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Recreation Assistant (Tai Chi/Qigong)

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Department Of Veterans Affairs San Antonio , TX 78245

Posted 2 months ago

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HelpDuties Summary

The position is located at a Department of Veterans Affairs VHA Medical Center, and serves as a Recreation Assistant working to implement the objectives of the Integrative Health Coordinating Center and the VHA Office of Patient-Centered Care and Cultural Transformation.

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Major Duties

  • Prepares and sets up Tai Chi and/or Qigong setting and equipment to support scheduled events and activities.

  • Develops marketing requests and advertising efforts for special events to encourage participation in Tai Chi and/or Qigong programs. Recommends additions, deletions, or changes to facility rules and operating procedures.

  • Reviews and recommends changes concerning the effectiveness of ongoing recreational programs from the standpoint of participant response, resources, unforeseen developments, and program objectives.

  • Works independently when addressing a variety of Tai Chi and/or Qigong related administrative problems or situations.

  • Conducts regular inventories of equipment and supplies including educational materials.

  • Turns in items and completes necessary documentation to maintain accountability.

  • Conducts regular inspections of equipment and initiates and tracks work orders to repair equipment.

  • Compiles, prepares, and submits records, reports and requests concerning participation, material and equipment purchases, and inventories.

  • Ensures that all supply and equipment requirements are identified/justified and requested through proper channels.

  • Combines breathing techniques, posture, and movement instruction appropriate for the level of the class.

  • Provides simple accurate instruction in the areas of Tai Chi and/or Qigong such as verbal, kinesthetic or visual cues to correct body alignment during various movements.

  • Prepares class format and content appropriate for the type of class and level of participants.

  • Records attendance at classes in medical records, noting any precautions or clinically relevant outcomes.

  • Participates in meetings as necessary to report on progress and receive feedback on patients, programs and interventions.

  • Maintains privacy of patients

  • Provides written instruction for 'at home' and 'self care' practices suggested in class.

  • Communicates potential contraindications for every pose and practice.

  • If participating in clinical research follows appropriate protocols and collaborates with the research team.

  • Asks permission every time to touch/ adjust someone during a class

Work Schedule: Monday - Fridays 8:00 - 4:30 pm. Some evenings and weekends.

Telework: Not Available

Virtual: This is not a virtual position.

Position Description/PD#: 671-3827-O

Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential

  • Job family (Series)
    0189 Recreation Aid And Assistant

  • Requirements

HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job

  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

  • You may be required to serve a probationary period

  • Subject to background/security investigation

  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 10/11/2018.

Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-06 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-05. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment.

You may qualify based on your experience and/or education

  • Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-05 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: Knowledge of the concepts, principles, and practices of therapeutic recreation; Ability to plan and implement recreational activities and outings; Requires familiarity with the physical and mental capabilities, emotional and psychological considerations, and interests of individuals for whom recreational activities are planned; Knowledge of general exercise programs and exercise equipment and safety factors in demonstrating and observing use of exercise equipment.. OR,
  • Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have a graduate education or an internship that meets the specialized experience directly related to the work of the position. OR,
  • Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. You must have an combination of specialized experience and education beyond the graduate level. (Note: To combine education and experience, first determine how much of the qualifying experience and education you have, as a percentage of what is required for each. Add the percentages together, and if the total is 100% or more, then the combined education and experience is qualifying for the position.) Equivalent combinations of successfully completed graduate education (beyond the master's degree) and specialized experience may be used to meet total experience.

You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:

  • Computer Skills

  • Customer Service

  • Planning and Evaluating

  • Production and Processing

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.

Physical Requirements:
Heavy lifting 45 pounds and over, Moderate lifting 15-44 pounds, Light lifting under 15 pounds, Heavy carrying 45 pounds and over, Moderate carrying 15-44 pounds, Light carrying under 15 pounds, Straight pulling 2 hrs, Pushing, 3 hrs, Reaching above shoulders, Use of fingers, Both hands required, Walking 3 hrs, Standing 3 hrs, Repeated bending 1 hr, Climbing use of legs and arms, Both legs required, Operation of crane, truck, tractor, or motor vehicle, Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to jaeger 1 to 4, Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other, Depth perception, Ability to distinguish basic colors, Ability to distinguish shades of colors, Hearing ( aid permitted), and Mental and Emotional stability.


A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. 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.

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Recreation Assistant (Tai Chi/Qigong)

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Department Of Veterans Affairs