Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Audiologist in Richmond, Virginia

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
2 vacancies in the following location:
  • Richmond, VA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Tuesday 10/11/2016 (10 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 10/24/2016 (3 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):1822251 (Include on all documents)

OUR MISSIONTo fulfill President Lincoln's promise - "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. Not only is it the largest, most technically advanced integrated healthcare system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. Every job at the VA impacts the Veterans that we serve. You can be part of that team, helping to make sure that our Veterans receive the top-quality care they deserve. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans? For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to


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. Contact the Agency Contact on the last page of the JOA for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in the VA are covered by Title 38 and are not covered by the Schedule A appointing authority.


This position is located in the Audiology and Speech Pathology Service at the McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia. The duties and responsibilities are carried out throughout the medical center including all clinical and other patient care areas involved with the service. The audiologist at this level plans, conducts, and coordinates all aspects of diagnostic evaluation and treatment of hearing impairment and plans or coordinates diagnostic evaluation and treatment of balance disorders. The primary duty of the incumbent is to perform compensation and pension evaluations at the VA Medical Center in Richmond, VA. The incumbent is responsible for the full review of existing documentation, the performance of the examinations according to the established protocol and a rendering of opinion and report of findings through the established reporting systems designed for compensation and pension reports. Clinical duties and responsibilities include direct patient care involving a full range of audiology and balance evaluation and treatment services, including the selection and fitting of hearing aids and other amplification systems and devices, aural, (auditory) rehabilitation, and counseling of hearing impaired veterans and their families. The incumbent at this grade level must demonstrate professional knowledge and skill in applying a wide range of theories, principles and methodologies of the practice of audiology to a wide range of populations. At the GS-12 level the incumbent is an independent licensed practitioner and is considered to be at the full performance level.

  • Conducts plans and coordinates and evaluates all clinical and administrative aspects of a full range of services associated with contemporary audiology practice.
  • Identifies and evaluates individuals with hearing disorders in the reception and perception of speech, language and other acoustic signals to a full range of patient complexity
  • Administers a full range of audiological tests, evaluates the type and degree of hearing loss for patients who are unable to provide consistent and reliable reaction to diagnostics.
  • Plans, delivers and monitors the effectiveness and clinical outcomes of patient centered treatment and rehabilitation services for patients with significant physical and psychological complicating conditions.
  • Selects and fits all types of hearing aids; programs digital hearing aids; issues hearing protection devices for prevention of acoustic trauma for those individuals working in a noisy environment
  • Selects and fits assistive devices and assistive listening devices for personal and FM amplifiers, telephone amplifiers, radio or TV magnetic induction devices for special communication problems. Inspects, modifies and repairs amplification devices and ear molds.
  • Plans, conducts and coordinates auditory (aural) rehabilitation and tinnitus programs for patients. Designs patient-centered treatment plans to assist patient and care giver to maximize and restore to the greatest extent possible physical and social function. Monitors and conducts a comprehensive hearing conservation program for employees at risk for noise exposure
  • Incumbent serves as a consultant to other facility personnel involved in the most difficult and complex cases and is a recognized subject matter expert on matters relating to hearing tinnitus and balance disorders.
  • The incumbent will be responsible for supervising, evaluating, mentoring and precepting student trainees in audiology and maintains a liaison with affiliated colleges and universities. Also provides instruction to residents and interns who seek information related to audiology
  • Will remain current with new developments in audiology and will maintain professional competency by reading professional journals and engaging in continuing education activities and professional learning experiences and communicate with other professionals and related professions.
  • Communicates and attends regular staff meetings and inter-disciplinary health care team meetings as appropriates. Reviews policies and procedures and attends in service training.
  • Maintains and calibrates the specialized electro-acoustic instrumentation as well as the calibration instruments.
  • Will be available to participate in research activities pertinent to clinical audiology. Although limited research is conducted in the clinical setting, the use of carefully executed audio logic procedures may be part of a research design. The incumbent may be requested to assist in gathering clinical research data.
  • Performs ancillary assignments including program management duties on an occasional basis where the complexity and the amount of work are not substantial.
Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • English language proficiency required
  • Designated and-or random drug testing required
  • Background and-or security investigation required
  • Form 10-2850c (link in document)
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12.31/1959

Salary: The applicant's education and experience will be reviewed by the Audiology and Speech Pathology Professional Standards Board to determine the salary of the selectee. The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.

