RECREATION THERAPIST
Department Of Veterans Affairs - Northport, NY

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VacancyID: 789511

***APPLY ONLINE OR BY FOLLOWING THE
FAXING INSTRUCTIONS LOCATED IN THE "HOW TO APPLY" SECTION***

***THIS IS A PART-TIME POSITION, SALARY WILL BE
PRORATED***

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who serve our country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service.

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans .

The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define “who we are,” our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are I ntegrity, C ommitment, A dvocacy, R espect and E xcellence (“ I CARE ”).

America's Veterans need you!

To find out more, go to http://www.va.gov/jobs/ .

KEY REQUIREMENTS

You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.

Subject to a background/suitability investigation.

DUTIES:
This
position involves a multi-grade career ladder . The major duties listed
below represent the full performance level of GS-10. At the GS-09 grade level,
the incumbent performs assignments of a more limited scope and with less
independence. The incumbent will progressively acquire the background necessary
to perform at the full performance level of GS-10. Promotion is at the
discretion of the supervisor and is contingent upon satisfactory performance,
availability of higher level work, and availability of funds. Promotion is not
guaranteed and no promise of promotion is implied.

The Recreation Therapist position will
be located at the Veterans Administration Medical Center, Northport, New York.

Duties include but are not limited to the following:
·
Developing, organizing and administering recreation
programs to provide therapeutic treatment to patients

·
Assembling pre-evaluation data, interpreting
medical record information, reviewing therapy prescriptions and conducting
mental and physical evaluations of patients

·
Developing and implementing treatment plans based
on assessments

·
Working with various types of disabilities
including psychiatric diagnoses, dementia, neuro-muscular disorders, orthopedic
conditions, AIDS, amputation, paralysis, spinal cord injury, head injury,
respiratory disorders, chronic cardiovascular diseases, etc.

·
Modifying treatment plans and modalities in
accordance with treatment goals and patient progress

·
Strive to slow down the mental and physical
deterioration while maintaining the highest level of independence for the
patient

·
Administering therapeutic recreation activity that
strengthens debilitated muscle resulting from age, prolonged bed rest,
amputation, stroke, fractures, wound care and joint placement

·
Teaching a variety of skills including: independent
living, social interaction, adjustment to change coping, prevocational, work
adjustment, mobility exercises and cognitive skills following psychiatric
episodes, substance abuse detoxification, head injury, spinal cord injury,
amputation, joint replacement and stroke

·
Coordinating the overall treatment plan with the
treatment team and the patient’s family/caregiver

·
Developing psycho-social activities for coping with
frustration, stress, anger, hostility, appropriate use of leisure time and
improving social interaction skills

·
Interacting as a member of a clinical
multidisciplinary team

·
Entering scheduling and patient data into the
facility’s computerized system; preparing and submitting initial, follow-up and
discharge notes that cover the entire course of treatment

·
Performing other duties as assigned

NOTE:
This is a part-time position
(_Eight (8)____hours/week). The salary listed represents full-time employment
and will be pro-rated based on the actual number of hours worked each pay-period.
Likewise, benefits and time-off accrual will also be prorated and based on your
part-time work schedule.

Work Schedule: Saturday/Sunday may involve some evenings and holidays

***RELOCATION EXPENSES AND/OR INCENTIVES ARE NOT AUTHORIZED***

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
This position includes a Selective Placement Factor (skill,
knowledge, ability or other worker characteristic basic to - and essential for
  • satisfactory performance of the job). Selective Placements Factors are a
prerequisite to appointment and represent minimum requirements for a position.
Applicants who do not meet it are ineligible for further consideration.

The selective placement factors for this

position are:
A valid state driver's license. Selectee will be required to obtain
a State Commercial Drivers' License (CDL) within 120 days of appointment.

Ability to swim, selectee will be required to obtain a current lifeguard certificate
(or its equivalent from some other nationally recognized agency) within six (6)
months of appointment.

BASIC EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENT: A bachelor's degree from an accredited
institution in recreational therapy or in a creative arts therapy field (i.e.
art therapy, dance therapy, music therapy or psychodrama); or a major in an
appropriate subject-matter field with therapeutic emphasis or concentration.
(*You must submit transcripts to verify this requirement.)

AND

REQUIRES: Possession of a valid state driver's
license, selectee will be required to obtain a State Commercial Drivers'
License (CDL) within 120 days of appointment.

AND

REQUIRES: Ability to swim, selectee
will be required to obtain a current lifeguard certificate (or its equivalent
from some other nationally recognized agency) within six (6) months of
appointment.

