Biomedical Engineer (Clinical)

Wallops Island, Virginia
Feb 02, 2023
Feb 08, 2023
Engineer, IT, QA Engineer
Full Time

A. Program Involvement and Management

The Biomedical Engineer reports directly to the VISN CHTM. He/she receives administrative direction with assignments in terms of broadly defined missions and functions. He/she exercises authority to oversee the overall planning, direction, and timely execution of assigned VIP activities. He/she has responsibility for planning, designing, and implementing programs, projects, studies, and other work to implement a VISN wide standardized equipment management program. Successful execution of these responsibilities has major impact upon the outcome of patient care delivery.
The Biomedical Engineer shall perform management tasks at VISN 20 complexity 3 facilities. This may include but is not limited to departmental workflows, communication with facility leadership, regulatory documentation, and project management.
i. Operations Management

The VIP has direct impact on all clinical services provided in the VISN. The program must ensure the provision of safe, reliably maintained, and clinically appropriate medical equipment for the delivery of quality healthcare in a cost-effective manner. The Biomedical Engineer facilitates service support of medical equipment, while identifying opportunities and recommending actions to improve service delivery and cost containment. The Biomedical Engineer supports the Medical Equipment Management component of the Environment of Care for the VISN.
He/she prepares and presents reports regarding equipment management. The incumbent operates effective medical equipment repair, maintenance and oversight programs that meet or exceed VA and JCAHO standards. Should any complaints arise from service or other Clinical engineering matters, he/she will operate an effective program to receive, evaluate and resolve complaints.
ii. Communication and Consultation

The Biomedical Engineer communicates facility and network goals, objectives, and achievements to internal and external stakeholders. He/She balances organization's needs and resources to effectively carry out the multiple missions of the organization. The incumbent provides administrative and technical leadership in VIP such that functions for which the service has operating responsibility are effectively meeting department needs. He/She ensures all levels of management are provided with quality advice and assistance in dealing with Clinical Engineering's operational concerns, issues, and responsibilities. Results of such advice are instrumental in, or contribute to the successful solution or avoidance of problems.
The incumbent serves on assigned special task forces throughout the VISN. There will be extensive interaction with clinical staff such as radiology, lab, medicine and surgery, as well as contractors, Executive Management, Chief Information Offices, Facility Management, Biomedical Engineering, and VACO.
The Biomedical Engineer assures the provision of a VISN continuing education program for clinical staff addressing the principles and application of medical instrumentation used in the delivery of healthcare. This requires skill to effectively communicate, both orally and in writing, with a wide variety of individuals, including technical and professional clinical staff, to communicate technical information.
iii. Patient Safety

The incumbent ensures the implementation of effective operations management, project management, safety management, programs to ensure high quality continuous care and services with best possible outcome. He/She ensures all safety and environmental policies implemented by the service and facility, including safety, infection control, smoking control, and disaster plan are adhered to by service employees.
The Biomedical Engineer contributes to VHA, VISN, and facility patient safety goals. The Biomedical Engineer supports implementation of effective education programs for medical equipment users. The incumbent manages the VISN recall and safety alert program for medical devices, including medical device incident investigations to assure compliance with patient safety goals, SMDA, and JCAHO requirements.

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Telework: Available
Virtual: This is a Remote position
Functional Statement #: 000000
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.
  • All 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.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
  • 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.
  • Must pass pre-employment physical examination.
  • 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.
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Basic Requirements:
a. Citizenship.
[Be] a 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 3.g.)

b. Education and/or Experience. The individual must meet either item (1) or (2) below to meet this requirement:

(1) Bachelor's Degree or Higher in Engineering. To be creditable, the curriculum must be from a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), as a professional engineering curriculum. Examples of acceptable engineering degrees include: Biomedical Engineering, Clinical Engineering, Bioengineering, Biomechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Biochemical Engineering. Titles may vary from educational institutions and change over time. OR,

(2) Certification as a Certified Clinical Engineer (CCE) and a bachelor's degree not listed in item 3.b.(1) above.
May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria).

