Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Occupational Therapist in Shreveport, Louisiana

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

Opened Friday 10/14/2016 (8 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 10/24/2016 (2 day(s) away)

Job Overview

This is an Occupational Therapist position located in Mental Health Service at Overton Brooks VAMC.

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1825843 This Job Opportunity Announcement (JOA) is open external candidates ONLY. If you are a current permanent VHA employee, you are NOT eligible to apply via this JOA. 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.


This is an Occupational Therapist in Mental Health Service Inpatient Psychiatric Unit. The incumbent is responsible for developing, organizing and administering occupational therapy programs to provide therapeutic treatment on the inpatient psychiatric ward with duties to include, but not limited to:

. Development of occupational therapy treatment plans

. Evaluation of routine long term psychiatric patients as well as acute psychiatric patients

. Independently responsible for training clients in functional activities to help patients better manage his sense of well being.

. Participate in patient planning conferences with the psychiatric team

Work Schedule: Saturday - Tuesday, Schedule will consist of two 12 hour shifts (06:45P – 7:15P) and two 8 hour shifts (7:30A – 4P) each week.

Functional Statement Title/#: Occupational Therapist (Inpatient Psychiatric Unit)

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.
  • ### Qualifications

Basic Requirements:

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

. 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). The ACOTE is the only accreditation agency recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). NOTE:Effective January 1, 2005, ACOTE accredits only master or doctoral degree programs in occupational therapy.


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). (1) 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.

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:

GS-7 Staff Occupational Therapist

Experience or Education.None beyond the basic requirements. Candidates at this level may have a baccalaureate degree from an approved program prior to the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) January 1, 2005.

Assignment.Employees at this level serve in an entry level OT career development position practicing under close supervision of an OT at or above the full-performance level.

GS-9 Staff Occupational Therapist

Experience or Education.In addition to meeting the basic requirements, candidate must have:

  1. At least 1 year of post-graduate progressively responsible experience equivalent to the next lower grade level; or

  2. Education equivalent to two full years of progressively higher level graduate education in a field related to the practice of occupational therapy; or

  3. Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy or a closely related field accredited by ACOTE

Assignments.Candidates at this grade level serve as staff OTs in a career development position progressively expanding their ability to provide assessment and treatment interventions for a wider range of human function systems. OTs at this level require less direction and guidance, but practice under the direction of an OT at or above the full performance level.

GS-11 Occupational Therapist

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.

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 Part II, Appendix G14, Occupational Therapist Qualification Standard. 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:Day-to-day work involves sitting, walking, standing and carrying light objects such as medical records.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:

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: $51,347.00 to $77,716.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0631-07/11

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 453447400

Job Announcement Number: YE-17-CA-1825843-BU