Program Analyst (Informatics)

Veterans Health Administration - Department of Veterans Affairs

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet time in grade and specialized experience requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement,12/06/2021. Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-9 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-7. For a GS-11 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-9. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one-year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one-year time-in-grade. You may qualify based on your experience and/or education As described below: GS-9 Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-7 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: : Fundamental knowledge of VHA operations, national databases (including the VistA architecture and file structure), analytical techniques and clinical applications development techniques; in order to be able to provide professional Informatics consulting services and to develop and deliver appropriate Informatics educational and training programs to employees, internal and external to the VA. Fundamental knowledge of the clinical environment, including practices, procedures, policies, strengths and weaknesses in order to effectively use data to track and manage patient care. Knowledge of automation and software systems and options that affect clinical practice, and knowledge of technologies that are likely to benefit healthcare delivery processes in order to identify functionality issues and propose solutions, and to ensure quality management of clinical operations. Advanced knowledge of the data life cycle including data design, collection and management in order to input, retrieve, analyze, summarize and present information effectively. OR, Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have masters or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full academic years (30 credit hours) of progressively higher level graduate education in a related field of study that demonstrated the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to do the work. OR LL.B. or J.D., if related. NOTE: Transcripts must be submitted with application. Education cannot be credited without documentation. OR, Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. You must have an combination of specialized experience and education beyond f 1 year (18 semester hours ) is creditable. If you qualify by a combination, your experience must be detailed in your resume and transcripts are required. GS-11 Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-9 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: : Expert knowledge of VHA operations, national databases (including the VistA architecture and file structure), analytical techniques and clinical applications development techniques; in order to be able to provide professional Informatics consulting services and to develop and deliver appropriate Informatics educational and training programs to employees, internal and external to the VA. Advanced knowledge of the clinical environment, including practices, procedures, policies, strengths and weaknesses in order to effectively use data to track and manage patient care. Knowledge of automation and software systems and options that affect clinical practice, and knowledge of technologies that are likely to benefit healthcare delivery processes in order to identify functionality issues and propose solutions, and to ensure quality management of clinical operations. Expert knowledge of the data life cycle including data design, collection and management in order to input, retrieve, analyze, summarize and present information effectively. OR, Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have successfully completed a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree OR I have successfully completed 3 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree OR I have successfully completed a LL.M., if related. NOTE: Transcripts must be submitted with application. Education cannot be credited without documentation. OR, Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. You must have an combination of specialized experience and education beyond 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree. If you qualify by a combination, your experience must be detailed in your resume and transcripts are required. You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:
Database Management SystemsStrategic ThinkingTechnology Management 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. Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. 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. Physical Requirements: The work is sedentary. Typically, the employee may sit comfortably to perform portions of the work. However, there is periodic walking, standing, bending, carrying of light items such as data files, instructional material, books and manuals. No special physical demands are required to perform the work. 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 position is located in the Primary Care Division of the VA Portland Health Care System. The Division is responsible for providing primary care services to Veterans across Oregon and Southwest Washington. The primary purpose of the position is to improve the quality, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care by integrating clinical and information processes necessary to achieve successful adoption and application of new technologies throughout the Veterans Health Administration (VHA).