Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Occupational Therapist in Memphis, Tennessee
OUR MISSION:To fulfill President Lincoln's promise "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?
Summary:About the Memphis VA Medical Center: The VAMC in Memphis, Tennessee consists of one main campus located at 1030 Jefferson Avenue, which includes a sixty-bed Spinal Cord Injury Unit, and ten community based outpatient clinics (CBOC). It is a tertiary care facility classified as a Clinical Referral Level 1 Facility and one of the most complex medical centers in the VA system. It is a teaching hospital, providing a full range of patient care services, with state-of-the-art technology, as well as extensive education and research programs. Comprehensive primary, secondary, and tertiary health care is provided in areas of medicine, general cardiovascular and neurological surgery, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, spinal cord injury, neurology, oncology, dentistry, and geriatrics. Specialized outpatient services are provided through general, specialty, and subspecialty outpatient clinics including a women's health center. Services are available to more than 206,000 Veterans living in a fifty-three county tristate area (Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi).
Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Contact the Agency Contact for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.
THIS IS AN OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT. ELIGIBLE AND QUALIFIED APPLICANTS WILL BE REFERRED TO SELECTING OFFICIALS EVERY 30 DAYS UNTIL ALL POSITION ARE FILLED.
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This position is located within the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service (PM&R;) and provides OT services, in-patient, out-patient, and home-based program, to the veteran population enrolled at the Memphis VA Medical Center, located in Memphis, TN.
- Assists with screening, evaluation, and reevaluation process by implementing delegated assessments for which competency has been established and by providing verbal or written reports of observations and patient capabilities.
- Assesses patient dysfunction using appropriate tests/tools.
- Establishes and maintains contact with other health care providers involved in patient care via written, telephone, and personal communication on a regular basis at the Fayetteville VA Medical Center.
- Demonstrates the teaching skills required to provide education to patients, family members, caregivers, employees, students, and coworkers.
- Develops, implements, and communicates the occupational therapy intervention plan based on the evaluation, patient goals, current best evidence, and clinical reasoning.
- Modifies the treatment plan, therapeutic activities and interventions based on the changing needs, goals and performance of the patient.
- Performs competent written documentation of initial examinations, progress notes, and discharge summaries.
- Contributes to the discontinuation or transition plan by providing information and documentation to the supervising therapist or physician related to the patient's needs, goals, performance, and appropriate follow-up resources.
Work schedule: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm or 7:30 to 4:00, Monday through Friday or Tuesday through Saturday to include weekend/evening coverage, as needed. Compressed/Flexible Schedule: Not Available Telework: Not Available Virtual: This not a virtual position. Position Description Title/PD#: Occupational Therapist/ Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report:Not Required
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0631 Occupational Therapist
- Occupational Therapists
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 background/security investigation
- Must pass pre-employment examination
- Must be proficient in written and spoken English
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 09/28/2018.
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. 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. Certification/Examination -Possession of written documentation that the individual has passed the entry-level certification examination for OT;s which is administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). State Licensure/Certification/Registration/Trademark -must hold a full, current, and unrestricted state license, certification, registration or trademark to practice occupational therapy in the 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 as required by VA Handbook 5005, Part II, chapter 3, Section A, paragraph 3g.
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.
Grade Determinations:In addition to the basic requirements for employment, 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 three years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a degree in occupational therapy or a directly related field.
References:VA Handbook 5005/25, Part II, Appendix G14.
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11.
Physical Requirements -The work requires regular and recurrent standing, walking, bending, reaching, and moderate lifting to perform tasks and procedures with instruments and other equipment. It also requires specific physical characteristics, abilities, and dexterity needed to perform intricate analytical and technical procedures. The employee may be required to spend long periods of time before a computer screen and using a keyboard. The must have normal color vision.
English Language Proficiency - OTs must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by VA Handbook 5005, Part II, chapter 3, Section A, paragraph 3j.
You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below: Specialized Experience:Is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities required to successfully perform the duties of the position. Typically we would find this experience in work within this field or a field that is closely related.To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Specialized experience for this position is experience which includes but is not limited to demonstrated occupational therapy screening, evaluation, and reevaluation processes, providing verbal or written reports of observations and patient capabilities, examination and treatment of patients, using appropriate tools/tests to assess patient dysfunction and develops implements, and communicates the occupational therapy intervention plan based on the evaluation, patient goals, current best evidence and clinical reasoning;
You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position: 1. Knowledge of advanced occupational therapy techniques to perform function 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 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. 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.
Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.
A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
PLEASE NOTE: 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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. 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.
Receiving Service Credit or Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.
The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal/VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/.
Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
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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 WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
Narrative responses are not required at this time. If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.
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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
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 make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.
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- Other Veterans Document
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.
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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All applicants are encouraged to apply online.To apply for this position, you must complete the 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 09/28/2018 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10174887.
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Memphis VA Medical Center 1030 Jefferson Avenue Memphis, TN 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/495825800. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
Open & closing dates: 04/04/2018 to 09/28/2018
Salary: $63,676 to $79,597 per year
Pay scale & grade: GS 11
Work schedule: Full-Time
Appointment type: Permanent