Work schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Status:Exempt

Supervisory Position:No

Bargaining Unit Position:Yes

Recruitment/Relocation Incentive: Are not authorized


*Citizenship: *Citizen of the United States

*Education: *Masters degree or its equivalent in audiology or hearing science from an accredited college or university is required. "Accredited" means a college or university accredited by a regional accreditation organization and an audiology program accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA).

*Note:: *Beginning on January 1, 2007 the Council on Academic Accreditation CAA) in Audiology and Speech-Language pathology of ASHA will accredit only doctoral degree programs in audiology or hearing science.

*Licensure: *Must hold a current and unrestricted license in a State, Territory, Commonwealth, or the District of Columbia.

*Note: *All audiologists who perform compensation and pension (C&P;) examinations are considered to be performing direct patient care duties, and must possess a full, current, and unrestricted license to practice audiology.The audiologist must maintain a full, current, and unrestricted licensure and registration.

English Language Proficiency:Audiologists must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d).

*Physical Requirements: *Applicants must be physically and mentally able to efficiently perform the essential functions of the position without hazard to themselves or others. Applicants for this position must pass a pre-employment physical.


In addition to the basic requirements the applicant must have completed 1 year of professional experience comparable to the next lower grade level (GS-11) and possess a full, current and unrestricted license to practice audiology. For positions involved in research audiology assignments involving no direct patient care, completion of a doctoral degree in audiology, hearing science or a related field id full qualifying. In addition the candidate must demonstrate the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities identified for the assignment which are:

  • Ability to develop coherent treatment strategies
  • Knowledge of clinical services and the ability to perform them independently
  • Ability to conduct assessments and provide treatment intervention
  • Ability to provide consultation to other health care professionals
  • Knowledge of contemporary audiology practice
  • Ability to perform functions associated with contemporary audiology scope of practice.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations in a professional, philanthropic, religious,spiritual, community, student or 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.

*References: *VA Handbook 5005/38, Part 11, Appendix G29

Note: 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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. * 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. *

*Physical Requirements: *The work is mostly sedentary and requires some standing, bending and carrying light items such as charts, papers, and books. Occasionally a piece of equipment may need to be moved. Also the incumbent may need to assist in the maneuvering of patients in wheelchairs and transferring of patients in a chair. A significant amount of walking is also required to interact with patients and other services. Position requires the incumbent to have the ability to physically examine the Outer and Middle ear visually as well as taking ear impressions for hearing aids. The Audiologist position requires standing, walking, bending, light to moderate lifting and positioning patients. This position requires lifting/carrying 20 lbs (1 hour per day); sitting (2 hours per day); standing (1 hour per day); walking (2 hrs per day); bending/stooping (half an hour per day); simple grasping (four hours per day); and fine manipulation including keyboarding (half an hour per day). Applicants must be physically and mentally able to efficiently perform the essential functions of the position without hazard to themselves or others.

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements. You will be notified by e-mail when this decision is made.


Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life.

Other Information

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

INTERCHANGE AGREEMENTS: To include Title 38 employees and others listed at the following internet address:

  • This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
  • Performance Based Interviewing (PBI) is utilized by our agency as part of the selection process. Please consult the website at for further information.
  • This announcement does not restrict managements right to consider or select applicants from any other recruitment source or sources such as reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, reinstatement, or special appointing authorities.
  • This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

Salary Range: $72,509.00 to $94,262.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0665-12/12

Promotion Potential: 12

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 453013200

Job Announcement Number: VHA-652-17-FLM-1822251