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Recreational Therapist

VA Boston Healthcare System Full-Time  Brockton, Massachusetts, United States 4 Feb 2013

Job Description

Recreational Therapist

This position involves a multi-grade career ladder. The major duties listed below represent the full performance level of GS-10. At the GS-07 and GS-09 grade levels, the employee performs assignments of a more limited scope and with less independence. The employee will progressively acquire the background necessary to perform at the full performance level of GS-10. Promotion is at the discretion of the supervisor and is contingent upon satisfactory performance, availability of higher level work, and availability of funds.

DUTIES:

This position is located within the Recreation Therapy Service at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Brockton, MA.

Developing, organizing and administering recreation programs to provide therapeutic treatment to patients;
Conducting mental and physical evaluations of patients;
Developing and implementing treatment plans based on assessments;
Working with patients with a wide variety of medical diagnoses, many with multiple interacting problem;
Establishing short and long term treatment goals;
Modifying treatment plans and modalities in accordance with treatment goals and patient progress;
Teaching a variety of skills including: independent living, social interaction, mobility exercises, stress management and cognitive skills;
Coordinating the overall treatment plan with the treatment team and the patient’s family/caregiver;
Entering patient data into the facility’s computerized system;
Preparing and presenting initial, follow-up and discharge notes that cover the entire course of treatment;
Performing other duties as assigned.

Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday 8:00am – 4:30pm

Must submit completed application by closing date of February 14, 2013 to be considered for this position.

***RELOCATION EXPENSES AND/OR INCENTIVES ARE NOT AUTHORIZED***
Job Requirements

LICENSE REQUIREMENT: Possession of a valid driver’s license is required for this position.

AND

BASIC EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENT: A bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited institution in recreational therapy or in a creative arts therapy field (art therapy, dance therapy, music therapy or psychodrama), or in an appropriate subject-matter field with therapeutic emphasis or concentration. Additional transcripts and/or supporting documentation to provide evidence of the therapeutic emphasis or concentration of your education where the major field of study is not readily identified as “therapeutic” must be provided to meet this requirement

AND

IN ADDITION TO THE LICENSE REQUIREMENT AND BASIC EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENT, THE GS-7 REQUIRES: One year of specialized experience that required an application of the concepts, principles, and practices of recreational therapy or one of the creative arts therapy specializations and involved the use of therapeutic approaches to maintain the physical and/or mental health or to achieve the physical and/or mental rehabilitation of persons. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-5 grade level in Federal service. Examples of related experience include: knowledge of various injuries and disabilities; observing patients and evaluating their problems; supporting and assisting patients in achieving an appropriate level of function; administering tests to determine patient functional levels; and using adaptive equipment, sports, and exercise for physically disabled patients. To receive credit for these skills, they must be documented in your resume.

OR

GS-07 SUPERIOR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT (SAA): SAA is based on class standing, grade-point average or honor society membership described below. Individuals who have completed all the requirements for a bachelor’s or higher degree from an accredited college or university as described in the basic educational requirement and meet one of the requirements listed below are considered fully qualified for the GS-07 grade level. Grade point averages will be rounded to 1 decimal place. Transcripts are required to verify SAA.

Standing in the upper third of their class in the college or university or major subdivision.
College grade of “B” (3.0 or higher on a 4 pt. scale). This is either;
The average of all college courses, OR
The average of all college courses completed during the last two years of the undergraduate curriculum.
College grade average of “B+” (3.5 or higher on a 4 pt. scale) in the major field of the position to be filled. This is either;
The average of completed courses in the major field, OR
The average of college courses completed in the major field during the last two years of the undergraduate curriculum.
Election to membership in Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi, or one of the other national honorary scholastic societies meeting the minimum requirements of the Association of College Honor societies, other than freshman honor societies.

OR

GS-07 SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION: One year of graduate education from an accredited institution that provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of this position may be substituted for the experience required at the GS-07 grade level. One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that number cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours should be considered an academic year of graduate study. Part-time graduate education is creditable in accordance with its relationship to a year of full-time study at the school attended. If you are using education to qualify, transcripts are required.

OR

GS-07 COMBINATION: A combination of specialized experience and graduate education as described for the GS-07 that demonstrates your ability to perform the duties of this position may be substituted for the experience required at the GS-07 grade level. If you qualify based on a combination, your experience must be documented in your resume and transcripts are required.

