The Supervisory Biomedical Engineer leads the medical center biomedical engineering section at the Syracuse VA Medical Center, in Syracuse NY. The incumbent performs as a working supervisor in full charge of the Biomedical Engineering Section and as such has responsibility to maintain and implement the Healthcare Technology Management Program that meets or exceeds the Joint Commission, NFPA, OIG, FDA.
Recruitment or Relocation Incentive may be authorized for a highly-qualified candidate.
Plans and schedules work to accomplished by subordinates, sets and adjusts short-term priorities
Assigns work in consideration of employee skills and mission requirements
Responsible for the management of technology life cycles, management of the recall and alert program for medical devices, investigation of medical device hazards and incidents, the acquisition and implementation of new medical technologies
Responsible for communication, project coordination and committee memberships as it pertains to Biomedical Engineering at the facility, VISN and national level
Develops performance standards and rates subordinates' performance
Advises employees on work and administrative matters
Implements methods and procedures to improve organizational performance
Identifies and provides for employee training and development
Recommends selection of candidates for positions; recommends position structure changes
Takes disciplinary actions and hears and resolves formal employee complaints and grievances as delegated by higher level management
Assesses and revises policies and procedures as needed to find ways to improve quality, timeliness, and efficiency of work
Plan work to be accomplished by subordinates, and prepares schedules of completion of work
Assign work to subordinates based on priorities, selective consideration of the difficulty and requirements of assignments, and the capabilities of employees; evaluate work performance of subordinates
Interviews candidates for positions in the unit.
Recommend appointments, promotions, or reassignments to such positions
Identify developmental training needs of employees, providing or arranging for needed development and training
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
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
***This position includes a Selective Placement Factor (skill, knowledge, ability or other worker characteristic basic to - and essential for - satisfactory performance of the job). Selective Placement Factors are a prerequisite to appointment and represent minimum requirements for a position. Applicants who do not meet it are ineligible for further consideration.
The Selective Placement Factor for this position is: " The applicant must possess a B.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering or higher.
Work Schedule: M-F, 8am-4:30pm
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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:
(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. Title may vary from educational institutions and change over time.
Certification as Certified Clinical Engineer (CCE) and a bachelor's degree not listed in item 3.b.(1) above.
Physical Requirements: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019, Employee Occupational Health Service.
English Language Proficiency. Biomedical engineers must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, this part.
References: Input applicable VA Handbook 5005 reference and appropriate VA Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office. VA HANDBOOK 5005/15 MARCH 17, 2006 PART II APPENDIX G38.
Preferred Experience: The candidate should possess 2-3 years of experience in the Healthcare industry.
Grade Requirements: Must have at least one year of experience equivalent to the next lower level. Experience would include, but is not limited, to the following: Conducting a medical equipment management [or biomedical research program that is compliant with applicable healthcare standards and regulatory agencies, develop a curriculum for a continuing education program, that address the safe and effective use of medical technology, and/or research devices, manage a recall and safety alert program for medical devices, including medical device hazard investigations, to assure compliance with patient safety goals, SMDA, and [TJC] requirements, conduct capital asset and infrastructure planning for medical equipment spanning initial concept, installation, and effective implementation of complex medical equipment, function as the subject matter expert in the field of biomedical engineering, directly supporting specialized clinical technology, including service, system administration, training, quality assurance, and life-cycle management, effectively advise clinical and administrative staff on medical technology, including existing and emerging technology, which addresses viability, long-term suitability, compatibility, and/or safety, knowledge of concepts related to computer based medical systems, networking protocols, and information security as it applies to medical technology within VHA, communicating and working collaboratively with key stakeholders, including technical and professional staff at various levels of the organization and applying project management principles to deployment of medical equipment and health information technologies.
In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs:
i. Knowledge of the management of overall department resources, i.e., finances, space, equipment, supplies, and staffing at the local level.
ii. Ability to draft and/or recommend local policies and/or directives related to healthcare technology management.
iii. Ability to balance multiple responsibilities, set priorities, delegate tasks, meet multiple deadlines, analyze organizational problems, and develop and implement effective solutions.
iv. 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.
v. 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.
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.
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.
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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.
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 recommend 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.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
VHA 2850c Apllication For Associated Health Occupations
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)
VHA 2850c Apllication For Associated Health Occupations
Proof of Enrollment
Proof of Marriage Status
Separation Notice (RIF)
SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
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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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