Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Supervisory Physical Therapist (Chief, Extended Care and Rehabilitation Services) in Marion, Indiana

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

Opened Thursday 10/13/2016 (11 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 10/24/2016 (0 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1824977

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?

VA Northern Indiana Health Care Systems is larger than just a single facility. It is a fully-integrated medical care facility with a dual campus and Community Based Outpatient Clinics, (CBOCs), in Goshen, South Bend, Peru and Muncie, Indiana and combined VA mission. The combined mission of the VANINHCS means military retirees, and eligible veterans receive health care at these facilities.

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 Please note:


The Chief of Extended Care and Rehabilitation Servicesis responsible for the management and overall operations of the Extended Care & Rehabilitation Service including the Veteran's Community Living Center(VCLC) and its programs/services. They are accountable to the Director VANIHCS through the Chief of Staff for the delivery of Veteran-centered, high quality, and high-value geriatric and extended care and rehabilitative services.

The incumbent is expected to meet and exceed performance measure goals while utilizing the most cost-efficient and effective methodologies. Continuously monitoring and improving the Veteran's access to care in the organization while predicting and absorbing demand is a pivotal responsibility for this position.

The 150 bed VCLC provides care for Veterans requiring both short term and long term stays with programs including Skilled Nursing Care, Hospice/Palliative Care, Medical Rehabilitation, Restorative Nursing, Dementia and Respite Care. Community Care services include the GEM Clinic, Home Based Primary Care program, Community Nursing Home, Community Adult Day Health Care, Community Residential Care. The Physical Medicine & Rehabilitative department includes Physiatry & EMG with associated clinics and Rehab Therapies (KT, OT, PT, Speech, and Recreation/Creative Arts) which provides inpatient and outpatient treatment for medical and mental health programs.

The Chief of EC&RS; is expected to perform in a supervisory capacity 75% of the time and in a clinical capacity 25% of the time.

The incumbent works as a member of the Clinical Executive Board, Professional Standards Board and related committees and boards as necessary/required.

The incumbent is responsible and accountable for the overall leadership, policy planning, budget, operations and performance of the Extended Care & Rehabilitation Service line, including supervision and collaboration with providers, as well as the direct or indirect supervision of all clinical and administrative staff within the service line.

Incumbent is responsible for meeting all applicable Geriatrics and Extended Care, as well as Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation regulatory and accrediting body requirements within a tertiary care facility within the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Incumbent chairs or participates in various medical center committees, departmental and hospital training and other educational programs including external sources.

Incumbent formulates and implements general policies, procedures, standards and goals and objectives for EC & RS that are consistent with, and support the mission of VANIHCS.

Incumbent collaborates and cooperates with service line peers in primary care, mental health and nursing to provide high quality and high value, Veteran Centered Care.

Supervisory Controls:

The incumbent reports directly to the Chief of Staff. The incumbent has complete responsibility to administer and direct the Extended Care & Rehabilitation Service, as well as to collaborate with providers and supervise all the clinical, administrative, and clerical staff. The incumbent informs the Chief of Staff of any potentially controversial issues, or problems with widespread impact. Completed work is reviewed critically outside theincumbent's immediate office by line management officials, or regulatory agencies or agents as required. Work Schedule: Mainly Monday through Friday day shift. However after hours call duties may be required at times.

Functional Statement Title/#: GS063314GEC

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel between VANIHCS facilities may be required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment physical examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Pre-employment and random drug screening
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Education and Licensure

Please note: You must include a copy of your transcripts, licensure and any other documentation required to qualify for this position. Your resume must also show that you meet the requirements for this position.

1. COVERAGE. The following standard lists the requirements for appointment as a Physical Therapist (PT) in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). The requirements will apply to all VHA PTs that are employed in the GS-633 series and provide their clinical services to address a vast array of problems that impact the health and function of a wide range of diverse patients at multiple VHA locations.


a. Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part

b. Education

(1) Degree. Graduate from a degree program in physical therapy from an approved college or university approved by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). The CAPTE is the only accreditation agency recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) to accredit entry-level physical therapy programs. 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. NOTE: Effective, January 1, 2002, CAPTE changed its scope of accrediting activities of PT education programs to include only those programs that culminate in post-baccalaureate degrees.

