Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Occupational Therapist (Compensated Work Therapy Program) in San Antonio, Texas

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

Opened Thursday 9/1/2016 (55 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 12/30/2016 (65 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1720770

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?

Applications that are received by 11:59 PM (EST) on September 14, 2016 will be considered first. If no selection is made from the first group of applications, or more vacancies become available, applications that are received after September14, 2016, will be reviewed and referred for consideration as necessary.

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.

Applicants who are not currently employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs need to apply under announcement number YJ-16-GW-1792469-BU.


The therapist provides clinical services to veterans participating in the Compensated Work Therapy which operates under the Psychology Service. The Occupational Therapist is under the general direction of the Director of the Compensated Work Therapy programs. The therapist provides services to veterans whose employability or job adjustment is impaired by physical, mental, emotional or other disability, or by lack of basic education or job skills. The focus of services will be to promote optimal occupational functioning of clients within the community by utilizing appropriate job development interventions that achieve the vocational goals in the veteran's treatment plan. All duties performed should be consistent with the individual treatment plan and coordinated with other members of the treatment team. The therapist will assess and evaluate the delivery of vocational therapeutic care based on, education, competencies, personal experience and research studies. The therapist will communicate problem areas that interfere with delivery of services and assist with resolutions. He/she will assist in program development, procedures and providing comprehensive vocational rehabilitation treatment for veterans requiring service. May participate in research studies or as a consultant to others conducting research. The therapist will coordinate with the interdisciplinary team to provide vocational rehabilitation treatment to complex patients and act as a resource person for the treatment team. The incumbent provides a complete evaluation of patients with a variety of impairments. He/she collects and organizes data on veterans served as required by NEPEC, and the Mental Health Product Line.

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

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.


  • U.S. citizenship.

  • English Language Proficiency: Occupational Therapists must be proficient in spoken and written English.

  • Education: 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). 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.

  • Licensure: 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.


*Creditable Experience*

Knowledge of Occupational Therapy Practice: To be creditable, the experience must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics associated with current professional occupational therapy practice. Creditable experience can be obtained through employment as an OT. This may be evidenced by one or both of the following:

(a)Active professional practice. Active professional practice means paid/non-paid employment as a professional OT as defined by AOTA. Experience gained after graduation but prior to licensure is creditable provided the candidate was utilized as a graduate OT and subsequently passed the NBCOT certification and the required state regulatory requirements.

(b) Completion of a post-graduate fellowship or a post-graduate residency program may substitute for creditable experience on a year for year basis. Fellowships or post-graduate training programs are typically in specialty areas such as advanced practice, research, mental health, gerontology, enhanced education, health policy, leadership and therapeutic sciences.

Quality of Experience: Experience is only creditable if it is post-graduate experience as a professional OT directly related to the duties to be performed. Qualifying experience must also be at a level comparable to professional occupational therapy experience at the next lower level. For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher level duties must consist of significant scope, administrative independence, complexity (difficulty) and range of variety as described in this standard at the specified grade level and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time.

Content Specialty: Specialized content areas of occupational therapy practice include, but are not limited to, certified hand specialist, ergonomic specialist, blind/visual rehabilitation assistive technology specialist, functional capacity examination specialist, polytrauma, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, geriatrics, mental health, driver rehabilitation, home based primary care, etc.

Part-time Experience: Part-time experience is creditable according to its relationship to a full-time workweek. For example, an OT employed 20 hours per week, or on a half time basis, would receive 1 full-time workweek of credit for each 2 weeks of service.**

GRADE DETERMINATIONS:In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates:


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.

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.


References: VA Handbook 5005/25, Part II, Appendix G14, Occupational TherapistQUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated February 26, 2009

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:Light lifting and carrying (under 15 pounds); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; hearing (aid permitted); ability to perform Functional Capacity Evaluations; emotional stability. This position involves mostly sitting with some walking with extended periods of testing and sitting.

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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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.

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: $59,246.00 to $77,019.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0631-00/00

Promotion Potential: 11

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: Announcement open to current permanent employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs

Control Number: 449430600

Job Announcement Number: YJ-16-GW-1720770-BU