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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Respiratory Therapist

Bulletin Number: 

HHS-ASPR-DH-18-10177304

Position Title:  Respiratory Therapist
Salary:

$41,310 to $53,703 per Year
The salary indicated above is basic pay and your locality pay will be adjusted

Series/Grade:GS-0651-08
Promotional Potential:N/A
Appointment Type:    Excepted Service – Indefinite Appointment
Position Information: Intermittent - This is an episodic, intermittent position, on an irregular or occasional
basis with hours and days of work not on a prearranged schedule and with
compensation for the actual time employed or for service rendered.
Duty Location(s):Regions 1 thru 10
Who May Be Considered:United States Citizens



This Bulletin is applicable only to candidates who were previously hired on the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Secretary – Announcement Number HHS-ASPR-DH-18-10177304 Direct Hire Term appointment advertisements.


Responsibilities:

  1. Administer complex therapeutic health services care for patients during a medical emergency mission or other assignment under the direction of the Team Leader and/or a physician.

  2. Assist physician in determining the appropriateness of prescribed therapist/procedures based on therapeutic goals and monitors goals.

  3. Perform all routine technical, diagnostic and therapeutic procedures such as intermittent positive pressure breathing, aerosol therapy (treatments and continuous; both with and without pharmacological agents; chest physiotherapy, postural drainage, oxygen therapy, suctioning and sputum induction/collection and incentive spirometry from children to adults.

  4. Determine the effectiveness and/or need for change in the therapy being administered.

  5. Clean, set up, and check the operation of basic respiratory equipment such as flow meter, humidifier, hand ventilators, entrainment masks, oxygen tank and regulators.

  6. Work closely with other Respiratory Therapists and Respiratory Therapy Technicians in training, preparedness and response/recovery operations.


Travel required: 76% or greater – 95% Domestic and 5 % International


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship required
  • Registered or exempt from Selective Service (www.sss.gov)
  • Suitable for federal employment
  • Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. All information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation.
  • Documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" System.
  • All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choice.
  • Financial disclosure statement may be required.
  • One-year trial period may be required.


Following a Presidential Declared Disaster, a Public Health Emergency declared by the Secretary of HHS, or a designated augmented mission requirement, the incumbent may be required to work irregular work schedules (evenings, nights, and weekends) and work hours could be extended at critical times.  During actual emergency responses and exercises, the incumbent may be required to work for extended periods of time under austere and highly stressful conditions; may be required to remain on-call 24 hours per day, seven days per week.  During training and deployment, work may require lifting and carrying heavy equipment, supplies, and using flights of stairs when elevators are not operating.  The incumbent may be required to travel on short notice to disaster areas with only minimal comforts, including requirements to eat military-style rations (such as Meals, Ready to Eat (MRE) due to limited or no access to commercially available food.  Extended and frequent travel may be required and will be governed by the need for the incumbent to fully cover all emergency preparedness responsibilities (i.e. disasters, meetings, exercises, etc.).  This travel may depend upon the number and type of events or emergencies that may occur.

During deployments, the work is primarily related to readiness for and deployment for response during the aftermath of a disaster or public health emergency, where work may be field-based, in a tent environment that is remote and austere, caring for sick, injured, dying, or deceased persons.  This work requires above average health, physical, and mental conditioning with routine long periods of repetitive walking, bending, lifting, and carrying, such as carrying NDMS equipment or heavy patients on litters.  Incumbent must be capable of working in a high-stress, high-security, remote, austere, and uncharacterized environment, void of infrastructure and vital services, requiring specific physical demands, such as the ability to lift 50 pounds, and work characteristics that must be met to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  For these reasons, employees are required to complete a physical and health screening process, meet and maintain certain physical standards, as well as mental, behavioral, and cognitive competencies.Work may be performed in an office setting or indoor and outdoor field sites, sometimes in adverse weather.  During emergency situations, the work environment may be situated in austere conditions and environment in terms of destroyed infrastructure (e.g., food and water, housing, electricity, communications), the presence of endemic diseases, and limited health and sanitation facilities requiring special safety precautions.


Qualifications

To qualify for this position, you must have met ALL of the following requirements:

Have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service transporting, setting up, or testing the operation of and changing simple oxygen administering devices, e.g., masks and nasal cannulas with cylinder or centralized medical gas systems; making regular rounds on hospital nursing units to review or collect clinical data to insure that the respiratory equipment is operating properly and in compliance with physicians' orders; and disassembling, cleaning, assembling, and sterilizing reusable respiratory equipment such as oxygen analyzers and regulators, including recognizing and reporting variations from expected results.


Additional information

Travel and transportation expenses may be paid: No
Bargaining Unit Position: No
Drug Screening Required: No
Recruitment incentives may be authorized: No
Student loan repayment incentive may be authorized: No
Annual leave for non-federal service may be authorized: No 


Security clearance

Q – Non Sensitive


What to Expect Next

When you return the email notification that you received to:  IntermittentRecruitmentRequest@hhs.gov  your current Term Appointment Position – will be reassigned to an Excepted Service – Indefinite Appointment, once it has been processed in the Enterprise Human Capital Management System (EHCM), you will receive a copy of your updated Position Description.

 

  • This page last reviewed: April 14, 2020