Recreation Therapist
Department Of Veterans Affairs - Oklahoma City, OK

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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!

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.
Require to obtain Oklahoma state driver's license within 90 days after hire 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, you will perform assignments of a more limited scope and
with less independence. You 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.

This position is located in the Neurology/Rehabilitation Service
at Oklahoma City VA Medical Center in Oklahoma City, OK.

Major duties and responsibilities include:
·
Plan,
implement, and evaluate a full range of treatment procedures for Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)/Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) Polytrauma
Programs

·
Establish
community contacts and resources for Adventure Therapy programming

·
Administrate
and interpret a variety leisure assessments

·
Evaluate
the assigned patient’s cognitive, emotional, social, and physical level of
functioning and determine needs

·
Interview
and obtain objective and factual information pertaining to patients’ interests
and aptitudes

·
Develop
treatment plans from various sources (e.g., assessment, family, medical
records, consults, etc.)

·
Develop
short and long term goals and objectives with assigned patients

·
Participate
a variety of different multidisciplinary treatment teams

·
Utilize various
techniques/methods (e.g., recreation therapy modalities, motivational
techniques, specialized approaches, etc.) with individuals and groups

·
Plan and
implement therapeutic activities

·
Provide
the equipment, materials, instruction, encouragement, or counseling as
necessary

·
Maintain
professional judgment

·
Review
patients’ progress and introduce/adjust new treatment modalities for each patient

·
Maintain
and document assessment results, patient’s progress, and status at discharge in
the medical record

·
Schedule
appointments and contact patients

·
Supervise
volunteers and students

·
Perform
other related duties as assigned

Work Schedule: Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:00
p.m.

***RELOCATION EXPENSES AND/OR INCENTIVES ARE NOT AUTHORIZED*** QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

Basic

Requirement:
·
Degree ( Bachelors or higher) 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 (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED)

In
addition to the basic requirement, to qualify for this position you must meet

one of the following:
FOR GS-09
·

GS-09:
One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in
the Federal Service. Specialized
experience is defined as experience performed independently in tasks such as
administering tests and evaluations on patients to develop, plan and implement
therapeutic treatment programs; planning activities to meet therapeutic
objectives; administering therapeutic activities; and documenting progress in
medical records. NOTE : Experience in activities or programs that did not
require application of a knowledge of the concepts, principles and practices or
recreational therapy or one of the creative arts therapy specializations
covered by this standard, and that did not involve the use of therapeutic
approaches to maintain the physical and/or mental health or to achieve the
physical and/or mental rehabilitation of persons (e.g., Outdoor Recreation Specialist,
Commercial Recreation Leader, Vocational Counselor or other diversionary-type
recreation specialist positions) is not qualifying for this series. ~OR~

·

GS-09:
Two (2) years of p rogressively
higher level graduate education leading to a master’s degree or master’s or
equivalent graduate degree with a major field of study directly related to
recreation 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. One year of
full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours
that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study.
If that number cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours should be
considered an academic year of graduate study. Part-time graduate education is
creditable in accordance with its relationship to a year of full-time study at
the school attended. This
education must have been obtained in an accredited business, secretarial or
technical school, junior college, college or university. (TRANSCRIPT
REQUIRED) ~OR~

·

GS-09:
Equivalent combinations of experience and education as described above to meet
the total requirements for this position. This education must have been
obtained in an accredited business, secretarial or technical school, junior
college, college or university. (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED)

FOR GS-10
·

GS-10:
One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in
the Federal Service. Specialized
experience is defined as extensive professional experience in providing care
for patients with various diagnoses and complex medical physical, behavioral,
and mental challenges to include evaluating patients; planning activities to
meet therapeutic objectives; administering therapeutic activities; documenting
progress in medical records; performing assessments and diagnostic evaluations;
developing, planning, implementing, and evaluating treatment plans and
programs; evaluating and modifying treatment plans; and training volunteers and
Therapeutic Recreation students. NOTE : Experience in activities or programs
that did not require application of a knowledge of the concepts, principles and
practices or recreational therapy or one of the creative arts therapy
specializations covered by this standard and that did not involve the use of
therapeutic approaches to maintain the physical and/or mental health or to
achieve the physical and/or mental rehabilitation of persons (e.g., Outdoor
Recreation Specialist, Commercial Recreation Leader, Vocational Counselor or
other diversionary-type recreation specialist positions) is not qualifying for
this series. ~OR~

·

GS-10:
Two and one-half (2 ½) years of progressively higher level graduate
education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. degree or equivalent doctoral
degree with a major field of study directly related to recreation 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. One year of full-time graduate education is
considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has
determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that number cannot be
obtained from the school, 18 semester hours should be considered an academic
year of graduate study. Part-time graduate education is creditable in
accordance with its relationship to a year of full-time study at the school
attended. This
education must have been obtained in an accredited business, secretarial or
technical school, junior college, college or university. (TRANSCRIPT
REQUIRED) ~OR~

·

GS-10:
Equivalent combinations of experience and education as described above to meet
the total requirements for this position. This education must have been
obtained in an accredited business, secretarial or technical school, junior
college, college or university. (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED)

~AND~

ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY : 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.

~AND~

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 Placement 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 Factor for this position is: “I possess a current and valid state's driver's license. NOTE: Applicant may need to present a copy of valid driver's license at the interview. Selectee will be required to obtain Oklahoma state driver's license within 90 days after hire to perform a duty of operating government vehicles used for taking patients on community reintegration trips away from the Medical Center.”

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

Responses Not Required):
·
Knowledge
of a wide range of theories, principles, concepts, procedure, and techniques of
recreation therapy to accomplish the maximum rehabilitation of patients in
mixed diagnostic categories with complex medical, physical, behavioral, and
mental deficiencies
·
Knowledge
of and skill in using standardized and non-standardized rules, procedures, or
operations requiring considerable training and experience in therapy and
therapeutic activities and techniques
·
Knowledge
of medical terminology and implications for therapeutic recreation treatment of
various physical, mental and emotional disabilities/illnesses
·
Skill in
communicating effectively both orally and in writing with individuals from
diverse social, cultural, and economic backgrounds with varying degrees of
understanding and needs

PHYSICAL
REQUIREMENTS: The Recreation Therapist’s position requires that
s/he be highly mobile in performing and demonstrating basic duties. S/he must
be able to freely move about the hospital, grounds, and community and have good
eyesight, reasonably good hearing, and be emotionally stable. The employee must
be able to move heavy objects and therefore, must be physically
well-coordinated and alert. The employee must have a valid Oklahoma state
driver’s license and must be able to demonstrate safety while driving vehicles
which transport patients on community reintegration trips.

The Recreation Therapist works indoors in a variety
of settings (Health Wing, medical floors at bedside, and in conference rooms
off site program sites) and must also work outdoors in order to provide
adventure therapy modalities in a variety of settings. There are occasions for
working with patients where universal precautions are observed. On a regular
basis the employee is required to take patients on community reintegration
trips away from the Medical Center. These trips may be to indoor or outdoor
destinations depending upon the type of planned therapeutic experience.

The employee protects printed and electronic files
containing sensitive data in accordance with the provisions of HIPPA and other
applicable laws, federal regulations, VA statutes and policy, and VHA policy.
The employee also protects data from unauthorized release or from loss,
alteration, or unauthorized deletion. The employee follows applicable
regulations and instructions regarding access to computerized files, release of
access codes, etc. as set out in the computer access agreement the employee
signs.

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: 921 NE 13TH Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73104

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 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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