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Job Title:Blind Rehabilitation Outpatient Specialist (BROS)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:AG-T38-13-231-CSy-877162

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$57,408.00 to $89,450.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, April 25, 2013 to Thursday, May 09, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0601-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Waco, TX United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

US Citizens and Status Candidates

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 877162 


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.  The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

The incumbent for this position may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program.  Please contact Human Resources at this medical center and speak with the Education Debt Reduction Program Coordinator for additional information.

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

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required

DUTIES:

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The primary purpose of this position is to manage and provide direct blind and vision rehabilitation training services to visually impaired Veterans and service members.  The Blind Rehabilitation Outpatient Specialist (BROS) identifies, assesses, trains, manages, and provides follow-up for Veterans using clinical resources of the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System.  The BROS is a member of the Blind Rehabilitation Service, the interdisciplinary Visual Impairment Services Team, and interacts with Rehabilitation Medicine, Audiology, Social Work, Prosthetic and Sensory Aids, and other services and agencies of the VA and the community.  The BROS functions independently in a number of settings.  Most instruction takes place in the Veteran’s home, and instruction also occurs in other environments including hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation centers, long-term care facilities, educational institutions and Veteran’s place of work.  The work environment of the BROS may be an office, clinical setting, classroom, private home, VA grounds, nursing home, community sites, public transit, or hospital.  The BROS has broadly based advanced knowledge in the five skill areas of orientation and mobility, low vision therapy, vision rehabilitation therapy, computer assisted training and manual skills training.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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NOTE:  The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12.  The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-11 or GS-12.  The Professional Standard Board (a peer-view group) will review the selected candidate’s qualifications and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be placed.  The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

 

BASIC REQUIREMENTS

 

Citizenship.  Citizen of the United States. 

 

Education and Experience:  The individual must have earned:

 

1.   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

 

2.   A master’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

 

3.  A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major field of study as outlined above AND obtained a certificate in the core curriculum in orientation in orientation and mobility, vision rehabilitation therapy or low vision therapy from an accredited college or university.  For individuals this education must have included supervised practice; and, 1.  Completion of 1 year of progressively complex experience equivalent to the BRS, GS-9; or 2.  Three (3) years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a doctoral degree in blind rehabilitation or a directly related field.

 

Certification.  Required at all levels.

 

Applicants must possess at least one active, current, full, and unrestricted certification to be eligible for appointment.  If the applicant has or has ever had a licensure or certification revoked for cause, or voluntarily relinquished such license or certification after being notified in writing by the State of potential revocation for cause, the applicant is ineligible for appointment.  This applies even if the applicant possesses one or more valid, unrestricted license or registration 38 U.S.C.7402(f).  If all certifications are impaired, the individual is also ineligible for appointment in VA.

 

NOTE:  The Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals (ACVREP) administers three certification programs:  Low Vision Therapy, Orientation and Mobility, and Vision Rehabilitation Therapy.  Once certification candidates are approved, they receive an official letters of acceptance, a certificate, and a logo pin.  They may then use the designation for the certification they hold (as listed below).

 

BROS who provide the following services must obtain and maintain one certification at the GS-11 level and two certifications at the GS-12 level granted by ACVREP as follows: 

 

1.  Orientation and Mobility Training – Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists (COMS)

2.  Communication and daily living training – Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapists (CVRT)

3.  Low vision therapy – Certified Low Vision Therapists (CLVT).

 

Other Requirements:  Candidate must obtain and maintain a valid Texas driver's license.

 

Physical:  Must satisfactorily complete a pre-employment physical to include heavy lifting and carrying (over 44 pounds) with the use of fingers, involving walking, standing, and repeated bending with the use of both legs and the ability to distinguish basic colors and shades of colors, hearing with the ability to operate motor vehicle which is required for this position.  (See VA Directive and Handbook 5019).

 

GS-11 BROS (Entry Level)

 

Certification:  Applicants must possess at least one active, current, full, and unrestricted certification from ACVREP to be eligible for appointment. 

 

Education and Experience.  In addition to meeting the basic requirements, the candidate must fully demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) below:

 

1.  Knowledge and understanding of highly specialized complex evaluations and diagnostic tests and procedures of blind/vision rehabilitation.

 

2.  Ability to properly assess a wide variety of patients having diverse and multiple disabilities to make recommendations for blind/vision rehabilitation therapeutic interventions.

 

3.  Ability to write blind/vision rehabilitation plan that includes evaluation information from multiple disciplines with observable, measureable goals and that identifies specific outcomes.

 

4.  Knowledge of teaching methods and learning principles.

 

5.  Ability to employ interventions, unusual motivational techniques and coordinate treatment with other professionals to achieve outcomes of the rehabilitation plan.

 

6.  Ability to recommend appropriate blind/vision rehabilitation prosthetic devices for patients within scope of practice, making adaptations and modifications as required.

 

7.  Ability to plan, direct, and distribute work assignments to volunteers, assistants, and, interns and/or BRSs at lower grade levels and perform assigned mentoring duties for staff, students and interns.

 

Assignment of Staff BROS:  Individuals in this assignment serve in a developmental capacity as the BROS at a medical center or an outpatient clinic and in patients’ homes and communities and are responsible for decision-making and for independent care under the direction of their supervisor and the Blind Rehabilitation National Consultant for their region.  Individuals in this assignment serve as a member of a specialty care team.  At the GS-11 level, BROS will receive training and oversight from the Blind Rehabilitation National Consultant for their region.

 

GS-12 BROS (Full Performance Level)

 

Certification.  Candidates must meet the certification requires above.  BROSs at the GS-12 level must achieve two ACVREP certifications to demonstrate full mastery in two areas of blind rehabilitation.

 

Experience.  In addition to meeting the basic requirements in above, completion of 1 year of progressively complex experience equivalent to the next lower grade level.  In addition to meeting the KSAs at the GS-11 level, the candidate must fully demonstrate the following 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 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.

 

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.

 

 

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.


References:  http://vaww.va.gov/ohrm/Directives-Handbooks/Documents/5005.pdf

 

 


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.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:   Must satisfactorily complete a pre-employment physical to include heavy lifting and carrying (over 44 pounds) with the use of fingers, involving walking, standing, and repeated bending with the use of both legs and the ability to distinguish basic colors and shades of colors, hearing with the ability to operate motor vehicle which is required for this position.  (See VA Directive and Handbook 5019).


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 http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.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.


BENEFITS:

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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 http://www.va.gov/JOBS/Job_Benefits/benefits.asp.



OTHER INFORMATION:

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

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



HOW TO APPLY:

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To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, May 09, 2013 to receive consideration.
  1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  2. Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. 

To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
   ·Other (ACVREP Certification )
   ·Resume
   ·Transcript

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
   ·Cover Letter
   ·DD-214
   ·Other Veterans Document
   ·SF-15
   ·SF-50



VA Form 10-2850c
- Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf) (required).

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

You are encouraged to apply online.  Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE:  If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):
  1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 877162.
  2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials.  The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, May 09, 2013  to receive consideration.  Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:
  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf.  
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Cynthia Sykora
Phone: (254)297-5107
Fax: (478)757-3144
Email: CYNTHIA.SYKORA@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VHA Central Texas HCS Temple
DO NOT EMAIL OR MAIL APPLICATIONS
APPLY ONLINE OR BY FAX ONLY , TX
00000 Fax: (478)757-3144

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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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Job Announcement Number:

AG-T38-13-231-CSy-877162

Control Number:

341858300