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Job Title: Orthotist/Prosthetist
Company Name: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Sioux Falls, SD
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 11/07/2017
Expire Date: 01/06/2018
Job Categories: Healthcare, Other, Healthcare, Practitioner and Technician, Human Resources, Information Technology, Internet/E-Commerce, Counseling, Executive Management, Research & Development, Medical, Web Technology, Nonprofit and Volunteer Services
Job Description
Orthotist/Prosthetist

The Sioux Falls VA Health Care System is currently recruiting for a Full-time, Permanent, Orthotist/Prosthetist. This position will be located in the Prosthetics Service Line. As an Orthotist/Prosthetist,you are responsiblein providingthe most complex clinical and laboratory prosthetic and orthotic services to disabled patients.The work includes:

  • Treatment of all amputation levels including upper limb, hip disarticulation levels.
  • Serving as an advisor to physicians, therapists and other medical professionals with regard to indications and contraindications of prosthetic and orthotic componentry, prescription criteria.
  • Authorizing the purchase, fabrication or repair of prosthetic devices.
  • Maintaining continuous liaison with manufacturers and dealers of prosthetic supplies, inspecting their facilities and services participating in the award of prosthetic appliance contracts.
  • Participating in investigative/research project studies by selecting patients as pilot wearers of newly developed prosthetic items, evaluating the usefulness of such items and compiling data.
  • Giving technical and administrative advice and assistance on prosthetic problems to other facilities.

Work Schedule: The tour of duty for this position is typically Monday - Friday, Administrative Hours. Additional information may be provided during the interview process

Functional Statement Title/#: Certified Prosthetist-Orthotist

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Basic Requirements:

  • U.S. Citizenship. Non-Citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • Education. 1) A bachelor's degree or higher in orthotics and prosthetics from a Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) accredited program. OR
    2) A bachelor's degree or higher in any major along with a post-graduate orthotics or prosthetics certificate from a CAAHEP accredited program.
  • Board Certification. Candidates MUST be board certified 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.
  • English Language Proficiency. Orthotists, prosthetists, or orthotist/prosthetists must be proficient in spoken and written as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402 (d).


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.

Grade Determinations:
GS-11:
Experience:
Completion of 1 full year of experience as an orthotist/prosthetist equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-9)that demonstrates possession of the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to provide orthotic/prosthetic services in a hospital setting. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
1. Ability to attend clinics and participate as a fully participating member of the treatment team with considerable influence in the development of the treatment plan. This includes knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, kinesiology, physics, and etiology of diseases as well as knowledge of psychology and age related competencies.
2. Ability to conduct clinical patient analyses such as gait, range of motion, life style, etc., for the patients with a wide range of complex medical conditions which include unususal problems or complications. and to design unique or innovative devices to accommodate those conditions.
3. Ability to recognize physical abnormalities, deviations, and complicating conditions with potentially life threatening implications.

References: VA Handbook 5005 PT II, Appendix G-32. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

Physical Requirements: Daily intermittent walking, standing, bending, stooping, reaching, and carrying of lightweight items required. Rigid deadlines and need for high degree of accuracy periodically becomes stressful.

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete application package which includes the following REQUIRED material listed below:

  1. Complete and current professional resume or CV.
  2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application forAssociated HealthOccupations.Available at the VA Forms website: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=10-2850&tkey=&Action=Search.
  3. Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire. (Listed within the Application Manager program when you click on the "Apply Online" button).
  4. Please use the checklist to ensure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, etc. You will not be contacted for additional information.

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), or 10pt (CP/CPS, XPP, XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP), on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section(s) provided. A legible copy of your DD214(s) indicating character of service, disability certification, SF-15 (if claiming 10 pt. preference) or if you are currently serving on active duty and expected to be released or discharged within 120 days; documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Documentation is required for eligibility verification.
Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents: You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options. The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 2022780.
NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

Qualifications & Requirements

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Basic Requirements:

  • U.S. Citizenship. Non-Citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • Education. 1) A bachelor's degree or higher in orthotics and prosthetics from a Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) accredited program. OR
    2) A bachelor's degree or higher in any major along with a post-graduate orthotics or prosthetics certificate from a CAAHEP accredited program.
  • Board Certification. Candidates MUST be board certified 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.
  • English Language Proficiency. Orthotists, prosthetists, or orthotist/prosthetists must be proficient in spoken and written as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402 (d).


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.

Grade Determinations:
GS-11:
Experience:
Completion of 1 full year of experience as an orthotist/prosthetist equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-9)that demonstrates possession of the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to provide orthotic/prosthetic services in a hospital setting. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
1. Ability to attend clinics and participate as a fully participating member of the treatment team with considerable influence in the development of the treatment plan. This includes knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, kinesiology, physics, and etiology of diseases as well as knowledge of psychology and age related competencies.
2. Ability to conduct clinical patient analyses such as gait, range of motion, life style, etc., for the patients with a wide range of complex medical conditions which include unususal problems or complications. and to design unique or innovative devices to accommodate those conditions.
3. Ability to recognize physical abnormalities, deviations, and complicating conditions with potentially life threatening implications.

References: VA Handbook 5005 PT II, Appendix G-32. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

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