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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Registered Respiratory Therapist (Assistant Chief Respiratory Therapy) in Columbia, South Carolina


The Assistant Chief of Respiratory Care/Pulmonary Function Lab, will function as overall supervisor of the Respiratory Care when needed. He/she is responsible for all employees assigned to the department and all therapy in the assigned areas of the Medical Center. The Assistant Chief's work will be evaluated by the Chief Respiratory Therapist of the Respiratory Care Department on an annual basis.



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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. Registered Respiratory Therapist. Has a certificate as an 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. This includes registration based on either: (1) Having fulfilled the requirements and passed the registry examination administered by the NBRC since 1983, or(2) Having fulfilled the requirements and passed the registry examination for a registered inhalation or respiratory therapist administered by the (1) National Board for Respiratory Therapy from July 1974 through 1982 or (2) American Registry of Inhalation Therapists from 1961 through June 1974. Physical Standards. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019. English Language Proficiency. RRTs appointed to direct patient-care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d). Preferred Experience: At least 3 years of experience as a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT). Grade Determinations: GS-10. In addition to meeting the requirement for GS-9, candidates must have had at least 1 additional year of successful and progressively responsible experience in which the candidate demonstrated the ability to assume supervisory duties and function in an assignment at the GS-10 level. Serves as: 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. 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 Handbook 5005 Part II Appendix G11, Registered Respiratory Therapist Qualification Standard. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-10. Physical Requirements: Walking (up to 1 hour); Standing (up to 2 hours); Repeated bending (up to 1 hour).



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