Physical Therapist (Outpatient)
Department Of Veterans Affairs - Miami, FL

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 831242

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.

How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

These vacancies are advertised at the range of grades covered by the VA qualifications standard.

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.

NOTE: The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11 . The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-7 to 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.

Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. KEY REQUIREMENTS

U. S. Citizenship
Must pass pre-employment examination
English Language Proficiency required
Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
Background and-or Security Investigation required
Current, full, active, and unrestricted license as a Physical Therapist DUTIES:

Tour of Duty: Monday-Friday 8am to 4:30pm. Selectee will be required to work Saturdays as well as Holidays on a rotational basis in the acute rehab and comprehensive integrated inpatient rehabilitation program.

The Physical Therapist provides professional, independent physical therapy services in an assigned area. The employee provides appropriate screening and evaluation techniques required to appropriately provide direct patient care. He/she evaluates the patients’ present functional levels and disabilities. The Physical Therapist will encounter patients from the young adult age 20-30, middle aged patients age 30-40, to the elderly or geriatric patient age 60 and older. Efforts will be taken to modify treatment in response to variance in ages so that optimal care can be provided for each patient referred for physical medicine and rehabilitation services. The incumbent establishes meaningful therapeutic goals and designs a treatment plan to meet the goals established in the most efficient manner. Completes appropriately timed re-evaluations for the patients and modifies the goals based on the information gained by re-evaluation. The therapist will be responsible for making changes to the treatment intervention based on patient response to treatment in a manner that utilizes creative thinking and problem solving that goes beyond the typical diagnosis-based treatment pathways in order to reach maximal outcomes. Incumbent will provide treatment to patients with the diagnoses of upper and lower extremity orthopedic surgeries; degenerative conditions of the spine including spinal stenosis, spondylosis, and spondylolisthesis; mild to severely impaired patients with stroke and other brain injury; a thorough range of upper and lower extremity tendonitis, bursitis, and impingement syndromes; musculoskeletal disorders; central and peripheral neurological diagnoses to include gait and balance dysfunction and ataxia; and cardio/pulmonary conditions status post surgery or medical treatment. He/she documents clearly and concisely the physical findings noted during the evaluations as well as changes in medical status via progress notes. Incumbent will document appropriately to support the level of care provided which includes understanding documentation and coding practices for appropriate billing. Individual may perform ancillary assignments, including program management duties on an occasional basis.

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:
1. Citizenship: United States Citizenship

2. English Language Proficiency: Physical Therapists appointed to direct patient-care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d).

3. Education : Graduate from a degree program in physical therapy from an approved college or university approved by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). Verification of accredited programs may be obtained from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Web site (MUST SUBMIT TRANSCRIPTS)

4. Licensure: Current, full, active, and unrestricted license to practice physical therapy in a State, Territory or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States, or in the District of Columbia. (MUST SUBMIT COPY OF LICENSE)

GRADE REQUIREMENTS:
GS-7: None beyond basic requirements.

GS-9: In addition to meeting the basic requirements, candidates must have 1 year of post degree progressively responsible experience equivalent to the GS-7 grade level or a master’s degree in physical therapy.

GS-11: In addition to meeting the basic requirements, completion of 1 year of progressively complex experience and a broader scope of experience equivalent to the GS-9 grade level; or 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a doctoral degree; or doctoral degree in physical therapy.

Physical Requirements: Must be able to walk/stand for prolonged periods of time while on duty, be able to use proper body mechanics while moving/lifting patients or objects. He/she is frequently required to do medium to heavy work consisting of lifting, pulling and/or pushing up to 100 pounds. Incumbent must be able to safely push wheeled objects weighing in excess of 200 pounds. Incumbent is exposed to repetitive activity approximately 40% of time with keyboard and mouse use. Therapists may be exposed to persons with infectious diseases.

Qualified candidates will be further evaluated to determine the degree to which they possess the KSA’s listed below. All candidates should provide sufficient information within their Resume/CV to assist in making this determination. This evaluation process may be utilized to determine the “best qualified” to be referred for consideration.

1. Knowledge of contemporary and evidence-based PT practice.

2. Ability to interpret clinician prescriptions and referrals.

3. Skill in communicating, both orally and in writing, with patients, families, caregivers, and other health care professions to facilitate the multidisciplinary treatment process.

4. Skill in utilizing appropriate screening and evaluation techniques required to appropriately provide direct patient care.

5. Knowledge of clinical signs and symptoms to make appropriate referrals for further medical attention/assessment as indicated.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

QUALIFICATION STANDARDS: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G12, dated February 13, 2009. U.S. OPM Qualification Standards Operating Manual, Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions and Individual Occupational Requirements for GS-0633: Physical Therapist Series, dated August 1994. This standard is available for review or you may access this standard through the internet at the following address: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/ and http://vaww.appc1.va.gov/ohrm/Directives-Handbooks/Documents/5005-23.doc

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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. 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.

Veterans' Preference:
When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx . HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment. You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome. BENEFITS:

Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at http://www.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp . OTHER INFORMATION:

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

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

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