Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physical Therapist in Columbia, Missouri

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As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. 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. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/

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DUTIES

Duties include but not limited to: Initially complete complex and common evaluates on each patients, formulating treatment plan and goals using advanced practice skills and judgment across multiple areas of Physical Therapy Responsible for implementation, modification, and documentation of treatment with autonomy applying advanced evaluation and treatment methodologies and treatments theories and "Evidence based practices", or "Best Practice" procedures. Interpret and administer physicians prescriptions/referral, and patient's reaction/response to treatment. Frequently requiring contacting the physician Functions as a core member of multi-disciplinary team, sharing and exchanging pertinent information demonstrating maintenance and development of professional standards of physical therapy. Demonstrate involvement with the medical community especially local, state, national Physical Therapy Org Demonstrate skills in coordinating activities between remote locations and primary site of Physical Therapy supervision. Employ standardize test and measure procedures Demonstrate skills in medical screening and differential diagnostics Demonstrate ability to adapt and adjust to delivery of care as represented and reflected in Performance Standards/Measures Demonstrate utilization of Functional Limitation Analysis /Rehab Coordinator Ability to respond to cognitive, emotional, chronological maturational needs of the adult/geriatric population. Function as a clinical preceptor of advanced level PT/PTA students Demonstrate knowledge of the Normative Model of Physical Therapy Education Establish and maintain productive relationships with affiliated colleges and universities

Work Schedule: M-F, Intermittent Weekend/Holiday coverage for acute care inpatients.

Functional Statement Title/#:Physical Therapist, GS 0633-11

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

No

Who May Apply
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Agency Employees Only

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0633 Physical Therapist

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Requirements
Conditions of Employment
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

Physical Requirements:

Physical Requirements: Heavy lifting 45 lbs and above; Heavy Carrying 45 lbs and above; Straight pulling; Pulling hand over hand; Pushing; Reach above head/shoulders; Both hands required; Repeated bending 6 hrs; Walking 6 hrs; Standing 6 hrs; Crawling 5 mins; Kneeling 5 mins; Near vision correctable to 13" -16";Both legs; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Mental and Emotional stability; Far vision correctable 20/50 and 20/100; Ability to distinguish shades of colors; Hearing with/without aid; work closely alone or with others; Depth perception.

Qualifications

Basic Requirements:

Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.) Education. Degree. 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). The CAPTE is the only accreditation agency recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) to accredit entry-level physical therapy programs. Verification of accredited programs may be obtained from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Web site, or at their office address: American Physical Therapy Association, 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-1488, 703-684-2782, or 800-999-2782. NOTE: Effective, January 1, 2002, CAPTE changed its scope of accrediting activities of PT education programs to include only those programs that culminate in post-baccalaureate degrees. Foreign Graduates. Graduates of foreign physical therapy programs meet the requirements in subparagraph 2b if they have a full unrestricted and current 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. Any PT who has, or has ever had, any license(s) revoked, suspended, denied, restricted, limited, or issued/placed in a probational status may be appointed only in accordance with regulations issued by the Under Secretary for Health or designee. 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. Non-licensed PTs, who otherwise meet the basic requirements in this standard, may be given a temporary appointment as a graduate PT not-to-exceed two years under the authority of 38 U.S.C. 7405(c)(2). Non-licensed individuals appointed as a temporary graduate PT may not be appointed as a PT without being fully licensed. A PT who fails to maintain the required licensure must be removed from the occupation, which may also result in termination of employment. At the discretion of the appointing official, an employee may be reassigned to another occupation for which he/she qualifies if a placement opportunity exists. A PT who has, or has ever had, his/her PT license revoked, suspended, denied, restricted, limited, or issued/placed in a probationary status may be appointed only in accordance with the provisions in Chapter 3, section B, paragraph 16 of this part.

Preferred Experience:

Clinical and didactic experience commensurate with senior level provider with advanced knowledge and expertise in general and specialized intervention.

Experience with vestibular disorders Certified or experienced manual therapist or other pertinent clinical specialty programs Meet KSAOs at GS 11 level 2-3 years post-graduation experientially working with other therapist in clinical setting

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Grade Determinations: GS-7 Staff Physical Therapist

Experience, Education and Licensure. None beyond basic requirements. Candidates at this level may have a baccalaureate degree from an approved program prior to the Commission of Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) January 1, 2002 decision as shown in the note in paragraph 2.

