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Occupational Therapist
##### Department of Veterans Affairs
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Overview
- ##### Open & closing dates
06/21/2019 to 07/10/2019
- ##### Service
Competitive
- ##### Pay scale & grade
GS 7 - 11
- ##### Salary
$47,607 to $83,144 per year
- ##### Appointment type
Permanent
- ##### Work schedule
Full-Time
Location
1 vacancy in the following location:
-
Butler, PA
##### Relocation expenses reimbursed
No
##### Telework eligible
No
- Duties
### Summary
The Occupational Therapist reports directly to the Administrative
Officer within the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Services
(PM&RS) Program at VA Butler Healthcare. S/he provides occupational
therapy services in the HCC gym, completes home safety evaluations,
and completes driving evaluation screens.
Learn more about this agency
### Responsibilities
Duties of the Occupational Therapist include but are not limited to:
- Receiving patient referrals for evaluation, independently
utilizing evaluation data to develop treatment plans, and
modifying plans on an ongoing basis according to progress and
patient preferences to better meet the short- and long-term
goals and maximize functional independence.
- Evaluating patient need for assistive devices and recommending
adjustments to prosthetic/orthotic devices or making minor
adjustments on devices or adaptive equipment. Completes
evaluations/fittings for specialized equipment.
- Completing electronic progress notes on patients assigned, at
required intervals, including observations of patients'
functional status, behaviors pertinent to rehabilitation,
relevant short- and long-term goals, progress towards discharge,
and disposition recommendations.
- Per VHA Directive 1173.16. Condition of continued employment
that selectee must complete the VA Driver's Training within 11
months of EOD.
**Work Schedule:** Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
**Financial Disclosure Report:** Not required
### Travel Required
75% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.
##### Supervisory status
No
##### Promotion Potential
11
- #### Job family (Series)
0631 Occupational Therapist
#### Similar jobs
- Occupational Therapists
- Therapists, Occupational
- Requirements
### Conditions of Employment
- You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
- Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after
12/31/1959
- You may be required to serve a probationary period
- Subject to a background/security investigation
- Must be proficient in written and spoken English
- Selected applicants will be required to complete an online
onboarding process
### Qualifications
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements
by the closing date of this announcement, 07/10/2019.
**Basic Requirements**:
- United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed
when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in
accordance with VA Policy.
- Education
- Graduation from a degree program in occupational therapy
approved by the Accreditation Council for Occupational
Therapy Education (ACOTE) or predecessor organizations to
include an internship (supervised fieldwork experience
required by the educational institution). The ACOTE is the
only accreditation agency recognized by the United States
Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher
Education Accreditation (CHEA).
- Certification/Examination. Possession of written documentation
that the individual has passed the entry-level certification
examination for OTs which is administered by the National Board
for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).
- State Licensure/Certification/Registration/Trademark (hereafter
referred to as state regulatory requirement). The OT must hold a
full, current, and unrestricted state license, certification, or
registration or trademark to practice occupational therapy in a
State, Territory, a Commonwealth ofthe United States (i.e.,
Puerto Rico), or in the District of Columbia.
- English Language Proficiency. OTs must be proficient in spoken
and written English in accordance with VA Handbook Part II,
chapter 3, Section A, paragraph 3j.
**Preferred Experience:** At least one year experience as an
occupational therapist
**Grade Determinations**: GS-7 Staff Occupational Therapist (Entry
level)
- Experience or Education. None beyond the basic requirements.
GS-9 Staff Occupational Therapist (Developmental Level)
- Experience or Education. In addition to meeting the basic
requirements, candidate must have:
- At least 1 year of post-graduate progressively responsible
experience equivalent to the next lower grade level; or
- Education equivalent to two full years of progressively
higher level graduate education in a field related to the
practice of occupational therapy; or
- Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy or a closely related
field accredited by ACOTE. AND
- Demonstrate Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Other
Characteristics (KSAOs). In addition to meeting the experience
or educational requirements for this grade level, the candidate
must fully demonstrate the following KSAOs:
1. Knowledge of occupational therapy practice.
2. Ability to administer and interpret occupational therapy
assessment and evaluation tools.
3. Ability to interpret evaluation findings to develop and
coordinate intervention plans, including goals and methods
to achieve stated goals.
4. Ability to implement the intervention plans directly or in
collaboration with others.
5. Skill to monitor the individual's response to interventions
and modify treatment plan and reevaluates as indicated.
6. Skill and ability to communicate and or collaborate with the
patients, family members, caregivers, interdisciplinary
professionals or other individuals verbally and in writing.
7. Knowledge and ability to apply all health and safety
regulations to minimize and mitigate risks in the provision
of patient care and environmental maintenance.
8. Knowledge and ability to comply with all applicable
regulations governing documentation, medical records,
reimbursement and workload statistics in accordance with
established professional practice and VHA.
GS-11 Occupational Therapist (Full Performance)
- Education and Experience. In addition to meeting the basic
requirements, candidate must have:
- Completion of one year of progressively complex experience
and a broader scope of experience equivalent to the next
lower grade directly related to the position being filled,
or
- 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education
leading to a degree in occupational therapy or a directly
related field. AND
- Demonstrated KSAOs. In addition to the basic requirements,
individuals assigned as GS-11 OTs must demonstrate all of the
following KSAOs:
1. Knowledge of advanced occupational therapy techniques to
perform functions associated within the occupational therapy
scope of practice.
2. Ability to communicate orally and in writing.
3. Ability to adapt assessment tools and treatment to the
complexity of the diagnosis or disabilities and demonstrate
the clinical reasoning necessary to identify the need for
further in depth specific assessment of function and
utilization of non-standard methods and techniques.
