Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Diagnostic Radiology-(Ultra-Sound) Technologist in McAllen, Texas

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

Opened Thursday 8/25/2016 (57 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 11/28/2016 (38 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1785655

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

The VATVCBHCS is comprised of the Corpus Christi Outpatient Clinic (CCOPC), Corpus Christi Specialty Clinic (CCSC), Harlingen Outpatient Clinic (HOPC), Health Care Center at Harlingen (HCC), Laredo Outpatient Clinic (LOPC), and McAllen Outpatient Clinic (MCOPC). The VATVCBHCS is an ambulatory health care system providing health care in medicine, surgery, psychiatry, and rehabilitation medicine. The VATVCBHCS also operates a 100-patient Home Based Primary Care program and a 200-patient Care Coordination Home Tele-Health Program. Through the utilization of inpatient/emergency department contracts, approximately 2600 inpatient admission and 5800 ER visits are managed by VATVCBHCS. Affiliated with the University of Texas Regional Academic Health Campus, the system has an active ambulatory care program and serves as a teaching and training site for medical residents. The VATVCBHCS is responsible for an enrollee population of over 30,000 veterans and 350,000 outpatient visits annually.


As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. 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 professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to **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.


As the Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist/ Ultrasound Technician you will be assigned to the VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System (TVCBHCS), in McAllen Out Patient Clinic. The incumbent will operate independently all sono-graphic and diagnostic radiology examinations.

Duties will include, but are not limited to:

  • Responsible for scheduling patients for examinations.

  • Evaluate the nature of critical and emergency procedures.

  • Must be competent in the production, use, recognition, and analysis of ultrasound images and patterns, used for patient diagnosis and treatment.

  • Knowledgeable of all ultrasound imaging, and interpretation of diagnostic imaging.

  • Advise the radiologist or referring physician of significant abnormalities that would require their immediate attention and visualization while the patient is undergoing examination.

  • Perform ultrasound examinations of abdomen, neck, chest, and extremities, retroperitoneal space for the purpose of acquiring high quality examination that assists in the diagnosis and treatment of patient medical disorders.

  • Responsible for participating in training of physicians, students and radiology technicians so that these individuals may acquire an understanding of the principles of ultrasound and how it relates to other diagnostic exams.

  • Perform procedures and examinations in hospitals or clinics under the direction of radiologist and other medical officers. Will be required to perform diagnostic radiographic examinations, and responsible to the radiologist and supervisor for the quality and quantity of radiographic exams performed in order to assure a high level of acceptability of radiographs while minimizing patient dosage.

  • Receive and interpret radiology requests, and input pertinent radiology information into the computer.

Note: This position may require occasional travel to provide adequate coverage at all our clinic locations, which include (Laredo out Patient, Laredo Specialty Clinic, McAllen out Patient Clinic, McAllen Specialty Clinic, Harlingen out Patient Clinic, Harlingen Health Care Clinic, Corpus Christi out Patient and Specialty Clinics.

Note: This is a Bargaining Unit Position.

Note: ARDMS Certification required.

Note: Vascular Certification-highly desired.

Note: Some travel may be required to meet patient care needs to the Harlingen Health Care Center, and for occasional training to meet Veterans Affairs guidelines.

Work Schedule: Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Functional Statement Title/#: Diagnostic Radiology/Ultra-Sound Technologist

Note: This is a Bargaining Unit Position.

*Note: Initial cut-off date September 16, 2016.*

Note:Applications will be referred as they are received, or as additional vacancies become available.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Certification-ARRT

Basic Requirements:

  • U.S. citizenship

  • E*ducation*-Completion of a full-time training course of at least 24 months duration (or equivalent) in a post-high school diagnostic radiologic technology program, evidenced by a certificate,


  • An associate's degree, accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology(JRCERT), and certification by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) in radiology.

  • Certification: Applicants must be certified in general radiologic technology by the American Registry of Radiology Technology (ARRT) (R).

  • English Language Proficiency Diagnostic Radiologic Technologists must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a

  • ARMDS Certification (Highly Desired)

Preferred Experience: Carry out assigned tasks independently. Ability to complete assignments, which include special and complex radiographic procedures.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

GRADE DETERMINATIONS: Diagnostic Radiology Technologist/Ultra-Sound Technologist GS-9

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 Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA's) at that level.

In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSA's and demonstrate the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSA's designated by an asterisk (*) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

*(1) Ability to balance the needs of the patients and staff while still performing complex scans and procedures.

(2) Skill to demonstrate appropriate techniques to gather relevant information from the medical record, significant others, and health care providers.

*(3) Ability to assess factors that may contraindicate the procedure.

(4) Knowledge of basic first aid and basic life support practices related to radiography.

(5) Knowledge of physical assessment, aseptic techniques, intravenous skills, and universal precautions.

(6) Knowledgeable in pre-procedural, procedural, and post-procedural care of patients.


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.

E*ducation:Completion of a full-time training course of at least 24 months duration (or equivalent) in a post-high school diagnostic radiologic technology program, evidenced by a certificate, *OR

An associate's degree, accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology(JRCERT), and certification by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) in radiology.

Physical Requirements: Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist-Ultra Sound Technician will require some walking, and standing to and from patient waiting rooms, light to moderate lifting/carrying under 15 pounds, reaching over shoulders, use of fingers, ability to distinguish basic colors, and shades of colors working around machinery, and moving objects/parts, working alone. Applicant must be physically and mentally able to perform efficiently the duties of the position.

Security Clearance


Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on “Application Status.” For a more detailed update of your status, click on “more information.” Information regarding applicant notification points can be found in the USAJobs Resource Center.

Applications of eligible candidates will be referred as they are received beginning on September 16, 2016. Referrals will continue until the vacancy is filled.


VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:

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.

Other Information

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

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: $48,968.00 to $63,654.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0647-09/09

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 448611900

Job Announcement Number: VCB-16-AO-1785655-BU-OCA