Indian Health Service Physical Therapist in Lame Deer, Montana

Indian Health Service
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Lame Deer, MT
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Friday 10/14/2016 (10 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 11/28/2016 (35 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Become a part of an innovative, dynamic, nationwide organization of dedicated health care providers working to meet the individual health care needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Indian Health Service (IHS) employees are considerate in our care, creative in our approach, enthusiastic about our work and compassionate with our patients.

Our lifestyle is adventurous, community oriented and focused on service and problem solving as part of a professional interdisciplinary team. Join us in improving the health outcomes of 2.2 million American Indians and Alaska Natives. OPEN UNTIL FILLED: THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS OPEN UNTIL THE VACANCY IS FILLED. IT MAY BE EXTENDED OR CLOSED PRIOR TO THE CURRENT CLOSING DATE. FIRST CUT OFF DATE FOR APPLICATIONS IS 10 BUSINESS DAYS FROM THE OPEN DATE AND EVERY 10 BUSINESS DAYS THEREAFTER. This position is located within the Indian Health Service, Northern Cheyenne Service Unit, Lame Deer, MT. The IHS is required by law to give absolute preference to qualified applicants who meet the Secretary of the Interior's definition of Indian for appointment to vacancies within the IHS in accordance with established IHS policy as outlined in the Indian Health Manual Part 7, Chapter 3. The IHS is an Equal Opportunity Employer. This position is being announced concurrently under Delegated Examining procedures. Please review vacancy announcement number ++IHS-R4-BI-1546687-DE++; for eligibility requirements. NOTE: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered

  • Evaluate and diagnose physical therapy health-related conditions.
  • Perform professional assessment of evaluated findings; develop goals and treatment plans for patient care; implement appropriate treatment based on individual patient needs.
  • Educate individuals in the nature of health-related conditions and available services as applicable to the scope of physical therapy practice, recommended therapy, and the general promotion of health and prevention of illness/disease.
  • Record patient-provider transactions and complete required consults necessary for patient care via the Electronic Health Record (EHR).
Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel may be required.
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Selectee will be subject to a pre-employment fingerprint check.
  • Selectee will be subject to a background investigation.
  • Selectee will be subject to a probationary/trial period.
  • ESEP appointees typically serve two year trial period.
  • More than one selection may be made from this announcement.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

To qualify for this position, your resume must state sufficient experience and/or education, to perform the duties of the specific position for which you are applying. 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; religious; spiritual; community; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer and part time experience. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week. For positions requiring positive education requirements, or if you are using education to meet all or part of the qualification requirements, you MUST submit a copy of your transcripts or an itemized list of college courses which includes equivalent information from the transcript (course title, semester/quarter hours, and grade/degree earned) in your resume. Substitution of Graduate Level Education: Your graduate level education may be substituted in whole or part for the specialized experience required in this position. Your graduate level education must be related to the job being filled and must have provided you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully perform the work of the position to be considered for substitution of specialized experience. Submit a copy of your college transcript if you are requesting IHS to consider your graduate level education in determining your qualifications Your education and work experience may be combined to meet the qualification requirements of this position. BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL GRADES Degree: that included or was supplemented by (1) a physical therapy curriculum approved by a recognized professional accrediting organization at the time the curriculum was completed, and (2) the clinical affiliation requirements prescribed by the school. Licensure: Applicants must pass a State-administered national examination. GS-09: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-07 OR 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree To qualify based on specialized experience for GS-9 level, you must have one year of experience (equivalent to the GS-7) level that included duties such as: Administer physical therapy to general medical and surgical patients whose condition generally involves a single disability without secondary complications. Carry out full range of treatment procedures using heat, light, water, massage, therapeutic exercise, training in use of prosthetic devices. Perform and interpret results of manual muscle and nerve tests, skin temperature and resistance tests, joint motion tests. Evaluate patient's response to treatment. Revises treatment plan when patient fails to respond or shows adverse reactions to agent used in treatment. GS-11: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-09 OR 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree. To qualify based on specialized experience for GS-11 level, you must have one year of experience (equivalent to the GS-09 level) that included duties such as: Plan and carry out a full range of treatment where therapeutic objectives are complex and the procedures involved require the application of highly specialized skills and knowledge. Perform tests and measurements involving manual or electrical means; and interpret results. Devise adaptations of equipment to meet the specific needs of patients. Employ unusual motivational techniques to obtain the participation of the patient in his/her rehabilitation. Coordinate and employ simultaneously several treatment approaches to accomplish complex treatment objectives. Participate with health care team in providing consultation services on patient management, discharge planning, and training as appropriate Time-In-Grade Requirements: Merit Promotion (status) candidates must have completed one year of service at the next lower grade level. Time-In-Grade provisions do not apply under the Excepted Service Examining Plan (ESEP).

You must meet the requirements of the job by 11:59 pm (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date: Monday, November 28, 2016

Security Clearance

Q - Nonsensitive

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

You can track the progress of your application package via your USAJOBS account. You will receive an acknowledgement from USAJOBS that your submission was successful once we have received your on-line occupational questionnaire, resume, and any supporting documentation. You will be notified of the status of your application via your USAJOBS Account after we conduct a qualification review of your complete application package. You will be contacted if further evaluation or interviews are required. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempt to conceal information may disqualify you for employment consideration. We may verify all information you provide in your resume and questionnaire responses, through reference and/or background check, and/or verification of your education. If you are selected, you will be contacted personally by the Human Resources (HR) office posting this announcement.

You will no longer need to call the HR Office to determine your application status. USAJOBS has added an alert setting to their system to provide status updates for applicants. You can elect to activate the status updates from your USAJOBS profile at any point during the application process.

If all required documentation is not submitted with your application you will lose consideration. It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that information and documents entered, uploaded, or faxed is received, legible and accurate. HR will not modify answers submitted by an applicant.

Indian Health Service is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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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. IHS may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their directly related previous non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which annual leave is earned. This position is covered by a Bargaining Unit. This position has promotion potential to the GS-11 grade level. Promotion to the next grade level is at management's discretion and is based on your demonstrated ability to perform the higher level duties, the continuing need for the higher level duties, and "Regulatory/Administrative" approval. Promotion to the next higher grade level is not guaranteed and no promise of promotion is implied. CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: Security Clearance: If you are selected for this vacancy, you must undergo a pre-employment fingerprint check and background investigation. Fingerprint results and background investigation documentation must be cleared prior to hire. You will receive instructions on how to obtain and submit fingerprints and background investigation documentation. After you begin your employment, your continued employment is contingent upon the outcome of a complete background investigation as determined by the sensitivity level of your position. The investigation must find that you are suitable for Federal employment in your position. If you are found not suitable, you will be terminated after you begin work. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or subject to possible criminal charges. Selectee(s) are required to have a viable bank account at a financial institution for electronic direct deposit of salary payment IHS - Operated Properties are tobacco free

Salary Range: $48,403.00 to $76,131.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0633-09/11

Promotion Potential: 11

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: Candidates eligible under Indian Preference appointing authority; All Federal employees serving on a career or career-conditional appointment; Reinstatement eligible; Veterans Preference including Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA); Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) eligible; Schedule A, and/or PHS Commissioned Corps Personnel.

Control Number: 453488600

Job Announcement Number: IHS-R1-BI-1749318-ESEP/MP