Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Occupational Therapist in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Albuquerque, NM
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Thursday 9/29/2016 (21 day(s) ago)

** Closes Thursday 10/20/2016 (0 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1813305

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?

Failing to submit any documentation listed under the "Required Documents" by the closing date may result in loss of consideration.

Recruitment/Relocation incentives are NOT authorized for this position.

Eligibility for appointment or promotion is contingent upon Professional Standards Board review of the Functional Statement for this position.


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.


Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service is seeking an Occupational Therapist to join the team! The Incumbent assigned is responsible for serving as the subject matter expert in the area of Occupational Therapy plan of care. Incumbent also serves as the Occupational Therapy consultant to occupational therapy and other medical center staff in evaluating and treating patients pertaining to Occupational Therapy plan of care. Occupational Therapist will work independently and be responsible for performing occupational therapy assessment and treatment interventions. Occupation Therapist must be able to 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.

Work Schedule: Full-time, Monday through Friday, 7:30 am to 4:00 pm

Functional Statement/Title: Functional Statement / Occupational Therapist

Fair Labor Standards Act: Exempt

Bargaining Unit Status Code: 1276

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.


  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may 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 fieldwork experience required by the educational institution).
  • 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).
  • State Licensure/Certification. 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.

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.


GS-11: In addition to basis requirements, completion of a minimum of 1 year of progressively complex experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-09) is required. Generally, assignments at this grade level require the knowledge, skills, and competencies normally acquired through post-graduate residency or fellowship training programs. The candidate must also demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills, and

Abilities (KSAs):

  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.

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.

Physical Requirements:

Lifting/Carrying, 100 lbs per day. Sitting, 2 hours per day. Standing, 2 hours per day. Walking, 2 hours per day. Climbing, .50 hours per day. Kneeling, .25 hours per day. Bending/Stooping, .50 hours per day. Twisting, .25 hours per day. Pulling/Pushing, .25 hours per day. Simple Grasping, .50 hours per day. Fine Manipulation (includes keyboarding), 1.50 hours per day. Reaching Above Shoulder, .25 hours per day. The position also requires operating machinery.

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

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. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. 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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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:

Receiving Service Credit for 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. [HR users - input the following if applicable to your JOA] VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees 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.

Other Information

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. In Accordance with VA Handbook 5383 (VA Drug-Free Workplace Program) Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

Salary Range: $72,535.00 to $88,078.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0631-11/11

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 451886200

Job Announcement Number: ABQ-16-723-JMJ-1813305-BU