The Recreation Therapy Supervisor is assigned to the Nursing Service/Recreation Therapy Section at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. The Recreation Therapy Supervisor is responsible for and supervises a large complex level network of recreation therapy and creative art therapy program. Supervisor is responsible for the supervision, administrative management, and direction of program services.Learn more about this agency
The Recreation Therapy Supervisor has responsibility for overall program planning, developing, implementing, directing, evaluating, and controlling the Recreation Therapy and Creative Art. Therapy program. They develop and initiate new treatment programs based upon current research findings. They evaluate programs to ensure proper coordination with the overall delivery of health care.
The Recreation Therapy Supervisor reviews and analyzes service activities, manages and directs all phases of the Recreation Therapy Section. Responsibilities include training, evaluation, performance appraisal, development of performance standards, writing position descriptions, developing clinical and administrative competencies, counseling of subordinates, initiating disciplinary actions when necessary and hearing and resolving complaints for subordinates, interns, volunteers, patients and the community. Training, clinical staff meetings, Recreation Therapy safety program, therapeutic activities, evidence-based programming, self-directed activities and patient-focused Special Events, are all under direct leadership of the Recreation Therapy Supervisor.
Recreation Therapy Supervisor is responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive quality improvement program including risk management and infection control using a systematic approach, which assures the overall quality of the Recreation Therapy and Creative Art Therapy program. The Supervisor also has responsibility for adherence to all provisions of the Equal Opportunity Program in accordance with Office of Personnel Management and Department of Veterans Affairs regulations and established medical center guidelines. The Supervisor demonstrates appropriate attention to and participation in the Incentive Awards program. The Supervisor ensures that all employees, support staff, community personnel, volunteers, medical center staff and veterans are knowledgeable of and comply with safety rules and that safety program requirements are met.
-Responsible for coordinating the day-to-day planning, supervision and evaluating the entire Recreation Therapy Section
-Develops/supervises specific programs consistent with Department goals
-Prepares written business plans that address strategic goals and objectives
-Supervises implementation of programs for groups and individuals
-Identifies/analyzes governmental, accreditation, and professional standards
-Identifies/analyzes population to be served
-Recruits, trains, supervises and evaluates professional, paraprofessional, interns, Veteran Work Study students and volunteers
-Responds to concerns of staff, patients, relevant others and community at large
-Insures compliance with governmental, professional, agency and accreditation standards and regulations
-Coordinates Service performance improvement and participates actively in Medical Center performance improvement plan
-Prepares/analyzes service funding proposals and development of the facility five-year plan
-Supervises/directs assessments for the purposes of therapeutic recreation interventions
-Coordinates service program/operations with other activity based programs to ensure quality service to patient while ensuring most cost-effective utilization of Medical Center resources
-Collects and analyze data regarding the effectiveness of Recreation Therapy Section operations
NOTE: Candidate may be required to perform a one-year supervisory probation period.
Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 8am to 4:30pm
Telework: Not Available
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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Conditions Of Employment
- You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
- Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
- You may be required to serve a probationary period
- Subject to a background/security investigation
- Must be proficient in written and spoken English
- Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
QualificationsApplicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met.
- United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
- Education: The following education requirements apply to the recreation therapist:
(a) A bachelor's degree or higher, from an accredited college or university, with a major in therapeutic recreation or recreation/leisure, with an option and/or emphasis in therapeutic recreation. The degree must be approved by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC);
(b) A bachelor's degree or higher in any field from an accredited college or university and must be a certified therapeutic recreation specialist (CTRS). The degree must be approved by the NCTRC. If hired under this education, the certification cannot be waived.
Recreation Therapist. Applicants must be certified in recreation therapy as a CTRS by the NCTRC. If hired under paragraph 3b(1)(b), certification cannot be waived.
Failure to Obtain Registration/Certification. In all cases, recreation and creative arts therapists must actively pursue meeting registration and/or certification requirements, starting from the date of appointment. At the time of appointment, the supervisor will provide the unregistered and/or uncertified recreation or creative arts therapist with the written requirement to obtain registration/certification, the date by which the registration and/or certification must be acquired, and the consequences for not becoming registered and/or certified by the deadline. Failure to become registered and/or certified within two years from the date of appointment will result in removal from the GS-0638 recreation and creative arts therapist occupation and may result in termination of employment.
Loss of Credential. A recreation or creative arts therapist who fails to maintain the required registration and/or certification must be removed from the occupation, which may also result in termination of employment.
Grade Determinations: Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-12 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-11. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials.
Supervisory Recreation Therapist, GS-12
(a) Experience. At least one year of creditable experience at the next lower grade level.
(b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs:
i. Ability to provide treatment in complex cases and work with great independence.
ii. Ability to balance multiple responsibilities, set priorities, delegate tasks, meet multiple deadlines, analyze organizational problems, and develop and implement effective solutions.
iii. Ability to analyze organizational and operational problems to develop and implement solutions that result in efficient operations and use data effectively to manage workload, quality, performance, and productivity within the service.
iv. Skill in interpersonal relationships in dealing with employees, team leaders, and managers.
v. Ability to use evidence-based practices, clinical practice guidelines in a professional area, and to guide the staff in applying these tools.vi. Knowledge of organizational theories and strategies to positively impact the overall goals and objectives within the service.
vii. Knowledge related to administrative functions such as fiscal, material supply, equipment management, and clinical and program management.
References: Input applicable VA Handbook 5005 reference and appropriate VA Qualification Standard
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS12.
Physical Requirements: This position involves walking, standing, sitting, running, bending, lifting, climbing, and participation in athletic events. It may involve driving motorized vehicles and helping transport patients/residents during community outings. It also involves repositioning severely disabled residents applying knowledge and safe resident ambulation or transfers techniques at times to assist patients/residents. If therapist is involved in facilitating the Aquatics Therapy Program some of the above-mentioned physical demands will be done in the water.
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
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: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.
Receiving Service Credit or 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 employee's 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.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
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.
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.
If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.
How You Will Be Evaluated
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.
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.
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search.
The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), etc.
- Cover Letter
- DD-214/ Statement of Service
- Disability Letter (Schedule A)
- Disability Letter (VA)
- Other (1)
- Other (2)
- Separation Notice (RIF)
- SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
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If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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How to Apply
All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the full questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 08/21/2020 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10880845.
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Agency contact information
AddressJesse Brown Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center
820 South Damen Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612
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?
The Jesse Brown VA Medical Center is a 200-bed inpatient facility, providing a full range of patient care services, with state -of the-art technology as well as education, research and academic affiliations with the University of Illinois - Chicago and Northwestern University. The main campus resides on 13 acres in the Illinois Medical District, approximately three miles from downtown Chicago. JBVAMC also operates four Community Based Outpatient Clinics located in the Lakeside (downtown) area and Auburn Gresham (south side) community of Chicago, in Chicago Heights, Ill.; and the Adam Benjamin, Jr. VA Outpatient Clinic in Crown Point, IN, which serves the four counties of Northwestern Indiana.
The medical center is a part of VA Great Lakes Healthcare System (Network 12), which includes facilities in Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan.
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