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Supervisory Biomedical Engineer (Section Chief)

Company: Department of Veterans Affairs
Location: Huntington
Posted on: June 7, 2021

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Summary

The incumbent has full responsibility for all aspects of a complex Biomedical Engineering program. Incumbent is a key advisor to the Chief Engineer and shares with other Executive Management Staff members' responsibility for total Medical Center planning, programming, and budgeting with respect to biomedical engineering.

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Responsibilities

Primary Functions

Managing the medical equipment management program. Ensuring that medical equipment is safe for patients and staff, reliable in its results, and experiences minimal downtime.

Performing as a working Biomedical Engineer and having full administrative and professional oversight and supervision of the Biomedical Engineering Section. Supervising (5) GS-11 Biomedical Equipment Support Specialists, (2) GS-12 Biomedical Equipment Support Specialists, and (1) GS-12 Supervisory Biomedical Equipment Support Specialist. Providing the associated supervisory functions such as recruiting, orientation, duty assignments, and performance management.

Administrative Purpose

Responsible for the maintenance of and accountability/documentation of all intermittent maintenance repairs, preventative maintenance, and contract completion records. Ensuring this comprehensive medical equipment inventory in compliance with all Joint Commission, OIG, CAP, NFPA, etc., Medical Equipment Management Program standards, directives and requirements.

Developing the work performance specifications for a variety of service contractors. Using subordinates as appropriate, the incumbent is responsible to monitor the work of service contractors.

Manages the technical response to equipment-related incidents that occur. This includes immediate documentation, chain of custody, staff interviews, communications with medical staff, management, and Regional Counsel. Occasionally, such an incident is of the magnitude to necessitate national Alerts on the subject, and the incumbent and other biomedical engineering staff participate in drafting these Alerts.

Trains technical and clinical staff on specific subjects.

Functions as a contracting officer representative and keeps appropriate certification levels.

Information Technology and Infrastructure

Developing and implementing physiological monitoring, automation in clinical laboratories, patient resuscitation, computer applications in biomedicine and medical information systems, patient security and alarm systems, etc.

Establishing controls and procedures and monitoring implementation to assure that all electronic devices and systems, and computers related to patient care equipment are utilized efficiently and safely. Observing and critiquing the use of these devices. Evaluating the patient safety features of electrical equipment and oversees the patient electrical safety program for the medical center.

Ensuring that HIPAA and network security issues are managed effectively for medical systems. This includes very substantial pre-purchase planning in coordination with the IT department and an equally large commitment of resources for installation of these networked systems. Documentation of such systems including details such as backup, disaster recovery, security, etc. is also difficult in scope but critical to management of the networked systems.

Memberships

Participating as a member of the VISN 5 Biomedical Engineering Committee. At the medical center, the incumbent actively participates with the Reusable Medical Equipment (RME) committee, the Environment of Care (EOC) committee, Commodities, Pre-Procurement and Equipment Committees.

Managing medical equipment recall and hazard alert programs.

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Recruitment/Relocation Incentive may be authorized for highly qualified applicants

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

None

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0858 Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering

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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

Qualifications

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.

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.
  • 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. Titles may vary from educational institutions and change over time.
  • OR, Certification as a Certified Clinical Engineer (CCE) and a bachelor's degree not listed in item above.
  • Grandfathering Provision. All persons employed in VHA in this occupation, on the effective date of this qualification standard, are considered to have met all qualification requirements for the title, series and grade held, including positive education, and/or certification/registration that are part of the basic requirements of the occupation. For employees who do not meet all the basic requirements in this standard, but who met the qualifications applicable to the position at the time they were appointed.
  • English Language Proficiency. Biomedical Engineers must be proficient in spoken and written English.

Grade Determinations: Supervisory Biomedical Engineer (Clinical), GS-13

  • Experience. Completion of at least one year of experience equivalent to the next lower level, and must fully meet the KSAs at that level. This experience includes but is not limited to the following: Working under general supervision, with wide latitude to exercise independent judgment. Drawing upon extended professional and technical experience, demonstrating an intimate understanding of complex clinical and biomedical subject matter. Serving as institutional resources, working extensively with clinical stakeholders, supporting clinical services by leading market research, technology assessments, integration planning, and implementation of both current and emerging medical technologies. Sharing responsibility for managing the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), network security issues for medical systems, and the information communicated across these systems. As a Biomedical Engineers at the GS-12 grade level you would have further supported the clinical mission by contributing to the continuing education program for clinical staff, helping ensure safe and efficient healthcare delivery. At the GS-12 grade level, you would have supported the institution by assisting with capital asset and infrastructure planning, to help ensure successful strategic planning. You may have collaborated frequently with contracting to execute judicious healthcare technology procurements. Within the Biomedical Engineering Department, you would have provided leadership that ensured high quality and responsive customer service as an integral component of biomedical engineering service delivery. You are an highly effective communicator, capable of serving as subject matter experts directly supporting the life cycle management of clinical technology, to include ongoing service, system administration, training, and quality assurance. At the GS12 level you could have assisted in clinical research projects in the biomedical engineering field.
  • Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs). In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs:
  • Knowledge of the management of overall department resources, i.e., finances, space, equipment, supplies, and staffing at the local level.
  • Ability to draft and/or recommend local policies and/or directives related to healthcare technology management.
  • Ability to balance multiple responsibilities, set priorities, delegate tasks, meet multiple deadlines, analyze organizational problems, and develop and implement effective solutions.
  • 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.
  • 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.

References: VA Handbook 5005/15, Appendix G38, Biomedical Engineer Qualification Standard. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13.

Physical Requirements: Applicants must be physically able to perform the duties of the position. The basis on which agencies may establish specific medical standards or physical requirements is discussed in 5 CFR 339. A physical condition or impairment may be disqualifying for employment only if there is a direct relationship between the condition and the nature of the duties of the specific position being filled. The physical requirements for the position are: considerable and strenuous physical exertion, lifting heavy objects over 50 pounds, crouching or crawling in restricted areas. Incumbents in this position may be subject to placement in the asbestos medical surveillance program.

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: 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.

Keywords: Department of Veterans Affairs, Huntington , Supervisory Biomedical Engineer (Section Chief), Other , Huntington, West Virginia

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