IN ADDITION TO THE LICENSE REQUIREMENT AND BASIC EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENT, THE GS-9 REQUIRES: One year of specialized experience that required an application of the concepts, principles, and practices of recreational therapy or one of the creative arts therapy specializations and involved the use of therapeutic approaches to maintain the physical and/or mental health or to achieve the physical and/or mental rehabilitation of persons. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-7 grade level in Federal service. Examples of related experience include: planning and implementing a full range of treatment procedures where therapeutic objectives are complex and require the application of specialized skills and knowledge; developing treatment regimes for a variety of physically and mentally/emotionally challenged patients; using adaptive equipment, sports, and exercise for physically disabled patients; and developing specific interventions and routines to meet assessed needs of patients. To receive credit for these skills, they must be documented in your resume.

OR

GS-9 SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION: A master’s degree, equivalent graduate degree, or two years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master’s degree from an accredited institution that provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of this position may be substituted for the experience required at the GS-09 grade level. One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that number cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours should be considered an academic year of graduate study. Part-time graduate education is creditable in accordance with its relationship to a year of full-time study at the school attended. If you are using education to qualify, transcripts are required.

OR

GS-9 COMBINATION: A combination of specialized experience and graduate education as described for the GS-09 that demonstrates your ability to perform the duties of this positionmay be substituted for the experience required at the GS-09 grade level. If you qualify based on a combination, your experience must be documented in your resume and transcripts are required.

IN ADDITION TO THE LICENSE REQUIREMENT AND BASIC EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENT, THE GS-10 REQUIRES: One year of specialized experience that required an application of the concepts, principles, and practices of recreational therapy or one of the creative arts therapy specializations and involved the use of therapeutic approaches to maintain the physical and/or mental health or to achieve the physical and/or mental rehabilitation of persons. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in Federal service. Examples of related experience include: advanced experience in a clinical arena planning and implementing a full range of treatment procedures where therapeutic objectives are complex and require the application of highly specialized skills and knowledge; experience in a clinical arena developing treatment regimes for a variety of physically and mentally/emotionally challenged patients; using adaptive equipment, sports, and exercise for physically disabled patients; developing specific interventions and routines to meet assessed needs of patients; and designing a comprehensive Recreation Therapy program that meets the needs of patients, program and accrediting bodies. To receive credit for these skills, they must be documented in your resume.

OR

GS-10 SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION: 2.5 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree from an accredited institution that provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of this position may be substituted for the experience required at the GS-10 grade level.. One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that number cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours should be considered an academic year of graduate study. Part-time graduate education is creditable in accordance with its relationship to a year of full-time study at the school attended. If you are using education to qualify, transcripts are required.

OR

GS-10 COMBINATION: A combination of specialized experience and graduate education as described for the GS-10 that demonstrates your ability to perform the duties of this position may be substituted for the experience required at the GS-10 grade level. If you qualify based on a combination, your experience must be documented in your resume and transcripts are required.

A Quality Ranking Factor* has been requested by the facility to help determine which of the basically qualified applicants are likely to be better qualified for a position. The quality ranking factor for this position is: Certification as a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) issued by The National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification.

*Quality Ranking Factors are skills, knowledge, abilities, or other worker characteristics which could be expected to result in superior performance on the job. Quality ranking factors will not be used for screening, but may be used as ranking criteria. Applicants with higher proficiency levels may rank above those with lower proficiency levels on a quality ranking factor.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY:In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), No person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. You must be proficient in basic written and spoken English in order to meet the requirements of this position.

You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:

1. Ability to develop, organize and administer therapeutic treatment to individuals with physical, social, cognitive and/or psychological dysfunction.

2. Ability to evaluate therapeutic activities to determine if they are meeting therapeutic goals/objectives.

3. Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with people from varying backgrounds and with varying degrees of understanding.

4. Ability to plan, organize, adapt and coordinate a variety of recreational activities for groups and individuals.

5. Knowledge of the theories, principles, practices and procedures related to recreation therapy.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Position requires sedentary time to complete administrative duties. Position requires walking, standing, some lifting, bending and stooping to assist patients with mobilization; active involvement with patients in a variety of recreation therapy activities; and driving motor vehicles (vans/cars). This position requires the ability to provide quick action in an emergency situation.

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: 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.

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