Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY (OT) in Memphis, Tennessee

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

Opened Wednesday 10/12/2016 (12 day(s) ago)

** Closes Thursday 10/27/2016 (3 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1815028

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?

Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your country's service. If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who serve our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans.

The VA is committed to hiring Veterans.

The VAMC in Memphis, TN consists of one main campus located at 1030 Jefferson Avenue, which includes a 60-bed Spinal Cord Injury Unit, and nine community based outpatient clinics (CBOC). It is a tertiary care facility classified as a Clinical Referral Level I Facility and one of the most complex medical centers in the VA system. It is a teaching hospital, providing a full range of patient care services, with state-of-the-art technology, as well as extensive education and research programs. Comprehensive primary, secondary, and tertiary health care is provided in areas of medicine, general cardiovascular and neurological surgery, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, spinal cord injury, neurology, oncology, dentistry, and geriatrics. Specialized outpatient services are provided through general, specialty, and subspecialty outpatient clinics including a women's health center. Services are available to more than 206,000 Veterans living in a 53-county tri-state area (Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi).

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.

Current VA and Federal Employees must apply to announcement # 1816003.


This position is located in the Rehabilitation & Physical Medicine Service at the Memphis VA Medical Center.

Occupational Therapy is a medically based health service administered by a licensed occupational therapist. The Occupational Therapist (O.T.) utilizes the application of goal-oriented, purposeful activity in the evaluation, treatment, instruction, and consultation of individuals whose function is impaired by: acute, sub-acute or chronic physical illness or injury; psychiatric, and/or emotional disorders; congenital or developmental learning disabilities; or the aging process. This is to improve the physical, emotional, and functional capacity of patients, to improve mental acuity, self-image and worth, to promote healthful living habits, maximize strength, range of motion and coordination to develop musculature to be used in substitution for lost function or impaired parts, to teach patients activities and to prevent physical deconditioning.

Specific occupational therapy services include, but are not limited to: evaluation and training in activities of daily living (AOL's); training in functional mobility; developing perceptual motor skills and sensory integrative and cognitive functioning; developing pre-vocational capacities; and designing, fabricating or applying selected orthotic and prosthetic devices. Occupational therapy functional assessments are concerned with specific performance components and the inter­ relationship of those components that are consistent with their professional skills. The Occupational Therapist provides direct patient care to a population of adult veterans hallmarked by the multiplicity and chronicity of their medical-rehabilitation issues. As a consequence of these issues, the incumbent must possess a unique knowledge base relative to the impact of aging on the rehabilitative process and the care of complex, frail patients.

Work Schedule: *Monday - Friday (8:00AM TO 4:30PM). Required to work some weekends *Functional Statement Title/#:Occupational Therapist / 000000

Position Location:Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Service at Memphis VAMC

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.
  • US Citizenship
  • Certification by NBCOT
  • ### Qualifications

Basic Requirements:

U.S. citizenship: Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

Education: (1)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). (2) 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.

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 maintainfull, 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.

English Language Proficiency.OTs must be proficient in spoken and written English

Preferred Experience: Preferred Licensed Occupational Therapist

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:

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.

(b) 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.

(c) 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).

References:Occupational Therapist Qualification Standard located in VA Handbook 5005/25 Part II Appendix G14 Dated February 26, 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: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 20-5O pounds occasionally. 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 trampers, from minimal assistance to dependent transfers, which may be up to 50 pounds.

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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 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.

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

This position is a Bargaining Unit position.

EOE (Equal Opportunity Employer)All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, lawful political affiliation, marital status, disability or membership or non-membership in a labor union.

Salary Range: $62,173.00 to $77,716.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0631-11/11

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 452247700

Job Announcement Number: RZ-17-YMT-1815028-HT38-BU