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Job Title:  Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Benefits Administration
Job Announcement Number:  FV-CP-13-0088

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$50,628.00 to $95,444.00 / Per Year
Friday, September 13, 2013 to Monday, September 16, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
3 vacancies in the following location(s):
Seattle, WA United StatesView Map
Bremerton, WA United StatesView Map
Spokane, WA United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) FV958249

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?

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.

  • This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
  • Relocation expenses are NOT authorized.
  • Promotion Potential: GS-12
  • Recruitment is at the GS-9, GS-11 and GS-12. 

For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to

These positions are assigned to the Seattle VA Regional Office, Seattle, WA but are located in Bremerton, WA, Spokane WA and Fort Lewis, WA (Seattle).  


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job.
  • Submit a complete application and all supporting documents.
  • Complete the online questionnaire.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Graduate Level Transcripts are REQUIRED
  • Selectees may be subject to a one year probationary period.


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  • Provides and coordinates a wide range of rehabilitation counseling and case management services to veterans with disabilities and other eligible individuals.
  • Performs initial evaluations, makes eligibility determinations, does rehabilitation planning and problem solving, and conducts counseling.
  • Coordinates and implements rehabilitation services, case documentation, employment services, and administration and interpretation of vocational testing.
  • Make recommendations and referrals to other sources, which may assist the veteran.

Special Duties:  The incumbent will be permanently assigned to a military installation for the purpose of providing Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) services to Service members transitioning through the Integrated Disability Evaluation System (IDES).  Counselors placed at IDES installations will also collaborate with the DoD Education and Employment Initiative (E2I).  This new effort is designed to engage military service members early in their recovery, helping them: identify the skills they have, the skills they need, and opportunities where those skills can be used.


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This position is covered by a single agency qualification standard, VA Handbook 5005/6, part II, appendix F2, dated June 3, 2004. All applicants must meet the Basic Educational Requirements and Specialized Experience described below, to qualify.

BASIC EDUCATIONAL 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 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. The experience or internship/practicum must have been supervised by a professional in vocational rehabilitation or a closely related professional field that typically has oversight for vocational rehabilitation programs.]

GS-9: Must meet the basic educational requirements listed above.

GS-11: Basic educational requirement AND Specialized Experience: In addition to meeting the Basic educational Requirements stated above, one year of post-graduate level professional vocational rehabilitation counseling experience, equivalent to the GS-09 level is required. OR In addition to meeting the basic educational requirements, 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: Basic educational requirement AND Specialized Experience: In addition to meeting the Basic educational Requirements stated above, one year of post-graduate level professional vocational rehabilitation counseling experience, equivalent to the GS-11 level is required.

Specialized experience may have been gained while working with vocational rehabilitation service programs at the Federal, State, Local or private sector levels which required performing initial evaluations; entitlement determination; rehabilitation planning; problem solving; case management, including coordination of all rehabilitation services; case documentation; employment service; administration and interpretation of vocational testing; instructing and interaction with a variety of clients, professionals and potential employers; Interpreting and applying Federal and State vocational rehabilitation laws and regulations in the provision of services to disabled clients; Providing individual counseling to emotionally and physically disabled adults; and coordinating the service necessary to prepare mentally and physically disabled adults for suitable employment.


[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.]

The primary degree required under this single-agency standard is Rehabilitation Counseling. For related degree programs other than Rehabilitation Counseling the focus of the master's degree program must have been on rehabilitation counseling as evidenced by the coursework required for the degree.

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 (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 education. ***

Supervised Internship – you must describe the duties and responsibilities performed during your supervised internship. Include the dates of the internship(s), where the internship(s) was performed, number of hours completed, and the name/title/phone number of the individual that supervised your internship.

There is no substitution of work experience for the basic educational requirement.

The primary degree required under this single-agency standard is Rehabilitation Counseling. For related degree programs other than Rehabilitation Counseling the focus of the master's degree program must have been on rehabilitation counseling as evidenced by the coursework required for the degree.

NON QUALIFYING EXPERIENCE: Vocational rehabilitation experience obtained prior to completion of the requirements for the master’s degree is not qualifying.

Specialized Education:

Master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling, including a supervised internship; or a master’s degree in counseling psychology or a related field, including at least 30 semester hours of creditable course work and a supervised internship.

Awarded/Conferred Master's Degree required (must be reflected on transcripts).  Transcripts (official and/or unofficial) must show evidence of a supervised internship and must also show that the degree has been awarded/conferred and the date awarded. 

FOREIGN EDUCATION: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, you must submit original official college transcripts from an accredited educational institution that specializes in the interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.


Applicants will be ranked based on three quality groups, as follows:

  • Best qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position;
  • Well qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the job.
  • Qualified - applicants possessing experience and/or education that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors.

After the vacancy announcement closes, reviewed applications are evaluated against the questionnaire responses and placed in the appropriate quality group. Qualified veterans will be afforded preference by being placed at the top of the appropriate quality group.  Qualifying Veterans with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be placed at the top of the best qualified group. The best qualified group is the first to be referred to the hiring facility for further consideration and possible interview. The remaining groups may be referred base on the number of applicants available.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Applicants must possess training and experience that clearly demonstrates the following knowledge, skills, and abilities. This training and/or experience MUST be reflected by descriptions of your experience in your resume.

  • Knowledge of vocational rehabilitation counseling and case management techniques.
  • Knowledge of 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 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.
  • Ability to function effectively working as a team member.

If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information.

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


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 .


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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, 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.  Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.


Promotion Potential:  The selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, When promotion potential is shown, the agency is not making a commitment and is not obligated to provide future promotions to you if you are selected.  Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval.


Information about The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at To be well-qualified: applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job.


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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 (ET) on Monday, September 16, 2013 to receive consideration.

  1. To begin, click the Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log into your existing USAJOBS 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. Mailed/emailed applications will not be accepted.


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 incomplete, 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.
  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 Monday, September 16, 2013 to receive consideration.  Keep 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, following the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items  
  3. Fax the completed form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.


The following documents are required: Résumé, Official or Unofficial Graduate level transcripts (must show degree awarded and date awarded), responses to the Occupational questionnaire, Veterans' Preference documentation such as DD-214 or equivalent, SF-15 and VA Letter, as appropriate (which includes dates of service and character of discharge). Use this checklist to ensure you've submitted everything. You will not be contacted for additional information.


Jackson DEU
Phone: (601)364-7271
Agency Information:
HRC Denver Request
Thank You, MS


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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