Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Assistant Chief - Supervisory Medical Supply Technician (Sterile Processing) in Evansville, Indiana

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The Assistant Chief (Supervisory Medical Supply Technician) contributes to the oversight of supervision, administration, management and direction of the Sterile Processing Service. Oversees decontamination, sterilization and disposition of facility critical/semi-critical RME. Contributes to the utilization of resources and budget. Directs subordinate staff. Manages training and evaluation of staff.

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The Assistant Chief of SPS functions as a full assistant to the SPS Chief and is responsible for assisting in the formulation and administration of the SPS Program within Marion, IL VA HCS. Acts as the systems' wide Reusable Medical Equipment Coordinator and has a delegation of authority to act for the SPS Chief.

Makes initial studies, collaborates in planning, and coordinates policies, SOPs and programs.

Responsible for supervising the planning, directing and coordinating the complexities of a total reprocessing activity, including the administrative, SPS reprocessing of all critical instrumentation/RME and semi-critical RME, to include the aspects of SPS. Coordinates and integrates the functions of SPS with all other Medical Center activities. Monitors and evaluates the quality, safety, and appropriateness of SPS functions which could affect patient care and takes appropriate action based on evaluations and findings. Works other departments to resolve problems and/or areas of concern.

Assists the SPS Chief to forecast, organize, plan, and develop the management plan for SPS. Manages transport of contaminated critical and semi-critical RME, the decontamination and reprocessing. Assists with the management of SPS equipment to include maintaining SPS equipment, determining resource allocations to support clinical programs based upon demand, availability, known clinical acceptance and makes recommendations program elements affected by SPS, based upon cost analysis research and determined cost-effectiveness

Ensures all functionality checks are conducted on sterilization equipment and records of the testing are maintained in accordance with The Joint Commission, VHA Handbook 1116 and official Medical Center policy. Takes necessary steps to inform, advise, and recall products that do not conform to standard.

Ensures availability of reusable medical/surgical instrumentation needed. Responsible for investigating and analyzing unusual problems or questions. The employee's work directly affects patient care at the Medical Center.

Improves overall decontamination, cleaning, and sterile reprocessing of all critical and semi-critical reusable medical equipment. Develops standard operating procedures, resolving problems and implements new developments/technologies. Provides guidance and direction to staff on program requirements.

Work Schedule:8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Mon-Fri, with possibility of call-back. Fi*nancial Disclosure Report:* Not required

Travel Required

50% or less - With SPS at both the Marion VA Medical Center and the Evansville Healthcare Center (EHCC), the position will require frequent travel.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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0622 Medical Supply Aide And Technician

  • Requirements


Conditions of Employment
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • 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
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete a pre-employment physical.

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 03/08/2019. * THIS POSITION IS ABOVE THE FULL PERFORMANCE LEVEL. IN ADDITION TO MEETING THE BASIC EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE YOU MUST DOCUMENT EXPERIENCE THAT DETAILS one year of experience at the next lower grade level (GS-08) as well as the ability to perform the duties at the GS-09 level. 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. BASIC REQUIREMENTS: (1) Experience. Six months of experience that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work or provides an understanding of the work; or (2) Education. One year above high school that included at least 6 semester hours in health care related courses such as sterile processing, nursing assistant, hospital corpsman, and operating room and surgical technician courses or other courses related to the position; or (3) Experience/Education Combination. Equivalent combination of experience and education are qualifying for entry level for which both education and experience are acceptable.

GS-09 Supervisory Medical Supply Technician (Sterile Processing)- Assistant Chief

(a) Experience.One year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level. The candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: 1. Abilty to manage, interact and deal with individuals of varying backgrounds. 2. Ability to direct staff and manage tasks to be completed. 3. Ability to oversee and supervise all aspects of decontamination, preparation, sterilization,monitoring, and distribution of Reusable Medical Equipment. 4. Ability to perform a full range of supervisory duties, including assigning, planning and evaluating work, recommending awards, approving leave, identifying training needs, and resolving staff issues. This experience would be as a first-level supervisor responsible for the oversight of a group of MSTs, with administrative responsibility for planning and directing the work. Oversees attendance and leave, including approval of sick and annual leave and vacation schedules. Informs higher level management of anticipated vacancies or increases in workload.Recommends promotions, reassignments, recognition of superior performance, retention or release of probationary employees or other changes of assigned personnel. Holds corrective interviews with employees, referring disciplinary problems to higher levels of management. Resolves informal complaints of employees and deals with union representatives on personnel matters. Provides technical supervision necessary for accomplishing the work of the organizational unit.

