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Physician Assistant Mid Level Practitioner Job in United States

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Date:
02/20/2017
Job Code:
BOP-N-2016-0008
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Physician Assistant Mid Level Practitioner Job in United States

Physician Assistant Mid Level Practitioner Job in United States

Vacancy No. BOP-N-2016-0008 Department Justice, Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System
Salary $47,962.00 to $84,193.00 Grade 07 to 11
Perm/Temp Permanent FT/PT Full-time
Open Date 3/17/2016 Close Date 3/17/2017
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Locations:
United States

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Job Title:  Physician Assistant (Mid-Level Practitioner)
Department:  Department Of Justice
Agency:  Justice, Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System
Job Announcement Number:  BOP-N-2016-0008

SALARY RANGE:
$47,962.00 to $84,193.00 / Per Year
OPEN PERIOD:
Thursday, March 17, 2016 to Friday, March 17, 2017
SERIES & GRADE:
GS-0603-07/11
POSITION INFORMATION:
Full Time - Permanent
PROMOTION POTENTIAL:
11
DUTY LOCATIONS:
MANY vacancies - Prisons - Nationwide, United States
WHO MAY APPLY:
THIS IS A DELEGATED EXAMINING ANNOUNCEMENT OPEN TO ALL U.S. CITIZENS.

A 17% recruitment incentive will be paid to selectee(s) at USP Atwater, FCI Herlong and FCI Mendota who meet the criteria for recruitment bonuses.

A 15% recruitment incentive will be paid to selectee(s) at FCI Dublin and FCC Victorville who meet the criteria for recruitment bonuses.

Upon completion of recruitment service agreement, retention incentives will be initiated. NOTE: The salary varies based on location.
SECURITY CLEARANCE:
Public Trust - Background Investigation
SUPERVISORY STATUS:
No

JOB SUMMARY:

About the Agency

Why work for the Federal Bureau of Prisons?

You can have a meaningful career with an agency that truly values a diverse workforce. In our agency, you'll find a diverse workforce employed from entry level jobs to senior management positions. We protect public safety by ensuring that federal offenders serve their sentences of imprisonment in facilities that are safe, humane, cost efficient, appropriately secure, and provides reentry programing to ensure their successful return to the community. Our employees at federal correctional facilities are "correctional workers first" and perform correctional work regardless of their specific occupation.

Our long-standing culture of being a close-knit family sets us apart from other agencies - at the BOP you don't just get to know your co-workers, you make life long friends.

We have many facilities located throughout the nation: 121 institutions, 6 regional offices, a headquarters, 2 staff training academies, and 26 residential reentry management offices.


Additional recruitment incentives for hard to fill medical positions may be available at other BOP locations.

To view current vacancies,Click Here

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel maybe required for training and/or work related issues.

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U. S. Citizenship is Required.
  • See Special Conditions of Employment Section.
  • Selective Service.

DUTIES:

Works collaboratively with the staff physician(s) and consulting physician(s) in planning, instituting, evaluating and revising program plans; assists in determining conditions, resources and policies essential to delivery of the health care services. Discriminates between normal and abnormal findings to recognize early stages of serious physical, emotional, or mental problems. Incumbent manages the daily operation of the clinic and conducts daily sick call; which may also include securing health and developmental history from the patient, recording findings and making critical evaluations.

Serves as the primary provider for routine requests for evaluation of new complaints, for routine recurring visits for chronic illnesses, and emergencies when clinically indicated.

Establishes diagnostic impressions and requests appropriate diagnostic tests (e.g., laboratory, x-ray, visual acuity and electrocardiogram) and ability to interpret results and selected laboratory findings to include the following: Clinical Laboratory, Radiology, Optometry, Electrocardiograph Operations, Dental and Mental Health. Evaluates total health care needs of patients and develops plans to meet these needs.

Makes decisions concerning medical care needs of the patient with the supervising physician. Assists the supervisory physician(s) in management of chronic health problems and assists the physician(s) in performing more exhaustive diagnosis and treatments. Teaches and demonstrates the application of good health practices to patients. Will assist and work collaboratively with the physician in management of selected complex medical problems.

