Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Occupational Therapist in Columbia, Missouri

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

Opened Wednesday 10/12/2016 (15 day(s) ago)

** Closes Tuesday 11/1/2016 (5 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1818786

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 incumbent for this position may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program. Please contact Human Resources at this medical center and speak with the Education Debt Reduction Program Coordinator for additional information.

This announcement is open to US Citizens and current permanent employees of other Federal agencies.

First area of consideration will be given to permanent Truman VA employees and VA employees, second area of consideration will be given to permanent employees of other Federal agencies, and third area of consideration will be given to US Citizens with Veterans Preference applied.


This announcement is for a position as an Occupational Therapist with the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R;) Program for the Harry S Truman Memorial Veterans' Hospital in Columbia, Missouri. This position provides occupational therapy assessment and treatment to inpatients and outpatients with a wide variety of diagnoses.

Duties include, but are not limited to: Provides general occupational therapy services in a variety of settings including acute inpatient, skilled nursing, long term care and outpatient clinics. Directs the evaluation process by determining need for service, defining problems areas within scope of occupational therapy, and in collaboration with client, determines appropriate goals and priorities. Evaluates, develops, and implements treatment to address physical, cognitive, psychosocial, sensory, communication, and other performance areas that impact health, well-being, and quality of life including activities of daily living (ADL) and instrumental activities of daily living (IADL), home safety and environmental accessibility through the use of activities, exercises, equipment and special techniques to achieve functional outcomes. Establishes intervention priorities, determines further assessment needs and the need for continuing, modifying, or discontinuing occupational therapy services. Administers and interprets recognized and standardized tests and measurements to determine baseline functioning and treatment priorities which will enable clients to achieve functional outcomes. Independently renders occupational therapy treatments and procedures based on needs of client and evidenced-based practice. Adapts treatment procedures and treatment plans as needed. Determines need for and provides assistive/adaptive devices or equipment and provides training as needed to attain treatment goals. Monitors patient's response to treatment and modifies interventions and goals when necessary. Elicits patient participation in establishing occupational therapy objectives and goals. Works independently in planning and carrying out treatment programs to meet treatment objectives. Solves problems independently by utilizing specialized skills, knowledge, and experience. Documents occupational therapy services in compliance with service and medical center policies. Coordinates and works effectively with other team members and health care providers in providing total patient care. Provides in-service training and education related to relevant occupational therapy topics. Provides on-going coordination and completion of assigned reports, quality measures, satisfaction surveys, statistical and cost analysis, and status of program activities. Performs duties of clinical instructor for affiliated schools for occupational therapy.

Work Schedule:* Monday-Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm*Functional Statement Title/#: **Occupational Therapist, GS 0631-11

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.

Basic Requirements:

  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • English Language Proficiency: Occupational Therapist must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook Part II, chapter 3, Section a, paragraph 3j.
  • State Licensure/certification/registration/trademark: 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. NOTE: The OT must maintain full, current and unrestricted license, trademark, registration, or certification as required by state statute. (Must provide copy)
  • 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). (Must provide copy)
  • Education: (1.) Graduation from a degree program in occupational therapy approved by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) or predecessor organizations to include interns (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). Degree programs may be verified by contacting the American Occupational Therapy Association website or at their office address: American Occupational Therapy Association website or at their office address: American Occupational Therapy Association, P.O. Box 31220, Bethesda, MD 20824-1220. (2.) Foreign graduates of occupational therapy programs meet the requirements of the paragraph above if they have a current, full, active and unrestricted license/certification/registration/trademark referred to in the last paragraph (state licensure) and certification/registration referred to in paragraph below (certification/examination). (COPY OF TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED)

Preferred Experience: One year of experience in outpatient and/or inpatient rehabilitation.

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-11 Occupational Therapist - Education, Experience, and Licensure. 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.

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 5005/25, Part II Appendix G14, OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated February 2009. 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:Occupational Therapy is considered a vocation that requires medium strength according to the Department of Labor. Medium Work entails: exerting 20-50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or 10 to 25 pounds of force frequently, and/or greater than negligible up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects. Physical Demand requirements are in excess of those for Light Work. (more than exerting of up to 20 points of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects.) Examples of the medium strength required by Occupational Therapists are as follows: 1. Standing, walking, squatting, bending, and sitting, and changing from one position to the other frequently throughout the day. 2. Sitting at a desk and using upper extremities to type, reach, grasp and place papers, charts and binders. 3. Reaching, lifting, carrying, pushing and pulling: 1-10 pounds constantly, 10-25 frequently, and 20-50 pounds occasionally. Specific examples include: picking up, carrying and placing folders, charts, books and binders. 4. Setting up equipment for patients such as weights or durable medical equipment. 5. Lifting and carrying adaptive equipment ranging in weight from negligible to 50 pounds. 6. Pushing and rolling equipment such as walkers, wheelchairs and supply carts. 7. Assisting patients in mobility such as ambulation and transfers, from minimal assistance to dependent transfers, which may be up to 50 pounds. 8. Performing passive range of motion exercises that require the movement of patients' extremities in all planes of motion.

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

Series & Grade: GS-0631-11/11

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: This announcement is open to US Citizens and current permanent employees of Federal agencies.

Control Number: 452588000

Job Announcement Number: BX 16-JAS-1818786-BU