Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Lead Nuclear Medicine Technologist in Dallas, Texas

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Dallas, TX
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Wednesday 10/12/2016 (14 day(s) ago)

** Closes Tuesday 11/1/2016 (6 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1818748 (Please include on all documents)

VA North Texas Health Care System (VANTHCS) is the second largest and most complex VA system in the nation, comprised of the Dallas VA Medical Center, Sam Rayburn Memorial Veterans Center in Bonham, Fort Worth Outpatient Clinic and Tyler VA Primary Care Clinic. VANTHCS includes five Community-Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) locations as well as an annex clinic located three miles from Dallas VAMC. A Fisher House is located on campus at Dallas VAMC. VANTHCS is an integrated health care system with approximately 5,000 employees and over 1,600 volunteers and clinical trainees. Through these four facilities and relationships with other agencies, VANTHCS offers health care services to approximately 500,000 veterans.

Dallas VA Medical Center is the corporate headquarters for VANTHCS and serves as the tertiary referral center. Through its partnership with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, it also has emerged as a major teaching and medical research center. The Research Program operates $8.7 million in grants. Primary care and multi-specialty outpatient clinics are also provided, making VANTHCS the first in bed days of care, the second in unique Veterans served, and the second in outpatient visits. Dallas provides a variety of cultural and educational opportunities, affordable housing and is easily accessible nationally and internationally.

These vacancies are advertised at the range of grades covered by the VA qualifications standard. As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.


Lead Nuclear Medicine Technologist

The VANTHCS Nuclear Medicine Service Lead Nuclear Medicine Technologist for the Dallas VAMC has broad responsibility that includes technical operations management for a stand-alone, multi-accredited, complex Nuclear Medicine department that provides high quality advanced Molecular Imaging & Therapeutics patient care within a large 1A integrated Health Care System. The Lead NMT will be responsible for patient care coordination and scanner utilization management for both inpatient and outpatient procedures at the Dallas VAMC. The lead NMT will determine the timing and studies to be performed on specific scanners to optimize image quality, and ensure the right procedure is performed in the correct manner. The lead NMT will be responsible for overseeing safe receipt, handling, transport, usage and disposal of radioactive materials. It will be an expectation that the Lead NMT will provide technical quality assurance support, will assist in the development of internal clinical guidelines/protocols, ensure NMS staff and patient safety, operational effectiveness & efficiency, ensure a patient centric customer service focus, as well as establish and maintain performance improvement programs within the context of standing and planned external accreditation(s).

Salary to be determined by the Nuclear Medicine Technologist Professional Standards Board.

Recruitment/Relocation incentive is not authorized for this position.

Duty Hours: Monday-Friday 6:30 am - 3:00 pm, 7:00 am - 3:30 pm, OR 8:00am -4:30pm.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Subject to background/suitability investigation
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English

VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G19, Nuclear Medicine Technologist, GS-601QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated March 17, 2006,


a. Citizenship. Be a citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)

b. Certification. All applicants must be certified in nuclear medicine technology by the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB) or American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT). NMTCB or ARRT (N) certification eligibility requirements are normally satisfied by one of the following: graduation from an educational program in nuclear medicine technology accredited by the Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation; or national certification as a registered medical technologist or registered radiologic technologist; or a bachelor's or associate's degree in one of the physical or biological sciences, and 4 years of clinical NMT experience.

NOTE: Candidates who have obtained NMTCB or ARRT certification in nuclear medicine through methods other than those listed above meet minimum requirements for GS-5.

c. Exceptions. Non-certified applicants who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements for NMTCB or ARRT (N) certification may be given a temporary appointment as a graduate NMT under the authority of 38 U.S.C. § 7405 (a) (1) (D). Failure to obtain certification during that period is justification for termination of the temporary appointment. This may result in termination of employment.


Assignments. NMTs at this level may be senior-level practitioners in assigned areas, may be in lead positions, or may be encumbering a position that is supervisory in nature. 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.


Experience. Completion of 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level directly related to the position being filled, and must fully meet the KSAs at that level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the potential to acquire the following KSAs:

(b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

1. Ability to analyze consequences of improper packaging of radioactive material and take appropriate actions.

2. Ability to determine personnel needing personal monitoring devices, analyze personal monitoring results, and recommend corrective action, if needed.

3. Ability to analyze instances of increased radiation exposure levels and recommend measures to reduce.

4. Ability to calculate exposure rates.

5. Ability to properly document excessive radiation exposure.

6. Ability to develop new protocols for imaging procedures.

7. Skill in motivating and/or mentoring staff, if supervisory position.

8. Ability to develop continuing education standards, if supervisory position.

9. Skill in responding to any decrease in staffing or increase in workload involving all parties to restructure work assignments, if encumbering a supervisory position.

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: 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.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: (Failure to comply may be grounds for withdrawal of an offer of employment or dismissal after appointment)

  • Applicants must be citizens of the United States.

  • Applicants tentatively selected for certain designated positions may be subject to a random drug screening for illegal drug use. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment.

  • New Appointees will be subject to a background investigation to determine suitability. Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify at the time of appointment that they have registered with the Selective Service system or are exempt for having to do so under Selective Service law.

  • Applicants must not be listed on the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Inspector General Sanctions database.

  • Applicants selected for positions through this announcement may be subject to a one probationary period.

  • 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d) requires that persons appointed to direct patient-care positions must possess the required basic proficiency in spoken and written English.

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit

Physical Requirements:

Heavy Lifting (45 lbs and over); Heavy Carrying (45 lbs and over); Straight Pulling (up to 1 hour); Pushing (1 – 2 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (up to 3 hours); Standing (up to 3 hours); Repeated bending (up to 1 hour); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; Hearing (aid permitted). See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

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The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 90 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

Salary Range: $69,081.00 to $84,624.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0601-11/11

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 452574300

Job Announcement Number: AH-17-WMC-1818748-BU