Along with all other correctional institution employees, incumbent is charged with responsibility for maintaining security of the institution. The staff correctional responsibilities precede all others required by this position and are performed on a regular and recurring basis.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

All applicants must meet the following basic requirements for all grade levels:

  • Graduation from a physician assistant educational program, accredited by the Accreditation Review Committee on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) or its predecessors, at a college, university, or educational institution that is accredited by an accrediting body or organization recognized by the Secretary, U.S. Department of Education.
AND
  • Successful completion of the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) examination; must maintain status as a certified physician assistant, including completion of all requirements for continuing medical education (CME) and re-certification.
NOTE:ALL applicants MUST electronically upload proof of completion of the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) examination, including completion of all requirements for continuing medical education (CME) and recertification. (Note: If you are selected for this position, official transcript(s) will be required prior to your first day).

All qualified applicants will undergo a credentialing process prior to employment with the Bureau of Prisons. This process includes validation of medical examinations, education, internship and residency. Please submit these documents along with your required supporting documentation at the time you apply.

NOTE: ALL applicants MUST electronically upload legible transcripts as verification of educational requirement at the time you apply. Transcripts MUST be uploaded and electronically transferred from USAJOBS and MUST include identifying information to include school name, student name, degree and date awarded to receive consideration for this position. The education MUST be from an institution accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

For information regarding foreign education requirements, please see Foreign Diploma and Credit Recognition at the U.S. Department of Education website: Recognition of Foreign Qualifications


Education and Experience Requirements:

Applicants who meet the above basic requirements may qualify for the following grade levels if they meet the educational and/or specialized experience requirements described below.

GS-07: Applicants who meet at least one of the following requirements may qualify for positions at this grade level:

Completion of an accredited physician assistant educational program (certificate of completion, associate degree, or bachelor's degree);

OR

Completion of a bachelor's degree in a related health care or health related science and graduation from an accredited physician assistant educational program.

GS-09: Applicants who meet at least one of the following requirements may qualify for positions at this grade level:

A minimum of one full year of work experience as a certified physician assistant equivalent to the GS-07 grade level and graduation from an accredited physician assistant educational program as described above;

OR

Completion of the Master of Physician Assistant Studies;

OR

Completion of a master's degree in a related health care or health related science and completion of an accredited physician assistant educational program. Examples of related master's degree programs include, but are not limited, to Master of Medical Sciences, Master of Public Health, Master of Biomedical Sciences, or other related major field of study.

GS-11: Applicants who meet at least one of the following requirements qualify for positions at this grade level:

A minimum of one full year of work experience as a certified physician assistant equivalent to the GS-09 grade level and completion of an accredited physician assistant educational program as described above;

OR

PhD or equivalent doctoral degree in a related health field and completion of an accredited physician assistant educational program. Examples of related doctoral degree programs include, but are not limited to, public health; allied health field; public health education; or other related health science.

NOTE: ALL applicants MUST electronically upload legible transcripts as verification of educational requirement at the time you apply. Transcripts MUST be uploaded and electronically transferred from USAJOBS and MUST include identifying information to include school name, student name, degree and date awarded to receive consideration for this position. The education MUST be from an institution accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Evaluation of Experience: Applicants qualifying on the basis of specialized experience must have the following:

GS-07:
  • Ability to identify a medical problem and determine appropriate action to meet the problem, including referral to a physician.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the environment, principles, ethics, and special human relationships in the field of medicine.
  • Ability to work responsibly with physicians and other members of the medical team, and to deal effectively with patients.
GS-09:
  • Experience performing minor surgical procedures, such as, incision and drainage, suturing of laceration, and removal of cysts after consultation with the physician.
  • Experience treating chronic health problems, such as hypertension and diabetes.
  • Experience providing preventive care and guidance in treating a variety of common illnesses, as well as guidance on nutrition.
GS-11:
  • Experience identifying medical problems and determining appropriate action to treat the problem, including referral to a physician.
  • Experience performing specified diagnostic and therapeutic practices and procedures.
  • Experience providing a wide range of emergency services in the absence of the physicians, including primary care for trauma and life-saving procedures.
Credit will be given for paid and unpaid experience. To receive proper credit, you must show the actual time (such as the number of hours worked per week) spent in activities.

