Occupational Therapy Assistant Job in Saint Cloud, Minnesota – Department of Veterans Affairs

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Occupational Therapy Assistant – Saint Cloud, Minnesota
Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs
Job ID: 599521
Start Date: 06/15/2022
End Date: 07/07/2022

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: Individuals must meet at least one of the requirements below (transcripts required): Associate’s [or higher] degree in occupational therapy from a college or university accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). Completion of a military training program in an OTA program accredited by the ACOTE. Certification: OTAs must have written documentation that they have passed the entry-level certification examination for OTAs administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). Licensure: OTAs must hold a full, current, and unrestricted state license to practice occupational therapy in a State, Territory, a Commonwealth of the United States (i.e. Puerto Rico) or in the District of Columbia. English Language Proficiency: OTA candidates must be proficient in spoken and written English [in accordance with 38 U.S.C. § 7403(f). May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria).
(1) Employees may be reassigned, promoted up to and including the full performance (journey) level or changed to lower grade within the occupation, but may not be promoted beyond the journeyman level or placed in supervisory or managerial positions.
(2) Employees in an occupation that requires a licensure/certification/registration only at higher grade levels must meet the licensure/certification/registration requirement before they can be promoted to those higher grade levels.
(3) Employees who are appointed on a temporary basis prior to the effective date of the qualification standard may not have their temporary appointment extended or be reappointed, on a temporary or permanent basis until they fully meet the basic requirements of the standard.
(4) Employees who are converted to title 38 hybrid status under this provision and subsequently leave the occupation lose protected status and must meet the full VA qualification standard requirements in effect at the time of reentry to the occupation.
(5) Employees initially grandfathered into this occupation, who subsequently obtain additional education and/or licensure/certification/registration that meet all the basic requirements of this qualification standard must maintain the required credentials as a condition of employment in the occupation. Grade Determinations: Occupational Therapy Assistant, GS-05
Experience: None beyond the basic requirements. Occupational Therapy Assistant, GS-06
Experience: One year of creditable experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, GS-5.
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Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
(a) Knowledge of evidence-based occupational therapy practice.
(b) Knowledge of basic group techniques and interpersonal communication
(c) Skill in written communication to document data, progress/change in status, discharge status, and patient or caregiver education.
(d) Skill in oral communication to document data, progress/change in status, discharge status, and patient or caregiver education.
(e) Ability to assist in the development of treatment goals/objectives.
(f) Ability to implement a patient care plan incorporating activity analysis theory. Occupational Therapy Assistant, GS-07
Experience: One year of creditable experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, GS-6.
AND
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
(a) Skill in promoting occupational therapy services effectively, providing training and interventions within the assigned areas
(b) Ability to perform in depth chart review to identify treatment goals and implement treatment plans.
(c) Ability to use problem-solving skills when providing therapeutic interventions for patients.
(d) Ability to provide multi-step instructions to patients, caregivers and other health care professionals adapting instructions to meet the learning needs of the individual. Occupational Therapy Assistant, GS-08
Experience: One year of creditable experience comparable to the next lower grade level, GS-7.
AND
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
(a) Ability to implement delegated assessments.
(b) Ability to provide reports of observations and patient performance.
(c) Ability to use complex therapeutic techniques and interventions, utilizing problem-solving skills to maximize patient’s functional status.
(d) Ability to modify therapeutic interventions for simple and complex cases with a wide range of diagnoses and disabilities.
(e) Ability to recommend complex adaptive and assistive devices and durable medical equipment.
(f) Ability to consult with health care practitioners about the patient’s treatment plan and the occupational therapy scope of practice and services. Preferred Experience: Candidates with prior long-term care and short-stay rehabilitation experience. Candidates with experience working with symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease . References: VA Handbook 5005/145, PART II, APPENDIX G22 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-8. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-5 to GS-8. Physical Requirements: The incumbent must demonstrate the ability to walk, to get to other hospital locations on a daily basis. Activities including prolonged standing, repeated bending, reaching overhead, and pushing Veterans and objects for up to four hours during a regular shift, prolonged sitting, and moderate lifting and carrying of 15-44 pounds

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