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Job Title:  Blind Rehabilitation Specialist - Computer Access & Technology Instructor
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  880606LH

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

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$56,172.00 to $88,349.00 / Per Year
Thursday, April 25, 2013 to Wednesday, May 15, 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): 880606 

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
  • Must Possess Bachelor's in blind or vision rehab, related program in rehab


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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 of this vacancy is GS-11  The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-09 to GS-11.  The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience 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.

5.    Position Information:  

a.    Non-certified Blind Rehabilitation Specialists may be given a Temporary Appointment not-to-exceed (NTE) two (2) years.  It can be converted to a Full-Time Excepted Permanent appointment after obtaining a recognized certification within two (2) years of Temporary appointment

6.  Telework is not eligible for this position.


The successful candidate serves as a Blind Rehabilitation Specialist (Instructor) in the Computer Access Training Section of the Blind Rehabilitation Service at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS).  Assesses the patient’s aptitude, motivation and potential for success with the application or computerized aid. Incumbent prepares, selects, adapts, modifies and organizes training materials and specialized or supplemental aids in accordance with the patient’s capabilities. Incumbent instructs the patient in the use of computerized equipment. Adjusts the daily work plan in accordance with the patient’s progress. Incumbent counsels and assists the patient in order to improve their performance. Incumbent completes all documentation including patient progress notes and final summaries and justifications for issuance of equipment. The successful candidate is responsible for the development and maintenance of the instructional program including developing new and/or revising course material.


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   a.   Citizen of the United States. 


b.   Physical Requirements.  See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.


c.    English Language Proficiency.  Blind Rehabilitation Specialists must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, Section A, Paragraph 3j.


d.   Education and Experience

You must possess 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 healthcare;


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.


e.    Non-Certified BRS Hired Temporary.   Non-certified BRSs may be given a temporary appointment to positions at or above the GS-11 level not to exceed two years under the authority of 38 U.S.C. 7405(c)(2).  Non-certified employees appointed temporarily as BRSs may not be converted to an appointment at or above the GS-11 level under 38 U.S.C. 7401(3) without obtaining a recognized certification.


Grade Determinations:

    GS-9 - No certification is required at this level. In addition to meeting the basic requirements, completion of one year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level or completion of at least two full years of progressive graduate education or a master’s degree in a field directly related to the position.  In addition the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

     1.  Knowledge of policies and procedures of the blind/vision rehabilitation service.


     2.  Knowledge of administration and interpretation of assessments and evaluations in blind/vision rehabilitation.


     3.  Ability to develop a basic written blind/vision rehabilitation plan from assessment results and develop more complex plans with consultation from supervisor.


     4.  Skill in instructing patients and families in a meaningful rehabilitation program and applying blind/vision rehabilitation therapeutic techniques.


     5.  Ability to recommend appropriate blind/vision prosthetic devices for patients within the scope of practice.


     6.  Ability to serve as team coordinator for assigned patients during their rehabilitation programs.



    GS-11 - Full performance level for Blind Rehabilitation Specialist -  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).  You must have completed one year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level.  In addition to meeting the basic requirements, completion of 1 year of progressively complex experience equivalent to the next lower grade; or 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 addition to meeting the KSAs described at the GS-9 level, the candidate must fully demonstrate the following professional KSAs:

     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 a blind/vision rehabilitation plan that includes evaluation information from multiple disciplines with observable, measurable 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.



References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G41, BLIND REHABILITATION  QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated JULY 22, 2011 and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: This position’s work environment may be in an office, clinical setting, computer classroom, VA grounds, and hospitals.  The work requires regular and recurring exertion such as standing or walking; frequent bending, reaching, stooping to set up and take apart equipment and apparatus; lifting and repositioning patient’s equipment and pushing or pulling heavy objects. The work my require special physical characteristics and abilities such as above average dexterity to perform intricate procedures.  The work requires the ability to cope with a variety and complexity of situations due to the diversity of patients, duties and responsibilities.  The work requires patience and controlling of emotions when providing rehabilitation.


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: 880606.  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 Wednesday, May 15, 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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