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Job Title:Supervisor, Blind Rehabilitation Specialist

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:863575LH

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

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$81,460.00 to $105,897.00 / Per Year


Monday, March 25, 2013 to Friday, April 12, 2013




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Menlo Park, CA United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 863575 

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.

VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.  For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to .  



  • 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


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*** Amended - Physical Requirement Paragraph ***



1.    Functional  Statement Number: 000000.

2.    Work Schedule: Monday through Friday – 7:30am to 4:00pm

3.    Relocation Expenses  Are NOT Authorized for this position.

4.    The full performance level for this position is GS-12. Applicant's education and experience will be reviewed by a Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected.  The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.

5.  Telework is not eligible for this position.

6.  Phyiscal Requirements: The work environment may be in an office, clinical setting , computer classroom, VA grounds and hospitals.  Typically, the employee sits comfortably to do the work, however, there may be some walking, standing, bending, carrying of light items, such as papers and books.  Travel involves the normal risks and iscomforts of automobile, bus, rail or air transportation. 


The Western Blind Rehabilitation Center *WBRC) is a thirty-two bed residential facility located at the Palo Alto Division of the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS).  The WBRC provides supports and services annually to nearly 200 visually impaired veterans and active duty service members.  The WBRC embraces an inter-disciplinary approach to the treatment of visual impairment so that program participants receive the full complement of services.  The primary purpose of this position is to provide supervision and subject matter expertise for provision of blind and vision rehabilitation services for visually impaired Veterans and Service members.  Blind  Rehabilitation includes the disciplines of low vision therapy, orientation and mobility, vision rehabilitation therapy, manual skills instruction and computer access instruction.  The Blind Rehabilitation Specialist possesses professional knowledge of, and skill in applying concepts, principles, and practices of blind and vision rehabilitation to include assessment, treatment and follow-up for the purpose of overseeing the work of Blind Rehabilitation Specialists who are GS-07 to GS-11 level.


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·         U.S. citizenship.  

·         Education

  (1)  The individual must have earned a bachelor’s degree in blind or vision rehabilitation, or related program in rehabilitation, special education or health care, from an accredited college or university; or, have a bachelor’s degree in a healthcare field related to the position and obtained a certificate in the core curriculum in orientation and mobility, vision rehabilitation therapy or low vision therapy from an accredited college or university.  This education must have included supervised practice.

  (2)  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.

·         Required Certification.

·           (1)  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, Orientation and Mobility, and Vision Rehabilitation Therapy.  Once certification candidates are approved, they receive an official letter of acceptance, a certificate, and a logo pin.  They may then use the designation for the certification they hold (as listed in subparagraph (2) below

·           (2)  BRSs who provide the following service must obtain certification granted by ACVREP as follows:

     (a)  Orientation and mobility training - Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists (COMS®).

  (b)  Communication and daily living therapy (formerly Rehabilitation Teaching) - Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapists (CVRT®).

  (c)  Low vision therapy - Certified Low Vision Therapists (CLVT®).

  (3)  BRSs who are VIST Coordinators may be drawn from traditional blind/vision rehabilitation backgrounds, and also from counseling backgrounds such as social work, vocational rehabilitation counseling, etc.  VIST Coordinators must be credentialed/certified through:

  (a) Any certification via the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education (ACVREP), or

  (b) Individuals appointed on the basis of being licensed as a Social Worker must be licensed or certified by a state to independently practice social work at the master’s degree level.  A doctoral degree in social work may not be substituted for the master’s degree in social work.  If appointed as a VIST Coordinator, Social Workers are appointed to the GS-601 series, but must still maintain a full, valid and unrestricted independent license or certification to remain qualified for employment, or 


  (c)  Certification via the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, CRC), or 

(d)  Individuals appointed on the basis of being licensed in another health care occupation must be licensed or certified by a state to independently practice in their field.  If appointed as a VIST Coordinator, such individual will be appointed to the GS-601 series, but must still maintain their full, valid and unrestricted independent license or certification in their occupation to remain qualified for employment.  Examples of occupations may include but not limited to Occupational Therapists and Psychologists.



SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR GS-12 LEVEL:    In addition to meeting the basic requirements, completion of a minimum of 1 year of progressively complex experience equivalent to the next lower grade level.  In addition to meeting the population at active, affiliated blind rehabilitation inpatient centers or outpatient clinics.  Has full supervisory responsibility for staff that includes lower level BRS positions.  At this level, the blind or vision rehabilitation program typically includes a variety of specialties, an extensive educational program, and involvement in research activities.  Additional activities include the evaluation of new products and equipment, and making recommendations concerning upgrades/new purchases that would improve operations.  Other supervisory responsibilities include informing higher level management of anticipated staffing variances and recommending promotions, reassignments, or other personnel actions such as retention or release of probationary employees as well as recommending recognition of superior performance when applicable.



References : Input applicable reference and links.   For example:   VA Handbook 5005/48, Part II, Appendix G41, BLIND REHABILITATION SPECIALIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated July 22, 2011,  and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at ( or you may use the following generic citation) VA Handbook 5005 available in the local Human Resources Office and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at ]

 The physical demand of this position involve some walking, standing, bending, carrying of light items, such as papers and books.  Travel involves the normal risks and discomforts of automobile, bus, rail, or air transporation.  The work environment may be in an office, clinical setting, computer classroom, VA grounds, and hospitals.

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.  Applicants must, therefore, only report 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 the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form.  For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or 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 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.


Reasonable Accommodation: This office provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If requested and appropriate, and you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify this office either orally or in writing. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

Information about Reasonable Accommodation is on OPM’s Reasonable Accommodation website at:


Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.


The Department of Veterans Affairs supports a drug-free environment.


The Department of Veterans Affairs is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

VA employees, applicants for employment, and former employees shall not be discriminated against based on race, color, religion, gender (sex), national origin, age, physical or mental disability, and/or reprisal for filling a charge of discrimination, participating in an investigation, or having opposed prohibited discrimination.  Sexual and non-sexual harassment based on the above categories is also prohibited.


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








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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 COMPLETED (FILLED OUT, SIGNED, AND DATED) 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: 863575.  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 Friday, April 12, 2013.


You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. CV or Resume.
  2. Completed (filled out, signed, and dated) VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at (required).

  3. Occupational Questionnaire
  4. Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Link to OF-306 – Declaration for Federal Employment:  This is a required form and must be submitted with your application.
  5. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD 214 [Member-4 copy] (required) or proof of service.   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

    If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action (required).
  6. Resume Reminder - Your federal resume must include the following information for each job listed: Job title; Duties (be as detailed as possible); Month & year start/end dates (e.g. June 2007 to April 2008); Full-time or part-time status (include hours worked per week)

  7. Any other documents required by the checklist.


Phone: (650)493-5000x63951
Fax: (478)757-3144
Agency Information:
VHA Palo Alto HCS
Department of Veterans Affairs
Palo Alto Health Care System
Palo Alto, CA
94304 Fax: (478)757-3144


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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