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    Duties

    Summary

    ** Current, permanent employees of NF/SG VA Medical Centers/Clinics and all other Department of Veterans Affairs; as well as VA Interchange and CTAP please apply to Announcement number CBDG-10414109-19-AEM **

    The Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC) provides and coordinates case management services to veterans with disabilities and other eligible individuals within the NF/SG Veterans Health System.

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    Responsibilities

    Principle duties include performing initial evaluations; entitlement determinations; rehabilitation planning; problem-solving, counseling; case management, coordination of all vocational rehabilitation services, job development, case documentation, and other employment services as needed.

    • Assist veterans in exploring and identifying vocational rehabilitation needs, goals, and objectives, identification of transferable skills and strengths necessary for rehabilitation planning.
    • Determine level of academic and educational functioning, significance of disability, functional limitations, and residual capacities as they relate to client characteristics and engages in vocational rehabilitation planning.
    • Solicit and develop employment opportunities in the community on behalf of veterans to include conducting job development, networking with employers, developing partnerships with businesses, etc.
    • Provide job coaching, job accommodations, and adaptations of services to both veteran and employers.
    • Possess required knowledge of psychological, rehabilitation, and counseling theories and principles.
    • Make recommendations and referrals to other sources to assist the veteran.
    • Function as an autonomous member of the Vocational Rehabilitation/CWT program.
    • Maintain flexibility to meet change and effective and innovative use of assigned resources.
    • Use modalities within VR/CWT such as the Transitional Work program for veterans who may or may not be quite ready to engage in competitive employment.
    • Comply with professional ethics as published by appropriate professional organizations such as the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) and other professional counselor licensing boards.
    Work Schedule: Mon-Fri, 8:00 to 4:30. May include occasional evenings, nights, weekends and/or Holidays to support community events such as Stand Down and/or Job Fairs.
    Telework: Ineligible
    Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
    Position Description/PD#: Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor/573-05831-0
    Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
    Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

    Travel Required

    50% or less - The work requires the ability to safely operate a GSA vehicle for community work and the transportation of Veterans as part of their VR treatment. You will be expected to travel for this position within the surrounding community to collaborate with local employment agencies and familiarization of employment resources. Occasional travel out of state for the purposes of attending training conferences.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    None

  • Job family (Series)

    0101 Social Science

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
    • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
    • 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
    • Ability to safely operate a GSA vehicle for community work and the transportation of Veterans as part of their VR treatment.
    • Master?s Degree from an accredited college or university in?rehabilitation counseling, including an internship; or a master?s degree in counseling?psychology or a related field.

    Qualifications

    To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 02/22/2019.

    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-09. 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.

    Individual Occupational Requirement: The Social Science Series, 0101 requires individual to possess the Individual Occupational Requirements in order to be appointed. Applicants must possess one of the following:
    • A. Degree: In behavioral or social science; or a related discipline appropriate to the position. (Major Study-Vocational rehabilitation, vocational or educational counseling, or related discipline appropriate for the position)
    • B. Combination of education and experience that provided the applicant with knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.
    • C. Four years of appropriate experience that demonstrated that the applicant has acquired knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.
    Education Requirement: VRC 0101 incumbent must possess a Master's Degree from an accredited college or university in rehabilitation counseling, including an internship; or a master's degree in counseling psychology or a related field.

    You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below:
    • Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-09 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience include:
      • Providing pre-employment assessment and workforce re-entry planning services to Veterans.
      • Coordinating VA and non-VA services for disabled Veterans.
      • Conducting community-based follow-up services to integrate Veterans into the community.
      • Identifying psychiatric disabilities, psychiatric diagnoses, and vocational oriented services utilized to address identified diagnoses and disabilities.
      • Providing group and individual counseling.
    OR,
    • Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have completed 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree. 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 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree.
    You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:
    • Communication
    • Customer Service
    • Interpersonal Skills
    • Intervention
    • Therapy 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.

    Physical Requirements: The work is primarily sedentary, although some slight physical effort may be required. While sedentary, the stress involved in dealing continually with persons in emotional distress and who may be uncooperative and occasionally assaultive makes this work notably more demanding than most sedentary positions.

    The work environment involves everyday risks or discomforts, which require safety precautions typical of hospitals, offices, meeting rooms, and community based business establishments. Veteran patients may display a broad variety of psychological problems and/or psychiatric symptoms with various levels of both physical and/or mental disability. Some may be considered to be a danger to themselves or others. The incumbent is exposed to the typical diseases found in hospitals, health clinics, and among the homeless Veteran population. The work is accomplished in the community where the environment cannot be controlled. The work requires the ability to safely operate a GSA vehicle for community work and the transportation of Veterans as part of their VR treatment.

    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/.

    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

    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.

    Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Contact the Agency Contact for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.

    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 (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

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

    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

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    Required Documents

    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
    1. Resume: Resume or CV must include your position title, grade, how to contact you, descriptions of jobs held including the name and address of employer, job title, description of duties, beginning and ending date,(month and year) of employment, and average hours worked per week. (Required)
    2. Eligibility Documentation: Must provide a current SF50 (Notification of Personnel Action) with occupation and pay/grade data. 'Awards' or 'Incentive' SF-50s do not contain the required information and will not be considered valid required documentation to verify status. (Required)
    3. Occupational Questionnaire. (https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10414244.)
    4. Licenses/Certification: Please submit any licenses or certifications you may have related to this position. (Required if applicable)
    5.
    Documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.

    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.

    • Cover Letter
    • DD-214
    • Licenses/Certification; CTAP eligibility; ETC.
    • Other Veterans Document
    • Resume
    • SF-15
    • SF-50
    • 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.

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    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.

    http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/benefits/index.asp

    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.

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    How to Apply

    All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 02/22/2019 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10414244.

    1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USA JOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
    2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.
    NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
    To verify your application is complete, log into your USA JOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Application page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process. To return to an incomplete application, log into your USA JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

    NOTE: Participation in the seasonal influenza program is a condition of employment and a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). HCP are individuals who, during the influenza season, work in VHA locations where patients receive care or who come into contact with VA patients as part of their duties. VHA locations include, but are not limited to, VA hospitals and associated clinics, community living centers (CLCs), community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs), domiciliary units, Vet centers and VA-leased facilities. HCP include all VA licensed and unlicensed, clinical and administrative, paid and unpaid, full- and part-time employees, intermittent employees, fee basis employees, VA contractors, students, researchers, volunteers, and trainees who work at these facilities. HCP that are unable to receive or otherwise decline a flu shot will be expected to wear a face mask throughout the influenza season.

    Agency contact information

    Annalyn Mears

    Address

    Malcom Randall Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center
    1601 Southwest Archer Road
    Gainesville, FL 32608
    US
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    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. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

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    Learn more about what it's like to work at Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, what the agency does, and about the types of careers this agency offers.

    http://www.va.gov/jobs/

    Next steps

    Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. 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. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email. 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.

    You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USA Jobs account and clicking on Applications. Information regarding your application status can be found in the USAJobs Help Center.

    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 a Performance Based Interview (PBI). For more information about PBI, please visit http://www.va.gov/pbi/

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

Legal and regulatory guidance

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/523175600. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.