Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Medical Instrument Technician (EEG) **AMENDED** in San Francisco, California

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • San Francisco, CA
Work Schedule is Intermittent - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Friday 4/8/2016 (199 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 12/30/2016 (67 day(s) away)

Job Overview

NOTE: AMENDED This announcement has been amended to reflect hourly salary rate.If you previously applied to this announcement, there is no need to reapply. You are welcome to update your application package, if you so choose, however. You may do so by returning to Application Manager as outlined in the "How To Apply" section of this announcement.**

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?

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

Established in 1934, the San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC) has a long history of conducting cutting edge research, establishing innovative medical programs, and providing compassionate care to Veterans. The Medical Center has 104 operating beds and a 120-bed Community Living Center. Primary and mental health care is provided at outpatient clinics in: Clearlake, Santa Rosa, Eureka, Ukiah, and San Bruno. There is a specialized homeless veteran's clinic in downtown San Francisco. More History can be found here:

The Greater Bay Area rated number one in 2012, this West Coast hot spot earned top scores in arts and music, as well as high rankings in number of homegrown sports heroes, well-educated residents, and healthy lifestyle and energy-efficient. This is a spectacular city, with such a charming atmosphere. You will delight your eyes with its unique and memorable beauty. Don't miss the opportunity to live in this wonderful city where you will never get bored!

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.


This is an Open Continuous Announcement. The initial cut-off date will be April 22, 2016.*After this date, eligible candidates will be reviewed and referred as additional vacancies occur; until vacancies are filled or until closing date of the announcement. The What Happens Next area of the announcement provides additional information on the referral process for this type of announcement.

The technologist operates and monitors neurodiagnostic equipment in the Neurodiagnostic Center at the San Francisco VAMC, VISN 21. The technologist independently performs routine and specialized electroencephalography (EEG) including awake, drowsy and asleep recordings, portable recordings, intensive care recordings, and electrocerebral silence recordings. Other duties include but not limited to:

  • Perform EEG during Wada testing.
  • Monitors and performs inpatient video electroencephalographic telemetry (VET) in epilepsy monitoring units (EMU).
  • Perform electrocorticography, both intra-operatively (IOM) and during invasive monitoring settings.
  • Work with nurse practitioners, residents, fellows, physicians and the medical director to plan and assist in the establishment of a completely integrated treatment and examination program.
  • Conduct routine maintenance and adjustment checks on the equipment.
  • Interpret testing data to provide information for medical or surgical staff during testing procedures.
  • Follow established laboratory protocol in performing standard and specialized EEG, NCV, IOM, EP, and VET.
  • Recognize life threatening or medical emergent patient situations and will take proper action to provide emergent care.
  • Schedule patients for procedures.
  • Complete proper electronic and written information for each procedure performe

Work Schedule: Intermittent. (hours are irregular and variable depending upon patient care needs.)

NOTE: Employees serving on an intermittent basis and hours will not exceed an average of 20 hours per week.

Functional Statement Title/#:Medical Instrument Technician (Electroencephalographic Technician, EEG)/000000

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.

Basic Requirements:

  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • English Language Proficiency. Medical Instrument Technicians must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II.
  • Education. There are no specific educational requirements for this occupation.
  • Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019

Preferred Experience:

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.

Certification. Registration by the American Board of Registration of EEG, CNIM & EP Technologists (ABRET) or the American Association of Electrodiagnostic Technologists (AEET) is highly desirable. Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certifications are also desirable for employees at this level.

Creditable Experience - Knowledge of Current Medical Instrument Technician Practices. To be creditable, the experience must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics associated with current Medical Instrument Technician practice appropriate to the identified specialty area. [Specialized developmental experience obtained under supervision of appropriately certified individuals may be credited at higher levels and is addressed in individual appendices.

Quality of Experience. Experience is only creditable if it is equivalent to at least the next lower grade level and is directly related to the position/specialty to be filled.

Part-time Experience. Part time experience is credited according to its relationship to a full time work week. For example, an individual employed 20 hours per week, or on a ½ time basis would receive one work week credit for each two weeks of service.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, includingvolunteer 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 criticalcompetencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training andexperience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifyingexperience, including volunteer experience.

Grade Determinations:In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the criteria discussed in the applicable headings, or that defined in the appendices, must be met when determining the grade of candidates.

Electroencephalograph (EEG) Technicians operate the electroencephalograph and other devices such as evoked potential equipment to record the electrical activity of the brain. Registration is offered by the American Board of Registration of EEG, CNIM & EP Technologists (ABRET) or the American Association of Electrodiagnostic Techs (AAET).

GS-09. In addition to the core competencies defined atthe GS-8 full performance level, positions at this grade may be lead,supervisory, or non-supervisory with specialized advanced knowledge andassignments.

Experience. At least 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level, which is directly related to the duties of the position to be filled, and must fully meet the KSAs at that level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSAs and the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs.

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities.

  1. Skill of performing and interpreting various neurodiagnostic tests.
  2. Ability to follow protocol to ensure quality and accuracy of various neurodiagnostic tests.
  3. Knowledge of a variety of neurodiagnostic equipment and ability to operate equipment independently.
  4. Ability to communicate in various forms with deverse population, including healthcare professionals and patients/caregivers.
  5. Ability to perform administrative and clerical functions as assigned.
  6. Knowledge of JCAHO and other regulatory requirements.

Assignments. 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.

References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G27. . This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

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.

Physical Requirements:The physical requirements for this position in accordance with HRML No. 05-12-02, Employment of People with Disabilities, Including Under Schedule A, 5 CFR 213.3102(u). Heavy lifting, heavy carrying, pushing, reaching above shoulder, use of fingers, both hands required, walking, standing, kneeling, climbing, both legs required, ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4, far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other, hearing (aid permitted).

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

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.


NOTE: This position is NOT eligible to accrue annual leave and sick leave.

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: $27.85 to $36.20 / Per Hour

Series & Grade: GS-0649-09/09

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 433463600

Job Announcement Number: NQ-16-PO-1653263-OCA