Lead Recreation Therapist Job in Wilmington, Delaware – Department of Veterans Affairs



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Lead Recreation Therapist – Wilmington, Delaware
Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs
Job ID: 572224
Start Date: 02/25/2022
End Date: 03/18/2022

Qualification Summary
Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. 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 an accredited college or university, with a major in therapeutic recreation or recreation/leisure, with an option and/or emphasis in therapeutic recreation. The degree must be approved by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC); OR, A bachelor’s degree or higher in any field from an accredited college or universityand must be a certified therapeutic recreation specialist (CTRS). The degree must be approved by the NCTRC. If hired under this education, the certification cannot be waived. Certification: Applicants must be certified in recreation therapy as a CTRS by the NCTRC. English Language Proficiency: Must be proficient in spoke and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7403(f). The full performance level of this vacancy is 12. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of 12. Grade Determinations: Lead Recreation Therapist, GS-12
Experience: At least one year of creditable 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: Knowledge of recreation therapy across multiple types of clinical practice. Ability to provide professional oversight and consultation for staff therapists and guidance to auxiliary staff, volunteers, and trainees. Ability to monitor and report on the status and progress of work and make adjustments to accomplish the workload, in accordance with established procedures. Ability to facilitate program development, outcome management, and strategic planning. Ability to act as a liaison between staff, volunteers, or trainees, and serve as an immediate supervisor to resolve informal complaints and concerns. Knowledge of procedures and policies to provide oversight and training for auxiliary staff, volunteers, and trainees. Skill in coordinating clinical activities within the workgroup. Skill in leading and directing staff to implement evidence-based recreation and/or creative arts therapy approaches to patients with varied treatment needs and skill level. Assignment. For all assignments above the full-performance level, the higher level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity (difficulty), range of variety, and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time. Lead therapists are found in complexity level 1 facilities, or in facilities of lesser complexity levels where there are large affiliate network recreation and/or creative art therapy departments. Therapists at this level have experience that demonstrates advanced practice skills and sound clinical judgment across many areas of recreation and creative arts therapies. Leads are 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 patients with differing functional impairments. They provide clinical practice guidance for other recreation and/or creative arts therapy staff. Lead therapists monitor work flow, make work assignments, provide input on performance, resolve daily workplace issues, and maintain efficient flow of patient care. The lead may provide primary reports to the chief for the daily delivery of department programs, reporting, staffing, and scheduling. Lead therapists provide training for the department’s auxiliary staff, volunteers, and trainees. They provide instruction in maintenance of all service equipment and coordinate patient care plans to reduce redundancies and delays in patient treatment. Preferred Experience: Supervisory experience or similar role such as a team leader, committee chairperson, etc. References: VA HANDBOOK 5005, PART II, APPENDIX G60. Physical Requirements: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.
This position requires walking, standing, lifting at least 50lbs, transferring patients to and from wheelchairs with the use of assistive/adaptive devices, and participation in Recreation Therapy clinics which may be physical in nature. Additional physical demands include kneeling bending, pushing, stopping, extending, grasping, pulling, shifting patients, retrieving, pivoting, twisting, squatting, turning, balancing, stretching, reaching, carrying, swinging, creative movement, dodging, and dragging. The work requires specific, common physical characteristics and abilities, such as above average agility and dexterity. This position requires participation and leading of adaptive sports and physical fitness programs. Physical demands include running, walking, throwing, catching, squatting, bowling, casting, swimming, swinging a racquet, skiing, rowing, paddling, kicking, climbing, pumping, indoor cycling, and outdoor cycling. General maintenance and repair of equipment is required, specifically for sports chairs, hand cycles, recumbent trikes, and upright bikes. This position requires therapists to set up and take down of recreation and adaptive sports equipment for programs (i.e. setting up targets for shooting, arranging cycles, moving furniture to arrange space for programs). This also includes loading and unloading equipment into vehicles for off-site programs

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