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Job Title: Supervisory Occupational 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 Occupational Therapist

The position of SupervisoryOccupational 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 thephysician.

---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.

---Responsible for adherence 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.

---The incumbent is responsible for ensuring 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.

---Responsible for reviewing and updating 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, Rehabilitation and Prosthetics, 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, Rehabilitation and Prosthetics 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 CARF and Joint Commission Standards are met by staff.

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

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

Functional Statement Title/#: Supervisory Occupational Therapist/000000

Basic Requirements:

  • A. U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy
  • B.English Language Proficiency: In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), No person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. You must be proficient in basic written and spoken English in order to meet the requirements of this position.
  • C. Education- Graduation from a degree program in occupational therapy approved by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) or predecessor organizations to include interns (supervised field work experience required by the educational institution).
  • D. Certification/Examination. Possession of written documentation that the individual has passed the entry-level certification examination for OTs which is administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).


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 either a: 1- the sole OT operation of an occupational therapy clinic. An OT in a "sole" position must demonstrate the ability to apply advanced occupational therapy knowledge, theories, and techniques to a full range of patient populations; or 2- Clinical Specialist/Lead Occupational Therapist - serving as the subject matter expert in a content specialty area and as a consultant to occupational therapy and other medical center staff in evaluating and treating patients in the specialty areas of occupational therapy practice that are beyond the general practice of occupational therapy; or 3- Occupational Therapist Program Coordinator- direct, assign and evaluate programs to ensure proper coordination between care delivery within the section and the overall delivery of health care; or 4- Supervisory Occupational Therapist-Chief, Occupational Therapy Section - supervision, administrative management, and direction of the occupational therapy program in a rehabilitation section or equivalent work group. OTs assigned to this position must demonstrate the following KSAOs: a. Knowledge of contemporary occupational therapy across multiple areas of practice, and the demonstrated ability to apply this knowledge to provide clinical guidance to Staff OTs 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 occupational 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.

References:VA Handbook 5005 Occupational Therapist Qualification Standard.

Physical Requirements: Heavy lifting; heavy carrying; reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking; standing; kneeling; repeating bending; climbing, use of legs and arms; both legs required; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; good visual requirement.


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 2021465.

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:

  • A. U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy
  • B.English Language Proficiency: In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), No person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. You must be proficient in basic written and spoken English in order to meet the requirements of this position.
  • C. Education- Graduation from a degree program in occupational therapy approved by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) or predecessor organizations to include interns (supervised field work experience required by the educational institution).
  • D. Certification/Examination. Possession of written documentation that the individual has passed the entry-level certification examination for OTs which is administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).


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 either a: 1- the sole OT operation of an occupational therapy clinic. An OT in a "sole" position must demonstrate the ability to apply advanced occupational therapy knowledge, theories, and techniques to a full range of patient populations; or 2- Clinical Specialist/Lead Occupational Therapist - serving as the subject matter expert in a content specialty area and as a consultant to occupational therapy and other medical center staff in evaluating and treating patients in the specialty areas of occupational therapy practice that are beyond the general practice of occupational therapy; or 3- Occupational Therapist Program Coordinator- direct, assign and evaluate programs to ensure proper coordination between care delivery within the section and the overall delivery of health care; or 4- Supervisory Occupational Therapist-Chief, Occupational Therapy Section - supervision, administrative management, and direction of the occupational therapy program in a rehabilitation section or equivalent work group. OTs assigned to this position must demonstrate the following KSAOs: a. Knowledge of contemporary occupational therapy across multiple areas of practice, and the demonstrated ability to apply this knowledge to provide clinical guidance to Staff OTs 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 occupational 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.

References:VA Handbook 5005 Occupational Therapist Qualification Standard.

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