Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Occupational Therapist Clinical Specialist in Aurora, Colorado

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This position provides Occupational Therapy to patients referred to specialty outpatient clinics and provides specialty inpatient care throughout Rocky Mountain Regional VAMC/Eastern Colorado Healthcare System. The specialties being considered are Comprehensive Integrated Inpatient Rehabilitation Clinical Specialist, and Wheelchair/Assistive Technology Clinical Specialist.

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Clinical Functions:

  • Develops and carries out occupational therapy plans with individuals to meet individual rehabilitation objectives. Implements the appropriate occupational therapy treatment plan within the specialty area to meet individual rehabilitation objectives utilizing functional activities which have as their goal the improvement of patient's activities of daily living. strength, range of motion, sensation. perceptive and/or cognitive process, and may also include, therapeutic exercise, muscle reeducation, neuromuscular facilitation, perceptual motor integration, fabrication and application of devices for daily living. teaching adaptive or compensatory techniques for community re-entry and work activities and providing patient and/or caregiver education regarding disability. Patients treated have complex physical, emotional, and social problems.
  • Based on evaluations. and planning with patient and significant others (when appropriate), and coordination with the multidisciplinary team, establishes treatment goals and eventual discharge plan.
  • Re-evaluates patient's performance and modifies treatment as indicated. Regularly presents patient information to health care providers regarding outcomes of treatment, current status and expectations. Communication is timely and follows department policies.
  • Initiates ordering, delivery and training in the use of patient specific adaptive equipment in a timely, efficient and accurate manner, utilizing the processes related to the procurement of prosthetic equipment.
  • Carries a full patient caseload, accepting new consults. Treatment directly affects a patient's social, emotional, and functional well-being. Assignments may include acute care medical and surgical cases, inpatient rehabilitation, outpatients, and/or the community
  • living center.
  • Documents initial evaluations, progress, and discharge planning in a timely, concise manner, per section documentation and consult management requirements. Performs other duties as assigned.

Work Schedule:Monday - Friday 8am - 4:30pm NOTE:Candidate must be willing to work weekends, holidays, irregular work hours and extended hours. The candidate must be willing to be placed, detailed or temporarily assigned to other related services and/or locations, if necessary. Financial Disclosure Report:Not required Functional Statement:GS-12 Occupational Therapist Clinical Specialist

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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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

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. * Ed*ucation: 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). * 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). NOTE: Effective January 1, 2007, candidates for certification as an Occupational Therapist Registered (OTR) must be a graduate from a post-baccalaureate accredited occupational therapy program approved by NBCOT or be a graduate from a degree program recognized by NBCOT or considered equivalent to the American Occupational Therapy education standard.

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 of the United States (i.e., Puerto Rico), or in the District of Columbia.

Preferred experience for Wheelchair/Assistive Technology Clinical Specialist is:

  • 3-5 years working with adult patient population
  • 3-5 years' experience of evaluation and training on manual and powered mobility devices
  • 1-2 years' experience evaluation and training on various assistive technologies
  • Work experience in inpatient rehabilitation, CARF accredited programs, and outpatient specialty services
  • Evidence of the ability to work autonomously and independently without direct supervision.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skill in advanced evaluation and treatment planning for complex medical conditions in the above specialty settings
  • Assistive Technology Professional certification from Rehabilitation Engineering society of North America (RESNA)

Preferred experience for Comprehensive Integrated Inpatient Rehabilitation Clinical Specialist is:

  • At least 3-5 years' experience
  • Minimum 2 years work experience in: inpatient rehabilitation, CARF accredited programs, outpatient specialty OT services
  • Possesses AOTA Board Specialty in Physical Rehabilitation
  • Evidence of the ability to work autonomously and independently without direct supervision
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skill in advanced evaluation and treatment planning for complex medical conditions in the above specialty settings.
  • Experience in patient education with durable medical equipment, specialty medical equipment
  • Experience in rehabilitation and multidisciplinary teams, to include both inpatient and outpatient settings
  • Experience in home safety assessment and home modification

Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates.

