This position is located in the Audiology and Speech Language Pathology Service at the Washington DC VA Medical Center. The duties and responsibilities are carried out throughout the medical center including all clinical and other patient care areas involved with the service. In addition to the duties and responsibilities at the GS-13 grade level, the Audiologist/Speech Language Pathologist has supervisory and clinical program responsibilities. 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. Education: A master's degree or its equivalent in speech-language pathology, communication disorders, or a directly related field from an accredited college or university. "Accredited" means a college or university [recognized] by a regional accreditation organization and a speech-language pathology academic program [recognized] by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Licensure. Individuals must hold a full, current and unrestricted license in a U.S. state, territory, commonwealth or the District of Columbia. Assignments. For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity (difficulty), and range of variety, and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time. Speech-language pathologists at this grade level demonstrate exceptional achievement, professional competence, and leadership and may be appointed to one of the following assignments: Service Chief. Service chiefs have broad and overall responsibility for a service-level department, or its organizational equivalent. They manage substantive parts of medical centers that deliver specialized, complex, professional services, and significantly impact the care provided to veterans. They have responsibility for general supervision of clinical and/or training programs, and overall technical and administrative oversight for operations within the service. Service chiefs develop, organize, direct, manage, supervise, control, and implement policies and procedures for complex service-level departments. They have overall responsibility for planning, assessing, and evaluating programs to ensure proper coordination between care delivered by the service and the overall delivery of health care within the facility. Service chiefs make decisions that affect section or assistant chiefs (if applicable), clinical and clerical staff, and other resources associated with the department with great autonomy. Their responsibilities may include full responsibility for developing and directing educational and training programs; negotiating affiliation agreements with academic partners; setting training objectives; delegating responsibilities to subordinate section or assistant chiefs (if applicable); 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; assigning delineated clinical privileges; approving leave; and effecting all levels of disciplinary measures. Service chiefs exercise supervision, administrative management, and direction of both professional areas in a unified audiology and speech-language pathology service or equivalent service-level department in other rehabilitation areas. The following KSAs are required: A. Ability to supervise, motivate, and manage effectively a diverse clinical staff applicable to a service-level department in a large, complex, or multi-division facility; B. Skill in assessing qualifications and abilities of current and prospective employees; C. Ability to establish and monitor productivity standards and production and performance priorities; D. Ability to organize work, set priorities, delegate tasks and responsibilities; E. Ability to manage and direct the work of others to accomplish program goals and missions; F. Ability to accommodate to new and changing work conditions and contingencies, staffing; and G. Ability to translate management goals and objectives into well-coordinated and controlled service operations. References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G30 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS 14. Physical Requirements: VA Directive and Handbook 5019 ["For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity and range of variety and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time. Service chiefs at this level are responsible for managing a unified audiology and speech-language pathology service or equivalent organizational unit in a large, complex or multi-site medical center. They ensure that services provided are of high quality and are consistent with contemporary and evidence-based clinical practice. In providing direction for a specialized and complex service-level department, Service chiefs formulate objectives and priorities and implement plans consistent with the organization's long-term interest, capitalizing on opportunities and managing risks. Service chiefs must demonstrate active problem and conflict resolution skills and maintain effective interdepartmental relationships to accomplish the medical facility's mission and goals. Service chiefs manage budgets, determine resource needs, allocate resources and ensure appropriate service productivity, efficiency and cost-effectiveness. They perform supervisory duties such as preparing personnel actions, performance management; planning, scheduling and assigning work; managing leave; assessing competencies; appraising performance; and recommending clinical privileges or scope of practice. Service chiefs ensure orientation and training programs are established for staff development and oversee academic affiliations, internship and fellowship programs. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 7:00 am - 3:30 pm, 7:30 am - 4:00 pm, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is Not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 000000A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized PCS Appraised Value Offer (AVO): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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