and psychological complicating conditions. Duties will include, but not limited to, selection and fitting of all types of hearing aids, programming of digital hearing aids, selection and fitting of assistive devices and assistive listening devices such as personal and FM amplifiers, telephone amplifiers, and radio or TV devices for special communication problems. Inspect, modify, and repair amplification devices, ear molds, and assistive devices. Plan, conduct, and coordinate auditory (aural) rehabilitation and tinnitus programs for patients; design patient-centered treatment plans to assist patient and caregivers to maximize and restore to the greatest extent possible physical and social functioning. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 04:30pm Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 00000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Requirements Conditions of Employment You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job. Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959. Must be proficient in written and spoken English. You may be required to serve a probationary period. Subject to background/security investigation. Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process. Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program is a requirement for all Veterans Health Administration Health Care Personnel (HCP) - See "Additional Information" below for details. 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: Doctor of Audiology (AuD) from an audiology program recognized by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). The CAA is the only accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation to accredit entry-level audiology programs. HR office staff and management officials may verify the program accredited from CAA at www.caa.asha.org. OR Education: Other doctoral degree in hearing science or a directly related field from an institution accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the USDE. English Language Proficiency: Must be proficient in written and spoken English. Licensure: For those grades that require licensure (GS-12 and above), the incumbent must hold a full, current, and unrestricted license in a State, Territory, Commonwealth, or the District of Columbia. NOTE: All audiologists who perform compensation and pension (C&P) examinations are considered to be performing direct patient care duties, and must possess a full, current, and unrestricted license to practice audiology (38 CFR 4.85). The audiologist must maintain full, current, and unrestricted licensure/registration. An employee in this occupation who fails to obtain licensure/certification/registration within the required time frame, or who fails to maintain the required licensure/certification/registration must be removed from the occupation, which may also result in termination of employment. 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). Grade Determinations: GS-11: Education and Experience. None beyond the basic requirements. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs). In addition to the basic requirements, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: a. Knowledge of principles and techniques in the assessment and treatment of auditory and balance disorders. b. Ability to perform functions associated with contemporary audiology scope of practice as defined by the American Academy of Audiology or the ASHA. c. Ability to interact with patients, families and other health care professionals. GS-12: Experience. In addition to the requirements at the GS-11 level, completion of one year of professional experience comparable to the next lower grade level. Examples of experience include: perform audiology assessment and treatment intervention, exercise clinical judgment, adapt clinical procedures and techniques and document in the medical record appropriate information related to patient care. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs). In addition to the basic requirements, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: a. Skill in determining nature, type and severity of hearing/communication /vestibular disorders. b. Skill in counseling patients and family members regarding management of hearing/communication/vestibular disorders. c. Ability to provide professional advice and consultation in areas related to professional audiology to other health care professionals. d. Ability to independently apply professional contemporary audiologic treatments to the full range of patient populations. Preferred Experience: Advanced skill to perform and interpret diagnostic testing related to balance disorders. Advanced skill in medico-legal evaluations to include compensation and pension evaluations. At least 2 years of employment as a professional audiologist engaged in the practice of Audiology as defined by the appropriate licensing board. Experience with TeleAudiology. Carries current ASHA certification and has experience with supervision of students. References: VA Handbook 5005/152 Part II Appendix G29; Audiologist Qualification Standard: September 22, 2022. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-11 to GS-12. Physical Requirements: Light lifting (under 15 pounds); light carrying (under 15 pounds); use of fingers; both hands required; walking; standing; both legs required; able to see computer; hearing (aid ma be permitted). 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. Note: If your school has changed names, or is no longer in existence, you must provide this information in your application. Note: Effective January 1, 2007, the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of ASHA accredits only doctoral degree programs in audiology or hearing science. Note: If your school was accredited by at the time of graduation, but is no longer listed by either ACAE or the CAA in ASHA, you must provide documentation of accreditation with your application packet. 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. Selected applicants may qualify for credit toward annual leave accrual, based on prior work experience or military service experience. 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. 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. Pursuant to VHA Directive 1193.01, VHA health care personnel (HCP) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 subject to such accommodations as required by law (i.e., medical, religious or pregnancy). VHA HCPs do not include remote workers who only infrequently enter VHA locations. If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before your start date. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required accommodation from this requirement using the reasonable accommodation process. If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.