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Job Title:Occupational Therapist

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:13-T38-HEL-799849-SCI

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

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$50,628.00 to $79,628.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, December 05, 2012 to Thursday, December 27, 2012




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy - Seattle, WA United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 799849 

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?


As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.


Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.


  • U. S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Bargaining Unit Position


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The incumbent is assigned to the Spinal Cord Injury Service as a Staff Occupational Therapist. The Staff Occupational Therapist is responsible for providing direct patient care responsible for providing assessment and treatment for Veterans.

The Staff Occupational Therapist will be responsible to perform clinical, education and administrative functions to include but not limited to: 


-      Interpret clinical prescriptions and referrals;

-      Evaluate patients and appropriate for their age and diagnosis;

-      Planning treatment with the treatment team;

-      Develops and carries out occupational therapy treatment to meet the individual rehabilitation objectives;

-      Continuously re-evaluates patient performance making appropriate modifications to the treatment plan;

-      Documenting in writing in the format identified by the department and JCAHO policy;

-      Serves as a professional role model to COTAs by providing efficient and quality care.


-      Provides patient and family education relating to each patient’s functional strengths and weaknesses in areas of mobility;

-      Orients patients, medical residents, allied health professionals, community organizations, students, volunteers to the purpose and function of occupational therapy.

-      Informs therapists providing coverage the necessary information to treat the caseload that they are likely to be assigned.


-      Assists OT Clinical Specialist or OT Program Manager in identifying needs, designing and implementing programs for assigned services as needed;

-      Provides accurate and timely information to OT Program Manager for all required reports and monthly statistics of patient visits and workload;

-      Responsible for regularly monitoring the referrals received for OT to assure that they are appropriate;

-      Responsible for insuring that all workload data for patients' appointments is done in a timely and accurate manner.

Work Schedule: Monday – Friday 8:00am – 4:30pm, occasionally rotating for Saturday coverage.


1. Department of Veterans Affairs employees will receive first consideration.

2. Recruitment/relocation incentive may be authorized.

3. EDRP may be authorized for this position


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Basic requirement: Must be a US Citizen.

Education: Graduation from a degree program in Occupational Therapy approved by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) or predecessor organizations to include an internship (supervised fieldwork experience required by the educational institution).

English Language Proficiency: OTs must be proficient in spoken and written English.

Certification/Examination: Possession of written documentation that the individual has passed the entry-level certification examination for OTs which is administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).

State Licensure: Must hold a full, current, and unrestricted state license, certification, or registration or trademark to practice occupational therapy in a State, Territory, a Commonwealth of the United States (i.e., Puerto Rico), or in the District of Columbia.

Exceptions for the Graduate Occupational Therapist: Graduates from an approved occupational therapy program, but do not possess the NBCOT OTR certification and/or do not meet the state regulatory requirements, may be given a temporary appointment as a graduate OT not-to-exceed two years under the authority of 38 U.S.C. § 7405(c)(2). This appointment may not be extended.

GRADE DETERMINATIONS:SALARY IS TO BE DETERMINED BY THE PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS BOARD. In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met to determine grade level of the position:

GS-9: Experience or Education. In addition to meeting the basic requirements, candidate must have at least 1 year of post-graduate progressively responsible experience equivalent to the next lower grade level; or education equivalent to two full years of progressively higher level graduate education in a field related to the practice of occupational therapy; or a Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy or a closely related field accredited by ACOTE.

In addition to meeting the experience or educational requirements for this grade level, the candidate must fully demonstrate the following KSAOs:

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Other Characteristics (KSAOs)

1) Knowledge of occupational therapy practice.

2) Ability to administer and interpret occupational therapy assessment and evaluation tools.

3) Ability to interpret evaluation findings to develop and coordinate intervention plans, including goals and methods to achieve stated goals.

4) Ability to implement the intervention plans directly or in collaboration with others.

5) Skill to monitor the individual's response to interventions and modify treatment plan and reevaluates as indicated.

