Full Job Description
The Audiologist is assigned to an Ambulatory Care setting in the Public Health Department, Occupational Medicine Division, at the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (FHCC), in North Chicago, Illinois.
Provides audiometric testing, independent management and oversight of local HPR Programs and hearing loss prevention efforts.
Conducts technical surveys, program reviews, evaluations, and consultations dealing with occupational hearing loss, hearing protection, hearing conservation and environmental noise control/mitigation.
Provides data and reports to FHCC and local commands regarding HRP Program compliance, Significant Threshold Shifts (STS) rates, and other permanent program metrics.
Provides outreach prevention services and consultative support to FHCC and local/regional commands through ongoing work site visits and collaboration with line/tenant, industrial hygienist, occupational medicine specialist and safety managers.
Performs administrative, managerial and educational assist visits to audiometric test sites in the branch health clinics to ensure quality care and service, accurate test protocols and accurate/valid audiometric data collection.
Establishes and maintains a database registry of information related to noise and hearing measurement in order to permit accurate decisions related to resource allocation and effective hearing loss prevention measures.
Serves as a subject matter expert and advisor on matters concerning occupational hearing conservation.
Provides technical expertise to others on matters related to the operational aspects of hearing conservation.
Conducts a variety of hearing conservation training lectures and trains the trainer on various hearing loss prevention topics.
Conducts ear impressions and provides mold fitting and dispensing of custom hearing protection and communication devices.
Work Schedule: Full time: 7am to 3:30pm
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Job family (Series)
0665 Speech Pathology And Audiology
Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
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
Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met.
Citizenship: Citizen of the United States.
Education: Master's degree or its equivalent in audiology or hearing science from an accredited college or university is required.
Licensure: Full, current, and unrestricted license in a State, Territory, Commonwealth, or the District of Columbia
Grade Determinations: GS12
Licensure: Full, current, and unrestricted license in a State, Territory, Commonwealth, or the District of Columbia.
Education and Experience: In addition to the requirements at the GS-11 level (completion of 1 year of professional experience as an audiologist equivalent to the next lower level; or 3 years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a doctoral degree; or doctoral degree in audiology, hearing science, or a directly related field), completion of 1 year of professional experience comparable to the next lower level and possession of a full, current and unrestricted license to practice audiology.
The candidate must demonstrate the KSAs identified for the assignment:
Ability to develop coherent treatment strategies;
Knowledge of clinical services, and the ability to perform them independently;
Ability to conduct assessments and provide treatment interventions;
Ability to provide consultation to other health care professionals;
Knowledge of contemporary audiology practice; and
Ability to perform functions associated with contemporary audiology scope of practice.
References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G29, Audiologist Qualification Standard dated 08/24/2010.
Physical Requirements: Light lifting/carrying under 15 lbs.; reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; walking; standing; hearing aid permitted; mental & emotional stability; working around machinery.
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: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.
Receiving Service Credit or 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 employee's 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. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.
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.
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.
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.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk
Trust determination process
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search.
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/ Statement of Service
Disability Letter (Schedule A)
Disability Letter (VA)
SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
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 http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
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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This job is open to
U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.