Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Supervisory Medical Support Assistant in Queens, New York
Supervisory Medical Support Assistant
Department of Veterans Affairs
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
- ##### Open & closing dates
06/28/2019 to 07/22/2019
- ##### Service
- ##### Pay scale & grade
- ##### Salary
$53,574 to $69,645 per year
- ##### Appointment type
- ##### Work schedule
1 vacancy in the following location:
Queens, NY 1 vacancy
Relocation expenses reimbursed
This position is located under the office of the Chief of Staff, Group Practice Management of the New York Harbor Healthcare System. It will be based mainly at the St. Albans Campus directly overseeing staff at the SA, SIC, HA and CBOC Clinics. Occasional travel will be required. The incumbent will supervise a group of patient aligned centered care (PACT) employees and non PACT employees. The duties of this position are performed on a regular and recurring basis in the out-patient care areas.
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Establishes guidelines and performance expectations for staff, which are clearly communicated through the formal employee performance management system.
Performs the administrative and personnel management functions relative to staff supervised.
The incumbent is responsible for furthering the goals of equal employment opportunity (EEO) by taking positive steps to assure the accomplishment of affirmative action objectives and by adhering to nondiscriminatory employment practices in regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or handicap. Specifically, incumbent initiates nondiscriminatory practices and affirmative action for the area under his/her supervision in the following: (1) merit promotion of employees and recruitment and hiring of applicants; (2) fair treatment of all employees; (3) encouragement and recognition of employee achievements; (4) career development of employees; and (5) full utilization of their skills.
Receives and relays incoming and outgoing telephone and intercom messages.
Receives and responds to unclear inquiries from patients concerning a variety of medical, personnel, and administrative matters.
Determines general nature of inquiry and independently responds to all administrative questions.
Recognizes and refers urgent inquiries to professional staff for immediate actions.
Schedules specialized appointments and with other specialized units within the health care system.
Provides the patient with special instructions for examinations or tests when necessary.
Receives and directs patients and visitors, answers routine inquiries and obtains necessary record information prior to patient's visit.
Assists patients in contacting volunteer or social services as needed.
Receives and responds to a number of unclear inquiries from patients concerning a variety of medical, personnel, and administrative matters.
Coordinates and initiates the conversion of patient care plans into patient care actions.
Interprets and acts upon doctors' orders to make effective use of the diagnostic and treatment modalities available within the medical center and throughout community health care resources.
Prepares routine and individualized laboratory test orders, selects from various protocols for different types of clinical examinations and consultations.
Ensures that escort services and transportation are properly arranged.
Makes numerous calls each day to coordinate information and actions relating to patient care and services.
Makes patient appointments and/or makes or assists in making the determination as to the patient's eligibility for benefits.
Receives, schedules, and routes patients applying for care.
Receives new and recurring applications for care.
Procures data from official records, verifies information contained in the application.
Enters no-show information for patients who fail to report for scheduled appointments, rescheduling patients as directed by the physician.
Determines the nature of the patient's medical care needs, questions, or complaints and answers questions, provides information, gives guidance, and initiates action as appropriate.
Maintains contact with medical and clerical staff in various clinics and wards to resolve delays and misunderstandings in the medical administrative aspect of providing medical care.
Responds to technical questions regarding patient rights and responsibilities and medical eligibility for care.
Serves as key member of the patient care team providing crucial administrative advice and guidance.
Advises veterans on non-medical benefits of a routine nature and refers veterans to Benefits Counselors for information on benefits of a complex nature.
Work Schedule: M-F 7:30-4:00, CT/OT as needed for extend hour clinics. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel between campuses for this position.
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0679 Medical Support Assistance
Conditions of Employment
- You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
- Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
- You may be required to serve a probationary period
- Subject to a background/security investigation
- Must be proficient in written and spoken English
- Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 07/22/2019. Basic Requirements: a. Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g.) b. Experience and Education (1) Experience. Six months experience of clerical, office or other work that indicates the ability to acquire the particular knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties of the position; or (2) Education. One year above high school; or (3) Experience/Education Combination. Equivalent combination of experience and education are qualifying for entry level for which both education and experience are acceptable. Grade Determinations: GS-8 Supervisory MSA (a) Experience. One year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level. (b) Assignment. Supervisory MSAs at this level plan and direct programs at medical centers and/or satellite outpatient clinics and have full supervisory responsibility for supervising at least one subordinate team leader or supervisor. Assignments at this level include, but are not limited to: assigning and evaluating the work of subordinate staff; resolving complex problems to ensure patient services are met; evaluating new products, equipment, and systems in order to make recommendations for improved operations; identifying educational or training needs; making final decisions on selections; evaluating performance, and taking disciplinary action when necessary. The employee has full administrative and professional responsibility for planning and directing the MSA's activities. Responsible for extracting and analyzing data in order to provide reports in support of performance measures to senior management. For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher level duties must consist of significant scope, administrative independence, complexity (difficulty) and range of variety as described in this standard at the specified grade level and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time. (c) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. Candidates must demonstrate the KSAs below: 1. Ability to provide the full range of administrative and supervisory duties which includes assignment of work, performance evaluations, selection of staff, and recommendation of awards and/or advancements. 2. Ability to collaborate, communicate, and demonstrate customer service and interpersonal skills with all healthcare professionals to ensure quality/continuity of care and ensure compliance with established policies and regulations. 3. Ability to provide briefings, orientations, staff development, and training. 4. Ability to manage fiscal matters, forecast resource and equipment needs, and identify budget needs.
References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/53, PART II, Appendix G45
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
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: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
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.
Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.
If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for 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.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk
Trust determination process
- Required Documents
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
- SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search.
The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), etc.
- DD-214/ Statement of Service
- SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and 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 Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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- How to Apply
All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the full questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 07/22/2019 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10541174.
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NOTE: Participation in the seasonal influenza program is a condition of employment and a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). HCP are individuals who, during the influenza season, work in VHA locations where patients receive care or who come into contact with VA patients as part of their duties. VHA locations include, but are not limited to, VA hospitals and associated clinics, community living centers (CLCs), community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs), domiciliary units, Vet centers and VA-leased facilities. HCP include all VA licensed and unlicensed, clinical and administrative, paid and unpaid, full- and part-time employees, intermittent employees, fee basis employees, VA contractors, students, researchers, volunteers, and trainees who work at these facilities. HCPs that are unable to receive or otherwise decline a flu shot will be expected to wear a face mask throughout the influenza season.
Agency contact information
VA NY Harbor Healthcare System 423 East 23rd Street New York, NY 10010 US
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