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Job Title: Supervisory Physical Therapist
Company Name: Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide
Location: Wilkes Barre, PA
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 11/07/2017
Expire Date: 01/06/2018
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Job Description
Supervisory Physical Therapist

The position of Supervisory Physical Therapist is located in the Medical Service at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Serves as the Supervisor of Physical Therapy/Occupational Therapy, Kinesiotherapy, Recreation Therapy and the VIST Coordinator andis responsible for all supervisory, managerial, administrative, clinical functions within these services. The position reports to the Chief, Medical Service. This position is also responsible for the day-to-day supervision of all disciplines in the Rehabilitation section of Medical Service.

Ensures rehab services are provided to clinically complex patients within Medical Service including Home Based Primary Care (HBPC), Outpatient, Acute Medical/Surgical, Rehabilitation Unit, Transitional Care Unit (TCU), Community Living Center (CLC), Acute Psychiatry and SARRTP.

Duties include but are not limited to:

---Recommends intervention of other Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service disciplines as indicated for concurrence of physician.

---Gathers pre-evaluation data, interprets medical record information, reviews therapy prescriptions and evaluates the patient to develop, organize, and administer programs of physiological evaluation, therapeutic exercise, and education to rehabilitate and modify the life style of the patient.

---The therapeutic objectives that must be employed are the most complex because of the severe nature of disabilities encountered. Unusual tact and skill are necessary to the success of the rehabilitation process, especially when planning activities for dual diagnosis patients to gain and sustain interest.

---Frequently selects, recommends, adapts, constructs, and designs orthotic, prosthetic, assistive devices, and/or major/minor equipment and instructs patient/caretaker in the proper use, application, and care of such devices.

---Assumes responsibility for the independent operations of the clinic to which assigned.

---Follows up on the status of patients who fail to report for treatment and/or for those patients who have progressed to the maximum under therapy. Determines need for re-examination or evaluation by the physician

---Makes recommendation for Rehab Unit placement, as well as, community placement.

---Educates and counsels patients, families, and/or significant others about the disability incurred and intervention arrived at reducing the disabilities or its improved management of the remaining disability to be carried out at home.

---Compiles, submits statistical data, and reports quality management findings to document program effectiveness, caseload, and patient treatment/attendance.

--Identify, organize, and establish operating policies for maintenance of patient records, emergency equipment, supplies, facility, and exercise testing equipment to assure safety, warranties, and preventative maintenance.

---Adheres to all provisions of the Equal Employment Opportunity Program, fire and safety codes, infection control, equipment training, CPR, VA regulations, and established Medical Center Guidelines.

---Ensures timely appraisal for employee's under their supervision to include midterm and annual. Incumbent ensures all staff are competent and complete a competency assessment annually.

---Responsible for day to day activity in all therapy treatment area's and will reassign or shift personnel within the department as needed to meet the daily workload demands.

---Reviews and updates functional statement and position descriptions annually or more frequently as the need arises.

---Initiates performance improvement plans and disciplinary actions in accordance with policy.

---Coordinates and administers the employee leave program in accordance with policy.

---In conjunction with the Chief, Medical Service, works with HR Specialist to recruit, interview and recommend hiring of therapy staff.

---Conducts regular staff meeting to communicate expectations, review policies and procedures, and to disseminate essential information.

---Submits requests for expendable and non-expendable equipment and reviewing the equipment needs and budget with the Chief, Medical Service.

---Ensures all OSHA Standards as well as all Medical Center Safety Guidelines and infection control policies are being met in all treatment areas. Incumbent will assure that all Joint Commission Standards are met by staff.

---Serves on the Service level Performance Improvement Committee.

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8am - 4:30 pm

Functional Statement Title/#: Supervisory Physical Therapist/000000

Basic Requirements:

  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • Education-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.
  • 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.


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:

completed one (1) year of comparable experience to the next lower grade level which includes experience as a: 1-Lead Physical Therapist- responsible for completing complex evaluations and treatments. They are required to apply advanced evaluation methodologies and treatment theories in the provision of care to a vast array of functional impairments and patients, as well as provide clinical practice guidance for other staff PTs; 2- Clinical Education Coordinator-responsible for coordinating the administration of clinical training programs for physical therapy students or interns, PT assistant students, and the training of facility staff as clinical educators. Individuals in this assignment establish, negotiate, and maintain affiliation agreements with accredited PT and PT Assistant Programs; 3-Clinical Specialist- serving as the subject matter expert in a content specialty area and as a consultant to physical therapy and other medical center staff in evaluating and treating patients in the specialty area; 4- Physical Therapy Program Coordinator-administrative responsibility for a major specialty area to include assessing, planning, evaluating and delivering care within a special clinical program or component of a Rehabilitation Service (i.e., Spinal Cord Injury, Preservation of Amputation Care Team (P.A.C.T.), Cardiopulmonary Program Manager); 5- Chief, Physical Therapy Section-the supervision, administrative management, and direction of the physical therapy program in a rehabilitation section or equivalent work group. Individuals in this assignment assume full administrative and professional responsibility for planning and directing the physical therapy activities for the Section or equivalent unit at an independent outpatient clinic. PTs assigned to this position must demonstrate the following KSAOs: a. Knowledge of contemporary physical therapy across multiple areas of practice, and the demonstrated ability to apply this knowledge to provide clinical guidance to Staff PTs within the department. b. Knowledge of human resources administration, including such functions as the ability to interview and select qualified applicants, monitor and evaluate performance, and maintain effective labor management relations within scope of responsibility.c. Ability to effectively supervise, direct, and manage a diverse physical therapy staff. d. Skill in interpersonal relationships and conflict resolution. e. Ability to analyze clinically appropriate data effectively to optimize quality, performance, and productivity within the section. f. Ability to set priorities, delegate tasks, and solve problems in order to meet multiple deadlines and identify/address organizational problems.

References: Input applicable VA Handbook 5005 Physical Therapist Qualification Standards.

Physical Requirements: Light Lifting under 15 pounds, Light carrying under 15 pounds; use of fingers; standing up to 8hours; near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; ability to distinguish basic and shades of colors; hearing (hearing aid permitted).

All VHA personnel are required to participate in the seasonal influenza prevention program in accordance with VHA Directive 1192.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

1. CV or Resume (REQUIRED)

2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations

(Available at the VA Forms Website: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=10-2850&tkey=&Action=Search)

3.Unofficial Transcripts-official transcripts will be required before being hired (REQUIRED)

4.Recent SF 50 (Notification of Personnel Action) which indicates your current grade, salary and tenure. If you marked on the assessment you meet the time in grade requirement but your current grade does not reflect that, you must submit your beginning and ending SF50 reflecting the higher grade. An award SF50 is not acceptable. (If applicable)

5. Questionnaire (Required)

Please use this checklist to 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 2021459.

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.

Qualifications & Requirements

Basic Requirements:

  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • Education-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.
  • 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.


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:

completed one (1) year of comparable experience to the next lower grade level which includes experience as a: 1-Lead Physical Therapist- responsible for completing complex evaluations and treatments. They are required to apply advanced evaluation methodologies and treatment theories in the provision of care to a vast array of functional impairments and patients, as well as provide clinical practice guidance for other staff PTs; 2- Clinical Education Coordinator-responsible for coordinating the administration of clinical training programs for physical therapy students or interns, PT assistant students, and the training of facility staff as clinical educators. Individuals in this assignment establish, negotiate, and maintain affiliation agreements with accredited PT and PT Assistant Programs; 3-Clinical Specialist- serving as the subject matter expert in a content specialty area and as a consultant to physical therapy and other medical center staff in evaluating and treating patients in the specialty area; 4- Physical Therapy Program Coordinator-administrative responsibility for a major specialty area to include assessing, planning, evaluating and delivering care within a special clinical program or component of a Rehabilitation Service (i.e., Spinal Cord Injury, Preservation of Amputation Care Team (P.A.C.T.), Cardiopulmonary Program Manager); 5- Chief, Physical Therapy Section-the supervision, administrative management, and direction of the physical therapy program in a rehabilitation section or equivalent work group. Individuals in this assignment assume full administrative and professional responsibility for planning and directing the physical therapy activities for the Section or equivalent unit at an independent outpatient clinic. PTs assigned to this position must demonstrate the following KSAOs: a. Knowledge of contemporary physical therapy across multiple areas of practice, and the demonstrated ability to apply this knowledge to provide clinical guidance to Staff PTs within the department. b. Knowledge of human resources administration, including such functions as the ability to interview and select qualified applicants, monitor and evaluate performance, and maintain effective labor management relations within scope of responsibility.c. Ability to effectively supervise, direct, and manage a diverse physical therapy staff. d. Skill in interpersonal relationships and conflict resolution. e. Ability to analyze clinically appropriate data effectively to optimize quality, performance, and productivity within the section. f. Ability to set priorities, delegate tasks, and solve problems in order to meet multiple deadlines and identify/address organizational problems.

References: Input applicable VA Handbook 5005 Physical Therapist Qualification Standards.

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