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Job Title:  Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, GS-0101-9/11/12
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Benefits Administration
Job Announcement Number:  348-13-020-DF 921513

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$47,448.00 to $89,450.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, July 03, 2013 to Thursday, July 11, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Eugene, OR United StatesView Map
This vacancy is open to current status employees of the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) Regional Offices only.


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?

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 921513 (Please include on all documents.)


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 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. Click here for more information about careers in the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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. Contact the Agency Contact on the last page of the JOA for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.


  • Applicants must have valid driver’s license.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • VA Skills Certification Test Required
  • Designated and/or random drug testing is not required for this position.


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This position is located at the Veterans Benefits Administration Portland Regional Office satellite location in Eugene, Oregon.   


  • The Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC) provides and coordinates a wide range of rehabilitation and personal adjustment counseling services to disabled veterans and other eligible individuals.
  • The services provided include: initial rehabilitation evaluations, entitlement determinations, rehabilitation planning, problem solving counseling, case documentation and management, employment services, psychological testing and interpretation of test results, and guidance to junior VRCs.
  • The counselor assesses data received from medical, psychological, and vocational evaluations and develops complex individualized rehabilitation plans.
  • Collaborates regarding employment resource development and placement.
  • The counselor acts as a liaison with local military installations, particularly with military personnel in the medical evaluations and discharge process and other support services.
  • At the full performance level, the counselor may oversee casework performed by lower-graded Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors and Specialists.


**Applicants must have valid driver's license.** 


Work Schedule: Monday – Friday Hours to be determined.
Position Description PD#: 04151A
Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

Promotion Potential: The selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level.

The grade progression for this position is GS-09/11/12.

Full performance level of this position is GS-12.


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To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Time in Grade: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements.

GS-09: To qualify for this position you must have at least one year time-in-grade at the GS-08 level or higher.

GS-11: To qualify for this position you must have at least one year time-in-grade at the GS-10 level or higher.

GS-12: To qualify for this position you must have at least one year time-in-grade at the GS-11 level or higher.

Specialized Experience:

Qualified applicants must have the education, experience, skills, and physical abilities as defined in the OPM Qualification Standards Operating Manual, Group Coverage Qualifications Standard for Administrative and Management Positions, dated August 1995, requires the following experience or education:

Basic Requirement: Satisfactory completion in an accredited college or university of all the requirements for a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling, including an internship; or a master’s degree in counseling psychology or a related field, including at least 30 semester hours of course work in such areas as foundations of rehabilitation counseling, human growth and development, counseling theories and techniques, vocational assessment, career development, job placement, case management, and medical/psycho-social aspects of disability. Total graduate study must have included or been supplemented by a supervised internship. For master’s degree programs without a supervised internship/practicum, substitution is allowed for successful professional experience following completion of the master’s degree. Experience suitable for substitution must be one full year in direct delivery of vocational rehabilitation services to adults with disabilities in rehabilitation programs, other than those in correctional facilities. A professional in vocational rehabilitation or a closely related professional field that typically has oversight for vocational rehabilitation programs must have supervised the experience or internship/practicum.

[NOTE: If one year of work experience is credited for determining minimum qualifications, that year cannot also be used for determining grade level. For example, for candidates with two years of qualifying work experience, but no internship/practicum, the first year of experience is used to meet the basic requirement and the second year of experience to qualify for GS-11.]

GS-09 Level: Must meet the basic requirements above.

GS-11 Level: In addition to meeting the basic requirement, you must possess one (1) year of professional vocational rehabilitation counseling experience, equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-09 level) –or– successful completion of 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education or a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in rehabilitation counseling or counseling psychology.

GS-12 Level: In addition to meeting the basic requirement, you must possess one (1) year of professional vocational rehabilitation experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-11.) Education substitution is generally not applicable at this grade level.

Note: Vocational Rehabilitation experience gained prior to completion of the requirements for the master’s degree is NOT qualifying.

COMPETENCIES:  All applicants will be rated based on their competencies, experience, education, etc.  The following competencies must be demonstrated in your resume:  This training or experience must be reflected by description of your experience in your resume.

  • Knowledge of vocational rehabilitation counseling and case management techniques.
  • Knowledge different diagnostic assessment processes used in vocational, educational, rehabilitation, or personal adjustment counseling and effect of disabilities on employability.
  • Ability to communicate in writing in a clear and concise manner.
  • Ability to communicate orally with people from a wide variety of backgrounds and with varying degrees of understanding.
  • Ability to understand and apply a large body of vocational rehabilitation laws, rules and regulations to develop a written plan of vocational rehabilitation.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.  If your resume/application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

Physical Requirements: This position is primarily sedentary with  to include carrying lightweight items.

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:

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 portion of the education requirement. ***


Your résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.



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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:

VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.

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.


Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one of any combination of these methods to fill the position.

The personnel action taken as a result of this announcement will be in accordance with the policy and procedures set forth in the VA/AFGE Master Agreement and VA Human Resources Management Directive & Handbooks.

Applicants will receive equal consideration for selection without regard to political, religious, labor organization affiliation or nonaffiliation, marital status, race, color, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, nondisqualifying disabling condition, or age.

Application for consideration under this vacancy announcement authorizes examination of employee records (PL 93-579, Privacy Act of 1974).

This announcement does not preclude the Regional Office from filling this vacancy through other staffing methods, such as reassignment, demotion, reinstatement, transfer, or special appointing authorities such as those for disabled veterans, Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA) eligibles, severely handicapped individuals, etc.

This position is included in the bargaining unit.

The grade progression for this position is GS-09/11/12.

Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors (VRCs) at the GS-11 grade level who are eligible for promotion to full performance GS-12 within six months, as well as current GS-12 VRCs and Counseling Psychologists, are required to take a VA Skills Certification Test to identify knowledge gaps and to assist in the continued development of world-class training.  Because it is not designed to measure employee performance, the test will not impact an employee’s performance appraisal or promotion potential.  Employees are required to take the test until certification is achieved.   

This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision regarding reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

The Department of Veterans Affairs may offer Permanent Change of Station (PCS) relocation services. Permanent Change of Station is the relocation of a household due to government convenience in connection with a transfer between duty stations or facilities. For more information go to:

VBA provides reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. To receive a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Point of Contact listed at the beginning of the announcement. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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


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HOW TO APPLY: All applicants are encouraged to apply online.


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 TAG:Thursday, July 11, 2013 Closing Date 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,, 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.

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 and provide the required information.The Vacancy ID is TAG395-13-012-DF 905826:Vacancy ID.

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 TAGThursday, June 20, 2013:Closing Date 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 TAG View Occupational Questionnaire:Link to Full Questionnaire.

2.Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items

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.


The following documents are REQUIRED:

  • Resume detailing your experience and competencies.

  • Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire (1203FX if faxing).

  • Evidence of your eligibility to apply (ex. most recent SF-50 indicating grade and tenure; DD-214;

  • Schedule A Letter; Civil Service Preference Letter; etc.).

  • Veterans documentation, such as a DD-214 or equivalent, SF-15 and VA Letter, as appropriate.

  • Graduate level transcripts are required.

Use this checklist to ensure you have submitted everything. You will not be contacted for additional information.


Laurel L. Sharp
Phone: (503)412-4544
Agency Information:
348 Portland RO
100 SW Main Street
Federal BLDG
Portland, OR


After the vacancy announcement closes and a referral certificate is issued, an electronic notification letter - or e-mail - will be sent to applicants who provide an e-mail address. Otherwise, you will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service within 2 to 4 weeks.

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