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Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

Veterans Benefits Administration St Louis, MO
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Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

##### Department of Veterans Affairs

Veterans Benefits Administration


- ##### Open & closing dates

07/31/2019 to 08/06/2019

- ##### Service


- ##### Pay scale & grade

GS 9 - 12

- ##### Salary

$51,440 to $94,491 per year

- ##### Appointment type


- ##### Work schedule



1 vacancy in the following location:


Overland, MO 1 vacancy

##### Relocation expenses reimbursed


##### Telework eligible


- Duties

### Summary

**Position Description Title/PD\#**: GS 9 - 37503, GS 11 - 37502, GS
12 - 37501

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### Responsibilities

At the GS 9, under the general supervision of the VRE officer;
incumbent performs a limited range of case management
responsibilities for training and employment services on a range of
cases including those requiring special procedures:

- Will be assigned limited range of initial evaluation cases in
which the degree of difficulty in determining entitlement is
- Provides individual and group counseling sessions to provide
information and assistance with the program.
- Conduct comprehensive initial evaluations to determine
entitlement to Chapter 31 rehabilitation benefits and the need
for independent living services.
- Assists the veteran in exploring and identifying rehabilitation
needs, goals and objectives.
- Provides problem solving counseling to a diverse adult
population with a wide range of disabilities to facilitate the
achievement of rehab objectives.
- Provides comprehensive employment and post-employment services.
- Participation in outreach programs (both onsite and offsite).
- Represents the VA by acting as liaison with local military
installations by providing information on the VRE programs.
- Serves as liaison with community educational facilities to
provide on campus support to veteran students.

At the GS 11 grade level the incumbent performs a full range of case
management responsibilities for training and employment services:
- Will be assigned initial evaluation cases by the VREO in which
the degree of difficulty in determining entitlement ranges from
simple to complex.

At the GS 12 Grade level; the incumbent provides counseling services
to severely disabled veterans with complicated rehabilitation plans
such as those calling for homebound and self-employment services:
- Independently carries through the full range of case management
responsibilities for training and employment services on all
types of cases including those requiring special procedures.
- Will be assigned evaluation cases which range in degree of
difficulty range from minimal to extreme.
- Must operate with minimal need for supervision and may be
assigned as team leader over casework performed by lower grade
- Will provide supervision to assigned work study students as well
as develop and oversee mentoring programs, mentors and potential

### Travel Required

Occasional travel - You will be expected to travel for this

##### Supervisory status


##### Promotion Potential


- #### Job family (Series)

0101 Social Science

#### Similar jobs

- Counselors, Vocational
- Vocational Counselors

- Requirements

### Conditions of Employment

- You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
- Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
- Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
- May serve a probationary period.
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after
- A complete application package MUST contain; Resume and
- Selected applicants will be required to complete an online
onboarding process.
- Awarded/Conferred Master's Degree IS required. Transcripts
(unofficial and/or official) MUST show supervised rehabilitation
related internship.
- Transcripts must show degree has been awarded/conferred with
date awarded. Resume must show complete dates of employment, to
include month and year.
- SF 15 MUST be accompanied by the Civil Service disability letter
(showing the percentage of disability) in order to receive
credit for disability.
- Work schedule: 8:00am - 4:30pm
- Compressed/Flexible Schedule: Available at the Discretion of the
- Telework: Available at the Discretion of the Department.
- This is not a virtual position.
- Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized
- This is a Bargaining Unit Position.

### Qualifications

The Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors (VRCs) are located in the
Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) Regional Office (RO), RO Out
based office location, Vet Success On Campus (VSOC) school site, or
Integrated Disability Evaluation System (IDES military
installation). VRCs in the VBA provide and coordinate a wide range
of rehabilitation counseling and case management services to
disabled veterans and other eligible individuals. VRCs assigned to
VSOC are located at a partnering school campus and serve as a
liaison with school officials and represent VA on all matters under
VA jurisdiction. The IDES VRCs are located at partnering Department
of Defense (DOD) military installation and provides early outreach
to wounded, ill or injured active duty Service members. Incumbent
may be assigned to one or more schools or military installations,
requiring coordination and interaction with officials from different
schools or military officials.

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements
by the closing date of this announcement,

You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as
described below:
Specialized experience may have been gained while working with
vocational rehabilitation service programs at the Federal, State,
Local or private sector levels which required performing initial
evaluations; entitlement determination; rehabilitation planning;
problem solving; case management, including coordination of all
rehabilitation services; case documentation; employment service;
administration and interpretation of vocational testing; instructing
and interaction with a variety of adults clients, professionals and
potential employers; Interpreting and applying Federal and State
vocational rehabilitation laws and regulations in the provision of
services to disabled adult clients; Providing individual counseling
to emotionally and physically disabled adults; and coordinating the
service necessary to prepare mentally and physically disabled adults
for suitable employment.

\[NOTE:** If one year of work experience is credited for determining
minimum qualifications, that year cannot also be used for
determining grade level. For example, for candidates with two years
of qualifying work experience, but no internship/practicum, the
first year of experience is used to meet the basic requirement and
the second year of experience to qualify for GS-11.\]

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 above listed competencies, completion
of work samples and/or contact for an interview.

This position is covered by a single agency qualification standard,
VA Handbook 5005/6, part II, appendix F2, dated June 3, 2004. All
applicants must meet the Basic Educational Requirements and
Specialized Experience described below, to qualify.

