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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Supply Technician in Spokane, Washington


This position is in the Medical Supply Distribution (MSD) areas of the Logistics Service, Supply Chain Management Service/Commodity Management (EX) at the Spokane Medical Center in Spokane, WA. The purpose of this position is to ensure that supplies and materials are distributed to all areas serviced by Logistics.


Major Duties: Maintains stock at primary and secondary inventory locations for all clinical and administrative services; Interacting with clinical and administrative customers to ensure issues and needs are identified and either resolved or escalated to supervisors or Inventory Management Specialists as needed; Maintaining records on stock levels; Monitors expiration dates; Performs daily inventory of primary and secondary inventory points; Distributes items and/or deliver supplies in a timely manner; Receives and unpack supplies and material into the VA Health Care System and supported catchment area. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday - 7:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Recruitment & Relocation Incentives: Not authorized

Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required


Conditions of Employment


To qualify for this position, you must meet one of the following minimum requirements: SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-4) that demonstrates your ability to perform the duties of a Supply Technician GS-5. Specialized experience includes: receiving, scanning, and storing supplies for clinical and administrative services; pulling and distributing stock materials; checking and replenishing stock inventory; maintaining records of stock levels; performing daily inventory of primary and secondary inventory points using bar coding equipment; utilizing standard stock rotation procedures and monitoring expiration dates; utilizing computerized systems to manage and track supply inventories; ensuring medical supplies delivered are in operational condition; and working knowledge of commonly used medical supply items. NOTE: Your experience must be fully documented in your resume and must include job title, duties, month and year start/end dates AND hours worked per week.


SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION: Successful completion of a four (4) year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree. This education must have been obtained in an accredited business or technical school, junior college, college or university for which high school graduation or the equivalent is the normal prerequisite. One year of full-time undergraduate study is defined as 30 semester hours, 45 quarter hours, or the equivalent in a college or university or at least 20 hours of classroom instruction per week for approximately 36 weeks in a business or technical school. NOTE: If you are using education to qualify, transcripts are required.


COMBINATION OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION: An equivalent combination of specialized experience and post high school education, as described above, that demonstrates your ability to perform the duties of this position. Only education in excess of the first 60 semester hours leading to a bachelor's degree is creditable. NOTE: If you are using a combination to qualify, you must document your experience in your resume and submit transcripts with your application. You will be rated on the following Competencies as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:

Attention to DetailCustomer ServiceReasoningTechnical CompetenceTechnology Application IMPORTANT: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. All experience listed on your resume must include the month and year start/end dates. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such 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; religious; 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. For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at


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

Physical Requirements: The work requires standing and walking during the entire workday, and frequent reaching, bending and lifting of supply packages (occasionally weighing as much as 50 pounds). Work requires pushing loaded carts of medical supplies (weighing in excess of 100+ pounds). With proper assistance, moves heavier items' weighing over 40 pounds.

Work is performed throughout the medical center and supported catchment areas, which includes wards, storage buildings, and warehouses that range from a clean environment to hot, cold, drafty, and poorly lighted. Possibility of trips, falls, scrapes, bruises, or injury are present in the day-to-day work. Work requires stocking supplies in the primary inventory area as well as numerous secondary inventory points throughout the hospital work area. Work requires maintaining a clean environment while performing tasks that can produce dust or other infectious pollutants while transitioning between environments. Supported units may be offsite requiring roundtrip travel time in excess of 90 minutes. Tours of duty may require afternoon, evening, and/or overnight shifts.

Receiving Service Credit for 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. Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities (i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities), and/or disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. For more information on how to apply using this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator within the office, contact the facility Human Resources Department at (509) 434-7000. It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. 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. The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.