This position will serve as the Chief, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) Service at the VA Western Colorado Health Care System which includes oversight, planning and development of all Service functions and programs. This facility is a level 3 complexity facility servicing one of the largest geographical catchment areas in the United States. As Chief, the incumbent will plan, direct, and coordinate all aspects of a multifaceted, complex service. *** This is an OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT and will remain open until June 30, 2023. The initial cutoff date for referral of eligible applications will be February 16, 2023. Eligible applications received after that date will be referred at regular intervals or as additional vacancies occur on an as needed basis until positions are filled. *** 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. English Language Proficiency Audiologists must be proficient in spoken and written English. 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 and one year of creditable experience. OR A doctoral degree in speech-language pathology, communication disorders and sciences or a related field, from an accredited college or university. OR Foreign Education To be creditable, education completed outside the U.S. must have been submitted to a private organization specializing in the interpretation of foreign educational credentials. Such education must have been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. programs. Licensure Incumbent must hold a full, current, and unrestricted license in a State, Territory, Commonwealth, or the District of Columbia. Speech-Language Pathologists must maintain full, current, and unrestricted licensure/registration. Grade Determinations: Experience Completion of 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-13) directly related to the position being filled, and must fully meet the KSAs at that level. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills and Abilities-KSAs In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: 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. Skill in assessing qualifications and abilities of current and prospective employees. Ability to establish and monitor productivity standards and production and performance priorities. Ability to organize work, set priorities, delegate tasks and responsibilities. Ability to manage and direct the work of others to accomplish program goals and missions. Ability to accommodate to new and changing work conditions and contingencies, and staffing. Ability to translate management goals and objectives into well-coordinated and controlled service operations. Preferred Experience: Minimum 2 years of leadership experience, experience working in multi-disciplinary Physical Rehabilitation environment, VA or Federal experience, evidence of education related to health care leadership/management, and years of professional experience (adult population). References: VA Handbook 5005/39, Part II, Appendix G30; VA Handbook 5005/153, Part II, Appendix G30 Physical Requirements: This position requires potentially extended periods of continued walking, standing, and sitting. ["Speech Pathologist-Chief, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service Performs as the expert on administrative and clinical policies and requirements for the Service. Evaluates and monitors administrative and clinical activities and acts independently or makes substantive recommendations to the Executive Leadership Team to make Service improvements. Provides expert advice and technical assistance to Medical Center managers at all levels and supervisors and team leaders within the Service in a wide variety of areas, clinical and administrative, related to the Service. Directs the personnel management program for PM&R Service, performing or overseeing the full range of human resources requirements. Functions as a Service leader with overall project responsibility as the primary Service representative for the Medical Center to redistribute the workforce, positions, and sections of the Service to comply with legislative or regulatory changes impacting the mission and goals of the Medical Center, VISN 19, National PM&R Program Office and VHA. Arranges for and participates in annual goal-setting/strategic planning sessions, coordinates the development of the final operating plan, and conducts continuing evaluations at the Service level as well as the Medical Center, VISN, and national levels as it relates to the activities of the Service addressing patient care delivery systems, facilities management, system reorganizations or other issues and initiatives. Provides for the budgeting and financial management for the Service. Performs as an expert in budgeting and financial management for the Service and for the Medical Center as it relates to Service programs. Manages procurement and contracting for the Service and the Medical Center in projects related to the Service. Determines when contract termination is warranted and initiates action as appropriate with the accountable Contracting Officer. Serves as the official PM&R Service consultant to all other Medical Center services/departments and provides expert advice and technical assistance to entities outside the Medical Center including those within VISN 19 and at the national level on matters related to PM&R in the various roles in which the incumbent serves. Communicates effectively verbally and in written correspondence with employees and customers at all levels of the Service and Medical Center; Medical Center peers and superiors; individuals at the VISN, National PM&R Program Office as well as other Central Office level contacts; and stakeholders. Serves as first or second line supervisor to individuals in the Service to include, physicians, other providers, nurses, therapists, therapy assistants, therapy aides, administrative officer, medical support assistants and other Service staff. Oversees the work of Service employees and ensures the accuracy of reports submitted by supervisors and team leaders. Identifies and implements opportunities for improvement and ensures Service compliance with clinical and other standards based upon professional journal/literature reviews, Medical Center policies, VHA Directives, Clinical Practice Guidelines and other applicable documents. Assists Service supervisors and team leaders in implementing actions designed to improve administrative and clinical operations or resources. Has advanced knowledge in rehabilitative sciences, services, and care provision and the ability to translate this knowledge across disciplines supervised as well as into useful policy. Has advanced knowledge in evidence-based practices and clinical practice guidelines in all clinical areas supervised and the ability to use these resources to guide staff in providing clinically appropriate treatment interventions. Ensures each of the special program teams, Polytrauma/Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Spinal Cord Injury (SCI), and Amputation comply with Medical Center, VISN 19, National PM&R Program Office and VHA mission, goals, directives, practice guidelines and associated requirements. Ensures the Medical Center meets other performance measures directly affected by the Service including those related to traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury and other programs which affect both the Medical Center and the VISN. Selects and recommends members of professional qualifications standards boards for therapy positions to the Medical Center Director and oversees the actions of applicable boards and determines when boards are convened for action. Resolves individual and group employee and customer grievances and conflicts at all levels of the Service and Medical Center. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 07:30am-4:00pm Compressed/Flexible: Flexible Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 54305-O Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Authorized EDRP Authorized: Contact Gina.Hammer@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance. Learn more Financial Disclosure Report: Not required."]
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