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Job Title:  School Occupational Therapist
Department:  Department of Defense
Agency:  Department of Defense Education Activity
Job Announcement Number:  12-CLJ-257E

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$52,178.00 to $126,581.00 / Per Year
Friday, December 07, 2012 to Friday, December 28, 2012
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Camp Lejeune, NC United StatesView Map
All U.S. Citizens


Do you want to work for an exciting educational organization, with the children of our dedicated U.S. Military members?  Our mission is to provide an exemplary education that inspires and prepares all students for success in a dynamic, global environment.  Come work for the Department of Defense Education Activity, Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools!

The Department of Defense Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS) is currently accepting applications under examining authority of 10 U.S.C., Section 2164, for the above position(s) in DDESS Schools. This vacancy announcement will be used for the purpose of filling this permanent, full-time position with the Camp Lejeune Schools, Camp Lejeune, NC.


Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) is a DoD Field Activity responsible for the oversight of two school systems, the Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS) and the Department of Defense Domestic Dependent Elementary & Secondary Schools (DDESS).   DoDEA employs more than 15,000 individuals responsible for educating approximately 90,000 students in 12 foreign countries, seven states, Guam, and Puerto Rico.   The mission of DoDEA is to provide a quality education from pre-kindergarten through grade twelve for the eligible minor family members of DoD military and civilian personnel on official assignments.



  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this position
  • A background/suitability investigation/determination is required.
  • You must provide a "copy" of your Occupational Therapist License


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The purpose of this position is to develop, disseminate, and evaluate programs and procedures for occupational therapy and assessment, review therapy goals and plans for each qualified individual, supervise and coordinate the occupational therapy program. Plans, develops, and organizes long and short range goals, objectives, lesson plans, and daily class work in a manner that will ensure adequate coverage within the time frame allotted for the discipline content and skills required to meet approved course outlines and curriculum objectives of the school system. Conducts classroom instruction using modern professional teaching principles, practices and techniques appropriate to the subject matter or grade level(s) of assignment. Maintains a keen awareness of student progress. Determines the need for, develops, and follows through on individual learning programs for students who are having common learning difficulties. Exercises continuous surveillance over the educational welfare of assigned students by working with school counselors, specialists, administrators, and/or school psychologists to resolving learning and behavioral problems of students. Maintains individual and class records. Counsels students on their progress in meeting the goals and objectives established for the class and/or the individual student. Meets and deals independently with other teachers, parents, and guardians concerning student progress and/or problems. Participates in committee activities to review, evaluate, and develop educational materials which will improve the education program or the climate of' the school. May be required to supervise students during outside activities, in the lunchroom, during bus arrivals and departures, etc.


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Professional Experience Requirement:  Applicants must have completed successfully (1) an occupational therapy curriculum approved by the American Occupational Therapy Association at the time the curriculum was completed, and (2) the clinical affiliation requirements prescribed by the school.  The curriculum may have been a bachelor's degree program, a post-baccalaureate certificate program, or an entry-level master's degree program.

Professional Education Requirement:  A baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association is required.


Applicant must have a valid Occupational Therapist License


Your application will initially be reviewed to determine whether you meet the minimum eligibility and qualification requirements.  Candidates who meet minimum requirements will be further evaluated based on work experiences, education, skills, and training as they relate to the position being filled. Recency of work experiences, education, skills, and training as related to modern teaching techniques will be a factor in evaluating candidates. When describing work experiences, specific grade level and subject matter taught should be indicated on the application.  


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Working for the Deparment of Defense Education Activity offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees. To find out more click here


Positions under this announcement will be filled by appointment in the Excepted Service.  This is a full-time seasonal position.

If you are selected for this position and are not a current DDESS employee, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS 'E-Verify' system.  Federal law requires DDESS to use the E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.  Under this system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies within eight (8) Federal government work days as a condition of continued employment.


Condition of Employment:  Selectee will be required to participate in Direct Deposit/Electronic Fund Transfer as a condition of employment, reassignment, or promotion, in accordance with DoD Regulation 7000.14-R.


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Follow the steps below to apply online.  Your application and ALL required supporting documents must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on Friday, December 28, 2012.

Paper, faxed or e-mailed electronic applications submitted directly to the agency and not through the USA Jobs program using the instruction below will not be considered.

Step 1:  Create USA Jobs account, includinig resume and saved documents.  It is essential that your resume provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses in the self-assessments vacancy questions.  If your responses are not adequately substantiated by your resume, the HRO will amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency that is indicated by the content of your resume.

NOTE: Your application/resume for Federal employment must include the following information in order to be considered for the position:

  • Your highest Federal civilian grade held, job series, and dates of employment, if you are a current or former Federal employee.
  • Total employment period, i.e., starting and ending dates (month/year) for each work experience, paid and unpaid related to the job for which you are applying, including the hours per week.  Also include a description of yoru duties and accomplishments, your employer's name and address, supervisor's name and phone number, and salary.  If you are a currently employed, you must indicated if we may contact your current supervisor.
  • Highest level of education completed.
  • Job related training coures (title and year).
  • Job related skills.
  • Job related certificates and licenses (curreny only).
  • Job related honors, awards, and special accomplishments (give dates, but do not send documents).

Step 2:  Answer vacancy questionnaire.  Click the Apply Online button, which is available when you search for a job on, clik on the title and proceed.

Step 3:  Submit supporting documents.  Submit the required documents (undergraduate transcripts, graduate transcripts, and state teaching certificate) specified in the "Required Documents" Section of this vacancy.  If you submit a document usinig the same document title, the secnod submission will overwrite the first submission.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following 802809. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

Step 4:  Review application and click Finish.

Step 5:  Edit application as needed by 11:50 p.m. Eastern Time of Friday, December 28, 2012

If you cannot apply online, click the following link to view and print the questionnaire:View Occupational Questionnaire OPM Form 1203-FX must be provided to show your responses to the occupational questionnaire.  Form 1023 can be found at: fill/OPM1203fx.pdf

Fax all required documents to 1-478-757-3144.

Your OPM Form 1203-FX will be the cover page for your faxed transmission.


The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, December 28, 2012. You must submit all required documents; otherwise your application will be considered incomplete.

  • Online application (Questionnaire) - Required
  • Resume (must include begining/ending month and year for each employment period). - Required
  • Photocopies of current/valid Occupational Therapist License - Required
  • Photocopies of all official college/university transcripts (both undergraduate work and graduate work) - Required
  • Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) - Required
  • Copy of your SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) if former federal employee - If Applicable
  • PRAXIS scores, if applicable
  • Applicants claiming 5-point veteran's preference must submit a photocopy of DD-214 (member 4 copy), Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty - If Applicable
  • Applicants claiming 10-point veteran's preference must submit Application for 10-Point Veteran's Preference (SF-15): and photocopies of the appropriate Required Documentation.  Lack of supporting documentation will result in the agency's inability to recognize veteran status for this announcement. - If Applicable
  • Applicants requesting Military Spouse Preference (MSP) must submit the following documents along with their completed
    application:  - If Applicable

         a) Military Spouse Employment Request Form (Form available online at:
         b) A photocopy of the sponsor's Permanent Change of Station orders indicating authorization of dependent travel.
         c) Photocopy of marriage certificate


Note:  Applicants may not be considered or rated if they do not submit all of the forms indicated above and failure to submit the required forms will not be a basis for subsequent appeal or grievance. 



DDESS Staffing
Phone: (678)364-6852
Agency Information:
North Carolina District
855 Stone Street
Camp Lejeune, NC


Once your complete application is received and the announcement has closed, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.

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