The Supervisory Biomedical Engineer advises the Associate Director and Director n all manners related to biomedical engineering. The incumbent leads a staff of 17 (1 Biomed Engineer and 16 Biomed Equipment Support Specialists) providing life cycle management of medical equipment, participation in reviewing equipment for purchase, etc. Duties involve developing and communicating policies and procedures, developing and training staff, and effectively communicating to achieve established goals.
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The Supervisory Biomedical Engineer actively supports the Associate Director by performing the following duties:
Serves as a technical advisor on the medical center's Equipment Committee. As part of a technical team, helps anticipate the development and future clinical use of diagnostic, therapeutic, analytic and imaging systems not yet on the market.
Must possess professional knowledge of biomedical engineering principles, procedures, standards, equipment, techniques and methods. The incumbent will develop the knowledge and gain experience through being associated with or working for a significant period of time in any one or combination of trades associated with biomedical equipment, to be able to determine material and equipment requirements, work sequences, etc.
Serves as part of a team within Engineering service responsible for the overall program of medical equipment management, including planning, selection, consultation, installation, application, and troubleshooting and repair of medical equipment and systems.
Responsible for chairing the Medical Equipment Management Committee; Joint Commission preparation; liaison with Maintenance & Repair; and Continuous Readiness.
Participates in the Patient Safety Committee. The incumbent presents information to the Committee, serves as a technical expert, and prepares risk analyses for implementing solutions to patient safety issues.
Assists in the coordination of purchase, planning, construction, installation, and in-service training stages of major biomedical instrumentation projects, such as Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories, Radiology suites, and Operative Care suites.
Mon-Fri 8:00AM - 4:30PM
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Job family (Series)
0858 Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
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.
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/or Experience. The individual must meet either item (1) or (2) below to meet this requirement:
(1) Bachelor's Degree or Higher in Engineering. To be creditable, the curriculum must be from a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), as a professional engineering curriculum. Examples of acceptable engineering degrees include: Biomedical Engineering, Clinical Engineering, Bioengineering, Biomechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Biochemical Engineering. Titles may vary from educational institutions and change over time.
(2) Certification as a Certified Clinical Engineer (CCE) and a bachelor's degree not listed in item 3.b.(1) above.
May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria).
Biomedical Engineering Degree
Experience in a hospital environment
Technical expert of medical equipment
Procurement experience in medical equipment
Supervisory Biomedical Engineer (Clinical), GS-14
Experience. Completion of at least one year of experience equivalent to the next lower level, and must fully meet the KSAs at that level. GS 13 level consists of:
Knowledge of the management of overall department resources, i.e. finances, space, equipment, supplies, and staffing at the local level
Ability to draft and/or recommend local policies and/or directives related to healthcare technology management
Ability to balance multiple responsibilities, set priorities, delegate tasks, meet multiple deadlines, analyze organizational problems, and develop and implement effective solutions
Ability to analyze organizational and operational problems to develop and implement solutions that result in efficient operations, and use data effectively to manage workload, quality, performance, and productivity within the area of responsibility
Skill in interpersonal relationships in leading and dealing with employees, team leaders, and managers, both within and outside the biomedical engineering program, to include conflict management, dispute resolution, mediation, or reasonable accommodations
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the biomedical engineer (clinical) must demonstrate all of the following KSAs:
Ability to manage overall department resources, i.e., finance, space, equipment, supplies, and staffing at a highly complex medical center or at the VISN level.
Ability to develop local or VISN policies and/or draft directives related to healthcare technology management.
Skill in balancing multiple responsibilities, setting priorities, delegating tasks and projects, meeting multiple deadlines, analyzing organizational problems, and developing and implementing effective solutions.
Ability to analyze complex organizational and operational problems to develop and implement solutions that result in efficient operations, and use data effectively to manage workload, quality, performance, and productivity within the area of responsibility.
Skill in interpersonal relationships leading and dealing with employees, team leaders, and managers, within and outside the biomedical engineering program, to include conflict management, dispute resolution, mediation, or reasonable accommodations.
Assignment. For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity (difficulty), range of variety, and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time. At this level, employees are supervisors and are at the facility, VISN, or National Program Office level. The supervisory biomedical engineer (clinical) is assigned overall biomedical engineering program management responsibility typically found at a university affiliated tertiary care facility (complexity level 1,) with one or more subordinate biomedical engineers. In this assignment, supervisory biomedical engineers at the facility level will have notable ongoing responsibilities, supporting VISN biomedical engineering initiatives, and/or notable ongoing responsibilities as assigned by the Healthcare Technology Management (HTM) Program Office. The range of supervisory responsibility includes development of performance standards and performance evaluations; recommendations for appointment; awards; advancements; and when appropriate, disciplinary actions and identification of continuing training needs, etc. At this level, the supervisor is responsible for the financial management of budget resources allocated to support quality assurance and maintenance/management activities necessary to assure the facility medical equipment inventory is available for patient care activities. The supervisory biomedical engineer (clinical) is responsible for compliance and reporting of medical device, cyber security, and isolation for facilities under their management oversight.
VA Handbook 5005/104 PART II APPENDIX G38
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Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk
Trust determination process
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Completed and signed VA 10-2850c
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DD-214/ Statement of Service
Disability Letter (VA)
Completed and signed VA 10-2850c
SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
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