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Job Title:Occupational Therapist

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:PHL-13-DDS-884332

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

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$65,371.00 to $80,455.00 / Per Year


Thursday, May 02, 2013 to Wednesday, May 22, 2013




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Philadelphia Metro Area, PA United States


United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 884332 

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 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 GS-11.  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.  The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.



  • You must be a US citizen.
  • You must possess a degree from an ACOTE approved school.
  • You must possess NBCOT certification.
  • You must have an unrestricted license in Occupational Therapy.
  • You must be proficient in written and spoken English.


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 The Occupational Therapist provides direct patient care which is appropriate to the cognitive, physical, emotional and chronological maturation needs of the adult and/or geriatric patient; evaluates patients appropriately to their disability; develops and implements O.T. treatment plans to meet objectives; uses therapeutic activities, muscle re-education, physical modalities, neuromuscular facilitation, sensory integration, cognitive/perceptual techniques, biomedical techniques and more; designs and fabricates limbs, supports, splints and adaptive devices based upon assessed need.


Work Schedule:  Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm.


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


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a.   Citizenship.   Citizen of the United States.   (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g this part.)

b.   Education:

(1)   Graduation 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).   The ACOTE is the only accreditation agency recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).   Degree programs may be verified by contacting the American Occupational Therapy Association website or at their office address:   American Occupational Therapy Association, P.O, Box 31220, Bethesda, MD 20824-1220.

(2)  Foreign graduates of occupational therapy programs meet the requirements subparagraph 2b(1) if they have a current, full, active and unrestricted license/certification/registration/trademark referred to in subparagraph 2d and certification/registration referred to in subparagraph 2c. NOTE:   Effective January 1, 2005, ACOTE accredits only master or doctoral degree programs in occupational therapy.

c. Experience: Completion of one year of progressively complex experience and a broader scope of experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GS-9) directly related to occupational therapy, or 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a degree in occupational therapy or a directly related field.  One example of specialized experience is interpreting evaluation findings to develop and coordinate intervention plans, including goals and methods to achieve stated goals. 

d. Certification/Examination:   Possession of written documentation that the individual has passed the entry-level certification examination for OTs which is administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). NOTE:  Effective January 1, 2007, candidates for certification as an Occupational Therapist Registered (OTR) must be a graduate from a post-baccalaureate accredited occupational therapy program approved by NBCOT or be a graduate from a degree program recognized by NBCOT or considered equivalent to the American Occupational Therapy education standard.

e. State Licensure/Certification/Registration/Trademark (hereafter referred to as state regulatory requirement):   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. NOTE:   The OT must maintain full, current and unrestricted license, trademark, registration, or certification as required by state statute.  



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:   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 10-point preference must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted 5 points 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. 


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  Requires regular walking, bending, carrying, pushing wheelchairs and lifting patients to and from wheelchair, tub and bed to prepare for eventual discharge; manual dexterity for splint design and manufacture; exceptional emotional stability to maintain therapeutic relationships with a vaired patient population; work is performed in O.T. clinics, patients' homes, university settings and/or on wards; involves regular exposure to patients who may demonstrate irregular behavior and psychiatric or neurologic illnesses, in group and/or individual settings.

Veterans' Preference:   When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming 10-point preference must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted 5 points 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. 


You will be evaluated on the following selective factors that represent knowledge, skills, or abilities that are essential for successful job performance.  Please ensure you include your knowledge, skills and abilities on your application/resume in reference to the following selective factors:

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.


 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



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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All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:

VA Form 10-2850 - Application for Physician, Dentist, Podiatrist, Optometrist and Chiropractor (Available at (required).

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

You are encouraged to apply online.  Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE:  If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

1.     To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is


2.     Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials.  The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on  Wednesday, May 22, 2013 to receive consideration.  Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:

1.     Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire

View Occupational Questionnaire


2.     Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items  

3.     Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


TAG:Accepted/Required Docs

To apply for this position: All applicants must furnish the following forms.   Failure to do so will result in your application being rated as incomplete:

·    VA Form 10-2850C Application for Associated Health Occupations, or Resume (preferred method is USA JOBS resume Builder) 

Copy of License AND Certification (Applicants who do not furnish this will not be considered.)

·    Transcripts.  Transcripts (unoffical copies are acceptable for qualification purposes) are REQUIRED.  Education must be from an accredited institution of higher learning in order to be creditable

·    For current/former Federal employees only:  a) Most Recent SF-50 – Notification of Personnel Action; current or former federal employees, Transfer or Reinstatement Eligible.  b) Most Recent performance appraisal

If you are claiming veteran’s preference, you must submit the following forms:

·    DD-214 – Honorable Discharge/Release from Active Duty. All periods of service must be accounted for.

·    SF-15 – Application for 10 point veteran preference

·    VA Regional Office letter – If claiming 10-point veteran preference.



Diane M. DeSipio
Phone: (215)823-5800
Agency Information:
VHA Philadelphia VAMC
Department of Veterans Affairs
3900 Woodland Avenue
Philadelphia, PA


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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