This position is a Supervisory Medical Supply Technician (Sterile Processing) - Assistant Chief GS-0622-09 within the Sterile Processing Service (SPS), at the VA Central Iowa Health Care System (VACIHS) in Des Moines, IA (VISN 23). This is an advanced performance level position in Sterile Processing Service as an Assistant Chief. In this position, the incumbent is responsible for assuring the availability of medical and surgical supplies, instrumentation, and equipment for the medical center.
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This position requires knowledge of VA SPS policy requirements in order to function as a technical authority and resource. Quality SPS services are essential and require technical expertise, timeliness and compliance with infection control and other guidelines to positively impact patient treatment and wellbeing. The nature of the work environment places the Assistant Chief in a key position requiring tact, diplomacy, and reliable decision-making abilities to carry out assigned responsibilities and is responsible for assisting the Chief of SPS on:
Technical oversight of all reprocessing of Reusable Medical Equipment (RME) and equipment used in reprocessing wherever such reprocessing occurs within the facility regardless of organization alignment.
All functions of SPS and the RME program, regardless of organizational alignment are functioning effectively; this includes decontamination, preparation, case cart and distribution, proper procedures for cleaning of reusable equipment are implemented.
Ensures the incorporation of all aspects of the SPS infection control standards into day to day operations.
Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00am
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Job family (Series)
0622 Medical Supply Aide And Technician
HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
You may be required to serve a probationary period
Subject to a background/security investigation
Must be proficient in written and spoken English
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
Citizenship: Citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, Section A, paragraph 3g.)
English Language Proficiency: Medical Supply Technician must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j.
Experience and/or Education:
Experience. Six months of experience that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work or provides an understanding of the work;
Grade Determination: GS-9 Grade: One (1) year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, GS-8. Examples of specialized experience include but are not limited to: functioning as a first-level supervisor responsible for the oversight of a group of MSTs, with administrative responsibility for planning and directing the work; overseeing attendance and leave, including approval of sick and annual leave and vacation schedules; informing higher level management of anticipated vacancies or increases in workload; recommending promotions, reassignments, recognition of superior performance, retention or release of probationary employees or other changes of assigned personnel; holding corrective interviews with employees, referring disciplinary problems to higher levels of management; resolving informal complaints of employees and deals with union representatives on personnel matters; and providing technical supervision necessary for accomplishing the work of the organizational unit.
In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Ability to plan and project staffing needs and requirements.
Ability to manage, interact and deal with individuals of varying backgrounds.
Ability to manage, direct and adapt work to accomplish program goals and objectives, and meet new and changing program requirements.
Ability to develop and recommend new or revised policies that are consistent with organizational goals and objectives.
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.
Ability to evaluate new products and equipment, develop options, and make recommendations.
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.
Ability to interpret and apply sterile processing/infection regulations and policies.
Ability to initiate and lead interdisciplinary groups in carrying out sterile processing function.
Ability to communicate both orally and in writing to convey information and thoughts to others
The Assistant Chief contributes to the oversight of all supervision, administrative management and direction of the SPS. Oversees all decontamination, sterilization and disposition of facility critical and semi-critical RME. 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 liaison between SPS and other departments.
References: VA Handbook 5005, 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.
This work is performed in an office but may require transition to various settings: decontamination, preparation, clean sterile supply (preparation) and in other services and departments throughout the medical facility/campus. The incumbent may be required to work in areas that are hot, cold, drafty, and poorly lighted. The employee is subject to the possibility of falls, scrapes, cuts, bruises, needle sticks, and other injuries from handling equipment. The work requires standing and walking during the entire workday and frequent bending and lifting sterile products and packages (occasionally weighing as much as 50 pounds). The work requires dexterity and visual acuity for manipulating, disassembly and assembly of instrumentation. On a regular and recurring basis, the employee alternates between a contaminated environment and a carefully controlled clean environment. The employee wears special clothing, hair covers, personal protective equipment and shoe covers that can be uncomfortably warm. The employee uses insulated gloves to remove carts from sterilizers. The employee is subject to burns from accidentally touching hot items. The hazards of working around minute quantities of sterilizing gasses are unknown. The employee often works around body fluids, mucous, excretions, and bits of tissue, some of which may be foul smelling. Strong, unpleasant odors are encountered while decontaminating bloody or grossly contaminated instrumentation or reusable medical equipment. The work area is noisy due to the clatter of metal instruments, rumbling of carts and operation of pre-sterilizing equipment.
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: 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 education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.
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