Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Supervisory Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (Assistant Chief) - External in Boston, Massachusetts

Job Overview

Job Overview

SERVICE:Radiology Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1997365



OUR MISSION:To 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. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care 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. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to

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.**

WHO MAY APPLY:All U.S. Citizens & Current, permanent federal employees of other agencies If you are a current permanent VA nationwide employees, should apply under RS-17-SL-1997434.


The Radiology Service has an opening for an Assistant Chief Technologist in the Diagnostic Imaging Department in West Roxbury, MA. He/She will work in conjunction with the other Chief Technologists and have full supervisory responsibilities in the respective modalities for technical aspects and patient care functions which could include the following modalitiles general radiography, CT, MRI, Ultrasound, and Interventional Radiology sections. Major duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • The incumbent provides direction to personnel in managing their respective sections and offers advice and guidance in handling unique problems.
  • Ensures the monitoring of all activities within the radiology sections and takes appropriate action as required in order to insure their efficient and effective operation.
  • Advises employees of performance requirements and keeps them informed of their progress in meeting these requirements. Holds corrective interviews with employees regarding inadequate performance or conduct.
  • Participates in the management of human resources for the department including selection, promotion, performance appraisal, and award and promotion systems.
  • Regularly sets objectives for self, staff and the department, monitors and evaluates objectives in order to use time effectively and meet deadlines.
  • Deals with the union representatives on matters involving action by an immediate supervisor. Implements provisions of personnel management programs where well established procedures exist such as EEO, career development plans, departmental policy and procedures, award and incentive programs, grievance procedures and safety practices.
  • Directs the in-service training and radiologic student programs; ensures staff maintains a high level of skill and meets at least the minimum level of continuing education required for certification and/or licensure.
  • Conducts monthly staff meetings with staff to exchange information, and discuss policy and procedure changes, safety and medical center issues.
  • Coordinates the integration of the Radiology Department functions with other aspects of overall patient care.
  • Participates in the development/revision, implementation and communication of goals, policies, and standards for the department.
  • Participates in the radiology resident education experience within the department and facilitates the attainment of established residency program objectives.
  • Works with nursing and other clinical supervisors in addressing radiology service issues and to support the maintenance of high quality patient care.

A more detailed description of this position is available in the Human Resources Management Service.


  • This position is covered by a special rate.
  • Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized.
  • Selectee may be required to work at any Boston Healthcare System campus, as needed.
  • Candidates who meet the qualification requirements within 15 calendar days following the closing date of the announcement will be considered.
  • This position is in the Excepted Service.
  • Narrative responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) will be required from the selectee in order to proceed with the appointment.
  • The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will recommend the grade and salary for new appointments. For internal selectees being promoted, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.
  • Designated Drug Testing Position: Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Current and former Federal employees must submit copies of their most recent SF-50, (Notice of Personnel Action). The SF-50 must identify the position title, series, grade, step, tenure and type of service (competitive or Excepted). In some cases, more than one SF-50 may be required to show a higher grade previously held.
  • Position is not required to file a financial disclosure report.
Supervisory Status


Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Selectee may be required to work at any Boston Healthcare System campus, as needed.
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Who May Apply
This job is open to…

All U.S. Citizens & Current, permanent federal employees of other agencies

Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Drug Testing required
  • Successful completion of pre-employment screening/physical exam required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.


a. Citizenship. Citizen of the United States.

b. Certification. All applicants must be certified in general radiologic technology by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT) (R).

c. Education. Completion of a full-time training course of at least 24 months duration (or the equivalent) in a post-high school diagnostic radiologic technology program, evidenced by a certificate or an associate's degree, accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), and certification by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) in radiology. Credentialing Standards: Public Law 97-35, the Consumer-Patient Radiation Health and Safety Act of 1981, requires that persons who administer radiologic procedures meet the credentialing standards in 42 CFR Part 75, Standards for the Accreditation of Educational Programs and the Credentialing of Radiographic Personnel. Essentially, you must have successfully completed an educational program that meets or exceeds the standards described in that regulation, and is accredited by an organization recognized by the Department of Education, and be certified as radiographers in their field.

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

GRADE DETERMINATION: GS-11 Supervisory Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (Assistant Chief) GS-11 Experience: At least 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-10) directly related to the position being filled that demonstrates the clinical competencies needed to provide services as an assistant chief radiologic technologist. Competencies at that level includes: knowledge of radiation protection standards, devices and techniques including concepts of accumulated dosage and genetic changes; skill to recognize changes in equipment and procedures that might result in increased exposures, and ability to recommend methods to prevent such exposures; knowledge of basic physics including concepts of energy, electric power, magnetic fields, and properties of x-ray, in order to understand the operation of the equipment; and knowledge and skill in positioning of patients for a wide variety of difficult radiographic (CT, MRI, Special Procedures, Mammography, etc.) studies. Assignments. For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity (difficulty), and range of variety, and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time. This assignment is restricted to employees serving as a full assistant to a GS-12 chief radiologic technologist. Individuals in this assignment share full responsibility for managing the radiologic technology section.

APPLICANTS MEETING THE QUALIFICATION STANDARDS WILL ALSO BE EVALUATED ON THE FOLLOWING DEMONSTRATED KSAO'S AT THE GS-11: NOTE: Narrative responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) will be required from the selectee in order to proceed with the appointment. 1. Knowledge of overall radiology department operations, and the ability to judge effectiveness of the operation. 2. Ability to monitor and evaluate subordinate supervisor's performance. 3. Ability to formulate plans, delegate authority, and follow-up on delegated tasks. 4. Knowledge of new and recent developments in the field. 5. Skill in participating in organizational facility initiatives, workgroups, and/or committees. 6. Ability to draft and/or recommend organizational policies and/or directives. NOTE: Experience must be fully documented on your resume and must include job title; duties; month and year start/end dates AND hours worked per week. A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience as a DRT is creditable according to its relationship to the full-time workweek. For example, a DRT would receive 1 week of full-time credit for each 2 weeks of half-time work. 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; 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.

PLEASE 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.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: This position requires a moderate amount of physical activity working with the equipment and maneuvering patients. Eye/hand coordination. Full use of arms, hands and wrists. Transport, lift, lower, move, turn heavy objects and/or patients. Color vision and depth perception: Must be able to differentiate subtle shades of gray on a diagnostic image. Must also respond to audio signals. Standing, sitting, or reaching for extended periods of time.

The Department of Veteran Affairs must provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities where appropriate.

Security Clearance


Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

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. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate (s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. 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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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.

Other Information

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

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: 2017-08-10 to 2017-08-30

Salary: $92,098 to $108,840 / per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 11

Series: 0647 Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full Time

Job announcement number: RS-17-SL-1997365

Control number: 476668800