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This position is located within the Audiology clinic; the responsibilities are carried out primarily in the Audiology Clinic in Superior, WI at the Twin Ports CBOC. The staff audiologist conducts a full range of audiological evaluations to determine the type and degree of hearing loss, the patients' need for amplification, predicts and measures the effectiveness of amplification, and determines type of rehabilitation and counseling for veterans and their families. Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. 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: Doctor of Audiology (AuD) from an audiology program recognized by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). The CAA is the only accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation to accredit entry-level audiology programs. HR office staff and management officials may verify the program accredited from CAA at www.caa.asha.org.; OR Other doctoral degree in hearing science or a directly related field from an institution accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the USDE. NOTE: Effective January 1, 2007, the CAA in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of ASHA accredits only doctoral degree or AuD programs in audiology. Licensure Individuals must hold a full, current and unrestricted license to practice audiology at the doctoral level in a United States state, territory, commonwealth or the District of Columbia. Failure to Obtain Licensure: In all cases, the graduate audiologists must actively pursue obtaining the required licensure from the date of their appointment. HR office staff will provide unlicensed audiologists with written requirements to obtain licensure, the date by which the license must be acquired and the consequences for not becoming licensed by the deadline. Written notices must be provided prior to the entrance on duty date. Failure to obtain the required credentials by the prescribed date will result in termination of employment. Loss of Credential. An employee in this occupation who fails to obtain licensure/certification/ registration within the required time frame, or who fails to maintain the required licensure/certification/ registration must be removed from the occupation, which may also result in termination of employment. English Language Proficiency: Audiologist candidates must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. § 7403(f). Grade Determinations: Audiologist, GS-12 Experience: In addition to the requirements at the GS-11 level, which are the basic requirements, completion of one year of professional experience comparable to the next lower grade level to include but not limited to: Knowledge of principles and techniques in the assessment and treatment of auditory and balance disorders; Ability to perform functions associated with contemporary audiology scope of practice as defined by the American Academy of Audiology or the ASHA; and Ability to interact with patients, families and other health care professionals. AND Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs): In addition to the KSAs required at the full performance level, the following KSAs are required: Skill in determining nature, type and severity of hearing/communication /vestibular disorders. Skill in counseling patients and family members regarding management of hearing/communication/vestibular disorders Ability to provide professional advice and consultation in areas related to professional audiology to other health care professionals. Ability to independently apply professional contemporary audiologic treatments to the full range of patient populations. References: VA Handbook 5005/38 Part II Appendix G-29 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. Physical Requirements: Light lifting (under 15lbs.), Light Carrying (under 15 lbs.), reaching above shoulder, use of fingers, walking, standing, hearing (Aid Permitted) ["Duties may include but are not limited to: Principal Duties and Responsibilities Uses a wide range of knowledge of, and skill in applying, a wide range of theories, principles and methodologies in the practice of audiology to a population consisting predominantly of adult males in all stages of adulthood; Identifies and evaluates individuals with hearing disorders in the reception and perception of speech, language and other acoustic signals. Evaluates the type and degree of hearing loss for patients who are unable to provide consistent and reliable reaction to diagnostics. Develops coherent treatment strategies; including the following: use of hearing aids; the selection of monaural, binaural or CROS hearing aids of particular type; the issuance of accessories (when necessary); recommendations for special ear molds made necessary because of allergic reactions, severe hearing loss or other reasons; recommendations for procurement of special instruments such as desk amplifiers, telephone amplifiers, radio or TV magnetic induction devices for special communication problems; routine hearing aid inspection and repair where indicated Has knowledge of clinical services and the ability to perform them independently Provides consultation to other health care professionals Demonstrates knowledge of the VA Audiology Compensation and Pension exam, and performs the exam according to established policy and procedure Demonstrates knowledge of contemporary audiology practice Education Assists in orientation and training of new staff Assists in the training and supervision of students, trainees, externs, and fellows, providing feedback on progress toward established educational goals. Keeps current with theory and practice through continuing education programs, journals, textbooks, and other literature, and in-service programs Provides patient and family education including informed consent Administrative Participates in developing guidelines and protocols, new patient programs, and evaluation of existing programs. Maintains patient records and other data required by the clinic, service, and medical center Participates in the evaluation of new audiologic equipment, with a focus on obtaining the best value, balancing quality, effectiveness and cost. Maintains supplies, equipment and clinical areas to optimize safety and efficiency May be requested to serve on service-level committees or task forces or to represent to service/section on medical center, network, or national committees. May perform ancillary assignments, including acting as \"chief of the day\" when supervisor is out of the clinic, and participating on interview panels when recruiting Audiologists. Work Schedule: Intermittent work schedule\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #: 000000\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required This position is a Temporary Position which can be terminated or made permanent at any time based on funding or the needs of the agency. **Applications will be reviewed on a bi-weekly basis until the closing date of this open continuous announcement, as long as vacancies exist.**"]
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Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.