Grade Determinations:

Biomedical Engineer (Clinical), GS-14
(a) Experience. Completion of at least [one] year of experience equivalent to the next lower level, and must fully meet the KSAs at that level.
(b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities[. In addition to the experience above, the biomedical engineer (clinical) must demonstrate all of the following KSAs. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*):]
i. [*][Ability to apply advanced knowledge of relevant codes, regulations, guidelines, and standards associated with biomedical engineering to support the needs of multiple facilities.
ii. Ability to effectively convey highly technical information to] a wide variety of individuals, including technical and professional clinical staff, and senior level managers at the facility, VISN and/or national level.
iii. *Ability to manage a recall and safety alert program for medical devices, including medical device incident investigations to assure compliance with patient safety goals, SMDA, and [TJC requirements for multiple facilities.]
iv. [ ] Ability to apply advanced knowledge of principles, theories, concepts, and practices of biomedical engineering. This would include the ability to keep abreast of changes in technology and utilize the information gained in the solution of biomedical engineering problems to meet operational needs of multiple facilities.
v. *Ability to directly support the most complex and specialized clinical technology including service, system administration, training, and quality assurance for multiple facilities.
vi. [*Ability to work collaboratively with other disciplines, senior management, VHA Central Office, and VISN staff.
vii. Ability to develop and implement healthcare technology management policies that are consistent with organizational objectives. Scope of organization spans from multiple facilities to national.
(c) Assignment.
For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity (difficulty), range of variety, and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time. At this level, employees are non-supervisory and are typically at the VISN or National Program Offices. At the VISN level, employees must have notable ongoing responsibilities, as assigned by the VISN and/or Healthcare Technology ManagementProgram Office. Major duties must include at least four of the following major responsibilities:
i. Supports and advances patient care by applying engineering and managerial skills to healthcare technology across the VISN, or nationally.
ii. Assists and advises facilities in the implementation of an equipment management program that meets current TJC and NFPA requirements. Evaluates other biomedical engineering programs in the VISN or the national program office.
iii. Assures provision of a continuing education program for professional staff addressing the principles and application of healthcare technology management. This includes a curriculum that addresses the safe and effective management of medical equipment and/or technology. Provides continuing education on behalf of the VISN and/or the national program office.
iv. Provides support and oversight for a recall and safety alert program for medical devices in the VISN, or for the national program office, including medical device incident investigations, to ensure compliance with patient safety goals, SMDA, and TJC requirements. Conducts medical equipment investigations for the VISN or the national program office.
v. Serves as a subject matter expert advisor to senior VISN or national clinical and leadership staff on medical technology crossing multiple clinical disciplines, including existing and emerging technology, addressing viability, long-term suitability, compatibility, and/or safety.
vi. Conducts and/or supports capital asset and infrastructure planning of medical technology found in a hospital, spanning initial concept, installation, and effective implementation of complex medical equipment.
vii. Implementation of complex medical technology. Participates in capital asset planning at the VISN and/or national level. Analyzes organizational and operational problems and develops timely and economical solutions to meet facility, VISN, and/or national needs.
viii. Serves as an institutional expert supporting the most complex and specialized clinical technology, including service, system administration, training, sustainment, and quality assurance across multiple facilities.
ix. Develops national policy for the Healthcare Technology Management Program Office. Serves as a senior technology advisor to assist the Healthcare Technology Management Program Office with technology and program management.

Preferred Experience: Project management and HTM (Healthcare Technology Management) operations

References: VA Handbook 5005/104 March 25, 2019 PART II APPENDIX G38

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-14.

Physical Requirements: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019


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Additional information

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

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

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.

Pursuant to VHA Directive 1193.01, VHA health care personnel (HCP) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 subject to such accommodations as required by law (i.e., medical, religious or pregnancy). VHA HCPs do not include remote workers who only infrequently enter VHA locations. If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before your start date. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required accommodation from this requirement using the reasonable accommodation process.

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