Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Occupational Therapist (Greenville) in Greenville, South Carolina

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Greenville, SC
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Friday 10/14/2016 (12 day(s) ago)

** Closes Thursday 11/3/2016 (8 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1824780

Please Note: The recruitment search has been expanded to include re-announcement of the position. Previous applicants that wish to receive further consideration do not need to reapply, but may submit additional documents as applicable.

Current VA employees should apply under Vacancy Announcement #OE-17-SJW-1824820-BU.

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.

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 WJB Dorn VAMC is recruiting for experienced, full time, permanent Occupational Therapist (OT) to work in the Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Service (PM&RS;).

The incumbent plans and administers a full range of evaluations, treatment techniques and modalities for adult and geriatric adult patients to accomplish the therapeutic objective of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. Procedures used require the application of specialized skills and knowledge of occupational therapy practice in the following settings: physical dysfunction, psychiatry. The incumbent will submit timely, accurate initial evaluations, progress notes, re-evaluations, and discharge summaries on individual patients assigned, and modifies treatment programs, as indicated; attends staff meetings; represents the occupational therapy section at any appropriate interdisciplinary team meetings; prepares and presents in-service training on occupational therapy, as assigned; recommends requisition of equipment and supplies and reports needed equipment repairs to the PM& R coordinator and/or secretary; recommends, modifies, and fabricates adaptive equipment as needed by disabled patients in their normal activities of daily living; works with and/or supervises therapy assistants, therapy aids, and volunteers assigned to the occupational therapy section. The incumbent must possess the knowledge to evaluate all occupational therapy components (e.g. sensorimotor, perceptual, genitive, activities of daily living, psychosocial, etc.), and treats patients with a wide range of disabilities, including neurological, orthopedic, and emotional , in addition to general medical conditions affecting the patient’s ability to function.

Work Schedule: Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm, with the possibility of weekend coverage. Functional Statement Title/#:Occupational Therapist, 544-01141

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
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
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:Citizenship: Citizen of the United States. Education: (1) 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 or at their office address: American Occupational Therapy Association, P.O, Box 31220, Bethesda, MD 20824-1220 or (2) Foreign graduates of occupational therapy programs meet the requirements subparagraph 2b(1) if they have a current, full, active and unrestricted license/certification/registration/trademark referred to in subparagraph 2d and certification/registration referred to in subparagraph 2c. Certification/Examination: Possession of written documentation of passage of the entry-level certification examination for OTs which is administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). NOTE: Effective January 1, 2007, candidates for certification as an Occupational Therapist Registered (OTR) must be a graduate from a post-baccalaureate accredited occupational therapy program approved by NBCOT or be a graduate from a degree program recognized by NBCOT or considered equivalent to the American Occupational Therapy education standard. State Licensure /Certification /Registration /Trademark (hereafter referred to as state regulatory requirement). The OT must hold a full, current, and unrestricted state license, certification, or registration or trademark to practice occupational therapy in a State, Territory, a Commonwealth of the United States (i.e., Puerto Rico), or in the District of Columbia. NOTE: The OT must maintain full, current and unrestricted license, trademark, registration, or certification as required by state statute. Exceptions for the Graduate Occupational Therapist: OTs who are graduates from an approved occupational therapy program but do not possess the NBCOT OTR certification and/or do not meet the state regulatory requirements, may be given a temporary appointment as a graduate OT not-to-exceed two years under the authority of 38 U.S.C. § 7405(c)(2). This appointment may not be extended. The OT in these cases may provide care only under the supervision of an OT who meets all state regulatory requirements. Physical Requirements: Individuals tentatively selected must pass a pre-employment physical. English Language Proficiency: OTs must be proficient in spoken and written English.


GRADE DETERMINATIONS: In addition to meeting the basic requirements: GS-11: 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 meeting the experience or educational requirements for this grade level, the candidate must fully demonstrate 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. OTs at this grade level must meet state regulatory requirements for assignment at this grade level, and are considered to be at the full performance level. Staff OTs at this level practice independently and are responsible for performing occupational therapy assessment and treatment interventions. Staff OTs demonstrate a full professional understanding of the theories of treatment in occupational therapy and their proper application through the use of activity analysis, behavioral intervention, frame of references, and therapeutic procedures. They are assigned to all program areas which are covered by Rehabilitation Services and provide professional, independent occupational therapy services in the assigned area. OTs at this level may be given general assignments in any occupational 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 OT 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).

Reference: VA Handbook 5005/25, Part II, Chapter G14, Occupational Therapist Qualification Standard, dated February 26, 2009.

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.

Grade Determinations: 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.

Reference: VA Handbook 5005/25, Part II, Chapter G14, Occupational Therapist Qualification Standard, dated February 26, 2009.

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: 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:Position requires heavy lifting (45 pounds and over); heavy carrying (45 pounds and over); pulling hand over hand (4 hours); pushing (4 hours); reaching over shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking (6 hours); standing (6 hours); kneeling (5 hours); repeating bending (5 hours); climbing, use of legs and arms; both legs required; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; good vision; hearing (aid permitted); mental and emotional stability required

Security Clearance


Additional Information
What To Expect Next

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Other Information

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

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

Salary Range: $58,719.00 to $74,262.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0631-11/11

Promotion Potential: 11

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: Open to US Citizens and Current, Permanent Federal Employees from other Agencies other than Department of VA

Control Number: 453294700

Job Announcement Number: OE-17-SJW-1824780-BU