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Job Title:  Occupational Therapist
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  VHA-672-14-NX1138711

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$47,923.00 to $75,376.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 to Monday, June 23, 2014
Part Time 20 hours - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Ponce, PR View Map
United States Citizens
Not Applicable


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1138711

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


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.  


DUTY LOCATION: Community Base Outpatient Clinic at Ponce, PR


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-9 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.


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
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Must be proficient in spoken Spanish Language
  • Must be Citizen of the United States
  • Must possess the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapist


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Incumbent will serve as an Occupational Therapist with clinical, administrative and educational responsibilities.  Will deliver quality occupational therapy services to patients with acute or prolonged physical and/or psychosocial impairment, activity limitations or participation restrictions.  This includes the evaluation and interpretation of the levels of function of individuals with medical and psychosocial conditions.  Also, the application of progressive care to maximize functional independence and quality of life.  Will educate patients and relatives to involve them in the total rehabilitation care plan.  Will document services provided in the patients' medical records and will prepare reports as required.  Will participate in the facility education programs, clinical training for OT students and other trainees, information and outcomes management activities. May perform Home visits to patients as needed.


Tour of Duty: MONDAY THRU FRIDAY: 7:30 am - 11:30 am OR 8:00 am - 12:00 pm. Including rotation shifts, work on weekends and Holidays.


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U.S. Citizenship: Candidates must be citizen of the United States.  
Education: Graduation from a degree program in occupational therapy approved by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) or predecessor organizations to include an internship (supervised fieldwork experience required by the educational institution).  The ACOTE is the only accreditation agency recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).  Degree programs may be verified by contacting the American Occupational Therapy Association website. NOTE:  Effective January 1, 2005, ACOTE accredits only master or doctoral degree programs in occupational therapy.
Certification: Possession of written documentation that the individual has passed the entry-level certification examination for OTs which is administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).
State Licensure/Registration: Full, current, active and unrestricted license to practice occupational therapy in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States (PR), or the District of Columbia.
Physical Requirements: Work requires lifting objects weighing 15-50 pounds, helping in patients' transfer, pulling, pushing, bending, reaching above shoulders, walking, prolonged standing and the use of hands, good vision and hearing. Wearing of a respirator may be required at times in the performance of the duties of this position.  As a result, employees assigned to these duties cannot have facial hair or any condition that interferes with the face-to face piece seal or valve function of the respirator. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.
English Language Proficiency: OT’s must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d).



Candidates must be proficient in Spoken Spanish.



At GS-9: In addition to meeting the basic requirements, candidate must have at least 1 year of post-graduate progressively responsible experience equivalent to the next lower grade level or education equivalent to two full years of progressively higher level graduate education in a field related to the practice of occupational therapy or Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy or a closely related field accredited by ACOTE.  In addition to meeting the experience or educational requirements for this grade level, the candidate must fully demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

1.  Knowledge of occupational therapy practice.

2.  Ability to administer and interpret occupational therapy assessment and evaluation tools.

3.  Ability to interpret evaluation findings to develop and coordinate intervention plans, including goals and methods to achieve stated goals.

4.  Ability to implement the intervention plans directly or in collaboration with others.

5.  Skill to monitor the individual’s response to interventions and modify treatment plan and reevaluates as indicated.

6.  Skill and ability to communicate and or collaborate with the patients, family members, caregivers, interdisciplinary professionals or other individuals verbally and in writing.

7.  Knowledge and ability to apply all health and safety regulations to minimize and mitigate risks in the provision of patient care and environmental maintenance.

8.  Knowledge and ability to comply with all applicable regulations governing documentation, medical records, reimbursement and workload statistics in accordance with established professional practice and VHA.

At GS-11: In addition to meeting the basic requirements, completion of one year of progressively complex experience and a broader scope of experience equivalent to the next lower grade directly related to the position being filled, or 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a degree in occupational therapy or a directly related field. In addition to the basic requirements, individuals assigned as GS-11 OTs must demonstrate all of the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

1.  Knowledge of advanced occupational therapy techniques to perform functions associated within the occupational therapy scope of practice.