6) Skill and ability to communicate and or collaborate with the patients, family members, caregivers, interdisciplinary professionals or other individuals verbally and in writing.

7) Knowledge and ability to apply all health and safety regulations to minimize and mitigate risks in the provision of patient care and environmental maintenance.

8) Knowledge and ability to comply with all applicable regulations governing documentation, medical records, reimbursement and workload statistics in accordance with established professional practice and VHA.

Assignments: Candidates at this grade level serve as staff OTs in a career development position progressively expanding their ability to provide assessment and treatment interventions for a wider range of human function systems. OTs at this level require less direction and guidance, but practice under the direction of an OT at or above the full performance level.

GS-11: Education and Experience: In addition to the basic requirements, completion of one year of progressively complex experience and a broader scope of experience equivalent to the next lower grade directly related to the position being filled, or 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a degree in occupational therapy or a directly related field.

In addition to meeting the experience or educational requirements for this grade level, the candidate must fully demonstrate the following KSAOs:

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Other Characteristics (KSAOs)

1) Knowledge of advanced occupational therapy techniques to perform functions associated within the occupational therapy scope of practice.

2) Ability to communicate orally and in writing.

3) Ability to adapt assessment tools and treatment to the complexity of the diagnosis or disabilities and demonstrate the clinical reasoning necessary to identify the need for further in depth specific assessment of function and utilization of non-standard methods and techniques.

4) Knowledge of principles and techniques in the occupational therapy assessment and treatment of occupational, cognitive, and psychological functional deficits.

5) Ability to interact with patients, families, and other health care providers.

6) Ability to facilitate and instruct in-service and clinical training programs.

7) Knowledge and ability to apply all health and safety regulations to minimize and mitigate risks in the provision of patient care and environmental maintenance.

Assignment: OTs at this grade level must meet state regulatory requirements for assignment at this grade level, and are considered to be at the full performance level. Staff OTs at this level practice independently and are responsible for performing occupational therapy assessment and treatment interventions. Staff OTs demonstrate a full professional understanding of the theories of treatment in occupational therapy and their proper application through the use of activity analysis, behavioral intervention, frame of references, and therapeutic procedures. They are assigned to all program areas which are covered by Rehabilitation Services and provide professional, independent occupational therapy services in the assigned area. OTs at this level may be given general assignments in any occupational therapy program area where the advanced specialized knowledge is not required on a recurring basis due to the patient population served and complexity of the facility and/or treatment area or may serve as the sole OT at a less complex facility. Individuals may perform ancillary assignments, including program management duties on an occasional basis, where the complexity and amount of work is not substantial (less than 25% of the duty time).

FOREIGN EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, you must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specialized in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.

Qualifications: Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as stated in VA Handbook 5005/25, Part II; Appendix G14 dated 2/26/09, available at , Qualification Standard for Occupational Therapist, GS-0631.

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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.)  Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.  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.

Veterans' Preference:

When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference.  For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit


Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.  You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.


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Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life.  For more information please visit us at


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


This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 


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.


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To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the right side of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

YOU MUST INCLUDE VA FORM 10-2850c IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY.   You may upload the completed form to your USAJOBS or Application Manager account if you apply online.  Then you can use the uploaded form again and again when applying for future vacancies.  Please see this guide ( for more information on uploading and re-using the form in your applications.  Other required forms and documents can also be saved in your account and used the same way.  Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is much easier and faster.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, just reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  Check your account ( to see the status of your application after applying, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

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:
  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 using the following Vacancy ID: 799849.  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.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, December 27, 2012.


You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. CV or Resume (required)
  2. Transcripts (required)
  3. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at (required).
  4. Occupational Questionnaire
  5. Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at  This is a required form and must be submitted with your application.
  6. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 (required).   Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at  
  7. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).


Heather E. LaBadie
Phone: (206)658-4249
Agency Information:
VHA Puget Sound HCS
1660 S Columbian Way S-005A -HRMS
Seattle, WA


After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements.  You will be notified when this decision is made.

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