Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (Multi-Modality-MRI) in East Orange, New Jersey

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • East Orange, NJ
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Thursday 9/29/2016 (21 day(s) ago)

** Closes Thursday 10/20/2016 (0 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):1812990

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.**

Current VA employees should apply under Vacancy Announcement # BH-16-MSD-1812992-BU.


The Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (Multi-Modality) performs complex procedures for the VA New Jersey Health Care System Imaging Service. The incumbent at this grade level is qualified to perform MR/MRA procedures by following established protocols; and all types of specials/interventional procedures under the guidance of the IR Radiologists. The incumbent covers in house off tour rotations, weekends, and holidays and some on call where the majority of the work consists of performing MR/MRA procedures by operating MRI equipment as part of the diagnostic plan for patients. Otherwise, time is spent performing IR interventional procedures and Gen/Rad with some OR.

The incumbent provides multi-modality coverage across campuses and is expected to perform:

  • All types of MR and MRA procedures dictated by service policy. Procedures include MR studies of the head, body, neck, chest, extremity, heart, and MRA studies, etc. Performs second screening of patients; observes TJC standards relative to patient safety and the ACR recommendations by following written SOPs for the MR Section. Conducts MRI safety reviews as needed.
  • All types of special/interventional procedures, such as PICC; Permcaths; PCN's; TIPPS; and US guided biopsies, etc.
  • MR/IR procedures with and without of contrast materials.

The Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist integrates specific knowledge and technical skills with effective patient interaction to provide quality patient care with useful diagnostic information for proper diagnosis and treatment.

Incumbent is responsible for providing on call coverage as required for the facility based upon patient care needs. The on call services will be all inclusive for all modalities.

Work Schedule: Tuesday through Saturday

Functional Statement Title/#: Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist (Multi-Modality)/FS #000000

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
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 or Education. Completion of a full-time training course of at least 24 months duration (or equivalent) in a post-high school diagnostic radiologic technology program, evidenced by a certificate or an associate's degree, (transcripts required), accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), and certification by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) in radiology.
  • Certification. All applicants must be certified in general radiologic technology by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology (ARRT) (R).
  • Advanced ARRT Certification. All applicants must be certified in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) for this position.

*Preferred Experience: *Four years of active practice, (in multiple modalities, such as CT; IR; and Gen Rad), which is paid or non-paid employment as a Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist as defined by ARRT. To receive credit for these skills, they must be documented in your resume.

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.

Grade 10 Requirements:

Experience: Completion of one (1) year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GS-9) level directly related to the position being filled (Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist) that demonstrates the clinical competencies described at that level.

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. DRTs at this grade level may be appointed to one of the following assignments:

DRT. Employees are trained to work in one or more difficult and complex modalities performing procedures related to these modalities as well as providing general diagnostic procedures in a therapeutic setting. At this grade level, it is expected that such assignments be unique, perhaps with expert specialization in complex areas of radiologic technology.

The candidate must demonstrate the following technical KSAs and demonstrate the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*).

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

*1. Thorough knowledge of radiation protection standards, devices and techniques including concepts of accumulated dosage and genetic changes;

*2. Skill to recognize changes in equipment and procedures that might result in increased exposures, and ability to recommend methods to prevent such exposures;

*3. Knowledge of basic physics inlcuding concepts of energy, electric power, magnetic fields, and properties of x-ray, in order to understand the operation of the equipment; and

  1. Knowledge and skill in positioning of patients for a wide variety of difficult radiographic (CT, MRI, Special Procedures, Mammography, etc.) studies.

References: VA Handbook 5005/55, Part II, Appendix G15, Diagnostic Radiologic TechnologistQUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated June 26, 2014, and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

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: See VA Handbook 5005, Part III, Chapter 2, paragraph 7, and VA Handbook 5019, Occupational Health Services. All applicants must be physically and mentally able to perform efficiently the duties of the position. Heavy Lifting (45 lbs and over); Heavy Carrying (45 lbs and over); Straight Pulling (up to 1 hour); Pushing (1 – 2 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (up to 3 hours); Standing (up to 3 hours); Repeated bending (up to 1 hour); and Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously.

Security Clearance


Additional Information
What To Expect Next

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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. 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.

Salary Range: $66,022.00 to $80,170.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0647-10/10

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 451872000

Job Announcement Number: BH-16-MSD-1812990-BU