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Job Title:Physical Therapist

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-528-14-039-1021390-TMS

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$58,826.00 to $76,471.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 to Tuesday, January 14, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0633-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

11

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Jamestown, NY View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Public Trust - Background Investigation

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1021390

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.  

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who serve 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. 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!

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 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.  The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

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


 

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Not Required

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required

DUTIES:

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One Full-time position available at the VA Western New York Healthcare System to cover physical therapy services at our Jamestown HBPC (Home Based Primary Care) Program; and Jamestown, Dunkirk and Olean outpatient clinic locations (Community Based Outpatient Clinics).

 

Independently plans, develops, and administers Physical Therapy for referred inpatients and outpatients that range from acutely ill to those with combination of severe physical and/or mental disabilities with secondary complications.  Performs and interprets results of tests and measurements of the patient’s condition in order to prepare an appropriate comprehensive treatment plan, modifying treatment and evaluating patient’s response to progressive treatment.  Provides written documentation to the patient’s physician as well as interfacing with the physician/team on a one to one basis.  Provides technical information/instruction to other professional staff, students, volunteers and patient’s families. Represents  Physical Therapy on Interdisciplinary Team.

 

Tour of Duty:  Monday - Friday (7:00am to 3:30pm, 7:30am to 4:00pm or 8:00am to 4:30pm)

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS:   

 

QUALIFICATIONS: 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). 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. 

In addition, must have completed at least one year of progressively complex experience and a broader scope of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level or 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a doctoral degree or doctoral degree in physical therapy or directly related field.

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) 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. Verification of accredited programs may be obtained from the American Physical

Therapy Association (APTA) Web site, or at their office address: American Physical Therapy

Association, 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-1488, 703-684-2782, or 800-999-2782.

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.

 

   (2) 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 probational status may be appointed only in accordance with regulations issued by the

Under Secretary for Health or designee.

 

c. 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.

 

d. Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

 

e. 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 DETERMINATIONS:
 

GS-11 Physical Therapist:

 

(a) 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, the candidate must fully demonstrate the following KSAs in subparagraph (b) below.

 

(b) Demonstrated KSAs:

 

1. Knowledge of contemporary and evidence-based PT practice.

 

2. Ability to interpret clinician prescriptions and referrals.

 

3. Skill in communicating, both orally and in writing, with patients, families, caregivers, and other

health care professions to facilitate the multidisciplinary treatment process.

 

4. Skill in utilizing appropriate screening and evaluation techniques required to appropriately provide

direct patient care.

 

5. Knowledge of clinical signs and symptoms to make appropriate referrals for further medical

attention/assessment as indicated.

 

(c) 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.

 


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.

Physical Requirements:  See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

 

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.


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://www.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp.

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.



OTHER INFORMATION:

INTERVIEWS:   Any interviews that may be conducted for this position will use the Performance Based Interviewing (PBI) process.   Further information is available at www.va.gov/pbi.

Probation:   Position is subject to a one (1) year probationary period. 

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

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

 



HOW TO APPLY:

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HOW TO APPLY: All applicants are encouraged to apply online.

To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 to receive consideration.
  1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  2. Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.  

To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1. Your Resume

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

3. Evidence of you eligibility to apply for this vacancy (refer to checklist below)

4. Additional required documents (refer to checklist below)

5. A complete Occupational Questionnaire View Assessment Questions

 

Please 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), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.

 

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 http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 1021390.
  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 Tuesday, January 14, 2014Tuesday, January 14, 2014 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 http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf.  
  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.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Thomas M. Schoenfeld
Phone: (716)449-6517
Email: THOMAS.SCHOENFELD@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Western New York HCS Buffalo
Department of Veterans Affairs
3495 Bailey Avenue
Buffalo, NY
14215
USA

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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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Job Announcement Number:

VHA-528-14-039-1021390-TMS

Control Number:

358290300