Supervisory Creative Arts Therapist
Government of the District of Columbia - Washington, DC

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General Job Information

"Pay Plan, Series & Grade: MS-0638-13

Agency: Department of Mental Health/Saint Elizabeths Hospital

Area of Consideration: SEH Employees Only

Opening Date: 10-04-2012

Closing Date: 10-11-2012

Collective Bargaining Unit (Non-Union): This position is not in a collective bargaining unit.


Number of Vacancies: One (1)

Promotion Potential: None

Salary Range: $76,996 - $107,704 per annum

Tour of Duty: 8:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday


Brief Description of Duties: This position is located in the Department of Rehabilitation Services, Saint Elizabeths Hospital. The incumbent of this position serves as Supervisory Creative Arts Therapist for Saint Elizabeth Hospital. The purpose of this position is to provide leadership and supervisory oversight of the Creative Arts component disciples: Art Therapy, Dance/Movement Therapy, and Music Therapy. The incumbent may serve concurrently as the Senior Therapist for his/her discipline. The incumbent (1) provides management and supervision for the treatment of patients using art therapy, dance therapy and music therapy in individual and group methods for a variety of purposes including, but not limited to bio-psychosocial rehabilitation and habilitation, behavior management, crisis intervention, and psychodynamic supportive psychotherapy; (2) ensures that SEH meets Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), Medicare/Medicaid and third party insurer requirements for provision of quality services and national accreditation and certification requirements for active treatment; (3) provides comprehensive training programs in art therapy, dance therapy, and music therapy; and (4) as authorized, provides consultative services to a wide a range of therapy, and music therapy; and (4) as authorized, provides consultative services to wide range of public and not for profit agencies who desire to include creative arts therapy services for their clients or to use the creative arts therapy as a means of training employees on complex emotional, interpersonal situations which require a great deal of spontaneity, creativity and sensitivity.


Basic Requirements: QUALIFICATIONS REQUIREMENT: Basic Requirement: Successful completion of a 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor¿s degree or higher degree from an accredited U.S. college/university in Art Therapy, Dance/Movement Therapy, or Music Therapy and a professional certification from a recognized certifying agency for Creative Arts Therapists. In addition to meeting the basic requirements, candidates must have one (1) year of specialized experience at the next lower grade level. Specialized experience is experience that required application of a knowledge of the concepts, principles, and practices of creative arts therapies, and involved the use of therapeutic approaches to maintain the physical and/or mental health or to achieve the physical and/or mental rehabilitation of persons.

Substitution of Education: A substitution of education for required experience will be allowed as defined in OPM¿s Qualification Standards. However, in order to received credit, applicants must submit official proof of educational attainment at the time of application.

Ranking Factors

Submission of Ranking Factors: The following ranking factors will be used in the evaluation process. All applicants MUST respond to the ranking factors. Please respond specifically to the ranking factor(s) by either typing directly into the free form area provided or by pasting from a text document. Please describe specific incidents of sustained achievements from your experience that show evidence of the level at which you are applying. You may refer to any experience, education, training, awards, outside activities, etc. that include the degree to which you possess the job related knowledge, skills and abilities described in the ranking factors. The information given in response to the ranking factors should be complete and accurate to the best of your knowledge. FAILURE TO RESPOND TO ALL RANKING FACTORS WILL ELIMINATE YOU FROM CONSIDERATION.

Ranking Factor #1: Knowledge of Creative Arts treatment approaches and principles of practice

Ranking Factor #2: Ability to provide clinical supervision and training to trainees/interns.

Ranking Factor #3: Knowledge of current theories, principles and professional practice of creative arts therapies relevant to the full range of psychiatric disorders in order to provide therapy diagnostic and treatment services to patients and treatment programs within the Hospital.

Ranking Factor #4: Ability to communicate effectively both in writing and orally in order to provide therapy services, participate in recovery team meetings, make recommendations on treatment and treatment plans, prepare progress reports, and to make oral case presentations.

Ranking Factor #5: Ability to supervise a staff providing Art Therapy, Dance/Movement Therapy, and Music Therapy in a mental health facility.

Conditions of Employment

Other Significant Factors (At-Will): At-will employment applies to the Management Supervisory Service (MSS). All positions and appointments in the MSS serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority and may be terminated at any time with or without cause.

Residency Requirement

A person applying for a position in the Career Service, Educational Service, Management Supervisory Service, an attorney position in the Legal Service (series 905) other than in the Senior Executive Attorney Service (SEAS), who is a bona fide District resident AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION for the position, may be awarded a 10-point residency preference over non-District applicants, unless the person declines the preference points. If selected, the person shall be required to present no less than 8 proofs of bona fide District residency and maintain such residency for 7 consecutive years from the effective date of the appointment. Failure to maintain bona fide District residency for the 7-year period will result in forfeiture of employment.

Information to Applicants

Drug-Free Workplace: Pursuant to the requirements of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, the individual selected to fill this position will, as a condition of employment, be required to notify his/her immediate supervisor, in writing, not later than five (5) days after conviction of or a plea of guilty to a violation of any criminal drug statute occurring in the workplace.

How to Apply

Disposition of Resume: Resumes received outside the area of consideration and/or after the closing date will not be given consideration. You must resubmit your resume to receive consideration for any subsequent advertised position vacancies. For the purpose of employment, resumes are not considered job applications. Therefore a DC 2000 job application or online job application is required to be submitted.


WHERE TO APPLY: Department of Mental Health

Saint Elizabeths Hospital

1100 Alabama Avenue, S.E. - Room205

Washington, D.C. 20032

Attn: Carol Brown

PHONE: (202) 299-5211

FAX: (202) 561-6943

Closing Statement

EEO Statement: The District of Columbia Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Equal Opportunity Employer: All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, matriculation, physical handicap, or political affiliation.

Job Offers: Official Job Offers are made by the Office of Human Resources Only.

Notice of Non-Discrimination: In accordance with the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977, as amended, D.C. Official Code, Section 2-1401.01 et. seq., (Act) the District of Columbia does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived: race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, familial status, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, disability, source of income, or place of residence or business. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination which is also prohibited by the Act. In addition, harassment based on any of the above protected categories is prohibited by the Act. Discrimination in violation of the Act will not be tolerated. Violators will be subject to disciplinary action.

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