Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physical Therapist (Supervisory) in Denver, Colorado
Summary PLEASE READ THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IN ITS ENTIRETY BEFORE BEGINNING THE APPLICATION PROCESS TO ENSURE YOU SUBMIT ALL THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTS. This Job Opportunity Announcement will be used to fill a Supervisory Physical Therapist (Inpatient) GS-0633-13 position in the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service with the Eastern Colorado VA Healthcare System. This position open to be filled by a Physical or Occupational Therapist. OT's interested should apply here: Responsibilities This position is located at Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center in Aurora, Colorado and functions within PM&RS, VA ECHCS. This position provides supervisory support for Inpatient services of Physical Therapy (PT) and Occupational Therapy (OT) at the Rocky Mountain Regional (RMR) VA Medical Center (VAMC), which is a Complexity Level 1a facility. Principal responsibilities cover a wide variety of supervisory duties, including administrative and clinical, to facilitate the accomplishment of inpatient PT and OT services of PM&RS. Areas of supervisory responsibility include: Inpatient acute care mobility team providing PT & OT services for inpatients on Medicine & Surgery Services including the ICU; CARF accredited Comprehensive Integrated Inpatient Rehabilitation Program (CIIRP); Geriatric PT Residency Program; and Neurologic and Orthopedic PT Residents during inpatient rotations. Duties include, but are not limited to: Responsible for the day-to-day operation of the rehabilitation program at RMR VAMC to include: Inpatient acute care mobility team supporting inpatient Med/Surg Services, CARF accredited CIIRP, Geriatric PT Residency Program, and Neurologic and Orthopedic PT Residents during inpatient rotations. Responsible for various rehabilitation programs and outcomes that include but are not limited to: CARF accreditation programs, Functional Independence Measure (FIM) program manager, Functional Status and Outcomes Database (FSOD), MedTel Outcomes (90-day FIM follow-up), and uSPEQ CIIRP patient satisfaction surveys. Directly supervises more than 10 employees at the RMR VAMC, including Physical Therapists, Physical Therapy Assistants, Occupational Therapists, and Occupational Therapy Assistants. Demonstrates a great deal of autonomy in performing supervisory responsibilities that include but are not limited to: assigning work to employees, monitoring productivity, workload and clinical volume, reviewing work of employees to assure accuracy and validity of submissions, imposing disciplinary measures, ensuring appropriate staffing levels, and monitoring clinical privileges. Provides supervision of key clinical and educational training programs, including the overall technical oversight of supervised PTs/PTAs and OTs/COTAs. Perform 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 the scope of responsibilities. Responsible for the development, approval, and implementation of policies and procedures to address focused clinical needs and the overall services delivered and provided within the section. Provide direct patient care no more than 50% of duty. Responsible for regular communication with PM&RS Leadership Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Compressed/Flexible: Not Available Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: PD000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized PCS Appraised Value Offer (AVO): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications 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. Citizenship. Candidates must be a citizen of the United States. After a determination is made that it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens, necessary personnel may be appointed on a temporary basis under authority of 38 U.S.C. 7405 without regard to the citizenship requirements of 38 U.S.C. 7402 or any other law prohibiting the employment of or payment of compensation to a person who is not a citizen of the United States. Candidates must meet all other requirements for the grade and position concerned. Education and experience. The individual must meet at least one of the requirements below: Bachelor's degree in Physical Therapy AND five (5) years of progressively independent experience as a physical therapist. OR Master's degree in Physical Therapy AND two (2) years of progressively independent experience as a physical therapist. OR Doctorate degree in physical therapy. NOTE: Prior to 1995 the terminal degree for PT's was either a bachelors or master's degree. In 1995 CAPTE accredited all baccalaureate, master's, and Doctor of Physical Therapy terminal degree programs. Effective 2002, CAPTE changed its scope of accrediting activities of PT education programs to include only those programs that culminate in post-baccalaureate degrees (eliminating the baccalaureate degree). Effective 2015, professional physical therapy education programs have only offered the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree to all new students. NOTE: Individuals must be a graduate of a Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) accredited college or university. The CAPTE is the only accreditation agency recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) to accredit entry-level physical therapy programs. Verification of accredited programs may be obtained from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) at www.apta.org. Licensure. Individuals hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to practice physical therapy in a State, Territory or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia. Non-licensed PTs, who otherwise meet the basic requirements in this standard, may be given a temporary appointment as a graduate PT at the GS-11 grade level under the authority of 38 U.S.C. 7405 (a)(1)(D) for a period not-to-exceed two years from the date of employment on the condition that such PT provide care only under the supervision of a PT who is licensed. Failure to obtain licensure during that period is justification for termination of the temporary appointment. English Language Proficiency. Individuals appointed under authority of 38 U.S.C. chapters 73 or 74, to serve in a direct patient-care capacity in VHA must be proficient in written and spoken English. See Chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, this part. 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). Grade Determinations: Experience. In addition to meeting the basic requirements, one year of progressively complex experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate all the following KSAs. Knowledge of contemporary physical therapy across multiple areas of practice, and the demonstrated ability to apply this knowledge to provide clinical guidance to Staff PTs within the department. 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. Ability to effectively supervise, direct, and manage a diverse physical therapy staff. Skill in forging positive interpersonal relationships and conflict resolution. Ability to analyze clinically appropriate data effectively to optimize quality, performance, and productivity within the section. Ability to set priorities, delegate tasks, and solve problems to meet multiple deadlines and identify/address organizational problems. Ability to manage advocacy roles and planning activities within the VA and the greater rehabilitation community. Assignment. For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity (difficulty), and variety, and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time. Supervisory PTs are responsible for the supervision, administrative management, and direction of the physical therapy program in a rehabilitation service or equivalent service-level department which consists of three or more PTs or other multi-discipline staff. The incumbent provides supervision of key clinical and training programs, including the overall technical oversight of the staff that He/she administratively supervise. Supervisors are responsible for the development and implementation of policies and procedures to address focused clinical needs and the overall services delivered and provided within the section. He/she demonstrates autonomy in performing supervisory responsibilities that include, but are not limited to, assigning work to employees, monitoring workload and clinical volume, reviewing work of employees to assure accuracy and validity of submissions, assuring adequate clinical staffing, imposing disciplinary measures, and monitoring clinical privileges. He/she is required to provide overall clinical supervision that assures the proper coordination and delivery of care within the section and the facility. References: VA Handbook 5005/99, Part II, Appendix G-12 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13. Physical Requirements: Pre-placement and periodic physical examinations are required for hybrid occupations to ensure workers are placed in positions where they can perform the essential functions of their job considering their physical, mental and emotional capacities, without endangering their health or the health of their co-workers. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019. Education 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. Additional Information 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. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed. 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. 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