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Job Title:Director, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Benefits Administration

Job Announcement Number:VA-SES-13-835636-JJ

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$119,554.00 to $179,700.00 / Per Year


Monday, February 04, 2013 to Tuesday, February 19, 2013




Full Time - Senior Executive Service (SES)


1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map


All groups of qualified individuals


The Department of Veterans Affairs is interested in attracting the best talent for our diverse cadre of SES members from all sources: within VA, the Federal government, and from the private sector. We have streamlined our recruitment process and now only require you to submit a 5 page resume to apply for this position.

The position is located in the Office of the Deputy Under Secretary for Economic Opportunity, Office of the Under Secretary for Benefits, Veterans Benefits Administration.  The VR&E program assists Veterans with service-connected disabilities to prepare for, find, and keep suitable jobs. For Veterans with service-connected disabilities so severe that they cannot immediately consider work, this program offers services to improve their ability to live as independently as possible.  The office is staffed with approximately 75 employees.  More information on the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment Service can be found at


A recruitment/relocation incentive and/or Guaranteed Home Buyout may be authorized.


  • US Citizenship is required
  • Successful completion of background investigation & possible drug screening
  • Selectee maybe subject to geographic or organizational reassignment/travel
  • Pubic Financial Disclosure Report is required
  • Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered for Selective Service
  • One year probationary period for initial SES appointment


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The Director of Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) Service serves as the top professional advisor and administrator of psychological counseling and vocational rehabilitation in the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA).  The Director is responsible for formulating and recommending to the Deputy and Under Secretary for Benefits (USB) plans, policies, legislation, regulation, procedures and standards for nation-wide field office applications in support of VBA programs under Title 38, U.S. Code Chapters 31, 32, 34 and 35.  The responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


  • Oversees the development and evaluation of policies, plans, and procedures necessary to effectively implement agency-wide programs in the areas of vocational rehabilitation and employment assistance for Veterans and their dependents.
  • Reviews proposed legislation to analyze both the short term and long term impact on professional and technical aspects of educational, vocational, and rehabilitation training.
  • Establishes, maintains, and enhances relationships with recognized Veteran's service organizations in order to be responsive to needs of Veterans.
  • Formulates and recommends to the Deputy Under Secretary for Economic Opportunity, plans, policies, legislation, regulation, procedures, and standards for nationwide field office application in support of VBA programs and associated activities under Title 38, U.S. Code Chapters 31.
  • Provides oversight of VR&E contract and procedures by which VA field stations make direct approvals for all training facilities and programs.
  • Ensures optimum utilization of Information Technology (IT) concepts and systems in VR&E programs.



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The Senior Executive Service (SES) is comprised of the men and women charged with leading the continuing transformation of government. These leaders possess well-honed executive skills, share a broad perspective of government, and a public service commitment.


Both competitive and non-competitive applicants MUST SHOW in your 5 PAGE RESUME that you possess the five Mandatory Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and the Technical Qualification(s) outlined below.


The target competencies deemed most pertinent to this position have been specified under each ECQ description below. It is highly recommended that your resume address your accomplishments in these specific competency areas. Remember, your resume must not exceed 5 pages including an optional cover letter. Any information in excess of 5 pages will not be considered or evaluated.


The definitions of the SES ECQs and their underlying competencies can be found at:


A.  Executive Core Qualifications



• Target Competency 1: External Awareness 

• Target Competency 2: Strategic Thinking


• Target Competency 1:  Leveraging Diversity

• Target Competency 2:  Team Building


• Target Competency 1:  Accountability

• Target Competency 2:  Customer Service


• Target Competency 1:  Financial Management

• Target Competency 2:  Human Capital Management


• Target Competency 1:  Partnering

• Target Competency 2:  Political Savvy


B.  Technical Qualification


Demonstrated experience in successfully leading and managing a large public or private sector organization that administers complex, rules-based benefits or services for a large group of beneficiaries or customers.




Step 1: Minimum ECQ-based qualifications

Step 2: Technical qualification screening

Step 3: VA Executive Resources Board (ERB) rating and ranking

Step 4: Structured interviews to determine Best Qualified (BQ) applicants

Step 5: Tentative selection by Nominating Organization (May include additional screening)

Step 6: Approval by the Selecting Official (May include additional screening)

Step 7: OPM Qualifications Review Board (QRB) Certification


Non-Competitive Consideration: You are considered a non-competitive applicant if you are a current career SES appointee, reinstatement eligible SES, or a QRB certified graduate of an SES candidate development program. Non-Competitive applicants must submit a complete application as noted under "Required Documents".  The Agency has the option of considering you noncompetitively or including you in the competitive process (Steps 2-6 above).


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The Federal Government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most federal employees.


Veteran Preference does not apply to the Senior Executive Service:

EEO Policy Statement:

Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement:

Legal and Regulatory Guidance:


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We strongly encourage you to apply online. Your complete application must be received by 11:59 pm EST on the closing date in order for you to be considered. Please read all instructions before you begin.


To begin click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register and submit all required documents.  To return to your saved application, login to your USAJOBS account at and click on "Application Status."  Click on the position title, and then select "Apply Online" to continue.


If you cannot apply online:


1.  Click the following link to view and print the questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.


2.  Print your resume and required documents.


3.  Fax to (478) 757-3144.  Feed all documents into your fax machine top first so that we receive them right-side up.  You must obtain and print a copy of the OPM Form 1203-FX, to provide your answers.  Refer to the link below for instructions for completing the OPM Form 1203-FX.  The form URL is at:




A complete application for this position includes the following items:


1.  Resume which demonstrates your experience, accomplishment, training, education and awards reflecting your ability to meet each of the MANDATORY technical and executive core qualification requirement(s) for this position.  Elaborate on your experience and accomplishments, highlighting your level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of programs managed, work objectives met (results of your efforts), policy initiatives and level of contact.  Ensure your resume does not exceed five (5) pages. Information beyond the five page resume will not be evaluated.  DO NOT submit the application form OF-612, Optional Application for Federal Employment in lieu of a resume.  DO NOT submit separate narrative responses to address the technical and executive core qualifications.


2. Your resume should include three references with at least one being the current or prior supervisor.


3.  Complete responses to the Occupational Questionnaire.


4.  Non-competitive applicants:  Proof of noncompetitive eligibility is required.  Proof consists of an SF-50 showing career status in the SES and/or proof of certification of your executive core qualifications from the OPM administered QRB. Traditional method applications will NOT be accepted.



Jeannette Jones
Phone: (202)461-7907
Agency Information:
VA Corporate Senior Executive Management Office
810 Vermont Avenue NW
Washington, DC


You will be notified of the status of your application throughout the process.  

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