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Job Title:Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Benefits Administration

Job Announcement Number:344-13-39-TS-965827

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$52,852.00 to $99,636.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, September 24, 2013 to Monday, September 30, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Long Beach, CA United StatesView Map


This vacancy is open to applicants in the Long Beach, CA local commuting area who are current career or career-conditional federal employees, CTAP/ICTAP eligibles, reinstatement eligibles, 30% disabled veterans, relocating Veteran Spouse, or individuals with disabilities. Veterans who are eligible under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) may also apply and need not live in the local commuting area to be considered.


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 965827

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

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.





  • Background Investigation May Be Required
  • Must Possess a valid state driver's license
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required


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Work Schedule:  Full Time

Position Description Number: 02533A

Relocation Expenses:  Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position

  • 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.


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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 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.

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 master’s 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 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, 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:

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




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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package.  This link provides is 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 employee's 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.
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 or any combination of these methods to fill the position.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.  


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.

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

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. 

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 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.


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1. Your Résumé

2. A completed Occupational Questionnaire. For a preview, click on the following link: View Occupational Questionnaire

3. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below.)

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, September 30, 2013

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the bottom 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. Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is easier, faster, and provides more information as applications are processed.

Note: To change or update your application, simply reapply through My USAJOBS, before the closing date.  To check the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (, select Application Status and click on the more information link under the application status for this position. 

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 any supporting documents to (478) 757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

1. Complete this cover page: the following Vacancy ID TAG:VacancyID.

2. Fax your documents to (478) 757-3144.


The following documents are required:

·         Resume

·         Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire

·         Transcripts

·         Other documents - use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.



Larry D. Farmer
Phone: (310)235-6033
Agency Information:
344 Los Angeles RO
Federal Building
11000 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA


After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed and assigned an initial rating. We will also review your application to make sure that your résumé supports the answers given in the questionnaire. If your résumé does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified when your rating is determined.

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