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. 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