Occupational Therapist


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    The position is located in the Occupational Therapy Section of the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service (PM&RS) of the VA New Jersey Health Care System. The Occupational Therapist provides evaluation and treatment that promotes the prevention, remediation, and rehabilitation of acute and chronic physical and psychosocial dysfunction.

    Work Schedule: Monday to Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm, may vary according to clinic need
    Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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    Responsibilities

    Duties include, but are not limited to:
    • Primarily provides orthopedic upper extremity/hand rehab in the outpatient setting as well as general occupational therapy services for a variety of diagnoses.
    • Evaluates, develops, and implements appropriate occupational therapy treatment to address physical, cognitive, psychosocial, sensory, communication, and other areas of performance in various contexts and environments in everyday life activities that affect health, well-being, and quality of life including activities of daily living (ADL) and instrumental activities of daily living (IADL), home safety and environmental accessibility through the use of activities, exercises and special techniques to achieve functional outcomes.
    • Administers and interprets recognized and standardized tests and measurements to determine baseline level of functioning and treatment applications which will enable clients to achieve valued functional outcomes.
    • Independently renders occupational therapy treatments and procedures based on the assessed needs of the client and evidenced-based practice. Adapts treatment procedures and changes or modifies treatment plans.
    • Determines need for and provides orthotic or assistive/adaptive devices or equipment and training as needed to attain treatment goals. Educates patient and significant other in the proper application/installation/use for a specific device.
    • Determines need for and fabricates custom splints and UE orthoses and issues prefabricated splints and orthoses.
    • Uses Physical Agent Modalities (PAMs) for which competency has been established by the Chief of Occupational Therapy and certification has been obtained per the State of New Jersey Occupational Therapy Advisory Council Statutes.
    • Works independently in planning and carrying out a treatment program to meet complex treatment objectives. Problems not covered by guidelines are solved independently by utilizing specialized skills, knowledge, and experience.Independently solves complex problems related to occupational therapy. Adapts and modifies treatment plans, activities and procedures to meet the needs of the patients.


    Travel Required
    Not required

    Supervisory status
    No

    Promotion Potential
    11

  • Job family (Series)
    0631 Occupational Therapist

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  • Requirements
    Help Requirements 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

    Qualifications
    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 (supervised field work 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).
      Foreign Education. Foreign graduates of occupational therapy programs meet the requirements if they have a current, full, active and unrestricted license/certification/registration/trademark. 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/Registration/Certification. The OT must hold a full, current and unrestricted state license, registration or certification as required by state statute.
    • 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).
    Preferred Experience: Certified in Physical Agent Modalities (PAMs).
    Experience in outpatient and inpatient rehabilitation.
    Experience in rehab of post-operative and chronic upper extremity conditions.

    Grade Determinations:
    For GS-9: Experience: At 1 year of post-graduate progressively responsible experience equivalent to the next lower grade level
    OR
    Education: 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.
    For GS-11: 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 (GS-9) directly related to the position being filled
    OR
    Education: 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:
    - 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: See VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G14 dated March 28, 2014.

    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-07 to GS-11.

    Physical Requirements: Occupational Therapy is considered a vocation that requires medium strength according to the Department of Labor. Medium Work entails: exerting 20-50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or 10 to 25 pounds of force frequently, and/or greater than negligible up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects. Physical Demand requirements are in excess of those for Light Work. (more than exerting of up to 20 points of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects.) Examples of the medium strength required by Occupational Therapists are as follows:
    • Standing, walking, squatting, bending, and sitting, and changing from one position to the other frequently throughout the day.
    • Sitting at a desk and using upper extremities to reach, grasp and place papers, charts and binders.
    • Reaching, lifting, carrying, pushing and pulling: 1-10 pounds constantly, 10-25 frequently, and 20-50 pounds occasionally. Specific examples include: picking up, carrying and placing folders, charts, books and binders.
    • Setting up equipment for patients such as weights or durable medical equipment.
    • Lifting and carrying adaptive equipment ranging in weight from negligible to 50 pounds.
    • Pushing and rolling equipment such as walkers, wheelchairs and supply carts.
    • Assisting patients in mobility such as ambulation and transfers, from minimal assistance to dependent transfers, which may be up to 50 pounds.
    • Performing passive range of motion exercises that require the movement of patients' extremities in all planes of motion.


    Education
    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 .

    Additional information

    This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

    Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.

    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 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.

    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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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Other

    Drug test required
    No

  • Required Documents
    Help Required Documents

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

    • 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 .

    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
    • 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 .

    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
    Help 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 10/31/2018 to receive consideration.
  • 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.
  • 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, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login , 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 Justin Lieberman

    Phone
    (908) 647-0180 5023 X5023
    Email
    Justin.Lieberman@va.gov

    Address

    VA New Jersey Health Care System
    385 Tremont Avenue
    East Orange, NJ 07018
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    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:
    • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov . For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/492187400 . Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
Company
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Posted
09/18/2018
Type
Full time
Location
Lyons, NJ, US