- 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 bachelors 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.
Affiliated means affiliated for the
purposes of health care training.
- 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
The equivalent of 1 year of active practice. Active practice means
paid/non-paid employment as a kinesiotherapist as defined by COPS-KT.
Academic course work leading to an advanced degree in kinesiotherapy or
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.
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).
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
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
5. Knowledge of highly
specialized and complex treatments to act as a subject matter expert in the
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE,
PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR
VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G21, KINESIOTHERAPIST QUALIFICATION
December 6, 2003, and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Pharmacist
(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.
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.