This Position Is No Longer Available

Job Title:RECREATION THERAPIST

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:OG-23-DFo-789511

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$53,500.00 to $76,595.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 to Friday, November 30, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0638-09/10

POSITION INFORMATION:

Part Time 8 hours - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

10

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Northport, NY United States

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

VacancyID: 789511 

***APPLY ONLINE OR BY FOLLOWING THE FAXING INSTRUCTIONS LOCATED IN THE "HOW TO APPLY" SECTION***

                                  ***THIS IS A PART-TIME POSITION, SALARY WILL BE PRORATED***

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who serve our country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service.

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans.

The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define “who we are,” our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence (“I CARE”).

America's Veterans need you!

To find out more, go to http://www.va.gov/jobs/.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.

DUTIES:

This position involves a multi-grade career ladder. The major duties listed below represent the full performance level of GS-10. At the GS-09 grade level, the incumbent performs assignments of a more limited scope and with less independence. The incumbent will progressively acquire the background necessary to perform at the full performance level of GS-10. Promotion is at the discretion of the supervisor and is contingent upon satisfactory performance, availability of higher level work, and availability of funds. Promotion is not guaranteed and no promise of promotion is implied.

The Recreation Therapist position will be located at the Veterans Administration Medical Center, Northport, New York. Duties include but are not limited to the following:

 

·         Developing, organizing and administering recreation programs to provide therapeutic treatment to patients

·         Assembling pre-evaluation data, interpreting medical record information, reviewing therapy prescriptions and conducting mental and physical evaluations of patients

·         Developing and implementing treatment plans based on assessments

·         Working with various types of disabilities including psychiatric diagnoses, dementia, neuro-muscular disorders, orthopedic conditions, AIDS, amputation, paralysis, spinal cord injury, head injury, respiratory disorders, chronic cardiovascular diseases, etc.

·         Modifying treatment plans and modalities in accordance with treatment goals and patient progress

·         Strive to slow down the mental and physical deterioration while maintaining the highest level of independence for the patient

·         Administering therapeutic recreation activity that strengthens debilitated muscle resulting from age, prolonged bed rest, amputation, stroke, fractures, wound care and joint placement

·         Teaching a variety of skills including: independent living, social interaction, adjustment to change coping, prevocational, work adjustment, mobility exercises and cognitive skills following psychiatric episodes, substance abuse detoxification, head injury, spinal cord injury, amputation, joint replacement and stroke

·         Coordinating the overall treatment plan with the treatment team and the patient’s family/caregiver

·         Developing psycho-social activities for coping with frustration, stress, anger, hostility, appropriate use of leisure time and improving social interaction skills

·         Interacting as a member of a clinical multidisciplinary team

·         Entering scheduling and patient data into the facility’s computerized system; preparing and submitting initial, follow-up and discharge notes that cover the entire course of treatment

·         Performing other duties as assigned

 

 

NOTE: This is a part-time position (_Eight (8)____hours/week). The salary listed represents full-time employment and will be pro-rated based on the actual number of hours worked each pay-period. Likewise, benefits and time-off accrual will also be prorated and based on your part-time work schedule.

Work Schedule: Saturday/Sunday                          may involve some evenings and holidays

 

***RELOCATION EXPENSES AND/OR INCENTIVES ARE NOT AUTHORIZED***


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

This position includes a Selective Placement Factor (skill, knowledge, ability or other worker characteristic basic to - and essential for - satisfactory performance of the job). Selective Placements Factors are a prerequisite to appointment and represent minimum requirements for a position. Applicants who do not meet it are ineligible for further consideration.

The selective placement factors for this position are:

A valid state driver's license. Selectee will be required to obtain a State Commercial Drivers' License (CDL) within 120 days of appointment.

Ability to swim, selectee will be required to obtain a current lifeguard certificate (or its equivalent from some other nationally recognized agency) within six (6) months of appointment.

BASIC EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENT: A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in recreational therapy or in a creative arts therapy field (i.e. art therapy, dance therapy, music therapy or psychodrama); or a major in an appropriate subject-matter field with therapeutic emphasis or concentration. (*You must submit transcripts to verify this requirement.)

AND

REQUIRES: Possession of a valid state driver's license, selectee will be required to obtain a State Commercial Drivers' License (CDL) within 120 days of appointment.

 

AND

REQUIRES:  Ability to swim, selectee will be required to obtain a current lifeguard certificate (or its equivalent from some other nationally recognized agency) within six (6) months of appointment.

 AND

REQUIRES FOR GS-9: One (1) year of specialized experience in recreational therapy that includes: knowledge of the theories, principles, practices and procedures related to Recreation Therapy; experience planning and implementing a full range of treatment procedures where therapeutic objectives are complex and requires the application of specialized skills and knowledge; experience developing treatment regimens for a variety of physically and mentally/emotionally challenged population; and ability to communicate both orally and in writing. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least one year at the next lower grade level in Federal service. (Experience must be documented in your application/resume for full consideration.)

