The employee serves as a Research Health Science Specialist at the VA Medical Center located in Richmond, Virginia. This is a term appointment, not to exceed 4 years. To qualify for this position, applicants must meet the Basic Education Requirement below: BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: Bachelor's or graduate/higher level degree: major study in an academic field related to the medical field, health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position. This degree must be from an educational program from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (external link) at the time the degree was obtained. And, in addition to the Basic Education requirements, applicants must meet one of the following: SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Requires one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-07 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Examples of qualifying specialized experience includes providing administrative support to the Principal Investigator (PI) and research team members for human studies and clinical research projects; preparing, submitting, and maintaining Institutional Review Board (IRB) and other regulatory documents and research correspondence; gathering study data to prepare and present briefings; creating and maintaining databases. (Resume(s) must clearly support the duties and experience required for this position. We will not make assumptions regarding experience.) -OR- SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED): Successful completion of two (2) years of progressively higher level related graduate education leading to a master's degree or equivalent graduate degree that provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of this Research Health Science Specialist position. -OR- COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED): Equivalent combinations of successfully completed graduate-level education (beyond the first year) and specialized experience, as described above, to meet the total experience requirements for this grade level. You will be rated on the following Competencies as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position: Administration and ManagementResearchTechnical Competence IMPORTANT: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. All experience listed on your resume must include the month and year start/end dates. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such 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; religious; 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. For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/. ["***THIS IS NOT A VIRTUAL POSITION, YOU MUST LIVE WITHIN OR BE WILLING TO RELOCATE WITHIN A COMMUTABLE DISTANCE OF THE DUTY LOCATION*** The primary purpose of this position is to provide program and project management support for the principal and co-investigators of the Lung Cancer Precision Oncology Program (LPOP) and the Central Virginia VA Health Care System (CVHCS) Cancer Center Program by analyzing, evaluating, advising and coordinating health care delivery systems, operations and research. Duties include but may not be limited to: Coordinates all Institutional Review Board (IRB), sponsor and other regulatory approvals for initial protocols and all amendments. Prepares and reviews all informed consents, patient information sheets and advertisements. Attend meetings with Principal Investigator, research team, affiliate staff and sponsors. Maintain audit ready hard copy and electronic regulatory \"binders\" to include all generally recognized regulatory essential documents. Tracks status of each assigned protocol at all times via sponsor websites, emails, and weekly broadcasts and ensures Principal Investigator and research team are aware of significant changes to protocol. Identifies specific areas and processes for improved regulatory compliance. Ensures proper maintenance and timely submission of investigator files, laboratory certifications, IRB rosters, investigator brochures and other protocol specific documents. Participates in initial classification and coding of qualitative data and enters coding data into qualitative software. Recruits human research subjects based on eligibility criteria from Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS) or other database sources, performing medical record abstractions and maintaining tracking databases to chart study progress. Assists in the organization of data collection processes, statistical analysis and data management. Utilizes computerized programs such as Microsoft Office, WORD, Excel, ACCESS. Audits research study records for compliance with Research and Development and IRB standards and requirements. Gathers data, submits reports, and responds to inquiries from the National Lung Cancer Precision Oncology Program (LPOP) leadership team and members of the Cancer Center Research Program. Conducts analytical studies on operational process, issue topics or related special projects as they relate to cancer care, utilization of molecular or other testing related to precision oncology, lung cancer screening, and cancer treatment. Serves as the responsible contact for leading projects from initiation to completion and may be required to present results to senior leadership. Develops decision documents, analysis, action plans, and process flow maps on a variety of issues of technical complexity that cuts across multiple areas of the health care systems including radiation oncology, medical oncology, pulmonary, surgery, pharmacy, fiscal, nursing, radiology, and ancillary cancer services. Performs other duties as assigned Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm\nRecruitment & Relocation Incentives: Not authorized\nTelework: VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not Required NOTE: This is a TERM appointment (not-to-exceed 4 years). Term appointments are non-status, nonpermanent appointments of limited duration (more than 1 year but not more than 4). Term employees are eligible to earn leave and generally have the same benefits as permanent employees including health and life insurance, within-grade increases and Federal Employees Retirement System and Thrift Savings Plan coverage. Term appointments may be extended without further competition (up to the 4 year maximum). The appointment to a Term position does not confer eligibility for promotion or reassignment to other positions or the ability to be non-competitively converted to permanent employment."]
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