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The Primary Purpose of the Position is: serve as a PRRC Program Manager Occupational Therapy Program Coordinator for the Psychosocial Rehabilitation Recovery Center (PRRC). The PRRC is an outpatient transitional learning center designed to support recovery and integration into meaningful self-determined community roles for Veterans challenged with serious mental illness and severe functional impairment. 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). Education and/or Experience. The individual must meet at least one of the following requirements: (a) Bachelor's degree in occupational therapy and two (2) years of experience as an occupational therapist; 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. or (b) Bachelor's degree in occupational therapy and two (2) full years of graduate education in a related field; NOTE: The baccalaureate degree must be from an approved program prior to the AOTA January 1, 2005 decision that ACOTE would only accredit master or doctoral degree programs in occupational therapy. or (c) Master's Degree or higher 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 requirements above if they have a current, full, active and unrestricted license referred to in subparagraph [3e] of this appendix. Certification. Candidates must possess a current NBCOT certification as an OT. 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. English Proficiency. Candidates must be proficient in spoken and written English to be appointed as authorized by 38 U.S.C. § 7403(f). Grade Determinations: Occupational Therapist (Program Coordinator), GS13 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. KSAs. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: (a) Knowledge of contemporary occupational therapy within specialty area to provide clinical guidance, training, or education for internal and external stakeholders. (b) Ability to set priorities, delegate tasks, meet multiple deadlines, and balance responsibilities. (c) Ability to articulate and communicate the assignment, project, problem to be solved, actionable events, and objectives; as well as provide direction on work methods, practices, and procedures in administration and/or education methodologies. (d) Ability to monitor and report on the status and progress of work, evaluate the program to ensure that methods, deadlines, and quality have been met, and ensure adjustments to the work process are in accordance with priorities. (e) Ability to develop and coordinate treatment and/or educational programs within a concentrated field or specialty area, such as amputee, spinal cord injury, chronic pain, student clinical education/residency programming, polytrauma/traumatic or brain injury. (f) Ability to effectively motivate and manage a diverse clinical staff with widely divergent backgrounds, interests, and points of view. Assignment. Occupational therapy program coordinators in this assignment evaluate, plan and direct a program to ensure proper coordination of care within the local facility inclusive of regional/national stakeholders such as The Joint Commission and the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), Universities, AOTA, and the VHA, Office of Academic Affiliation as appropriate. The OT program coordinator has full responsibility for managing the day-to-day activities of the program. They may be responsible for the coordination of assignments for multiple professionals comprising of an interdisciplinary team. These programs may include but are not limited to polytrauma/traumatic brain injury, chronic pain, amputation, caregiver support program, spinal cord injury and clinical education programs. The OT program coordinator successfully collaborates with leadership, supervisors, and staff to facilitate efficient and effective delivery of patient-centered care. They develop and modify standard operating procedures and ensure procedures are applicable to the assigned program. This assignment requires administrative direction and decision-making skills but does not necessarily require formal supervisory responsibility. The OT program coordinator makes decisions that affect staff and other resources with a wide latitude of control and independent judgment. They assist with special administrative projects such as strategic planning, performance improvement, and coordination and training of interdisciplinary team members. Preferred Experience: Mental Health experience Evaluation and development of treatment plans for clients living with mental health illness Design and development of occupational therapy groups Working with Interdisciplinary Mental Health Team Linking clients to services References: VA Handbook 5005/127 PART II APPENDIX G14, Dated December 13, 2019 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-13. Physical Requirements: Light lifting and carrying, under 15; Straight pulling (1 hour); Pushing (2 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Walking (3 hours); Standing (3 hours); Repeated bending ( 1 hour); Climbing, use of legs and arms; Both legs required; Operation of crane, truck, tractor, or motor vehicle; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and up to 20/40 in the other; Both eyes required; Depth perception; Ability to distinguish basic colors Ability to distinguish shades of colors; Hearing (aid may be permitted); Frequent keyboarding to operate computer ["The Mental Health Service of the VA North Texas Health Care System values cultural diversity across our staff and training programs. Mental Health Service leaders are deeply committed to fostering an environment that is highly sensitive to and appreciative of all aspects of diversity. Our staff represent a variety of cultural backgrounds, competencies, interests, and theoretical orientations. We believe that increased self-awareness and appreciation for other viewpoints and cultures makes our service stronger and strengthens our ability to provide the highest quality of mental health care. As PRRC Occupational Therapy Program Manager, the incumbent has broad coordination and management of considerable scope, size, and complexity, that significantly impacts the health care provided to Veterans. The following professional management and administrative duties include but are not limited to: 1) The PRRC Program Manager Occupational Therapy Program Coordinator is responsible for development of the PRRC wellness programming which is comprised of psychoeducational interventions that teach skills necessary to acquire an active and healthy lifestyle. 2) Manages all staff assigned to the PRRC program regardless of the staffs' discipline. 3) Responsible for all Joint Commission, VACO, CARF and other continuous readiness and programmatic requirements for the program. 4) Performs the administrative and personnel management function relative to staff supervised. Establishes guidelines and performance expectations for staff, clearly communicated through the formal employee performance management system. The incumbent observes workers performance; demonstrates and conducts work performance critiques. The incumbent resolves informal complaints and grievances. 5) Develops, revises and updates individual staff development plans. The incumbent resolves informal complaints and grievances. 6) Develops work improvement plans, recommending personnel actions as necessary. The incumbent provides advice and counsel to staff related to work and administrative matters. The incumbent effects disciplinary measures as appropriate to the authority delegated to this position. 7) Evaluates and enhances the quality of services provided to patients. The incumbent develops and implements information systems to track service activities, all SAIL measures associated with the PRRC and secondary SAIL measures associated with Mental Health Service. The incumbent develops, implements, and evaluates clinical guidelines and protocols to establish appropriate utilization of services. 8) Employs high level of skills to accomplish the work of the programs. The incumbent exercises supervisor authorities and responsibilities involving work assignment and review, as well as the administrative and personnel management functions relative to the staff supervised. The incumbent is responsible for coordinating interdisciplinary staffing, work assignments, and fund control points. 9) Reviews and approves or disapproves leave requests. The incumbent assures that subordinates are trained and fully comply with the provisions of the safety regulations. 10) Makes certain all encounters and consults generated by PRRC staff and assigned to the program are closed within the guidelines of the medical center. 11) Reviews and assures the documentation of the assigned staff reflects the services provided and meets VA North Texas Health Care System, Mental Health Division Line, JACHO, CARF and other regulatory documentation standards and policies. 12) Guides and oversees staff members of different disciplines within assigned area, determines staffing requirements and assign, in conjunction with members of treatment teams, staff areas of responsibility where their special individual skills are best utilized. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00a.m. - 4:30p.m.\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #: 000000\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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