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Job Title:Physical Therapist

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:610-13-127-908433-KKD

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

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SALARY RANGE:

$38,967.00 to $74,967.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 to Sunday, July 28, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0633-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Marion, IN United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

US Citizens and Status Candidates

JOB SUMMARY:

WHO WE ARE...

We are people who take great pride and deep satisfaction in providing America's Veterans with the best clinical care, the most innovative technology and the most comprehensive array of benefits America has to offer.

MISSION & VISION

"To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan."

 -Abraham Lincoln

VA Northern Indiana Health Care System (VANIHCS) was formed in 1995 by the integration of the VA Medical Centers in Fort Wayne, Indiana and Marion, Indiana. The mission of VANIHCS is to provide coordinated, compassionate and comprehensive quality primary care, mental health services and extended care to Veterans in a timely, accessible and cost effective manner. The Fort Wayne campus offers primary and secondary medical and surgical services. The Marion campus offers a full range of psychiatry services, nursing home care and extended care services. Primary care clinics are available at both campuses and at Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) located in South Bend, Goshen, Peru and Muncie, Indiana.

*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-7 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.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Current,Full, Unrestricted State Registered Physical Therapy Licensure
  • Pre-employment Physical examination
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing
  • Background and/or Security Investigation
  • English Language Proficiency and Education Requirement

DUTIES:

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The registered Physical Therapist provides direct care to a caseload of patients, covering an age range of 18 through geriatrics, under direct supervision of the Chief, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service, (PM&R).   At the target grade level, major duties include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Receives patient referral from physicians and schedules them for evaluation and treatment in a timely fashion.
• Utilizes evaluation data to implement comprehensive treatment plans, involving patients in goal-setting, if possible.  Modifies treatment plan according to evaluative findings on an on-going basis to better meet short and long term goals.
• Demonstrates a full professional understanding of the theories of treatment and their application.
• Recognizes adverse reaction to treatment and initiates corrective action immediately.
• Evaluates patients’ need for assistive devices, requesting same through Prosthetics/Orthotics and recommends adjustments for prosthetics/orthotics devices or makes minor adjustments to ensure maximum benefit from device.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

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.)

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

English Language Proficiency. PTs must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by VA Handbook 5005, Part II, chapter 3, Section A, paragraph 3j.

GRADE REQUIREMENTS:

Creditable Experience

Knowledge of Contemporary Professional Physical Therapy Practice. To be creditable, experience must have demonstrated possession of the required knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics associated with the scope of physical therapy practice as outlined in the current Guide to Physical Therapist Practice, American Physical Therapy Association, and the Normative Model of Physical Therapist Education. The experience may have been evidenced by one or more of the following:
-Active professional practice. (Active professional practice means paid/non-paid employment as a professional PT as defined by APTA or the appropriate licensing board.) Experience gained after graduation but prior to licensure is creditable provided the candidate was utilized as a graduate PT and subsequently passed the licensure examination.
-In addition to licensure, applicants must demonstrate completion of a minimum of 15 continuing education units (CEUs) recognized by APTA or the appropriate licensing board.
-Completion of a post-graduate fellowship or a post-graduate residency program may substitute for creditable experience on a year for year basis.

Quality of Experience. Experience is only creditable if it was earned post degree and meets the following:
-Work as a graduate PT directly related to the position to be filled; and
-The work to be credited is at a level comparable to physical therapy experience at the same or next lower grade level than the grade level being considered for placement.

Part-time Experience. Part-time experience as a graduate PT is credited according to its relationship to the full-time workweek. For example, a PT employed 20 hours a week, or on a 1/2-time basis, would receive 1 full-time workweek of credit for each 2 weeks of service.

GS-7 Staff Physical Therapist:
Experience, Education and Licensure. None beyond basic requirements. Candidates at this level may have a baccalaureate degree from an approved program prior to the Commission of Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) January 1, 2002 decision as shown in the note in paragraph 2.
Assignment. Employees at this level serve as a Staff PT in a PT career development position practicing under close supervision of a PT at or above the full-performance level.

GS-9 Staff Physical Therapist:
Education, Experience and Licensure. In addition to meeting the basic requirements, candidates must have 1 year of post degree progressively responsible experience equivalent to the next lower grade or a master’s degree in physical therapy or a directly related field. In addition, candidates must fully demonstrate the knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics (KSAOs) below.
-Knowledge of anatomy, physiology, physics, kinesiology, psychology, pathophysiology and surgical procedures as they relate to human function.
-Knowledge of and ability to apply clinically appropriate assessment techniques and treatment interventions to
address human pathophysiology and dysfunction.
-Ability to communicate, both orally and in writing, with patients, families, caregivers, and other healthcare professions.
Assignments. Candidates at this grade level serve as staff PTs in a career development position progressively expanding their ability to provide assessment and treatment interventions for a wider range of human function systems. PTs at this level require less direction and guidance, but practice under the direction of a PT at or above the full performance level.

GS-11 Physical Therapist:
Education, Experience, and Licensure. In addition to meeting the basic requirements, completion of 1 year of progressively complex experience and a broader scope of experience equivalent to the next lower grade; or 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a doctoral degree; or doctoral degree in physical therapy or a directly related field. In addition to meeting the KSAOs described at the GS-9 level, the candidate must fully demonstrate the KSAOs below:
-Knowledge of contemporary and evidence-based PT practice.
-Ability to interpret clinician prescriptions and referrals.
-Skill in communicating, both orally and in writing, with patients, families, caregivers, and other health care professions to facilitate the multidisciplinary treatment process.
-Skill in utilizing appropriate screening and evaluation techniques required to appropriately provide direct patient care.
-Knowledge of clinical signs and symptoms to make appropriate referrals for further medical attention/assessment as indicated.

