Speech Pathologist (Polytrauma)
Relocation expenses reimbursed No
Physical Requirements: Frequent standing, stooping, bending, kneeling, pushing and pulling. Occasional lifting up to 50 pounds. Prolonged use of computer and repetitive hand motions.
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.
- United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
- Education. A master's degree or its equivalent in speech-language pathology, communication disorders, or a directly related field from an accredited college or university. "Accredited" means a college or university [recognized] by a regional accreditation organization and a speech-language pathology academic program [recognized] by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
Licensure. For those grades that require licensure (GS-12 and above), the incumbent must hold a full, current, and unrestricted license in a State, Territory, Commonwealth, or the District of Columbia.
[(1) The] S-LP must maintain full, current, and unrestricted licensure/registration.
[(2)] Non-licensed applicants who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements for S-LP licensure may be given a temporary appointment as a graduate S-LP under the authority of 38 U.S.C. § 7405 (a) (1) (D). Failure to obtain licensure during that period is justification for termination of the temporary appointment. This may result in termination of employment. [Individuals appointed as graduate S-LPs may not be promoted to the GS-12 level without being fully licensed.
(3) The requirement for licensure may be waived by the Under Secretary for Health or designee in VHA Central Office for individuals engaged in research or academic assignments involving no direct patient care duties, in accordance with current activities.
(4) A S-LP who has, or ever has had his/her speech-language pathology license revoked, suspended, denied, restricted, limited, or issued/placed on a probationary status may be appointed only in accordance with the provisions in Chapter 3, section B, paragraph 16 of this part.
d.] Loss of Credential. An employee in this occupation who fails to obtain licensure/certification/registration within the required time frame, or who fails to maintain the required licensure/certification/registration must be removed from the occupation, which may also result in termination of employment.
[e.] Grandfathering Provision. [ ] All S-LPs employed in VHA in this occupation on the effective date of this qualification standard are considered to have met all qualification requirements for the title, series and grade held, including positive education and licensure/certification/registration that are part of the basic requirements of the occupation. For employees who do not meet all the basic requirements required in this standard, but who met the qualifications applicable to the position at the time they were appointed to it, the following provisions apply:
[(1)] Such employees [ ] may be reassigned, promoted, [up to and including the full performance (journey) level, or changed to lower grade] within the occupation, but may not be promoted beyond the journey level or placed in supervisory or managerial positions].
[(2)] Employees who are appointed on a temporary basis prior to the effective date of the qualification standard may not have their temporary appointment extended or be reappointed, on a temporary or permanent basis, until they fully meet the basic requirements of the standard.
[(3)] Employees initially grandfathered into this occupation, who subsequently obtain additional education and/or licensure/certification/registration that meet all the basic requirements of this qualification standard must maintain the required credentials as a condition of employment in the occupation.
[(4) If an S-LP who was retained] under this provision leaves [the] occupation, the employee loses protected status and must meet the full VA qualification standard requirements in effect at the time of reentry to the occupation.
Preferred Experience: The qualified candidate should possess proven experience speech and language evaluations and treatment. Desire and ability to learn skills related to tele-health is desired.
Grade Determinations: Completion of 1 year of professional experience comparable to the next lower level and possession of a full, current, and unrestricted license to practice speech-language pathology. For positions engaged in research S-LP assignments involving no direct patient care, completion of a doctoral degree in speech-language pathology, communication disorders, or a related field is fully qualifying.
GS-09 - None beyond the basic requirements. Employees at this level serve in a speech-language pathologist career development position.
GS-11 - Completion of 1 year of professional experience as an S-LP equivalent to the next lower level, [or] 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a doctoral degree, or doctoral degree in speech-language pathology, communication disorders, or a directly related field. For positions involved in research S-LP assignments involving no direct patient care, no additional education or professional experience is required beyond those identified at the GS-9 level.
Candidates at this level must also demonstrate the following KSA's (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities);
a. Knowledge of principles and techniques used in speech pathology;
b. Ability to evaluate and interpret data;
c. Ability to communicate information effectively to patients and significant others;
d. Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing;
e. Ability to function as a constructive member of a team;
f. Knowledge of principles and techniques in diagnosis and treatment of dysphagia;
g. Knowledge of, and ability to develop and implement, comprehensive treatment plans.
GS-12 - In addition to the requirements at the GS-11 level; completion of 1 year of professional experience comparable to the next lower level and possession of a full, current, and unrestricted license to practice speech-language pathology. For positions engaged in research S-LP assignments involving no direct patient care, completion of a doctoral degree in speech-language pathology, communication disorders, or a related field is fully qualifying.
Candidates at this level must also demonstrate the following KSA's (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities);
a. Ability to develop coherent treatment strategies;
b. Ability to incorporate new clinical procedures sufficient to perform clinical services independently;
c. Ability to conduct assessments, provide treatment interventions, and provide consultation to other health care professionals;
d. Knowledge of instrumentation used in speech-language pathology;
e. Knowledge of principles and techniques used in alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) systems, diagnosis and treatment of dysphagia, and cognitive-communication disorders;
f. Knowledge of principles and techniques used in voice disorders including alaryngeal and trach/ventilator-dependent patients; and
g. Ability to perform functions associated with contemporary speech-language pathology practice.
References: VA Handbook 5005, Appendix G30, Speech Language Pathologist Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12.
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on 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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.
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This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
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You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
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NOTE: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and salary at which the candidate will be placed. For internal selectees eligible for promotion, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.
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.