Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physical Therapist (Float) External in Boston, Massachusetts

Job Overview

Job Overview

SERVICE: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1971391




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.

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to 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.**

WHO MAY APPLY: U.S. Citizens and current Permanent Federal employees of other agencies


The VA Boston Healthcare System is seeking two full-time Physical Therapists for the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service. The positions will serve as Float Physical Therapists to provide patient care coverage during times of staff leave and high patient/consult volume. The positions will be utilized at all of our VA Boston Campuses (West Roxbury, Jamaica Plain, or Brockton) but primary location for one position will be at the Brockton Campus and primary location for the other position will be at West Roxbury. The incumbent will need a driver's license to travel to multiple campuses. This position will report directly to the Physical Therapy Supervisor.

The Physical Therapist will be independent with managing an assigned caseload in the outpatient clinic environment or in the Community Living Centers with our sub-acute rehabilitation and long term care population. Recent experience treating adult and geriatric patients with a variety of medical conditions, both simple and complex, is required. Clinical experience treating adults in both inpatient and outpatient population is also highly recommended, as the position will be required to be versatile. The duties include but are not limited to: perform independent patient evaluations using appropriate standardized tests; independently develop, implement, and modify physical therapy treatment programs; recognize contraindications and appropriateness of treatment prescribed by referring provider; provide timely and accurate written documentation of patient status, progress with therapy, therapy plan, and patient response to treatment in accordance with policy; interact professionally and courteously with all VA staff, patients, and patients' families/caregivers, and managing caseload at a productive standard. A more detailed position description is available in Human Resources Management Service. FUNCTIONAL STATEMENT #: 900800, 911790, 911800 WORK SCHEDULE: Full-time, Monday through Friday, Hours will vary from 800AM to 430PM and 830AM to 500PM. Weekend hours will be required, but will be scheduled in advance. NOTE: This position is a AFGE Bargaining Unit position. NOTE: This position is covered by locality-based comparability pay/special salary rate. NOTE: Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized. NOTE: Selectee may be required to work at any Boston Healthcare System campus, as needed. NOTE: This position is in the Excepted Service. NOTE: Applicant(s) selected for this position may be eligible to apply for an award up to the maximum limitation under the provisions of the Education Debt Reduction Program. NOTE: Narrative responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) will be required from the selectee in order to proceed with the appointment. NOTE: Permanent appointment and salary in this position is subject to review by the Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience NOTE: Veterans' preference does not apply for other current permanent Federal agency employees NOTE: Designated Drug-Testing Position: Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received. NOTE: Incomplete applications will not be considered NOTE: Current and former Federal employees must submit copies of their most recent SF-50, (Notice of Personnel Action). The SF-50 must identify the position title, series, grade, step, tenure and type of service (competitive or Excepted). In some cases, more than one SF-50 may be required to show a higher grade previously held.

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Selectee may be required to work at any Boston Healthcare System campus, as needed.
Relocation Authorized
  • No

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment physical examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Designated Drug Testing Position
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

(From the VA Handbook 5005) BASIC REQUIREMENTS: (1) Citizenship. Citizen of the United States.

(2) Education. 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 degrees.


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. (3) 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.

(4) English Language Proficiency. MSAs must be proficient in spoken and written English.

GRADE DETERMINATION: GS-7 Staff Physical Therapist (a) Experience, Education and Licensure. None beyond basic requirements. Candidates at this level may have a baccalaureate degree from an approved program prior to the Commission of Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) January 1, 2002 decision. GS-9 Staff Physical Therapist (a) Education, Experience and Licensure. In addition to meeting the basic requirements, candidates must have 1 year of post degree progressively responsible experience equivalent to the next lower grade or a master's degree in physical therapy or a directly related field. In addition, candidates must fully demonstrate the knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics (KSAOs) in subparagraph (b) below. (b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other Characteristics (KSAOs) 1. Knowledge of anatomy, physiology, physics, kinesiology, psychology, pathophysiology and surgical procedures as they relate to human function. 2. Knowledge of and ability to apply clinically appropriate assessment techniques and treatment interventions to address human pathophysiology and dysfunction. 3. Ability to communicate, both orally and in writing, with patients, families, caregivers, and other healthcare professions. 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 to meeting the KSAOs described at the GS-9 level, the candidate must fully demonstrate the KSAOs in subparagraph (b) below. (b) Demonstrated KSAOs 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. 4. Skill in utilizing appropriate screening and evaluation techniques required to appropriately provide direct patient care. 5. Knowledge of clinical signs and symptoms to make appropriate referrals for further medical attention/assessment as indicated. NOTE: Narrative responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) will be required from the selectee in order to proceed with the appointment.

PREFERRED EXPERIENCE: Recent experience in treating adult inpatient and outpatient populations and treating adult/geriatric patients with a variety of medical conditions, both simple and complex.

PLEASE NOTE: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: 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: The work involves standing, stooping, lifting (frequently greater than 50 pounds), sitting, pulling, assisting patients in transferring from various devices (bed, W/C, floor, motorized vehicles, mats, etc.). Additionally, moving patient and supplies and pushing patient in their manual or motorized wheelchairs, Additionally, the PT is required to work at a computer workstation to complete his/her documentation of incidents involving patients and the progress in the patient's overall PT program. Occasionally, the PT may need to drive a government vehicle.

The Department of Veteran Affairs must provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities where appropriate.

Security Clearance


Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

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Other Information

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

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

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

This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Salary Range: $57,760.00 to $86,208.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0633-07/11

Promotion Potential: 11

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: U.S. Citizens and current permanent Federal employees of other agencies

Control Number: 472248000

Job Announcement Number: RS-17-PJ-1971391-BU