Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Orthotist/Prosthetist in New Orleans, Louisiana

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • New Orleans, LA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Tuesday 10/18/2016 (6 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 12/30/2016 (67 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1802882

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. 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 Veternas 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

This is a Bargaining Unit position


Residents of Greater New Orleans enjoy one of the highest qualities of life in the United States. While we are known to enjoy many of the best restaurants in the world, more than 300 festivals, vibrant night life, not to mention Mardi Gras, that's just the beginning of what we have to offer. We treasure family and community, our children have access to high-quality education, we enjoy an incredible abundance of the arts, and so much more! Here at Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System we strive to be an efficient organization through continual process improvement and orderliness by eliminating waste in everything we do. We are generating a lean environment of abundance and ownership, enabling us to become "one team creating the perfect patient experience" so that we may honor Veterans and their families. We're in the process of constructing and activating a new medical center that will serve as a model for health care of the future and set the standards for patient-centered care, flexibility and sustainability. It will be a level one, 200 bed tertiary care regional referral center that is projected to serve 70,000 enrolled Veterans. The new medical center will be approximately 1.6 million square feet, with two additional 1,000-car garages for both patients and staff on a 30-acre site in New Orleans. The facility has been designed to meet the full array of VA missions: health care to America's heroes, education, research and national preparedness. It will authentically reflect the culture of the region and be the cornerstone for the emerging biosciences industry in New Orleans. You can help us build from the ground up. Create history with us and join our team! For more information about the greater New Orleans area, visit learn more about Project Legacy, the project to design and build a new medical center to replace the one damaged from Hurricane Katrina.


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Relocation Expenses:Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

Tour of Duty: Monday - Friday, Days - 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., additional hours as necessary


Performs a comprehensive assessment of the patient to obtain an understanding of the patients orthotic/prosthetic needs:

  • Review patient prescription/referral
  • Take a comprehensive patient history, including demographic characteristics, family dynamics, previous use of an orthosis/prosthesis, diagnosis, work history, vocational activities, signs and symptoms, medical history (including allergies to materials), reimbursement status, patient expectations and results of diagnostic evaluations.
  • Consult with other health care professionals and care givers about patient's condition to assist in formulating a treatment plan.

Create a comprehensive orthotic/prosthetic treatment plan to meet the needs and goals of the patient:

  • Evaluate the findings to determine an orthotic/prosthetic recommendation.
  • Formulate treatment goals and expected orthotic/prosthetic outcomes to reduce pain/increase comfort, enhance function and independence, provide stability, prevent deformity, address cosmesis and/or promote healing.
  • Develop a plan for patient needs, including patient education and follow-up.

Perform the necessary procedures to deliver the appropriate orthotic/prosthetic services, which may include fabrication of the orthosis/prosthesis:

  • Inform patient, family and/or care giver of the orthotic/prosthetic procedure, possible risks and time involved in the procedure.
  • Select appropriate material/techniques to implement treatment plan.
  • Prepare patient for procedure required to initiate treatment plan (e..g., diagnostic splint, residual limb shrinker).

Provide continuing patient care and periodic evaluation to assure/maintain/document optimal fit and function of the orthosis/prosthesis:

  • Assess patient functional level.
  • Asses patient skin condition (e.g. integrity, color, temperature, volume).
  • Assess patient general health, height and weight and note any changes.

Complies with policies, procedures and regulations regarding human resource management, physical environment management, business/financial management and organizational management:

  • Adheres to established policies and procedures in compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations as well as professional and ethical guidelines.
  • Personnel polices and procedures.
  • Polices and procedures governing patient care, rights and privacy.

Participates in personal and professional development through continuing education training, research and organizational affiliations.

  • Participates in continuing education and/or provide such education for other health care professionals, orthotic and prosthetic practitioners, associates, technicians and office staff.
  • Participates in education for residents, students and trainees.
  • Participates in product development research, clinical trials and outcome evaluation studies.
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
  • ### Qualifications


  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • Certification. Certification is not required as a basic requirement; however, it is strongly desirable as evidence of possession of the essential knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  • English Language Proficiency. Orthotists, prosthetists, or orthotist/prosthetists appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, this part.



(3) GS-9

(a) Education. Education equivalent to 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education or master's or equivalent graduate degree in orthotics and/or prosthetics, provided the applicant's total background demonstrates the core competencies for GS-9 level assignment.


(b) Experience. Completion of 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower level which demonstrated possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities at that level needed to provide orthotic/prosthetic services in a hospital setting. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

(c) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  1. Ability to attend clinics and participate as a member of the treatment team. This includes knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, kinesiology, physics, and etiology of diseases as well as knowledge of psychology and age related competencies.

  2. Knowledge of the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) coding.

  3. Ability to conduct clinical patient analyses such as gait, range of motion, life style, etc., for patients with complex but typical conditions.

  4. Ability to take necessary measurements, casts, or scans to develop positive molds of the affected area of the body to create orthoses and/or prostheses.

  5. Knowledge of materials science including materials such as plastics, composites, metals, and leather commonly used in fabrication in order to design and fabricate prescribed devices. This would include ability to use hand and power tools in the fabrication of the devices.

*PLEASE NOTE: * Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. 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:Orthotist/Prothetist functional requirements are as follows: Heavy lifting, 45 lbs and over; Heavy carrying, 45 lbs and over; Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking, up to 6 hours; Standing, up to 6 hours; Kneeling, up to 5 hours; Repeated bending, up to 5 hours; Climbing, use of legs and arms; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/50 and 20/100 in the other; Mental & emotional stability required.

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements. You will be notified when this decision is made.


Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at

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

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.


The Department of Veterans Affairs is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to political, religious, or labor organization affiliation or non-affiliation, marital status, race, color, sex, national origin, age, non-disqualifying physical challenges (applicable only to competitive appointments) or any other factor not job related.

Salary Range: $48,968.00 to $63,654.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0667-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 452568800

Job Announcement Number: FE-17-180282-NH-BU