Rehabilitation Therapy Assistant
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
Relocation expenses reimbursed No
GS-05: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-04 level.
GS-06: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-05 level. Specialized experience includes to assigned patients their general interests, aptitudes, moods, reactions, and desire to participate in therapeutic projects. Work with patients in a variety of trial assignments to explore potential abilities, work tolerance, span of attention, and reaction to participation. Develop progressive types of treatment for each patient on the basis of information obtained through interview, observation and trial activity. Determine kinds of graded projects and sequence of operations which will advance patient towards treatment goals. Provide information and assessments of patients at medical staff meetings concerning the participation, progress, behavior, mental and/or physical reactions of patients assigned for treatment.
GS-05 - Four (4) year course of study above high-school leading to a Bachelor's degree with courses related to the occupation being filled.
GS-06: Graduate education or an internship meets the specialized experience required only in those instances where it is directly related to the work of the position. Six months of graduate education meets the requirements for GS-6. Part-time graduate education is creditable in accordance with its relationship to a year of full-time study at the school attended. Specialized experience includes to plans and administers manual arts therapy as the employee in charge of specialized treatment area such as a shop or greenhouse. For example, plans the treatment of neuropsychiatric patients in one or more greenhouses; determines plants, fertilizers, equipment, and schedules for planting and cultivation consistent with horticultural requirements and treatment objectives for patients; selects and adapts treatment activities to needs and abilities of individual patients; modifies treatment procedures and treatment approaches to enable patient to overcome handicaps and progress; trains and supervises volunteers who work with patients.
Must possess a current CPR certification by the American Heart Association (AHA) or the American Red Cross (ARC).
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KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:
1. Knowledge of the laws, regulations and ethical guidelines regarding physical therapy.
2. Knowledge of applied anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, psychology, biomechanics, medical terminology, pharmacology, pathology as well as legal issues related to rehabilitative medicine.
3. Knowledge of health care environments (OSHA requirements), demonstrated expertise in the areas of therapeutic exercise. Peripheral joint manual therapy and physical rehabilitation with the ability to apply new technologies and techniques in the treatment of potentially difficult or complex individual conditions.
4. Knowledge of available prefabricated protective equipment, skill in the proper fitting of protective equipment, as well as the demonstrated ability taping and wrapping techniques for the reduction of the frequency and severity of injuries.
5. Knowledge and the ability to administer and modify hydrotherapy modalities, electrical muscle stimulation, ultrasound (including phonophoresis), iontophoresis, and other therapeutic modalities as necessary.
PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.
VOLUNTEER WORK EXPERIENCE: Refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (i.e., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student and social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills that can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
IF USING EDUCATION TO QUALIFY: You MUST provide transcripts to support your educational claims. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.
These positions are being filled under Expedited Hiring Authority (EHA) for Health Care Occupations for all grades. The Secretary of the Air Force has delegated authority by the Office of the Secretary of Defense to directly appoint individuals to s certain health care occupations, or 'EHA Medical.' Positions are located Air Force-Wide. Positions may be filled as permanent, term, or temporary with a full-time or part-time work schedule. Pay will vary by geographic location.
Duties and responsibilities vary and may increase according to grade level.
This public notice may be used to fill target grades (e.g. GS-05 Target GS 06). There may be promotion potential up to the GS-06 or equivalent.
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible click here. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated in the "Highly Qualified" or "Best Qualified" Category on the rating criteria for this vacancy. You must submit a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location.
Employed Annuitants (Reemployed Annuitants): Applicants in receipt of an annuity based on civilian employment in the Federal Service are subject to the DoD Policy on The Employment of Annuitants. Click here for more information.
Temporary and Term Appointments: If you are selected for a temporary or term position in the competitive service, your appointment may be extended to the maximum period allowed by law without further competition. Additionally, if you are serving on a term appointment in the competitive service, you may be converted to a career or career-conditional appointment without further competition. NOTE: Current federal civilian employees may apply for this position and if selected, a break in service of at least 3 days may be required prior to appointment to this position.
Selective Service: Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service. For additional information, click here.
Direct Deposit: All federal employees are required to have direct deposit.
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Tax Law Impact for PCS: On 22-Dec-2017, Public Law 115-97 - the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 suspended qualified moving expense deductions along with the exclusion for employer reimbursements and payments of moving expenses effective 01-Jan-2018 for tax years 2018 through 2025. The law made taxable certain reimbursements and other payments, including driving mileage, airfare and lodging expenses, en-route travel to the new duty station, and temporary storage of those items. The Federal Travel Regulation Bulletin (FTR) 18-05 issued by General Services Administration (GSA) has authorized agencies to use the Withholding Tax Allowance (WTA) and Relocation Income Tax Allowance (RITA) to pay for "substantially all" of the increased tax liability resulting from the "2018 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" for certain eligible individuals. For additional information on WTA/RITA allowances and eligibilities, please visit: https://www.gsa.gov/cdnstatic/FTR%20Bulletin%2018_05%20Relocation%20Allowances_0.pdf
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Your latest resume will be used to determine your qualifications.
Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.
Your responses to the questionnaire may be compared to the documents you submit. The documents you submit must support your responses to the online questionnaire. If your application contradicts or does not support your questionnaire responses, you will receive a rating of "not qualified" or "insufficient information" and you will not receive further consideration for this job.
Applicants who disqualify themselves will not be evaluated further.