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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Program Specialist in Washington, District Of Columbia

Summary The Program Specialist reports directly to the Chief of Radiology at each facility and is also accountable to a second level, the VISN PACS Coordinator. The Program Specialist has program responsibility for the facility wide distribution of images utilizing the PACS operations, Integrated Speech Recognition Dictation System, Cardiology PACS, Orthopedic PACS and WEBPACS. Responsibilities The Program Specialist develops programs to insure that quality provisions are planned, developed and implemented to identify, prevent and correct unsatisfactory conditions and elements which influence the regulatory correctness and responsiveness of transactions and services The major duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to: Incumbent is responsible for the local coordination and work of the local PACS team. Supervises a team of employees performing work at the GS-9 level, and at the GS-5 level. Incumbent provides guidance and technical direction necessary for accomplishing the work of the team. Ensures that local PACS Team Members know their assignments and responsibilities and monitors to see work is completed accurately and on time. Serves as PACS Program Manager, assuring the work of employees assigned and/or selected to support PACS and/or PACS image management are held accountable for their responsibilities. Responsibilities include overseeing the transition of the File Room to a digital image archive. Responsible for training PACS Team members or employees in the Imaging and Cardiology sections as needed to accomplish the tasks or projects in the required timeframes. Responsible for analyzing local complex and non-complex problems, determine the correct course of action required to correct problems, to justify or settle matters involving significant issues and prepares detailed project plans for implementation when changes and/or upgrades are necessary to the PACS and integrated speech recognition dictation system. Incumbent contacts vendor representatives to determine the cause of problems that do not respond to available problem solving techniques. Monitors equipment controlling environment and executes emergency procedures in case of natural or man made disasters and security risk situations. Designs and maintains a quality control program for digital radiographic images to include, but not necessarily be restricted to, evaluation of image quality from modality to viewing monitor. This program will meet the intent of the American College of Radiology and Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) recommendations. Incumbent develops methods .for the collection and retrieval of computer information from established systems to enhance analysis of program related data. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am until 4:30 pm Telework: Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#: Program Specialist/PD04999O Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 10/22/2021. Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-12 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-11. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one-year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one-year time-in-grade. Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment. You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below: Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-11 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: Evaluating programs in areas such as grant review, program support management, quality assurance, management analysis or administrative program management; formulating and executing action plans to respond to business and management problems or initiatives; providing organizational support for program planning and analysis activities; Evaluating the impact of new program policies; determining measures of effectiveness in setting organizational goals and objectives; system software and systems development life cycles (including systems documentation; configuration management; cost analysis; data administration; systems integration, and/or testing) to analyze the hardware and/or software requirements of a PACs and determine the best development and/or programming approach. Note: Experience must be fully documented on your resume and must include job title, duties, month and year start/end dates AND hour worked per week. You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position: Customer ServiceProblem SolvingProject ManagementQuality ManagementSoftware DevelopmentStrategic ThinkingTechnology Application 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. Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment. Physical Requirements: The work is primarily sedentary, but occasionally involves walking, bending, climbing stairs. Active involvement in device or architecture design testing may mean longer periods of standing. The work also involves coping with complex, persistent demands from a variety of sources that can be regarded as a high-pressure work situation. For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at Education There is no educational substitution at this grade level. 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: 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: Additional Information VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process. 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. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. 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. Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Contact the Agency Contact for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator. The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal/VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well-qualified: applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the required competencies of the job. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position. It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members. For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document. 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.