- U.S. citizenship.
- Selective Service: Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service.
- Background Investigation: A background
investigation is required and continued employment is contingent on
completion of that process to determine suitability for federal
- English Language Proficiency: In
accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), No person shall serve in direct
patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and
spoken English. You must be proficient in basic written and spoken
English in order to meet the requirements of this position.
LICENSURE OR CERTIFICATION: APPLICANTS MUST POSSES AN ACTIVE, CURRENT, FULL AND UNRESTRICTED CERTIFICATION AS A CERTIFIED ORIENTATION AND MOBILITY SPECIALIST (COMS). Certification must be granted by the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals (ACVREP). Or another equivalent, related professional credential in special education, rehabilitation or health care. If all certifications are impaired, the individual is ineligible for appointment in VA.
ONCE CERTIFIED, A BRS MUST MAINTAIN A FULL, VALID AND UNRESTRICTED INDEPENDENT CERTIFICATION TO REMAIN QUALIFIED FOR EMPLOYMENT.
NON-CERTIFIED BRS HIRED TEMPORARY : Non-certified BRS may be given a temporary appointment to positions at or above the GS-11 level not to exceed two(2) years under the authority of 38 U.S>C. 7405©(2). Non-certified employees appointed temporarily as BRSs may not be converted to an appointment at or above the GS-11 level under 38 U.S.C 7401(3) without obtaining a recognized certification.
Certification: Public Law 97-35 requires that persons who administer radiologic procedures meet the credentialing standards in 42 CFR Part 75. Essentially, they must have successfully completed an education program that meets or exceeds the standards described in that regulation, and is accredited by an organization recognized by the Department of Education, and be certified as radiographers in their field.
NOTE: Failure to obtain certification will lead to termination at the end of the two (2) year period. Once certified, a BRS must maintain a full, valid and unrestricted independent certification to remain qualified for employment.
A bachelors degree from an accredited college or university with a major field of study in blind or vision rehabilitation, related program in rehabilitation, special education, family and consumer science education, technology and industrial arts education, or health care OR
A bachelors degree from an accredited college or university without a major field of study as outlined above that included or was supplemented by at least one of the following:
1. At least 30 semester hours of directly related, upper level undergraduate courses (e.g., at least 200 course level or higher, or as identified by the college or university
2. One full year of directly related graduate level coursework (typically at lease 15-18 hours
3. A Certificate in the core curriculum in orientation and mobility, vision rehabilitation therapy or low vision therapy from an accredited college or university and a directly related practicum/internship in the occupation, either included in the degree or post-degree.
Note: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
GS-11 EXPERIENCE: In addition to
meeting the basic requirements; completion of a minimum of one (1) year
of progressively complex experience equivalent to the next lower grade
level; or Three (3) years of progressively higher level graduate
education leading to a Doctoral Degree; or Doctoral Degree in Blind
Rehabilitation or a directly related field. NOTE; A transcript must be
submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your
qualifications on education. Examples of
experience would typically include, but are not limited to:
Note: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.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. You 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. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification
requirements, you must send a Certification of Foreign Equivalency with
your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.
- evaluating and assessing needs, capabilities and limitations, goal setting and prescribing a treatment plan for individuals experiencing blindness/visual impairment
- responsible for developing and coordinating the Veteran's Interdisciplinary Plan of Care (IPOC) with input from the Veteran and all team members
- developing a treatment plan, using and maintaining technology (discipline specific) necessary to assist in the Veteran's rehabilitation needs and processes such as electronic travel aids, computer assisted technology, speech output and input devices, large print devices and Braille devices, works with family members and/or significant others to educate and counsel about the ramifications of visual impairment
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
References : VA Handbook 5005 at http://www.va.gov/ohrm/joblistings/VAQualStds.doc (also available in the local Human Resources Office) and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/IORs/GS0100/0185.htm.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Light lifting, under 15 pounds
Light carrying, under 15 pounds
Pushing 1 hour
Reaching above shoulder
Use of fingers
Walking 1 hour
Standing 1 hour
Hearing (aid permitted)
Specific hearing requirements (specify) Other (specify)
Hearing required spoken language
Sitting minimum 1/2 hour at a time
Working closely with others
PROBATIONARY PERIOD: You may be required to serve a probationary period of 1 year.
KSA 1. Knowledge and understanding of highly specialized complex evaluations and diagnostic tests and procedures of blind/vision rehabilitation
KSA 2. Ability to properly assess a wide variety of patients having diverse and multiple disabilities to make recommendations for blind/vision rehabilitation therapeutic interventions
KSA 3. Ability to write a blind/vision rehabilitation plan that includes evaluation information from multiple disciplines with observable, measurable goals and that identifies specific outcomes.
KSA 4. Knowledge of teaching methods and learning principles
KSA 5. Ability to employ interventions, unusual motivational techniques and coordinate treatment with other professionals to achieve outcomes of the rehabilitation plan
KSA 6. Ability to recommend appropriate blind/vision rehabilitation prosthetic devices for patients within scope of practice, making adaptations and modifications as required
KSA 7. Ability to plan, direct, and distribute work assignments to volunteers, assistants and, interns and/or BRSs at lower grade levels and perform assigned mentoring duties for staff, students, and interns.
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. You 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.
Veteran's 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 DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability. If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.
Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, nonservice-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed SF 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," and required documentation with your application materials.
For more information on Veterans' Preference, go to http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetsinfo.asp.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment. Complete application packages will be reviewed to determine if the basic qualifications for this position have been met. A listing of candidates who meet the basic qualification requirements will be forwarded to the hiring facility where the credentialing and privileging screening process is completed.