Job Overview

Summary

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 915716

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.

This position is located at the VHA Minneapolis Health Care System and will serve as the VIST Coordinator for the Visual Impairment Services Outpatient Rehabilitation (VISOR) Program.

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 and leadership positions at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated healthcare 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 http://www.vacareers.va.gov/

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 in the range of GS-11 to GS-12.  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.

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.

Duties

The successful applicant will serve as the Visual Impairment Services Team (VIST) Coordinator as a member of the Minneapolis MVAHCS VISOR Program. The incumbent is responsible for administering VIS Team services as well as providing case management and adjustment counseling to severely visually impaired and blind veterans in the medical center's catchment area.

Duties include but are not limited to:  

  • Responsible for the case management and coordination of services to visually impaired veterans and their families.
  • Responsible for the identification and enrollment of newly identified visually impaired veterans through outreach and education efforts within the hospital and throughout the community
  • Meets VA and Blind Rehabilitation Services standards of case management including but not limited to enrollment and vesting, and VA benefits and benefits specifically related to vision loss for which veterans are eligible
  • Provides therapeutic counseling regarding adjustment to sight loss, assesses the need for rehabilitation, develops treatment plans, and provides education on VA and community benefits and services.
  • Identifies/develops resources for the provision of training of benefit to visually impaired veterans.  Makes referrals to these sources following procedures appropriate to each referral contact
  • Coordinates the provision of appropriate adaptive devices and the requisite training in their use through the use of VISOR, community and VA Blind Rehabilitation Center services.
  • Identifies gaps in services and develops a plan in consultation with the Supervisory Blind Rehab Specialist, the VIS Team, and others as appropriate to improve service delivery.
  • Works with the supervisory blind rehabilitation specialist and blind rehabilitation staff in developing, publicizing and marketing Minneapolis VAMC’s blind rehabilitation programs.
  • Serves as a liaison and con­sultant in matters related to visual impairment and blindness.
  • Develops and maintains screening procedures to target the population within and outside the VA.
  • Maintains records and files as appropriate for program management and evaluation purposes and ensures that accurate statistical data are recorded in electronic databases as directed by VA Central Office.
  • Carries professional and administrative responsibilities for program implementation, coordination, and evaluation.

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

Work Schedule:   Full-time Monday-Friday 7:30am-4:00pm