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Med Inst Tech (Lead Ultrasound Technologist)

Company: Department of Veterans Affairs
Location: North Chicago
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

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Under the general direction of the Supervisor and Chief of Imaging, the Ultrasound Supervisor directs assists, oversees plans and develops activities for the U/S section of the Imaging Department. Ultrasound operates multiple state-of-the-art ultrasound units located in Main Imaging and Woman's Imaging. The Ultrasound section operates Mon-Fri from 0800-midnight, but plans are for 24/7 coverage.

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Please Note: Veterans Preference applies to this announcement. If you are a current permanent VA or Federal employee and you qualify to apply for this position, please apply to job announcement NC-11073573-21-LB.

Also Note: VA and Federal employees that apply to announcement NC-11073573-21-LB have first consideration for this position.

Major Duties:

1.The U/S Supervisor has a complete and thorough working knowledge of all functions under his/her purview and can direct and/or operate all the diagnostic specialties to assure its many activities and to provide efficient patient care. The supervisory area of responsibility encompasses U/S section of Imaging.

2.The incumbent is given general guidelines and directions from the Imaging Supervisor and Imaging Chief and is expected to function with initiative and independent judgment in his or her sphere of responsibilities.

3.A principal role is performing the Annual Performance Appraisals for both the assigned technical and clerical personnel. Incumbent will monitor and evaluate Lead technologists (if applicable) and subordinate employee's performance.

4.The incumbent assures that the Ultrasound section has appropriate coverage in their section. Approves/disapproves all overtime and leave requests, ensuring proper coverage for the assigned sections is available. Oversees established holiday assignment roster, and assures coverage in the each section is properly assigned.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 7:00am - 3:30pm

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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0649 Medical Instrument Technician

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Conditions of Employment

  • 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:

  • Citizenship: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • Education: There are no specific educational requirements for this occupation.
  • Licensure or Certification: Licensure or Certification is not required for this occupation; however, it is strongly desirable at GS-6 or above as evidence of possession of the essential knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  • English Language Proficiency: Must be proficient in spoken and written English.

May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria).

Grade Determinations:

Experience: Must possess at least 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level, GS 8, which is directly related to the duties of the position to be filled, and must fully meet the KSAs at that level. This would be specialized experience which demonstrates possession of the knowledge required in order to provide all aspects of diagnostic ultrasonography services. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSAs and the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*):

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  1. Knowledge of the more complex examination and treatment procedures and techniques in order to provide training and supervision in these procedures, to evaluate and initiate performance improvement projects, and to write policies, procedures, and protocols that pertain to diagnostic ultrasonography.

  2. Knowledge of JCAHO and other regulatory requirements.

  3. Ability to communicate effectively and professionally with employees at varying grade levels.

  4. Ability to manage and supervise employees.

  5. Ability to provide, or provide for, staff development and training.

Certification. Registration by Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) or by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) is highly desirable. Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certifications are also desirable.

References: VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G27, Medical Instrument Technician Qualification Standards. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-8. The actual grade at which an applicant will be selected for this vacancy is GS-9.

Physical Requirements: The work requires standing or walking for a major portion of the work day. The walking will often require carrying supplies or pushing carts and equipment. Standing will require holding patients or stocking supplies. This may occupy half of the work day and will hence be considered demanding physical activity. A certain mechanical dexterity is required in the replacement of parts and the repair of equipment to restore or maintain operability after faults are identified.


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.

Keywords: Department of Veterans Affairs, Waukegan , Med Inst Tech (Lead Ultrasound Technologist), Other , North Chicago, Illinois

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