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Occupational Therapist


  • Duties
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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 Alexandria VA Health Care System is seeking an Occupational Therapist to join our growing Team at the Alexandria VA Health Care System including the Community Living Center (CLC). The Alexandria VA Health Care System, Alexandria, Louisiana is a Joint Commission accredited, complexity level 3 facility serving Veterans within 23 of Louisiana's 64 parishes. The VAHCS is located in Pineville, Louisiana with community based outpatient clinics (CBOCs) in Lafayette, Jennings, Lafayette, Fort Polk, Lake Charles and Natchitoches, Louisiana.

    The Alexandria VA Health Care System is located in the Heart of Louisiana. Alexandria is quickly emerging as one of the nation's best places to start a business, raise a family, and explore the great outdoors. It is a national leader in new and expanded business development and was recently named one of the twenty best cities in the country to find a job. National Geographic Traveler ranks Alexandria as one of America's top ten "wilderness towns" because of its incredible access to the one of the country's most beautiful and expansive national forests.

    Central Louisiana has become known as "The Crossroads," a place where all of Louisiana comes together - from culture to food and music. With a population of over 46,342, Alexandria continues to grow in every sector of our society. The city of Alexandria is adjacent to the city of Pineville and separated by the Red River. Alexandria sits on the central corridor of I-49 which makes it a quick access to several major Metro cities. Alexandria is only 2 hours from Shreveport, LA, 3 1/2 from New Orleans, LA, and 4 1/2 from Dallas and Houston, TX.

    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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    Responsibilities

    This position is located in the Physical Medicine and Rehab Service at the VA Alexandria Health Care System. The incumbent provides Occupational Therapy services to the veteran population enrolled at the Alexandria VA Health Care Center or through Home Based Primary Care (HBPC) at Jennings to include a 65 mile radius (radius subject to change based on program needs). These services may include any one, or a combination of the following: providing professional clinical services, carrying out education and training activities, clinical consultation, supervision, and administration. In performing these duties, VHA OT's demonstrate professional knowledge of, and skill in applying, a wide range of theories, principles, and methodologies of the practice of occupational therapy. Specialized content areas of occupational therapy practice include, but are not limited to, ergonomics, blind/visual rehabilitation assistive technology, orthopedics, polytrauma, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, geriatrics, and mental health. These services are accomplished in collaboration with other members of the interdisciplinary treatment teams as appropriate.

    Applicants selected for this position may be eligible to apply for an award under the provisions of the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP). Final decision on an EDRP award amount is contingent on the availability of EDRP funds.

    Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday 8AM to 4:30PM

    Travel Required
    75% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status
    No

    Promotion Potential
    11

    Who May Apply This job is open to… United States Citizens
    Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

  • 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

    Physical Requirements: Incumbent must be able to lift items weighing fifty (50) pounds. Office work performed is sedentary and may involve sitting comfortably to perform data entry and other computer work. There may be some walking; standing; bending; carrying of bulky and/or heavy items.

    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
    • English Language Proficiency. OTs must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook Part II, chapter 3, Section A, paragraph 3j.
    • 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.
    • 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.

      d. 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: The OT must maintain full, current and unrestricted license, trademark, registration, or certification as required by state statute. The majority of states have determined that licensure is the most effective approach to regulating occupational therapy practitioners. As of the date of this standard, 47 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico license OTs; two states-Hawaii and Michigan-have registration laws; and one state, Colorado, has a title protection trademark law.

      e. Loss of Credential. An employee in this occupation who fails to maintain OTR registration and meet state regulatory requirements must be removed from the occupation, which may also result in termination of employment.

      f. Exceptions for the Graduate Occupational Therapist

      (1) 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). This appointment may not be extended.

      (2) The OT in these cases may provide care only under the supervision of an OT who meets all state regulatory requirements.

      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.
    Grade Determinations: Assignment. OTs at this grade level must meet state regulatory requirements for assignment at this grade level, and are considered to be at the full performance level. Staff OTs at this level practice independently and are responsible for performing occupational therapy assessment and treatment interventions. Staff OTs demonstrate a full professional understanding of the theories of treatment in occupational therapy and their proper application through the use of activity analysis, behavioral intervention, frame of references, and therapeutic procedures. They are assigned to all program areas which are covered by Rehabilitation Services and provide professional, independent occupational therapy services in the assigned area. OTs at this level may be given general assignments in any occupational therapy program area where the advanced specialized knowledge is not required on a recurring basis due to the patient population served and complexity of the facility and/or treatment area or may serve as the sole OT at a less complex facility. Individuals may perform ancillary assignments, including program management duties on an occasional basis, where the complexity and amount of work
    is not substantial (less than 25% of the duty time).

    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: Request VH Handbook 5005/25 Part II Appendix G14 from Human Resources.

    The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-11.

    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.

    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.

    Seasonal Influenza Prevention Program for VHA Health Care Personnel
    Participation in the seasonal influenza program is a condition of employment and a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). HCP are individuals who, during the influenza season, work in VHA locations where patients receive care or who come into contact with VA patients as part of their duties. VHA locations include, but are not limited to, VA hospitals and associated clinics, community living centers (CLCs), community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs), domiciliary units, Vet centers and VA-leased facilities. HCP include all VA licensed and unlicensed, clinical and administrative, paid and unpaid, full- and part-time employees, intermittent employees, fee basis employees, VA contractors, students, researchers, volunteers, and trainees who work at these facilities.

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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
    Public Trust - Background Investigation

  • Required Documents
    Help Required Documents

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

    Resume (must include a listing of each job, starting/ending month of each work experience, work schedule (full-time or part-time) of each work experience, the facilities' full name and address, immediate supervisor's name, and a description of duties performed).

    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.

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    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).

    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).

    SF-50 Copy of most recent SF-50 verifying your status as a current or past permanent Federal employee with reinstatement and/or transfer eligibility, if applicable.

    DD-214 If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 or proof of service Your copies must be legible and must show character of service and all dates of service; more than one DD-214 may be needed to show all dates of service. Copies of your DD-214 may be requested by calling 800-827-1000 or TDD# 800-829-4833 or online at http://www.archives.gov/veterans/evetrecs/.

    Other Supporting Documents

    Disabled veterans and other veterans eligible for 10-point preference must also submit an SF-15 with required proof. If you are claiming entitlement for 10-point veterans preference, you MUST submit your DD-214 showing character of service; and SF-15 (Application for 10-Point Veterans Preference) with the required VA letter dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying a service-connected disability of 10% or more. (available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf)

    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.

  • Benefits
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    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits .

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    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

  • 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 09/30/2018 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 TRAMIKA COLEMAN

    Phone
    318-466-2577
    Email
    [email protected]

    Address

    Alexandria VA Medical Center
    2495 Shreveport Highway
    Pineville, LA
    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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    The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
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    Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

    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.
    • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov . For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/489745000 . 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
03/19/2018
Type
Full time
Location
Jennings, Louisiana, US