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Job Title:Blind Rehabilitation Specialist (Orientation & Mobility Instructor)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VR 969641 H38 13-74 MG

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$66,945.00 to $83,126.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, October 01, 2013 to Tuesday, October 22, 2013




Full Time - Permanent


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


United States Citizens



Position Description Title: Blind Rehabilitation Specialist (Orientation & Mobility Instructor), GS-0601-11

Functional Statement #: 600-01225A

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): VR 969641 H38 13-74 MG

Salary: Applicant's education and experience will be reviewed by a Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected.  The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.

Work Schedule: Full time, Monday-Friday (7:30a.m.- 4:00p.m.)

We are a 24/7 medical center with various tours of duty and incumbent may be required to work off tours, nights, holidays and/or weekends to meet the mission of caring for the Veterans…

How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

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?

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. 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. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service.

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans. The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.

Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define “who we are,” our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence (“I CARE”).

America's Veterans need you! To find out more, go to


Request for reconsideration of ratings will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package.  Human Resource Management Service will not go to employee personnel files for this information. If you do not submit the required documents, you will not receive consideration for this position. We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, fax transmissions, delays in mail service, etc...


  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • You must pass a pre-employment physical


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The Incumbent is a subject matter expert in Orientation and Mobility, which addresses the use of remaining vision and/or auditory and other senses to travel from place to place safely and efficiently. Provide direct patient care and support services to an adult population of patients which is characterized by a very significant number of older male patients. Evaluate and assess needs, capabilities and limitations, goal setting and prescribing a treatment plan for individuals experiencing blindness/visual impairment caused by injury or disease. Work as part of a team coordinating care for blind and visually impaired veterans. Incumbent studies visual and non-visual barriers and related processes that result in activity limitations, participation restrictions, loss of vocational and a vocational opportunities, and psychological distress. Identify the difficulties confronting the Veteran and barriers to treatment and develop and provide intervention designed to enable the blind and vision rehabilitation process. Develop a treatment plan in conjunction with an interdisciplinary team to improve the quality of life for blind and visually impaired Veterans through the development of skills and capabilities needed for personal independence, emotional stability and the successful integration into community, family and environment.


Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses Are Not authorized for this position.
Relocation Incentive: Relocation Incentive Is Not authorized for this position.
Recruitment Incentive: Recruitment Incentive Is Not authorized for this position.


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  • 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 employment.
  • 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.


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 bachelor’s 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 bachelor’s 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 educationExamples of experience would typically include, but are not limited to:

  • 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
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: 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.


References : VA Handbook 5005 at (also available in the local Human Resources Office) and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at


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
Understandable speed
minimum 1/2 hour at a time

Environmental Factors:

Working closely with others
Working alone

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: 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


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.


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Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at .


Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

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.

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. This is not a guarantee and must be requested in advance.

You may be required to serve a probationary period.


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package (See "Required Documents" section below).  The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, October 22, 2013.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button 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.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application return to your member account in USAJOBS to see the status of your application, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

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, and

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. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

1. Complete this cover page  using the following Vacancy ID 969641.

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


The following documents are required:

  1. Resume (Work Experience Must Include Hour Per Week).
  2. VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at (required).
  3. Responses Occupational Questionnaire (Skip this step, if choose to "Apply Online"): Print the 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire responses to the questionnaire (Available at View Occupational Questionnaire)
  4. OF-306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at:
  5. Copy of your unofficial transcript if you are using education to qualify
  6. Copy of Current and Unrestricted licensure or certification
  7. People with Disabilities (Schedule A Letter)
  8. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 or proof of service (required).   Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at  
  9. If pior or currently employed in the Federal system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action (required).
  10. 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.


Mae Givens
Phone: (562)826-5651
Agency Information:
VHA Long Beach HCS
Human Resources Management
5901 E 7th Street
Do Not Mail Applications
Long Beach, CA


You will receive e-mail notification as to whether or not you were included on the list of referred candidates.  If you do not provide an e-mail address, your notification will be sent via U.S. Postal Service within 2-4 weeks.

Important note:  Applicants have the burden of producing all needed information prior to the closing of the announcement Tuesday, October 22, 2013.  If this requirement is not met and you are not referred to the hiring facility, you may contact the local HR office for Direct Hiring Authority options. 

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