 

OR

SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR GS-09: A master's degree or two (2) years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution in an appropriate subject-matter field with therapeutic emphasis or concentration that demonstrates your ability to perform the duties of this position. (*If you answer yes to this question, you must submit transcripts with your application.)

 

OR

COMBINATION FOR GS-09: A combination of specialized experience and graduate education as described for the GS-09 that demonstrates your ability to perform the duties of this position. (*If you answer yes to this question, your experience must be documented and you must submit transcripts with your application.)

 

REQUIRES FOR GS-10: One (1) year of specialized experience in recreational therapy that includes: substantial knowledge of the theories, principles, practices and procedures related to Recreation Therapy; advanced experience in a clinical arena planning and implementing a full range of treatment procedures where therapeutic objectives are complex and requires the application of highly specialized skills and knowledge; experience in a clinical arena developing treatment regimens for a variety of physically and mentally/emotionally challenged population; and superior ability to communicate both orally and in writing. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least one year at the next lower grade level in Federal service. (Experience must be documented in your application/resume for full consideration.)

OR

SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR GS-10: Completed two (2) years and six (6) months of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or its equivalent from an accredited institution in an appropriate subject-matter field with therapeutic emphasis or concentration that demonstrates your ability to perform the duties of this position. (*If you answer yes to this question, you must submit transcripts with your application.)

OR

COMBINATIONFOR GS-10: A combination of specialized experience and graduate education as described that demonstrates your ability to perform the duties of this position. (*If you answer yes to this question, your experience must be documented and you must submit transcripts with your application.)

 A Quality Ranking Factor* has been requested by the facility to help determine which of the basically qualified applicants are likely to be better qualified for a position. The quality ranking factor for this position is:

Be a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) issued by The National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification

 And

Be credentialed as an Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor

 

*Quality Ranking Factors are skills, knowledge, abilities, or other worker characteristics which could be expected to result in superior performance on the job. Quality ranking factors will not be used for screening, but may be used as ranking criteria. Applicants with higher proficiency levels may rank above those with lower proficiency levels on a quality ranking factor.

You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:

Developing, organizing, and administering therapeutic treatment utilizing a variety of therapeutic recreation modalities to individuals with physical, social, cognitive, or psychological dysfunction

Ability to communicate orally and in writing, clearly and concisely

Knowledge of theories, principles, practices and procedures related to Recreation Therapy

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

This position involves walking, standing, sitting, lifting and participation in Recreation Therapy activities which may be physical in nature, such as running, physical fitness activity, swimming bowling, etc. and driving motor vehicles such as a sedan or van. The physical limitations of the young adult, middle-age adult and the geriatric patient must be taken into consideration when performing all assigned responsibilities.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications .


APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications.  Please refer to this checklist to ensure proper accreditation and for foreign education requirements.

Veteran's Preference:

When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability.  If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non service-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed " SF15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference ," (go to http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf) and required documentation with your application materials. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.

 

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Applicants will be ranked based on four quality groups, as follows:

  • Best qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position;
  • Highly qualified - applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job;
  • Well qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the job; and
  • Qualified - applicants possessing experience and/or education that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors.

After the vacancy announcement closes, reviewed applications are evaluated against the questionnaire responses and placed in the appropriate quality group.  Qualified veterans will be afforded preference by being placed at the top of the appropriate quality group.  The best qualified group is the first to be referred to the hiring facility for further consideration and possible interview.  The remaining groups may be referred based on the number of applicants available.


BENEFITS:

VA offers a comprehensive benefits package.  This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:  http://www.va.gov/jobs/job_benefits/benefits.asp.

The Federal Government has special appointing authorities for persons with qualifying disabilities  (go to http://www.opm.gov/disability/peoplewithdisabilities.asp).   For additional information on these, and other special appointing authorities, refer to this checklist or contact the hiring Human Resources Management Service at: 79 MIDDLEVILLE RD
NORTHPORT, NY 11768
USA



OTHER INFORMATION:

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp.  

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. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

You may be required to serve a probationary period.



HOW TO APPLY:

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete application (See "Required Documents" section below).  The complete Application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, November 30, 2012.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button on the right side of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Be sure to upload the required documents before you submit your application.  Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.  Mailed/emailed applications will not be accepted.

Note: To change or update your application, simply reapply through My USAJOBS, before the closing date.  To check the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login), select Application Status and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.

If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire: http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf .
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144.  Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
  4. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID: 789511.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following documents are required:

  1. Resume
  2. Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire
  3. Other documents - Use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for well-qualified, displaced Federal employees), or documentation to support Veterans Preference claims.  You will not be contacted for additional information.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

VHA Nationwide DEU
Phone: (501)257-4134
Email: CAVHS.DEU@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA DEU Bedford
PLEASE DO NOT MAIL APPLICATIONS
APPLY ONLINE OR FAX ONLY
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WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After the vacancy announcement closes and a referral certificate is issued, an electronic notification letter - or e-mail - will be sent to applicants who provide an e-mail address.  Otherwise, you will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service within 2 to 4 weeks.

Control Number: 331768900
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