Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Registered Respiratory Therapist - Assistant Chief in Houston, Texas

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Assistant Chief. Serves as a full assistant to a chief or an organizational element involved in providing respiratory and related care as described below for the GS-11 grade. Occupies a position in the direct supervisory line and shares in, and assists the chief with respect to, all phases of the organization element's work.

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  • Evaluates and assigns work assignments to meet patient care needs.
  • Plans work schedules and operations making changes in the organization of work within allowable costs and established policies, expediting procedures and reports in a timely manner.
  • Analyzes work requirements and determines staff and resources needed to accomplish work.
  • Coordinate the efforts of Respiratory staff involved in the Sleep center.
  • Integrates all in-house respiratory related services involving bipap and cpap utilization to improve service outcomes.
  • Monitors and verifies all work performed by Respiratory Therapists is completed as ordered in a timely manner using direct observations and other quality measures.
  • Assists in the development and maintenance of up to date standard operating procedures for the Laboratory and ensures they are in compliance with accrediting agencies and other departmental or hospital policies and guidelines.
  • Approves or disapproves leave requested by Sleep staff as appropriate.
  • Ensures adequate patient care coverage for staff on leave.
  • Provides work schedule for all staff assigned to Sleep Lab.
  • Provides competency training for all Respiratory Care staff on an annual and as needed basis.
  • Works with the Chief and Medical Director to ensure the Sleep Lab meets all Joint Commission and other regulatory requirements.
  • Recommends and implements changes to improve in the timeliness and efficiency of delivery of Sleep related assessment and evaluations.
  • Promotes staff satisfaction and recommends special recognition awards where applicable.
  • Collaborates with Chief, Respiratory on all labor relations staff matters.
  • Recommends counseling and/or disciplinary actions involving key or other employees when appropriate
  • Responds to all patient or physician related service complaints.
  • Ensures all Sleep related policies and procedures meet Joint Commission or other regulatory requirements.
  • Evaluates and ensures the Sleep Lab has state of the art equipment to optimize patient care.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday (7:30-4:00 PM - 80 hours per pay period)* Alternate Weekends/Shifts as required * Fi*nancial Disclosure Report:* Not required

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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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

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. * Certification as a RRT from the NBRC (National Board for Respiratory Care) and a registry number, or a certificate from another body which the NBRC recognizes as its credentialing equivalent (Registry number and Certificate Required). * Physical Requirements: The candidate selected may need to successfully complete a pre-employment physical examination prior to appointment. * English Language Proficiency: Respiratory Therapists, appointed to direct patient-care position must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d). Preferred Experience: Registered Respiratory Therapist Strong administrative/supervisory experience Quality management experience Clinical patient care skills and experience Texas State License for Respiratory Care CPR Required

Assistant Chief. Serves as a full assistant to a chief or an organizational element involved in providing respiratory and related care as described below for the GS-11 grade. Occupies a position in the direct supervisory line and shares in, and assists the chief with respect to, all phases of the organization element's work.

Grade Determinations: GS-11. In addition to meeting the requirements for GS-10, candidates must have demonstrated the knowledge and ability to successfully assume supervisory duties and function in an assignment at the GS-11 level. Must have the ability to assume a high level of supervision of a large section and, as necessary, provide supervision to subordinate supervisors. Serves as a chief

of such an organizational element and has a high level of supervisory responsibility for at least 15 employees (full-time equivalent) whose work involves providing respiratory and related care. Typically, duties and responsibilities will include:

(1) In addition to planning work schedules and operations, makes changes in the organization of work within allowable costs and established policies. Has the authority to develop plans and schedules for guidance of subordinate supervisors and other subordinates for the accomplishment of work to meet program goals, objectives, and broad priorities established by higher levels of management. This includes carrying out such responsibilities as:

(a) Analyzing work requirements and determining staff and resources needed to accomplish work.

(b) Reviewing and analyzing records and reports of work production, costs, and equipment and staff resources used to evaluate progress and control or reduce costs. Reports progress and resolution of problems in achieving goals and objectives to higher levels of management.

(2) Assigns and explains work requirements relative to respiratory care for new requirements or changes, as well as existing progress. Resolves technical work problems not covered by precedents or established policies for nonroutine or complex procedures. Studies continuing problems on the quality and quantity of work and operating effectiveness and takes or recommends needed actions.

(3) Develops and updates guidelines and policies for nonroutine or complex assignments.

(4) In addition to the authority to initiate formal and follow-up actions for personnel functions, has authority to establish internal guidelines and approve, modify, or reject personnel actions of subordinate supervisors or employees. Typically the individual:

(a) Selects or contributes significantly to the selection of key employees (e.g. subordinate supervisors).

(b) Hears individuals or group grievances and employee complaints.

(c) Recommends disciplinary actions involving key or other employees.

(d) Approves, modifies, or rejects career development or training plans or requests, employee utilization requests, and similar matters.

(e) Approves, modifies, or rejects formal requests from subordinates for promotion, reassignment, status changes, awards, special advancements, selection, and the like.

(f) Prepares formal evaluations of the performance of key employees or other subordinates and reviews evaluations prepared by subordinates.

(g) Where applicable, deals with union stewards and others on personnel matters.

(5) Has substantial responsibility for planning and implementing educational programs for in-service and other personnel and respiratory therapy students who rotate through the health care facility.

(6) Is responsible for auditing respiratory care and initiating or recommending changes where indicated.

(7) May assist in or participate in approved research activities involving respiratory care.

References: VA Qualification Standard for Registered Respiratory Therapist, GS-601 as set forth in VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G11, dated April 15, 2002. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-11.

Physical Requirements: Work is primarily performed in patient care areas, inpatient and outpatient. Extensive interaction with patients, staff, physicians, family members, and visitors is involved. It may involve walking, standing, and bending, reaching and stretching to set-up and taking apart equipment, lifting and positioning patient and carrying, pushing or pulling moderate heavy objects (15-44 lbs.).


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

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.

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.

If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

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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 determine 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.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Drug test required


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Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • Resume
  • SF-50
  • Transcript

VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at:;=&Action;=Search. Required

Please provide a copy of your certification.

Provide a copy of your SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action" to indicate your federal status. You must also submit additional SF-50(s) to clearly demonstrate one year time-in-grade as required in the announcement. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate that you possess one year time-in-grade. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one year time-in-grade.

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, documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • SF-50
  • Transcript

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit

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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How to Apply

All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the full questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 10/26/2018 to receive consideration.

  1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.

NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

To verify your application is complete, log into your USA JOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process. To return to an incomplete application, log into your USA JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

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Agency contact information
Jessica Creal

713-791-1414 X25767




Michael E DeBakey VA Medical Center 2002 Holcombe Boulevard Houston, TX 77030 US

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Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

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The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 10/12/2018 to 10/26/2018

Service: Competitive

Pay scale & grade: GS 11

Salary: $69,904 to $90,878 per year

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full-Time