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Occupational Therapy Assistant

Company: Veterans Health Administration
Location: Vancouver
Posted on: April 9, 2021

Job Description:

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 - Successful completion of an associate's 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). English Language Proficiency - Candidates must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a. Grade Determinations
GS-4 (Entry Level) Requirements: Experience. None beyond the basic requirements. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: Ability to review patient data and make a preliminary determination of their needs. Ability to obtain subjective history. Ability to interpret information gained through subjective history. Ability to communicate with health care providers, patients, and staff for optimal patient care GS-5 (Development Level 1) Requirements: Experience. In addition to the basic requirements, 6 months of experience comparable to the next lower grade level. Experience may have been gained as an OTA, rehabilitation aide, technician, volunteer, or in the medical health services field. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: Ability to assist in the development of treatment goals/objectives. Ability to implement a patient care plan incorporating activity analysis theory. Skill in written communication to document preliminary data, progress/change in status, discharge status, and patient or caregiver education Knowledge of basic group techniques and interpersonal communications. Ability to assist in the use of standardized assessment tools to the area of practice assigned. GS-6 (Development Level 2) Requirements: Experience. In addition to the basic requirements, 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: Knowledge of a variety of standardized assessment tools in order to provide a more comprehensive intervention under the supervision of an occupational therapist. Ability to use problem-solving skills when providing therapeutic interventions for patients who have a wide range of diagnoses and disabilities. Ability to provide complex/multi-step instructions to patients, caregivers, and other health care professionals adapting instructions to meet the learning needs of the individual. Ability to promote occupational therapy services effectively, providing training and interventions within the assigned areas. GS-7 (Full Performance Level) Requirements: Experience. In addition to the basic requirements, 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: Ability to utilize more complex therapeutic techniques and interventions, utilizing problem-solving skills, to maximize patient's functional status. Ability to modify and adapt therapeutic interventions for simple and complex cases with a wide range of diagnoses and disabilities. Ability to identify and recommend complex adaptive and assistive devices and durable medical equipment. References: VHA 5005, Appendix G22, Occupational Therapy Assistant Qualification Standard.
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-7.
The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-4 to GS-7. Preferred Experience: Preferred candidate will have certification/experience with yoga, tai chi, pilates, strength and conditioning/personal training. Experience working with groups in the outpatient setting as well as experience with telehealth medicine. Physical Requirements: Heavy lifting (45 pounds and over); Straight pulling ( Environmental Factors: Working closely with others; Working alone.

Keywords: Veterans Health Administration, Vancouver , Occupational Therapy Assistant, Healthcare , Vancouver, Washington

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