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Job Title:Occupational Therapist (Home Base Primary Care Lancaster)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-538-13-KH-863821

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

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$49,841.00 to $76,589.00 / Per Year


Friday, March 22, 2013 to Thursday, March 28, 2013




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Lancaster, OH United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Lancaster is a city in Fairfield County, Ohio. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 38,780. It is located near the Hocking River, approximately 33 miles (53 km) southeast of Columbus, Ohio.

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 863821

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.

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.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply

The incumbent for this position may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program.  Please contact Human Resources at this medical center and speak with the Education Debt Reduction Program Coordinator for additional information.


  • 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.
  • This is Bargaining Unit position.


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This position is located with the Home Based Primary Care Program (HBPC), Lancaster location. This Occupational Therapy (OT) position carries primary responsibility for providing in-home Rehabilitation Therapy assessments, home assessments, treatment planning and administration, and management of rehabilitation in the home for patients of the Lancaster and within 50 miles of the surrounding area. This therapist will provide in-home services to veterans that present with a wide variety of multiple, complex chronic illnesses and/or profound disabilities to improve or maintain functional levels and encourage independence in the home.

·         Program development, schedule coordination, caseload development, consult/referral tracking, and care coordination with multidisciplinary team members.

·         Responsible for assisting in developing or recommending treatment programs that is highly suited and especially adapted to the individual needs of patients.

·         Conduct test measurements and to initiate occupation therapy patient assessments and document this in the medical records.

·         Act as a consultant to the Chief, Rehabilitation Medicine & Services Care Line (RM&SCL) on occupation therapy procedure code of ethics, and state by-laws governing the practice of Occupation Therapy in the State of Ohio.

·         Assist with in-service training. Make home visits to assess Veterans home needs for equipment, home modifications and the need for additional training.

·         Serve on appropriate committees and teams as a occupation therapy representative when indicated.

·         Provides a safe environment by adhering to safety control guidelines, policies, and procedures. Reports any unsafe conditions.

·         Observes all safety precautions while treating patients. Demonstrates and utilizes proper body mechanics.

·         Orders/recommends use of equipment and supplies to assure quality and efficiency of patient care. Trains Veterans and their providers on equipment to assure safe and appropriate use.

·         Notify medical team of need for consult placement to other specialties as appropriate.

·         Perform other related duties as assigned.


Work Schedule: The tour of duty is days; 7:30 am to 4:00 pm, some evening and/or weekend hours may be required.

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.


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BASIC REQUIREMENTS: (all grade levels must posses these Basic Requirements)

·         Citizen: Citizen of the United States.

·         Education: Graduated from a degree program in occupational therapy from an approved college or university approved by the Commission on Accreditation Therapy Education.

·         Licensure: Current, full, active, and unrestricted license to practice occupational therapy in a State, Territory or Commonwealth (i.e. Puerto Rico) of the United States, or the District of Columbia.

·         English Language Proficiency: Occupational Therapist must be proficient in spoken and written English as required for direct patient care positions by VA Handbook 5005, Part 11 Chapter3.

·         Physical Requirement: Must meet physical requirements for positions mandated by VA Directive and Handbook 5019.


(1) GS-7 Staff Occupational Therpaist

(a) Experience or Education.  None beyond the basic requirements.  Candidates at this level may have a baccalaureate degree from a approved program prior to the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) January 1, 2005.

(b) Assignment.  Employees at this level serve in an entry level OT career development position practicing under close supervision of an OT at or above the full-performance level.

(2) GS-9 Staff Occupational Therapist

(a) Experience or Education.  In addition to meeting the basic requirements, candidate must have:

1. At least 1 year of post-graduate progressively responsible experience equivalent to the next lower grade level; or

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

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

(b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and other Characteristics (KSAOs).  In addition to meeting the experience or educational requirements for this grade level, the candidate must fully demonstrate the following KSAOs:

1.  Knowledge of occupational therapy practice.

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

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

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

5.  Skill to monitor the individual’s response to interventions and modify treatment plan and reevaluates as indicated.

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

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.

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.


(c)  Assignments.  Candidates at this grade level serve as staff OTs in a career development position progressively expanding their ability to provide assessment and treatment interventions for a wider range of human function systems.  OTs at this level require less direction and guidance, but practice under the direction of an OT at or above the full performance level.

(3)  GS-11 Occupational Therapist

(a)  Education and Experience.  In addition to meeting the basic requirements, completion of one year of progressively complex experience and a broader scope of experience equivalent to the next lower grade directly related to the position being filled, or 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a degree in occupational therapy or a directly related field.

(b)  Demonstrated KSAOs.  In addition to the basic requirements, individuals assigned as GS-11 OTs must demonstrate all of the following KSAOs:

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

2.  Ability to communicate orally and in writing.

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.

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

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

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

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.


(c)  Assignment.  OTs at this grade level must meet state regulatory requirements for assignment at this grade level, and are considered to be at the full performance level.  Staff OTs at this level practice independently and are responsible for performing occupational therapy assessment and treatment interventions.  Staff OTs demonstrate a full professional understanding of the theories of treatment in occupational therapy and their proper application through the use of activity analysis, behavioral intervention, frame of references, and therapeutic procedures.  They are assigned to all program areas which are covered by Rehabilitation Services and provide professional, independent occupational therapy services in the assigned area.  OTs at this level may be given general assignments in any occupational therapy program area where the advanced specialized knowledge is not required on a recurring basis due to the patient population served and complexity of the facility and/or treatment area or may serve as the sole OT at a less complex facility.  Individuals may perform ancillary assignments, including program management duties on an occasional basis, where the complexity and amount of work is not substantial (less than 25% of the duty time).

GRADE DETERMINATIONS:  The candidate tentatively selected will be peer reviewed by the Professional Standards Board and must meet Board requirements prior to appointment. This Board will evaluate the candidate qualifications for the position and determine the grade level. The incumbent selected will be appointed at the appropriate grade level based on (1) qualifying experience related to the work of the position, and (2) upon meeting physical requirements. Applicant for this position must pass a pre-employment medical examination, Healthcare Integrity and Protection Database (HIPDB) and List of Excluded Individuals Database (LEIE).

References : VA Handbook 5005/23, Part II, Appendix G14, Occupational Therapist dated February 2009,  and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at VA Handbook 5005 at (also available in the local Human Resources Office) and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at  


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.
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


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

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.


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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: 863821.  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, March 28, 2013.


You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:


1. Resume (Current Chillicothe VAMC employees and outside applicants) (REQUIRED).

2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available  at  (REQUIRED FOR OUTSIDE APPLICANTS ONLY).

      3. Occupational Questionnaire (REQUIRED FOR ALL APPLICANTS). 

4. OF-306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at (Required for all applicants that are not Current Chillicothe VAMC employees.)

5. If you are claiming prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214. 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 (Current Chillicothe VAMC employees do not need to submit.) 

7. Copies of college transcripts (REQUIRED FOR ALL APPLICANTS).

8. If you are a current or former federal employee, include your latest SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) that shows grade, step and tenure. (REQUIRED).

9. If you are a current federal employee, include your latest Performance Appraisal.  (REQUIRED)  




Monica Hollon
Phone: (740)773-1141x7069
Agency Information:
VHA Chillicothe VAMC
Department of Veteran Affairs
17273 State Route 104
Chillicothe, OH


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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