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    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 .

    The VA Black Hills Health Care System (VA BHHCS) is located in the Black Hills of Western South Dakota, where America vacations.  South Dakota has No State Income Tax, is the Second Happiest and one of the Safest States in the Nation,is home to one of GORP.com's Top Ten Scenic Drives and Top Ten National Forests, features an Outdoor Life's Top City for Outdoor Enthusiasts and hosts the legendary Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.   

    VABHHCS is where we live and work in rural small town settings, only minutes from Rapid City's shopping, dining, cultural and entertainment venues.  We offer rich history, from Mammoths and Prehistoric Civilizations to the 7th Cavalry, Deadwood, the Star Spangled Banner and Mount Rushmore. The Black Hills experiences more sunny days than Miami or Honolulu, ensuring year round outdoor recreation. Hiking, fishing, rockclimbing, canoeing, waterskiing, golf, snowmobiling, hunting, camping, downhill and cross country skiing, motorcycling – the opportunities are endless. The Black Hills includes stunning landscapes such as Harney Peak, Bear Butte,the Badlands, Sylvan Lake, the Needles Highway and the Black Hills National Forest.  

    With primary campuses at Fort Meade and Hot Springs and numerous Community Based Outpatient Clinics, VA BHHCS provides primary and secondary medical and surgical care, along with Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program services, for Veterans from North and South Dakota, Wyoming and Nebraska. VA Black Hills Health Care is part of the VA Midwest Health Care Network (VISN23) – where we've been caring for America's Heroes for over 100 years.

    Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.

    For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.

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    Located in Mental Health Service Line, the Vocational Development Specialist serves as the Community Employment Coordinator for Homeless veterans. He/she is responsible for the ongoing orientation and training of the Homeless Services continuum in order to connect veterans to the most appropriate and least restrictive VA and/or community-based employment services. The incumbent is supervised by the Health Care for Homeless Veterans Manager or designee in orchestrating clinical and administrative staff, within the Medical Center and without, into a cohesive platform with which homeless veterans can obtain competitive employment with appropriate supports. This Vocational Development Specialist monitors performance and progress through review of cases referred to the members of the collaborative to insure that veterans are receiving services leading to competitive employment and appropriate follow-up reports; develops and maintains a database on referral and placement outcomes and provides feedback to the collaborative members as well as national homeless leadership. He/she develops employment opportunities for homeless veterans both directly through community-based job development and indirectly by leveraging the expertise of the employment collaborative; and provides information, pre-employment assessment and workforce re-entry planning services, linkage, and coordination for VA and non-VA services, and community-based follow-up services to integrate veterans into the community through competitive employment. This individual must be able to evaluate the employment needs of individual veterans and to provide individual and customized job development and placement. Cases involve veterans that present difficulty in motivation, training, placement, or adjustment. Since the work of this position requires community work, this individual must be able to drive a government car and a current, valid driver’s license is required.

    Location: Mental Health Service Line, Fort Meade, SD, VA Black Hills Health Care System

    Work Schedule: Full time, 80 hrs per pay period

    Postion Description Title/PD# Vocational Development Specialist, 23299-A

    Travel Required

    50% or less - Required to drive a government car in carrying out duties

    Supervisory status


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)

    Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/448298200. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.