- Evaluation, performance appraisal and development of performance standards for Staff Recreation Therapists
- Recruits qualified staff.
- Counsels subordinates and initiates disciplinary actions.
- Arranges clinical coverage for Recreation staff in order to limit the disruption of care.
- Identifies program needs and explains those needs to the appropriate individuals.
- Constructs evidence-based recreation therapy interventions for treating patients with complex medical or mental health issues.
- Serves with independent judgment to administer and interpret recreation therapy assessments.
- Utilizes clinical competencies to develop unconventional assessment and interview approaches to effectively elicit information.
- Conducts, analyzes, interprets and reports assessment date based upon functional domains (cognitive, sensory, social, affective, physical and leisure.
- Develops individualized treatment plans with measurable therapeutic goals and objectives including scope, duration, and treatment.
- Determines the effectiveness of protocols, modalities, and programs for targeted groups.
Job family (Series)
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 jobDesignated and/or random drug testing requiredSelective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959You may be required to serve a probationary periodSubject to a background/security investigationMust be proficient in written and spoken EnglishMust meet Education and Licensure requirements of the position.Travel may be required10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations Required (Hyperlinked)Resume/CV required Resume: Your resume should include the following information for each job that you list: Job title; Complete Work Place Addresses; Duties (be as detailed as possible); Month and year start/end dates (e.g. June 2007 to April 2008); Full-time, part-time status (include hours worked per week).Transcript are requiredCertification: Certified in recreation therapy as a CTRS by the NCTRC AND additional certification as described in the qualifications section below.Participation in the seasonal influenza program is a condition of employment and a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). HCP are individuals who, during the influenza season, work in VHA locations where patients receive care or who come into contact with VA patients as part of their duties. VHA locations include, but are not limited to, VA hospitals and associated clinics, community living centers (CLCs), community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs), domiciliary units, Vet centers and VA-leased facilities. HCP include all VA licensed and unlicensed, clinical and administrative, paid and unpaid, full- and part-time employees, intermittent employees, fee basis employees, VA contractors, students, researchers, volunteers, and trainees who work at these facilities.
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 10/11/2019.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 university and 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.
Grade Determinations:GS-12: In addition to meeting the basic requirements, completion of two years of progressively complex experience, which includes one year equivalent to the next lower grade directly related to the position being filled ANDCertification: Additional certification in a specialty treatment area in recreation therapy, such as, but not limited to: Physical Medicine/Rehabilitation, Geriatrics, Developmental Disabilities, Behavioral Health, Community Inclusion Service, Aquatic Exercise Therapy/Aquatic Therapy, Adapted Sports, Assisted Technology, Social Skills,etc., or in a directly related field such as, but not limited to: acceptance and commitment therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, dementia, dialectical behavioral therapy, gambling disorder, motivational interviewing, and/or wellness recovery action plan facilitator. (This must be included in your application package)The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-12Physical Requirements: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019. Heavy lifting up to 45 lbs; Heavy Carrying 45 lbs and over; straight pulling up to 4 hours; pushing up to 4 hours; reaching above shoulder; use of fingers and both hand required. Walking up to 8 hours; standing up to 8 hours Repeated bending up to 8 hour; both legs required;. Correctable vision 20/40 in one eye; ability to distinguish basic colors and shades of colors; hearing aid permitted.Work Environment: The position may at times involve exposure to a work environment that may include intermittent excessive noise, dust, slippery or uneven walking surfaces, working around moving objects or vehicles. The incumbent may also be exposed to infective patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative invasive procedures. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs.
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health-related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.
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.
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.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.
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.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.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk
Trust determination process
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
VA Application 10-2850c REQUIRED
1. Resume listing work schedule, hours worked per week, full dates of employment and specific detailed duties performed. (required-all)
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2. 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations Required must be complete and all questions that require additional explanation must be provided on a separate sheet of paper, and must be current, signed and dated on pages 3 & 4. (required-all) All licenses must be listed.
3. SF-50 or Notification of Personnel Action showing you are/were in the competitive service and the highest grade or promotion potential held. You must submit your SF-50 that shows Time-in-Grade eligibility and reflects your title, series, and grade. No award SF-50 will be accepted. (required, if you are Current or prior Federal employee as applicable)
4. A copy of your transcripts that show the degree and date conferred. (highly recommended)
5. DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty. Must be the Member 4 or member 2 copy of the DD-214 that shows Character of Service. (As applicable)
6. Documentation of Service-Connected disability: Service-Connected disability letter AND SF-15 Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (As applicable)Failure to submit any of the required documents may result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted to support your status eligibility.Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's, documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).DD-21410-2850cDisability Rating letter/ Schedule AResumeSF-15SF-50TranscriptsCertificationsVeterans' 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.Failure to submit any of the required documents may result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted to support your status eligibility.
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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The Recreation Therapy Supervisor is responsible for the administration, management and supervision of the Recreation Therapy Program throughout the Sheridan VA Health Care System. Oversight of the program includes direct supervision of all recreation staff to include Recreation Therapists, Recreation Therapy Assistants, and Recreation Assistants.
Work Schedule: Full-timeTelework schedules: Not authorizedVirtual work schedules: Not authorizedFLSA: ExemptFunctional Statement Title/#: Supervisor Recreation TherapistBU Status: NOT Bargaining UnitRelocation / Recruitment Incentives: Maybe authorized for well qualified candidates.Relocation Expenses: PCS is NOT authorizedDesignated Drug-Testing Position: Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received.Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.