This position is located in the Audiology & Speech Pathology Service at the Chalmers P. Wylie Veterans Outpatient Clinic, Columbus, Ohio. The duties and responsibilities are carried out throughout the clinic including all clinical and other patient care areas involved with the service.
Work Schedule: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
The speech-language pathologist at this level plans, conducts, and coordinates all aspects of diagnostic assessments and evaluations and therapeutic and rehabilitative services for speech, language, voice, fluency, cognitive, and swallowing disorders. Major duties include:
Independent diagnostic assessment and evaluation of cases that are referred for Speech Pathology Services without limitation as to difficulty or complexity;
Conducts interviews with the patients and appropriate family members and/or friends, selects, administers and interprets the diagnostic test necessary to detect and evaluate any type of speech, language, voice and/or swallowing disorders;
Utilizes all diagnostic and evaluative procedures common to speech pathology;
Keeps up-to-date with all new developments in speech pathology by reading professional journals and by communicating with other professionals in their field;
Assesses patient condition from close observation and consultation with other members of the patient treatment team;
Develops plans for a course of therapy to resolve or minimize speech-related communication conditions that present serious problems to social contacts, educational development or employment opportunities;
Administers tests of voice and speech; phonetic analysis of speech designed to identify and evaluate patterns of misarticulation, such as distortions and omissions of sounds, as well as phonemic substitutions, including patterns of variation and speech sound articulation; and identification of phonetic and semantic factors related to this variation;
Adjusts treatment plan to patient response and indicators of progress;
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, and swallowing disorders.
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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 a background/security investigation
Must be proficient in written and spoken English
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
United States Citizenship.
A masters degree or equivalent in speech-language pathology, communication disorders, or a directly related field from a college or university accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the America Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
Full, current, and unrestricted license in a State, Territory, Commonwealth, or the District of Columbia.
English Language Proficiency.
GS-12 requires completion of 1 year professional experience comparable to the next lower level and possession of a full, current and unrestricted license to practice speech-language pathology.
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12.
VA regulations and VA Handbook 5005, Appendix G30, Speech-Language Pathologist Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.
Light lifting, under 15 pounds; light carrying, under 15 pounds; use of fingers; walking 4 hours; standing 8 hours; kneeling 2 hours; repeated bending 2 hours; depth perception; ability to distinguish basic colors; emotional/mental stability. Environmental factors: dust, slippery or uneven walking surfaces; working closely with others.
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
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This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.
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How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
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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.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
VA Form 2850c
VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at:
The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's, documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).
VA Form 2850c
Other Veterans Document
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You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit .
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