The Oklahoma City VA Healthcare System is currently recruiting for a Supervisory Occupational Therapist to supervise, lead, and guide our Occupational Therapy Section. The incumbent will be part of the Neurology and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Services interdisciplinary leadership team, which includes therapy supervisors, section chiefs, the service administrative officer, and the service chief. 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: Citizenship. Be a citizen of the United States. Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. English Proficiency: Must be proficient in spoken and written English. Education and experience. The individual must meet at least one of the following requirements below: Bachelor's degree in occupational therapy and two (2) years of experience as an occupational therapist; Bachelor's degree in occupational therapy and two (2) full years of graduate education in a related field; Master's Degree or higher in occupational therapy. NOTE: The baccalaureate degree must be from an approved program prior to the AOTA January 1, 2005 decision that the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) would only accredit master or doctoral degree programs in occupational therapy. Individuals must be a graduate of a degree program in occupational therapy approved by the ACOTE or predecessor organizations. This is inclusive of an internship (supervised fieldwork experience required by the educational institution). ACOTE is the only accreditation agency recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Degree programs may be verified by contacting the American Occupational Therapy Association website or at their office address: American Occupational Therapy Association, P.O. Box 31220, Bethesda, MD 20824-1220. Foreign Graduates. Graduates of foreign occupational therapy programs meet the basic education and experience requirements if they have a current, full, active and unrestricted license to practice occupational therapy in a state, territory or Commonwealth of the United States (i.e., Puerto Rico), or in the District of Columbia. Certification. Candidates must possess a current National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certification as an Occupational Therapist. State Licensure. Candidates must possess a full, current, and unrestricted state license, to practice occupational therapy in a state, territory or Commonwealth of the United States (i.e., Puerto Rico), or in the District of Columbia. Loss of Credential. An employee in this occupation who fails to maintain the required state or territorial licensure and the NBCOT certification, both current and in good standing, must be removed from the occupation, which may result in termination of employment. Grandfathering Provision. 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: Supervisory Occupational Therapist, GS-13 Education, Experience, and Licensure. Completion of one year of experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 grade level and directly related to the position being filled. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: Ability to balance multiple responsibilities, set priorities, delegate tasks, meet multiple deadlines, analyze organizational problems, and develop and implement effective solutions. Ability to analyze organizational and operational problems to develop and implement solutions that result in efficient operations and use data effectively to manage workload, quality performance, and productivity within the service. Skill in dealing with employees, team leaders, and managers to include conflict resolution. Ability to utilize evidence-based practices and clinical practice guidelines in a professional area and to guide the staff in applying these tools. Preferred Experience: Experience in collaborative leadership, effective team building and support, and VA-practice management. References: VA Handbook 5005/127, Part II, Appendix G14 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13. Physical Requirements: The Oklahoma City VA Health Care System has a no-lift policy. Utilization of a lift is required for lifting greater than 35 pounds. Employee will have frequent moderate lifting of 15-44 pounds with repeated bending intermittently, pushing, straight pulling, and reaching above the shoulder, using fingers, walking up to 8 hours, standing up to 8 hours, ability to have rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, ability to read typed material without visual strain, depth perception, ability to distinguish basic colors, ability to distinguish shades of color, ability to hear (aid permitted), emotional and mental stability. Ability to drive a government vehicle is required. ["The mission of the Occupational Therapy Section is the provision of comprehensive, highly individualized patient treatment plans designed to increase independence and improve the quality of life for veterans who have physical limitations. Major duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following: Responsible for the program management of the Occupational Therapy Section to include development of program goals, policies, program development, program structure, program staff supervision, oversight of the direct patient care and/or day to day operations. Provides supervision of key clinical and training programs, including the overall technical oversight of the Occupational Therapists, Certified Occupational Therapists Assistants, Caregiver Support Therapists, and Rehabilitation and Recovery (PRRC), Intensive Community Mental Health Recovery Services (ICRHRS) therapists whom he/she administratively supervise. Demonstrates a great deal of autonomy in performing supervisory responsibilities that include, but are not limited to, assigning work to employees, monitoring workload and clinical volume, auditing work of employees to assure accuracy and validity of submissions, assuring adequate clinical staffing, considering disciplinary measures, and monitoring clinical privileges. Collaborate with other service chiefs, supervisors and staff within the Neurology-Rehabilitation service to develop, implement, and monitor policies and procedures and inter-professional clinical programs with Physical Therapy, Therapeutic Recreation, Speech Therapy, Neurology, Rehabilitation, Spinal Cord Injury, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Pain Services. Represents Occupational Therapy in multidisciplinary committees with chiefs and supervisors of other sections and services, including Surgery Service, Orthopedics, Podiatry, Geriatrics Extended Care, Internal Medicine, Pulmonary and Intensive Care, among others, to develop and implement policies and systems of care for the various patient populations in a high-quality and efficient manner. Supervise and assign workload to staff in the delivery and/or support of treatment and education of patients, families and caregivers. Supervise and assign workload to staff in the delivery and/or support of treatment and education of patients, families and caregivers. Coordinate scheduling, and the delivery of care in outpatient settings, including, but not limited to Outpatient Occupational Therapy Clinics, Specialty Seating Clinic, Driver Evaluation Clinic and all other occupational clinics. Coordinate scheduling and delivery of care in inpatient settings, including, but not limited to Neurology, Rehabilitation, the Community Living Center (CLC), intensive care units, medical-surgical, and behavior health wards. Performs all other duties/activities of a staff Occupational Therapist 50-70% of the time. Incumbent promotes, supervises, evaluates and prepares reports regarding any research activities of the Occupational Therapy Section. Based up the research outcomes of the various reporting tools the incumbent recommends or makes decisions regarding incorporating emerging techniques or methodology into the clinical programs. Incumbent acts as a subject matter expert regarding occupational therapy related activities, service and issues while interacting with other organizations. Knowledge of contemporary occupational therapy across multiple areas of practice, and the demonstrated ability to apply this knowledge to provide clinical guidance to multiple Staff Occupational Therapists and Certified Occupational Therapist Assistants within the Occupational Therapy Section. Identify developmental and training needs of employees; providing and making provisions for identified development and training. Coordinate and monitor the student clinical affiliation program in support of the Education Service. Develop and plan educational programs to include patient, family, caretakers and professional personnel. Development of staff position descriptions and/or functional statements. Development of performance plans and management of the performance appraisals process. Makes recommendations for equipment and budgetary needs based upon section needs. Stays current with all applicable laws, policies, and accreditation standards and applying these to program operations. Possess an understanding, sensitivity, and the ability to consistently provide treatment that meets the unique needs of all patients with respect to age, developmental requirements and culture. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 56711-O Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.