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Job Title:Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist

Department:Department Of Labor

Agency:Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs

Job Announcement Number:DE-13-ATL-OWCP-401LB

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$68,809.00 to $89,450.00 / Per Year


Thursday, February 14, 2013 to Sunday, February 24, 2013




Permanent - Full-Time




1 vacancy in the following location:
Jacksonville, FL, USView Map


All U.S. Citizens. 


Opportunities are Open! Begin a challenging career with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), and you will help shape the workforce of tomorrow.  DOL offers rewarding opportunities to contribute to a noble mission; to serve and protect American workers, prepare them for new and better jobs, and to ensure the safety and fairness of American workplaces.

The Department of Labor values its customers. Every DOL employee is responsible for delivering good customer service through accurate, courteous, efficient and effective transactions.

For more information about DOL’s mission, activities, and careers, please visit our website at:

Who May Apply:

All U.S. Citizens

Organizational Location:  This position is located with the U.S Department of Labor, Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP), District Office in Jacksonville, Florida,  The mission of which is to administer the Federal Employees' Compensation Act (FECA) and related laws within the geographic boundary of a designated compensation for job-related injuries and deaths sustained by Federal employees and others eligible for benefits of the FECA, and related acts. The incumbent serves as a Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist assigned to provide rehabilitation service in the District to workers injured under the FECA, the LHWCA and its extensions.



  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation
  • Selective Service registration
  • Requires a valid drivers license.
  • Subject to frequent travel.


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  • Implements a rehabilitation program for workers injured under the LHWCA and FECA.
  • Maintains contact with regional offices of Federal, State, and Local agencies to promote and negotiate rehabilitation services (testing, evaluation, medical care for other than the work related injury, counseling, guidance, training, selective placement, self- employment and follow up for workers under this act.
  • Assists in developing cooperative agreements with schools, private employers, unions and physicians, and maintain close liaison with these groups and attorneys, social and welfare agencies and other interested parties for the purpose of implementing the rehabilitation program fostering the selection, retraining, and subsequent employment of disabled workers under the Act.
  • Implements early case finding procedure and other possible referral sources to insure prompt service to all disabled claimants in need of rehabilitation.
  • Arranges and pays for rehabilitation services for beneficiaries.
  • Aids in the selective placement of injured workers with previous or other employment.
  • Recommends improvements to the vocational rehabilitation program.


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You qualify at the GS-12 level if you possess one year (52 weeks) of specialized experience that equips you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position such as:

• 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.

The qualifications listed above must be by the closing date of this announcement and are subject to verification at any stage of the application process.


Human Resources will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your competencies will be rated between 70 and 100 based on your responses to the online assessment. Your application will then be placed in one of three categories based on the level of experience you possess: 1. Category A: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of all evaluation criteria. 2. Category B: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of the evaluation criteria. 3. Category C: Applicants possessing the basic qualifications, with general knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Candidates within Category A who are eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veteran preference eligibles.

Veterans: Veterans with 5-point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they are qualified. Veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are placed in the best qualified category above non-preference eligibles, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher. This position is not considered scientific/professional. For more information regarding veterans' preference, please see:  Application of Veterans Preference for Category Rating Jobs for more information.

ICTAP/CTAP:  If you are eligible for placement under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), you must earn a score of 85 above to be considered well qualified.

The competencies on which you will be rated for this position are:

Organizational Awareness:  Knows the organization’s mission and functions, and how its social, political, and technological systems work and operates effectively within them; this includes the programs, policies, procedures, rules, and regulations of the organization.

Influencing/Negotiating:  Persuades others to accept recommendations, cooperate, or change their behavior; works with others towards an agreement; negotiates to find mutually acceptable solutions.

Customer Services:  Works with clients and customers  to assess their needs, provide information or assistance, resolve their problems, or satisfy their expectations; knows about available products and services; is committed to providing quality products and services.

Problem Solving: Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.

Technical Competence: Uses knowledge that is acquired through formal training or extensive on-the-job experience to perform one's job; works with, understands, and evaluates technical information related to the job; advises others on technical issues.

Decision Making: Makes sound, well-informed, and objective decisions; perceives the impact and implications of decisions; commits to action, even in uncertain situations, to accomplish organizational goals; causes change.


To preview questions please click here.


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The Department of Labor (DOL) offers a great benefit package to eligible employees.  The benefit package includes but is not limited to health benefits, supplemental dental and vision plans, flexible spending accounts, 13 days paid sick leave per year, vacation leave and 10 paid holidays per year.  We offer a variety of employee benefit options, a family-friendly work environment, a child care subsidy program, transit subsidy program, career assistance program, health services and fitness programs, access to LifeCare, a resource and referral service and more.  Employees on Part-Time work schedules receive all of these benefits on a prorated basis.  For a comprehensive site about all federal benefits, please refer to OPM.  For specific DOL benefits information, please refer to DOL BENEFITS.


