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Job Title: Occupational Therapist
Company Name: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 09/12/2018
Expire Date: 11/11/2018
Job Categories: Healthcare, Other, Healthcare, Practitioner and Technician, Human Resources, Information Technology, Installation, Maintenance, and Repair, Medical, Environmental, Writing/Authoring
Job Description
Occupational Therapist

The CLC responsibilities are focused on maximizing performance of Activities of Daily Living (ADL's) and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs). Patients often have complex medical, physical, social or psychiatric problems. They range in age from young adult throughout the life span. However, patients on CLC tend to be elderly which may slow the rate of recovery. Specialized skills and knowledge of care and treatment of the elderly patient and at times amputations are used to develop individualized rehabilitation goals and objective

Additional duties and responsibilities are consistent with usual OT clinic operations such as:

  • Evaluation of home safety and equipment needs with regard to psychosocial factors, physical conditions and cognitive status.
  • Treatment for general strengthening as well as teaching new skills.
  • Applies knowledge of occupational therapy theory, practice skills and techniques.
  • Works closely with COTA staff who often carry out treatment plans developed by the OTR.
  • Communication with patients, significant others, the treatment team for quality patient care.
  • Utilizes knowledge of Adaptive Equipment and environmental adaptations with all patients seen, seeks out additional options for patients as needed.
  • Independently develops and implements treatment plan based on evaluation results in primary care areas. Provides periodic re-evaluation throughout the treatment process.
  • Incumbent completes documentation in a manner consistent with the facilities requirements, including timeliness and completeness.
  • Participates in training of level 2 OT students as needed to provide coverage for primary therapist within the department.

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 7:30 am-4:00 pm.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not requiredBasic 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: Graduate 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).
  • License: 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 Determinations: GS-11 Occupational Therapist (Full Performance Level):

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 (GS-9) directly related to the position filled; or 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a degree in occupational therapy or a related field.

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.
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 5005/24 PART II APPENDIX G12 page II-G14. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.


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-11.

Physical Requirements: Reaching above shoulder, use of fingers, both hands required, repeated bending, near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4, hearing without aid, and working closely with others.

None

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

  • VA 10-2850c
  • Resume


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.

CV or Resume must 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.

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).

  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214
  • OF-306
  • VA 10-2850c
  • Other Veterans Document
  • Resume
  • SF-15
  • SF-50
  • 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 http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
Qualifications & Requirements
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: Graduate 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).
  • License: 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 Determinations: GS-11 Occupational Therapist (Full Performance Level):

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 (GS-9) directly related to the position filled; or 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a degree in occupational therapy or a related field.

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.
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 5005/24 PART II APPENDIX G12 page II-G14. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.


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-11.

Physical Requirements: Reaching above shoulder, use of fingers, both hands required, repeated bending, near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4, hearing without aid, and working closely with others.
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