Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Occupational Therapist in Richmond, Virginia

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Work Schedule: 8:00 AM--4:30 PM Management reserves the right to determine and/or change the tour of duty Financial Disclosure Report:Not Required Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Status: Exempt Bargaining Unit Position: Yes Recruitment/Relocation Incentives: No Relocation expenses: No

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The position is located in the Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Service at the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center, Richmond, VA. The Occupational Therapist practices independently and is responsible for performing occupational therapy assessment and treatment interventions. The Occupational Therapist demonstrates a full professional understanding of the theories of treatment in occupational therapy and their proper application through the use of activity analysis, behavioral intervention, frame of references, and therapeutic procedures. Assignment is in program areas which are covered by Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Services and provide professional, independent occupational therapy services in the assigned area. The Occupational Therapist may be given general assignments in any occupational therapy program area where the advanced specialized knowledge is not required on a recurring basis. The Occupational Therapist may perform ancillary assignments, including program management duties on an occasional basis, where the complexity and amount of work is not substantial (less than 25% of the duty time).

Travel Required

Not required

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
  • 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
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: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 of the 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.

Grade Determinations: GS-11 Occupational Therapist Education and Experience:In addition to meeting the basic requirements, 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.

Demonstrated KSAOs: In addition to the basic requirements, individuals assigned as GS-11 Occupational Therapists 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.

Assignment: OTs at this grade level must meet state regulatory requirements for assignment at this grade level, and are considered to be at the full performance level. Staff OTs at this level practice independently and are responsible for performing occupational therapy assessment and treatment interventions. Staff OTs demonstrate a full professional understanding of the theories of treatment in occupational therapy and their proper application through the use of activity analysis, behavioral intervention, frame of references, and therapeutic procedures. They are assigned to all program areas which are covered by Rehabilitation Services and provide professional, independent occupational therapy services in the assigned area. OTs at this level may be given general assignments in any occupational therapy program area where the advanced specialized knowledge is not required on a recurring basis due to the patient population served and complexity of the facility and/or treatment area or may serve as the sole OT at a less complex facility. Individuals may perform ancillary assignments, including program management duties on an occasional basis, where the complexity and amount of work is not substantial (less than 25% of the duty time).

References: VA Handbook 5005/25, Part II, Appendix G14

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.

Functional Statement Title: Occupational Therapist GS-0631-11 DUTIES: Treats outpatients presenting complex problems using comprehensive knowledge of advanced occupational therapy techniques to perform functions associated within the occupational therapy scope of practice acquired through continuing education and experience. Must use considerable judgment when guidelines are not available to adapt procedures and techniques to accommodate individual deficits, ranges of progress, and problems that may occur.

  1. Treats patients presenting complex problems using comprehensive knowledge of advanced occupational therapy techniques to perform functions associated within the occupational therapy scope of practice acquired through continuing education and experience. Must use considerable judgment when guidelines are not available to adapt procedures and techniques to accommodate individual deficits, ranges of progress, and problems that may occur.
  2. Consults with physicians and makes recommendations for plan of treatment.
  3. Evaluates referred patients to determine current level of functioning (e.g. range of motion, pain, strength, movement mechanics, posture, coordination, perception, coordination, self-care, homemaking, work performance, orthotic needs) using standardized or specialized tests, interviews, observations, medical record review, and consultation with other professional staff. Provides information to physicians for use in differential diagnosis.
  4. Develops rehabilitation objectives, in collaboration with the patient, in the form of a treatment intervention plan that includes short and long term goals. Interventions to attain goals include but are not limited to: therapeutic exercise, muscle re-education, perceptual motor integration, fabrication and applications of orthotics and devices for daily living, instruction in compensatory techniques, and provision of patient/family education.
  5. Re-evaluates the patient's status on a regular basis and adjusts the treatment plan appropriately.
  6. Documents in the medical record: results of the initial evaluation; the treatment plan and goals; progress reports that include the treatment provided, changes in the patient's functional status, and changes made to the treatment plan; a discharge summary that includes goal achievement, recommendations for home program , and patient/family education.
  7. Attends interdisciplinary team meetings; participates with physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, and other disciplines in developing the patient care plan; advises the interdisciplinary team of treatment outcomes, current status of the patient, and progress toward goals.
  8. When indicated, evaluates the patient's living environment through home visits or consultation with patient, family, significant others or home health professionals to assist in solving problems associated with community re-entry.
  9. Applies all health and safety regulations to minimize and mitigate risks in the provision of patient care and environmental maintenance.
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**Physical Requirements: The incumbent may engage in the following activities/position/tasks as defined by the 1991 Dictionary of Occupational Titles and to Selected Characteristics of Occupations Found in the Dictionary of Occupational Titles: a. Position: Occasional Standing/Walking/Sitting b. Weight/Force: Occasional Lifting/Carrying/Pushing/Pulling up to 50 pounds c. Agility: Occasional Stooping/Crouching d. Dexterity: Frequent Handling/Fingering e. Coordination: Frequent Talking/Hearing f. Vision/Hearing: Frequent Near Acuity/Depth Perception/Accommodation; Occasional Color Vision/Field of Vision g. Motor Vehicle Operation: Occasional

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

  • SF-50 (REQUIRED) (Most recent; Not an awards SF-50)
  • VA Form 10-2850c (REQUIRED)
  • Resume (REQUIRED)
  • License (REQUIRED)
  • Certification (REQUIRED)
  • Transcripts (REQUIRED) 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.

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, documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). http://www.fedshirevets.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.

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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 07/26/2018 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
LESA LANG
Phone

804-675-5000 7358

Email

LESA.LANG@VA.GOV

Address

McGuire VA Medical Center 1201 Broad Rock Boulevard Richmond, VA US

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/504894200. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 07/12/2018 to 07/26/2018

Salary: $68,983 to $84,904 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 11

Work schedule: Full-Time

Appointment type: Permanent