Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Speech Pathologist in Palo Alto, California

Job Overview

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number: 1955578

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.

The VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS) consists of three inpatient facilities located at Palo Alto, Menlo Park, and Livermore, plus seven outpatient clinics in San Jose, Fremont, Capitola, Monterey, Stockton, Modesto, and Sonora. These facilities provide some of the world's finest medical care and cutting-edge technology.

VAPAHCS is a teaching hospital with an affiliation with the Stanford University School of Medicine which provides a rich academic environment including medical training for physicians in virtually all specialties and subspecialties. Our Health Care System operates over 800 beds, including three nursing homes and a 100-bedhomeless domiciliary - all to serve more than 67,000 enrolled Veterans.

You can learn more about VAPAHCS by visiting:

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.

The incumbent for this position may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program. Please contact Human Resources at this medical center and speak with the Education Debt Reduction Program Coordinator for additional information.


NOTE: Declining to be interviews, failure to respond/accept interview attempts, or failure to report for a scheduled interview will be considered as a declination for further consideration for employment against this vacancy.



  • The initial cut-off date is May 26, 2017.

  • Applications will be referred every two weeks thereafter.

  • Applications will remain on file for 3 months.

Work Schedule: 1st Shift 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.


This position is located in the Audiology and Speech Pathology Service at Palo Alto VA Health Care System. Duties and responsibilities are carried out throughout the medical center including all clinical and other patient care areas involved with the service. The Speech-Language Pathology 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. The incumbent must demonstrate professional knowledge of, and skill in applying, a wide range of theories, principles, and methodologies of the practice of Speech-Language Pathology to a wide range of populations.

The major duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Conducts, plans, and coordinates all clinical and administrative aspects of a full range of services associated with contemporary Speech-Language Pathology practice as well as independently performs diagnostic assessment and evaluation of cases that are referred to Speech-Language Pathology without limitation as to difficulty or complexity.

  • Administration of a full range tests of speech, language, voice, fluency, and cognition including modal level and variation of vocal pitch and loudness; variability of the rate of vocal utterance; frequency and complexity of speech dysfluency, etc.

  • 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, fluency, cognitive, and/or swallowing disorders.

  • Responsible for the adequacy of assessment and for the reporting of the findings to other professional workers with whom he/she or other members of the speech-language pathology service may cooperate in formulating diagnostic and clinical judgments; assesses patient condition from close observation and consultation with other members of the inter-disciplinary health care team.

  • 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.

Supervisory Status


Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Who May Apply
This job is open to…

United States Citizens

Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

Basic Requirements:

  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

  • Education or Training. 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 accredited 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). (NOTE: TRANSCRIPTS MUST BE SUBMITTED WITH THE APPLICATION MATERIALS. CONFERRAL OF DEGREE(S) EARNED SHOULD BE PRESENT ON TRANSCRIPT(S). UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT(S) IS OK.)

  • Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

  • English Language Proficiency. Speech-Language Pathologist must be proficient in both spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d).

Licensure Requirement:

  • Speech-Language Pathologist at the Full-Performance level (GS-12) are required to possess licensure. The incumbent must possess a full, current, and unrestricted license to practice Speech-Language Pathology in a State, Territory, Commonwealth, or the District of Columbia. [NOTE: YOU MUST SUBMIT A COPY OF YOUR CURRENT LICENSURE WITH THE APPLICATION PACKAGE AND/OR NOTE YOUR CURRENT LICENSURE NUMBER IN YOUR SUMBITTED DOCUMENTATION]

Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates:

GS-12 Speech Pathologist:

A) Experience:One (1) year of professional experience as a Speech-Language Pathologist equivalent to the next lower level (GS-11) and possession of a full, current and unrestricted license to practice Speech-Language Pathology.


In addition to meeting A above and the requirements at the GS-11 level, the applicant must demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and abilities (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 patients.

  • Ability to perform functions associated with contemporary speech-language pathology practice.

References:VA Handbook 5005/39, Part II, Appendix G30 Speech-Language Pathologist Qualification Standard, dated August 24, 2010,

Note: 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: 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.

Physical Requirements:This position requires walking, standing, and sitting for long periods of time. Incumbent will be climbing stairs, lifting up to 50 pounds, use dexterity of the hand and wrist and arm strength to perform dispensing of medication orders.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

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Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

Other Information

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.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 2017-05-09 to 2017-09-29

Salary: $86,663 to $112,665 / per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 12

Series: 0665 Speech Pathology And Audiology

Appointment type: Excepted Service Permanent

Work schedule: Full Time

Job announcement number: VK-17-FO-1955578-OCA-BU

Control number: 469376000