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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Supervisory Biomedical Engineer (Clinical) in Montgomery, Alabama

Summary The Supervisory Biomedical Engineer (Healthcare Technology Manager) serves as the Section Chief of Healthcare Technology Management (HTM) Service and is responsible for the HTM Program at the Central Alabama Health Care System (CAVHCS). CAVHCS is currently a level 2 complexity that has affiliations with and joint operations with nearby DoD installations. The incumbent is vested with complete responsibility and authority to implement the HTM program under the direction of the Chief, Engineer. Responsibilities This position offers both Recruitment Incentive and PCS Relocation Assistance. As a key member of the Engineering Service the Healthcare Technology Manager provides professional healthcare technology services to clinical and administrative departments. These services include but are not limited to healthcare technology assessment, cost analysis of equipment life cycle, acquisition support, project management, maintenance service contract procurement, training, compliance monitoring, and performance analysis. The incumbent is responsible for monitoring the Medical Equipment Management Program to ensure the program is within the compliance of The Joint Commission (TJC), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), VA Information Security for medical equipment system, and Federal Drug Administration (FDA) regulation of Healthcare Technology. He/she compiles analytical performance data and is responsible for presenting data to local, VISN and National groups upon request. The incumbent has responsibility for supervising technical staff including Healthcare Technology Engineers, Biomedical Equipment Support Specialists or Electronics Technicians, and other technical staff. Supervisory responsibility includes development of performance standards and performance evaluations; recommendations for appointment, awards, advancements, and when appropriate, disciplinary actions; and identification of continuing training needs; etc. The HTM is responsible for financial management of budget resources allocated to support quality assurance and maintenance activities necessary to assure the facility medical equipment inventory is available for patient care activities. Major duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to the following: Assisting with capital asset and infrastructure planning for medical equipment spanning initial concept, installation, and effective implementation of complex medical equipment. Manages a recall and safety alert program for medical devices, including medical device incident investigations to assure compliance with patient safety goals, Safe Medical Devices Act (SMDA), and Joint Commission (TJC) requirements. Conducts an equipment management program that meets current TJC and NFPA requirements. Advises clinical and administrative staff on medical engineering technology including existing and emerging technology addressing viability, long-term suitability, compatibility, and/or safety while keeping abreast of changes in technology and utilizing information gained in the solution of biomedical engineering problems. Acts as the subject matter expert in the field of biomedical engineering who directly supports specialized clinical technology including service, system administration, training, and quality assurance at a medical center. Assist in establishing controls and procedures and monitors implementation to assure that all electronic devices and systems, and computers related to patient care equipment are utilized efficiently and safely. Evaluates the patient safety features of electrical equipment and oversees the patient electrical safety program for the medical center. Monitors the work of service contractors to assure that the work performance meets the needs of the medical center and conforms to the terms of the contract. Protects printed and electronic files containing sensitive data in accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act of 1974 and other applicable laws, Federal regulations, VA statutes and policy, and VHA policy. Manages a recall and safety alert program for medical devices, including medical device incident investigations to assure compliance with patient safety goals, SMDA, and TJC requirements. Assures provision of a continuing education program for professional staff addressing the principles and application of medical instrumentation used in the delivery of healthcare. This includes a curriculum that addresses the safe and effective use of medical equipment and/or technology. Serves as advisor to senior clinical leadership and leadership staff on medical technology, including existing and emerging technology, addressing viability, long-term suitability, compatibility, and/or safety. Serves as technology advisor to assist VISN with technology management and assessment. Performs other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday -Friday 8:00am- 4:30pm Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: PD619632 EDRP Authorized: This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP) Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): May be authorized for highly qualified applicant. PCS Appraised Value Offer (AVO): May be authorized for highly qualified applicant Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Requirements Conditions of Employment You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job. All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. 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. Must pass pre-employment physical examination. 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 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. English Language Proficiency. Biomedical Engineers must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, this part. Education and/or Experience. The individual must meet either item (1) or (2) below to meet this requirement:(1) Bachelor's Degree or Higher in Engineering. To be creditable, the curriculum must be from a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), as a professional engineering curriculum. Examples of acceptable engineering degrees include: Biomedical Engineering, Clinical Engineering, Bioengineering, Biomechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Biochemical Engineering. Titles may vary from educational institutions and change over time. OR, 2) Certification as a Certified Clinical Engineer (CCE) and a bachelor's degree NOT listed in item (1) above. Certified Clinical Engineer (CCE). Certification means having successfully passed a CCE written and oral examination administered by the American College of Clinical Engineering. Individuals with CCE certification demonstrate competency and professional recognition, as measured by an examination designed by their peers. Additionally, a minimum of 1-year creditable experience must have been attained in a healthcare setting for Biomedical Engineer (Clinical) positions, or a research setting for Biomedical Engineer (Research) positions, and be directly applicable to the assignment. Creditable Professional Engineering Experience. To be creditable, experience must have been accomplished after receipt of the bachelor's degree, and/or CCE certification, and requires the possession and use of knowledge, skills, and abilities associated within the scope of the biomedical engineering profession. Additionally, the experience must have been attained in a healthcare setting for Biomedical Engineer (Clinical) positions, or in research setting for Biomedical Engineer (Research) positions, and be directly applicable to the assignment. 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-13: Must possess at least one (1) year of experience equivalent to the next lower level (GS-12). Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs:(a) Knowledge of the management of overall department resources, i.e., finances, space, equipment, supplies, and staffing at the local level.(b) Ability to draft and/or recommend local policies and/or directives related to healthcare technology management.(c) Skill in balancing multiple responsibilities, setting priorities, delegating tasks and projects, meeting multiple deadlines, analyzing organizational problems, and developing and implementing effective solutions.(d) Ability to analyze organizational and operational problems to develop and implement solutions that result in efficient operations, and use data effectively to manage workload, quality, performance, and productivity within the area of responsibility.(e) Skill in interpersonal relationships in leading and dealing with employees, team leaders, and managers, both within and outside the biomedical engineering program, to include conflict management, dispute resolution, mediation, or reasonable accommodations. Preferred Experience: Certification as a Certified Clinical Engineer (CCE) References: VA Handbook 5005/104 Part II Appendix G38 Physical Requirements: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019 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: https://sites.ed.gov/international/recognition-of-foreign-qualifications/. Additional Information 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. 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