This position is located in the Audiology and Speech Pathology Service at the Loma Linda VA Healthcare System. The duties and responsibilities are carried out throughout the medical center including all clinical and patient care areas involved with the service. Incumbent is the Service Chief for the Audiology and Speech pathology Service. 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. Doctorate 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. 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. English Language Proficiency. Audiologists must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, this part. 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-14 Licensure: The incumbent must hold a full, current, and unrestricted license in a State, Territory, Commonwealth, or the District of Columbia. Education and Experience: In addition to the requirements at the GS-14 level, completion of 1 year of professional experience comparable to the next lower level and possession of a full, current and unrestricted license to practice audiology and speech pathology. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the [KSAs identified for the assignment.] The following KSAs are required: Skill in promoting collaboration to accomplish goals. Skill in translating management goals and objectives into efficient service operations. Skill in balancing operational resources to ensure appropriate delivery of service operations. Ability to supervise a diverse staff. Ability to effectively interact and collaborate with local, VISN and/or national leadership. Ability to establish and monitor productivity standards, production and performance priorities to achieve management goals and objectives. Assignments: For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity (difficulty), and range of variety, and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time. Audiologists and Speech Pathologists in this grade level demonstrate exceptional achievement, professional competence, and leadership and may be appointed to one of the following assignments: Service Chief. Audiologist service chiefs at this level typically manage programs in Complexity Level 1 (high complexity) facilities. The service or organizational entity is a major component of the medical center and the services or programs supervised are highly professional, technical and complex. They are responsible for all professional, management and administrative aspects of the service or organizational entity. They have broad and overall responsibility for a service-level organizational unit and have full responsibility for clinical practice, program management, education, human resource management and supervision for the service. They autonomously manage substantive parts of specialized, complex, professional services that significantly impact Veterans' care. They provide leadership with objective, independent assessments and recommendations for policy, operational and administrative issues and initiatives requiring decision and action. They monitor work performance to ensure that requirements are satisfied; interpret and process a wide variety of data related to program planning and specialized needs of the Veterans, the service and the medical center; and ensure policies or issues have been fully coordinated, vetted and staffed. Audiologist service chiefs advise. executive leadership on implications, key issues and relationships to interest groups (both internal and external) and recommend courses of action. They coordinate and negotiate resolutions to complex problems. They assure compliance with accrediting agencies and regulatory requirements and corrective action is initiated as needed. They are responsible for professional and administrative management of an assigned area, including budget execution. They maintain interdepartmental relationships with other services to accomplish medical center goals. They may prepare special reports and responses, Congressional responses, briefing papers, issue briefs and decision papers for the medical center leadership, which may be highly sensitive, confidential and of a complex nature. They develop policies and procedures and may develop performance standards, position descriptions and functional statements. They monitor the clinical performance of staff, conduct performance appraisals and perform other clinical and administrative responsibilities to ensure that the mission of the service and the medical center has been satisfied. They may set training objectives for staff and delegate responsibilities to subordinate sections. 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 next lower grade level. 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). References: VA Handbook 5005/152, Part II, Appendix G29. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is for GS-14. Physical Requirements: Moderate to heavy lifting 45 pounds and over; pulling/pushing; reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; walking; standing; bending; crawling; kneeling; ability to distinguish basic and shades of colors; hearing aid permitted; working closely with others, excessive noise, fumes, electrical energy and around machinery with moving parts. ["The Loma Linda VA Health Care System is a Level 1 complex, tertiary health care system that provides acute medical, surgical, and psychiatric inpatient services; primary, subspecialty and mental health outpatient services; and subacute and long-term care services. The duties and responsibilities are carried out throughout all clinical and other patient care areas involved with the Audiology and Speech Pathology Service. Duties of the position include but are not limited to: Provides orientation/training of medical staff, new staff, students, trainees, and fellows providing feedback on progress toward establishing educational goals. Keeps current with theory and practice through continuing education programs, journals, textbooks, and other literature and in-service programs and uses knowledge of contemporary audiology and speech pathology practice in the day to day oversight of the clinic. Develops, organizes, directs, manages, supervises, controls, and implements policies and procedures in focused clinical programs. Plans, assesses and evaluates programs to ensure proper coordination between health care delivered by the A&SP section and overall delivery of health care within the facility. Makes decisions with wide latitude of control and independent judgment. Exercises supervisory responsibilities/delegates responsibilities to subordinate staff 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 disciplinary measures. e. Has responsibility for developing and directing educational and training programs, negotiating affiliation agreements with academic partners, and setting training objectives. Establishes and monitors productivity standards as well as production and performance priorities and manages the work of others to accomplish program goals and missions. Accommodates to new and changing work conditions and contingencies, staffing. Translates management goals and objectives into well-coordinated and controlled service operations. Has direct responsibility for development and oversight and adherence of the service level budget. Monitors and reports on status and progress of work, evaluated program quality to ensure that methods, deadlines and quality have been met; and make adjustments to accomplish the workload in accordance with established priorities. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. through 3:30 p.m. May be adjusted based on needs of the service. Compressed/Flexible:Not available Telework: Limited Virtual: This is not a virtual position Functional Statement #: 000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,298 health care facilities, including 171 medical centers and 1,113 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.