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Job Title:School Occupational Therapist

Department:Department of Defense

Agency:Department of Defense Education Activity

Job Announcement Number:13-BRA-143

$52,178.00 to $126,581.00 / School Year

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 to Saturday, September 28, 2013


Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

1 vacancy in the following location:
Fayetteville, NC United StatesView Map

US Citizens and Status Candidates


Do you want to work for an exciting educational organization, with the children of our
dedicated U.S. Military members? Our mission is to provide an exemplary education
that inspires and prepares all students for success in a dynamic, global environment.
Come work for the Department of Defense Education Activity, Domestic Dependent
Elementary and Secondary Schools!

The Department of Defense Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools
(DDESS) is currently accepting applications under examining authority of 10 U.S.C.,
Section 2164, for the above position in DDESS Schools.

Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) is a DoD Field Activity responsible
for the oversight of two school systems, the Department of Defense Dependents
Schools (DoDDS) and the Department of Defense Domestic Dependent Elementary &
Secondary Schools (DDESS). DoDEA employs more than 15,000 individuals
responsible for educating approximately 90,000 students in 12 foreign countries,
seven states, Guam, and Puerto Rico. The mission of DoDEA is to provide a quality
education from pre-kindergarten through grade twelve for the eligible minor family
members of DoD military and civilian personnel on official assignments.


* You must be a U.S. Citizen to be considered for this position
* A background/suitability investigation/determination is required.


The purpose of this position is to develop, disseminate, and evaluate programs and procedures for occupational therapy and assessment, review therapy goals and plans for each qualified individual, supervise and coordinate the occupational therapy program. Plans, develops, and organizes long and short range goals, objectives, lesson plans, and daily class work in a manner that will ensure adequate coverage within the time frame allotted for the discipline content and skills required to meet approved course outlines and curriculum objectives of the school system. Conducts classroom instruction using modern professional teaching principles, practices and techniques appropriate to the subject matter or grade level(s) of assignment. Maintains a keen awareness of student progress. Determines the need for, develops, and follows through on individual learning programs for students who are having common learning difficulties. Exercises continuous surveillance over the educational welfare of assigned students by working with school counselors, specialists, administrators, and/or school psychologists to resolving learning and behavioral problems of students. Maintains individual and class records. Counsels students on their progress in meeting the goals and objectives established for the class and/or the individual student. Meets and deals independently with other teachers, parents, and guardians concerning student progress and/or problems. Participates in committee activities to review, evaluate, and develop educational materials which will improve the education program or the climate of' the school. May be required to supervise students during outside activities, in the lunchroom, during bus arrivals and departures, etc.


Applicants must have completed successfully (1) an occupational therapy curriculum approved by the American Occupational Therapy Association at the time the curriculum was completed, and (2) the clinical affiliation requirements prescribed by the school.

The curriculum may have been a bachelor's degree program, a post-baccalaureate certificate program, or an entry-level master's degree program.

NOTE: Applications should be submitted/finalized as soon as possible as referrals will be made from those completed applications on hand at the time of referral, which may be before the closing date of the announcement.


Your application will initially be reviewed to determine whether you meet the minimum eligibility and qualification requirements. Candidates who meet minimum requirements will be further evaluated based on work experiences, education, skills, and training as they relate to the position being filled. Recency of work experiences, education, skills, and training as related to modern teaching techniques will be a factor in evaluating candidates. When describing work experiences, specific grade level and subject matter taught should be indicated on the application.


Working for the Deparment of Defense Education Activity offers a comprehensive
benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life
insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement
System. The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the
major benefits offered to most Federal employees. To find out more click here


Positions under this announcement will be filled by appointment in the Excepted Service.

If you are selected for this position and are not a current DDESS employee, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS 'E-Verify' system. Federal law requires DDESS to use the E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. Under this system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies within eight (8) Federal government work days as a condition of continued employment.

Condition of Employment: Selectee will be required to participate in Direct Deposit/Electronic Fund Transfer as a condition of employment, reassignment, or promotion, in accordance with DoD Regulation 7000.14-R.

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