Assignment. Employees at this level serve as a Staff PT in a PT career development position practicing under close supervision of a PT at or above the full-performance level.

GS-9 Staff Physical Therapist

Education, Experience and Licensure. In addition to meeting the basic requirements, candidates must have 1 year of post degree progressively responsible experience equivalent to the next lower grade or a master's degree in physical therapy or a directly related field. In addition, candidates must fully demonstrate the knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics (KSAOs) in subparagraph (b) below.

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other Characteristics (KSAOs)

  1. Knowledge of anatomy, physiology, physics, kinesiology, psychology, pathophysiology and surgical procedures as they relate to human function.

  2. Knowledge of and ability to apply clinically appropriate assessment techniques and treatment interventions to address human pathophysiology and dysfunction.

  3. Ability to communicate, both orally and in writing, with patients, families, caregivers, and other healthcare professions.

Assignments. Candidates at this grade level serve as staff PTs in a career development position progressively expanding their ability to provide assessment and treatment interventions for a wider range of human function systems. PTs at this level require less direction and guidance, but practice under the direction of a PT at or above the full performance level.

GS-11 Physical Therapist

Education, Experience, and Licensure. In addition to meeting the basic requirements, completion of 1 year of progressively complex experience and a broader scope of experience equivalent to the next lower grade; or 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a doctoral degree; or doctoral degree in physical therapy or a directly related field. In addition to meeting the KSAOs described at the GS-9 level, the candidate must fully demonstrate the KSAOs in subparagraph (b) below.

Demonstrated KSAOs

  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. Assignments. Candidates must be licensed for assignment at this grade level, and are considered to be at the full performance level. Staff PTs at this level are responsible for providing assessment and treatment intervention. They are assigned to all program areas which are covered by Rehabilitation Services and provide professional, independent physical therapy services in the assigned area. PTs at this level may be given general assignments in any physical therapy program area where the advanced specialized knowledge is not required on a recurring basis due to the patient population served and complexity of the facility and/or treatment area or may serve as the sole PT at a less complex facility. Individuals may perform ancillary assignments, including program management duties on an occasional basis, where the complexity and amount of work is not substantial (less than 25% of the duty time).

References: VA Handbook 5005/24, Part II Appendix G12, PHYSICAL THERAPIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated February 18, 2009. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

Education

Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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.

Additional information

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

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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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

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

Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

NOTE:The full performance level of this vacancy is GS11. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS 7 to GS11. The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will recommend the grade and salary for new appointments. For internal selectees being promoted, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.**

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Required Documents

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):

  • Resume

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:

  • Cover Letter

  • DD-214

  • OF-306

  • Other (VA Form 10-2850c, Application for Associated Health Occupations)

  • Other Veterans Document

  • SF-15

  • SF-50

  • Transcript VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (required). Available at the VA Forms website: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/searchaction.asp?FormNo=10-2850&tkey;=&Action;=Search

Please use this checklistto make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, etc. You will not be contacted for additional information.

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), or 10pt (CP/CPS, XPP, XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP), on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section(s) provided. A legible copy of your DD214(s) indicating character of service, disability certification, SF-15 (if claiming 10 pt. preference) or if you are currently serving on active duty and expected to be released or discharged within 120 days; documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Documentation is required for eligibility verification.

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options. The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 2018228.

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

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  • Healthcare insurance
  • Pay and leave

VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/benefits/index.asp.

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 or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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How to Apply

All applicants are encouraged to apply online.

To apply for this position, you must complete the View Occupational Questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, November 02, 2017 to receive consideration.

  1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

  2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.

NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

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Agency contact information
Mary Boese
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(573)814-6389

Email

MARY.BOESE@VA.GOV

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VHA Columbia MO VAMC PLEASE DO NOT MAIL APPLICATIONS APPLY ON-LINE OR FAX ONLY Columbia, MO

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After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on "Application Status." For a more detailed update of your status, click on "more information." Information regarding applicant notification points can be found in the USAJobs Resource Center.

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The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/481763200. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 10/12/2017 to 11/02/2017

Salary: $56,659 to $89,113 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 00

Work schedule: Full-Time - Full Time

Appointment type: Agency Employees Only