Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Supervisory Prosthetic Representative in Fargo, North Dakota

Job Overview

Job Overview




Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1987094

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. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. 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.


The duties of the Supervisory Prosthetic Representative (Service Chief) at the Fargo VA Health Care System are to administer, supervise, and perform work concerned with rendering prosthetic and sensory aids services to disable patients.

Included in this series is such work as:

  • Planning, developing, and directing a Prosthetic and Sensory Aids Program at the local level; input into network (VISN 23) planning;

  • Serving as an advisor to clinicians with regard to selection, prescription, and acquisition of prosthetic devices involving furnishing information concerning such matters as new developments in the field of prosthetics and sources of supply for such devices;

  • Interpreting prescriptions of clinicians in order to make certain that proper prosthetic devices are selected for, or by, the patients;

  • Authorizing the purchase, fabrication or repair of prosthetic devices;

  • Maintaining continuous liaison with manufacturers and dealers of prosthetic supplies, inspecting their facilities and services and participating in the award of prosthetic appliance contracts

  • Participating in investigation/research project studies by selecting patients as pilot wearers of newly developed prosthetic items, evaluating the usefulness of such items and compiling of data;

  • Giving technical and administrative advice and assistance on prosthetic problems to other facilities.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Functional Statement Title/#: Supervisory Prosthetic Representative

Supervisory Status


Promotion Potential


Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Minimal travel to alternate sites will be required.
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Who May Apply
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Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

Basic Requirements:

  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • Experience and Education:

(1) Experience. Three years of experience that demonstrates: knowledge of accounting methods; ability to analyze, comprehend, and apply decisions; basic knowledge of inventory management procedures; ability to use computer software packages for word processing, spreadsheet development, and database management; ability to compile, research, analyze, comprehend, and apply information or data; and ability to work as a team member in a group setting.


(2) Education. Education equivalent to a bachelor's degree from an accredited university or college.


(3) Experience/Education Combination. Equivalent combinations of experience and education are qualifying.

  • English Language Proficiency: Applicants must be proficient in spoken and written English.

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

*GS-12 Grade Determination:*

There is no educational substitution at the GS-12 level.

Specialized Experience:

In addition to meeting the basic requirements, candidate must possess one year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower level grade (GS-11). Specialized experience includes, but not limited to: planning, developing, and directing a prosthetics and sensory aid program. Advising clinicians on selecting, prescribing, and acquiring prosthetic devises; advising on new prosthetic field developments and supply sources, interpreting clinician prescriptions; authorizing purchase, fabrication, or repair; maintaining liaison with prosthetic supply manufactures and dealers; providing prosthetic and sensory aids technical/administrative advice and assistance.

The candidate must demonstrate the following technical GS-11 and GS-12 Knowledge, Skill, and Abilities (KSAs) and the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*):

Applicants will be rated on the following GS-11 and GS-12 KSAs based on your application for this position. Please make sure that each KSA is addressed in detail in the body of your resume.

GS-11 Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs)

KSA *1: Ability to manage and supervise.

KSA 2: Ability to initiate new ideas and approaches and demonstrates resourcefulness.

KSA *3: Ability to manage resources, e.g., space, equipment, supplies, etc., and personnel at the local level.

KSA *4: Ability to draft and/or recommend local polices and/or directives.

KSA 5: SKill in managing a prosthetic program at the local level.

GS-12 Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs)

KSA 1: Ability to understand the unique characteristics of sites for which responsible.

KSA *2: Skill in participating in VISN/facility initiatives, workgroups, and/or committees.

KSA *3: Ability to draft and/or recommend VISN/facility policies and/or directives.

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. Employees at this level typically serve as a Supervisory Prosthetic Representative in a Service Chief position at a facility that has one specialty service such as those in paragraph 3a(4), in an Assistant Chief position at a facility that has 2 or more specialty services such as those in paragraph 3a(4), or in a developmental capacity in Supervisory Prosthetic Representative positions with known promotion potential to a higher grade.

References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G34, Prosthetic Representative Qualification Standard dated March 17, 2006. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office

Confidential Financial Disclosure: This position meets the Confidential Financial Disclosure filing requirement and the selected employee must file a Confidential Financial Disclosure report no later than 30 days after assuming this position.

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 visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This position requires potential long periods of continued sitting, with intermittent bending, pulling and pushing. Movement between work areas is expected. Lifting and carrying of objects up to 50 pounds may be required. The employee may might be required to endure brief periods of heat, humidity, etc., as some warehouse areas are not air conditioned. Some climbing may be associated with stocking items in storage areas. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing as appropriate to the health care environment. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be capable of working effectively in stressful situations, and be able to shift priorities based on patient and department needs.

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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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:

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. [HR users - input the following if applicable to your JOA] VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

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: 2017-07-13 to 2017-07-27

Salary: $72,168 to $93,821 / per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 12

Series: 0672 Prosthetic Representative

Appointment type: Agency Employees Only

Work schedule: Full Time

Job announcement number: VQ-GS-17-332-PJO-1987094

Control number: 474434600