Veteran Health Administration Supervisory Prosthetic Representative in Big Spring, Texas

Announcement Number: VHA-519-16-NR1794142tdt

Department: Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Position Info: Full Time

Location(s): Big Spring, TX

Open Period: 2016-09-02 to 2016-09-23

OverviewWho May Apply

United States Citizens

Appointment Duration


Job Status

Full Time

Agency Marketing Statement

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1794142

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

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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.

Job Summary

The West Texas VA Health Care System (WTVAHCS) provides a variety of patient care services, with state-of-the-art technology as well as offering numerous educational programs. Outpatient services include: Ambulatory Care, Mental Health, Women's Health, Transition and Care Management, Home Based Primary Care, Tele-Health, Anticoagulation Clinics, Ophthalmology, and Dentistry. Skilled nursing care and acute rehabilitation is provided in the Community Living Center, with specialty referrals to other VISN 17 facilities and community services. Staffed with approximately 600 employees, the facility serves counties in West Texas and New Mexico area, with a Veteran population of approximately 57,000. The WTVAHCS is part of the VA Heart of Texas Health Care Network, VISN 17 and is centrally located at the crossroads of Interstate 20 and Highway 87 in Big Spring, Texas with Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC's) located in Abilene, Odessa, San Angelo, Ft. Stockton, Texas and Hobbs, New Mexico.

Big Spring, "The Crossroads of West Texas" is home of the newly restored historic "Settles Hotel", "The Spring", and home of the National Championship Howard College Hawks Basketball and Baseball teams. With a growing economy, our city has many new businesses locating in the area offering more shopping and family orientated attractions. Big Spring is centrally located within driving range of the following communities Midland, Odessa, San Angelo, Abilene, and Lubbock, Texas.


INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will receive a rating of ineligible due to missing forms. Requests for reconsideration of ratings will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package (including licensure if required). We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, incomplete uploads or fax transmissions.

Every job at the VA impacts the Veterans that we serve. You can be part of that team, helping to make sure that our Veterans receive the top-quality care they deserve.

Key Requirements

  • U. S. Citizenship

  • Must pass pre-employment examination

  • English Language Proficiency required

  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required

  • Background and-or Security Investigation required

DutiesMajor Duties

This position is the Supervisory Prosthetic Representative assigned to oversee the Prosthetics and Sensory Aids Service for The West Texas VA Health Care System at the George H. O'Brien, Jr. VA Medical Center, Big Spring, TX. The duties of the Supervisory Prosthetic Representative Prosthetic (Chief) are to administer, supervise, or perform work concerned with rendering prosthetic and sensory aids services to disabled patients. Included in this series is such work as:

(1) Planning, developing, and directing a Prosthetic and Sensory Aids Program at the West Texas VA Health Care System.

(2) Serving as an advisor to clinicians with regard to selection, prescription, and acquisition of prosthetic devices

involving furnishing information concerning such matters as new developments in the field of prosthetics and sources of

supply for such devices;

(3) Interpreting prescriptions of clinicians in order to make certain that proper prosthetic devices are selected for, or

by, the patients;

(4) Authorizing the purchase, fabrication or repair of prosthetic devices;

(5) Maintaining continuous liaison with manufacturers and dealers of prosthetic supplies, inspecting their facilities and

services and participating in the award of prosthetic appliance contracts;

(6) Participating in investigative/research project studies by selecting patients as pilot wearer of newly developed

prosthetic items, evaluating the usefulness of such items and compiling of data; and

(7) Giving technical and administrative advice and assistance on prosthetic problems to other facilities.

This work requires the application and interpretation of laws concerning benefits available to disabled patients and of the

regulations, procedures and practices based thereon and, in addition, a specialized knowledge of the medical and

psychological problems directly related to the use of prosthetic devices; and a specialized knowledge and understanding of

the fabrication and satisfactory fitting of prosthetic devices. The administrative aspects of the work require an understanding of statistics, budgeting, contracting, procurement, human resources, the National Prosthetic Patient Database, inventory management and a knowledge of the Prosthetic national software package. All other assigned duties.

Recruitment/relocation incentive may be authorized for this position. If incentive is approved, it comes with a 2 year service agreement and is not paid out until incumbent is employed with facility.

Work Schedule: Typical work schedule is Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm. However position may require work beyond this schedule and travel.

Functional statement containing the full duties of the position is on file at the facility.

Physical Requirements: Work is principally sedentary, however some slight physical effort maybe necessary.

Qualifications And EvaluationQualifications


  • U.S. citizenship.

  • Have at least three years of experience that demonstrates: knowledge of accounting methods; ability to

    analyze, comprehend, and apply decisions; basic knowledge of inventory management procedures; ability to use computer software packages for word processing, spreadsheet development, and database management ability to compile, research, analyze, comprehend, and apply information or data; and ability to work as a team member in a group setting.

  • Have education equivalent to a bachelor's degree from an accredited university or college.

  • Have equivalent combinations of experience and education that are qualifying.

GRADE DETERMINATIONS: To be qualified at the GS-13 level, you must have one full year of specialized experience at the GS-12 level. Specialized experience is experience gained that is related to the position to be filled and which has equipped the candidate with particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is typically in or closely related to the work of the position. Specifically experience in a high level prosthetic services position.

In addition to the above you must be able to demonstrate that you have the knowledge, skills or abilities to perform the below KSAs:

*Ability to understand the unique characteristics of sites for which responsible.

*Skill to participate in VISN/facility initiatives, workgroups, and/or committees.

*Ability to draft and/or recommend VISN/facility policies and/or directives.

*Knowledge of national initiatives and/or intra-agency workgroups or committees.

*Ability to implement national policies over multiple facilities.


APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. 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.


Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit


Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment. You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.

How To Apply InformationHow To Apply

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the right side of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. Ensure that your resume and application support your answers to the Occupational Questionnaire. Your résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.YOU MUST INCLUDE VA FORM 10-2850c IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY. You may upload the completed form to your USAJOBS or Application Manager account if you apply online. Then you can use the uploaded form again and again when applying for future vacancies. Please see this guide ( for more information on uploading and re-using the form in your applications. Other required forms and documents can also be saved in your account and used the same way. Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is much easier and faster.Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, just reapply through your account in USAJOBS. Check your account ( ) to see the status of your application after applying, including any messages that may have been sent to you.If you cannot apply online:Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire.Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire: the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144. Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID: 1794142. You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, September 23, 2016.Required Documents

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes: CV or Resume.VA Form 10-2850c - Applicationfor Associated Health Occupations (Available at (required).Occupational QuestionnaireForm 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at This is a required form and must be submitted with your application.If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 (required). Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).What To Expect Next

After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements. You will be notified when this decision is made.

Benefits And Other InformationBenefits

Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

Other Information

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified, you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified for this vacancy. Information about CTAP and ICTAP 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.

This job announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

Receiving Service Credit for 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 employees 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.