Respiratory Assistant Chief for Pulmonary Lab

Washington D.C.
Jul 16, 2018
Jul 16, 2018
Executive, Chief
Full Time

Not required

Relocation expenses reimbursed No

  • 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
  • Basic Requirements:
    a. Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. (Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)

    b. Graduate of a Respiratory Therapy training program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), or its predecessors or successors; Registered Respiratory Therapist. Has a current valid certificate as an RRT from the NBRC (National Board for Respiratory Care) and a registry number, or a certificate from another body which the NBRC recognizes as its credentialing equivalent. This includes registration based on either:

    (1) Having fulfilled the requirements and passed the registry examination administered by the NBRC since 1983 and having been so designated, or

    (2) Having fulfilled the requirements and passed the registry examination for a registered inhalation or respiratory therapist administered by the (1) National Board for Respiratory Therapy from July 1974 through 1982 or (2) American Registry of Inhalation Therapists from 1961 through June 1974.

    c.. English Language Proficiency. RRTs appointed to direct patient-care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d).

    Preferred Experience:
    • Minimum of one year experience performing comprehensive Pulmonary Function Testing.
    • Minimum of one year performing supervision of a Pulmonary Function Laboratory.
    • Current and valid status as a Registered Pulmonary Function Technician (RRFT) by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC); current and valid status as a Certified Pulmonary Function Technician (CPFT) by the NBRC may be acceptable when considered with all other characteristics; or possession of registry or certification from an entity the NBRC recognizes as its credentialing equivalent.
    • Current and valid Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Certification.
    Grade Determinations:

    Assistant Chief. Serves as a full assistant to a chief of an organizational element involved in providing respiratory and related care as described below for the GS-10 grade. Occupies a position in the direct supervisory line and shares in, and assists the chief with respect to, all phases of the organizational element's work.
    d. GS-10. In addition to meeting the requirement for GS-9, candidates must have had at least 1 additional year of successful and progressively responsible experience in which the candidate demonstrated the ability to assume supervisory duties and function in an assignment at the GS-10 level. Serves as:

    (1) Chief of an Organizational Element (Typically a Section). Has full responsibility for supervising at least seven employees (full-time equivalent) whose work involves providing respiratory and related care. Typically, duties and responsibilities will include:

    (a) Plans work schedules and the sequence of operations, and recommends and implements changes in organization or work assignments to improve work, services, job satisfaction, etc. Also, recommends and justifies to higher authority changes with significant budgetary impact. In addition, develops and reports to higher level supervisors changes in budget requirements based on anticipated workload and productivity capability of the section.

    (b) Assigns and explains work requirements relative to respiratory care for new or changed, as well as existing, programs. Resolves technical work problems, including those not covered by precedents or established policies.

    (c) Develops and updates guidelines and policies for nonroutine or complex assignments.

    (d) Keeps employees and higher level supervisors informed of matters that affect them. Has authority to prepare and follow up on actions for most supervisory personnel functions.

    (e) Prepares formal requests for filling vacancies for additional personnel to meet work requirements.

    (f) Selects or participates with significant influence in selection of employees from eligible candidates.

    (g) Prepares requests and recommendations for promotions, reassignments and other changes, and incentive and employee recognition awards and special advancements.

    (h) Formulates training and education plans for subordinates and arranges for appropriate training courses.

    (i) Participates in both the planning and delivery of comprehensive in-service respiratory and related care teaching and training programs for subordinates and other staff in different disciplines. Plans instruction and participates as an instructor for the facility respiratory care educational program.

    (j) Plans and participates in the audit of respiratory care, recommending changes where indicated.

    References: VA Handbook 5005, PART II, Appendix G11- Registered Respiratory Therapist Qualification Standard

    Work Condition: Work is primarily performed in environmentally controlled inpatient and outpatient areas. Extensive interaction with patients, staff physicians, family members, may be involved. Moving equipment and supplies, lifting over 20 pounds, pushing equipment up to 70 pounds, bending, and stooping are involved. Possible exposure to bodily fluids and severe communicable diseases are involved. This position has been evaluated as a Level 1 in accordance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) definition of occupational exposure of blood borne pathogens. Position categorized as Level 1 require the performance of tasks that can likely result in exposure to blood and potentially infectious body fluid.

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