Relocation expenses reimbursed No
- United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
- 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).
Licensure. 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.
[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).
(1) The audiologist must maintain full, current, and unrestricted licensure/registration.]
[(2)] Non-licensed audiologists who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements for licensure may be given a temporary appointment as a graduate audiologist under the authority of 38 U.S.C. § 7405(c). Failure to obtain licensure during appointment as a graduate audiologist is justification for termination of the temporary appointment. Individuals appointed as graduate audiologists may not be promoted to the GS-12 level without being fully licensed. This may result in termination of employment.
[(3)] The requirement for licensure may be waived by the Under Secretary for Health or designee in VHA Central Office for individuals engaged in research or academic assignments involving no direct patient care duties, in accordance with current activities.
[(4)] An audiologist who has, or has ever had, his/her audiology license revoked, suspended, denied, restricted, limited, or issued/placed in a probationary status may be appointed only in accordance with the provisions in Chapter 3, section B, paragraph 16 of this part.
Grandfathering Provision. All audiologists continually employed in VHA in this occupation from August 24, 2010 to current are considered to have met all qualification requirements for the title, series and grade held, including positive education and licensure/certification/registration that are part of the basic requirements of the occupation. For employees who do not meet all the basic requirements required in this standard, but who met the qualifications applicable to the position at the time they were appointed to it, the following provisions apply:
[(1)] Such employees [ ], may be reassigned, promoted [up to and including the full performance (journey) level, or (changed to lower grade within the occupation, but may not be promoted beyond the journey level or placed in supervisory or managerial positions].
[(2)] Employees who are appointed on a temporary basis prior to the effective date of the qualification standard may not have their temporary appointment extended or be reappointed, on a temporary or permanent basis, until they fully meet the basic requirements of the standard.
[(3)] Employees initially grandfathered into this occupation, who subsequently obtain additional education and/or licensure/certification/registration that meet all the basic requirements of this qualification standard must maintain the required credentials as a condition of employment in the occupation.
[(4)] If an employee who was retained in an occupation listed in 38 U.S.C. § 7401(3) under this provision leaves that occupation, the employee loses protected status and must meet the full VA qualification standard requirements in effect at the time of reentry to the occupation.
English Language. Audiologists must be proficient in spoken and written English
(a) Education and Experience. None beyond the basic requirements.
(b) Assignment. Employees at this level serve in an audiologist career development position.
GS-11 Experience. At this grade level you must possess completion of one (1) full year of professional experience as an audiologist equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in Federal Service. This experience includes performing audiology assessment and treatment interventions. (This experience must be detailed in your Resume).
In addition to the Basic Education listed above, you must demonstrate the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs):
a. Knowledge of contemporary audiology practice.
b. Ability to communicate orally and in writing.
c. Knowledge of anatomy, physiology, acoustics, applied acoustics, communication, psychoacoustics, and auditory/vestibular pathophysiology.
d. Knowledge of principles and techniques in the assessment and treatment of auditory and balance disorders.
e. Ability to perform functions associated with contemporary audiology scope of practice.
f. Ability to interact with patients, families, and other health care professionals. OR
GS-11 Education. You must possess 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a doctoral degree; or doctoral degree in audiology, hearing science, or directly related field. For positions involved in research audiologist assignments involving no direct patient care, no additional education or professional experience is required beyond those identified at the GS-9 level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the [knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) identified for the assignment.]
GS-12 Experience. At this grade level you must possess completion of 1 full year of professional experience comparable to the GS-11 grade level in Federal Service. This experience includes professional knowledge of and skill in applying, a wide range of theories, principles, and methodologies of the practice of audiology to a wide range of populations; may perform ancillary assignments, including program management duties.
In addition to the KSAs at the GS-11 level, you must demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and abilities:
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.
f. Ability to perform functions associated with contemporary audiology scope of practice.
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12 The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-09 to GS-12.
Physical Requirements: Physical requirements for this position include prolonged periods of sitting, bending, reaching, crouching, stooping, stretching and lifting (under 15 pounds); light carrying (under 15 pounds); use of fingers and both hands required; repeated bending (.5 hours); good vision with corrective glasses or contacts; or hearing with aid. Applicants must be physically and mentally able to efficiently perform the essential functions of the position without hazard to themselves or others. Applicants for this position must pass a pre-employment medical examination.
References: The Qualification Standard for Audiologists may be found in VA Handbook 5005, Part II, G29 (dated August 24, 2010), which may be viewed at your local Human Resources.
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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This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
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You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
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NOTE: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and salary at which the candidate will be placed. For internal selectees eligible for promotion, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.
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.