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Job Title:  Physical Therapist
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  VHA-652-14-ZWE-972545

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$75,427.00 to $98,445.00 / Per Year
Friday, October 04, 2013 to Thursday, October 17, 2013
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Richmond, VA United StatesView Map
US Citizens and Status Candidates


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 972545 Include on all documents) 

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?


Every job at the VA impacts the Veterans that we serve. You can be part of that team, helping to make sure that our Veterans receive the top-quality care they deserve.

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.

For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to  


NOTE: The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-11 to GS-12. The Medical Support Assistant 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.


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.


  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • English language proficiency required.
  • Must pass a pre-employment physical examination.


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Duties:  Incumbent evaluates a wide variety of patients, interpreting consults from primary care physicians and evaluating patient's level of function, e.g. balance, muscle strength, range of motion, etc. using complex evaluation procedures.  Utilizes evaluation data to implement a treatment plan in collaboration with the patient which includes both short and long terms goals with timeframes of achievement, and continuously re-evaluates patient’s status with appropriate modification of treatment plan to better meet short and long-term goals.  Evaluates patient's need for assistive devices and trains patients in their use; evaluates device and makes recommendations for adjustment; documents in patient's medical record the results of the initial evaluation, the treatment plans, and changes in patient's status within department guidelines.  Screens new referrals and identifies patients who may benefit from physical therapy.  Plans and implements appropriate patient education program involving patient and family when feasible; documents education in chart.  Attends interdisciplinary team meetings, advising team members of the patient's potential in relation to his functional ability.  Assists in research projects with primary service, where applicable. Keep abreast of changes and new technologies in the field of rehabilitation and in the practice of Physical Therapy.  Displays knowledge of changes associated with aging and principles of growth and development relevant to the adult and geriatric groups; displays the ability to assess and interpret data about the patient's status; displays an ability to identify age-specific, developmental and cultural needs and provides the appropriate care and direction based upon these factors.  Incumbent schedules outpatient clinic appointment using Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA) scheduling options.  Uses established business rules to schedule appointments for veterans.  This includes clinic visits, consultations and entries into the Electronic Wait List (EWL).  Incumbent complies with the mandatory training requirements for the outpatient scheduling process.  Maintain an effective quality assurance and utilization review effort.  Serves as a mentor for Physical Therapy staff and other health care professionals in area of expertise, promoting staff development and personal growth, and keeps abreast of upward mobility and continuing education opportunities.  Utilizes available fiscal assistance resources; participates in orientation and training of new Physical Therapy staff; provides orientation and training to a broad range of health care professionals and students on various aspects of Physical Therapy and rehabilitation.  Incumbent also participates in research studies and/or consult with others conducting research in Physical Therapy related fields.  Plans and presents in-services to physical therapy and other disciplines.  Maintain patient's records, statistics and reports required by the section/service and submits requests for additional equipment, expendable supplies and books to physical therapy supervisor.  Establishes program development, refining present programs, and ongoing evaluation of program effectiveness.  This includes program guidelines and protocols, as well as quality assurance for the physical therapy section. Communicates with internal and external customers in a manner that effectively projects a positive, cooperative image of the organization and treats our customers with courtesy, dignity and respect. 

Work schedule: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Status: Exempt

Supervisory Position:  No

Bargaining Unit Position: Yes

Recruitment/relocation incentives may be authorized.


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EDUCATION:  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.

LICENSURE/CERTIFICATION:   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.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:  (GS-11) - 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 (GS-9) 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. 

(GS-12) - In addition to the basic requirements, completion of a mimimum of 1 year of progressively complex experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GS-11).  Generally, assignments at this grade level require the knowledge, skills, and competencies normally acquired through post-graduate residency or fellowship training programs. 

Unofficial transcripts are required whenever qualifying based on education.  Education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. A transcript or course listing must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.


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. ***

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


After the vacancy announcement closes, applications will be evaluated against the questionnaire responses to insure that you meet the minimum qualification requirements and that your application reflects the knowledges, skills, and abilities required of the position. 


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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, 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 position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
  • This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
  • Performance Based Interviewing (PBI) is utilized by our agency as part of the selection process.  Please consult the website at for further information.
  • Male applicants born after 12/31/1959, who are required to register with the Selective Service under Section 3 of the Military Selective Service Act, must be registered (or must have registered a the time they were required to do so) in order to be eligible for appointment.


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package (see "Required Documents" section below.  The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on  Thursday, October 17, 2013.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the bottom 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 (, select Application Status and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  • Complete this cover page using the following 972545.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.
  • Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:

  • Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire
  • Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire:
  • 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.
  • Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

NOTE:   Mailed/e-mailed application packages will not be accepted.  Paper application paper application packages will still be accepted in Human Resources at the McGuire VA Medical Center in room 2K-150 from current VA bargaining unit employees ONLY.   Manual submissions must be received by 4:00 PM on the closing date of the vacancy announcement. 

INCOMPLETE APPLICATION:  Incomplete application packages will receive a rating of IFM (ineligible due to missing forms).  Requests for reconsideration will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package.  We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, fax transmissions, delays in mail service, etc.


The following documents are required: 

  • Resume or CV
  • VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at
  • Declaration of Federal Employment OF 306 – ( (all applicants except current Richmond VAMC employees)
  • Current Federal employees must submit a copy of their most recent performance appraisal.
  • Current Federal employees (except current Richmond VAMC employees) must submit a copy of their latest/last Notification of Personnel Action SF-50B.
  • Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire
  • Veterans eligibility documentation such as DD-214 (COPY 4) or equivalent, SF-15 and VA Letters, as appropriate.
  • Copies of college transcript(s)
  • Copies of all licensures and certifications.


Zelma W. Edwards
Phone: (804)675-5095
Agency Information:
VHA Richmond VAMC
Department of Veterans Affairs MC
1201 Broad Rock Blvd
HR Management Service - 05
Richmond, VA


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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