To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement
Basic Requirement: Satisfactory completion in an accredited college or university of all the requirements for a masters degree in rehabilitation counseling, including an internship; or a masters 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 masters degree programs without a supervised internship/practicum, substitution is allowed for successful professional experience following completion of the masters 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.
GS-11 Level: In addition to meeting the basic requirement, you may qualify for the GS-11 grade level by possessing specialized experience or graduate level education as follows:
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 have 1 year of professional vocational rehabilitation experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-11).
Vocational Rehabilitation experience gained prior to completion of the requirements for the masters degree is NOT qualifying.
Physical Demands: The work is basically sedentary, requiring some walking, standing, bending, and the carrying of lightweight items such as files.
Time in Grade: All applicants must meet the time-in-grade requirements outlined in 5 C.F.R., Part 300, Subpart F within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.
You will be rated on the following comptencies based on your application for this position:
Knowledge of vocational rehabilitation counseling and case management
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
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, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or be contacted for an interview.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL 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).
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 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.
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: