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Job Title: Occupational Therapist
Company Name: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Columbia, SC
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 09/12/2018
Expire Date: 11/11/2018
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Job Description
Occupational Therapist

The WJB Dorn VAMC is recruiting for an experienced Occupational Therapist (OT) in the Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Service (PM&RS) Acute In-Patient and Community Living Center (CLC) Short Stay Rehab units and may treat outpatients occasionally. The incumbent plans and administers a full range of evaluations, treatment techniques and modalities for adult and geriatric adult patients to accomplish the therapeutic objective of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. Procedures used require the application of specialized skills and knowledge of occupational therapy practice in the setting of physical dysfunction.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

*The incumbent will submit timely, accurate initial evaluations, progress notes, re-evaluations, and discharge summaries on individual patients assigned, and modifies treatment programs, as indicated.

*Attends staff meetings; represents the occupational therapy section at any appropriate interdisciplinary team meetings; prepares and presents in-service training on occupational therapy, as assigned
*Recommends requisition of equipment and supplies and reports needed equipment repairs to the PM&RS coordinator and/or secretary; recommends, modifies, and fabricates adaptive equipment as needed by disabled patients in their normal activities of daily living

*Supervises OT students by fulfilling al American Occupational Therapy Association training requirements, provides accurate evaluation of student performance and schedules elective training experiences for the student. Works with and/or supervises therapy assistants, therapy aids and volunteers assigned to the OT section.

Work Schedule: Thursday - Monday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, subject to change based on agency needs
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

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.
  • English Language Proficiency:OTs must be proficient in spoken and written English
  • Education Requirements: 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 contacting the American Occupational Therapy Association website or at their office address: American Occupational Therapy Association, P.O, Box 31220, Bethesda, MD 20824-1220. (2) Foreign graduates of occupational therapy programs meet the requirements subparagraph 2b(1) if they have a current, full, active and unrestricted license/certification/registration/trademark referred to in subparagraph 2d and certification/registration referred to in subparagraph 2c. NOTE: Effective January 1, 2005, ACOTE accredits only master or doctoral degree programs in occupational therapy.
  • 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. NOTE:OTs who are graduates from an approved occupational therapy program but do not possess the NBCOT OTR certification and/or do not meet the state regulatory requirements, may be given a temporary appointment as a graduate OT not-to-exceed two years under the authority of 38 U.S.C. r?r 7405(c)(2). This appointment may not be extended.
    Grade Determination:
    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 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.
References: VA Handbook 5005/25, Part II, Appendix G14, Occupational Therapist Qualification Standard GS-0631. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11.

Physical Requirements: Position requires heavy lifting (45 pounds and over); heavy carrying (45 pounds and over); pulling hand over hand (4 hours); pushing (4 hours); reaching over shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking (6 hours); standing (6 hours); kneeling (5 hours); repeating bending (5 hours); climbing, use of legs and arms; both legs required; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; good vision; hearing (aid permitted); mental and emotional stability required

None

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

  • 10-2850C
  • Resume
  • Transcript
  • National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy License
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.

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).

  • 10-2850C
  • Resume
  • 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.
  • English Language Proficiency:OTs must be proficient in spoken and written English
  • Education Requirements: 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 contacting the American Occupational Therapy Association website or at their office address: American Occupational Therapy Association, P.O, Box 31220, Bethesda, MD 20824-1220. (2) Foreign graduates of occupational therapy programs meet the requirements subparagraph 2b(1) if they have a current, full, active and unrestricted license/certification/registration/trademark referred to in subparagraph 2d and certification/registration referred to in subparagraph 2c. NOTE: Effective January 1, 2005, ACOTE accredits only master or doctoral degree programs in occupational therapy.
  • 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. NOTE:OTs who are graduates from an approved occupational therapy program but do not possess the NBCOT OTR certification and/or do not meet the state regulatory requirements, may be given a temporary appointment as a graduate OT not-to-exceed two years under the authority of 38 U.S.C. r?r? 7405(c)(2). This appointment may not be extended.
    Grade Determination:
    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 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.
References: VA Handbook 5005/25, Part II, Appendix G14, Occupational Therapist Qualification Standard GS-0631. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11.

Physical Requirements: Position requires heavy lifting (45 pounds and over); heavy carrying (45 pounds and over); pulling hand over hand (4 hours); pushing (4 hours); reaching over shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking (6 hours); standing (6 hours); kneeling (5 hours); repeating bending (5 hours); climbing, use of legs and arms; both legs required; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; good vision; hearing (aid permitted); mental and emotional stability required
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