Respiratory Therapist

Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Services | Philadelphia, PA

Posted Date 7/31/2020
This position is an episodic, intermittent position on irregular or occasional work hours and you are only compensated for time worked. You also may not hold dual federal employment.

Additional selections may be made across the Department of Health and Human Services in multiple locations through this vacancy announcement.This position is located with the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS). NDMS supports state, local, tribal and territorial (SLTT) authorities following disasters and emergencies by supplementing health and medical systems and response capabilities. The HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, in its role as Coordinator of Emergency Support Function 8 (ESF-8), Public Health and Medical Services, of the National Response Framework, employs the NDMS to provide patient care, patient movement, and definitive care, as well as veterinary services, and fatality management support when requested by authorities from States, localities, Tribes and Territories, or other federal departments. In a disease outbreak, they may provide mass prophylaxis. During a special event, they stand ready to serve in case of an emergency. But no matter what the specific mission is, DMAT teams provide expert patient care that protects individual health and promotes national health security.
  1. Provides therapeutic health services to patients under the continuing guidance of a physician.
  2. Instruct patients on the proper use of respiratory therapy equipment.
  3. Records pertinent data associated with treatment such as type of therapy administered, equipment and medications used, patient progress, and general observations of vital signs.
  4. Works closely with other Respiratory Therapists and Respiratory Therapy Technicians in training, preparedness, and response/recovery operations.
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.

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; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to gain employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. If such experience is on a part-time basis, you must provide the average number of hours worked per week as well as the beginning and ending dates of the experience so it can be fully credited.

NOTE: This vacancy will be filled through OPM's Direct Hire authority. Veterans' Preference and traditional rating and ranking of applicants do not apply to positions filled under this announcement. Please click here for more information on OPM's Authorization of Direct Hire authority.

To qualify for this position, you must meet 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.
  • Professional Certification for respiratory therapy from one of the following programs: Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) as entry-level credential for graduates from an accredited associate's degree program in respiratory therapy and Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) as the advanced credential that may be pursued by graduates of Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)-accredited respiratory therapy programs or CRTs who possess at least four years of clinical experience following their CRT certification
  • A minimum of one year experience as CRT or RRT

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