This position is located in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Health Administration (VHA), at the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center (VAMC) in the Community Engagement and Reintegration Services Department-CRRC program. This position serves as Recreation Therapy Assistant aiding in implementing the Recreation Therapy program for patients with disabilities within the Greater Los Angeles VA Healthcare System (GLA).
Major duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Provides assistance in implementing the Recreation Therapy program for Veterans with disabilities and/or impairments as assigned.
Provides a full range of recreational activities to Veterans including homeless Veterans and Veterans at risk of being homeless.
Works with Veterans who have a variety of illness, disease and/or disabling conditions with varying degrees of impairment.
Assists in planning and implementing progressive treatment activities and recreation programs utilizing appropriate motivational and leadership approaches in both clinical and community settings.
Other related duties as assigned.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Position Description Title/PD#: Recreation Assistant/104820
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 http://www.vacareers.va.gov/"
This position is covered by AFGE bargaining unit. Per the AFGE Master Agreement, the Area of Consideration will be:
First Facility-wide (including satellites) Best Qualified Candidates.
Second Any promotion candidate or candidate required to compete from other VA facilities.
Third All other candidates.
Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Contact the Agency Contact on the last page of the JOA for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.
For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.
Qualifications & Evaluations
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
Specialized Experience: Applicants must have One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-04) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to:
Group leader, counselor, or similar work in public and private recreation programs for adults or children such as summer camps, local playgrounds, YWCA and YMCA clubs, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, urban community centers, or resort recreational activities;
Teacher’s Aid in elementary school recreation or physical education program, with emphasis on development of general recreational skills and abilities;
Aid or assistant assignments in recreation while on active military service;
Aid or assistant in the organization and administration of recreation activities, such as preparing activities calendars, maintaining attendance records, and providing information concerning schedules and activities;
Summer aid in a State or national park, with duties related to the recreational activities of visitors to campsites, trails, picnic areas, nature and raft centers, and boating and fishing areas (e.g., demonstrating camping techniques and park safety, conducting nature tours, and overseeing farm animal areas provided for children);
Sales or stock clerk in a recreation supplies and equipment shop;
Aid or assistant in the issuance of authorized property, and in the maintenance of inventory control and accountability for such property in a recreation facility;
Aid or assistant in a hotel or resort recreation service, with duties such as setting up areas for games, tournaments, and other organized group recreational activities.
Applicants may substitute education for the experience required for the GS-05 level which requires successful completion of a 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor’s degree with major study or at least 24 semester hours in courses related to recreation or physical education.
Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at the GS-05 level. To calculate, first identify the percentage of required education you have earned (when substituting, you cannot use the first 60 semester hours that you earned). Then identify the percentage of required experience you possess. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify at the GS-05. For example, an applicant who has 9 semester hours of graduate level education (i.e. 50% of graduate education required) and 6 months of creditable specialized experience (i.e. 50% of the required experience) would equal 100% of the required experience for the position
A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
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. IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
You will be rated on the following competencies based on your application for this position.
Competency 1 Recreation therapy treatment techniques.
Competency 2 - Comprehend and implement treatment plan.
Competency 3 - Cultural competence.
Competency 4 - Communication skills.
Competency 5 - Managing crisis and emergency situations.
Competency 6 - Group facilitation skills.
Competency 7 - Professional development and workplace skills.
If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.
Your rsum and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.
Benefits & Other Info
VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/benefits/index.asp.
VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.
Location/Region: Los Angeles, CA (US)