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Job Title:Kinesiotherapist

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-671-13-855835-HYB-IA

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$57,408.00 to $74,628.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, March 11, 2013 to Friday, March 29, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0635-11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

11

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
San Antonio, TX United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

US Citizens and Status Candidates

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 855835 

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?

 

This vacancy is advertised at the single grade at which this position will be filled above the full performance level.

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.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/.

 

Welcome to the South Texas Veterans Health Care System

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U. S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action (if applicable)

DUTIES:

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The Kinesiotherapist works in the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service (PM&RS) located at the Audie L. Murphy Division, San Antonio, Texas. The incumbent is responsible for planning, directing and coordinating all clinical and administrative aspects of a multifaceted therapy program within the Home Based Primary Care Clinic (HBPC). Therapist will practice within the scope of Kinesiotherapy primarily in homes under the auspices of HBPC, but may participate in temporary assignments throughout STVHCS as directed by the Kinesiotherapy supervisor. You will serve as the subject matter expert in a content specialty area. You will evaluate patients, plans, provide a full range of comprehensive treatment procedures designed to improve or restore function. You will serve as a consultant to medical disciplines and mentor to other therapist and students. Evaluate and treat patients, and provide in-service and clinical training programs in the content specialty or program area. You will provide clinical care, assist in planning, coordinate and complete administrative aspects of the specialty program within HBPC. Assess and evaluate the delivery of Kinesiotherapy care based on education, competencies, personal experience, and research studies. Assist in program development, procedures and providing comprehensive therapy treatment for veteran's requiring service. Acts as a consultant to other facility personnel in evaluating and planning Kinesiotherapy treatment for the specialty program, coordinates with the multidisciplinary team to provide comprehensive treatment, and acts as a resource person for the team. Assembles pre-evaluation data, interprets medical record information, reviews therapy prescription, and conducts physical evaluation of patients in order to develop and implement a treatment plan. Interprets and administers physician's exercise prescription, establishes meaningful therapeutic goals and independently designs a treatment plan to meet the patient's goals. Responsible for scheduling data, workload entry (event capture), completes and documents initial evaluations, treatment interventions, re-evaluation and discharge notes in accordance with Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Department of Veterans Affairs policy during the course of patient treatment.

 

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.
Tour of Duty: Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm

NOTE: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience and recommend the step at which the candidate will be placed in that specific grade. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS:  

  • U.S. citizenship.  
  • English: Must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d).
  • Education: Possess a bachelor’s degree in kinesiotherapy, or exercise science with an emphasis in kinesiotherapy, from an accredited college or university. This education must have included or been supplemented by clinical practice in a VA approved training program or its equivalent.

 

GRADE REQUIREMENTS

Definitions

“Affiliated” means affiliated for the purposes of health care training.

Experience - Knowledge of Professional Kinesiotherapy Practice:  To be creditable, the experience must demonstrate possession of the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics associated with current kinesiotherapy practice as outlined in the current scope and standards of practice for kinesiotherapy.  One or more of the following may have evidenced this:

a. The equivalent of 1 year of active practice. Active practice means paid/non-paid employment as a kinesiotherapist as defined by COPS-KT.

b. Academic course work leading to an advanced degree in kinesiotherapy or exercise sciences.

Part-Time Experience: Part-time experience as a professional KT is credited according to its relationship to the full-time workweek.  For example, a KT would receive 1 week of full-time credit for each 2 weeks of half-time work.

Graduate Education: Graduate degrees may be substituted for experience through the GS-11 level. Graduate degrees must be from a college or university that was regionally or nationally accredited at the time the candidate completed the program. To substitute the graduate degree, it must have been completed after the individual met the basic requirements for appointment.

Content Specialty: Specialized content areas of kinesiotherapy include, but are not limited to, geriatrics, cardiopulmonary, orthopedics, driver training, traumatic brain injury (TBI), spinal cord injury (SCI), and Preservation-Amputation Care and Treatment (PACT).

GRADE DETERMINATIONS:

GS-11

Experience: Completion of the equivalent of one year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-10) or education equivalent to three full years of progressively higher level graduate education or a Ph.D. or comparable doctoral degree in a field directly related to the position to be filled, and must fully meet the KSAs at that level.

Assignments: For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity (difficulty), and range of variety, and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time.

Staff Kinesiotherapist (Clinical Specialist): Individuals at this level have duties that typically include at least 3 of the following: serving as a subject matter expert in the content specialty area and as a consultant to kinesiotherapy and other medical center staff in evaluating and treating patients in the specialty area; serving as a mentor to other therapists evaluating and treating patients in the content specialty or program area; providing in-service and clinical training programs in the content specialty or program area.

In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following professional KSAs and demonstrate the potential to acquire the assignment specific KSAs designated by an asterisk (*):

*1. Ability to perform lead and/or supervisory duties for assigned employees.

2. Knowledge of educational clinical training programs for KT students and interns.

*3. Ability to independently develop, plan and administer clinical training programs.

*4. Ability to act as consultant and mentor in evaluating and treating patients in specialty and program areas.

5. Knowledge of highly specialized and complex treatments to act as a subject matter expert in the kinesiotherapy field.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G21, KINESIOTHERAPIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated December 6, 2003, and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Pharmacist at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/IORs/gs0600/0635.htm (or you may use the following generic citation) VA Handbook 5005 at http://www.va.gov/ohrm/joblistings/VAQualStds.doc (also available in the local Human Resources Office).

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Must satisfactorily complete a pre-employment physical. (See VA Directive and Handbook 5019)

 


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: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html 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 http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

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.


BENEFITS:

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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 http://www.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp.

 

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



OTHER INFORMATION:

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.



HOW TO APPLY:

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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 (http://www4.va.gov/OHRM/joblistings/uploading-and-using-documents-online.doc) 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 (https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login) 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: 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: 855835.  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 Friday, March 29, 2013.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. CV or Resume.
  2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at  http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf) (required).
  3. Occupational Questionnaire
  4. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 or proof of service (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 http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf).  
  5. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Isis Argumedo
Phone: (210)617-5300x17370
Email: ISIS.ARGUMEDO@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA South Texas HCS San Antonio
PLEASE DO NOT MAIL/EMAIL
APPLICATIONS
APPLY ONLINE OR FAX ONLY
San Antonio, TX
78229

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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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Job Announcement Number:

VHA-671-13-855835-HYB-IA

Control Number:

339397500