Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Kinesiotherapist in Prescott, Arizona

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Prescott, AZ
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Friday 10/14/2016 (9 day(s) ago)

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

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1826413

This position is located at the* Prescott, Arizona facility*

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.

Whenever we've needed them, our veterans have always gone the distance. Now we need to go the distance for them. Rural veterans have higher rates of physical illness than those living in urban areas, but they are far away from cities and hospitals, so they have limited access to quality health care. The Department of Veterans Affairs is determined to breach that distance, by providing health care to veterans in every part of the country. Providing the best care anywhere means delivering it anywhere. You can be a part of this special outreach by becoming a member of the Home Based Primary Care team in Northern Arizona's VA Health Care System.

Nestled at an elevation of 5,200' feet above sea level amongst the largest stand of ponderosa pine forests in the U.S., Prescott's perfect weather provides an average temperature of 70 degrees, with four beautiful and distinct seasons, and breathtaking landscapes complete with granite mountains, lakes, streams, and rolling meadows filled with wildlife. Here you'll find many things to do including horseback riding, golfing, kayaking, fishing, hiking, camping, mountain biking, local breweries, restaurants, shopping, and a hometown feel that keep our visitors, young and old, coming back year after year.

Once the territorial capital of the state, Prescott is rich with history embodied in its world famous Whiskey Row and abundant historical landmarks. Whether you're seeking to relax in a natural environment filled with beauty and wildlife, or the history of Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, and cowboy forays in the most famous saloons of the Old West, check out the True West and Real Adventure.;=playerembedded

Note: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be placed. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

Relocation Expenses:Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

This is a bargaining unit position.

HOURS: Monday - Friday, 0800 - 1630


Kinesiotherapists (KT) with the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department (PM&R;) at the Northern Arizona VA Health Care System provide comprehensive kinesiotherapy care to patients. The Kinesiotherapist performs patient evaluations and treatment, participates and contributes to the advancement of knowledge and techniques related to Kinesiotherapy and related topics, and maintains open communication with patients, families, caregivers, Medical Center staff, and others.

Primary duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Provide patient evaluation to meet patient needs addressing rehabilitation potential, behavior, motor skills, and psychosocial


  • Identify learning barriers and develop and implement strategies to overcome them.

  • Identify potential risks or contraindication to treatment and assist in guiding the evaluation process.

  • Adapt and modify treatment plans, activities, and procedures to meet the needs of patients with complex physical disabilities

and/or medical conditions.

  • Develop and implement treatment plans to include objective, measurable goals and completion timelines based on

evaluation findings.

  • Ensure proper documentation, coding and event capture of workload.

  • Serve as a resource and mentor to les experienced therapists.

  • Identify, collect, and analyze information for process improvement activities.

  • Consult with treatment team through interdisciplinary meeting, medical rounds, clinics, and/or conferences.

  • Identify and resolve interpersonal or professional conflicts when dealing with patients, caregivers, members of the treatment

team, and Medical Center services

  • Demonstrate tact and courtesy in all forms of communication with patients, caregivers, visitors, vendors, volunteers,

treatment team members, and the public.

  • Maintain confidentiality of patient medical records according to established policy and HIPPA laws.

Work Schedule:To be determined by your service line

This is a bargaining unit position.

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 is Required


  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • Education. A bachelor’s degree in kinesiotherapy, or exercise science with an emphasis in kinesiotherapy, from an accredited college or university. This education must have included or been supplemented by clinical practice in a VA approved training program or its equivalent. NOTE: This VA approved or equivalent training program is the transitory period between an academic environment and the medical environment which enables the student to apply textbook knowledge as a professional kinesiotherapist in an actual medical treatment situation. Graduates prior to May 1, 1998, completed didactic and clinical curricula approved by the Council on Professional Standards for Kinesiotherapy (COPS-KT, Inc.). Graduates from May 1, 1998, to the present have completed a didactic and clinical curricula approved by the Committee on Accreditation of Education Programs for Kinesiotherapy (CoA-KT). As of May 1, 2001, all recognized Kinesiotherapy programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

Preferred Experience: Rural health and home health care experience.



  • “Affiliated” means affiliated for the purposes of health care training.
  • Creditable Experience - Knowledge of Professional Kinesiotherapy Practice. To be creditable, the experience must demonstrate possession of the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics associated with current kinesiotherapy practice as outlined in the current scope and standards of practice for kinesiotherapy. One or more of the following may have evidenced this: (1) The equivalent of 1 year of active practice. Active practice means paid/non-paid employment as a kinesiotherapist as defined by COPS-KT and (2) Academic course work leading to an advanced degree in kinesiotherapy or exercise sciences.
  • Part-Time Experience. Part-time experience as a professional KT is credited according to its relationship to the full-time workweek. For example, a KT would receive 1 week of full-time credit for each 2 weeks of half-time work. Graduate Education. Graduate degrees may be substituted for experience through the GS-10 level. Graduate degrees must be from a college or university that was regionally or nationally accredited at the time the candidate completed the program. To substitute the graduate degree, it must have been completed after the individual met the basic requirements for appointment.
  • Content Specialty. Specialized content areas of kinesiotherapy include, but are not limited to, geriatrics, cardiopulmonary, orthopedics, driver training, traumatic brain injury (TBI), spinal cord injury (SCI), and Preservation-Amputation Care and Treatment (PACT).

In addition to the basic requirements, the following criteria must be used when determining the appropriate grade assignment of candidates.

GS-10 Experience. Completion of 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: 1. Knowledge and understanding of highly specialized complex evaluations and diagnostic tests and procedures. 2. Ability to properly assess a wide variety of patients having diverse and multiple disabilities to make recommendations for assistive devices. 3. Knowledge of teaching methods and learning principles, employing unusual motivational techniques and tact. 4. Ability to recognize an appropriate prosthesis for the patient, making adaptations and modifications without supervisory guidance or review. 5. Skill in coordinating treatment with other professionals to ensure patient compliance. 6. Ability to plan, direct, and distribute work assignments to KTs at lower grade levels.

References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/15, PART II, APPENDIX G21

*PLEASE NOTE: * Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. 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:Heavy Lifting (45 lbs and over); Heavy Carrying (45 lbs and over); Straight Pulling (up to 1 hour); Pushing (1 – 2 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (up to 3 hours); Standing (up to 3 hours); Repeated bending (up to 1 hour); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13” to 16”; Hearing (aid permitted)

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements. You will be notified when this decision is made.


Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at

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

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: $53,925.00 to $70,103.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0635-10/10

Promotion Potential: 10

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: US Citizens and Status Candidates

Control Number: 453505500

Job Announcement Number: MS-16-LEL-1826413-BU