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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physical Therapist - VISN Program Coordinator in United States

Summary The incumbent serves at the VISN REC ICC level as the assigned VISN staff program manager and is responsible for VISN oversight of multiple programs including but not limited to general rehabilitation therapy and SCI/D services. This position can be filled be series 0631, 0633, or 0665. See Hiring Path Clarification Text. Responsibilities Major duties include, but are not limited to: The incumbent has supervisory experience and may provide direct supervision to a limited number of VISN 23 REC staff who lead related programs. The incumbent leads expansion of VISN 23 REC rehabilitation, SCI/D and tele-rehabilitation associated programs. The incumbent is responsible for policy and procedure development within VISN 23 REC ICC. The incumbent remains current with evolving national directives and guidelines and ensures VISN 23 implementation and ongoing compliance. The incumbent provides the VISN REC ICC oversight for CARF accreditation and survey monitoring. The incumbent guides directive compliance regarding when CARF accreditation is required by any REC ICC program within VISN 23. The incumbent will coordinate and lead VISN 23 REC ICC surveys for rehabilitation and SCI/D programming through incorporation into the existing mock survey and routine site visit structures. The incumbent holds competencies and/or certification in data analytics and, working with the REC HSS, is responsible for oversight of the national metrics, programmatic key performance indicators and patient outcomes of all assigned programs. The incumbent is responsible for communication of status to leadership throughout the VISN as appropriate. The incumbent works both independently and as part of the REC team to perform program cost analysis for all assigned programs and assists across the VISN23 REC ICC with program cost and make-buy analysis. The incumbent is responsible for action planning to ensure VISN and national expectations are met. The incumbent will facilitate systems redesign and quality improvement projects to optimize VISN 23 practices and lead both formal/chartered and informal workgroups to assist with sharing and standardizing best practices across VISN 23 REC ICC Communities of Practice. The incumbent assists with development and implementation of programs, policies, and procedures to meet goals, policy and accreditation requirements. Administrative/Program Management: The incumbent is assigned both administrative management and supervisory responsibilities within the VISN 23 REC ICC contributing to the fulfillment of the VHA health care system's mission and vision. The incumbent provides leadership and guidance on staffing, resource allocation, policy, procedures, education, and patient care. The incumbent supports the top management team in REC and is responsible for the administrative planning, organization, development, direction and evaluation for assigned REC ICC program. Incumbent develops a care coordination system that will facilitate care throughout the VISN and region. The incumbent monitors outcomes for assigned programs. The incumbent is responsible for formal and informal reporting in both writing and through verbal reports or presentations as needed to update and advise facility, VISN or VACO leadership. Quality Assurance and Reporting: The incumbent selects, and monitors quality and performance measures for process improvement and patient satisfaction; completes advanced data mining from national and local databases and warehouses; reviews and analyzes various reports and complex data, completes trend analysis relating to quality improvement to ensure desired outcomes; monitors clinical services' compliance with the standards of external bodies and accrediting agencies; and recommends remedial action. The incumbent compiles final reports related to these monitors, conducts workload studies and revises statistical information to determine if the program goals are being met. Communicates key performance indicators and other stakeholder driven results to appropriate parties and determines action plans for improvement and guides the implementation of change. Responds to National program needs and local program needs for quality assurance and reporting. Program Analysis: Based on conditions and factors that relate to the subject program and related programs, determines what information is required and collects from many sources. Reviews information, reconciles conflicting data, and devises new or modified methods to analyze findings. The incumbent develops recommendations and proposals. The incumbent provides analysis and advice on complex program issues. Relevant information is collected from many varied sources some of which are difficult to access. New analytical techniques are devised to evaluate findings. Work Schedule: Administrative Day/Hours Telework: This position is expected to be on-site and telework will be approved within VISN policy Virtual: Preferred location is Eagan, MN, but candidates can be located at other VISN 23 facility. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. English Language Proficiency: Per VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, Section A, Paragraph 3j: No person will be appointed under authority of 38 U.S.C., chapter 73 or 74, to serve in a direct patient-care capacity in VHA who is not proficient in written and spoken English. Licensure Requirement: Applicant must hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to Physical Therapy in a State, Territory or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia. Education Requirement: (1) Bachelor's degree in Physical Therapy AND five (5) years of progressively independent experience as a physical therapist. OR (2) Master's degree in Physical Therapy AND two (2) years of progressively independent experience as a physical therapist. OR (3) Doctorate degree in physical therapy. Prior to 1995 the terminal degree for PT's was either a bachelors or master's degree. In 1995 CAPTE accredited all baccalaureate, master's, and Doctor of Physical Therapy terminal degree programs. Effective 2002, CAPTE changed its scope of accrediting activities of PT education programs to include only those programs that culminate in post-baccalaureate degrees(eliminating the baccalaureate degree). Effective 2015, professional physical therapy education programs have only offered the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree to all new students. NOTE: Individuals must be a graduate of a Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) accredited college or university. 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) at Specialized Experience Requirement: This position is at the Grade of GS-14. You must have completed one (1) year of experience equivalent to the Grade GS-13 directly related to the position being filled on the closing date of this announcement. Physical Therapists applying for this position must demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: GS-14 Physical Therapist (VISN Program Coordinator) 1. Knowledge of and skill in management/administration, consultation, negotiation and compliance. 2. Advanced knowledge in the specialty program with application to interdisciplinary team function, goals and outcomes across multiple areas of practice. 3. Ability to serve as a consultant and liaison to local, regional or national coordinators and/or national program offices as well as other providers regarding the delivery of rehabilitation care within the specialty program area. 4. Demonstrates ability to serve as facilitator and/or negotiator in coordinating program initiatives among local, regional or national coordinators and interdisciplinary teams to improve quality of care for patients. Ability to evaluate, monitor and report on the status and progress of the specialty programs within the region. 5. Ability to develop and coordinate treatment programs within the specialty field nationally or within the region. References: PHYSICAL THERAPIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD GS-0633 VA HANDBOOK 5005/99 PART II APPENDIX G12 Physical Requirements: See VA Handbook 5019 Education IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application. 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. For further information, visit: Additional Information This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 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. Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members. If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.