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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Rehabilitation Technician in Des Moines, Iowa

Summary This Domiciliary Rehabilitation Technician (DRT) position is located in the Domiciliary, a 60-bed residential rehabilitation facility that provides extended care to Veterans with complex alcohol and drug disorders, mental health issues, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The Domiciliary also treats Veterans with psychosocial issues including homelessness and unemployment. The DRTs provide 7day/week, 24 hr/day coverage of the facility on a rotational basis. Responsibilities Duties of this position are, but not limited to: Develops and maintains a therapeutic, professional, helping relationship with residents admitted to the Domiciliary. Provides orientation to new residents by explaining Domiciliary policies/procedures, treatment expectations and goals. Interviews each resident to assess skills, needs, associated activities of daily living, leisure and work interests, personal hygiene, interpersonal communication, etc. Maintains close contact with residents to ensure that their behavior and social adjustments are satisfactory. Oversees assigned Domiciliary floor comprising of 16-24 residents, per floor. Provides individual counseling as needed, applying past experience and knowledge of problems. Appropriately identifies or resolves residents problems or refers them to staff with specific clinical expertise. Makes self accessible to residents and serves as a role model for appropriate behavior. Provides crisis intervention in situations of a medical, psychiatric and/or behavioral nature. Utilizing high degree of independent judgment, promptly assesses the situation and initiates appropriate action to secure medical care or police assistance. Monitors Veterans in the area of substance use by obtaining UAs and breathalyzers per unit policy. Monitors Veterans for signs and symptoms of substance abuse and/or withdrawal from substances and initiates appropriate action to secure medical, clinical and police assistance as needed per policy. Routinely tours the domiciliary unit to ensure a safe and therapeutic environment conducive to recovery of Veterans. Notes building issues in area of cleanliness, repair needs and security issues and follow procedures for notification of EMS, Engineering and Safety per domiciliary policy. Performs regular administrative functions, e.g. processes residents for admit clearance, completes entries in cardex and shift report, completes progress notes. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 7:30am-4:00pm, 3:30pm-midnight, midnight-8:00am Telework: Not available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#: Rehabilitation Technician/PD30165A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 06/21/2021. You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below: Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-4 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience include: Experience that involved the observation of and assistance in the application of techniques relating to behavior, capacities, traits, interests, and activities of either humans or, under laboratory conditions, animals. Experience may have been gained in connection with a program of research or direct services in psychology that gave a practical understanding of some of the principles, methods, and techniques of psychology needed to assist professional psychologists. OR, Education: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with major study or at least 24 semester hours in courses such as psychology, statistics, or other directly related subjects. OR, Combination: A combination of education and specialized experience as described above that meets 100% of the qualification requirements for this position. NOTE: only education in excess of the first 60 semester hours of a course of study leading to a bachelor's degree is creditable toward meeting the specialized experience requirements. Two full academic years of study, or 60 semester hours, beyond the second year is equivalent to 1 year of specialized experience. You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position: Interpersonal SkillsQuality AssuranceTechnical Documentation 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. Preferred Competencies: Broad knowledge of medical conditions and their treatment/care provided. Broad knowledge of mental and psychological dysfunctional states and the treatment provided. Broad knowledge of alcohol and drug dependence, withdrawal, overrode and the rehabilitation process. Broad knowledge of the aging process and its effects upon resident's level of functioning. Culturally competent form of variety of race, age, and social economic situations. Culturally competent in military culture. Knowledge of proper use of procedures and VA equipment used to kill bed bugs. Knows how to operate the AED and perform basic CPR. Knows how to operate the Breathalyzer. Knows how to alert for equipment failure/repairs. Utilizing the above knowledge, the incumbent assesses need for professional intervention of a specific nature, especially at time of crisis, when incumbent observes changes in a resident's functional abilities, behavior or thinking processes. Basic knowledge of counseling methods including motivational interviewing and ability to apply them with individual residents. Knowledge of basic medical terminology for use in preparation of documentation for Veteran's medical record. Knowledge of and skill in utilizing the computer to perform data entry into and retrieve information from VISTA. Knowledge of Mental Health Residential Treatment Program VHA handbook 1162.02 and its future revisions. General knowledge of sanitation methods, materials and techniques and ability to implement them to maintain a clean environment. Knowledge of infection control methods to maintain a healthy and infection free living area. Knowledge of fire safety, emergency and disaster procedures to provide guidance to residents. Knowledge of safe driving techniques and ability to drive VA vehicles. Physical Requirements: Work is carried out mostly in an office. However, incumbent regularly conducts inspections and supervises building cleanup, etc. Overall duties require occasional lifting, carrying 50+ lbs, sitting, standing, walking, climbing stairs, climbing ladders, kneeling, bending, stooping, twisting, pulling/pushing, simple grasping, reading above shoulder. Conditions may also include heat, cold, excess humidity, work with chemicals, dust, noise, driving a vehicle, fire manipulation. For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at Education A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. 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 The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well-qualified: applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the required competencies of the job. Information about CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position. 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. 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. For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document. If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.