Occupational Therapist (Per-Diem)
Department of Veterans Affairs - Lyons, NJ

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 657064

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?

This is an open continuous announcement. We accept applications for this occupation on an ongoing basis; qualified applicants will be considered as vacancies become available. Applications will remain on file for one year from the date the application was signed.

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.

Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply


U.S. Citizenship required

Designated and-or Random Drug Testing may be required

Background and-or Security Investigation required

Must pass pre-employment examination

English Language Proficiency required

Education/Licensure required

** The salary range provided begins with the GS-7 (entry level) step 1 and ends with the GS-11 (full performance level) step 10. The final grade/salary will be determined by the professional standards board**

The Occupational Therapist is primarily responsible for providing services in a subacute setting by performing occupational therapy assessments and treatment interventions, demonstrates a full professional understanding of the theories of treatment in occupational therapy and their proper application through the use of activity analysis, behavioral interventions, frames of reference, and therapeutic procedures. They are assigned to all program areas that are covered by the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service (PM&RS) and are responsible for administering and delivering professional and independent occupational therapy services in the assigned area as prescribed or requested by the physician or other approved referring clinician.

The position is located in the Occupational Therapy Section of PM&RS of the VA New Jersey Health Care System. The Occupational Therapist provides evaluation and treatment that promotes the prevention, remediation, and rehabilitation of acute and chronic physical and psychosocial dysfunction based on functional goals formulated during the evaluation process. The duties and responsibilities of this position are carried out throughout the VA New Jersey Health Care System including various clinical, administrative, and patient care areas associated with PM&RS at all campuses, as assigned and dictated by workload requirements, and in the community as indicated.

**The position is intermittent/per diem and does not afford any benefits (leave, health, retirement, etc.)**

The final grade determination will be made by a Professional Standards Board.

U.S. citizenship.
Graduation from a degree program in occupational therapy approved by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).
Possession of written documentation that the individual has passed the entry-level certification examination for OTs which is administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).
License or certification by a state to independently practice occupational therapy.

For GS-7 (entry level): Basic requirements must be met

For GS-9 :
Experience - In addition to meeting all basic requirements, applicants must have a t least 1 year of post-graduate progressively responsible experience equivalent to the next lower grade level; or
In addition to meeting all basic requirements, education equivalent to two full years of progressively higher level graduate education in a field related to the practice of occupational therapy; or
In addition to meeting all basic requirements, Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy or a closely related field accredited by ACOTE.

For GS-11 :
Education and Experience. In addition to meeting the basic requirements, 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.

You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position.


References : VA Handbook 5005/25, Part II, Appendix G14, Occupational Therapist Qualification Standard , dated February 2009, and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/IORs/GS0100/0185.htm

Physical Requirements:
Occupational Therapy is considered a vocation that requires medium strength according to the Department of Labor. [i] Medium Work entails: exerting 20-50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or 10 to 25 pounds of force frequently, and/or greater than negligible up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects. Physical Demand requirements are in excess of those for Light Work. ( more than exerting of up to 20 points of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects.) Examples of the medium strength required by Occupational Therapists are as follows:

Standing, walking, squatting, bending, and sitting, and changing from one position to the other frequently throughout the day.

Sitting at a desk and using upper extremities to reach, grasp and place papers, charts and binders.

Reaching, lifting, carrying, pushing and pulling: 1-10 pounds constantly, 10-25 frequently, and 20-50 pounds occasionally. Specific examples include: picking up, carrying and placing folders, charts, books and binders.

Setting up equipment for patients such as weights or durable medical equipment.

Lifting and carrying adaptive equipment ranging in weight from negligible to 50 pounds.

Pushing and rolling equipment such as walkers, wheelchairs and supply carts.

Assisting patients in mobility such as ambulation and transfers, from minimal assistance to dependent transfers, which may be up to 50 pounds.

Performing passive range of motion exercises that require the movement of patients' extremities in all planes of motion.

[i] Physical Demand Definitions from the Dictionary of Occupational Titles (Department of Labor). http://www.thezenith.com/files/Physical%20Demand%20Definitions.pdf

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 .

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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 .

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

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

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