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Job Title:Supervisory Blind Rehabilitation Specialist (VIST Coordinator)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-664-13-AAO-854202

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

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$89,012.00 to $115,714.00 / Per Year


Thursday, March 14, 2013 to Monday, March 25, 2013




Full Time - Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
San Diego County, CA United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 854202 

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?


As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.


NOTE:  The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience and recommend the step at which the candidate will be placed in that specific grade.  The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.


  • U. S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Must include VA Form 10-2850c to be considered for this vacancy


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The VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) has one (1) full time vacancy in Surgical Service for a Supervisory Blind Rehabilitation Specialist (VIST) Coordinator.  The Supervisory Blind Rehabilitation Specialist serves as the program manager and full time supervisor of the multi-tiered Blind Rehabilitation Services and Advanced Ambulatory Low Vision Clinic (AALVC), as well as serves as the Visual Impairment Services Team (VIST) Coordinator.  He/she provides overall management and clinical direction for the Blind and visually impaired Services program. He/she is responsible for the overall planning, developing, implementing, directing, evaluating and continuously updating vision and blindness rehabilitation services at the Medical Center.  He/she provides administrative and technical supervision and program management for a diverse group of professionals.  He/she ensures that the high quality of blind rehabilitation and low vision services remain consistent with the evolving eye care and rehabilitation needs of the blind and low vision populations.

 As a VIST Coordinator, he/she is responsible for the coordination of services for severely disabled, visually impaired Veterans and transitioning Active Duty service members.  He/she provides and/or arranges the provision of appropriate treatment in order t enhance functioning such as making referrals to Blind Rehabilitation Centers, Blind Rehabilitation Outpatient Services such as Advanced Low Vision Clinics, and low vision clinics.   

Principle duties include but are not limited to the following:

(1)   As the supervisor of the Blind Rehabilitation Services and Advanced Ambulatory Low Vision Clinic (AALV), manages clinical aspects of the program.

(2)   Provides leadership necessary to maintain an effective and productive workforce to ensure continuous flow and exchange of information between employees.

(3)   Overall responsibility for personnel actions for employees in the Blind and Visually Impaired Services program.

(4)   Responsible for the development and evaluation of performance standards and supervision of a diverse staff.

(5)   Promotes, supervises, evaluates, and prepares reports regarding research activities of the Blind and Visually Impaired Services program.

(6)   Develops and administers a systematic internal review program within guidelines of CARF, The Joint Commission, VACO, and local facility policies.

(7)   Collects and analyzes data to evaluate the utilization of resources and personnel; plans and develops policies, procedures and organizational structure of the vision rehabilitation program to ensure efficient and cost effective allocation of resources, use of staff, space, equipment and supplies, and has responsibility for planning, submitting and adhering to annual operating budget and reporting requirements.

(8)   Reviews and certifies that each cardholder’s purchases are legitimate expenditures and charge to the appropriate fund control point.

(9)   As the VIST Coordinator, serves as the case manager for blind and visually impaired clients in Rehabilitation Service.

(10) Provides effective patient counseling in the psychosocial adjustment to blindness as an integral component of the work.

(11) Collaborates and consults with Medical Center personnel regarding full assessment and care of Client’s needs with specialists such as physicians, psychologists, educators, rehabilitation therapists, social workers, dietitians, diabetic educators, and other health care professionals.

(12)  Provides professional counsel to minimize fear of the rehabilitation process, and of the disability, explaining what treatment measures are possible, either corrective or rehabilitative.

Tour of Duty:  Monday-Friday (days)

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

Recruitment Incentive: Recruitment incentive is not authorized for this position.


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  • U.S. citizenship.  
  • Education: 


(1) The individual must have earned[:

(a) A] bachelor’s 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 bachelor’s 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 Bachelor’s 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®).



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.




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: 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.

Veterans' Preference:

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


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.


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Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life.  For more information please visit us at

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.


This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 

Receiving Service Credit for 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 employees 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.


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To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the right side of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

YOU MUST INCLUDE VA FORM 10-2850c IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY.   You may upload the completed form to your USAJOBS or Application Manager account if you apply online.  Then you can use the uploaded form again and again when applying for future vacancies.  Please see this guide ( for more information on uploading and re-using the form in your applications.  Other required forms and documents can also be saved in your account and used the same way.  Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is much easier and faster.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, just reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  Check your account ( to see the status of your application after applying, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire:
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144.  Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
  4. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID: 854202.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, March 25, 2013.


You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. CV or Resume.
  2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at (required).
  3. Occupational Questionnaire
  4. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 or proof of service (required).   Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at  
  5. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).


VASDHS Human Resources
Phone: (858)552-8585x3401
Agency Information:
VHA San Diego HCS
Human Resources
San Diego, CA


After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements.  You will be notified when this decision is made.

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