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

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

Opened Saturday 10/8/2016 (17 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 11/7/2016 (13 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1818591

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.

Current, permanent employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs should apply under NQ-17-DM-1818590-BU.


The nature of work for this OT position is to coordinate the Wheeled Mobility Program. The Wheeled Mobility Program was created to promote function, prevent disability, increase independence, optimize mobility, and enhance skin integrity through electric and manual wheeled mobility, and/or special seating systems, and initiation and/or completion of referrals to ensure access to home, personal vehicles, public vehicles, and community locations, compatible with the patient's personal goals and as allowed by VA regulations.

The nature of the work includes to plan, direct, assign and evaluate the program to ensure proper coordination and ultimately successful delivery of all elements related to seating and mobility. This position provides clinical guidance to all OT staff involved in the Seated Mobility Program and to coordinate all aspects of the program, including strategic planning, triaging, assigning work, staff skill training and competence, productivity, efficiency, documentation, quality control and performance improvement, and communication with internal and external customers, such as other rehab staff, Prosthetics and Contracting, vendors and manufacturing representatives.

Work Schedule: Full-time, Monday-Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm

Functional Statement Title/#: Occupational Therapist Specialist - Wheeled Mobility Program Manager

Travel Required
  • 50% or Greater
  • Frequent travel to patient homes, the community, and the VA Outpatient Clinics.
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.


1. Citizenship*.* Must be a citizen of the United States.

2. Education*:*

a. 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.

b. 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).

NOTE: Effective January 1, 2005, ACOTE accredits only master or doctoral degree programs in occupational therapy.

3. 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).

4. 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.

5. English Language Proficiency*.* OTS must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook Part II, chapter 3, Section A, paragraph 3j.

Preferred Experience. Experience working in wheeled mobility and seating.

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.

NOTE: A current, valid state driver's license is required for this position.


GS-12 Occupational Therapist Program Coordinator.In addition to the basic requirements, completion of a minimum of 1 year of progressively complex experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-11) is required. This assignment requires administrative direction and decision making skills. The OT Program Coordinator is responsible for the coordination of clinical assignments for multiple professionals comprising an interdisciplinary team. They make decisions that affect staff and other resources with a wide latitude of control and independent judgment. They assist with special administrative projects such as strategic planning, performance improvement plans and coordination and training of interdisciplinary team members. Experience must demonstrate the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

a. Advanced knowledge of contemporary occupational therapy across multiple areas of practice, and the demonstrated ability to apply this advanced knowledge to provide clinical guidance to Staff OTs within the department.

b. Ability to set priorities and delegate tasks, meet multiple deadlines, analyze organizational problems and develop and implement effective solutions.

c. Ability to balance responsibilities and to work with great autonomy.

d. Ability to supervise, motivates, and manages effectively a diverse clinical staff applicable to service level departments in small or mid-sized facilities.

e. Skill in interpersonal relationships in dealing with employees, team leaders, and managers.

f. Skill in problem solving and conflict resolution.

g. Ability to assist with directing, assigning and counseling OT staff.

h. Ability to accommodate new and changing work conditions, staffing, and contingencies.


References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G14, Occupational Therapist Qualification Standard, dated February 26, 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 as defined by 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. (i.e.: more thanexe1iing of to 20 points of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects.)

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

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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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:

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: $84,302.00 to $109,592.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0631-12/12

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: Open to United States Citizens and Permanent Employees of other Federal Agencies

Control Number: 452696700

Job Announcement Number: NQ-17-DM-1818591-BU