2.  Ability to communicate orally and in writing.

3.  Ability to adapt assessment tools and treatment to the complexity of the diagnosis or disabilities and demonstrate the clinical reasoning necessary to identify the need for further in depth specific assessment of function and utilization of non-standard methods and techniques.

4.  Knowledge of principles and techniques in the occupational therapy assessment and treatment of occupational, cognitive, and psychological functional deficits.

5.  Ability to interact with patients, families, and other health care providers.

6.  Ability to facilitate and instruct in-service and clinical training programs.

7.  Knowledge and ability to apply all health and safety regulations to minimize and mitigate risks in the provision of patient care and environmental maintenance.



References: VA Handbook 5005/25, Part II, Appendix G14, Occupational Therapist QUALIFICATION STANDARD , dated February 26, 2009. This standard is available for review or you may access this standard through the internet at the following addresses: (also available in the local Human Resources Office) and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at

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: Work requires lifting objects weighing 15-50 pounds, helping in patients' transfer, pulling, pushing, bending, reaching above shoulders, walking, prolonged standing and the use of hands, good vision and hearing. Wearing of a respirator may be required at times in the performance of the duties of this position.  As a result, employees assigned to these duties cannot have facial hair or any condition that interferes with the face-to face piece seal or valve function of the respirator. 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


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

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.  



-Applicant will not be contacted for additional information if their applications are incomplete or inadequate.

-Resume and Application must address the applicant's possession of the job's required knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA's), as well as possession of any required certification. Description of this knowledge, skills and abilities will be requested later in the selection process for the selected candidate.

-Selected applicant/employee will be appointed or promoted at the grade and step for which they qualify based on the recommendation of the Occupational Therapist Professional Standards Board, and approval by the Center Director. 

-VetPro Credentialing: Individuals selected for positions that have patient care responsabilities are subject to undergoing an electronic credentialing process called VetPro. As part of this process, it will be necessary for you to submit complete information concerning your professional education, training, experience, licensure and certifications using VetPro. The candidate selected will be provided further information on how to use VetPro.

-Qualified candidates referred for consideration may be interviewed using the Performance Based Interview (PBI) process. For information about PBI, you may access

-All technical, legal and regulatory requirements must be met on the closing date of the announcement.

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

-Conditions of Employment: Failure to comply may be grounds for withdrawal of an offer of employment, or dismissal after appointment. Applicants must meet any physical, language, license or degree requirements. Applicants must be citizens of the United States. New appointees must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States, by completing the I-9 form and supplying acceptable documentation. If required for the position, the applicant must have a valid State licensure, registration or certification. Applicants must not be listed on the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Inspector General Sanctions database. New appointees are subject to a probationary period, and to a background investigation to determine suitability. Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify at the time of appointment that they have registered with the Selective Service system or are exempt for having to do so under Selective Service law. Currently the VHA queries the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) and/or the Healthcare Integrity and Protection Data Bank Practitioner (HIPDB).

-Drug Free Workplace: Position designated as sensitive as defined in Presidential Order 12564. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment. After hire, persons employed in sensitive positions are subject to random testing for use of illegal drugs.

-THE VA CARIBBEAN HEALTHCARE SYSTEM IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process please notify the Agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. Actions to fill this position will not be based on discriminatory factors, which are prohibited by law.



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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, June 23, 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.


Required Documents. You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1. CV or Resume.
2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at (required).
3. Occupational Questionnaire
4. Copy of current and active NBCOT (National Board for Certification in Occupational Theray) Certification. (required)
5. Copy of current and active Occupational Therapy state licensure/Registration. (required)
6. Copy of of Diplomas/Transcripts or Certification of degrees. (required)
7. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 (required, if applicable).   Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at  
8. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (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 1138711.
  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, June 23, 2014Monday, June 23, 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.


Zulmaris Santiago
Phone: (787)641-7582x33924
Agency Information:
VHA Caribbean Islands HCS
Human Resources Management Service
10 Casia Street
San Juan, PR


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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