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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Supervisory Medical Supply Technician (Sterile Processing) - Assistant Chief in Iowa City, Iowa

Summary The Iowa City VA Health Care System is recruiting for one (1) full-time Supervisory Medical Supply Technician (Sterile Processing) - Assistant Chief. * This occupational series is eligible for the Student Loan Repayment Program (SLRP). Repayment is limited to $10,000 annually, up to $60,000 in lifetime awards. Participants must sign a service agreement and maintain an acceptable level of performance to remain eligible for this program. * Responsibilities The VA Midwest Health Care Network advocates for a Whole Health System of care in each of the Medical Centers. This is an approach to healthcare that empowers and equips people to take charge of their health and well-being and live their lives to the fullest. As an employee operating in a Whole Health System of care, you will operate in a model with three core elements, seeking to create a personalized health plan for each Veteran. This is done in the context of healing relationships and healing environments and a connection back to the Veteran's community. This aligns with the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Mission Statement to Honor America's Veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well-being. The Assistant Chief contributes to the oversight of all supervision, administrative management and direction of SPS. Oversees all decontamination, sterilization, and disposition of facility critical and semi-critical reusable medical devices (RMD). Develops and maintains a system of internal reviews that ensure service programs operate in compliance with regulatory and accrediting organizations. Contributes to the effective utilization of resources, budgetary allocation, and fiscal management. Makes selections, assigns personnel and provides direction to subordinate staff. Manages the training, documenting, and evaluating of staff. Serves as a liaison between SPS and other departments. Duties include, but are not limited to: Oversees subordinates within the SPS organizational structure. Incumbent is required to complete VA Level I Certification, VA Level II Certification and external certification, at minimum, International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM), Certified Registered Central Service Technician certification. IAHCSMM certification must be maintained on an annual basis by meeting minimum required continuing certification units (CEUs). The incumbent must understand sterilization parameters, biological monitoring, preparation and packaging and follow VHA Directive 1116(2) and associated SPS Policies and Procedures. Observes minute details of procedures and products produced. Trains employees through demonstration, oral and written instructions. Responsible for developing, updating and writing policies and procedures for the department. Keep statistics and records as assigned by the Chief, SPS and provide reports at regular intervals. Recognizes significant trends and makes recommendations regarding them. Suggests specific studies and research projects which may be accomplished in or by SPS. Substantiates recommendations with solid background work and through investigation. Prepares reports on activities of the department and maintains required records of personnel, VISN, and National entities. (Example: department personnel files, competencies, performance appraisals, position descriptions, regular staff meetings and in-service education) Assists in interviewing applicants for departmental positions. Assures work schedules are posted in a timely fashion. Counsels' employees and assists in preparing and delivery of competencies, performance appraisals and evaluations to include initial, mid-term, and final appraisals. Attends and actively participates in various meetings and/or task groups as assigned by the Chief, SPS and briefs her/him as requested. S/he may be designated as the lead for some of these activities. Makes recommendations to the Chief, SPS concerning promotions, reassignments, or recognition for performance. Assists the Chief, SPS in forecasting upcoming supply and equipment needs. He/she oversees equipment and supply inventory and ensures all procurement actions are in accordance with relevant procurement laws and regulations, and specifically those found in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and Veterans Affairs Acquisition Regulation (VAAR). Additionally, oversees and ensures that SPS has in stock all items needed for the healthcare provider in treating the patient. Additionally, reviews Censitrac and SEPG to gather data and run reports for equipment and RMD inventory. Assists in development of supported services' annual budgets by providing periodic review reports of inventories, expenditures, and estimated projections. In the performance of official duties, the employee has regular access to printed and electronic files containing sensitive data, which must be protected under the provisions of the Privacy Act of 1974 and other applicable laws, Federal regulations, VA statutes and policy. PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Telework: Not available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Requirements Conditions of Employment You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job. All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959. Must be proficient in written and spoken English. You may be required to serve a probationary period. Subject to background/security investigation. Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process. Must pass pre-employment physical examination. Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program is a requirement for all Veterans Health Administration Health Care Personnel (HCP) - See "Additional Information" below for details. Qualifications 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. Experience and/or Education (1) Experience. Six months of experience that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work or provides an understanding of the work; or (2) Education. One year above high school that included at least 6 semester hours in health care related courses such as sterile processing, nursing assistant, hospital corpsman, and operating room and surgical technician courses or other courses related to the position; or (3) Experience/Education Combination. Equivalent combination of experience and education are qualifying for entry level for which both education and experience are acceptable. Certification. None. English Language Proficiency. MSTs must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j, this part. Grade Determinations: GS-09 Supervisory Medical Supply Technician (Sterile Processing) - Assistant Chief (a) Experience. One year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, which is defined as: reading and interpreting written procedures and select appropriate action in order to instruct staff in correct procedures and protocols for completing assignments; Communicating orally and in writing to ensure staff compliance with written directives, rules and regulations; Experience with interpersonal relationships in dealing with employees, team leaders, and managers; Working knowledge of sterility principles in order to instruct staff on decontamination procedures; Leading individuals, managing priorities, and scheduling work assignments. (b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: 1. Ability to plan and project staffing needs and requirements. 2. Ability to manage, interact and deal with individuals of varying backgrounds. 3. Ability to manage, direct and adapt work to accomplish program goals and objectives, and meet new and changing program requirements. 4. Ability to develop and recommend new or revised policies that are consistent with organizational goals and objectives. 5. Ability to perform a full range of supervisory duties, including assigning, planning and evaluating work, recommending awards, approving leave, identifying training needs, and resolving staff issues. 6. Ability to evaluate new products and equipment, develop options, and make recommendations. 7. Ability to manage, interpret, and present fiscal data (i.e. fund controls, contracts and equipment expenditures), forecast resource and equipment needs and administer an allocated budget. Preferred Certification: VA SPS Level I, VA SPS Level II Certification, Healthcare Sterile Processing Association (HSPA), Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) certification or equivalent All qualifying experience you possess must be clearly described in your application package. We will not make assumptions when reviewing applications. Failure to demonstrate your experience in your resume may result in disqualification. It is strongly recommended that you write to each KSA in your application package. References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/76 MAY 28, 2014 PART II APPENDIX G47 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-9. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-9. Physical Requirements: This position is mainly sedentary and will be performed in an office setting. Education IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. Foreign Education. To be creditable, education completed outside the U.S. must have been submitted to a private organization that specializes in the interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education must have been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U. S. programs. 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 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. Selected applicants may qualify for credit toward annual leave accrual, based on prior work experience or military service experience. 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. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health-related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority. Pursuant to VHA Directive 1193.01, VHA health care personnel (HCP) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 subject to such accommodations as required by law (i.e., medical, religious or pregnancy). VHA HCPs do not include remote workers who only infrequently enter VHA locations. If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before your start date. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required accommodation from this requirement using the reasonable accommodation process. 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.