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$41,365.00 to $79,586.00
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$41,365 to $79,586 per year
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1 vacancy in the following location:
Relocation expenses reimbursed
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Current or former competitive service employees, including:
Career Transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)
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The Occupational Therapist is a member of the of the Rural and Communities Home Based Primary Care section. The incumbent will be assigned to the Lansing Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) which is a part of the Battle Creek VA Medical Center. The assignment carries the primary responsibility for providing in-home occupational therapy assessments, and the planning, and administration and management of rehabilitation in the home for patients. The OT will provide these in-home services to patients with a wide variety of multiple, complex chronic illnesses and/or profound disabilities. The population served are Veterans enrolled in the Battle Creek VAMC from all age groups who receive their primary care at either the medical center or one of the affiliated CBOC. Regular independent travel to patients' homes within identified HBPC service area is required. Duties of the Occupational Therapist (OT) include but are not limited to:
Independently develop, implement and evaluate therapeutic rehabilitation programs within the framework of HBPC and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitative (PM&R) section.
Assess the goals, living skills, physical abilities, and related needs for each patient referred for in-home assessment.
Complete safety assessments subsequent to falls to include recommendations relevant.
Develop a treatment plan directed toward achieving maximum level of functioning within the home, consulting with other PM&R disciplines as indicated, and developing the plan in collaboration with the patient, care giver and other involved HBPC disciplines.
Serve as content expert in ordering complex and specialized medical equipment.
Demonstrates ability to make desired appointment, next available appointments-future and actual day- appointments for new consults. Work collaboratively with peers and office staff for newly referred veterans for admission visits.
Document assessments, treatment plans, and response to treatment plans.
Initiate the appropriate forms for the patient to apply for Home Improvement and Structural Alterations (HISA) funding with written justification.
Complete VA clinical reminders applicable to the OT's assessment.
Assist in orienting and training of professional OT students, other disciplines and student of the HBPC team and volunteers.
Attend or complete all VA-required educational programs with specified time frames.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday; 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Due to specialized nature of the position, hours and days may be expanded to include weekends and extended hours to the serve the needs of out Medical Center and Veterans.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required.
76% or greater - You may be expected to travel for this position.
Who May Apply
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Permanent employees of this Agency and other Federal Agencies
Questions? This job is open to 1 group.
Job family (Series)
0631 Occupational Therapist
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
Valid State Driver License
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Heavy lifting (45 pounds and over); moderate lifting (15-44 pounds); moderate carrying (15-44 pounds); pushing; reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking (2-4 hours); standing (4-6 hours); repeated bending, climbing, use of legs and arms; both legs required; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision correctable at 13 to 16 to Jaeger 1 to 4; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; ability to distinguish basic colors; ability to distinguish shades of colors; hearing (aid permitted); mental and emotional stability.
Current Basic Life Support (BLS) certification is required for this position prior to seeing patients.
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.
Proficiency in spoken and written English
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). 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. (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. 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. § 7405(c)(2).
Preferred Experience: Preferred Applicants will be qualified at the GS-11 Level with the appropriate level and amount of experience.
Experience or Education. None beyond the basic requirements. Candidates at this level may have a baccalaureate degree from an approved program prior to the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) January 1, 2005.
Experience or Education. In addition to meeting the basic requirements, candidate must have at least 1 year of post-graduate progressively responsible experience equivalent to the next lower grade level; or education equivalent to two full years of progressively higher level graduate education in a field related to the practice of occupational therapy; or Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy or a closely related field accredited by ACOTE.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA's): In addition to meeting the above, candidates must fully demonstrate the following KSA's: Knowledge of occupational therapy practice
Ability to administer and interpret occupational therapy assessment and evaluation tools
Ability to interpret evaluation findings to develop and coordinate intervention plans, including goals and methods to achieve stated goals
Ability to implement the intervention plans directly or in collaboration with others
Skill to monitor the individual's response to interventions and modify treatment plan and reevaluates as indicated
Skill and ability to communicate and or collaborate with the patients, family members, caregivers, interdisciplinary professionals or other individuals verbally and in writing
Knowledge and ability to apply all health and safety regulations to minimize and mitigate risks in the provision of patient care and environmental maintenance
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.
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.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA's): In addition to meeting the above, candidates must fully demonstrate the following KSA's: Knowledge of advanced occupational therapy techniques to perform functions associated within the occupational therapy scope of practice.
Ability to communicate orally and in writing.
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.
Knowledge of principles and techniques in the occupational therapy assessment and treatment of occupational, cognitive, and psychological functional deficits.
Ability to interact with patients, families, and other health care providers.
Ability to facilitate and instruct in-service and clinical training programs.
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, Part II, Appendix G14, Occupational Therapist 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 in the range of GS-7 to GS-11.
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
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.
United States Citizenship Required; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
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.
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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.
Knowledge of Occupational Therapy Practice. To be creditable, the experience must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics associated with current professional occupational therapy practice. Creditable experience can be obtained through employment as an OT. This may be evidenced by one or both of the following:
Active professional practice. Active professional practice means paid/non-paid employment as a professional OT as defined by AOTA. Experience gained after graduation but prior to licensure is creditable provided the candidate was utilized as a graduate OT and subsequently passed the NBCOT certification and the required state regulatory requirements.
Completion of a post-graduate fellowship or a post-graduate residency program may substitute for creditable experience on a year for year basis. Fellowships or post-graduate training programs are typically in specialty areas such as advanced practice, research, mental health, gerontology, enhanced education, health policy, leadership and therapeutic sciences.
Quality of Experience. Experience is only creditable if it is post-graduate experience as a professional OT directly related to the duties to be performed. Qualifying experience must also be at a level comparable to professional occupational therapy experience at the next lower level. For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher level duties must consist of significant scope, administrative independence, complexity (difficulty) and range of variety as described in this standard at the specified grade level and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time.
Content Specialty. Specialized content areas of occupational therapy practice include, but are not limited to, certified hand specialist, ergonomic specialist, blind/visual rehabilitation assistive technology specialist, functional capacity examination specialist, polytrauma, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, geriatrics, mental health, driver rehabilitation, home based primary care, etc.
Part-time Experience. Part-time experience is creditable according to its relationship to a full-time workweek. For example, an OT employed 20 hours per week, or on a half time basis, would receive 1 full-time workweek of credit for each 2 weeks of service.
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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
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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 01/22/2018 to receive consideration.
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Agency contact information
Battle Creek VA Medical Center
5500 Armstrong Road
Battle Creek, MI
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