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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Supervisory Audiologist in Cape Coral, Florida

Summary

The supervisory audiologist position is located in the Audiology and Speech Pathology Service at Bay Pines VA. He/She monitors staff and completes supervisory tasks. The Section Chief conducts a full range of audiological evaluations to determine the type and degree of hearing loss, determines

patients' need for amplification, predicts and measures the effectiveness of amplification, and determines need for and type of rehabilitation and counseling of veterans with hearing loss.

Responsibilities

Other duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Ensures that work assignments of the other members of a clinical team are carried out by performing a range of administrative duties and has decision making authority to improve and change processes as required. Uses knowledge of contemporary audiology practice. Exercises independent clinical judgment and adapts clinical procedures and techniques to accommodate age-specific and unique patient conditions, needs, and expectations. Consults with physicians and other health care practitioners related to diagnostic evaluation and treatment. Evaluates patients to determine nature, type, and severity of hearing and balance disorders using a full range of diagnostic tests and techniques, past, family, and social history, record review, and consultation with family and other health care practitioners. Documents in the medical record: evaluates, diagnosis and clinical opinion, treatment plans, outcomes of treatment, changes in functional status, and patient/family education. Provides orientation/training of medical staff. Assists in orientation and training of new staff as assigned primarily at the LCO location. Assists in the training and supervision of students, trainees, and fellows, and provides feedback on progress toward established educational goals. Performs QA on weekly schedule for all Southern Facilities to ensure appropriate clinic coverage during planned and unplanned leave, training, benefit days and compressed days for all staff. Proposes and submits clinic modifications to HAS AM team to improve productivity and clinic utilization with Chiefs approval. Tracks no show and missed opportunity rates for all clinics, proposes and implements improvements to walk in clinic services. Covers clinical profiles on emergency basis during periods of unplanned leave requests at the Southern site as well as spends 10 hours per week in direct patient care or supervising doctoral resident. Completes peer review for all Audiology clinical staff, FEE providers, and C&P providers at the facility, to include occasional work on Saturdays to Coordinates staffing and labor pool needs, to include serving in labor pool as needed in times of emergency activation to include weather events, pandemics, and other emergency events; this may include evening and weekend response, complete peer review for FEE, and C&P providers. Participates in the interview and selection process for new employees or transfers to the Southern clinic and within the department. Is responsible for hiring and training fee basis Audiologists working in clinical setting. Monitors TMS assignments for staff, conducts the morning huddle at LCHC, communicates daily via email with Southern Facility staff to ensure disbursement of all pertinent information, and assists the Chief with coordinating and implementing expansion or re-location events. Attends the weekly Access meetings via V-Tel, the weekly LCHC executive committee meetings with the ACOS for the Southern clinics and other meetings as assigned by Chief. Researches, writes and obtains approval from Infection Control, for all RME SOP's, and trains all technicians on RME procedures including documenting competencies for all staff. Serves as facilitator and/or negotiator in coordinating initiatives and consensus building activities among clinical team members. Responsible for the quarterly, semi-annual and annual performance appraisals for all Audiology staff assigned to the Southern clinic. Coordinate and participates, along with the Service Chief, in the overall planning, development, implementation and oversight of various programs within the section. Participates in the ongoing assessment of staffing, space and equipment allocations and the expansion or addition of future services within the Southern facility. Work Schedule: Various Shifts (To be determined by the Department)

Travel: Occasional

Functional Statement Title: Supervisory Audiologist, GS-0665-13

Recruitment/Relocation Incentives: Not authorized.

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

Qualifications

Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. 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. License: For those grades that require licensure (GS-12 and above), the incumbent must hold a full, current, and unrestricted license in a State, Territory, Commonwealth, or the District of Columbia to practice audiologist. Audiologists must maintain full, current, and unrestricted licensure/registration. NOTE: All audiologists who perform compensation and pension (C&P) examinations are considered to be performing direct patient care duties, and must possess a full, current, and unrestricted license to practice audiology (38 CFR 4.85). Loss of Credential: An employee in this occupation who fails to obtain licensure/certification/ registration within the required time frame, or who fails to maintain the required licensure/certification/registration must be removed from the occupation, which may also result in termination of employment. English Language Proficiency: Audiologists must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d). Education: Master's degree or its equivalent in audiology or hearing science from an accredited college or university is required. ["Accredited" means a college or university accredited by a regional accreditation organization and an audiology program recognized by the Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education (ACAE) and/or the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).NOTE: [Effective] January 1, 2007, the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of ASHA [accredit] only doctoral degree programs in audiology or hearing science. Preferred Characteristics: The Audiology department desires applicants to have a certificate of clinical competency (CCC's) from ASHA in addition to the clinical licensure. Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria below must be met when determining grades. GS-13: You must have completed 1 year of professional experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-12) directly related to the position being filled; Experience includes, but not limited to supervision, administrative management and direction of the audiology program in a unified audiology and speech-language pathology service or equivalent service-level department. Responsibility for general or technical supervision of key clinical or training programs and overall technical and administrative oversight of audiologists depending on grade level. Develop, organize, direct, manage, supervise, control, and implement policies and procedures in focused clinical programs. Plan, assess, and evaluate programs to ensure proper coordination between care delivery within the section and the overall delivery of health care. Make decisions that affect staff and other resources associated with the section and are made with wide latitude of control and independent judgment. Exercise supervisory responsibilities such as planning and scheduling work; assigning work to employees; accepting, amending or rejecting completed work; assuring that production and accuracy requirements are met; appraising performance and recommending performance standards and ratings; but exercise less authority than service chiefs. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the [KSAs identified for the assignment] demonstrate the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs as indicated by an asterisk (*) as outlined below. [a.] Ability to develop coherent treatment strategies;

[b.] Knowledge of clinical services, and the ability to perform them independently;

[c.] Ability to conduct assessments and provide treatment interventions;

[d.] Ability to provide consultation to other health care professionals;

[e.] Knowledge of contemporary audiology practice; and

[f.] Ability to perform functions associated with contemporary audiology scope of practice.

*[g.] Ability to analyze and use data effectively to manage workload, quality, performance, and productivity within the section;

*[h.] Ability to analyze organizational and operational problems and to develop and implement solutions that result in efficient section operation. References: VA Handbook 5005/38, Part II, Appendix G29, Audiologist Qualification Standard, dated August 24, 2010. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13. Physical Requirements: The physical demands of the work require the use of fingers, reaching above the shoulder, prolonged standing (6-8 hours) ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously. Hearing aid use is permitted.

Education

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.

Additional Information

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

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