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Job Title:Recreation Therapist

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VX-14-AFe-970377-R19

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$61,860.00 to $80,421.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, October 04, 2013 to Friday, October 11, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0638-10

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Menlo Park, CA United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy ID: 970377 

OUR MISSION: 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?

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service.

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans. The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define “who we are,” our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence (“I CARE”).

America's Veterans need you! To find out more, go to http://www.va.gov/jobs/.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.

DUTIES:

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This position is located in the Recreation Therapy Service at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS), in Menlo Park, CA.  As a Recreation Therapist, you will be responsible for developing, organizing and administering recreation/creative arts programs to provide therapeutic treatment to Veterans.  You will develop specific therapeutic programs and routines to maintain or improve Veteran’s general state of physical or mental health.  The major duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

•    Administers, scores, or interprets a variety of creative and motor skills tests, evaluates mental, emotional, social, spiritual and physical capabilities to determine needs;
•    Utilizes effective interviewing techniques to obtain objective and factually information pertaining to Veteran’s interests and aptitudes;
•    Conducts observations during trial assignments to confirm initial assessment;
•    Develops treatment plans, intermediate and long-term goals and objectives;
•    Coordinates overall treatment plan to provide a program focused on treatment goals;
•    Serves as a member of an interdisciplinary treatment team recommending treatment objectives;
•    Plans and manages therapeutic programs directed toward achieving desired objectives such as diminishing emotional stress, providing a sense of achievement, increasing self-reliance, aiding physical and cognitive rehabilitation and promoting successful community integration.
•    Utilizes recreation/creative arts therapy modalities with individual/groups having physical, emotional and social disabilities; and
•    Implements therapeutic programs that address clinical needs and support rehabilitation goals.

Work Schedule:
Full-Time, Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 4:30pm; alternative hours or expanded tours of duty to include hours beyond 4:30pm on weekdays, weekend tours and/or holidays as determined by the service and program needs.

***RELOCATION EXPENSES AND/OR INCENTIVES ARE NOT AUTHORIZED***



QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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To apply for this position, you must have the following qualifications:
BASIC REQUIREMENTS


EDUCATION: (A COPY OF YOUR TRANSCRIPTS IS REQUIRED.)
     A. A Bachelor's Degree or higher degree in recreational therapy or in a creative arts therapy field (art therapy, dance therapy, music therapy, or psychodrama).

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     B. A Bachelor's Degree or higher in a major in an appropriate subject-matter field with therapeutic emphasis or concentration. (Your transcripts must clearly indicate the therapeutic emphasis or concentration. You may also submit an official statement from the school, along with your unofficial transcripts, verifying the emphasis or concentration.)
NOTE: Failure to submit your transcripts may result in non-consideration.

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ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY:

     In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), No person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. You must be proficient in basic written and spoken English in order to meet the requirements of this position.

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EXPERIENCE:

      Candidates must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in Federal Service. Specialized experience is defined as experience that has provided you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of a Recreation Therapist. Qualifying specialized experience includes: applying the theories, principles, practices and procedures related to Recreation Therapy; providing Recreation Therapy treatment to patients diagnosed with PTSD, substance abuse and co-occurring disorders; utilizing knowledge of the recovery process for individuals with PTSD and substance abuse in order to provide treatment; gathering information from patients to assess individual needs; developing and implementing individual treatment programs; utilizing recreation or creative art activity modalities to maintain or achieve rehabilitation of physical and/or mental health; developing goals and objectives with each patient; coordinating the treatment plan with other health care providers and caregivers; and reviewing and evaluating progress of patients.

NOTE: Experience in activities or programs that did not require application of a knowledge of the concepts, principles, and practices of recreational therapy or one of the creative arts therapy specializations covered by this standard, and that did not involve the use of therapeutic approaches to maintain the physical and/or mental health or to achieve the physical and/or mental rehabilitation of persons (e.g., Outdoor Recreation Specialist, Commercial Recreation Leader, Vocational Counselor, or other diversionary-type recreation specialist positions) IS NOT QUALIFYING.

