Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physical Therapist in Mather AFB, California

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following locations:
  • Mather AFB, CA
  • Sacramento, CA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Tuesday 10/4/2016 (16 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 10/24/2016 (4 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1817275

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.

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.


The VA Northern California Health Care System is seeking an experienced Physical Therapist to perform patient evaluations, provide treatment and documentation, and provide patient/family education regarding Acute Care at the Sacramento VA Medical Center located in Sacramento (Mather), CA. This therapist must have knowledge, skill, and ability to interact with and provide treatment to patients from young adulthood through geriatric age and be able to fulfill their age specific needs. The incumbent is a licensed physical therapist who serves as a subject matter expert and role model for other physical therapy personnel in evaluation and treatment of patients in the rehabilitation area. This individual will be expected to supervise physical therapy assistants when applicable. This therapist must also:

  • Measure, fit and instruct patients for use of complex adaptive equipment and assistive devices and justify need for all adaptive equipment and assistive device requests.

  • Independently develop appropriate treatment plans and goals with emphasis on acute and chronic medical rehabilitation and perform a full range of PT treatment procedures, modifying the treatment according to the patient's response to PT intervention.

  • Assume responsibility (under the direction of the Chief of Physical Therapy) for program development and refinements within the specialty areas of acute, subacute and chronic care rehabilitation. This is to include the development of acute, subacute-care and chronic guidelines and protocols.

*Work Schedule: *Tuesday - Saturday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

*Functional Statement Title: *Physical Therapist

*On-Call: *No

*Rotating Shift: *No

*Required to work holidays or weekends: *Yes

*Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): *Nonexempt

*Bargaining Unit Position: *Yes

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.

Basic Requirements:

U.S. Citizenship

English language proficiency (written and spoken)

Physical standards - All applicants must meet the physical standards for the position. A physical examination prior to employment may be required.

Registration – Current, full, active and unrestricted license to practice physical therapy in a State, Territory or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States, or in the District of Columbia

*Preferred Experience: *Experience with Early Mobility Program at the Acute Setting/ICU

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.

Grade Determinations:

*GS-07: *None beyond the basic requirements.

*GS-09: *In addition to meeting the basic requirements, candidate must have: 1) At least 1 year of post-graduate progressively responsible experience equivalent to the next lower grade; or 2) a master's degree in physical therapy or a directly related field.

In addition to meeting the experience or educational requirements for this grade level, the candidate must fully demonstrate the following KSAOs:

1) Knowledge of anatomy, physiology, physics, kinesiology, psychology, pathophysiology and surgical procedures as they relate to human function.

2) Knowledge and ability to apply clinically appropriate assessment techniques and treatment interventions to address human pathophysiology and dysfunction.

3) Ability to communicate, both orally and in writing, with patients, families, caregivers, and other healthcare professions.

*GS-11: *In addition to meeting the basic requirements, 1) completion of 1 year of progressively complex experience and a broader scope of experience equivalent to the next lower grade; or 2) 3 years of progressively higher level education leading to a doctoral degree; or doctoral degree in physical therapy or a directly related field.

In addition to meeting the experience or educational requirements for this grade level, the candidate must fully demonstrate the following KSAOs:

1) Knowledge of contemporary and evidence-based PT practice.

2) Ability to interpret clinician prescriptions and referrals.

3) Ability in communicating, both orally and in writing, with patients, families, caregivers, and other health care professions to facilitate the multidisciplinary treatment process.

4) Skill in utilizing appropriate screening and evaluation techniques required to appropriately provide direct patient care.

5) Knowledge of clinical signs and symptoms to make appropriate referrals for further medical attention/assessment as indicated.

References: VA Handbook 5005/25, Part II, Appendix G12, Physical Therapist Qualification Standard, dated February 18, 2009. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

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:

Physical Requirements: Heavy lifting (45 lbs and over), heavy carrying (45 lbs and over), straight pulling (8 hrs), pushing (8 hrs), use of fingers, both hands required, repeated bending (8 hrs), both legs required.

Environmental Factors: Working closely with others

Security Clearance


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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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.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

Salary Range: $89,840.00 to $116,792.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0633-07/11

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: US Citizens and Current Permanent Federal Employees

Control Number: 452388800

Job Announcement Number: 612-17-TG-1817275-BU