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Job Title: Supervisory Medical Instrument Technician (Echocardiography)
Company Name: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Denver, CO
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 11/10/2017
Expire Date: 01/09/2018
Job Categories: Finance/Economics, Healthcare, Practitioner and Technician, Information Technology, Installation, Maintenance, and Repair, Quality Control, Research & Development, Medical, Nonprofit and Volunteer Services
Job Description
Supervisory Medical Instrument Technician (Echocardiography)

The Supervisory Medical Instrument Technologist provides direct supervision to employees performing a variety of duties supporting the Cardiology Noninvasive Laboratory at the Denver Veterans Medical Center.

  • Provides technical and administrative supervision, with assistance from the Section Chief, of medical instrument technologists
  • Creates position descriptions, develops performance standards, ensures clinical competencies, evaluates work performance, conducts performance evaluations, reviews and approves leave, and hears and resolves complaints from employees.
  • Informs employees of administrative matters, which would include Section, Service, and Facility level communications.
  • Assigns work based on clinical priorities and instructs the employees on work to be accomplished.
  • Works with the Section Chief to identify and implement short and long term goals with the primary mission of providing the appropriate procedure for the correctly identified patient in a timely manner.
  • Responsible for the operation, repair and maintenance, as well as, safety in the use of the equipment in the Noninvasive Cardiac Laboratory.
  • Responsible for managing the EchoPAC database system as well as the MUSE system for the VISN.
  • Prepares appropriate workload and production summaries of operations as instructed by the Section Chief.
  • Uses management information systems, office automation systems and processes, computer applications, principles, and techniques in support of the Cardiology Section operations.
  • Maintains a working knowledge of the medical center organization, function and the specific operation of the Cardiology Section.
  • With assistance and guidance form the Section Chief, incumbent uses oral and written communications to prepare and present solutions regarding issues within the Cardiology area based on analysis and evaluation.
  • Maintains effective relationships with the Noninvasive Cardiac Laboratory staff, fellow coworkers, other supervisors and representatives, in order to resolve potential and actual problems.
  • Meets the needs of customers while supporting the medical center and Cardiology Section's mission. Communicates and treats all customers (patients, visitors, volunteers, and fellow medical center staff) in a courteous, tactful, and respectful manner.
  • Responsible for orientation of the Cardiology Fellows and giving them access to pertinent database systems within the department.
  • Responsible to be credentialed and technically proficient in the performance of all noninvasive cardiac procedures.
  • Maintains a practical knowledge and understanding of the principles, theories, techniques and practices appropriate to that of a Supervisory Medical Instrument Technologist.
  • Manages Cardiology related activities with assistance of the Section Chief, and is guided by standards of practice, clinical competencies, and written protocols to establish essential accuracy in providing services.
  • Demonstrates the skills necessary to provide care/services appropriate to the age of the patients served. Assesses data reflective of the patient's status, and interprets the information needed to identify each patient's requirements relative to their age-specific needs and to provide the care needed as described in the Policy and Procedure Manual of the Cardiology Noninvasive Cardiac Laboratory.
  • Performs all of the noninvasive cardiology procedures including the recording of electrocardiograms, exercise tolerance testing, and Holter monitoring.
  • Records complex cardiac ultrasound studies and serves as the technical advisor to the cardiac sonographers.
  • Assumes personal responsibility to ensure that all required studies are delivered as dictated by patient care needs.
  • Uses necessary technical protocols and written instructions for completing cardiac procedures.
  • Assists Section Chief in the planning and execution of the Noninvasive Laboratory's quality improvement activities.
  • Works with the Section Chief to identify areas of quality concern, develop monitors to assess these concerns, collect and analyze data, summarize and present this information, recommend appropriate modifications of procedures, and review to ensure compliance.
  • Uses conventional methods to gather, analyze, and evaluate information concerning cardiology testing, draw conclusions, and recommend appropriate actions to Section Chief doe consideration.
  • Estimates budget requirements, coordinates the day-to-day operation of the Cardiology Noninvasive Laboratory, and ensures that all laboratory instrumentation is functioning properly.
  • Ensures cost effective utilization of scarce resources when planning and procuring the supplies necessary for the function of the Noninvasive Cardiac Laboratory.