AND

REQUIRES FOR GS-9 : One (1) year of specialized experience in
recreational therapy that includes: knowledge of the theories, principles,
practices and procedures related to Recreation Therapy; experience planning and
implementing a full range of treatment procedures where therapeutic objectives
are complex and requires the application of specialized skills and knowledge;
experience developing treatment regimens for a variety of physically and
mentally/emotionally challenged population; and ability to communicate both
orally and in writing. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been
equivalent to at least one year at the next lower grade level in Federal
service. (Experience must be documented in your application/resume for full
consideration.)

OR

SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR GS-09 : A master's degree or two (2) years of
progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or
its equivalent from an accredited institution in an appropriate subject-matter
field with therapeutic emphasis or concentration that demonstrates your ability
to perform the duties of this position. (*If you answer yes to this question,
you must submit transcripts with your application.)

OR

COMBINATION FOR GS-09 : A combination of specialized experience
and graduate education as described for the GS-09 that demonstrates your
ability to perform the duties of this position. (*If you answer yes to this
question, your experience must be documented and you must submit transcripts
with your application.)

REQUIRES FOR GS-10 : One (1) year of
specialized experience in recreational therapy that includes: substantial
knowledge of the theories, principles, practices and procedures related to
Recreation Therapy; advanced experience in a clinical arena planning and
implementing a full range of treatment procedures where therapeutic objectives
are complex and requires the application of highly specialized skills and
knowledge; experience in a clinical arena developing treatment regimens for a
variety of physically and mentally/emotionally challenged population; and
superior ability to communicate both orally and in writing. To be creditable,
specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least one year at the next
lower grade level in Federal service. (Experience must be documented in your
application/resume for full consideration.)

OR

SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR GS-10 : Completed two (2) years and six (6)
months of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or
its equivalent from an accredited institution in an appropriate subject-matter
field with therapeutic emphasis or concentration that demonstrates your ability
to perform the duties of this position. (*If you answer yes to this question,
you must submit transcripts with your application.)

OR

COMBINATIONFOR GS-10 : A combination of specialized experience and graduate education
as described that demonstrates your ability to perform the duties of this
position. (*If you answer yes to this question, your experience must be
documented and you must submit transcripts with your application.)

A
Quality Ranking Factor * has been requested by the facility to help
determine which of the basically qualified applicants are likely to be better
qualified for a position. The quality ranking factor for this position is:

Be a
Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) issued by The National
Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification

And

Be
credentialed as an Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor

  • Quality
Ranking Factors are skills, knowledge, abilities, or other worker
characteristics which could be expected to result in superior performance on
the job. Quality ranking factors will not be used for screening ,
but may be used as ranking criteria. Applicants with higher proficiency levels
may rank above those with lower proficiency levels on a quality ranking factor.

You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:

Developing, organizing, and
administering therapeutic treatment utilizing a variety of therapeutic
recreation modalities to individuals with physical, social, cognitive, or
psychological dysfunction

Ability to communicate orally and in writing, clearly
and concisely

Knowledge of theories, principles, practices and
procedures related to Recreation Therapy

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
This position involves walking, standing, sitting,
lifting and participation in Recreation Therapy activities which may be
physical in nature, such as running, physical fitness activity, swimming
bowling, etc. and driving motor vehicles such as a sedan or van. The physical
limitations of the young adult, middle-age adult and the geriatric patient must
be taken into consideration when performing all assigned responsibilities.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications .

APPLICANTS 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. Please refer to this checklist to ensure proper accreditation and for foreign education requirements.

Veteran's 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 DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability. If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non service-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed " SF15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference ," (go to http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf ) and required documentation with your application materials. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx .

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Applicants will be ranked based on four quality groups, as follows:

Best qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position;

Highly qualified - applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job;

Well qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the job; and

Qualified - applicants possessing experience and/or education that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors.

After the vacancy announcement closes, reviewed applications are evaluated against the questionnaire responses and placed in the appropriate quality group. Qualified veterans will be afforded preference by being placed at the top of the appropriate quality group. The best qualified group is the first to be referred to the hiring facility for further consideration and possible interview. The remaining groups may be referred based on the number of applicants available.

BENEFITS:
VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.va.gov/jobs/job_benefits/benefits.asp.

The Federal Government has special appointing authorities for persons with qualifying disabilities (go to http://www.opm.gov/disability/peoplewithdisabilities.asp ). For additional information on these, and other special appointing authorities, refer to this checklist or contact the hiring Human Resources Management Service at: 79 MIDDLEVILLE RD
NORTHPORT, NY 11768
USA

OTHER INFORMATION:
Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp .

VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

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

You may be required to serve a probationary period.

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