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Job Title:Occupational Therapist

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:DK-13-855979-DSL

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

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$42,508.00 to $81,779.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, March 13, 2013 to Thursday, April 04, 2013




Full Time - Agency Employees Only




1 vacancy in the following location:
North Chicago, IL United StatesView Map


Only permanent civilian FHCC (and its Community Based Outpatient Clinics), Veterans Canteen Service (VCS), and Office of Information Technology (OI&T) employees in North Chicago, IL where this vacancy is offered AND 30% or more Disabled Veterans and People with Disabilities may apply.


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 855979

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?

These vacancies are advertised at the range of grades covered by the VA qualifications standard.

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.

NOTE:  The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11.  The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-07 to GS-11.  The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be placed.  The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

GS-07 $42,508 to $55,264

GS-09 $51,995 to $67,589

GS-11 $62,909 to $81,779

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply

Readying Warriors and Caring for Heroes! 

This position is located within the PT SVCS REHABILITATION at the CAPT James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (FHCC) in North Chicago, IL.  The FHCC is a first-of-its-kind partnership between the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), and Department of Navy (DoN)/Department of Defense (DoD).  It is larger than just a single facility, but rather it is a fully-integrated medical care facility with a single combined VA and Navy mission.  The combined mission of the FHCC means active duty military and their family members, military retirees, and eligible veterans receive health care at this facility.  


Join the FHCC’s team of energetic, career-minded professionals!


For additional information, click on



  • 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


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The Occupational Therapist is primarily responsible for evaluating, planning and implementing a treatment program for patients, with various disabilities and medical conditions.  Develops and administers treatment programs to acute long term care inpatients.

Work Schedule:  8:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M. (may work Saturdays on a rotational basis)



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BASIC REQUIREMENTS:   To qualify for the GS-7, 9 and 11 levels, applicants must possess:

a. Citizenship.   Be a citizen of the United States.

b. Education.   Applicants must have graduated 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).

c. Certification/Examination.  Applicants must possess written documentation that they have passed the entry-level certification examination for Occupational Therapists, which is administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).

d. State Licensure/Certification/Registration/Trademark.   Applicants 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.

e.  English.  Applicants must be proficient in spoken and written English.

In addition to the above basic requirements, applicants must possess the following criteria for the GS-7, 9 and 11 levels.


At the GS-7 level applicants must have:

None beyond the basic requirements.  Candidates at this level may have a baccalaureate degree from an approved program prior to the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) January 1, 2005, decision as shown in the note in the Certification/Examination portion of the basic requirements section.  Employees at this level serve in an entry level Occupational Therapy career development position practicing under close supervision of an Occupational Therapist at or above the full-performance level.

At the GS-9 level applicants must have:  

One (1) year of post-graduate progressively responsible experience equivalent to the GS-7 grade level in the Federal Service;


Education equivalent to two full years of progressively higher level graduate education in a field related to the practice of occupational therapy;


Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy or a closely related field accredited by ACOTE.

At the GS-11 level applicants must have:  

One (1) year of progressively complex experience and a broader scope of experience equivalent to the GS-9 grade level in the Federal Service, that is directly related to the duties listed above; 


Three (3) years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a degree in occupational therapy or a directly related field.

Specialized Experience:

To be creditable, the specialized experience must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities (KSA), and other characteristics associated with current professional occupational therapy practice.  Creditable experience can be obtained through employment as an Occupational Therapist.   Experience is only creditable if it is post-graduate experience as a professional Occupational Therapist and is directly related to the duties to be performed.

In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the ability to perform the KSA's.

KSA's for GS-09:

KSA # 1:  Knowledge of occupational therapy practices.

KSA # 2:  Ability to administer and interpret occupational therapy assessment and evaluation tools.

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

KSA # 4:  Ability to implement the intervention plans directly or in collaboration with others.

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

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

KSA # 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.

KSA # 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.

KSA's for GS-11:

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

KSA #2:  Ability to communicate orally and in writing.

KSA #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.

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

KSA #5:  Ability to interact with patients, families, and other health care providers.

KSA #6:  Ability to facilitate and instruct in-service and clinical training programs.

KSA #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.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC.  WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.  If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, you may be rated ineligible for this position.

NOTE:  Your résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified to ensure that you meet the minimum qualifications required as described in the duties listed above. You will also be evaluated to the extent you possess the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics associated with the position as defined above for each grade level. Therefore, please ensure your application package addresses the competencies as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position.

References:  VA Handbook 5005 at (also available in the local Human Resources Office).

EDUCATION 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. ***

If you are qualifying based on education, you must provide a copy of your transcripts. Failure to provide transcripts will result in you being rated ineligible for this position. We accept unofficial transcripts, as long as they contain the applicant's name, the name of the school, the date and degree that was awarded, and the list of classes and credits earned. Transcripts must be received in this office by 11:59PM EST on the closing date in order to be considered. If you are selected an official transcript must be provided prior to entry on duty.

Physical Requirements:  Work requires regular and recurring physical exertion in standing, bending, kneeling, reaching, gripping and walking. Moderate to heavy lifting is required to assist patients to operate equipment. Sitting is required in meetings and for conducting administrative work. Work may require physical health, normal use of arms and legs, and good visual and auditory acuity.

WORKING CONDITIONS:   Work is performed in a hospital based in-patient and out-patient setting. The incumbent works in close proximity to patients and may be exposed to communicable diseases. There is a potential for exposure to body fluids, necessitating the need for appropriate protective practices. The incumbent may be required to travel to visit satellite clinics and attend required conferences and classes.

Veterans Preference:  When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans must claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s), Member Copy 4, if available, showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.).  Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability and a completed SF-15, "Application for 10-point Veteran Preference".

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, nonservice-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, must refer to and submit a completed SF 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," and required documentation with your application materials.

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.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.



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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

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.


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

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


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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: TAG :855979.  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, April 04, 2013.



*INCOMPLETE APPLICATION PACKAGES WILL receive a rating of IFM (ineligible due to missing forms). Requests for reconsideration of ratings will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package.

We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software or fax transmissions, etc.  


Résumé * –For info on How To Create a Federal Resume, go to:

VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at

Responses for Questionnaire *   View Occupational Questionnaire

 Declaration of Federal Employment OF-306 * go to:

Copy of your transcripts *  (Must show dates of attendance, courses and the field of study)

Copy of licensure/certifications *  

FEDERAL EMPLOYEES - In addition to the above MUST also submit:

Copy of most recent SF-50 which shows current title, grade, step, and status held. (Other versions are not acceptable)  

Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces - In addition to the above MUST also submit:

Copy of your DD-214. Your copies must be legible and must show character of service and all dates of service; more than one DD-214 may be needed to show all dates of service.   Copies of your DD-214 may be requested by calling 800-827-1000 or TDD# 800-829-4833 or online at:

To Claim veteran preference:

Submit a completed SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form.  For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans at . 

Submit a copy of VA letter dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying a service-connected disability of 10% or more.  

Only send documentation as required by this announcement and that directly supports your qualifications for this position.


Kea Massey
Phone: (224)610-3263
Agency Information:
VA Federal Healthcare Center
3001 Green Bay Road
Building 135
North Chicago , IL


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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