Assignments. Candidates must be licensed for assignment at this grade level, and are considered to be at the full performance level. Staff PTs at this level are responsible for providing assessment and treatment intervention. They are assigned to all program areas which are covered by Rehabilitation Services and provide professional, independent physical therapy services in the assigned area. PTs at this level may be given general assignments in any physical 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 PT 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).

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

References: VA Handbook 5005/24, Part II, APPENDIX G-12, PHYSICAL THERAPIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD, FEBRUARY 2009, and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/IORs/GS0100/0185.htm.
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an 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 in the application checklist or visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.


Degree. Graduate from a degree program in physical therapy from an approved college or university approved by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). The CAPTE is the only accreditation agency recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) to accredit entry-level physical therapy programs.

NOTE: Effective, January 1, 2002, CAPTE changed its scope of accrediting activities of PT education programs to include only those programs that culminate in post-baccalaureate degrees.

Foreign Graduates. Graduates of foreign physical therapy programs meet the requirements in subparagraph 2b if they have a full unrestricted and current license to practice physical therapy in a State, Territory or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States, or in the District of Columbia. Any PT who has, or has ever had, any license(s) revoked, suspended, denied, restricted, limited, or issued/placed in a probationary status may be appointed only in accordance with regulations issued by the Under Secretary for Health or designee.

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.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: (Failure to comply may be grounds for withdrawal of an offer of employment or dismissal after appointment)
• Work Schedule: Full Time
• Tour of Duty: Monday-Friday 7:45AM-4:30 EST, may include irregular tour
• Permanent Change of Station (PCS) Costs: ARE NOT Authorized
• Overtime: Occasionally
• Temporary Duty (TDY) Travel: Yes, between stations in Fort Wayne and Marion, including CBOCs
• Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): Non-Exempt
• Bargaining Unit Position: No
• Drug Testing: Subject to random drug test
• Physical Requirement: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.
• Selective Service Requirement: All male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with the selective service system. Please visit https://www.sss.gov for more information.
• Obligated Position: No
• Applicants must not be listed on the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Inspector General sanctions database.
• Applicants tentatively selected for certain designated positions may be subject to a random drug screening for illegal drug use. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will receive a rating of IFM (Ineligible due to missing forms).

In addition to the requirements above, you will be rated on the following knowledge, skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:

1. Knowledge of anatomy, physiology, physics, kinesiology, psychology, pathophysiology and surgical procedures as they relate to human function.
2. Knowledge of and ability to apply clinically appropriate assessment techniques and treatment interventions to address human pathophysiology and dysfunction.
3. Ability to communicate, both orally and in writing, with patients, families, caregivers, and other healthcare professions.
4. Knowledge of contemporary and evidence-based PT practice.
5. Ability to interpret clinician prescriptions and referrals.
6. Skill in communicating, both orally and in writing, with patients, families, caregivers, and other health care professions to facilitate the multidisciplinary treatment process.
7. Skill in utilizing appropriate screening and evaluation techniques required to appropriately provide direct patient care.
8. Knowledge of clinical signs and symptoms to make appropriate referrals for further medical Attention/assessment as indicated.

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, we will not allow credit for your response(s).


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://www4.va.gov/Jobs/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp.



OTHER INFORMATION:

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

·         Additional vacancies may be filled from this announcement up to 90 days after closing.

·         This vacancy announcement does not preclude filling this position by other means.

·         If applicants are interviewed for the position, performance based interview questions will be used.  For additional information regarding performance-based interviews please review the following website on the Internet:  http://www.va.gov/pbi.



HOW TO APPLY:

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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete application (See "Required Documents" section below).  The complete Application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Sunday, July 28, 2013.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button on the right side of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Be sure to upload the required documents before you submit your application.  Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.  Mailed/emailed applications will not be accepted.

Note: To change or update your application, simply reapply through My USAJOBS, before the closing date.  To check the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login), select Application Status and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.

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: 908433.  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.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

You must submit a complete application package which includes:

1.    CV or Resume (resumes will only be accepted if accompanied by application)

2.    VA Form 10-2850c, Application for Associated Health Occupations,  (This is a required form) Available at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf

3.    OF 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment, (This is a required form)  Available at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf

4.    Answer the Online Occupational Questionnaire

5.    If you have prior military experience, include proof of military duty DD-214 (Member 4 copy) and SF-15 form if applicable

6.    A copy of your most recent  SF-50 (if you are a current or former federal employee)

     7.  Licensure and college transcripts

FOR CURRENT VANIHCS EMPLOYEES ONLY:

1.    CV or Resume

2.    Answer the Occupational Questionnaire

3.    College Transcripts and Licensures

4.    A copy of your most recent SF-50

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Korpo Degbeh
Phone: (800)360-8387x71217
Email: KORPO.DEGBEH@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Northern Indiana HCS
1700 East 38th Street
Marion, IN
46953

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful.  After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and or referral to the hiring official.  If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.

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Job Announcement Number:

610-13-127-908433-KKD

Control Number:

345468900