Work Schedule: Mon- Friday between 7:00 am- 5:30 pm
Financial Disclosure Report: Not requiredBasic 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. There are no specific educational requirements for this occupation. Education may be substituted for experience only at the GS-4 and GS-5 levels. See the grade requirements part of this standard for information regarding educational substitutions.
  • Licensure or Certification. Licensure or Certification is not required for this occupation; however, it is strongly desirable at GS-6 or above as evidence of possession of the essential knowledge, skills, and abilities. For all specialties identified in this standard, Basic and Advanced Cardiac Life Support certifications are desirable. Training which does not result in official certification does not meet this definition.
  • Registration by Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) as a Registered Cardiac Sonographer (RCS) or by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) as a Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS) is highly desirable.
Grade Determinations:
GS-9: To qualify for the GS-9 level you must possess at least 1 year experience comparable to the next lower grade level, which is directly related to the duties of the position to be filled and possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

1. Knowledge of the more complex examination and treatment procedures and techniques in order to provide training and supervision in these procedures, to evaluate and initiate performance improvement projects, and to write policies, procedures, and protocols, that pertain to Echocardiography.

2. Knowledge of JCAHO and other regulatory requirements.

3. Ability to communicate effectively and professionally with employees at varying grade levels.

4. Ability to manage and supervise employees.

GS-10: To qualify for the GS-10 level you must possess at least 1 year experience comparable to the next lower grade level, which is directly related to the duties of the position to be filled and possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

1. Advanced knowledge of complex and non-standard treatment and examination procedures and techniques.

2. Ability to plan and assist in the establishment of a completely integrated treatment and examination program.

3. Ability to evaluate new products and equipment and make recommendations concerning developments which would improve operations.

4. Ability to manage the fiscal matters of the functions supervised (which would include fund controls, contracts, and equipment expenditures), forecast resource and equipment needs, and administer the allocated budget.

5. Knowledge of and ability to provide the full range of supervisory duties which would include responsibility for assignment of work to be performed; performance evaluation; selection of staff; and recommendation of awards, advancements, and, when appropriate, disciplinary actions.

References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/15 PART II APPENDIX G27

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-10. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-9 to GS-10.Physical Requirements:
  • Heavy Lifting, 45 pounds and over?, Heavy Carrying 54 pounds and over
  • Reaching above shoulder
  • Use of fingers
  • Use of hands
  • Walking (5-9 hours)
  • Standing (4-8 hours)
  • Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously
  • Ability to distinguish basic colors
  • Ability to distinguish shades of colors
  • Hearing (aid permitted
  • Emotional and mental stability

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • Resume


The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).

  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214
  • OF-306
  • Other
  • Other Veterans Document
  • Resume
  • SF-15
  • SF-50
  • Transcript


Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
Qualifications & Requirements
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. There are no specific educational requirements for this occupation. Education may be substituted for experience only at the GS-4 and GS-5 levels. See the grade requirements part of this standard for information regarding educational substitutions.
  • Licensure or Certification. Licensure or Certification is not required for this occupation; however, it is strongly desirable at GS-6 or above as evidence of possession of the essential knowledge, skills, and abilities. For all specialties identified in this standard, Basic and Advanced Cardiac Life Support certifications are desirable. Training which does not result in official certification does not meet this definition.
  • Registration by Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) as a Registered Cardiac Sonographer (RCS) or by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) as a Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS) is highly desirable.
Grade Determinations:
GS-9: To qualify for the GS-9 level you must possess at least 1 year experience comparable to the next lower grade level, which is directly related to the duties of the position to be filled and possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

1. Knowledge of the more complex examination and treatment procedures and techniques in order to provide training and supervision in these procedures, to evaluate and initiate performance improvement projects, and to write policies, procedures, and protocols, that pertain to Echocardiography.

2. Knowledge of JCAHO and other regulatory requirements.

3. Ability to communicate effectively and professionally with employees at varying grade levels.

4. Ability to manage and supervise employees.

GS-10: To qualify for the GS-10 level you must possess at least 1 year experience comparable to the next lower grade level, which is directly related to the duties of the position to be filled and possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

1. Advanced knowledge of complex and non-standard treatment and examination procedures and techniques.

2. Ability to plan and assist in the establishment of a completely integrated treatment and examination program.

3. Ability to evaluate new products and equipment and make recommendations concerning developments which would improve operations.

4. Ability to manage the fiscal matters of the functions supervised (which would include fund controls, contracts, and equipment expenditures), forecast resource and equipment needs, and administer the allocated budget.

5. Knowledge of and ability to provide the full range of supervisory duties which would include responsibility for assignment of work to be performed; performance evaluation; selection of staff; and recommendation of awards, advancements, and, when appropriate, disciplinary actions.

References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/15 PART II APPENDIX G27

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-10. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-9 to GS-10.
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