(2) Foreign Graduates. Graduates of foreign physical therapy programs meet the requirements in subparagraph 2b if they have a full unrestricted and current 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. Any PT who has, or has ever had, any license(s) revoked, suspended, denied, restricted, limited, or issued/placed in a probational status may be appointed only in accordance with regulations issued by the Under Secretary for Health or designee.

c. 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.

d. Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

e. English Language Proficiency. PTs must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by VA Handbook 5005, Part II, chapter 3, Section A, paragraph 3j.

(2) Creditable Experience

* (a) Knowledge of Contemporary Professional Physical Therapy Practice.* To be creditable, experience must have demonstrated possession of the required knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics associated with the scope of physical therapy practice as outlined in the current Guide to Physical Therapist Practice, American Physical Therapy Association, and the Normative Model of Physical Therapist Education. The experience may have been evidenced by one or more of the following:

1. Active professional practice. (Active professional practice means paid/non-paid employment as a professional PT as defined by APTA or the appropriate licensing board.) Experience gained after graduation but prior to licensure is creditable provided the candidate was utilized as a graduate PT and subsequently passed the licensure examination.

2. In addition to licensure, applicants must demonstrate completion of a minimum of 15 continuing education units (CEUs) recognized by APTA or the appropriate licensing board.

3. Completion of a post-graduate fellowship or a post-graduate residency program may substitute for creditable experience on a year for year basis.

(b) Quality of Experience. Experience is only creditable if it was earned post degree and meets the following:

1. Work as a graduate PT directly related to the position to be filled; and

2. The work to be credited is at a level comparable to physical therapy experience at the same or next lower grade level than the grade level being considered for placement.

3. For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher level duties must consist of significant scope, administrative independence, complexity (difficulty) and range of variety as described in this standard at the specified grade level and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time.

(d) Board Certification. Board certification means having successfully passed a Board Certification examination administered by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS).

(e) Content Specialty. Specialized content areas of physical therapy include, but are not limited to, geriatrics, neurology, cardiopulmonary, orthopedics, electrophysiology, diabetes, sports medicine, spinal cord injury, amputee, wound care, stroke, brain injury and arthritis.

(f) Post-graduate Fellowships. According to the APTA, a post graduate fellowship is "A post-professional, funded, and planned learning experience in a focused area of PT clinical practice, education, or research (not infrequently post-doctoral, post-residency prepared or board-certified physical therapists)".

(g) Post-graduate Residency. According to the APTA, a post-graduate residency is "A planned program of post-professional clinical and didactic education that is designed to advance significantly the physical therapist's preparation as a provider of patient care services in a defined area of clinical practice".

(3). Grade level specific qualifications:

One year of creditable experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, which is directly related to the position to be filled. Creditable experience includes: Coordinating multiple rehabilitation related services; overseeing the work of subordinate employees and assuring the accuracy of reports; administrative management and direction of a physical therapy program; developing and implementing policies; monitoring clinical privileges; and providing overall clinical and administrative supervision while assuring the proper coordination and delivery of care.

(4) Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

In addition to completion of 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level, PTs assigned to this position must demonstrate the following KSAOs:

a. Advanced knowledge of evidence-based practices and clinical practice guidelines in multiple professional areas, and the ability to use these resources to guide the program staff in providing clinically appropriate treatment interventions.

b. Skill in interpersonal relationships and conflict resolution in dealing with a diverse range of employees, team leaders, and administrators.

c. Ability to manage budgets for a large, integrated service including not only physical therapy, but also other focused rehabilitation, ancillary, or other health care services.

d. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing with a diverse group of professional staff.

e. Ability to translate extensive rehabilitation knowledge into cogent and useful policy in complex facilities and/or across multiple sites.

f. Demonstrated skill in providing clinical and administrative oversight of multidisciplinary rehabilitation programs in complex facilities and/or across multiple sites.

g. Ability to collaborate with strategic planning committees at local, VISN or national levels for new ventures addressing patient care delivery systems, facilities management, system reorganizations, etc.

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.

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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: $100,283.00 to $130,370.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0633-14/14

Promotion Potential: 14

Supervisory Status: Yes

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 453347200

Job Announcement Number: 610-17-JB-1824977