Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor US Department of Veterans Affairs US Department of Veterans Affairs 6,480 reviews

    Duties

    Summary

    Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors (VRCs) provide and coordinate a wide range of rehabilitation, counseling, and case management services to disabled veterans and other eligible individuals. The primary emphasis of the Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation Program is on achieving an employment outcome for the veteran.

    Responsibilities

    Major Duties:

    Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors (VRCs) provide and coordinate a wide range of rehabilitation, counseling, and case management services to disabled veterans and other eligible individuals. The principle duties of the incumbent include performing initial rehabilitation evaluations, entitlement determinations, rehabilitation planning, problem-solving counseling, adjustment counseling, case management including coordination of all rehabilitation services, case documentation, employment services, and administration and interpretation of vocation testing when appropriate. The VRC assists the veteran in exploring and identifying rehabilitation needs, goals, and objectives. The incumbent also provides individual and group counseling sessions to provide information and assistance with the program considering complete personal history, vocational and educational history, collection of data on limitations imposed by the veteran's disability, abilities, aptitudes and interests. The incumbent serves as a Disabled Transition Assistance Program (DTAP) coordinator for military service members with a service-connected disability. Provides a problem-solving counsel to a diverse adult population with a wide range of disabilities, supervising the veteran through his/her program of rehabilitation services, providing supportive guidance and counseling as needed. VRCs also provide case management services, which include coordination of rehabilitation services, documentation of progress and adjustment, and maintenance of case records according to VA regulations.

    Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors (VRCs) provide and coordinate a wide range of rehabilitation, counseling, and case management services to disabled veterans and other eligible individuals. The primary emphasis of the Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation Program is on achieving an employment outcome for the veteran. Duties are divided between counseling duties and case management and include, but are not limited to:

    • Performs initial rehabilitation evaluations, entitlement determinations, rehabilitation planning, problem-solving counseling, adjustment counseling, case management including coordination of all rehabilitation services, case documentation, employment services, and administration and interpretation of vocation testing when appropriate;
    • Assists the veteran in exploring and identifying rehabilitation needs, goals, and objectives;
    • Provides individual and group counseling sessions to provide information and assistance with the program considering complete personal history, vocational and educational history, collection of data on limitations imposed by the veteran's disability, abilities, aptitudes and interests;
    • Serves as a Disabled Transition Assistance Program (DTAP) coordinator for military service members with a service-connected disability;
    • Provides a problem-solving counsel to a diverse adult population with a wide range of disabilities, supervising the veteran through his/her program of rehabilitation services, providing supportive guidance and counseling as needed;
    • Provides case management services, which include coordination of rehabilitation services, documentation of progress and adjustment, and maintenance of case records according to VA regulations.

    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 GS-09, GS-11, GS-12.

    Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm
    Compressed/Flexible: Available
    Telework: Not Available
    Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
    Position Description: Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor PD#: 38544A, 38543A, 38542A

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel – You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    12 – GS-09/11/12

  • Job family (Series)

    0101 Social Science

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  • Requirements

    Requirements

    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
    • FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE REPORT: Required

    Qualifications

    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.

    If you are a current VBA employee outside of the commuting area seeking reassignment or change to lower grade via this vacancy announcement, you must currently hold a GS-09 grade level or higher, and the promotion potential of your current position must be at least GS-12.

    • For a GS-09 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-07 level.
    • For a GS-11 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-09 level.
    • For a GS-12 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-11 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.

    INDIVIDUAL OCCUPATIONAL REQUIREMENT (IOR): There is an Individual Occupational Requirement that must be met to be found minimally qualified for this series, please read the requirement description carefully.

    • A master's degree in rehabilitation counseling that included an internship; OR
    • A master's degree in counseling psychology (or related field) that included an internship in rehabilitation counseling and was supplemented by at least 30 semester hours of course work in a majority of the following areas (coursework MUST have an emphasis on vocational rehabilitation counseling): foundations of rehabilitation counseling, human growth and development, counseling theories and techniques, vocational assessment, career development, job placement, case management, and medical/psycho-social aspects of disability; OR
    • A master's degree listed in 1 or 2 WITHOUT a rehabilitation counseling internship. Where the internship was substituted for professional experience following completion of the master's degree. [Experience suitable for substitution must be one full year in direct delivery of vocational rehabilitation services to adults with disabilities in rehabilitation programs, other than those in correctional facilities. The experience or internship/practicum must have been supervised by a professional in vocational rehabilitation or a closely related professional field that typically has oversight for vocational rehabilitation programs.]

    MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIREMENTS: You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below:

    GS-09 Grade Level: There are no additional qualification requirements at this grade level.

