In order to qualify for this position, your resume must provide sufficient experience and/or education, knowledge, skills, and abilities, to perform the duties of the specific position for which you are being considered. Your resume is the key means we have for evaluating your skills, knowledge, and abilities, as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to submit a thorough resume that directly relates to this position.
The Office of Personnel Management has identified the following minimum educational requirements for this position: A degree with a major study in an academic field related to the health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position.
In addition, your resume must also demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-05 grade level or pay band in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector, OR applicants must possess at least 1 year of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a masters degree OR superior academic achievement. Specialized experience is defined as experience that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled and has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities, to perform successfully the duties of the position. Specialized experience must demonstrate the following: Providing instruction in the area of Tai Chi such as Mindfulness, Postural Alignment, Breath Awareness, Active Relaxation, Slow Movement, Weight Separation, and Integrated Movement.
This position has a Selective Placement Factor (screen-out) which will be used to determine minimum qualifications for this position. Applicants not possessing this Selective Placement Factor will be found ineligible for this position. The Selective Placement Factor is: Current certified Registered Tai Chi Instructor from the American Tai Chi and Qigong Association or equivalent- 150 or more documented hours current, continuing, standard training from a recognized Tai Chi organization.
Additional qualification information can be found from the following Office of Personnel Management web site:
http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/IORs/gs0600/0601.htm and http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/group-stds/gs-prof.asp
As part of the application process, you must complete and submit an occupational questionnaire. To preview this questionnaire and determine if your experience matches the skills required for this position, click the following link: View Assessment Questions.
Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating and/or appointment eligibility.
For positions requiring positive education requirements, or if you are using education to meet all or part of the qualification requirements, you must submit a copy of your transcripts or an itemized list of college courses which includes equivalent information from the transcript (course title, semester/quarter hours, and grade/degree earned). See OPM's General Policies for information on crediting education.
Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the qualification requirements if the applicant can provide documentation indicating that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide such evidence when applying for further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
A security clearance is a requirement of this position. Failure to obtain and maintain the required level of clearance may result in the withdrawal of a position offer or removal. If you possess a security clearance, please indicate the level and termination date in your resume.
A tentative offer of employment will be rescinded if the selectee fails to meet the pre-employment requirements, including failure to report to any of the scheduled appointments.
Must obtain and maintain a current certification and continued education in Tai Chi.
Required to obtain and maintain a current Basic Life Support (BCLS) certification.
Selectee will be required to successfully complete a pre-appointment physical examination.
Work requires constant physical exertion such as long periods of standing, stooping, bending, walking and lifting of minimal weight. Instructor is frequently required to walk, talk or hear and specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision and peripheral vision. Tai Chi instruction is primarily done by using the entire body and requires continuous physical movement by the instructor in order to demonstrate proper techniques to the participants. Frequently may be required to move equipment from one location in the area to another.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
When the application process is complete, your application will be reviewed to determine if you meet the hiring eligibility and qualification requirements listed in this announcement. You will be rated based on the information provided in your resume and responses to the questionnaire, along with your supporting documentation to determine your level of knowledge, skill and ability related to the job requirements.
You will be rated under Category Rating procedures based on the extent to which your experience meets the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities for the position and rated as shown below. Additional points are not added for veterans preference; however, preference is still applied. Applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans within each category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 level or higher. If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of three categories:
· Best Qualified- Candidates in this category possess exceptional skills and experience to exceed well above the minimum requirements for announced position.
· Highly Qualified-Candidates in this category possess good skills and experience above the minimum requirements for announced position.
· Qualified- Candidates in this category meet the minimum experience requirements for announced position.
You should include sufficient information in your resume/application that demonstrates your experience, knowledge, skills, training, and/or education in the following:
1. Knowledge of the elements to address when applying tai chi techniques for therapeutic benefit.
2. Knowledge of the elements to address when applying tai chi techniques for therapeutic benefit.
3. Skill in planning and organizing an effective group and individual sessions in tai chi therapy.
4. Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing.
If, after reviewing your resume and supporting documentation, a determination is made that you inflated your qualifications and/or experience your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities or you may be found ineligible/not qualified.