Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physical Therapist - Geriatric Clinical Specialist in Yakima, Washington

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

Opened Tuesday 10/4/2016 (16 day(s) ago)

** Closes Tuesday 10/25/2016 (5 day(s) away)

Job Overview


Current VA and/or Federal employees should apply under announcement number:1817975.

*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 Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service.

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define “who we are,” our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence (“I CARE”).

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.

For more information on the “Who may apply” eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.


The Physical Therapist Geriatric Clinical Specialist reports to the Home Based Primary Care (HBPC) program at the Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial VA Medical Center (VAMC). He/she plans, integrates, and implements physical therapy in the Home Based Primary Care Program and is guided by Joint Commission and Medical guidelines, VAMC Physical and Rehabilitation Service policies, VAMC HBPC policies and procedures and by the standards of the American Physical Therapy Association. The HBPC physical therapist spends the majority of his/her time working in the Home Based Primary Care geriatric environment. He/she independently evaluates all HBPC patients referred to physical therapy and implements appropriate treatment regimes. The HBPC PT works completely independent within the Home Environment utilizing expert skill in specialized interventions/treatment modalities within Geriatric/HBPC areas; conducts comprehensive patient evaluations to identify rehabilitation problems and establish treatment goals; develops and implements complex treatment plans designed to meet established goals; evaluates patient response to treatment and modifies treatment plan to provide optimum outcome; and conducts follow-up assignments of patients admitted to the HBPC Physical Therapy program as appropriate. He/she is capable of working with patients from a wide range of ages and backgrounds, with particular emphasis on work with patients ages 50-90. Incumbent will independently use standard and nonstandard methods for evaluating issues in the home environment to identify potential problems and a baseline level of function. The HBPC/Geriatric Clinical Specialist will perform evaluation, treatment planning, and documentation as needed. He/she regularly presents patients to physicians and other HBPC interdisciplinary team members providing information regarding performance, current status and continuing goals. Incumbent serves as a resource for to other members of the team and provides in-services and clinical training programs in the area of home based physical therapy to nursing personnel, physicians and allied health professionals.

*WORK SCHEDULE: *Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

*Functional Statement Title: *HBPC Physical Therapist Geriatric Clinical Specialist

Recruitment or Relocation Incentives are not authorized.

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel will be within a 60 mile raduis of Yakima, WA clinic.
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.


  • Citizenship: Must be a citizen of the United States.

  • Education: Graduate from a degree program in physical therapy from a college or university approved by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). Verification of accredited programs may be obtained from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Web site, or at their office address: American Physical Therapy Association, 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-1488, 703-684-2782, or 800-999-2782.

  • Licensure: Current, full, active, and unrestricted license to practice physical therapy in a State, Territory or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States, or in the District of Columbia.

  • Physical Requirements: Individuals tentatively selected must pass a pre-employment physical.

  • English Language Proficiency: Physical Therapists must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, Section A, paragraph 3j.

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, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of the candidate:


*Experience, Education and Licensure: *In addition to the basic requirements, completion of a minimum of 1 year of progressively difficult experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-11). Generally, assignments at this grade level require the knowledge, skills, and competencies normally acquired through post-graduate residency or fellowship training programs. In addition to fully meeting the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) identified at the GS-11 full performance level, the candidate must also demonstrate the KSAs required for the specific assignment. KSAs at the GS-11 level are: (1)Knowledge of contemporary and evidence-based PT practice; (2) Ability to interpret clinician prescriptions and referrals; (3)Skill in communicating, both orally and in writing, with patients, families, caregivers, and other health care professions to facilitate the multidisciplinary treatment process; (4) Skill in utilizing appropriate screening and evaluation techniques required to appropriately provide direct patient care; (5)Knowledge of clinical signs and symptoms to make appropriate referrals for further medical attention/assessment as indicated.

*Assignment: *The individual is assigned responsibility for serving as the subject matter expert in a content specialty area and as a consultant to physical therapy and other medical center staff in evaluating and treating patients in the specialty area. Specialty clinical program for this vacancy is geriatrics.

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:In addition to the experience described above, PTs assigned to this position must also fully demonstrate the following KSAs:

  1. Advanced knowledge and expert skill in a range of specialized interventions and treatment modalities used in a specialized treatment area of physical therapy. Such knowledge typically would be acquired through a minimum 2 years clinical experience in the specialty area, or a Board Certification in the specialty area, completion of a clinical residency or fellowship program, or by obtaining an advanced degree in a related field.

  2. Ability to serve as a consultant for health care providers regarding the delivery of care within a specialized area of physical therapy.

  3. Ability to teach and mentor medical center staff in a specialized area of physical therapy.

  4. Ability to guide and evaluate the work of a multi-disciplinary team in a specialized area of physical therapy.

  5. Advanced skill to perform and interpret specialized evaluative procedures and tests in evaluating the treatment outcomes in the assigned specialty area.

References :VA Handbook, 5005, Part II, Appendix G12, Physical Therapist Qualification Standard.

PLEASE 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: Heavy lifting (45 lbs & over); Heavy carrying (45 lbs & over); Straight pulling; pulling hand over hand; pushing; reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking; standing; repeated bending; Climbing, use of legs and arms; Near vision correctable at 13” to 16” to Jaeger 1 to 4; Walking (up to 2 Hrs); Standing (up to 2 Hrs); Operation of crane, truck, tractor or motor vehicle; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/50 and to 20/100 in the other.

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

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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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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: $71,012.00 to $92,316.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0633-12/12

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: Open to Veterans and all US Citizens

Control Number: 452465200

Job Announcement Number: VJ-17-RDC-1817976-BU