4. Knowledge of principles and techniques in the occupational
therapy assessment and treatment of occupational, cognitive,
and psychological functional deficits.
5. Ability to interact with patients, families, and other
health care providers.
6. Ability to facilitate and instruct in-service and clinical
training programs.
7. Knowledge and ability to apply all health and safety
regulations to minimize and mitigate risks in the provision
of patient care and environmental maintenance.
**References:** VA Handbook 5005/25, Part II, Appendix G-14,
Occupational Therapist Qualification Standards
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11. The actual
grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in
the range of GS-7 to GS-11.
**Physical Requirements:** Moderate lifting (15-44 pounds); light
lifting (under 15 pounds); moderate carrying (15-44 pounds); light
carrying (under 15 pounds); reaching above shoulders; use of
fingers; both hands required; walking (1 hour), standing (3
hours).
### Education
**IMPORTANT:** A transcript must be submitted with your application
if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
**Note:** Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S.
Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities,
schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal
employment. You can verify your education here:
d.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education
to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of
Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit
for that education. For further information, visit:
d.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.
### Additional information
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional
vacancies.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have
faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer
competitive status.
VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health-related
positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the
Schedule A excepted appointment authority.
Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for
Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at
VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and
coaching and reintegration support for military service members.
If you are unable to apply online view the following link for
information regarding an Alternate Application.
### How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the
qualifications above.
**IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE
MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your
application, rsum, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be
verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or
omissions may affect consideration for employment.**
**NOTE:** The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group)
will review the selected candidate's education and experience and
recommend the grade and salary at which the candidate will be
placed. For internal selectees eligible for promotion, the board
will recommend grade and HR will determine step in accordance with
policy.
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.
### Background checks and security clearance
##### Security clearance
Other
##### Drug test required
Yes
- Required Documents
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application
Package which includes:
- Resume
VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can
be found at:
a.gov/vaforms/search\\_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search.
**REQUIRED AT TIME OF APPLICATION**
The following documents are accepted, and may be required if
applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this
position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all
documents required for your application, such as a copy of your
transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former
Federal employees), etc.
- Cover Letter
- DD-214/ Statement of Service
- Disability Letter (VA)
- Resume
- SF-15
- Transcript
**Veterans' Preference:** When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible
Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or
for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must
provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and
character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are
currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or
discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to
your active duty service which reflects the dates of service,
character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of
impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others
eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of
eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 \"Application for 10
Point Veteran Preference\" with required proof as stated on the form.
Documentation is required to award preference. For more information
on Veterans' Preference, please visit
edshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
#### If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution
recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be
credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the
attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting
institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this
vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may
affect the overall rating.
- Benefits
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a
comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your
family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to
make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal
benefits.
Review our benefits
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold
and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent.
Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific
benefits offered.
- How to Apply
All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this
position, you must complete the full questionnaire and submit the
documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The
complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on
07/10/2019 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire
click sastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10532827.
1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log
in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your
USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete
the occupational questionnaire.
2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.
**NOTE:** It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and
appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
To verify your application is complete, log into your USA JOBS
account, sajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the
Application Status link and then select the more information link
for this position. The Details page will display the status of your
application, the documentation received and processed, and any
correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your
uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan
process. To return to an incomplete application, log into your USA
JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy
announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents
from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
**NOTE**: Participation in the seasonal influenza program is a
condition of employment and a requirement for all Department of
Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). HCP are individuals
who, during the influenza season, work in VHA locations where
patients receive care or who come into contact with VA patients as
part of their duties. VHA locations include, but are not limited to,
VA hospitals and associated clinics, community living centers
(CLCs), community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs), domiciliary
units, Vet centers and VA-leased facilities. HCP include all VA
licensed and unlicensed, clinical and administrative, paid and
unpaid, full- and part-time employees, intermittent employees, fee
basis employees, VA contractors, students, researchers, volunteers,
and trainees who work at these facilities. HCPs that are unable to
receive or otherwise decline a flu shot will be expected to wear a
face mask throughout the influenza season.
### Agency contact information
### Brittany Odom
##### Phone
717-###-#### X4025
##### Email
...@VA.GOV
##### Address
VA Butler Healthcare
353 North Duffy Road
Butler, PA 16001
US
Learn more about this agency
### Next steps
Once your online application is submitted you will receive a
confirmation notification by email. After we receive application
packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy
announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure
qualification and eligibility requirements are met. After the review
is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will
be notified of their status by email. Referred applicants will be
notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office
for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final
notification once a selection decision has been made.
You may check the status of your application at any time by logging
into your USA Jobs account and clicking on Applications. Information
regarding your application status can be found in the USAJobs Help
Center.
- Fair & Transparent
The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent.
Please read the following guidance.
### Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on
the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and
gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual
orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age,
membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental
status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
- Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job
applicants
### Reasonable Accommodation Policy
Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants
with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable
accommodation for any part of the application process should follow
the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part
of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the
hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable
accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work
environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an
individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties
or receive equal access to job benefits.
Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide
reasonable accommodations when:
- An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an
equal opportunity to apply for a job.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform
the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive
equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and
office-sponsored events.
You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the
application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are
considered on a case-by-case basis.
Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations
or how to contact an agency.
#### Legal and regulatory guidance
- Financial suitability
- Social security number request
- Privacy Act
- Signature and false statements
- Selective Service
- New employee probationary period
This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to
apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDe
Associated topics: cht, certified occupational therapy assistant, cota, ffs, occupational, occupational therapist, occupational therapist ot, therapist, therapist ot

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