Residency: If you are not currently a DOL employee, you must meet one or more of the following primary residency criteria for the last three years prior to applying to this announcement:

1. Resided in the United States or its protectorate or territories (excluding short trips abroad, such as vacations);

2. Worked for the United States government as an employee overseas in a federal or military capacity; or

3. Been a dependent of a United States federal or military employee serving overseas.

Exceptions may be granted if you provide complete state-side coverage information regarding participation in "Study Abroad" programs, overseas church missions, or state-side addresses of anyone who worked or studied with you overseas. You must provide information and related documentation at the time of application.

All MSHA employees and their spouses, and minor children are prohibited by regulation from having any interest, direct or indirect, in any mine or mining company which may be directly affected by the work of MSHA through its investigations, technical research, or other activities. These interests are prohibited under the Department of Labor's Supplemental Standards of Ethical Conduct Regulations at 5 CFR 5201.105. Certain MSHA employees are required to file a financial disclosure report.

The number of vacancies indicated represents the expected number of positions expected to be filled under this announcement. However, selections made will be based on agency needs.

This position is covered under a Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Relocation: Expenses will not be paid.

Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DOL requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy.  To meet those standards, if selected, you may be required to undergo, and must successfully pass, a background investigation for placement into this position.  This may include, but may not be limited to, a review of financial issues and disclosure regarding criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.

Probationary Period: Current and former federal employees may be required to serve or complete a probationary period.

Travel: You will be required to travel up to 10% annually.

Physical and Environmental Conditions: The work performed is in an office environment. 

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.  Refer to these links for more information: GENERAL INFORMATION, ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION, SELECTIVE SERVICE REGISTRATION, FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.


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To begin your online application, click the “Apply Online” button and follow the steps below. You must meet all of the qualification of this announcement and your application and all required documents MUST be submitted and received by 11:59pm EST on the closing date of this job announcement.

STEP 1 – If you’ve not previously done so, create a USAJOBS account. If you already have a USAJobs account, you must be logged on to continue. Once logged on, you will verify your information and be provided an opportunity to view, edit and upload additional information and documents.

STEP 2 – Access and answer the assessment questions by clicking the “Apply Online” button.

STEP 3 – Submit Supplemental Documents. For details: click How to Submit Supplemental Documentation Document or Submit Supplemental Documentation Video.

STEP 4 – Review Application and click “Finish”.

STEP 5 – Edit Application as needed by 11:59 pm EST on closing date.

NOTE: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission.

Applications and supporting documentation will not be accepted by mail or e-mail. The address below is for inquiries only.

If you are unable to apply on-line, please contact the Agency listed at the end of this job announcement at least two days prior to the closing date of this job announcement for further instructions. You may apply more than once; however, only your most recent application will be used.

It is your responsibility to verify that information entered, uploaded, or faxed (i.e., resume, veterans documentation, completed assessment) is received and accurate. Human Resources will not modify or change any part of your application.

If a document is not in a legible format, you will not be able to view it and you must again upload or fax the documentation by the closing date of this announcement.

If any part of your application is not received. 


Resume: A resume describing your job-related qualifications is required and must be in English. It must contain your full name, address, phone number, the last four digits of your Social Security Number, a detailed description of your duties and the dates you performed them (MM/DD/YY), as well as your work schedule and salary.

Completed online self-assessment questionnaire

Veterans: To be considered as a 5-point preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD214. Your DD-214 must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty. To claim 10-point preference, you must submit a copy of your DD214; an application for 10-point Veteran's Preference, SF15; and the proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability. (For active duty service members expecting to be honorably discharged or released within 120 days, click Active Duty). Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference. For more information, please visit:

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) or Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP): You must submit a separation notice; SF-50; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; or a Military Department of National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456. Information about CTAP/CTAP eligibility can be found at:


Refer to vacancy POC
Phone: 404-302-5855
Fax: 000-000-0000
TDD: 800-877-8339
Agency Information:
Labor, Ofc of Workers' Compensation Programs
Sam Nunn Center
61 Forsyth Street SW
Rm 6B50
Atlanta, GA
Fax: 000-000-0000


Once the job announcement has closed, Human Resources will assess your experience and training, identify the best qualified applicants, and refer those applications to the hiring manager for further consideration and/or interviews.  You will be notified by email upon completion of each step.  Your status will also be updated on USAJOBS throughout the process.  To check your status, log on to your USAJOBS account, click on "Application Status" and then click "More Information". If you are referred, you will receive an electronic disposition notification within 90 days or less.

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