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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Supervisory Health Tech (Telehealth) in Seattle, Washington

Summary The Supervisory Health Technician (Clinical Telehealth) functions as the direct supervisor of a team of Health Technicians (Telehealth Clinical) and may also supervise other telehealth staff. The position provides high level support, training, and advanced management of telehealth operations and is typically stationed at a clinical care delivery site (VA Medical Center, CBOC, VA Outreach Clinic, etc.); with duties that may require travel. Responsibilities The Supervisory Health Technician (Telehealth Clinical) provides an array of complex and specialized duties related to direct supervision, leadership, staff education, technology management, as well as project and program management for all dimensions of virtual care and telehealth initiatives. Duties will include: Providing direct supervision to Telehealth team which includes assigning, amending or rejecting work. Ensuring production and accuracy requirements are met. Developing performance plans, recommending standards and ratings, and evaluating performance, making promotions, reassignment, and recognizing outstanding performance, responding to questions or matters not covered by standards and problems in meeting performance standards. Effecting corrective and disciplinary measures to address conduct and performance issues. Creating and modifying work schedules to meet anticipated and unanticipated changes in the workload. Overseeing attendance and reviewing and approving leave requests of direct reports while ensuring adequate staff is available to perform all needed telehealth duties. Providing guidance and technical direction relating to the telehealth program and relevant administrative matters to direct reports. Working with the Facility Telehealth Coordinator to develop assignments for team members in order to facilitate all operations of the facility's telehealth program. Distributing and balancing workload and tasks among employees in accordance with established workflow and/or job specialization and required rotations. Monitoring the status and progress of team members' work and directing adjustments in accordance with established priorities. Ensuring that instructions on work priorities, methods, deadlines and quality have been met. Ensuring that new employees (local and at the CBOC sites) receive on-the-job training to and are adequately instructed in specific tasks and job techniques. Ensuring that written instructions and reference materials are made available for use by team members in the accomplishment of tasks or projects. Collaborating with stakeholders to develop new programs and processes to ensure telehealth programs are meeting the strategic plans of the healthcare system. Identifying and recommending ways of eliminating, combining, simplifying procedures and processes of the telehealth program. Independently reviewing quality and performance data (e.g. patient satisfaction surveys, image quality, performance metrics, clinic wait times) for telehealth programs effectiveness and satisfaction and developing process improvements as required. Coordinating with vendors, Biomed and IT to upgrade and or replace telehealth technologies to minimize impact on patient care. Developing and coordinating a wide variety of standard operating procedures with full and complete technical advice to ensure telehealth operations are timely, efficient, and appropriate. Providing standardized developed competency-based training for telehealth technology, facilitating interactive simulations for clinical staff participating in Telehealth programs. Gathering, compiling and analyzing data and statistics to develop integrated reports designed to assess impact, demand and utilization of telehealth services for submission to facility and Veteran Integrated Service Network (VISN) leadership. Maintaining responsibility for registering and maintaining telehealth end points and scheduling of multi-point video conference calls in the Telepresence Management System or other similar application. Ensuring that standardized developed competency-based training in accordance with established Telehealth program policies and directives are provided to all telehealth staff and telehealth providers. Supporting designated, complex telehealth programs that require advanced technical skillsets. Preparing the clinical environment, which may include preparing medical and telecommunications equipment to be used for clinical examination and treatment. Serving as a telepresenter within scope of practice, during clinical video telehealth (CVT) and VVC encounters including tasks such as establishing and maintaining video conferencing connections, making introductions between patient site and provider site, following instructions of a clinician to facilitate an effective clinical encounter. Serving as an imager and data manager for store and forward telehealth (SFT) clinical encounters including tasks such as capturing images, collecting data and transmitting them electronically for clinical review in accordance with VHA national guidelines. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00AM-4:30PM Telework: Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required. Requirements Conditions of Employment You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job. All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959. Must be proficient in written and spoken English. You may be required to serve a probationary period. Subject to background/security investigation. Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process. Must pass pre-employment physical examination. Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program is a requirement for all Veterans Health Administration Health Care Personnel (HCP) - See "Additional Information" below for details. Qualifications To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement. 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. English Language Proficiency: A candidate will not be appointed under authority of 38 U.S.C. chapters 73 or 74, to serve in a direct patient-care capacity in VHA who is not proficient in written and spoken English. See chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, this part. Experience and Education: Experience: One year of experience in a health care field that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work or provides an understanding of the work such as but not limited to a medical or clinical assistant (or technician) or health technician. OR Education: Four academic years above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with courses related to the occupation (TRANSCRIPTS WITH CONFER DATE REQUIRED). OR Experience/Education Combination: Equivalent combination of experience and education are qualifying for entry level for which both education and experience are acceptable. Examples are listed below: Six months of experience in the health care field and two years of education above high school that included at least six semester hours in health care related courses such as, biological science, surgical technician courses, nursing assistant or other courses related to the position; or an associate's degree in a health care related field (TRANSCRIPTS WITH CONFER DATE REQUIRED); or Six months of experience in the health care field and successful completion of a course for health care technicians, hospital corpsmen, or medical service specialists given by the U.S. Armed Forces. 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). Grade Determinations: Supervisory Health Technician (Telehealth Clinical) GS-9 Experience: One year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: Ability to perform the full range of supervisory duties which includes responsibility for assignment of work to be performed, performance evaluations, selection of qualified staff, and recommendations of awards, advancements, and when appropriate disciplinary actions. Ability to plan, organize, and coordinate clinical workflow and set short and long-term goals for the program. Ability to work independently, to set priorities, delegate tasks, meet multiple deadlines, analyze organizational problems, and develop and implement effective solutions to optimize quality, efficiency, performance, and productivity within the service. Ability to develop policy, manage equipment requests, and provide workload analysis. Knowledge of all Connected Care programs and operations. References: VHA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G50, Qualifications for Health Technicians (Telehealth Clinical). The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-9. Physical Requirements: Heavy Lifting (45 lbs and over), moderate carrying (15-44 lbs), use of fingers, both hands required, walking (6 hours), standing (2 hours), repeated bending (6 hours), able to see computer screen, ability to distinguish basic colors, hearing without aid, working closely with others, working alone. Education 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 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. Selected applicants may qualify for credit toward annual leave accrual, based on prior work experience or military service experience. 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. 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. Pursuant to VHA Directive 1193.01, VHA health care personnel (HCP) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 subject to such accommodations as required by law (i.e., medical, religious or pregnancy). VHA HCPs do not include remote workers who only infrequently enter VHA locations. If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before your start date. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required accommodation from this requirement using the reasonable accommodation process. If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.