Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSISTANT GS-636 in San Juan, Puerto Rico

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

Opened Tuesday 10/18/2016 (2 day(s) ago)

** Closes Tuesday 11/1/2016 (12 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1822908

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?

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to **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 primary responsibility of this assignment is the delivery of ethical, customer oriented, quality occupational therapy service to patients with acute, sub-acute or prolonged physical and/or psychosocial dysfunction. The Occupational Therapist Assistant (OTA( performs a preliminary review/ examination of patient data, complies and organized pertinent information, and develops/presents a patient profile to be used in assessing patient's status and ascertaining the prevention, remediation, and rehabilitation of persons served with acute and chronic conditions. Carries out the appropriate therapy to teach new or compensating skills to optimize patient performance on his/her roles. Work is done under close supervision initially and progressing to a routine supervision according to competence level.

Duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Assesses the functional status of person served. Uses evaluation procedures and techniques to obtain information about patient's impairment, activity limitations, participation restrictions, strengths and barriers.
  • Implements the individualized treatment program developed by the OT; based on patients goals, evaluation findings. physician recommendations, person potential to benefit and intended discharge environment.
  • Collaborates with the treatment team or referral source by interpreting assessments, predicted outcomes and rehabilitation needs for establishing or modifying treatment goals and discharge plans
  • Contributes with clinical training experiences for occupational therapy students at the professional and technical levels of education.
  • Participates in the training and supervision of volunteers and other personnel, as requested
  • Maintains records of all services provided using CPT codes and current methodology to prepare reports as require by the Service.
  • Reports noted deficiencies in service delivery, safety and security.
  • Participates in drills and practices infection control precautions.
  • Collaborates with information and outcome management activities such as but not limited to: surveys, performance improvement and strategic plan development.

Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday; including rotating Shifts, weekends and holidays: from 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM or 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM,

Functional Statement Title/#: FS Occupational Therapy Assistant Series GS-0636

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional Travel
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.
  • Must be proficient in spoken Spanish.

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: Successful completion of an associate's degree in occupational therapy from a college or university accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

  • License: Full, current, active and unrestricted license, certification or registration to practice occupational therapy assistant in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States (PR), or the District of Columbia.

  • English Language Proficiency. OTA's must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d).


Candidate must be proficient in spoken Spanish.

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

At GS-4 Level: Experience: None beyond the basic requirements. Must demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  1. Ability to review patient data and make a preliminary determination of their needs.

  2. Ability to obtain subjective history.

  3. Ability to interpret information gained through subjective history.

  4. Ability to communicate with health care providers, patients, and staff for optimal patient care.

At GS-5 Level: Experience: In addition to the basic requirements, 6 months of experience comparable to the next lower grade level. Experience may have been gained as an OTA, rehabilitation aide, technician, volunteer, or in the medical health services field. Must demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  1. Ability to assist in the development of treatment goals/objectives.

  2. Ability to implement a patient care plan incorporating activity analysis theory.

  3. Skill in written communication to document preliminary data, progress/change in status, discharge status, and patient or caregiver education.

  4. Knowledge of basic group techniques and interpersonal communications.

  5. Ability to assist in the use of standardized assessment tools to the area of practice assigned.

At GS-6 Level: Experience: In addition to the basic requirements, 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level. Must demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  1. Knowledge of a variety of standardized assessment tools in order to provide a more comprehensive intervention under the supervision of an occupational therapist.

  2. Ability to use problem-solving skills when providing therapeutic interventions for patients who have a wide range of diagnoses and disabilities.

  3. Ability to provide complex/multi-step instructions to patients, caregivers, and other health care professionals adapting instructions to meet the learning needs of the individual.

  4. Ability to promote occupational therapy services effectively, providing training and interventions within the assigned areas.

At GS-7 Level: Experience: In addition to the basic requirements, 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level. Must demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  1. Ability to utilize more complex therapeutic techniques and interventions, utilizing problem-solving skills, to maximize patient's functional status.

  2. Ability to modify and adapt therapeutic interventions for simple and complex cases with a wide range of diagnoses and disabilities.

  3. Ability to identify and recommend complex adaptive and assistive devices and durable medical equipment.

  4. Ability to work with occasional/minimal supervision of the OTR.


References : VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G22, OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT *QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated March 17, 2006, available at*

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.

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:Work requires lifting objects weighing 15-50 pounds, helping in patients' transfer, pulling, pushing, bending, reaching above shoulders, walking, prolonged standing and the use of hands, good vision and hearing. Works may require driving a motor vehicle to perform home visits. Wearing of a respirator may be required at times in the performance of the duties of this position. As a result, employees assigned to these duties cannot have facial hair or any condition that interferes with the face-to face piece seal or valve function of the respirator. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

Security Clearance

Q - Nonsensitive

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: $28,886.00 to $52,043.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0636-04/07

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 453268500

Job Announcement Number: 672-17-MR-1822908-BU