The staff Speech-Language Pathologist position is located in the Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Service of the VA Northern California Health Care System (VANCHCS). The work location for this vacancy is in Redding, CA. Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. 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. Physical Standards. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019. Language: Pharmacy technicians appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English Education: A master's degree or its equivalent in speech-language pathology, communication disorders, or a directly related field from an accredited college or university. "Accredited" means a college or university recognized by a regional accreditation organization and a speech-language pathology academic program recognized by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Applicants may qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria). Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates. GS-12 Staff Speech-Language Pathologist (Full Performance Level) Education and Experience. Completion of 1 year of professional experience comparable to the next lower level and possession of a full, current, and unrestricted license to practice speech-language pathology. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: Ability to develop coherent treatment strategies. Ability to incorporate new clinical procedures sufficient to perform clinical services independently. Ability to conduct assessments, provide treatment interventions, and provide consultation to other health care professionals. Knowledge of instrumentation used in speech-language pathology. Knowledge of principles and techniques used in alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) systems, diagnosis and treatment of dysphagia, and cognitive-communication disorders. Knowledge of principles and techniques used in voice disorders including alaryngeal and trach/ventilator-dependent patient; and Ability to perform functions associated with contemporary speech-language pathology practice. References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/39 PART II APPENDIX G30 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. Physical Requirements: Light lifting and carrying, up to 15 pounds. May be reaching above shoulders. Requires walking standing, hearing (aid permitted), and repetitive computer use. ["Major duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to the following: Completes independent diagnostic assessment and evaluation of cases that are referred to the Speech-Language Pathology Section without limitation as to difficulty or complexity. Conducts interviews with the patients and appropriate family members or friends; and to select, administer and interpret the diagnostic test results necessary to detect and evaluate the presence of a speech, language, voice, fluency, communicative, cognitive, and/or swallowing disorder. Assesses patient conditions from examination, observation and consultation with other members of an interdisciplinary health care team. Uses diagnostic and evaluative procedures and techniques consistent with contemporary speech-language pathology practice. Develops an appropriate plan of care and delivering treatment as designed and consistent with principles of evidence-based practice. Documents evaluation and treatment actions and outcomes in appropriate formats in a timely manner, in accordance with facility policy, and completing all related administrative tasks, and Reports the findings to Veterans and their families, and to professional colleagues. Plans, conducts, coordinates, and monitors the effectiveness and clinical outcomes of patient-centered treatment and rehabilitative services to maximize and restore physical and social functioning to the greatest extent possible. Treatment may be provided to individuals or to a group of Veterans, led either by the incumbent independently or by the incumbent in collaboration with other related professionals. Serves as a consultant to other facility personnel involving the most difficult and complex cases and is a recognized subject matter expert on matters related to speech, language, voice, fluency, cognitive-communicative disorders, and swallowing disorders. Performs other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Typically Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM\nTelework: Not available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position\nFunctional Statement #: 0000 - Speech-Language Pathologist\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required Qualified candidates will be referred in the order received in USA Staffing. Cutoff dates to refer qualified candidates are as follows or as needed: April 13, 2022 April 27, 2022 May 11, 2022 May 25, 2022 June 8, 2022 June 22, 2022"]
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.
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