**Your eligibility for consideration will be based on your responses to the questions in the application**


Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP). The ICTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1)this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified category using established category rating criteria. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form. Additional information about ICTAP eligibility is at: Click Here

The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the Department of Justice with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your Department of Justice component has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified category using established category rating criteria. You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application. Additional information about CTAP eligibility is at: Click Here

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application will be evaluated and rated under DOJ's Category Rating and Selection Procedures. Based upon your self-reported responses to the assessment questions during the application process, your application will be placed into one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified. Applications will be reviewed from the top quality category. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed in this announcement. If you are found qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to the responses you provided on the online assessment questionnaire.

NOTE: Candidates within the top quality category and who are eligible for veterans preference will receive selection priority over non-veteran preference eligibles.

If you are entitled to veterans preference, you should indicate the type of veterans preference you are claiming on your resume. Although veterans preference points are not assigned under the category rating procedures described under "How You Will Be Evaluated", veterans preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-veterans within each category for which they are qualified.

In addition, qualified veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more are placed at the top of the highest qualified category as defined by category rating procedures.

What Competencies/Knowledge, Skills and Abilities are Required for this Position?

The following Competencies/Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA's) are required:

GS-07, GS-09, and GS-11:

  • Skill in making diagnoses, and selecting and providing appropriate treatment for medical or surgical emergencies (life or death or severe injury), as indicated until emergency assistance arrives.
  • Ability to assess a patient's condition, and to initiate appropriate treatment.
  • Knowledge of pharmaceuticals to treat disease and illness, to include a knowledge of the mechanism of action, side effects, toxic nature and drug interactions of medications.
  • Ability to perform and interpret diagnostic tests in order to determine therapeutic treatment plans.
  • Ability to deal effectively with patients.

To preview questions please click here.

BENEFITS:


OTHER INFORMATION:

The Department of Justice provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the hiring/servicing personnel office. The decision of granting a reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. Selection will be made without discrimination for any non-merit reason such as race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

LENGTH OF ELIGIBILITY:
Eligible applicants will remain on the inventory until the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

NOTE: This announcement is posted on a yearly cycle. The announcement will EXPIRE on the listed closing date at 11:59 Eastern Standard Time. In order to receive consideration for the next cycle, applicants MUST reapply to the new vacancy announcement.

Special Conditions of Employment Section:

Appointment is subject to satisfactory completion of a pre-employment and panel interview, urinalysis, physical, and background investigation. All applicants are subject to, and must satisfactorily pass all screening requirements in relation to National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and credit check.

All applicants not currently working in an institution will be required to complete a qualification inquiry regarding convictions of misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence in order to be authorized to carry a firearm.

The Core Value Assessment (CVA) is an in-person assessment that must be facilitated at a Bureau of Prisons Human Resource Servicing office. On the day of the scheduled interview, a CVA will be administered. The applicant assessment must be completed within a 70 minute time period and a passing score must be obtained. Further employment consideration will not be extended if the applicant fails to complete the examination or fails to achieve a passing score. Note: The Core Value Assessment will not be administered to current BOP employees.

Successful completion of the "Introduction to Correctional Techniques," three-week training course at Glynco, Georgia is required.

This position has been identified as test designated. Incumbents will be subject to urinalysis testing under the BOP Drug Free Workplace Plan.

The Bureau of Prisons has an accelerated training program for Physician Assistants which provides an opportunity for promotion from GS-07 to GS-09 or GS-09 to GS-11 after successful completion of a 26 week training program within the first six months of employment. The training is a combination of four weeks of classroom training and 22 weeks of on-the-job training. Participants must sign a training agreement and satisfactorily demonstrate knowledge and abilities in laboratory, radiology, dental, diagnostic studies, therapeutics, patient education, pharmacy, psychiatry and administrative functions.

HOW TO APPLY:

You must apply through the online application system at www.USAJOBS.gov. Follow the prompts to register, answer a few questions and submit all required documents.

NOTE: Submission of a resume alone is not a complete application. This position may require the completion of additional forms and/or supplemental materials as described under the Required Documents section. Failure to provide the required information and/or materials will result in your application not being considered for employment.

Claiming Veterans Preference? If yes, you MUST claim preference on-line during the application process and upload documentation to support preference claimed. Failure to claim Veterans Preference or provide supporting documentation may result in you not receiving appropriate consideration during the assessment process.

Required supporting documentation must be uploaded and electronically transferred from USAJOBS at the time you apply. Documentation submitted via mail, fax, or email will NOT be accepted.