GS-12 Occupational Therapist*Education* and Experience. Education and Experience. In addition to the basic requirements, completion of a minimum of 1 year of progressively complex experience equivalent to the next lower grade level. Generally, assignments at this grade level require the knowledge, skills, and competencies normally acquired through post-graduate residency or fellowship training programs. In addition to fully meeting KSAOs identified at the GS-11 full performance level, the candidate must also demonstrate the KSAOs required for the specific assignment.

Education and Experience. In addition to the basic requirements, completion of a minimum of 1 year of progressively complex experience equivalent to the next lower grade level. Generally, assignments at this grade level require the knowledge, skills, and competencies normally acquired through post-graduate residency or fellowship training programs. In addition to fully meeting KSAOs identified at the GS-11 full performance level, the candidate must also demonstrate the KSAOs required for the specific assignment.

Assignments.Typical assignments for OTs at the GS-12 grade level are described below. Other assignments of equal complexity and responsibility may be approved on an individual basis where warranted.

GS-12 Clinical Specialist/Lead Occupational Therapist. The individual assigned responsibility for serving as the subject matter expert in a content specialty area and as a consultant to occupational therapy and other medical center staff in evaluating and treating patients in the specialty areas of occupational therapy practice that are beyond the general practice of occupational therapy. This individual must demonstrate skills and techniques for a specific patient population who have varying degrees of highly complex occupational and/or mental problems. This individual provides professional oversight and consultation for staff therapists and monitors and evaluates clinically appropriate treatment programs with great autonomy. Clinical specialties may include: certified hand therapist, ergonomic specialist, blind/visual rehabilitation, assistive technology specialist, functional capacity examination specialist (FCE) and/or demonstrate advanced skills to plan, develop, lead, and administer programs/clinics in care settings such as acute, sub acute, Long Term Care (LTC), outpatient, Mental Health, Spinal Cord Injury (SCI), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Polytrauma and other specialty care service delivery areas. Clinical Specialists generally would be found in Complexity Level 1 (High Complexity) or Level 2 (Medium Complexity) facilities, or practice at a facility designated as a Polytrauma Support Clinic Team, Polytrauma Network Site, or Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center. OTs assigned to this position must fully demonstrate the following KSAOs: a. Advanced knowledge of contemporary occupational therapy across multiple areas of practice, and the demonstrated ability to apply this advanced knowledge to provide clinical guidance to staff OTs within the department. b. Demonstrated clinical knowledge of advanced specialized evaluation, interventions, and services to independently develop treatment strategies for specialty populations; c. Skill in developing protocols and procedures for intervention programs based on current occupational therapy theory, recent research and practice; d. Ability to provide consultation to other health care practitioners and outside groups about occupational therapy scope of practice and areas of expertise; e. Ability to implement, revise/update evidence based occupational therapy services in specialized areas such as polytrauma, TBI, SCI, geriatrics, mental health, driver rehabilitation, home based primary care (HBPC) and other specialty areas; f. Advanced knowledge in prosthetics/orthotics devices and demonstrated ability to make adjustments on devices or adaptive equipment to obtain maximum benefit from the device. May assess for and fabricate orthotic devices and proceed with modifications as needed.

References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G14 dated 2/26/2009. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

This position is above the Full-Performance Level.

Physical Requirements:Heavy Lifting (45 lbs and over); Moderate Carrying (15-44 lbs); Straight Pulling (up to 8 hours); Use of fingers; Both legs required; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Ability to distinguish shades of colors; Hearing (aid permitted); Emotional and mental stability.


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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.

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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

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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 10/16/2018 to receive consideration.

  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.
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Kathleen Botwinick




Eastern Colorado HCS Denver 13611 E. Colfax Ave Aurora, CO 80045 US

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This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 10/11/2018 to 10/16/2018

Service: Competitive

Pay scale & grade: GS 12

Salary: $79,799 to $103,739 per year

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full-Time