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Job Title:Supervisory Recreation Specialist

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:WC-13-AIC-828461-MH

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$86,575.00 to $112,546.00 / Per Year


Friday, January 18, 2013 to Wednesday, February 06, 2013




Full Time - Permanent


1 vacancy - Miami, FL United StatesView Map


Employees of the Miami VA Healthcare System


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 828461

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
  • Must be an employee from Miami VA Healthcare System


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DUTIES:  The Chief Community Integration Service is a Supervisory Recreation Specialist in the Mental Health & Behavioral Sciences Service.  As such, this incumbent provides for the overall administrative and clinical control of Recreation, Music, Mental Health Occupational Therapy, and Therapeutic and Supported Employment Services program, which include Compensated Work Therapy Programs, Transitional Work Experience; Supported Employment; Vocational Assistance and Incentive Therapy functions.  He/she is responsible for the overall planning, direction, coordination, control, and financial management of the Community Integration Service.  This includes implementing policy, developing program goals and objectives to meet both administrative and clinical needs; responsibility for the operation, evaluation, and coordination of the Healthcare System’s Recreational, Music, Mental Health Occupational Therapy and Therapeutic and Supported Employment programs.  



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A. Education:  Successful completion of a full 4-year-degree course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor’s degree in recreational therapy or in a creative arts therapy field (art therapy, dance therapy, music therapy, or psychodrama); or a major in an appropriate subject matter field with therapeutic emphasis or concentration?  

B. Specialized Experience: One (1) year specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 level in Federal Service. NOTE:  Specialized experience in activities or programs that did not require application of a knowledge of the concepts, principles, and practices of recreational therapy or one of the creative arts therapy specializations, and that did not involve the use of therapeutic approaches to maintain the physical and/or mental health or to achieve the physical and/or mental rehabilitation of persons (e.g., Outdoor Recreation Specialist, Commercial Recreation Leader, Vocational Counselor, or other diversionary-type recreation specialist positions) is not qualifying experience.

II.   Time-In-Grade Requirements:  Applicants who have served in a General Schedule (GS) position within the preceding year are subject to time-in-grade restrictions, and must have completed at least 52 weeks of Federal Service in a position at the GS-12 level.  


 QUALIFICATION STANDARDS:  US of Personnel Management Operating Manual for Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions, Group Coverage for Professional and Sciencitic Positions and Individual Occupational Requirements for Recreation/Creative Arts Therapist Series, 0638.  To view these standards, use the following link: 


Qualified candidates will be further evaluated to determine the degree to which they possess the KSA’s listed below.  All candidates should provide sufficient information within their Resume/CV to assist in making this determination. This evaluation process may be utilized to determine the “best qualified” to be referred for consideration.   


1. Experience in applying analytical and evaluative methods and techniques to issues or functions related to the office administration and the principles and practices related to the management of health care delivery and recreation therapy systems.

2. Experience with advanced management principles, organizational theory, analytical and statistical methods, planning methodologies, budgeting and resources management as well as pertinent laws.

3.  Experience with performance improvement and quality control principles, staffing analysis, and related methodologies as they relate to the health care delivery and recreation therapy systems.

4. Experience with performance improvement and quality control principles, staffing analysis, and related methodologies as they relate to the health care delivery and recreation therapy systems.



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.  Applicants must, therefore, only report 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 .



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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: 828461.  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 Wednesday, February 06, 2013.


You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. Resume.
  2. Occupational Questionnaire


Miami VA HR Help Desk
Phone: (305)575-7000x3155
Agency Information:
Human Resources Management Service
1201 NW 16th Street
Miami, FL


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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