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Job opening: Registered Respiratory Therapist (Assistant Chief)

Salary: $105 569 - 137 243 per year
City: Salisbury
Published at: Feb 15 2024
Employment Type: Full-time
The Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) serves as a full-time assistant to the Chief of Respiratory Therapy and occupies a position with direct supervisory responsibility. The Assistant Chief will share the responsibility for all aspects of the department's goals and activities and in the absence of the Chief, the incumbent will assume the duties of the Chief.


Aids in the development and regular review of policies and procedures and ensures that this program remains in compliance with existing VA policy and regulations and JCAHO standards Monitors and evaluates the effectiveness of all the program activities through standard and innovative techniques Assists in the expansion of department activities wherever necessary to improve patient care Disseminates and gathers information through regular staff meetings with department staff regarding improvement of patient care, with emphasis on responsibility and accountability Maintains statistical and patient data. Monitors individual performance standards and assists in retrospective audits Serves as liaison between the department and its clinical consumers (i.e., nursing service, administration and other support services) Assists with the formulation and evaluation of equipment needs, preventive maintenance and organization of expendable and non-expendable equipment and supplies related to the program Monitors staff educational needs and performs annual competency assessments for staff Makes program changes within allowable costs and established policies Assists the Home Oxygen Coordinator with the operation of the Home Oxygen Program when requested Communicates with lead respiratory therapist to communicate department needs and changes Responsible for ordering disposable supplies for use with the ventilators, CPAP/BiPAP equipment and pulmonary function equipment Determines, justifies and organizes the personnel needs within the Respiratory Therapy department Develops, monitors and evaluates the orientation process and ongoing performance of the staff by means of observation, ongoing, retrospective audit techniques and subsequent performance appraisals Assists with establishing internal guidelines, plans, positions and functional descriptions for all subordinates as they apply to the goals of the Pulmonary Services and assigns, directs and evaluates employees in specific service programs Consults with the Chief regarding approval, modifications or rejection of formal requests from subordinates for promotion, reassignment, status changes, awards, special achievements and other similar actions Provides guidance to staff with counseling sessions for matters which may require disciplinary action and recommends the appropriate action if necessary Provides scheduling for the department staff including schedule requests, posts schedules in a timely fashion, and follows facility staffing policies and department guidelines Approves or denies leave requests as well as premium pay requests as appropriate and certifies timecards prior to T&L approval In the absence of the Chief, represents the department on different committees as requested Meets the needs of customers while supporting the Medical Center and Pulmonary Service missions Handles conflict and problems in dealing with the customer constructively and appropriately Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8a-4:30p Financial Disclosure Report: Not required



Basic Requirements Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. Education. Must have successfully completed a respiratory care program accredited by the CoARC or its successor. Licensure. Must possess and maintain for the duration of employment a full, current and unrestricted license from a state to practice as an RRT. Credential. Must possess and maintain for the duration of employment a valid, current, unrestricted credential of RRT. English Language Proficiency. Must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. § 7403(f). Grade Determination: GS-13: Experience, Licensure and Credential. Must have one year of creditable experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level demonstrating the clinical competencies described at that level, and must possess certification in one or more functional specialties as well as hold an active license and RRT credential. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: (a) Ability to collaboratively consult with physicians and other healthcare professionals for complex respiratory care to develop care plans to provide favorable patient outcomes (b) Skill in evaluating the efficacies of therapeutic modalities (c) Skill in performing advanced airway and ventilation management The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13. Reference: VA Handbook 5005/141, Part II, Appendix G11


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: https://sites.ed.gov/international/recognition-of-foreign-qualifications/.


  • Address WG Bill Hefner Salisbury VA Medical Center 1601 Brenner Avenue Salisbury, NC 28144 US
  • Name: Reginald Young
  • Phone: 704-638-9000
  • Email: [email protected]


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