Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Occupational Therapist in San Diego, California

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

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

** Closes Wednesday 10/26/2016 (6 day(s) away)

Job Overview

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.

VHA provides patient centered care, delivered by engaged, collaborative teams in an integrated environment that supports learning and continuous improvement. The Veteran's experience and health outcomes are improved with an emphasis on prevention through healing relationships in an optimal healing environment.

We are seeking new team members interested in working in this environment. We are looking for team members that possess high energy, a strong work ethic, integrity, who are kind and empathetic, have a sense of humor, and who enjoy working for a collaborative, team-oriented system. The team member must be willing to build customer confidence by professional dress and demeanor.

We invite you to apply to become part of a team of professionals engaged in promoting positive organizational change to improve business outcomes and create a positive healthcare experience for patients, families, and caregivers.

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 position is located in the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service, VA San Diego Healthcare System. As a health care professional, the Occupational Therapist works with all aspects of outpatient occupational therapy evaluation, assessment and treatment. Follows the service/section policies and is responsible for evaluating referred patients and establishing and executing treatment plans that include a full range of complex treatment procedures and modalities.Performs evaluation appropriate to the patient's functional, physical and/or psycho-social status to establish a baseline level of functioning. Administers and interprets recognized tests and measurements to determine baseline level of functioning and treatment applications which will enable patients to achieve valued functional outcomes. Documents results. Develops and carries out OT treatment plans with individuals and/or groups of patients to meet individual rehabilitation objectives. Monitors patient's response to program, summarizes and analyzes patient's performance, and modifies program and goals when necessary to meet patient's needs as situations and performance changes in order to attain projected functional outcomes. Documents patients progress in accordance with established policies. Fabricates and fits prosthetic devices such as hand splints.

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, Hours may vary.**Functional Statement Title/#: Occupational Therapist, Series: 0631, 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
  • 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.
  • State Licensure/Certification/Registration/Trademark of NBCOT OR ACOTE

Basic Requirements:

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). Degree programs may be verified by contacting the American Occupational Therapy Association website or at their office address: American Occupational Therapy Association, P.O, Box 31220, Bethesda, MD 20824-1220.

Certification/Examination. Possession of written documentation that the individual has passed the entry-level certification examination for OT's which is administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). State Licensure/Certification/Registration/Trademark (hereafter referred to as state regulatory requirement). 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. Loss of Credential. An employee in this occupation who fails to maintain OTR registration and meet state regulatory requirements must be removed from the occupation, which may also result in termination of employment. Exceptions for the Graduate Occupational Therapist. (1) OTs who are graduates from an approved occupational therapy program but do not possess the NBCOT OTR certification and/or do not meet the state regulatory requirements, may be given a temporary appointment as a graduate OT not-to-exceed two years under the authority of 38 U.S.C. § 7405(c)(2). This appointment may not be extended. (2) The OT in these cases may provide care only under the supervision of an OT who meets all state regulatory requirements.

Grade Determinations: At least 1 year of post-graduate progressively responsible experience equivalent to the next lower grade level GS-9; or Education equivalent to two full years of progressively higher level graduate education in a field related to the practice of occupational therapy; or Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy or a closely related field accredited by ACOTE. 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 GS-9 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.

References: VA Handbook 5005/25, Part II, Appendix G14. Occupational Therapist Qualification Standards, GS-0631. 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:This position requires the following physical requirements: Lifting (15 lbs and under), Light Carrying under (15lbs); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; both hands required, Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously. Walking for (1 hour), standing for (.50 hours), and kneeling (.50 hours). Repeated bending (.50 hours), both legs required. 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.

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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: $64,552.00 to $80,095.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0631-11/11

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: Open to current Permanent Federal employees and U.S. Citizens.

Control Number: 450990400

Job Announcement Number: OP-17-CLE-1805384-BU