- U.S. citizenship.
- Current, valid driver's license.
- This position has physical requirements - the selected candidate must successfully pass pre-employment physical exam.
- Education/Qualification Requirements: The Physical Therapist must be a graduate of a college or university approved by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).
- Licensure: Physical Therapist license from any State, Territory or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States or District of Columbia is a requirement for this position. Applicants that are not licensed (e.g., new graduates) may apply and will be given a 2-year temporary appointment on the condition that the employee obtain their state physical therapy license within the specified period of time.
TOUR OF DUTY: Monday thru Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm, with rotating coverage on weekends and holidays or Tuesday thru Saturday 8:00am - 4:30pm
In addition to the basic requirements for appointment, the following criteria will be used in determining the appropriate grade assignment of candidates:
GS-7 - Candidates at this level may have a baccalaureate degree from an approved program prior to the Commission of Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). 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 - 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 associated with this level. 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 - In addition to meeting the basic requirements, completion of a 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 at the GS-9 level. 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.
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 G12, Physical Therapist GS-633 Qualification Standard dated February 2009, available in VA Human Resources Office.
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: This position can be physically demanding, because PTs often have to stoop, kneel, crouch, lift, and stand for long periods. In addition, physical therapists move heavy equipment and lift patients or help them turn, stand, or walk.
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.