- U.S. citizenship.
(1) The individual must have earned[:
(a) A] bachelors degree [from an accredited college or university with a major field of study] in blind or vision rehabilitation, [ ] related program in rehabilitation, special education[, family and consumer science education, technology and industrial arts education,] or health care[; or,
(b) A bachelors degree from an accredited college or university (without a major field of study as outlined in (1)(a) above) that included or was supplemented by at least one of the following:
1. At least 30 semester hours of directly related, upper level undergraduate courses (e.g., at least 200-course level or higher, or as identified by the college or university).
2. One full year of directly related graduate level coursework (typically at least 15-18 semester hours).
NOTE: Foreign Graduates must have proof of a minimum of a Bachelors degree from an accredited college or university (or foreign equivalent, as verified through an independent credential evaluation company), with a specialization in Blind Rehabilitation.
- Certification (Required at GS-11 and above):
Applicants must possess at least one active, current, full and unrestricted certification to be eligible for appointment. Certification must be granted by the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals (ACVREP), or another equivalent, related professional credential in special education, rehabilitation or health care. If all certifications are impaired, the individual is ineligible for appointment in VA. NOTE: The ACVREP administers three certification programs: Low Vision Therapy (Certified Low Vision Therapists (CLV®), Orientation and Mobility (Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists (COMS®), and Communication and Daily Living Therapy (Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapists (CVRT®).
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR GS-13 LEVEL:
Creditable specialized experience must demonstrate possession of the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics associated with current blind and vision rehabilitation practice as outlined in the current scope and standards of practice for blind and vision rehabilitation.
(a) Certification. Candidates must meet the credentialing/certification requirements in the basic requirements above.
(b) Experience. In addition to meeting the basic requirements, completion of 1 year of experience as a BRS equivalent to the next lower grade level. In addition to meeting the KSAs described at the GS-12 level, the candidate must fully demonstrate the KSAs required for the specific assignment and demonstrate the potential to acquire the assignment-specific KSAs as indicated by an asterisk (*).
GS-12 level KSAs:
1. Ability to independently develop, plan, and administer complex treatment programs.
2. Ability to act as a subject matter expert in the blind/vision rehabilitation field and as consultant.
supervisor and/or mentor in evaluating and treating patients in specialty or program areas.
3. Ability to coordinate, motivate, and effectively manage staff and/or committee members to include
organizing work, setting priorities, and delegating tasks and responsibilities.
4. Ability to disseminate appropriate information through various media as a consultant or mentor.
5. Skill in interpersonal relationships in dealing with patients, employees, other team leaders,
managers and other stakeholders.
6. Ability to identify team group dynamics, objectively observe, and modify behaviors.
7. Ability to apply decision-making principles to adjust programs on a day-to-day basis, to develop
short term and long range goals, and to plan for future utilization of resources.
GS-13 level KSAs:
1. Ability to balance responsibilities and to work with great autonomy.
2. Ability to set priorities, delegate tasks, meet multiple deadlines, analyze organizational problems, and develop and implement effective solutions.
3. Ability to monitor and report on the status and progress of work, evaluate program quality to ensure that methods, deadlines, and quality have been met; and make adjustments to accomplish the workload in accordance with established priorities.
4. Ability to analyze and use data effectively to manage workload, quality, performance, and productivity within the section.
5. Ability to utilize evidence-based practices and clinical practice guidelines in a professional area, and to guide BRS professionals in applying these tools.
6. Ability to apply and to instruct professionals in current practice, literature and research to enhance the continuum of care in blind/vision rehabilitation services.
7. Ability to provide consultation and promote best practice procedures in blind/vision rehabilitation nationally; and serve as a national leader in the field of blind/vision rehabilitation.
8. Ability to articulate and communicate to individuals and groups from different backgrounds the assignment, project, problem to be solved, actionable events, and objectives, as well as advise on work methods, practices, and procedures.
9. Ability to serve as coach, facilitator, and/or negotiator in coordinating Blind Rehabilitation Service initiatives and consensus building activities among individuals with widely divergent backgrounds, interests, and points of view.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
References: VA Handbook 5005/48, Part II, Appendix G41, BLIND REHABILITATION SPECIALIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated July 22, 2011 and can be viewed at the following link:
Physical Requirements: Indoor light and sedentary administrative duties within the Medical Center buildings.
APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: 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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. 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.
When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment. You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.