Training Specialist

Richmond, Virginia
Jan 27, 2023
Jan 31, 2023
Full Time

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Responsible for the daily operations of the Simulation Lab to include scheduling, orientation of students and faculty, maintaining attendance records, and providing technological support.
  • Maintains security of simulation lab environment including the equipment, supplies, and simulation technology.
  • The operations officer is responsible for evaluating technological changes and/or new developments in the field of simulation and making the required updates to course content and providing training for clinical instructors on a regular basis.
  • Provides technical support for a wide variety of highly sophisticated and complex simulation equipment including anatomic models, task trainers, screen-based simulators, full-body computerized patient simulators and virtual reality systems.
  • Troubleshoots, diagnoses, and remedies user issues, equipment failure, and network interface problems. Initiates work orders.
  • Works closely with Medical Media, Biomedical Engineering and OI&T to maintain and repair equipment used to provide high-quality education, training, and simulation activities.
  • Prepares for education, training, and simulation activities by preparing simulation technology and supplies, reviewing lab policies and procedures, obtaining consents, and setting up simulation control rooms, equipment, and AV equipment.
  • Manages lab supplies and simulation equipment as evidenced by keeping an inventory of supplies/equipment, organizing, ordering, and restocking, and assessing the needs of the end-users.
  • Works with the hospital logistics department and pharmacy to acquire used, expired, or retired equipment, supplies, and medication (per policy).
  • Performs annual equipment inventory per hospital procedures.
  • Responsible for the preventive maintenance on equipment following manufacturers recommendations; ensures warranties and service contracts are honored.
  • Works with the education department to conduct clinical simulation training and education in simulated environments in support of curricula designed by clinical experts and clinical subject matter experts.
  • Functions as the subject manner expert on simulation training modalities and trains clinical experts and other clinical instructors on how to incorporate simulation into training curriculum.
  • Evaluates the performance of instructors and simulation technicians, provides constructive feedback to improve training outcomes.
Training Audit/Tracking
  • Ensures the simulation lab meets regulatory compliance with The Joint Commission, Office of the Inspector General (OIG), Resuscitation Education Initiative (REdI) Program and other regulatory bodies.
  • Coordinates collaborative research and certification projects and ensure that simulation lab has current certification according to OSHA and/or hospital regulations.
  • Responsible for data collection for research studies including documenting information, collating, and assisting inanalysis of data. Adheres to all protocols set in place by the simulation lab.
  • Maintains professional development by attending meetings to maintain current with clinical simulation technology and use; maintains current knowledge of clinical simulation equipment catalogues and operation manuals; reviews journals, abstracts, and scientific literature in existing simulation application technologies, including educational principles.
  • The incumbent exercises professional judgment to interpret evidence-based practice and existing policy; makes recommendations for policy and curriculum changes.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday; 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Telework: Yes (Ad Hoc)
Virtual: This is NOT a virtual position.
Position Description/PD#: Training Specialist/PD014400
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • 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
  • 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.


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 01/30/2023.

Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-11 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-09. The grade may have been in any occupation but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one-year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one-year time-in-grade.

Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment.

Quality Ranking Factor: Demonstrated expertise and work experience in professional learning, curriculum development, instructional design and coaching models, and content creation for multicultural audiences in face-to-face, virtual, and blended learning environments.

You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below:
  • Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-09 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: Experience that demonstrated a practical knowledge of the subject area of the position and of the methods and techniques of instruction. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include: Teaching or instructing in an adult education program, secondary school, college, military installation, or industrial establishment in the appropriate field(s). Supervising or administering a training program. Development or review of training/course materials, aids, devices, etc., and evaluation of training results. Work in the occupation or subject-matter field of the position to be filled that required training or instructing others on a regular basis. OR,
  • Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have:
Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree
LL.M., if related. OR,
  • Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. You must have an combination of specialized experience and education beyond the Master's degree level.
Preferred: Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) Certified Healthcare Simulation Operations Specialist (CHSOS) certification. You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:
  • Information Management
  • Leadership
  • Planning and Evaluating
  • Teaching Others
  • Technology Management
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; religions; 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.Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. 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.

Physical Requirements: No special physical demands such as above average ability, dexterity, or strength are required to perform the work. Work is sedentary and the incumbent may sit comfortably. There may be some walking, standing, bending, carrying of light items, driving of an automobile, etc.For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at .


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: .

Additional information

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal/VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well-qualified : applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the required competencies of the job. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at .

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

To ensure compliance with an applicable preliminary nationwide injunction, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the Federal Government will take no action to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees. Therefore, to the extent a VA job announcement includes language requiring applicants to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 pursuant to Executive Order 14043, that requirement does not currently apply to this Job Announcement. VA may request information regarding your vaccination status, if selected, for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine.

Due to COVID-19, VA is currently in an expanded telework posture. If selected, you may be expected to temporarily telework, even if your home is located outside the local commuting area. Once employees are permitted to return to the office, you will be expected to report to the duty station listed on this announcement. Management officials will provide information about returning to the official, pre-pandemic worksite, when applicable. At that time, you may be eligible to request to continue to telework depending upon the terms of your organization's telework policy and the duties of the position.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 .