Occupational Therapist

Hampton, Virginia
Sep 09, 2019
Sep 17, 2019
Full Time


OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise - "To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

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  • Plans, integrates, and coordinates comprehensive occupational therapy services for acute area and outpatient. Position requires advanced skill in providing occupational therapy services for clients within wide range of disabilities;
  • Communicates with, consults, and works cooperatively with other VAMC disciplines to provide comprehensive client care;
  • Functions as a member of the Ergonomic Team. Participates in the development of ergonomics and reasonable accommodations guidelines and interventions;
  • Consults with clients and their families through client/family education, training and advising them in the nature of their disability or disease, in home programs, post hospital adjustment and community resources;
  • Consults with clients and their families through client/family education, training and advising them in the nature of their disability or disease, in home programs, post hospital adjustment and community resources;
  • Makes recommendations for adaptation of architectural barriers and seating (including manual / power wheelchairs and scooters) when indicated;
  • Fabricates adaptive and orthotic devices that are not commercially available and must be developed or modified to meet needs of individual clients;
  • When assessing or providing client care, consider the age of the client as it relates to his/her ability to understand directions, provide objective self assessment or any other medical milieu appropriate to the overall treatment plan;
  • Independently solves problems related to occupational therapy, adapting and modifying treatment plans, activities, and procedures as indicated by patient status;
  • Continuously re-evaluates patient's performance and appropriately modifies treatment as indicated by patient status;
  • When indicated, evaluates patient's home environment through home visits or consultation with other health care professionals, patient and significant others, and assists patient in solving problems associated with that environment;
  • For each patient assigned, regularly documents in patient's medical record. Documentation includes: an initial evaluation, including short and long term goals;
  • Document progress reports, including treatment provided and outcomes in terms of function; and, discharge summaries, including summary of treatment outcomes in terms of goals set, equipment and education provided;
  • Develops new treatment programs, techniques, and/or refinements to current programs to address the needs of patients;
  • Participates in inter-disciplinary meetings to discuss and report on assigned patients and recommends patients in need of occupational therapy services;
  • Responsible for providing a safe, organized clinic area;
  • Orders and maintains supplies in the OT area for ongoing patient treatment;
  • Continually evaluates patient caseload to determine priority and frequency of care needs;
  • Covers for other occupational therapists during absences in order to provide continuity of patient care; Schedules patient visits to insure adequate time required for treatment;
  • Provides basic emergency intervention to the patient when indicated and follows established VA SOPs to prevent/diminish infection and further injury; Carries out other job related activities and special assignments as requested by supervisor

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Tour of Duty: Monday-Friday, 8am -4:30pm
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Subject to a background/security investigation
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process


Basic Requirements:
  • United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • Education - Graduation from a degree program in occupational therapy approved by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) or predecessor organizations to include an internship. Foreign graduates of occupational therapy programs meet the requirements subparagraph 2b(1) if they have a current, full, active and unrestricted license/certification/registration/trademark referred to in subparagraph 2d and certification/registration referred to in subparagraph 2c.
  • Certification/Examination - Possession of written documentation that the individual has passed the entry-level certification examination for OT;s which is administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).
  • State Licensure/Certification/Registration/Trademark - must hold a full, current, and unrestricted state license, certification, registration or trademark to practice occupational therapy in the State, Territory, a Commonwealth of the United States (i.e., Puerto Rico), or in the District of Columbia.

Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, completion of one year of progressively complex experience and a broader scope of experience equivalent to the next lower grade directly related to the position being filled, or three years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a degree in occupational therapy or a directly related field.

References: VA Handbook 5005/25, Part II, Appendix G14.

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11.


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 .

Additional information

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

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

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health-related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

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.

If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .

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

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 recommend 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.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

Trust determination process

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • License
  • NBCOT Exam Results
  • 10-2850c
  • Resume
  • Transcript

VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search .

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), etc.

  • DD-214/ Statement of Service
  • Disability Letter (Schedule A)
  • Disability Letter (VA)
  • License
  • NBCOT Exam Results
  • 10-2850c
  • Resume
  • SF-15
  • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
  • Transcript

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx .

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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