    GS-11 Grade Level:

    • Specialized Experience: Applicants must have One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-09) performing the following duties: One year of post-master's degree professional vocational rehabilitation counseling experience, equivalent to the GS-9 level. OR
    • Education Substitution: Successful completion of 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education or have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in rehabilitation counseling or counseling psychology. OR
    • Equivalent combinations of Specialized Experience and Graduate Education: A combination of specialized experience as described in A, and more than two years but less than three years of education as described in B. (To compute the percentage, divide your total months of qualifying experience by 12. Then divide your semester hours of graduate education beyond two years by 18. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify.) NON-QUALIFYING EXPERIENCE: Vocational rehabilitation experience obtained prior to completion of the requirements for the master's degree is not qualifying. If one year of work experience is credited for the Basic Requirement, that year cannot also be used for qualifying at the GS-11 level.

    GS-12 Grade Level:

    • Specialized Experience: In addition to the experience required at the GS-11 level, applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience performing the following duties: Direct delivery of vocational rehabilitation services to adults with disabilities in rehabilitation programs, other than those in correctional facilities.

    Physical Requirements: This position is primarily sedentary with some walking, standing, bending, and/or carrying lightweight items.

    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.

    For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at http://://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/.

    Education

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

    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

    VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.

    The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced 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 (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. 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

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

    You will be rated on the following competencies based on your application for this position:

    • Rehabilitation Counseling – Knowledge of diagnosis and treatment of physical and mental limitations. Knowledge of the concepts, principles, and theories of human behavior and performance in vocational contexts.
    • Workload Management -Knowledge of Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) Workload management principles, strategies, and techniques required for effectively planning, implementing, and evaluating workload in the VR&E organization.
    • Assessment and Counseling – Knowledge of the concepts, principles, and theories of human behavior and performance in various contexts, mental processes, including knowledge of different diagnostic assessment processes used in vocational, educational, rehabilitation, or personal adjustment counseling and effect of disabilities on employability.
    • Written Communication – writes in a clear, concise, organized and convincing manner for the intended audience.
    • Oral Communication – Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.
    • Technical Credibility – Understands and appropriately applies a large body of vocational rehabilitation laws, rules, principles, procedures, requirements, policies, and regulations related to specialized experience, including ability to develop a written plan of vocational rehabilitation.
    • Teamwork -Encourages and facilitates cooperation, pride, trust, and group identity; fosters commitment and team spirit; works with others to achieve goals, including the ability to function effectively working as a Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment team member.

    Narrative responses are not required at this time. If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Other

    Drug test required

    No

    Position sensitivity and risk

    Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

    Trust determination process

    Suitability/Fitness

  • Required Documents

    Required Documents

    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

    • License
    • Resume
    • Transcript
    • Resume detailing your specialized experience and competencies as they relate to this position
      • For each position in your resume, you must specify the start and end dates (month/year) and a description of duties. If the position was Federal, you must also indicate the grade level. Resumes containing a general summary of all positions held, not specifying start/end dates, and/or not including Federal grade level(s) are insufficient to determine basic qualifications.
    • SF-50 must indicate proof of eligibility to apply and should identify your position title, series, grade, step, salary, tenure and type of service (Competitive or Excepted).
      • To verify you meet Time-in-Grade requirements, also submit a SF-50 reflecting when you entered your highest grade held (e.g. Promotion, Appointment, etc.).
    • Veterans Preference documents if applicable.
    • Transcripts if using education to qualify.
    • If claiming CTAP eligibility:
      • Your official notice from the VA to support your CTAP eligibility
      • Copy of your most recent Annual Performance Appraisal
      • Copy of your most recent SF-50 (do not submit an award SF-50)
    • Military Spouse: A copy of your marriage license and either your spouse's 1) active duty orders, 2) 100% disability rating, or 3) documentation of death during active duty.

    The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.

    • DD-214/ Statement of Service
    • Disability Letter (Schedule A)
    • Disability Letter (VA)
    • License
    • Other (1)
    • Other (2)
    • Professional Certification
    • Proof of Marriage Status
    • Resume
    • Separation Notice (RIF)
    • SF-15
    • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
    • Transcript

    Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. 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 http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

  • Benefits

    Benefits

    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

    Review our benefits

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

Help

This job is open to

  • Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)

    Federal employees who meet the definition of a "surplus" or "displaced" employee.

  • Federal employees – Competitive service

    Current or former competitive service federal employees.

  • Federal employees – Excepted service

    Current excepted service federal employees.

  • Individuals with disabilities

  • Military spouses

  • Veterans

Clarification from the agency

This vacancy is open ONLY to status candidates and non-competitive eligible(s) in the local, Salt Lake City, UT commuting area. Veterans eligible under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) and current permanent VBA employees holding the grade of GS-09 or higher and seeking non-competitive reassignment/change to lower grade need not to live in the local commuting area to be considered.

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