Employee will be assigned to Prosthetics and Sensory Aids Service, VA Northern Indiana Healthcare System, Marion, IN, communicating and interacting with physicians, allied health professionals, patients, and caregivers in various interdisciplinary clinical settings, rehabilitation medicine, orthopedics, neurosurgery, vascular care, podiatry, oncology, etc. as subject matter expert in foot care to develop the foot orthotic and footwear treatment plan.
Duties include, but may not be limited to the following:
Treats, via pedorthic principles, patients with various disorders with diagnosis below the ankle; performs assessment of patients with impairment of human movement or musculoskeletal abnormalities that would otherwise impede their ability to participate in their social environment or other activities to determine functional intervention. Pedorthic patient assessment may include, but is not limited to, the evaluation and documentation of: anthropometric data; cognition; circulation; skin integrity; protective sensation; pain; peripheral nerve integrity; respiratory capacity; biomechanics; gait analysis; including temporal and spatial assessment; range of motion; muscle strength; posture and balance; proprioception; pedorthic requirements; environmental barriers including social, home, and work reintegration.
Formulates a treatment plan based upon a comprehensive assessment to design an intervention to alleviate limitations and enhance function. Pedorthic treatment may include verification of prescription/documentation, evaluation of the prescription rationale, analysis of structural and design requirements, etc.
Implements the pedorthic treatment plan which may include material selection; fabrication of pedorthic devices, diagnostic fitting, gait training, etc.
Utilizes a follow-up treatment plan that ensures successful pedorthics outcomes, patient health, and quality of life. This may include formulation of modifications to ensure successful outcomes, reassessment of patient expectations, development of long term treatment plan, etc.
Complies with practice management plans to develop and document policies and procedures to ensure patient protection and includes adherence to applicable local, state and federal laws and regulations, following patient care guidelines and procedures, etc.
Promotes competency and enhancement of pedorthic professional practice to contribute to the profession's body of knowledge which includes training of residents/students, continuing education, clinical research, evidence based studies, etc.
Work Schedule: Monday
Recruitment & Relocation Incentives: Not authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required
Job family (Series)
Conditions of Employment
Must be a U.S. citizen
Subject to a background/security investigation
Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
May be required to serve a probationary period
Selected applicants may be required to complete an online onboarding process
DESIGNATED DRUG-TESTING POSITION: 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. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY: In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), No person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. You must be proficient in basic written and spoken English in order to meet the requirements of this position.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Applicants must possess one (1) year of specialized experience which has equipped them with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of this position, and that is typically in or related to the work of this position. Technician experience is experience that required application of the knowledge, methods, and techniques of the position to be filled. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent to the GS-7 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience includes: knowledge of pathology, disease, diagnosis and treatment as it relates to pedorthics; performing complex patient analyses in accordance with established procedures for patients with unusual foot conditions; designing custom and choosing materials for fabrication of foot orthoses and therapeutic footwear; knowledge of therapeutic shoes types available including various makes, models and variations on materials available; and use of software such as Digitizer, computer-aided design (CAD)/computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), and Carver.
SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE (Transcript Required): Successful completion of 1 years of graduate education directly related to the work of the position meets the requirements for GS-8. This education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university.
COMBINING EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE (Transcript Required): Combination of successfully completed graduate education and experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements.
CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENT: In addition to meeting the above requirements, you must also possess certification as an ABC (American Board for Certification in Orthotitcs, Prosthetic and Pedorhtics) or BOC (Board for Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics International) Pedorthist Certification. (COPY REQUIRED)
You will be rated on the following Competencies as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:
Clinical Data Collection/Documentation
IMPORTANT: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week.
All experience listed on your resume must include the month and year start/end dates. 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.
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; religious; 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.
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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: . 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: .
Work requires movement throughout the medical center, standing, bending, sitting, reaching, and lifting up to fifty pounds.
There are prolonged periods of working at a computer terminal. Requires the ability to retrieve equipment from a storage room. Climbing associated with stocking of equipment and other items in storage areas is necessary.
Normal safety precautions are utilized as appropriate for office, hospital, and warehouse settings. The work involves moderate discomfort when visiting sites away from the office. At times the employee may be required to wear personal protective equipment (i.e., mask and gown) when visiting work areas with other environmental exposures including wheelchair repair area or Prosthetic and Orthotic Laboratory. Patient transfer and lifting is required.
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 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. For more information on how to apply using this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator within the office, contact the facility Human Resources Department at .
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How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).
Your responses to the assessment questionnaire will be reviewed along with the information provided in your resume and supporting documentation to determine if you are qualified for the position. If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your rating may be lowered and/or you may lose consideration for this position.
Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.
Candidates who apply under All U.S. Citizens announcements will be rated and ranked using Category Rating procedures. Qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category. The categories are defined as follows:
Best qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position;
Highly qualified - applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job;
Well qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the job; and
Qualified - applicants possessing experience and/or education that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors. Application of Veterans' Preference: Category rating and selection procedures place those with veteran's preference above non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligible applicants that meet the eligibility and qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category (except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher).
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
IMPORTANT: Please ensure your resume include up-to-date contact information (phone number(s), email address(s), etc.)
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position.
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You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit .
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