Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Audiologist Academic/Education Coordinator in Boston, Massachusetts

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This position is located in the Audiology and Speech Pathology Service of the VA Boston Healthcare System/ Jamaica Plain Campus. The duties and responsibilities are carried out throughout the medical center including all clinical and patient care areas involved with the service. Incumbent is a licensed independent practitioner with special clinical program responsibilities. The incumbent at this level plans, conducts and coordinates all aspects of diagnostic evaluations in the treatment of hearing impairment or balance disorders. The incumbent at this grade level demonstrates professional knowledge of and skill in applying a wide range of theories, principles and methodologies in the practice of Audiology to the young adult through geriatric population. The incumbent considers the physical, cognitive and emotional needs of the patients. A more detailed description of the position is available in HR Management Service.

The VA Boston Healthcare System is the largest consolidated facility in VISN 1. It encompasses 3 main campuses and 5 outpatient clinics within a 40-mile radius of the greater Boston area. It is a general medical and surgical facility with both acute and long term care services. VA Boston is a teaching hospital classified as a Level 1A complexity facility, providing a full range of patient care services, with state-of-the-art technology as well as education and research. Comprehensive healthcare is provided through primary care and long-term care in the areas of polytrauma/TBI, geriatrics, dentistry, extended care, medicine, neurology, oncology, pharmacy, physical medicine, mental health, rehabilitation and surgery.

Work Schedule: Full-Time 7:30 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday at the Jamaica Plain Facility Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

NOTIFICATIONS: This position is an AFGE Bargaining Unit position This position is covered by locality-based comparability pay Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized Selectee may be required to work at any Boston Healthcare System campus, as needed Candidates who meet the qualification requirements within 15 calendar days following the closing date of the announcement will be considered This position is in the Excepted Service Permanent appointment and salary in this position is subject to review by the Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience.

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  • Maintains a database of all university of affiliates with their respective contacts including university accreditation information.
  • Possesses the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A) from ASHA and serves as the Point of Contact for all university matters including disciplinary and grading actions.
  • Develops and maintains an Audiology and Speech Pathology training handbook with the policies and procedures of the VABHCS and the ASP Service.
  • Develops and provides initial training program for all Audiology students and arranges training for Speech Pathology students.
  • Coordinates and mentors students to complete hearing screening exams for Police Boiler Plant and other employees as requested by Occupational Health Service.
  • Requests input from all staff on student progress and signs off on all clinic contact hours for students per affiliation (written, electronic TYPON system, or other applications).
  • Maintains contact with affiliate at least twice per semester (mid-term and final evaluations) and arranges for site visits from University affiliates as needed.
  • Complies student feedback by semester and provides the information to all staff members to include MSA?s, health technicians, Audiologists and Speech Pathologists.
  • Ensures all staff maintains their continuing education requirements and ASHA certification in order to supervise students.
  • Provides students with Balance, PTM, ABR referral criteria.
  • Meets quarterly with Service Chief to discuss issues or changes in student handbook, OAA requirements, or local Education requirements.
  • Determines student placement and documents on weekly schedule on the service Share Drive.
  • Prepares with the help of the Service Chief, the annual request for trainee funding to the Education Office, OAA.
  • Serves as the VA official for ASPS education and attends the monthly Education Meeting.
  • Responsible for appropriate TMS training for each resident.
  • Approves all leave requests for A+SP externs, fellows and residents.
Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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0665 Speech Pathology And Audiology

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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

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. * Education and Experience: Master's degree or its equivalent in audiology or hearing science from an accredited college or university is required. ["Accredited" means a college or university accredited by a regional accreditation organization and an audiology program recognized by the Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education (ACAE) and/or the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).] Completion of 1 year or professional experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, GS-12, directly related to the position being filled and must fully meet the KSAs at that level. * Licensure: The incumbent must hold a full, current, and unrestricted license in a State, Territory, Commonwealth, or the District of Columbia. * English Language Proficiency. Audiologists must be proficient in spoken and written English. * The incumbent is an advanced independent licensed practitioner. In addition to the duties required at the Full Performance Level, the Audiologist has special clinical program responsibilities to include coordinating all aspects of the student training program ensuring local, VISN, national and individual university affiliate guidelines are followed. The incumbent serves as the Academic Coordinator for a large cohort of Audiology and Speech Pathology externs, fellows and trainees totaling approximately 18-20 both paid from OAA and WOC from a large assortment of affiliates throughout the nation. Written narratives to KSA's required upon selection. a.] Advanced knowledge in a focused area of contemporary audiology practice. b.] Ability to articulate and communicate goals, objectives, and focused initiatives to an inter-disciplinary team, specialized clinical program, or subunit; as well as guiding the team members on work methods, practices and procedures. c.] Ability to monitor and evaluate the work of an inter-disciplinary team, specialized clinical program, or subunit; and to make adjustments in procedures or practices to accomplish the program goals. d.] Ability to serve as coach and facilitator in coordinating program or team initiatives and consensus building activities among clinical team members with widely divergent backgrounds, interests, and points of view.

References: VA Handbook 5005: PART II APPENDIX G29

This position is above the full performance level.

Physical Requirements:Incumbent's duties require sitting, walking, bending, carrying records or supplies and approximately six hours of using a video display screen daily. Capable of working under stressful conditions and yet maintain self-control and poise at all times.


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.

Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.

This position is covered by locality-based comparability pay.

Selectee may be required to work at any Boston Healthcare System campus, as needed.

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.

Narrative responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) will be required from the selectee in order to proceed with the appointment.

Time-in-Grade Restriction - Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements. The grade may have been in any occupation but must have been held in Federal service.

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.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.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.

NOTE: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and salary at which the candidate will be placed. For internal selectees eligible for promotion, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.

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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Required Documents

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

Resume SF-50

VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at:;=&Action;=Search. (May be required if selected)

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, documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).

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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 06/05/2018 to receive consideration.

  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.

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Richmond Ritterbush




VA Boston Healthcare System 940 Belmont Street Brockton, MA US

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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: 05/16/2018 to 06/05/2018

Salary: $96,411 to $125,335 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 13

Work schedule: Full-Time

Appointment type: Permanent