Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Occupational Therapist-SR in Eugene, Oregon

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
2 vacancies in the following location:
  • Eugene, OR
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Monday 5/2/2016 (175 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 12/30/2016 (67 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1694284

PLEASE NOTE: The duty station for this position will be the Eugene Health Care Center located in Eugene,OR.

Applications will be referred every 2 weeks starting Friday May 13, 2016 until a selection is made.

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.

Eugene, Oregon's second largest city and home to the University of Oregon, is a diverse and eclectic city offering an exciting mix of art, culture, education, and sports. Located at the south end of the lush, green Willamette Valley, Eugene is known for its scenic beauty and passion for sports and recreation.

This announcement is for Non-VA employees. VA employees must apply under Announcement LW-15-ED-1694286-BU-SR.

You must submit VA Form 10-2850c, Application for Associated Health Occupations to receive consideration for this vacancy. Failure to submit this form could result in applicant being determined ineligible.

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.

Recruitment/relocation incentive may be authorized.


VA Roseburg Healthcare System is seeking a highly motivated and skilled Occupational Therapist to provide comprehensive assessments and treatment of patients with a wide range of diagnoses including but not limited to post-op orthopedic conditions, post-surgery hands, musculoskeletal disorders, chronic and acute pain, head injury, CVA, rheumatic diseases, neurological conditions, spinal cord injury, amputations, low vision/legal blindness, and dementia. Candidate selected will be responsible for providing care to patients in an outpatient setting at the Eugene Health Care Center, a community based outpatient clinic, located in Eugene, OR. Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Provides comprehensive assessments through use of clinically appropriate methods
  • Develops appropriate treatment plans, goals, and time frames based on assessment results
  • Performs full range of therapeutic treatments, activities, modalities, and procedures
  • Modifies and reassesses progress as appropriate and adjusting treatment plans, goals and time frames accordingly
  • Presents patient to primary care providers and other team members providing information regarding functional levels, treatment needs, progress, and continuing goals.
  • Assesses needs for and measures, fits, and instructions patients and caregivers in the safe use of issued adaptive or assistive devices.
  • Monitors patient tolerance for therapeutic procedures recognizing unanticipated rates of progress, significantly altered physical/mental status, or undesirable secondary effects of treatment.
  • May provide services to low vision/legally blind patients facilitating with VA Vision services to assist patient in obtaining timely comprehensive care
  • May participate in home environmental assessments assisting with development of rehab care plans
  • Provides ergonomic consultations, worksite assessments abatement for employees
  • Performs required documentations and workload data entry in a time manner meeting Service, Medical Center, and Joint Commission guidelines
  • Participates in clinical program development
  • May be required to participate in telemedicine clinics as needed.
  • Preferred Experience: Recent Hand Therapy Experience.

Work Schedule: Work Schedule (Full-Time) Mon-Fri 8:00 am - 4:30 pm/

Functional Statement: Occupational Therapist, GS-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
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Current VA employees must submit SF-50 which shows eligibility to apply

Basic Requirements:

  • Must be a US Citizen
  • Be a graduate from a degree program in occupational therapy approved by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) or predecessor organization to include an internship (supervised field work experience required by the educational institution.) Foreign graduates of occupational therapy programs meet the requirements if they have a current, full, active, and unrestricted license/certification/registration/trademark referred to in the the qualification standard.
  • Possession of written documentation that you have passed the entry-level certification examination for OTs which is administered by the National Board of Certification of Occupational Therapy (NBCOT)
  • Hold a full, current, and unrestricted state license, certification, registration, or trademark to practice occupational therapy in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States (i.e. Puerto Rico), or in the District of Columbia.
  • Meet the physical requirements of the position. Pre-employment physical will be required.
  • Be proficient in spoken and written English.

Preferred Experience:

Preferred candidate will have recent experience in post-operative hand therapy and orthotic construction, have two (2) years of experience working in an adult rehab or outpatient setting and current experience working in an adult rehab inpatient and outpatient setting. They must be able to independently provide assessment and treatment for a wide variety of diagnosis with an emphasis on geriatrics.

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 Determination:

GS-11: In addition to meeting the basic requirements, applicant must have at least one year of more progressively complex experience and a broader scope of experience equivalent to the the next lower grade directly related to the position being filled, or have 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a degree in occupational therapy or a directly related field. The GS-11 grade level is considered to be the full performance level for this occupation and at this level staff OTs practice independently and are responsible for performing occupational therapy assessments and treatment interventions. OTs must demonstrate a full professional understanding of the theories of treatment in occupational therapy and their proper application through use of activity analysis, behavioral intervention, frame of references, and therapeutic procedures. At this level OTs must demonstrate all of the following knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics: Knowledge of advanced occupational therapy techniques to perform functions associated within the occupational therapy scope of practice; ability to communicate orally and in writing; ability to adapt assessment tools and treatment to the complexity of the diagnosis or disabilities and demonstrate the clinical reasoning necessary to identify the needs for further in depth specific assessment of function and utilization of non-standards methods and techniques; knowledge of principles and techniques in the occupational therapy assessment and treatment of occupational, cognitive, and psychological functional deficits; ability to interact with patients, families, and other health care providers; ability to facilitate and instruct in-service and clinical training programs; and knowledge and ability to apply all health and safety regulations to minimize an mitigate risks in the provision of patient care and environmental maintenance.

References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G14. 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:* *Moderate lifting (15-44 lbs.); moderate carrying (15-44 lbs.); straight pulling (1 hour); reaching above shoulders; use of fingers, both hands required; walking (7 hours); standing (4 hours); repeated bending (1 hour); climbing, legs only (1 hour); both legs required; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision correctable to 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; depth perception; ability to distinguish basic colors; hearing (aid permitted)

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

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.

You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on “Application Status.” For a more detailed update of your status, click on “more information.” Information regarding applicant notification points can be found in the USAJobs Resource Center.


VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is 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: $72,535.00 to $94,296.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0631-11/11

Promotion Potential: 11

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 437650200

Job Announcement Number: LW-16-EJD-1694284-BU-SR