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Job Title:  Physical Therapist GS-633
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  WV-14-REW-1074494

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$50,335.00 to $76,158.00 / Per Year
Monday, March 24, 2014 to Monday, April 07, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
3 vacancies in the following location:
Syracuse, NY View Map
United States Citizens
Not Applicable


Physical Therapist

Diagnostics & Therapeutics Careline

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1074494

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.  

Full Time Physical Therapist Job at the VA Medical Center in Syracuse, NY.  As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. 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-11.  The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-7 to 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.
 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.

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


  • Not Required


  • No


  • 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


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The Physical Therapist is assigned to the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service at the Syracuse VA Medical Center.  Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Provides professional, independent physical therapy services to the patients receiving outpatient services.
  • Receives patient referrals and provides evaluation, performs tests and implements a comprehensive treatment plan for patients in a timely manner.
  • Utilizes evaluation data to implement comprehensive patient treatment plans, involving patient in a goal-setting process when feasible.
  • Plans and carries out the full range of treatment where therapeutic objectives are complex and procedures involved require the application of highly specialized skills and knowledge.
  • Modifies treatment plans according to evaluative findings on an ongoing basis to meet established goals.
  • Coordinates and employs several treatment approaches simultaneously to accomplish complex treatment objectives.
  • Recognizes adverse reactions to treatment and initiates effective action immediately.
  • Assesses patients for durable medical equipment, adaptive/assistive devices and other recommended therapeutic equipment.
  • Responsible for procurement of equipment/devices, issuance of equipment, education and training in equipment functions, troubleshooting, cleaning and maintenance of equipment and proper documentation.
  • Provides education, instruction and training to patients, their family or caregiver in the appropriate use of equipment, exercise programs and rehabilitation techniques.
  • Works within a multidisciplinary treatment team consulting on and communicating patient status and attending meetings.
  • Schedules patients for treatment.
  • May participate in specialty program such clinical instructor, Polytrauma program, Amputation System of Care program
  • Responsible for the care, upkeep and sanitation of equipment in assigned work area.
  • Ensures adequate supplies are available.
  • Compiles with policies regarding documentation and coding of patient care provided using electronic system and other appropriate communication methods.
  • Occasionally operates government motor vehicle.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned and within scope of practice.


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  • 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. 




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: 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


Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.


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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


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

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


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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 Monday, April 07, 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,, 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.


All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
   ·Other (VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Care Occupation)

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
   ·Cover Letter
   ·Other Veterans Document

VA Form 10-2850c
- Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at (required).

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 and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 1074494.
  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 Monday, April 07, 2014Monday, April 07, 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  
  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.


Rose Wright
Phone: (315)425-4400x53596
Agency Information:
VHA Syracuse VAMC
Department of Veterans Affairs
VAMC Syracuse
800 Irving Ave
Syracuse, NY


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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