Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Recreation Therapist in Tuskegee, Alabama
The incumbent is the Supervisor for the Recreation Therapy Section of Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System (CAVHCS). CAVHCS consist of two campuses, Montgomery and Tuskegee. Recreation Therapy Section provides therapeutic and self-directed programs for a variety of patient populations including Geriatrics & Extended Care, Chronic Psychiatry, Acute Psychiatry, Substance Abuse and Residential Mental Health. This includes support of community resources and the effective use of volunteers in appropriate patient care and administrative areas of this facility.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM Central Time Compressed/Flexible: May be required Telework:This is not a Telework position. Virtual:This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#:Recreation Therapist/619-09297-O Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report:Not required
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The Recreation Therapy Supervisor oversees the daily operation of the unit, ensures that agency policies and priorities are being followed; develops performance standards; and evaluates work performance of subordinates. The incumbent gives advice, counsel, and instruction to employees on both work and administrative matters. The incumbent hears and resolves minor complaints from employees; refers group grievances and more serious unresolved complaints to a higher level supervisor or manager; effects minor disciplinary measures such as warnings and reprimands and recommends action in more serious cases. The incumbent interviews candidates for positions in the unit; recommends appointments, promotions, and reassignments to unit positions; identifies and provides for training needs; and finds ways to improve production or increase the quality of work within the area of authority. The incumbent carries out Equal Employment Opportunity policies and program activities. The incumbent oversees the supervision and evaluation of all therapist using acceptable professional standards of practice as well as accreditation criteria. The position requires management experience, skills in communication, leadership, interviewing, screening and placement of individuals and/or groups who wish to provide service to patients and the medical center. Fulfilling the demands for volunteers requires supervision and representation outside of the regular voluntary service process. Such approaches are, use of local corporate volunteer councils, colleges, high schools, vocational schools, youth organizations, retired senior citizen programs, adult and/or professional organizations and others.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
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0638 Recreation/Creative Arts Therapist
- Specialists, Therapeutic Recreation
Therapeutic Recreation Specialists
Conditions of Employment
- 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 background/security investigation
- Must possess a State Issued Unrestricted Drivers License.
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 03/20/2018.
Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-11 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-9. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. Note:Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment.
Applicants must meet one of the following educational requirements: Bachelor's degree in therapeutic recreation, art therapy, drama therapy, dance therapy, or music therapy; or Bachelor's degree in a related field involving therapeutic emphasis or concentration that included at least 36 semester hours in therapeutic courses as described below: (a) 18 semester hours of upper level therapeutic recreation courses; and (b) 18 semester hours that include a combination of abnormal psychology, physiology, human anatomy and development, disabilities and general recreation.
Education must have been obtained from an accredited program recognized by the U.S. Department of Education at the time the degree was obtained.
Specialized Experience: Applicants must have One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-9) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: developing and implementing treatment plans for critically disabled patients with complex and multiple disabilities (i.e., psychiatric, severe and multiple diagnoses, geriatric, stroke, etc.) using assessments and physician/nurse therapy orders; utilizing therapeutic approaches to maintain the physical and/or mental health/rehabilitation of persons conducting ongoing evaluations of therapy and adjusting treatments; and documenting treatment rendered and patient progress in the medical record.
The following types of experience are NOT qualifying for this series: Outdoor Recreation Specialist, Commercial Recreation Leader, Vocational Counselor, or other diversionary-type recreation specialist positions. OR Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at the GS-10 level. To calculate, first identify the percentage of required education you have earned (when substituting, you cannot use the first 60 semester hours that you earned). Then identify the percentage of required experience you possess. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify at the GS-11. For example, an applicant who has 9 semester hours of graduate level education (i.e. 50% of graduate education required) and 6 months of creditable specialized experience (i.e. 50% of the required experience) would equal 100% of the required experience for the position.
A transcript must be submitted with your application.
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. You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:
- Clinical Data Collection/Documentation
- Decision Making
- Therapy and Counseling
- Veteran and Customer Focus
Competency 1 - Assessments: Conducts assessments using effective interviewing techniques and assessment instruments to obtain objective and factual information pertaining to the veteran's interests, preferences, aptitudes, abilities, and clinical needs in recreation therapy.
Competency 2 - Treatment Planning: develops individualized treatment plans with therapeutic goals and objectives to resolve a patient's problems, or develops a palliative care plan to respond to the effects of a terminal illness.
Competency 3 - Clinical Interventions: provides the necessary and/or adapted equipment, materials, instruction, encouragement, and motivation to successfully engage with each patient in the therapeutic process.
Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.
Physical Requirements:Work is normally performed in a typical work environment. Work requires regular and recurring physical exertion such as standing and walking for prolonged periods of time, lifting and repositioning patients, and pushing or pulling equipment and objects. There is frequent bending, reaching, stooping, stretching and set-up for recreation programs. Ability to use computer workstation and keyboard for patient electronic record. Ability to communicate with patients and co-workers. Ability to operate passenger van.
There is no educational substitution at this grade level.
A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
PLEASE NOTE: 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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. 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.
Receiving Service Credit or Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee.
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.
The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal/VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/.
Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
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.
For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.
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.
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Narrative responses are not required at this time. If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.
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- Required Documents
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
- Copy of Driver's License
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 make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.
- Cover Letter
- Copy of Driver's License
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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All applicants are encouraged to apply online.To apply for this position, you must complete the questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 03/20/2018 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10149394.
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Central Alabama VA Medical Center-Montgomery 215 Perry Hill Road Montgomery, AL US
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/493405600. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
Open & closing dates: 03/08/2018 to 03/20/2018
Salary: $61,218 to $79,586 per year
Pay scale & grade: GS 11
Work schedule: Full-Time
Appointment type: Permanent