Recreation Therapist
Department of Veterans Affairs - Honolulu, HI

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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!

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  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.

DUTIES: This position is located in the Geriatrics, Rehabilitation and Extended Care (GREC) Service product Line, Home Based Primary Care (HBPC), Medical Foster Home (MFH) program, at the Pacific Island Health Care System in Honolulu, HI. Your duties will include:
· Interpret medical record information
· Provide activities to maintain or improve the patient’s quality of life
· Develop therapeutic programs for a variety of disabilities that may include psychiatric diagnosis
· Coordinate treatment plans with the interdisciplinary team
· Function as a member of the interdisciplinary team
· Prepare and submit initial, follow-up and discharge notes

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 7:30AM - 4:00PM



In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), No person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. You must be proficient in basic written and spoken English in order to meet the requirements of this position.


Basic Education Requirement (SCREEN OUT)

Applicants at all grade levels must meet the basic education requirement to qualify for this position.

Possess a 4-year course of study (undergraduate) leading to a bachelor's degree or higher (graduate) with a major in recreational therapy or in a creative arts therapy field (art therapy, dance therapy, music therapy, or psychodrama); or a major in an appropriate subject-matter field with therapeutic emphasis or concentration which included a twenty-four (24) semester hours in a non-practicum coursework in subjects which are directly related to recreation therapy. This education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED)


Specialized Experience and/or Additional Education Requirements for GS-10

In addition to meeting the basic education requirement for all grade levels, you must have specialized experience and/or directly related education in the amounts shown below.

Possess at least one year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service. Examples of this experience would include: assisting with developing, implementing and evaluating a therapeutic program within framework of the specific area that has been assigned, evaluating history, interest and aptitude for the patient, developing, organizing and administering recreation therapy programs, assembling pre-evaluation data, interprets medical records information, reviews therapy prescriptions, and conducts mental evaluation of patients, identifies patients needs relevant to recreation therapy, devises specific activities and routines to maintain or improve general state of physical or mental health; assist in developing therapeutic programs for various types of disabilities, employing therapeutic objective.


Possess two and half (2 ½) years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or PH.D or equivalent doctoral degree with a major field of study directly related to recreation therapy (i.e., art therapy, dance therapy, music therapy or psychodrama); which included a minimum of twenty-four (24) semester hours in non-practicum coursework in subjects which are directly related to recreation therapy (as described above). (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED)


Possess a combination of graduate education (as described above) and specialized experience as a Recreation Therapist to meet the total qualification requirements to qualify for this position. Experience is only creditable if it was earned after completion of the education requirement received from an accredited college or university. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED)

You will be rated on the following Knowledges, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAO’s) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position: (Do not respond to the KSAO’s, respond only to the on-line questionnaire.)
· Knowledge of theories, principles, practices and procedures related to Recreation Therapy
· Ability to design, plan, and implement recreational treatment plans for a wide range of individuals
· Knowledge of medical terminology and implications for therapeutic recreation treatment of various physical, mental and emotional disabilities or illnesses
· Skill in communication in writing and orally to establish and maintain effective relationships with a wide variety of individuals with varying degrees of understanding
The work assignments may involve regular or recurring physical exertion such as prolonged walking or standing, bending, moderate lifting or moving equipment, position disabled patients and assisting patients in transfers and ambulation. The work is performed in clinics, wards, multipurpose areas, open patio, and outdoor lawn areas, conference rooms, offices and in the community.
For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at .
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 ) and required documentation with your application materials. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit .

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:

The Federal Government has special appointing authorities for persons with qualifying disabilities (go to ). For additional information on these, and other special appointing authorities, refer to this checklist or contact the hiring Human Resources Management Service at: 459 Patterson Road
Honolulu, HI 96819-1522

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 (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) 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 .

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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