The VA Saint Louis Health Care System has 2 full time openings for Acupuncturists. These positions are located in the Whole Health Program at the John Cochran Division. The acupuncturists report to the Supervisory Chiropractor.Learn more about this agency
Duties include but are not limited to: utilizing standard medical evaluation procedures and East Asian Medicine evaluation to formulate and differential diagnosis to develop and acupuncture treatment plan. The incumbent will incorporate the various training techniques taught within East Asian Medicine and acupuncture. The Acupuncturist will educate patients on health lifestyle changes including nutrition, exercise, sleeping habits, stress management, mind body techniques and other matters related to acupuncture care. The incumbent will document and code information related to patient care in the electronic health care record, maintain up-to-date trainings and will review referrals, screen for appropriateness of care, and direct Veterans to other services when necessary.
Work Schedule: Rotating tours.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
FLSA Status: Exempt
Bargaining Unit: Covered
50% or less - Travel required to delivery care to mulitple sites.
Job family (Series)
Conditions of Employment
- United States Citizenship Required; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
- Must be proficient in written and spoken English
- You may be required to serve a probationary period
- Subject to a background/security investigation
- Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
- Must pass pre-employment physical examination
QualificationsTo qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 09/04/2019.
- United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
- Education. Must meet 1 of the requirements: 1. Master's degree in acupuncture or oriental medicine from a program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) or 2. Advanced level degree in acupuncture or oriental medicine from a program accredited by the ACAOM).
- Certification. Must be board certified through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). The certification must be current and the acupuncturist must abide by the certifying body's requirements for continuing education.
- Licensure. Must hold a current, full, active, and unrestricted license to practice acupuncture in a State, Territory or Commonwealth of the United States or District of Columbia.
- Physical requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.
- English Proficient. An individual serving in a direct patient care capacity, must be proficient in spoken and written English.
GS 11 (Full performance level): The individual must meet at least 1 of the following requirements: 1. In addition to the basic requirements, must have 1 year of creditable experience equivalent to the GS 9 grade level, whish is directly related to the position to be filled OR 2. Doctoral degree or equivalent degree from an accredited college or university in an acupuncture or oriental medicine. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs:
- Ability to screen referrals and direct veterans to other services as appropriate.
- Ability to formulate an appropriate differential diagnosis.
- Ability to formulate an acupuncture treatment plan independently or with other health care professionals.
- Ability to educate patients on health lifestyle changes including nutrition, exercise, sleeping habits, stress management, mind body techniques and other matters related to acupuncture care. This includes the ability to communicate with individuals of varying backgrounds.
- Skill in the selection and use of the appropriate acupuncture tools and supplies based on needs of the patient.
References: See VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G53 "Acupuncturist Qualification Standard, GS-0601". Available in the local HR Office.
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS 11.
Physical Requirements: Sitting, standing for periods of time, light lifting (up to 20 lbs). Must be able to communicate with the Veterans and use the computer to input and retrieve information.
IMPORTANT: You must include a copy of your transcript.
Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
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.
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How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
TO APPLY TO THIS POSITION, you must provide a complete Application Package (by the closing date) which includes:
1. RESUME'. Your resume needs to provide detailed descriptions of your job duties/responsibilities and must include the beginning and ending dates of employment as well as the number of hours worked/week. NOTE: Your resume must include information on your license and board certification.
2. TRANSCRIPT. You must include a copy of your transcript with the application package.
The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), etc.
- Cover Letter
- DD-214/ Statement of Service
- Disability Letter (VA)
- Other (1)
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and 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 Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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How to Apply
All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the full questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 09/04/2019 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10577700.
- To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
- Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.
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Agency contact information
AddressVA St Louis Health Care System
1 Jefferson Barracks Drive
St. Louis, MO 63125
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