Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Occupational Therapist in Loveland, Colorado

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If you are NOT a current VA employee, please apply under announcement #: 3588693-91467609-12226-*E*

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise - "To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

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Responsibilities

This position is located at the Loveland, Colorado Community Outpatient Clinic as part of the Cheyenne VA Medical Center in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Home Based Primary Care (HBPC)- travel to veterans' homes. HBPC assignments include veterans with complex medical conditions, orthopedic and neurological disorders, mental illness and geriatric needs.

  • Outpatient - evaluate and treat a variety of occupational deficits including orthopedic, neurological, musculoskeletal, and cognitive conditions.

  • Occasional inpatient rehab coverage at the Cheyenne VA Medical Center.

  • Conduct assessments, provides treatment interventions for patients with a variety of diagnoses and conditions.

  • Complete consults, progress notes, and re-evaluations in a timely manner per facility policy.

  • Serve as content expert in ordering complex and specialized equipment, including mobility devices such as custom manual and power wheelchairs.

  • Provide patient and/or caregiver education as indicated for carryover of skills in the home environment.

  • Demonstrate excellent customer service.

  • Demonstrate consistent quality and quantity of work, exhibiting excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.

  • Demonstrate dependability and flexibility in work habits, including effective time management and appropriate prioritization of tasks based on needs of the clinic and the patient.

  • Assist in the training and supervision of students, trainees, externs, and fellows, providing feedback on progress toward established educational goals.

  • Support performance improvement activities by identifying processes to be improved, participating in the development of monitoring indicators and evaluation criteria, collecting data, implementing process changes, monitoring outcomes and initiating corrective actions.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8am - 4:30pm Fi*nancial Disclosure Report:* Not required

Travel Required

50% or less - You are expected to travel for this position. Travel is locally to patients' homes, not overnight or to different stations.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

11

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0631 Occupational Therapist

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Conditions of Employment
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • 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

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: (1) 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). Degree programs may be verified by visiting the American Occupational Therapy Association website. NOTE: Effective January 1, 2005, ACOTE accredits only master or doctoral degree programs in occupational therapy.

(2) Foreign graduates of occupational therapy programs meet the requirements if they have a current, full, active and unrestricted license/certification/registration/trademark. * 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 of the United States (i.e., Puerto Rico), or in the District of Columbia. * Grade Determination for GS-11 OT: 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. In addition to the basic requirements, individuals assigned as GS-11 OTs must demonstrate all of the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Other Characteristics (KSAOs): 1. Knowledge of advanced occupational therapy techniques to perform functions associated within the occupational therapy scope of practice.

  1. Ability to communicate orally and in writing.

  2. 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.

  3. Knowledge of principles and techniques in the occupational therapy assessment and treatment of occupational, cognitive, and psychological functional deficits.

  4. Ability to interact with patients, families, and other health care providers.

  5. Ability to facilitate and instruct in-service and clinical training programs.

  6. Knowledge and ability to apply all health and safety regulations to minimize and mitigate risks in the provision of patient care and environmental maintenance.

*Preferred Experience: While not required, home health and/or general outpatient experience is beneficial.

References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G14, Occupational Therapist VA 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 GS-11.

Physical Requirements:The Occupational Therapist position requires standing, walking, bending, light to moderate lifting and positioning patients. The incumbent may need to assist in the maneuvering of patients in wheelchairs and transferring of patients in a chair or bed. This position requires lifting/carrying 20 lbs (1 hour per day); sitting (2 hours per day); standing {1 hour per day); walking (2 hrs per day); bending/stooping (half an hour per day); simple grasping (four hours per day); and fine manipulation including keyboarding (1 hour per day). A fair amount of walking is also required to interact with patients and other services throughout the hospital. Incumbent must be physically and mentally able to efficiently perform the essential functions of the position without hazard to themselves or others.

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: http://ope.ed.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: http://www.ed.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.

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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, résumé, 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 determine 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.

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Public Trust - Background Investigation

Drug test required

No

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Required Documents

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

  • VA Form 10-2850c
  • Resume
  • SF-50
  • Transcript

VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/searchaction.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey;=&Action;=Search.* (REQUIRED)*

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, etc.

  • Cover Letter
  • VA Form 10-2850c
  • Resume
  • SF-50
  • Transcript
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.

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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 08/20/2018 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.
  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, https://my.usajobs.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.

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Agency contact information
Ciji Parker
Phone

(907) 372-2203

Email

ciji.parker@va.gov

Address

Cheyenne VA Medical Center 2360 East Pershing Boulevard Cheyenne, WY 82001 US

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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.

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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.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/507775200. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 08/10/2018 to 08/20/2018

Service: Competitive

Pay scale & grade: GS 11

Salary: $66,577 to $86,553 per year

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full-Time