Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physical Therapist Outpatient MOD-STK (E) in Stockton, California

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

Opened Friday 9/30/2016 (20 day(s) ago)

** Closes Thursday 10/20/2016 (0 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1815075

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.

The VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS) consists of three inpatient facilities located at Palo Alto, Menlo Park, and Livermore, plus seven outpatient clinics in San Jose, Fremont, Capitola, Monterey, Stockton, Modesto, and Sonora. These facilities provide some of the world's finest medical care and cutting-edge technology.

VAPAHCS is a teaching hospital with an affiliation with the Stanford University School of Medicine which provides a rich academic environment including medical training for physicians in virtually all specialties and subspecialties. Our Health Care System operates over 800 beds, including three nursing homes and a 100-bed homeless domiciliary - all to serve more than 67,000 enrolled Veterans.

You can learn more about VAPAHCS by visiting 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.

Current VA and/or Federal employees should apply under VK-16-MG-1815036-BU.

Current VA and/or Federal employees must submit their SF-50, Notificaiton of Personnel Action, at the time of application.

NOTE: Declining to be interviews, failure to respond/accept interview attempts, or failure to report for a scheduled interview will be considered as a declination for further consideration for employment against this vacancy.


Work Schedule:Monday-Friday, 8:00AM - 4:30PM

This position is located in the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service, Physical Therapy Section of the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. The duties and responsibilities are carried out at the Stockton Community Based Outpatient Clinic, likewise expected to provide coverage throughout the Health Care System including all clinical and other patient care areas involved with the Physical Therapy Section. The Physical Therapist at this level provides Physical Therapy care to patients/clients who have impairments, functional limitations, disabilities or changes in physical function and health status resulting from injury, disease, or other causes.

The major duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Provides direct patient care as assigned delivering Physical Therapy services according to program requirements.
  • Screens patients for Physical Therapy services for appropriateness, types of services and rehabilitation potential.
  • Independently develops and implements Physical Therapy treatment using professional judgment to modify the treatment as a result of changing medical conditions.
  • Evaluates a wide range of patients with complex disabilities to determine level of function using standardized and non-standardized tests.
  • Assists the multidisciplinary team in the coordination of the patent's care and discharge planning.
Travel Required
  • 50% or Greater
  • Stockton, with rotation to Modesto
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.
  • Education-*Degree.Graduate from a degree program in physical therapy from an approved college or university in physical therapy from an approved college or university approved by the Commission and 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 Web site. *Note:Effective January 1, 2002, CAPTE changed its scope of accrediting actives of PT education programs to include only those programs that culminate in post-baccalaureate degrees.
  • Graduates of foreign physical therapy programs meet the requirements, 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 probation status may be appointed only in accordance with regulations issued by the Under Secretary for Health or designee.
  • 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.

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 Physical Therapist

Education, Experience, and Licensure: In addition to meeting the basic requirements, completion of 1 year of progressively complex experience and a broader scope of experience equivalent to the next lower grade; or 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a doctoral degree; or a doctoral degree in physical therapy or a directly related field. In addition to meeting the KSAs at the GS-9 level, the candidate must fully demonstrate the following KSAs.

GS-9 KSAs:

  • Knowledge of anatomy, physiology, physics, kinesiology, psychology, pathophysiology and surgical procedures as they relate to human function.
  • Knowledge of and ability to apply clinically appropriate assessment techniques and treatment interventions to address human pathophysiology and dysfunction.
  • Ability to communicate, both orally and in writing, with patients, families, caregivers, and other healthcare professionals.

GS-11 KSAs:

  • Knowledge of contemporary and evidence-based PT practice.
  • Ability to interpret clinician prescriptions and referrals.
  • Skill in communicating, both orally and in writing, with patients, families, caregivers, and other health care professionals to facilitate the multidisciplinary treatment process.
  • Skill in utilizing appropriate screening and evaluation techniques required to appropriately provide direct care.
  • Knowledge of clinical signs and symptoms to make appropriate referrals for further medical attention/assessment as indicated.

References: VA Handbook 5005 Part II, Appendix G12. This can be found in your local HR 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 heavy carrying of 45 pounds and over, pushing two hours, bending one hour and hearing without aid; in accordance with HRML No. 005-12-02, Employment of People with Disabilities, Including Under Schedule A, 5 CFR 213.3102(u).

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 is 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. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

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: $89,805.00 to $105,348.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0633-11/11

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 452115100

Job Announcement Number: VK-16-MG-1815075-BU