Overview

<b>Duties</b><br /><br /><b>Summary</b><br /><br />This position is located in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service (PM&RS), Occupational Therapy section, Baltimore campus. In addition to basic requirements of the position, therapist demonstrates thorough understanding of theories of treatment in occupational therapy and proper application through use of activity analysis, behavioral intervention, frames of reference, and therapeutic procedures.<br /><br />Learn more about this agency <br /><br /><b>Responsibilities</b><br /><br />The Staff Occupational Therapist in the grade level is considered to be at full performance level. Staff occupational therapist at this level demonstrates a thorough understanding of the theories of treatment in occupation therapy and the proper application through use of activity analysis, behavioral intervention, frames of reference, and therapeutic procedures. In addition to basic requirements, incumbent demonstrates the following: knowledge of advanced occupation therapy techniques to perform functions associated with Occupational Therapy Scope of Practice, ability to communicate orally and in writing, ability to adapt assessment tools and treatment to the complexity of the disabilities and demonstrate clinical reasoning necessary, knowledge of principles and techniques in the occupational therapy assessment and treatment of occupation psychological functional deficits, ability to interact with patients, families and other health care provides and ability to facilitate and instruct in-service and clinical training programs<br /><br /><strong>Duty Station: </strong>Baltimore, Maryland<br /> <strong>Work Schedule: </strong>8:00am-4:30pm<br /> <strong>Fi</strong><strong>nancial Disclosure Report:</strong> Not required<br /> <strong>Bargaining Unit:</strong> This position is a Bargaining Unit position<br /> <strong>Telework:</strong> Is NOT approved for this position <br /><br /><b>Travel Required</b><br /><br />Occasional travel – You may be expected to travel for this position.<br /><br />Supervisory status <br /> No <br /><br />Promotion Potential <br /> None <br /><br /></li> <b>Requirements</b><br /><br /><b>Conditions of Employment</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job</li> <li>Designated and/or random drug testing may be required</li> <li>Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959</li> <li>You may be required to serve a probationary period</li> <li>Subject to a background/security investigation</li> <li>Must be proficient in written and spoken English</li> <li>Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process</li> <li>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).</li> <li>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.</li> <li>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).</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Qualifications</b><br /><br />To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 07/10/2019.<br /> <strong>Basic Requirements</strong>: <ul> <li>United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.</li> <li>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).</li> <li>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.</li> </ul> <strong>Preferred Experience:</strong> At least two years of inpatient, acute care Occupational Therapy experience<br /><br /><strong>Grade Determinations:<br /> GS-11 Occupational Therapist </strong><br /> 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.<br /><br /><strong>Examples of experience at the next lower grade GS-09, but not limited to:</strong><br /> 1. Knowledge of occupational therapy practice. <br /> 2. Ability to administer and interpret occupational therapy assessment and evaluation tools.<br /> 3. Ability to interpret evaluation findings to develop and coordinate intervention plans, including goals and methods to achieve stated goals. <br /> 4. Ability to implement the intervention plans directly or in collaboration with others. <br /> 5. Skill to monitor the individual's response to interventions and modify treatment plan and reevaluates as indicated. <br /> 6. Skill and ability to communicate and or collaborate with the patients, family members, caregivers, interdisciplinary professionals or other individuals verbally and in writing. <br /> 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. <br /> 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. <br /><br /><strong>GS-11 Occupational Therapist </strong><br /><br /><strong>Demonstrated KSAOs. In addition to the basic requirements, individuals assigned as GS-11 OTs must demonstrate all of the following KSAOs: </strong><br /> 1. Knowledge of advanced occupational therapy techniques to perform functions associated within the occupational therapy scope of practice.<br /> 2. Ability to communicate orally and in writing.<br /> 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.<br /> 4. Knowledge of principles and techniques in the occupational therapy assessment and treatment of occupational, cognitive, and psychological functional deficits.<br /> 5. Ability to interact with patients, families, and other health care providers. <br /> 6. Ability to facilitate and instruct in-service and clinical training programs. <br /> 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. <br /><br /><strong>Assignment. </strong>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).<br /><br /><strong>References:</strong> http: vaww.va.gov/OHRM/Directives-Handbooks/Documents/5005.pdf <br /><br />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.<br /><br /><strong>Physical Requirements: </strong>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). <br /><br /><b>Education</b><br /><br /><strong>IMPORTANT: </strong>A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.<br /><br /><strong>Note: </strong>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 . <br /><br /><b>Additional information</b><br /><br />This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.<br /><br />It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.<br /><br />This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application . <br /><br /><b>How You Will Be Evaluated</b><br /><br />You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.<br /><br /><strong>IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL 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.</strong><br /><br /><strong>NOTE:</strong> 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.<br /><br />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. <br /><br /><b>Background checks and security clearance</b><br /><br />Security clearance <br /> Other <br /><br />Drug test required <br /> Yes <br /><br /></li> <b>Required Documents</b><br /><br />To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:<br /><br /><ul><li>Resume</li></ul><br /> <strong>CV or Resume (Required) too include: Name of Employer; Month/Year to Month/Year Worked; Number of Hours Worked Per Week; A Detailed Description of your Duties Performed; Current active Licensure, Certification, or Registration number with State, and expiration date.</strong><br /><br />VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: http: www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search .<br /> <strong>CV or Resume (Required) too include: Name of Employer; Month/Year to Month/Year Worked; Number of Hours Worked Per Week; A Detailed Description of your Duties Performed; Current active Licensure, Certification, or Registration number with State, and expiration date.</strong><br /><br />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.<br /><br /><ul><li>Cover Letter</li><li>DD-214/ Statement of Service</li><li>Disability Letter (VA)</li><li>License</li><li>OF-306</li><li>BLS, ACLS</li><li>Professional Certification</li><li>Reasonable Accommodation Documentation</li><li>Resume</li><li>SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action</li><li>Transcript</li></ul><br /> <strong>CV or Resume (Required) too include: Name of Employer; Month/Year to Month/Year Worked; Number of Hours Worked Per Week; A Detailed Description of your Duties Performed; Current active Licensure, Certification, or Registration number with State, and expiration date.</strong><br /><br /><strong>Veterans' Preference:</strong> 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 http: www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx . <br /><br /><b>If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:</b><br /><br />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 . <br /><br />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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