Kinesiotherapist (Supervisory)

Hampton, Virginia
Jan 08, 2022
Jan 16, 2022
Full Time

  • Responsible for Clinical and administrative oversight and direction of the kinesiotherapy department for a diverse patient population presenting varied and complex medical conditions.
  • Possesses complete supervisory responsibility for kinesiotherapy staff that may include the following positions from GS 5-12 levels: therapy assistant, staff kinesiotherapist and kinesiotherapy specialists.
  • Demonstrates knowledge and skill in providing clinical and administrative oversight of multidisciplinary rehabilitation programs in complex facilities and/or across multiple sites.
  • Provides supervision of key clinical and training programs including the overall technical oversight of the TA (Therapy Assistant's) and KTs whom they administratively supervise.
  • Ability to serve as a consultant within the assigned program area for intra[1]facility and interfacility planning and to provide service coordination to optimize program continuity, efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Assigns work to employees, monitoring workloads and clinical volume, reviewing work of employees to ensure accuracy and validity of submissions, assuring adequate clinical staffing, imposing disciplinary measures, and monitoring clinical privileges.
  • Advanced knowledge of evidence-based practices and clinical practice guidelines in multiple professional areas, and the ability to use these resources to guide the staff in providing clinically appropriate treatment interventions.
  • Knowledge of contemporary kinesiotherapy across multiple areas of practice, and the demonstrated ability to apply this knowledge and provide clinical guidance to Staff and Specialty KTs within the department.
  • Serves as a consultant for health care providers regarding the delivery of care within a specialized area of kinesiotherapy.
  • Resolves problems that interfere with delivery of Kinesiotherapy services.
  • Functions autonomously in carrying out patient education, specialized treatments, and applying physical therapy procedures for which competency has been established and in accordance with laws or regulations and AKTA documents.
  • Forwarding consults within the PM&RS Service (i.e., to Occupational Therapy, Kinesiotherapy, Speech Therapy or Recreational Therapy).

Work Schedule: 08:00AM - 04:30PM
Telework: ADHOC may be available
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Position Title/Functional Statement #:Kinesiotherapist (Supervisory)/PD000000
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA.
  • 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
  • Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP)
  • Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Personnel


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:

    A bachelor's degree [or higher from a program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Program, with a concentration/emphasis in kinesiotherapy.


    A bachelor's degree or higher with a concentration/emphasis in kinesiotherapy or exercise science related field and registered as a kinesiotherapist in good standing with the COPSKT.


    A master's degree or higher with a degree in exercise science, kinesiology, human performance or a related field, which has been approved by COPSKT and a certificate verifying completion of a Center of Excellence (COE) Kinesiotherapy clinical training program. The completion of the certificate ensures that COPSKT has approved the degree program as part of the application process for the COE internship.

    NOTE: See Exception below
  • Foreign Graduates: Graduates of a foreign program must meet the requirements in subparagraph 3b if they have a full unrestricted and current registration to practice kinesiotherapy in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States or in the District of Columbia. They must have at a minimum, proof of a degree from an accredited college or university (or foreign equivalent, as verified through an independent credentialing evaluation company).
  • Registration: All applicants must be registered in kinesiotherapy in good standing with the COPSKT.
  • Exception: Non-registered applicants at the GS-7 and GS-9 level who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements for appointment, may be given a temporary appointment as a graduate kinesiotherapist under the authority of 38 U.S.C. § 7405(a)(1)(B). Pursuant to 38 U.S.C § 7405(c)(2)(B), the appointment cannot exceed two years if the non-registered applicant's registration is pending with the COPSKT. Applicants who fail to obtain registration during this temporary full- time appointment must be terminated. For grade levels at or above the full performance level, the candidate must be registered.

Failure to Obtain Registration: In all cases kinesiotherapists must actively pursue meeting registration starting from the date of appointment. At the time of appointment, the supervisor must provide the unregistered kinesiotherapist with a written requirement to obtain registration, the date by which the registration must be acquired, and the consequences for not becoming registered by the deadline. Failure to become registered within two years from the date of appointment, will result in removal from the GS-0635, Kinesiotherapist series; and may result in termination of employment.

Loss of Credential: Registered kinesiotherapists who fail to continue their registration in good standing, and maintain the required registration, must be removed from the occupation, which may result in termination of employment.

Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements, the following criteria must be used when determining the appropriate grade and assignment of candidates.

Supervisory Kinesiotherapist, GS-13

Experience: One year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level.

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs:
  • Ability to supervise, motivate, and effectively manage staff by organizing work, setting priorities, and delegating tasks and setting responsibilities.
  • Ability to disseminate appropriate information through various media as a consultant or mentor.
  • Skill in interpersonal relationships in dealing with employees, other team leaders, and managers.
  • Knowledge of specialized programs and the ability to perform the administrative duties of special programs and/or components of a kinesiotherapist section.
  • Knowledge of decision-making principles necessary to adjust programs on a day to day basis, to develop short term and long range goals, and/or to plan for future utilization of human resources, and the reassignment of staff to enhance/develop the value of existing or new programs.

  • Assignment: For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity (difficulty), and range of variety, and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time. Supervisors are found in Complexity Level 1 (High Complexity) facilities, or in facilities of lesser complexity levels where expanded services are performed. Monitor and modify clinical program development and resources (e.g., personnel, space, equipment, and supplies), in order to ensure that the objectives of treatment and delivery of care have been achieved. Ensure that best practices and procedures are implemented and utilized. The supervisory kinesiotherapists monitor evaluation, treatment, encounter data, collect and report workload and other required statistical data, and patient documentation practices using current research and/or studies to assure delivery of quality care. Supervisors are responsible for providing administrative supervision for planning, directing, organizing, coordinating, implementing, controlling and evaluating the overall administrative operations and clinical procedures, guidelines and protocols of the department. Supervisory kinesiotherapists identify and recommend continuing education and training needs for the kinesiotherapy staff. Monitor and approve or disapprove training and leave requests. Evaluate the work performance of subordinates, provide feedback to employees, and annual written performance appraisal evaluation. The supervisors develop and update performance evaluation standards and functional statements, making recommendations for appointments, awards, advancement, and when appropriate, disciplinary actions. Recruit and select candidates for hiring, recommending promotions, reassignments, or other personnel changes to higher level management. Resolve grievances and appeals that have been elevated through the chain of command to the supervisory level.

    (NOTE: The GS-13 Supervisor may supervise all grade levels below the GS- 13 level.)

    References: VA Handbook 5005/132, part II, Appendix G21; dated July 16, 2020

    The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-13.

    Physical Requirements: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.


    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: . 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: .

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