- U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
- Education. Master's degree or its equivalent in speech pathology from an accredited college or university is required. "Accredited" means a college or university accredited by a regional accreditation organization and Speech Pathology program accredited by the council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED)
- Licensure. For those grades that require licensure (GS-12 and above), within 2 years of initial appointment under this standard the incumbent must hold a full, current, and unrestricted license in a State, Territory, Commonwealth, or the District of Columbia. A Speech Pathologist who fails to obtain licensure within 2 years of initial appointment under this standard will be terminated.
The Incumbent must have completed 1 year of professional experience comparable to the next lower level and possession of a full, current, and unrestricted license to practice speech-language pathology. In addition, the Incumbent must posses the following KSAs
- Ability to develop coherent treatment strategies
- Ability to incorporate new clinical procedures sufficient to perform clinical services independently
- Ability to conduct assessments, provide treatment interventions, and
provide consultation to other health care professionals;
- Knowledge of instrumentation used in speech-language pathology;
- Knowledge of principles and techniques used in alternative and
augmentative communication (AAC) systems, diagnosis and treatment of dysphagia,
and cognitive-communication disorders;
- Knowledge of principles and techniques used in voice disorders including
alaryngeal and trach/ventilator-dependent patients;
- Ability to perform functions associated with contemporary
speech-language pathology practice.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
References: VA handbook 5005/39; Part II; Appendix G30
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.
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.
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.