Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST HBPC (MOD) in Modesto, California

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

Opened Friday 10/7/2016 (16 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 10/28/2016 (5 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1818411

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.

The VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS) consists of three inpatient facilities located at Palo Alto, Menlo Park, and Livermore, plus seven outpatient clinics in San Jose, Fremont, Capitola, Monterey, Stockton, Modesto, and Sonora. These facilities provide some of the world's finest medical care and cutting-edge technology.

VAPAHCS is a teaching hospital with an affiliation with the Stanford University School of Medicine which provides a rich academic environment including medical training for physicians in virtually all specialties and subspecialties. Our Health Care System operates over 800 beds, including three nursing homes and a 100-bed homeless domiciliary - all to serve more than 67,000 enrolled Veterans.

You can learn more about VAPAHCS by visiting

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/or Federal employees should apply under VK-17-MG-1818331-BU.

Current VA and/or Federal employees must submit their SF-50, Notificaiton of Personnel Action, at the time of application.

NOTE: Declining to be interviews, failure to respond/accept interview attempts, or failure to report for a scheduled interview will be considered as a declination for further consideration for employment against this vacancy.


Work Schedule:**8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday-Friday

The Occupational Therapist (OT) assigned to this position works within the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. The OT plans, implements, and coordinates comprehensive occupational therapy services for adult and geriatric veterans who have complex medical, neurological, orthopedic, and psychological disorders. The duties and responsibilities may be carried out in settings throughout the health care system as needed, including all clinical and other patient care areas involved with the Occupational Therapy service.

The major duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Evaluates patients' abilities and functional limitations, develops treatment plans and administers

appropriate therapy program.

  • Supervises and trains occupational therapy interns and practicum students. OT assists in

development and upgrading of training program content.

  • Develops forms for treatment guidelines, data collection, or patient education.
Travel Required
  • 75% or Greater
  • For Patient Care Duties
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

*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). 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. (2) Foreign graduates of occupational therapy programs meet the requirements subparagraph 2b, 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.input all requirements outlined in the VA Qualification Standards for the position you are recruiting for]

Preferred Experience:Incumbent must have experience planning, implementing, and coordinating comprehensive OT evaluation and treatment for adult and geriatric patients who present with a full range of medical, neurological, orthopedic, psychological, and cognitive disorders that limit functional performance and safety in the home care setting. The incumbent must have experience evaluating patients' abilities and functional limitations, as well as developing, documenting, and carrying out appropriate treatment plans to address ADL and IADL deficits and to increase patient safety. Preferred experience also includes completing home safety assessments and recommendations; assessing the need for durable medical equipment and mobility devices; and providing patient and caregiver training regarding all of the elements listed above to promote patients' functional independence and safety.

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:


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.

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.

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: VA Handbook 5005/25, Part II, Appendix G14, Occupational Therapist Qualification Standard GS-0631. 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:This position requires heavy carrying of 45 pounds and over, pushing and standing 2 hours; repeated bending 1 hour; specific visual requirement to meet California Department of Motor Vehicle requirements when driving a motor vehicle as a regular recurring duty; hearing without aid.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

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 is 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. 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.

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: 452525500

Job Announcement Number: VK-17-MG-1818411-BU