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Job Title:Blind Rehabilitation Specialist (Computer Access Training)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:FZ-13-861495-EM

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$40,326.00 to $77,582.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, March 19, 2013 to Tuesday, April 23, 2013




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Cleveland, OH United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 861495

***This position will be open until filled. All applicantions received by April 9, 2013 will be given first consideration. The closing date of the announcement will be extended as long as no selection has been made. After April 9, 2013 all applicants will be reviewed and forwarded for consideration each Friday until the position is filled. Once a qualified candidate has been selected the announcement will close with no further consideration being given to those who have applied after the selection is made. It is in each applicants best interest to apply at the earliest possible date.***

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?

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.

The Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center is a 673-bed tertiary healthcare facility which provides care to over 100,000 veterans in northern Ohio. We provide care through our main medical facility at the Wade Park campus, 13 community based outpatient clinics, and 3 vet centers. The medical center has been recognized for more programs of excellence than any other Veterans Affairs Medical Center. These programs of excellence include: Open Heart Surgery, Care of the Seriously Mentally Ill, Geriatric Evaluation and Management, Substance Abuse Care, Spinal Cord Injury Care, Medical Care of the Homeless, Domiciliary Care of the Homeless, Functional Electrical Stimulation, Advance Platform Technology, Primary Care Education, and Patient-Centered Specialty Care Education. We are a teaching hospital providing a full range of patient care services to Veterans with state-of-the art technology as well as medical education and research. Our main campus in Cleveland, Ohio has a full service ER for both general acute care and psychiatric care and a comprehensive reference clinical laboratory. With us, you will find a challenging, yet rewarding career experience.

NOTE: A Professional Standard 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.
  • Occupational physical may be required.
  • English Language Proficiency.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.


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The Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center is recruiting for a Blind Rehabilitation Specialist (BRS). The Blind Rehabilitation Specialist will function in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Service. TheBlind Rehabilitation Specialist duties include:

Assigned to the 15 bed Blind Rehabilitation Center (BRC) within Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Service (PM&RS) at the Louis Stokes Cleveland Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The incumbent will serve as a Computer Access Training instructor, providing rehabilitation to severely visually impaired and blind Veterans. The incumbent may also be assigned to work in other blind rehabilitation areas such as low vision, orientation and mobility, living skills and manual skills, depending upon program need, scope of practice and completion of cross-training.

The BRS functions as a member of an interdisciplinary treatment team. The BRS works closely with the Veteran and the team in assessing needs and identifying Veteran-specific goals, assisting in the development and implementation of individualized treatment plans, counseling, and recommending prosthetic and adaptive equipment to best meet the Veterans' training goals. Incumbents are responsible for intake, functional assessments, goal setting, treatment planning and computer access training for visually impaired and blind Veterans. The Veterans served are predominantly male Veteran and over age 65 although younger and also female Veterans are served. Within these broad categorizations, the incumbent must tailor rehabilitation teaching to meet the expressed needs of the individual Veteran.

The incumbent works in the Computer Access Training (CATS) area. Instructs patients on the use of adaptive computer equipment, optical character readers, and/or stand alone computer systems. Counsels with patients as to the advantages and limitations of the various computer access devices. Recommends appropriate prosthetic devices to meet individual needs. Participates in intra-center training in order to become proficient in other aspects of the blind rehabilitation training program. Assists in the development of instructional material to be used in the cross training of other blind rehabilitation specialists within the center. Acts as a mentor to other blind rehabilitation specialists and interns. Assists in the evaluation of new equipment and techniques for inclusion into CATS. Prepares and presents lectures and demonstrations on Computer Access Aids. The incumbent follows accepted principles and practices for the instruction of adults in teaching computer access training.

Note: Applicants who possess more than one ACVREP certificate and/or are cross trained in other Blind Rehabilitation areas such as low vision, orientation and mobility, living skills and manual skills are preferred.

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



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Basic Requirements:

You must possess a bachelor's degree in blind or vision rehabilitation from an accredited college or university.


You must possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university (that included or was supplemented by at least one of the following: 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). One full year of directly related graduate level coursework (typically at least 15-18 semester hours). A certificate in the core curriculum in orientation and mobility, vision rehabilitation therapy or low vision therapy from an accredited college or university and a directly related practicum/internship in the occupation, either included in the degree or post-degree.

Grade Determinations:

GS-7 (Entry Level) - None beyond the basic requirements. No certification required at this level.

GS-9 Experience - You must have completed one year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level.

GS-9 Education - You must have completed of at least two full years of progressive graduate education or a master's degree in a field directly related to Blind Rehabilitation.

GS-11 Certification - You must have an active, current, full and unrestricted certification granted by the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals as a Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapist (CVRT) (Please submit a copy of your certificate with your application)

GS-11 Experience - You must have completed one year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level.

GS-11 Education - 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Doctoral Degree; or Doctoral Degree in Blind Rehabilitation or a directly related field.

In describing your experience, please be clear and specific. We will not make assumptions regarding your experience.

References: All qualification standards can be located VA Handbook 5005 ( Also available in the local Human Resources Office.

Physical Requirements: The Physical Requirements of this position are concerned with the mental and physical ability of the applicant to satisfactorily perform the duties of the proposed assignment and may include requisite laboratory and other screening as required by Federal regulatory agencies.

When describing your experience please include your title, duties performed, and dates of employment (month/year).

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. You 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.

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.


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package (See “Required Documents” section below). The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, April 23, 2013. To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the bottom of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Be sure to upload the required documents before you submit your application. Please ensure you click the "Submit My Answers" button at the end of the process. Mailed/emailed applications will not be accepted.

Note: To change or update your application, simply reapply through My USAJOBS, before the closing date. To check the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (, select Application Status and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.

If you cannot apply online: you will need to complete the Occupational Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire by submitting your answers on the 1203FX form ( and faxing the completed form with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144. The 1203FX form will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload: Complete the following cover page using 861495. You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.


The following documents are required:

  1. CV or Resume (when listing previous employment please include month and year).
  2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (
  3. Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire.
  4. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD-214 or proof of service as well as proof of disability, if applicable.
  5. If currently employed in the federal government, include your most recent SF-50 showing title, series, and grade.


Michelle M. Smith
Phone: (216)791-2300x2150
Agency Information:
VHA Cleveland VAMC
Department of Veteran Affairs 05W
10701 East Blvd
Cleveland, OH


After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed. You will be disqualified if your résumé does not reflect experience and education as outlined in the qualifications section. You will be notified when a qualification determination is made.

Areas of Consideration – Applicants will be considered based on the following 3 areas of consideration.

  • First Area of Consideration (facility employees) – Current, permanent Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) employees.
  • Second Area of Consideration (other VA employees) – Current, permanent Department of Veterans Affairs Employees (VA employees who are located somewhere other than Louis Stokes Cleveland VAMC).
  • Third Area of Consideration (external candidates) – All other US Citizens.

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