Creative Arts Therapist (Music)
Government of the District of Columbia - Washington, DC

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"Pay Plan, Series & Grade: DS-638-09

Agency: Department of Mental Health/Saint Elizabeths Hospital

Area of Consideration: Saint Elizabeths Hospital Employees Only

Opening Date: 02-01-2013

Closing Date: 02-07-2013

Collective Bargaining Unit (Non-Union): This position is not in a collective bargaining unit.

Duration of Appointment: Permanent

Number of Vacancies: One (1)

Promotion Potential: None

Salary Range: $41,923 - $53,983

Tour of Duty: 8:15 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Monday thru Friday


Brief Description of Duties: Serves as Creative Arts Therapist (Music) and provides music therapy services to psychiatry inpatients. Exercises responsibility for implementing comprehensive music therapy services tailored to meet the individually assessed needs of a wide range of psychiatric patients. Structures treatment according to the goals and objectives of the treatment program, psychiatric diagnosis of patients, and available treatment resources. Provides professional, recovery based music therapy services that value and reflect cultural and ethnic diversity and empower individuals toward positive change. Utilizes best treatment practices based on research and analysis. Fosters a positive therapeutic milieu that emphasizes creativity, spontaneity, and sensitivity in facilitating musical expression and group interaction. Develops treatment strategies, adapting or modifying treatment procedures and employing new approaches and techniques where objectives are difficult to achieve because of the severity and complexity of the patient's mental disorder. Works directly with clinical program staff using the recovery approach with the ultimate goal of outplacement to community-based treatment. Conducts regular music therapy review sessions and shares techniques and insights of music therapy applied to patients.


Basic Requirements: Successful completion of a 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree or higher degree from an accredited U.S. college/university in music therapy, or in music, with therapeutic emphasis or concentration. In addition to meeting the basic requirements, candidates must have one (1) year of specialized experience at the next lower grade level. Specialized experience is experience that requires the application of knowledge of the concepts, principles of practice, and techniques of music therapy, and involves the use of therapeutic approaches to maintain the physical and/or mental health or to achieve the physical and/or mental rehabilitation of patients.

Must be certified as a Music Therapist by the Certification Board for Music Therapy.


It is desirable that the candidate be a member of the American Music Therapy Association

Ranking Factors

Submission of Ranking Factors: The following ranking factors will be used in the evaluation process. All applicants MUST respond to the ranking factors. Please respond specifically to the ranking factor(s) by either typing directly into the free form area provided or by pasting from a text document. Please describe specific incidents of sustained achievements from your experience that show evidence of the level at which you are applying. You may refer to any experience, education, training, awards, outside activities, etc. that include the degree to which you possess the job related knowledge, skills and abilities described in the ranking factors. The information given in response to the ranking factors should be complete and accurate to the best of your knowledge. FAILURE TO RESPOND TO ALL RANKING FACTORS WILL ELIMINATE YOU FROM CONSIDERATION.

Ranking Factor #1: Comprehensive knowledge of psychodynamics, psychopathology, bio-psychosocial rehabilitation and different theoretical viewpoints in the music therapy field in order to select and apply the appropriate form of music therapy (individual, group, family).

Ranking Factor #2: Knowledge of current theories, principles and professional practice of music therapy relevant to the full range of psychiatric disorders in order to provide music therapy diagnostic and treatment services to patients and treatment programs within a forensic and/or civil setting.

Ranking Factor #3: Knowledge of the integration of music therapy into a total clinical treatment plan in order to develop treatment goals for patients and prepare documentation of progress.

Ranking Factor #4: Ability to communicate effectively both in writing and orally in order to provide services, collaborate with members of the treatment team and other Hospital staff, and provide consultation.

Ranking Factor #5: Ability to use microcomputers and software applications in accordance with standards established by the Department of Mental Health and Saint Elizabeths Hospital.

Priority Consideration

Displaced Employee Priority Placement: Eligibles for the Agency Reemployment Priority Placement Program (ARPP) will be given priority consideration for this position if found qualified.

Residency Requirement

A person applying for a position in the Career Service, Educational Service, Management Supervisory Service, an attorney position in the Legal Service (series 905) other than in the Senior Executive Attorney Service (SEAS), who is a bona fide District resident AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION for the position, may be awarded a 10-point residency preference over non-District applicants, unless the person declines the preference points. If selected, the person shall be required to present no less than 8 proofs of bona fide District residency and maintain such residency for 7 consecutive years from the effective date of the appointment. Failure to maintain bona fide District residency for the 7-year period will result in forfeiture of employment.

Information to Applicants

Drug-Free Workplace: Pursuant to the requirements of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, the individual selected to fill this position will, as a condition of employment, be required to notify his/her immediate supervisor, in writing, not later than five (5) days after conviction of or a plea of guilty to a violation of any criminal drug statute occurring in the workplace.

How to Apply

Disposition of Resume: Resumes received outside the area of consideration and/or after the closing date will not be given consideration. You must resubmit your resume to receive consideration for any subsequent advertised position vacancies. For the purpose of employment, resumes are not considered job applications. Therefore a DC 2000 job application or online job application is required to be submitted.

Where to Apply: Department of Mental Health

Saint Elizabeths Hospital

Division of Human Resources

1100 Alabama Avenue, S.E. - Room 205

Washington, D.C. 20032

ATTN: Carol Brown (202) 299-5211

Closing Statement

EEO Statement: The District of Columbia Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Equal Opportunity Employer: All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, matriculation, physical handicap, or political affiliation.

Job Offers: Official Job Offers are made by the Office of Human Resources Only.

Notice of Non-Discrimination: In accordance with the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977, as amended, D.C. Official Code, Section 2-1401.01 et. seq., (Act) the District of Columbia does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived: race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, familial status, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, disability, source of income, or place of residence or business. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination which is also prohibited by the Act. In addition, harassment based on any of the above protected categories is prohibited by the Act. Discrimination in violation of the Act will not be tolerated. Violators will be subject to disciplinary action.

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