A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.


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SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE: (COPY OF TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED)

     Completion of two and one/half years of graduate study leading to a Doctoral Degree (Ph.D.) in recreational therapy or in a creative arts therapy field (art therapy, dance therapy, music therapy, or psychodrama); or a major in an appropriate subject-matter field with therapeutic emphasis or concentration may be used as substitution for experience. This education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university.

NOTE: One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that number cannot be obtained from the school; 18 semester hours should be considered an academic year of graduate study. Part-time graduate education is creditable in accordance with its relationship to a year of full-time study at the school attended.

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COMBINING EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: (COPY OF TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED)

     Combinations of successfully completed graduate education and experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements.

You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:

1.  Ability to assess patients to determine the appropriate recreation therapy treatment needs.
2.  Ability to evaluate the degree to which specific therapeutic activities and overall recreation therapy services are meeting therapeutic goals and objectives for patients.
3.  Ability to communicate with others in working solutions to problems or questions relating to recreation/creative arts therapy for patients.
4.  Skill in providing Recreation Therapy treatment to patients with multiple or severe conditions (e.g. PTSD, substance abuse or other co-occurring disorders).

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: 
This assignment may involve regular and recurring physical exertion.  Examples include: prolonged walking, standing, or bending, moderately heavy lifting, moving, or transferring of Veterans and/or equipment; assisting/positioning Veterans in both aquatic and land-based environments; assisting with ambulation; loading and unloading and safely securing Veterans in wheelchair accessible vehicles.  The work requires specific physical characteristics and abilities, such as above average agility and dexterity.  It may also require additional physical skill such as advanced aquatics therapy training; lifeguard certification and ability to perform lifesaving techniques such as CPR for the professional rescuer and advance first aid.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC.  We will not make assumptions.  If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response.


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.  Please refer to this checklist to ensure proper accreditation and for foreign education requirements.

Veteran's 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 DD-214(s) 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.  If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non service-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed " SF15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference ," (go to http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf) and required documentation with your application materials. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.

 

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Applicants will be ranked based on four quality groups, as follows:

  • Best qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position;
  • Highly qualified - applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job;
  • Well qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the job; and
  • Qualified - applicants possessing experience and/or education that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors.

After the vacancy announcement closes, reviewed applications are evaluated against the questionnaire responses and placed in the appropriate quality group.  Qualified veterans will be afforded preference by being placed at the top of the appropriate quality group.  The best qualified group is the first to be referred to the hiring facility for further consideration and possible interview.  The remaining groups may be referred based on the number of applicants available.


BENEFITS:

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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package.  This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:  http://www.va.gov/jobs/job_benefits/benefits.asp.

The Federal Government has special appointing authorities for persons with qualifying disabilities, such as Schedule A.  Specific information can be found at http://www.opm.gov/disability/peoplewithdisabilities.asp.  IMPORTANT: If you would like to receive consideration as a Schedule A applicant, you must contact the Human Resources office at the facility where this position is located at (650)493-5000x64084.  



OTHER INFORMATION:

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/.   

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. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

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

You may be required to serve a probationary period.



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 Friday, October 11, 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: 970377.  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:

The following documents are required:

  1. Resume
  2. Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire
  3. Other documents - Use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for well-qualified, displaced Federal employees), or documentation to support Veterans Preference claims.  You will not be contacted for additional information.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

VHA Nationwide DEU
Phone: (501)918-3300
Email: CAVHS.DEU@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA HRSS DEU Western
PLEASE DO NOT MAIL APPLICATIONS
APPLY ONLINE OR FAX ONLY
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WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After the vacancy announcement closes and a referral certificate is issued, an electronic notification letter - or e-mail - will be sent to applicants who provide an e-mail address.  Otherwise, you will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service within 2 to 4 weeks.

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Job Announcement Number:

VX-14-AFe-970377-R19

Control Number:

352833100