Occupational Therapist
Department of the Army - Tripler Army Medical Center, HI

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Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission. They provide the skills that are not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations. The Army integrates the talents and skills of its military and civilian members to form a Total Army.

About the Position:
  • This position is a TERM position. It is temporary and may be extended up to a maximum of four years.
  • Federal employees are currently entitled to receive a non-taxable, 12.25% cost of living allowance (COLA) in addition to the base salary.
  • This position is located in the Occupational Therapy Service of the Physical Medicine Service at Tripler Army Medical Center in Tripler AMC, Hawaii 96859.
  • Honolulu is where the timeless radiance of the islands meets the modern luxuries of today. Residents can hike down a lush mountainside, just minutes away from a soaring cityscape or feast at a luau under the stars one night, and dine at a five-star restaurant another. Located on Oahu, Honolulu is home to the majority of the state’s diverse population. Residents enjoy extensive shopping, medical, continuing education, and year-round recreation opportunities.
Who May Apply:
  • U.S. Citizens

  • Occasional Travel
  • Up to 5% Business Travel required.

  • No

  • A recruitment or relocation bonus may be authorized.

DUTIES: As an Occupational Therapist at Tripler Army Medical Center, you will:
  • Evaluate patients to determine current levels of function/dysfunction.
  • Plan and implement complex goal oriented treatment plans with measurable goals for patients with a variety of complex dysfunctions.
  • Select activities to improve abilities in the area of executive function, auditory and visual attention/processing, decision making, problem solving, perceptual function, attention span, and following oral and written directions.
  • Directly supervise Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants (COTAs).
  • Serve as a member of a various multi-disciplinary teams which plan, direct, coordinate and evaluate individual patient treatment plans.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document.

• Degree: Applicants must have completed successfully (1) an occupational therapy curriculum approved by the American Occupational Therapy Association at the time the curriculum was completed, and (2) the clinical affiliation requirements prescribed by the school. The curriculum may have been a bachelor's degree program, a post-baccalaureate certificate program, or an entry-level master's degree program. (Doctoral level education meets the Office of Personnel Management requirement).

• Experience required: To qualify based on your work experience, your resume must describe at least one year of experience which prepared you to do the work in this job. Specialized experience is defined as: evaluating Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) patients for current level of occupational function, developing occupational therapy patient treatment plans, using occupational therapy techniques or modalities, and progressing patient treatment. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-09 ).

Some federal jobs allow you to substitute your education for the required experience in order to qualify. For this job, you may qualify if your education meets the definitions below:
• Education Substitution for Specialized Experience for GS-11: Successful completion of a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, or three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, that is directly related to the work of the position.
• Combination of Experience and Education Substitution for Specialized Experience for GS-11: If you have some, but not all, of the experience or education described above, you may still qualify by combining the amount of creditable experience and education that you possess. To compute the percentage, divide your total months of qualifying experience by 12. Then divide your semester hours of graduate education in excess of 36 hours (total semester hours minus 36) by 18. Add the two percentages.
• Licensure/Certification: A current, active, valid, and unrestricted license as an Occupational Therapist from a state, the District of Columbia, Commonwealth, territory, or jurisdiction is required. A current, active, valid, and unrestricted certification as an Occupational Therapist from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) is required.

You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills, abilities) in the following areas:
  • Skill in patient evaluation
  • Skill in patient treatment planning
  • Skill in Occupational Therapy treatment
  • Skill in directing program services
  • Ability to communicate

• Foreign education must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency in order to be considered for this position. You must include this information with your application package.
• Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education are acceptable to meet positive education requirements or to substitute for experience. For additional information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and U.S. Department of Education websites at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications and http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html

Other Requirements: Click here for expanded definitions.
  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
  • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
  • One year trial/probationary period may be required.
  • Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.
  • Personnel Security Investigation required.
  • This position is subject to annual seasonal influenza vaccinations. Applicants tentatively selected for appointment to this position will be required to sign a statement (Condition of Employment) consenting to seasonal influenza vaccinations or must provide a recognized exemption.
  • A pre-placement medical examination is required.
  • Immunization screening is required. Hepatitis B immunization is required for all positions with direct patient contact. Applicants may be required to show proof of other immunizations depending on the type of position.
  • All Health Care Providers must be able to obtain and maintain current Basic Life Support (BLS) Training and certification that is sponsored or endorsed by the American Heart Association (AHA). Current Advanced Life Support or other advanced certification does not supersede BLS completion.
  • Selected applicant must provide documents for credentialing.

  • HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

    Basis for Rating : Qualified candidates will be assigned to one of three quality categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified and Qualified. Veteran preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category.

    Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). If you are a Federal employee in the competitive service and your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority. See Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) for more information. Additional information about the program is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website .

    BENEFITS: The Department of Defense offers an excellent benefits program. In addition to your take-home pay, your comprehensive compensation/benefits package will include most of the benefits described in the USAJOBS Resource Center.

    • Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.
    • If you have retired from federal service and you are interested in employment as a reemployed annuitant, see the information in the Reemployed Annuitant information sheet.
    • You may claim military spouse preference, see the information in the Military Spouse Preference Under Delegated Examining Procedures information sheet.
    • Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.
    • Salary includes applicable locality pay or Local Market Supplement.
    • Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid work experience.
    • This is a Career Program (CP) 53 position.

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