The primary purpose of this position is to provide recreational activities that support one or more recreational activities for VA patients at VA St. Louis Health Care System. To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 12/09/2022. Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-05 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-04 grade level. For a GS-06 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-05 grade level.. . The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one-year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one-year time-in-grade. Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment. You may qualify based on your experience and/or education s described below: Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: work as an assistant to one of the specialized therapies such as occupational, physical, manual arts, corrective, or educational therapy; or experience gained as an assistant or aid in patient care, social work, or psychology where the duties involved actual participation in physical medicine and activities of a hospital or clinic.. OR, Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify at the GS-5 based on education you must have 4-year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with courses related to the occupation. There is not educational substitution for the GS-6 grade, you must of the experience listed above OR, Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. You must have an combination of specialized experience and education.. You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position: Accountability Clerical Customer Service Technical Competence Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment. Physical Requirements: The work involves regular and recurring physical exertion, such as prolonged walking or standing, bending, moderately heavy lifting or moving of equipment, pushing wheelchairs, positioning severely disabled patients, transferring from bed to wheelchair and assisting patients in ambulation. The work requires specific common physical characteristics and abilities, such as above average agility and dexterity. The position requires physical fitness and swimming skills necessary to maintain certification as a Lifeguard. For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/. ["Major duties include: Incumbent supports a wide range of programs and activities in physical fitness, rehabilitation activities, and/or recreational activities. Recommends recreational activities in collaboration with professional staff. Assures that facilities and equipment are prepared and set-up to support scheduled events and activities. Provides instructions to veterans on the safe use of exercise equipment; provide transportation for off station recreational outings; ensures the safety of patients during all activities on and off station; uses good judgment and tact when confronted with problems arising between people in the community and any veteran. Cultivates a cooperative interrelationship between patients, family members, and VA medical center staff. Provides informal input to the supervisor concerning pertinent topics to meet facility or patient needs. Coordinates with other staff members concerning the use of the facilities for activities and develops and maintains a calendar of programs and activities. For special events, develops marketing requests and advertising efforts to encourage participation in programs. Recommends additions, deletions, or changes to facility rules and operating procedures. Takes actions consistent with the objectives of the recreational function served. Reviews and recommends changes concerning the effectiveness of ongoing recreational programs from the standpoint of participant response, resources, unforeseen developments, and program objectives. Works independently when addressing a variety of recreational or related administrative problems or situations. Conducts regular inventories of equipment and supplies. Turns in items and completes necessary documentation to maintain accountability. As assigned, the work may include purchasing supplies, equipment and other materials utilizing prescribed purchasing guidelines and procedures; attends to budgetary matters when needed. Conducts regular inspections of equipment and initiates and tracks work orders to repair equipment. Compiles, prepares, and submits records, reports and requests concerning participation, material and equipment purchases, and inventories. Ensures that all supply and equipment requirements are identified/justified and requested through proper channels. Complies with established internal controls to ensure efficient and effective use of financial resources. Other duties as assigned Promotion Potential: The selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level. Duty Station: This position is located at the Jefferson Barracks division, but may be changed to any other VASTLHCS location based on the needs of the medical center. Work Schedule: 0800-1630 M-F (Weekends and Holidays as needed) Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#: Therapy Assistant/Lifeguard/PD000000"]
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.