Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Supervisory Recreation Therapist in Memphis, Tennessee

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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?

The VAMC in Memphis, TN consists of one main campus located at 1030 Jefferson Avenue, which includes a 60-bed Spinal Cord Injury Unit, and nine community based outpatient clinics (CBOC). It is a tertiary care facility classified as a Clinical Referral Level I 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 53-county tri-state area (Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi).

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The incumbent has supervisory responsibility and a thorough knowledge of recreation therapy and creative arts therapy theories, concepts and principles that guide the profession. The incumbent demonstrates knowledge of accepted recreation therapy/creative art therapy models of care that will meet the complex and diverse needs of the Veterans served. Identifies staffing needs utilizing job analysis methodology in the independent development of position descriptions, performance standards, recruitment strategies, facilitating interviewing panels with performance based interviewing of candidates for positions and recommendation of the best qualified candidate for the position.

Develops and manages the multiple clinical programs to meet current and anticipated Veteran rehabilitation needs within allocated resources. These multiple clinical programs are provided to Veterans in a coordinated, interdisciplinary manner to maximize benefit to the Veteran. Interventions may be hospital based or community based and promote activity engagement of the Veteran. Interventions may have inherent risk which requires proper training of staff, protocol development to include a safety and risk management plan.

Manages patient care activities to comply with VHA Directives, The Joint Commission (TJC)and Commission of Accreditation on Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) standards. Regularly reviews and updates scopes of practice, positions descriptions, performance standards and competencies for clinical staff. Independently initiates, develops and writes department policies, procedures, standard operating procedures and clinical protocols for recreation therapy. As recreation therapy interventions, may involve some risk due to the active nature of the intervention, is responsible for developing risk management plans to mitigate the risk.

Work Schedule:8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


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0638 Recreation/Creative Arts Therapist

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Conditions of Employment

Physical Requirements: In some assignments, the work involves regular and recurring physical exertion such as prolonged walking or standing, bending, moderately heavy lifting or moving of equipment, positioning severely disabled patients and assisting patients in ambulation. The work requires specific, common physical characteristics and abilities, such as above average agility and dexterity, as well as skill and ability in one or more art forms.


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. Basic Education Requirements: Applicants must meet one of the following educational requirements: * Bachelor's or graduate/higher level degree in therapeutic recreation, art therapy, drama therapy, dance therapy, or music therapy; OR * Bachelor's or graduate/higher level degree in a related field involving therapeutic emphasis or concentration that included at least 36 semester hours in therapeutic courses as described below: 18 semester hours of therapeutic recreation courses; and 18 semester hours that include a combination of abnormal psychology, physiology, human anatomy and development, disabilities and general recreation Education must have been obtained from an accredited program recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (external link) at the time the degree was obtained.

Preferred Experience: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. 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.

Some examples of specialized experience would include the utilization of a variety of Leisure Assessment tools that identify leisure needs/barriers. The development of treatment plan that establishes measurable objectives/goals that addresses those needs/barriers. Development of clinical programs that allow the patient the best opportunity to accomplish those objectives/goals. Planning/coordination of large-scale social events.

Grade Determinations: GS-11 - In addition to the basic education requirement, 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-10 grade level OR 2 1/2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a PH.D. degree or equivalent doctoral degree. ( You must submit copies of transcripts)

References: U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions, Group Coverage Qualification Standards for Professional and Scientific Positions and Individual Occupational Requirements for GS-0638, Recreation/Creative Arts Therapist Series. For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at

The full performance level of this vacancy is 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: 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:

Additional information

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.

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.

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

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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.


  • Knowledge of advanced recreation therapy techniques to perform functions associated within the recreational therapy scope of practice and apply the advanced knowledge to provide clinical guidance to recreation therapy staff.
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing and 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.
  • Ability to interact with patients, families, other health care providers; and facilitate/instruct in-service and clinical training programs to health care professional and outside groups.
  • Ability to implement, revise/update evidence based recreation therapy services in specialized areas such as Polytrauma, SCI, geriatrics, inpatient rehab. and other specialty areas.
  • Ability to develop and implement protocols and procedures for intervention programs based on current recreation therapy practices 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.

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Required Documents

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

  • Resume
  • Transcript

VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at:;=&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), documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).

  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214
  • Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs)
  • OF-306
  • Other
  • 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

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

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 03/21/2018 to receive consideration.

  1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.

NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

To verify your application is complete, log into your USA JOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process. To return to an incomplete application, log into your USA JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

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Agency contact information
Lasha Perry

9015238990 X5928



Memphis VA Medical Center 1030 Jefferson Avenue Memphis, TN US

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Next steps

Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

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Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

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This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 03/14/2018 to 03/21/2018

Salary: $61,218 to $79,586 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 11

Work schedule: Full-Time

Appointment type: Permanent