NOTE: Failure to follow these application procedures could result in the applicant losing consideration for this position.

Paper applications: If applying online is impossible, please contact BOP-Hires at the telephone number listed below, prior to the closing date of the announcement for the alternate application procedure.

Contact for Assistance in Applying On-Line:
DOJ, Federal Bureau of Prisons
Consolidated Staffing Unit
346 Marine Forces Drive
Grand Prairie, TX 75051
E-Mail: GRA-HRM/BOP-HIRES@bop.gov
Phone: 972-352-4200

How do I Apply for this Position if I am a Current Public Health Service Commissioned Officer?

DO NOT SUBMIT AN APPLICATION ON-LINE.
  • Submit a complete/detailed resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Address selective factor, if required.
  • Resume or curriculum vitae must contain all information listed in the Qualifications Section.
  • Submit supporting documents (i.e. transcript, certification, registration, and/or license, if applicable).
In order to receive consideration for this position as a PHS applicant, ALL required supporting documentation, as specified in this vacancy announcement must be submitted directly to the Human Resource Office duty location.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

  • Veterans' Preference Documentation: Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD-214 Member Copy 4); or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal). Veterans must also demonstrate that they have been discharged or released from active duty under honorable conditions (i.e., the individual must have received either an honorable or general discharge).
  • If you are currently on active duty, a statement from the appropriate Branch Personnel Office containing the following information: Name, Rank, Branch of Service, Active Duty time, Projected Separation Date and type of anticipated discharge must be provided.
  • If you are a disabled veteran, a Purple Heart recipient, or widow/widower of a veteran, the spouse of a disabled veteran or the natural mother of a disabled or deceased veteran, you MUST submit a completed Standard Form (SF) 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference", and the other required documentation identified on the reverse side of the SF-15 to support your preference claim. Documentation to support a disability must reflect the overall evaluation or percentage disability rating. Veterans must also demonstrate that they have been discharged or released from active duty under honorable conditions (i.e., the individual must have received either an honorable or general discharge).
  • Resume showing relevant experience.
  • In order to receive credit for experience contained in an uploaded resume, your employment history must be documented in month/year format (MM/YYYY), reflecting starting date and ending date and include the number of hours worked per week. Failure to follow this format may result in disqualification.
  • A college transcript which includes the School Name, Student Name, Degree and Date Awarded.
  • Submit proof of completion of the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) examination, including completion of all requirements for continuing medical education (CME) and recertification. (Note: If you are selected for this position, official transcript(s) will be required prior to your first day).
Failure to provide these documents could possibly result in removal from consideration for this vacancy. When uploading documentation, do not identify/save your documents utilizing a special character such as %, #, @, etc. Documentation should be identified/saved as VA Letter, DD214, or Transcripts.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

CSU/BOP-HIRES
Phone: 972-352-4200
Fax: 000-000-0000
Email: GRA-HRM/BOP-HIRES@bop.gov
Agency Information:
JUSTICE, BUREAU OF PRISONS
Consolidated Staffing Unit
346 Marine Forces Drive
Grand Prairie, TX
75051
US
Fax: 000-000-0000

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Applicants will receive a Notice of Results once the application is successfully completed and submitted. The status of the application process can be tracked by logging on to your USAJOBS account and select "Application Status". Applications will remain on the inventory until the closing date of the vacancy announcement. Applicants may contact the geographic location(s) selected to inquire about current or anticipated vacancies. Contact numbers for location preference choices can be found at www.bop.gov.

The Bureau of Prisons cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, applicant application errors, etc.

Inquiry of Availability Forms (OF-5):

Applicants referred on a certificate of eligibles may receive an email sent to the e-mail address registered in their USAJOBS account with instructions to complete the Inquiry of Availability form (OF-5). IF you receive the instructional email, you MUST read and follow the instructions in order to complete the inquiry process online. You must click submit to electronically return the form to the Human Resource Department. In addition, applicants who are interested in scheduling an interview, MUST telephone the Human Resource Department. Failure to either return the form or contact the Human Resource Department may result in not receiving consideration for the position. The selecting official expects to make a final job offer within 80 days.


Note: We cannot accept applications on behalf of Federal Agencies. Application instructions are listed within the Job Description.


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