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University of Massachusetts Amherst Departmental Assistant (X-Ray Technician) in Amherst, Massachusetts

Departmental Assistant (X-Ray Technician)

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Work type: Hourly

Location: UMass Amherst



Categories: Health & Medical Services, Temporary Non-Benefited

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

Job Summary

Participates directly in the clinical care of patients under the Laws of Radiologic Technology Licensure of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Performs diagnostic radiology examinations, is knowledgeable and participates in quality assurance and control, performing all necessary tests and studies, evaluates radiographs for quality and content, helps review and adheres to policies set forth by the Radiology Department and University Health Services. Under the supervision of the Radiology Manager.

Essential Functions

  • Performs diagnostic radiographic examinations including orthopedic and emergency trauma procedures.

  • Evaluates and critiques radiographs.

  • Documents work performed.

  • Advises and instructs patients in order to provide them with information and preparations necessary to obtain optimal radiographic studies.

  • Functions as a liaison between health care provider and consultant radiologist.

  • Participates in the Radiology Department's quality assessment program, reviews and assists in updates of the radiology procedure manual, radiation safety manual, infection control and safety policies and procedures set forth by the Radiology Department and University Health Services (UHS) as well as all applicable recommendations and criteria required by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Public Radiation Control program, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).

  • Maintains current knowledge of developments and advancements in the field of diagnostic radiology.

  • Participates in mandatory continuing education courses in order to meet national registry and MA license requirements.

  • Applies the “As Low As Reasonably Achievable” (ALARA) principles by maintaining a constant program of radiation protection utilizing efficient techniques and methods.

  • Informs patients and providers of the principles of ALARA and the Radiology Department safety and protection program.

  • Troubleshoots and diagnoses equipment failure or malfunction.

Other Functions

  • Understands and is committed to, and supports departmental affirmative action and nondiscrimination goals and policies.

  • Performs related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)


  • Associate Degree in Radiology or equivalent certification from an accredited Radiologic Technology program.

  • Registered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, and a current license to practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.


  • Knowledge of the scope of practice for health care professionals in the Radiologic Sciences.

  • Ability to practice at a comprehensive level in all radiologic technology practices, procedure and techniques.

  • Knowledge of radiation protection and related safety practices, procedures and requirements.

  • Knowledge of the principals of radiographic exposure.

  • Knowledge of CR/PACS and basic computer programs.

  • Knowledge of human structure, function and human pathology.

  • Knowledge of medical ethics and terminology.

  • Knowledge of Universal Precautions.

  • Ability to demonstrate computer literacy.

  • Ability to lift and position patients requiring medium strength.

  • Ability to understand, explain and apply the laws, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, specifications, standards and guidelines governing clinic activities.

  • Ability to work collaboratively with staff in the offices of Billing and Referrals.

  • Ability to communicate and follow written and oral instructions.

  • Ability to gather information through questioning individuals and by examining records and documents.

  • Ability to maintain accurate and confidential records.

  • Ability to work well with individuals and groups.

  • Ability to give written and oral instructions.

  • Ability to establish rapport and maintain harmonious working relationships with people from diverse backgrounds.

  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and discretion in handling difficult situations and confidential information.

Physical Demands/Working Conditions

Ability to lift and position patients requiring medium strength.

Additional Details

  • Knowledge of the laws, rules regulations, policies, procedures, specifications, standards and guidelines governing the clinic.

  • Knowledge of proper telephone procedures for making and receiving clinic calls

  • Knowledge of and proficiency in using patient health information systems.

  • Knowledge of Radiology Department’s radiation and health safety program

Work Schedule

20 hours per week, to include some weekends and evenings.

Salary Information

$31.00 per hour.

Special Instructions to Applicants

To apply for the position, please submit your application along with a cover letter, resume and contact information for three (3) references.

Please include on your resume your American Registry of Radiologic Technologists registration number and your current license number to practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

Advertised: Jan 24 2024 Eastern Standard Time

Applications close: Apr 24 2024 Eastern Daylight Time