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities.In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: 1. Ability to plan and project staffing needs and requirements. 2. Ability to manage, interact and deal with individuals of varying backgrounds. 3. Ability to manage, direct and adapt work to accomplish program goals and objectives, and meet new and changing program requirements. 4. Ability to develop and recommend new or revised policies that are consistent with organizational goals and objectives. 5. Ability to perform a full range of supervisory duties, including assigning, planning and evaluating work, recommending awards, approving leave, identifying training needs, and resolving staff issues. 6. Ability to evaluate new products and equipment, develop options, and make recommendations. 7. Ability to manage, interpret, and present fiscal data (i.e. fund controls, contracts and equipment/expenditures), forecast resource and equipment needs and administer an allocated budget.

References:VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-47

Physical Requirements: The work requires some walking and standing during a normal workday. Some heavy lifting may be required (e.g. carrying heavy items such as surgical instruments, breaking down supplies and carrying small boxes). Travel is required to seminars/conferences and other VA facilities as needed.The employee will routinely alternate between a contaminated and a carefully controlled clean environment. In both, the employee is required to wear special protective clothing, which is often uncomfortably warm and restrictive. If processing contaminated supplies, the employee must wear a hair cover, gloves, impervious gown and impervious shoe covers. The work area may be confining, hot and humid and the employee subject to falls from slipping on wet floors, burns from handling hot surgical trays, cuts associated with the handling of surgical instruments, and dermatitis from various cleaning agents used during disinfection procedures. Unpleasant odors are encountered frequently during the processing of items. The work area can be quite noisy due to the clatter of metal upon metal when working with instruments and trays, the rumble of carts, and the operations of sterilizing equipment, ultrasonic cleaners, and automatic transport systems. Work is performed in a Medical Center setting and involves regular and recurring exposure to contagious disease, to various hazards from processing equipment and exposure to exposure to extreme temperature changes.


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: 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:

Additional information

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

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

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

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.

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.


Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.**

RESUME REMINDER: Please include the following information for each position: Job title Month* & year start/end dates (e.g. June 2007 to April 2008)* Full-time or part-time status (include hours worked per week) Duties (be as detailed as possible) - HIGHLY SUGGESTED IS ANSWERING THE KSAs listed.

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.

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Security clearance


Drug test required


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Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • RESUME: Please include the following information for each position: Job title Month & year start/end dates (e.g. June 2007 to April 2008) Full-time or part-time status (include hours worked per week) Duties (be as detailed as possible) - HIGHLY SUGGESTED IS ANSWERING THE KSAs listed.

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), etc.

  • DD-214
  • HIGHLY SUGGESTED - Answers to KSAs
  • Other Veterans Document
  • Resume
  • SF-15
  • Transcript

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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How to Apply

All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the full questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 03/08/2019 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click

  1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.

NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

To verify your application is complete, log into your USA JOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process. To return to an incomplete application, log into your USA JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

NOTE: Participation in the seasonal influenza program is a condition of employment and a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). HCP are individuals who, during the influenza season, work in VHA locations where patients receive care or who come into contact with VA patients as part of their duties. VHA locations include, but are not limited to, VA hospitals and associated clinics, community living centers (CLCs), community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs), domiciliary units, Vet centers and VA-leased facilities. HCP include all VA licensed and unlicensed, clinical and administrative, paid and unpaid, full- and part-time employees, intermittent employees, fee basis employees, VA contractors, students, researchers, volunteers, and trainees who work at these facilities. HCPs that are unable to receive or otherwise decline a flu shot will be expected to wear a face mask throughout the influenza season.

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Agency contact information
Mary Haffey

618-997-5311 X55563




Marion VA Medical Center 2401 West Main Street Marion, IL 62959 US

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Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

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This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 02/08/2019 to 03/08/2019

Service: Excepted

Pay scale & grade: GS 9

Salary: $50,598 to $65,778 per year

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full-Time