Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physical Therapist in Buffalo, New York

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Buffalo, NY
Work Schedule is Part Time 40 hours - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Monday 10/17/2016 (3 day(s) ago)

** Closes Tuesday 11/1/2016 (12 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1817140

OUR MISSION:To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who serve our country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service.

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans.

The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define “who we are,” our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence (“I CARE”).

America's Veterans need you!

Note: The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-11. The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be placed. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

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.

Relocation Expenses:Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.


Part-time position available at the VA Western New York Healthcare System to cover physical therapy services for Western New York VA Medical Center in Buffalo, New York.

The incumbent will be responsible for patient scheduling, assessment, goal setting, patient education, treatment implementation and discharge planning for patients referred to Home Based Primary Care for Physical Therapy. The caseload is comprised of home based patients with a marked diversity of physical dysfunction. The therapist performs and interprets the results of tests and measurements of the patient's status in order to formulate an appropriate, comprehensive treatment plan. The incumbent demonstrates the ability to treat patients with more complex medical problems utilizing both standard and non-standard techniques.

Tour of Duty: Monday - Friday, 20 hours per week, hours TBD

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Must be licensed



a. Citizenship.Citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible

to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)

b. Education

(1) Degree.Graduate from a degree program in physical therapy from an approved college or

university approved by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). 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) Web site, or at their office address: American Physical Therapy

Association, 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-1488, 703-684-2782, or 800-999-2782.

NOTE:Effective, January 1, 2002, CAPTE changed its scope of accrediting activities of PT

education programs to include only those programs that culminate in post-baccalaureate


(2) Foreign Graduates.Graduates of foreign physical therapy programs meet the requirements in

subparagraph 2b if they have a full unrestricted and current license to practice physical therapy in a

State, Territory or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States, or in the District of Columbia.

Any PT who has, or has ever had, any license(s) revoked, suspended, denied, restricted, limited, or

issued/placed in a probational status may be appointed only in accordance with regulations issued by the

Under Secretary for Health or designee.

c. Licensure.Current, full, active, and unrestricted license to practice physical therapy in a State,

Territory or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States, or in the District of Columbia.

d. Physical Requirements.See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

e. English Language Proficiency.PTs must be proficient in spoken and written English as required

by VA Handbook 5005, Part II, chapter 3, Section A, paragraph 3j.


GS-11 Physical Therapist:

(a) Education, Experience, and Licensure.In addition to meeting the basic requirements,

completion of 1 year of progressively complex experience and a broader scope of experience equivalent

to the next lower grade; or 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a doctoral

degree; or doctoral degree in physical therapy or a directly related field. In addition, the candidate must fully demonstrate the following KSAs in subparagraph (b) below.

(b) Demonstrated KSAs:

  1. Knowledge of contemporary and evidence-based PT practice.

  2. Ability to interpret clinician prescriptions and referrals.

  3. Skill in communicating, both orally and in writing, with patients, families, caregivers, and other

health care professions to facilitate the multidisciplinary treatment process.

  1. Skill in utilizing appropriate screening and evaluation techniques required to appropriately provide

direct patient care.

  1. Knowledge of clinical signs and symptoms to make appropriate referrals for further medical

attention/assessment as indicated.

(c) Assignments.Candidates must be licensed for assignment at this grade level, and are considered

to be at the full performance level. Staff PTs at this level are responsible for providing assessment and

treatment intervention. They are assigned to all program areas which are covered by Rehabilitation

Services and provide professional, independent physical therapy services in the assigned area. PTs at

this level may be given general assignments in any physical therapy program area where the advanced

specialized knowledge is not required on a recurring basis due to the patient population served and

complexity of the facility and/or treatment area or may serve as the sole PT at a less complex facility.

Individuals may perform ancillary assignments, including program management duties on an occasional

basis, where the complexity and amount of work is not substantial (less than 25% of the duty time).


*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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. 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.

*Physical Requirements: *See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or 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 Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements. You will be notified when this decision is made.


Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at

Receiving Service Credit for 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 employees 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.

Other Information

INTERVIEWS: Any interviews that may be conducted for this position will use the Performance Based Interviewing (PBI) process. Further information is available at

Probation: Position is subject to a one (1) year probationary period.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

Salary Range: $60,779.00 to $79,013.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0633-11/11

Promotion Potential: 11

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 453530600

Job Announcement Number: VHA-528-17-1817140-KC