Occupational Therapist (Clinical Specialist) - Education Debt Reduction Program Offered
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Internal Number: 678721500
This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. Education and/or Experience. The individual must meet at least one of the following requirements below: Bachelor's degree in occupational therapy and two (2) years of experience as an occupational therapist; NOTE: The baccalaureate degree must be from an approved program prior to the AOTA January 1, 2005 decision that the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) would only accredit master or doctoral degree programs in occupational therapy. OR Bachelor's degree in occupational therapy and two (2) full years of graduate education in a related field; NOTE: The baccalaureate degree must be from an approved program prior to the AOTA January 1, 2005 decision that ACOTE would only accredit master or doctoral degree programs in occupational therapy. OR Master's Degree or higher in occupational therapy. Individuals must be a graduate of a degree program in occupational therapy approved by the ACOTE or predecessor organizations. This is inclusive of an internship (supervised fieldwork experience required by the educational institution). ACOTE is the only accreditation agency recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. 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. May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria). Certification. Candidates must possess a current NBCOT certification as an OT. State Licensure. Candidates must possess a full, current, and unrestricted state license, to practice occupational therapy in a state, territory or Commonwealth of the United States (i.e., Puerto Rico), or in the District of Columbia. English Proficiency. Candidates must be proficient in spoken and written English to be appointed as authorized by 38 U.S.C. § 7403(f). Grade Determinations: Occupational Therapist (Clinical Specialist), GS-13 Education, Experience, and Licensure. Completion of one year of experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 grade level and directly related to the position being filled and one of the following: (a) A minimum of 2,000 hours of clinical practice directly in the advanced practice area. This time must be within the past five years; (b) Certification in an area recognized by the AOTA; (c) Completion of a fellowship/residency or advanced degree program in the advanced practice area; or (d) An additional advanced degree in a related field. Demonstrated KSAs. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: (a) Knowledge of contemporary occupational therapy across multiple areas of practice. (b) [Ability to provide clinical guidance in the advanced practice area to other OT practitioners. (c) Knowledge of advanced specialized evaluation, interventions and services to independently develop treatment strategies for area of specialization. (d) Skill in developing protocols and procedures for intervention programs based on current occupational therapy theory, recent research, and practice. (e) Ability to provide consultation to other health care practitioners and outside groups about occupational therapy scope of practice for area of specialization. (f) Ability to implement, revise/update evidence based occupational therapy services and programming in area of specialization. Assignment. Clinical OT specialists at this grade level serve as subject matter experts and as consultants to occupational therapists and other medical center staff in evaluating and treating patients in the areas of occupational therapy that are beyond the general practice of occupational therapy. This individual must demonstrate skills and techniques for a specific patient population that has highly complex occupational and/or psychosocial impairments. Clinical OT specialist may initiate, lead, and support research projects related to clinical needs. This may include grant writing, guiding others in the process, and direct clinical participation in research. Preferred Experience: 5 years general experience as an Occupational Therapist 2 years (Consecutive & Recent) in wheelchair eval & prescription ATP credentials (Assistive Technology Professional) SMS credentials (Seating & Mobility Specialist) References: VA Handbook 5005/127 Part II Appendix G14 Occupational Therapist Qualification Standard The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-13. Physical Requirements: Heavy lifting (45 pounds or over); light carrying (under 15 pounds); straight pushing (.5 hours); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking (.5 hours); standing (.5 hours); crawling (.5 hours); kneeling (.5 hours); repeated bending (1 hour); climbing, legs only (.5 hours); climbing, use of legs and arms; operation of crane, truck, tractor or motor vehicle; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; specific visual requirement (corrective lenses okay); both eyes required; ability to distinguish basic colors; hearing (aid may be permitted); mental and emotional stability. ["Candidates are encouraged to apply to the vacancy announcement that matches their specific occupation/discipline (Occupational Therapist or Physical Therapist), as each occupation has very specific qualification standards that are used to determine qualifications. Candidates must meet the qualification requirements for the occupation/discipline to which an application package has been submitted. We are unable to move applications to other vacancy announcements...please make sure you are applying to the appropriate occupation/discipline. This recruitment effort is currently focused on the following occupations/disciples: Occupational Therapist (INTERNAL Candidates): CAZM-11650208-22-JS, GS-0631-130 Occupational Therapist (ALL US Citizens): CAZM-11650209-22-JS, GS-0631-13 Physical Therapist (INTERNAL Candidates): CAZM-11650206-22-JS, GS-0633-13 Physical Therapist (ALL US Citizens): CAZM-11636945-22-JS, GS-0633-13 The incumbent is responsible for independent provision of comprehensive assessment of functional roles using standardized and non-standardized evaluation tools. The incumbent will practice primarily in the Wheeled Mobility program at the Audie L. Murphy VA Hospital. The incumbent may participate in other assignments throughout STVHCS as directed by their supervisor. This position requires the incumbent to work independently with general guidance from the program supervisor. Two years of direct and continual clinical experience in wheelchair and seating evaluation and prescription is preferred. A current Assistive Technology Practitioner (ATP) Certification through Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) is preferred. The primary role of this position is performing evaluation for and prescription of wheelchair and seating systems. The secondary role is the prescription of services and equipment in areas of Assistive Technology. Areas of AT include but are not limited to: Adaptive sports, adaptive computer access, electronic aids of daily living, cognitive aids and apps., and augmentative and assistive communication. Duties include but are not limited to: Provide wheeled mobility and seating evaluations to determine the needs for the client Provide education and training in the use of the prescribed device(s), and assignment of further treatment Responsible for the configuration and ordering of manual, power, recreational, sports wheelchairs, and scooters, and any needed accessories Responsible for entering appropriate prosthetics requests and training patient and family/caregivers in correct use and management of prescribed wheeled mobility devices and related accessories Conducts independent and specialized evaluation of the patient by using a variety of standardized and non-standardized tests to determine patient needs Develops an effective and client centered treatment plan that is appropriate and indicated for the disabilities and conditions being treated Develops and carries out a full range of treatments using a variety of traditional and non-traditional methods and techniques Methods used to meet client-centered, rehabilitation goals include, but are not limited to: activities of daily living training, strength training, endurance training, range of motion exercises, prescription of adaptive equipment and/or durable medical equipment, balance training, physical agent modalities, neuromuscular retraining, joint mobilization, patient/family education, health management and maintenance training, home management training, functional mobility, transfer training, community re-integration training, patient and family/caregiver education, and nursing staff education Evaluates the medical need for prosthetics, splints, or other adaptive equipment; requests appropriate equipment; teaches patient, family/caregivers correct use of equipment Works effectively with all treatment team members including the patient, family/care givers, clinical students, physicians, nurses, social workers, case managers, physical therapists, speech-language pathologists and other providers involved in patient's care Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., specific hours negotiable\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nEDRP Authorized: Contact Contact VISN17EDRP2@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance. Learn more\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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