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Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist

Company: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Harlingen
Posted on: June 6, 2021

Job Description:

Summary

The incumbent will be responsible for implementing Supported Employment best practices. The incumbent will assist, as needed, in training and guidance of others to implement the Supported Employment initiative to other Compensated Work Therapy/Supported Employment (CWT/SE) programs across the Valley Coastal Bend. If you are not a permanent VA or Federal Employee, you should apply under CAZM-11079209-21-JG.

Responsibilities

*** Bargaining Position *** You will serve as a Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist with the Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS) Compensated Work Therapy/Supported Employment (CWT/SE) treatment team. You will recruit, interview, complete assessment, and select suitable Veterans with severe mental illnesses for competitive Supported Employment. The focus is to promote optimal occupational functioning of clients within the community by utilizing appropriate counseling interventions, psychosocial skills training, and development of job placements which match participating veteran's functional level. You will be responsible for implementing Supported Employment best practices; advise the program director on conditions of the local Supported Employment Program, where input is requested; and, evaluate the appropriateness of Veterans for possible entry into CWT/SE programs. Other duties include: Assess the veteran's functional level, motivation, and work potential by interview. Thorough understanding of the functional aspects of psychiatric and physical disabilities, knowledge of the issues in employment of the handicapped and an understanding of the need for career guidance, training and follow-up. Possess knowledge of the employment rights of the handicapped including job modification, special adaptive equipment, affirmative action, and architectural barriers must be applied in referring veterans a transitional/community - based employment program to insure the needs of the handicapped veterans are met. Apply significant professional skill, ingenuity, and knowledge to increase self- sufficiency, motivation, proper work habits, adjustment to work conditions, and independent living skills for job retention. Counsel and guide the client through difficult transitions towards gainful employment and/or obstacles in the adjustment to a job. Help potential employers understand the nature of the client's limitations while maintaining a positive impression of the client's capability to succeed. Implement the vocational rehabilitation program and negotiates approval of any significant modifications to the placement. Evaluate the results of the program and makes sound professional arguments for recommended changes. Reports program progress in accordance with established procedure. Promotion Potential: The selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Alternate schedules may be necessary to meet the needs of the organization.)

Telework: Not Available

Virtual: This is not a virtual position.

Position Description/PD#: Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist~740-0354-0

Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

Qualifications

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 04/27/2021. 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-11 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-9 level. For a GS-9 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-7 level. For a GS-7 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-5 level. 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 as described below: GS-7: Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-5) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include: Experience that provided a knowledge of training practices, techniques, and requirements as they relate to vocational development or rehabilitation; developmental assignments such as interviewing or conferring with individuals, with employers, with officials of training establishments and with others involved in the vocational rehabilitation process. OR, Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have one full year of graduate level education or superior academic achievement (S.A.A.). Major study -- vocational rehabilitation, vocational or educational counseling, or other fields related to the position. (Transcripts required) S.A.A. is based on: 1.class standing: applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, such as the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Business Administration, based on completed courses., 2.grade-point average: a-3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B" or better) as recorded on their official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or b-3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B+" or better) based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum, or 3.honor society membership as outlined by the Association of College Honor Societies. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. OR, Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. You must have a combination of specialized experience and graduate level education. (Transcripts required) GS-9 Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-7) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include: training and fitting handicapped individuals to the requirements of regularly established kinds of work which they can perform despite their handicap; Recognizes the need for special tools or equipment and arranges for training and/or modification; Familiar with community resources to search for specific job opportunities, entrance-level requirements, wages, hours of work and working conditions. OR, Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have master's or equivalent graduate degree, or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, or LL.B. or J.D., if related. Major study -- vocational rehabilitation, vocational or educational counseling, or other fields related to the position. (Transcripts required) OR, Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. You must have a combination of specialized experience and education beyond a bachelor's degree. (Transcripts required) GS-11: Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-9) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include: Work that required obtaining and applying occupational information for people with disabilities, knowledge of the interrelationships of the involved professional and specialist services, and skill in employing the methodology and techniques of counseling to motivate and encourage individuals served by the program. -Experience that demonstrated knowledge of the vocational rehabilitation problems characteristic of the disabled, including familiarity with available resources and skill in identifying, evaluating, and making effective use of such resources to serve individuals with disabilities; or of the disadvantaged, including knowledge of adjustment problems of the educationally or culturally disadvantaged, familiarity with available adult education and training resources, and ability to recognize problem areas needing special attention. -Experience in vocational guidance or teaching in a recognized vocational rehabilitation program or school, developmental or supervisory work in programs of vocational rehabilitation or training programs for the disadvantaged, or personnel or employment placement work that provided extensive knowledge of the training and adjustment requirements necessary to place persons having disabilities or social adjustment problems. OR, Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related. Major study -- vocational rehabilitation, vocational or educational counseling, or other fields related to the position. (Transcripts required) OR, Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. You must have a combination of specialized experience and education beyond a master's degree. (Transcripts required) You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:

CommunicationCritical ThinkingCustomer ServiceEducation and TrainingTherapy and Counseling

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.

Education

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/. A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. Note: If your school has changed names, or is no longer in existence, you must provide this information in your application. 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: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

Additional Information

Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting and carrying (15-44 pounds); Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking and Standing (up 2 hours); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Hearing (aid permitted). Receiving Service Credit or 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 employee's 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. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed. The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal/VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well-qualified: applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the required competencies of the job. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/. Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position. 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. Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members. For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document. If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

Keywords: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, Harlingen , Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist, Other , Harlingen, Texas

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