This announcement has been amended to reflect the most recent
salary range and has been extended. Applicants may update their
application through the closing date.
This is an OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT in support of COVID-19
operations. The initial cut-off date for referral of eligible
applications will be December 28, 2020 and applicants will be
referred on an 'as needed' basis. NOTE: Announcement will remain
open until no longer needed but no later than April 30, 2021.
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The Health Technician will be assigned to interested facilities
throughout VHA in support of COVID-19 operations and may be
appointed on a permanent basis or temporary basis on an
intermittent, part-time, or full-time schedule.
Major duties include, but are not limited to:
- Developing and maintaining a therapeutic, professional helping
relationship with clients;
- Providing orientation to new patients by explaining policies
and procedures, treatment expectations and goals, and ensures that
all admission requirements are met;
- Working with a variety of physical, mental, emotional, and
behavior problems using different techniques;
- Processing and evaluating any incident involving the injury or
abuse of any patient;
- Receiving and directing patients and visitors and responding to
- Handling appointment requests and appointment
- Performing initial physical examination of patients upon
arrival to clinic, to include checking vital signs, pulmonary
functions and reason for visit;
- Filing all medical record information and correspondence in
Work Schedule: A variety of work schedules are available; Work
schedule will be determined upon selection. NOTE: May be expected
to work rotating weekends and holidays.
Pay Schedule: The salary range listed in this announcement is a
Base-Line Salary for a full-time work schedule. Starting salary
will be set based on locality (which may include a special pay rate
depending upon location), as well as FT, PT or Intermittent
Recruitment/Relocation Incentive: Certain locations are deemed
as 'Hard to Fill' and 'may' offer Recruitment Incentives, but such
an Incentive is not guaranteed.
Permanent Change of Station (PCS) expenses: Not Available
Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required
NOTE: The salary listed represents full-time employment and will
be prorated based on the actual number of hours worked each
pay-period. Likewise, employees not working on a full-time basis
will have benefits and time-off accrual prorated and based on their
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Conditions of Employment
- You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job
- Subject to a background/suitability investigation
- Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
- May serve a probationary period
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after
- A complete application package; Resume, Transcripts, etc.
- Selected applicants will be required to complete an online
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all
requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
English Language Proficiency: Applicants appointed to direct
patient care positions must be proficient in [both] spoken and
written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d).
GS-07 grade level: One year of specialized experience
(equivalent to the GS-06 grade level in the federal service);
experience that equipped the applicant with the particular
knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA's) and other characteristics
to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is
typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled,
in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the
Specialized experience examples may include: Evaluating patients
for emergency conditions; ordering appropriate diagnostic studies;
experience in obtaining and documenting patient's vital signs;
performing interventions based upon patient symptoms and
established protocols/standards; assisting in
behavioral/psychiatric situations; experience in venipuncture and
collection of specimens; and/or assisting licensed staff with
complex, specialized, and potentially-life threatening procedures;
knowledge/understanding of human behavior and skills sufficient to
understand motivations and reactions to stress; therapeutic
interpersonal relationships with patients, family members, and
staff; experience recognizing and responding appropriately to
emergency situations using nursing intervention techniques to
prevent medical and psychiatric crises from occurring; experience
providing direct patient care that is appropriate to the cognitive,
emotional, and chronological maturation needs of the adult
and/geriatric patient; knowledge of the elements of patient
centered care and the ability to perform administrative duties;
experience operating equipment used for patient care and routine
maintenance procedures; and experience drawing blood and obtaining
specimens and POC [point of care]. NOTE: Specialized Experience
must be supported by your resume to be creditable.
Applicants may substitute education for the experience required
for the GS-7 level. NOTE: Graduate education or an internship meets
the specialized experience required above GS-5 only in those
instances where it is directly related to the work of the position.
One full year of graduate education meets the requirements for
Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify
at the GS-7 level.
To calculate, first identify the percentage of required
education you have earned (when substituting, you cannot use the
first 60 semester hours that you earned). Then identify the
percentage of required experience you possess. Add the two
percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent
to qualify at the GS-07. For example, an applicant who has 9
semester hours of graduate level education (i.e. 50% of graduate
education required) and 6 months of creditable specialized
experience (i.e. 50% of the required experience) would equal 100%
of the required experience for the position A transcript must be
submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of
your qualifications on education.
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.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE
WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
For more information on these qualification standards, please
visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at
The work requires a level of physical fitness that allows for
standing for extended periods, heavy lifting to position patients,
and manual dexterity to perform clinical procedures. The work will
require recurrent bending, lifting, stooping, standing, squatting,
stretching, sitting and walking.
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