**BASIC EDUCATIONAL 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 30 semester hours of course work in
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.
\[For master's degree programs without a supervised
internship/practicum, substitution is allowed for successful
professional experience following completion of the master's degree.
Experience suitable for substitution must be one full year in direct
delivery of vocational rehabilitation services to adults with
disabilities in rehabilitation programs, other than those in
correctional facilities. The experience or internship/practicum must
have been supervised by a professional in vocational rehabilitation
or a closely related professional field that typically has oversight
for vocational rehabilitation programs.\]
**NON QUALIFYING EXPERIENCE:** Vocational rehabilitation experience
obtained prior to completion of the requirements for the master's
degree is not qualifying.

***You will be rated on work experience and knowledge obtained in
the last 5 years as it pertains to vocational rehabilitation
counseling, case management techniques, diagnostic assessment
processes used in vocational/educational/rehabilitation, personal
adjustment counseling and effect of disabilities on

There is no substitution of work experience for the basic
educational requirement.

Your application will be evaluated using the category rating method
based on your responses to the assessment questions and the
documents you submit. If you meet the basic requirements for the
position, your application will be evaluated and placed into one of
three categories:
- **Best Qualified Category** - Candidates who meet the minimum
qualification requirements and demonstrate a high level of the
knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the duties
of the position.
- **Well Qualified Category** - Candidates who meet the minimum
qualification requirements and demonstrate a satisfactory level
of the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the
duties of the position.
- **Qualified Category** - Candidates who meet the minimum
qualifications requirements.

**Note:** Candidates eligible for veterans' preference will be
placed ahead of other candidates in the appropriate category for
which they have been rated. Additionally, preference eligibles who
have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10
percent and who meet the minimum qualification requirements will
automatically be placed in the best qualified category.

### Education

**GS-9:** Must meet the basic educational requirements listed

**GS-11**: Basic educational requirement AND Specialized Experience:
In addition to meeting the Basic educational Requirements stated
above, one year of post-graduate level professional vocational
rehabilitation counseling experience, equivalent to the GS-09 level
is required. OR In addition to meeting the basic educational
requirements, 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**: Basic educational requirement AND Specialized Experience:
In addition to meeting the Basic educational Requirements stated
above, one year of post-graduate level professional vocational
rehabilitation counseling experience, other than those in
correctional facilities, equivalent to the GS-11 level is

**Supervised Internship** - you must describe the duties and
responsibilities performed during your supervised internship.
Include the dates of the internship(s), where the internship(s) was
performed, number of hours completed, and the name/title/phone
number of the individual that supervised your internship.

**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 (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 education.

### Additional information

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.

The **Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)** and
**Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)** provide eligible
displaced VA competitive service employees with selection priority
over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be
well-qualified, applicants must possess experience that exceeds the
minimum qualifications of the position including all selective
factors if applicable, and must be proficient in most of the
requirements of the job. Information about ICTAP and CTAP
eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website which
can be found at

**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.

**This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional

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. When promotion potential is shown, the agency is
not making a commitment and is not obligated to provide future
promotions to you if you are selected. Future promotions will be
dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level,
the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level,
and administrative approval.

**Physical Requirements:** The work is mostly sedentary; however,
there may be some walking, standing, and carrying of light items
such as papers, books, folders and files.

**Awarded/Conferred Master's Degree is required (must be reflected
on transcripts). Transcripts (unofficial and/or official) must show
evidence of a supervised internship and must also show that the
degree has been awarded/conferred and the date awarded. Resume is
also required and must show complete dates of employment, to include
month and year**.

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

If you are unable to apply online view the following link for
information regarding an Alternate Application.

### How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the
qualifications above.

resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not
allow credit for your response(s).

You will be rated on the following competencies based on your
application for this position. Applicants MUST possess training and
experience that clearly demonstrates the following competencies.
This experience and/or training MUST be reflected by descriptions of
your experience in your resume:

**Competency 1**: Knowledge of vocational rehabilitation counseling
and case management techniques.
**Competency 2:** Knowledge of different diagnostic assessment
processes used in vocational, educational, rehabilitation, or
personal adjustment counseling and effect of disabilities on
**Competence 3:** Ability to communicate in writing in a clear and
concise manner.
**Competency 4:** Ability to communicate orally with people from a
wide variety of backgrounds and with varying degrees of
**Competency 5:** Ability to function effectively working as a team

The primary degree required under this single-agency standard is
Rehabilitation Counseling. For related degree programs other than
Rehabilitation Counseling the focus of the master's degree program
MUST have been in adult rehabilitation counseling as evidenced by
the coursework required for the degree.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer
work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps,
AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional;
philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social).
Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and
skills and can provide valuable training and experience that
translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for
all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

**Note**: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of
work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of
time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to
receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature
of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number
of hours a week spent in such employment.

### Background checks and security clearance

##### Security clearance


##### Drug test required


##### Position sensitivity and risk

Moderate Risk (MR)

##### Trust determination process


- Required Documents

Documents Accepted:

- Cover Letter
- DD-214/ Statement of Service
- Disability Letter (Schedule A)
- Disability Letter (VA)
- Other (1)
- Resume
- SF-15
- Transcript

Documents Required:
- Resume
- Transcript

Please review the above list(s) to ensure you have included all
necessary documents required for your application.Not every
applicant will require the same documents, therefore it is the
applicants responsibility to ensure that their application package
includes all necessary documents to determine qualifications and
eligibility for appointment, such as a copy of your SF-50,
transcript, ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal
employees).*You will not be contacted for additional information.*
Applicants will be deemed ineligible if supporting documentation is
not submitted.

**Veterans' Preference:** When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible
Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or
for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must
provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and
character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are
currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or
discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to
your active duty service which reflects the dates of service,
character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and 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 Veteran Preference" and the Civil Service Disability letter
showing the percentage of disability to be awarded preference. For
more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit
#### If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

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. Therefore, provide only the
attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting
institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this
vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may
affect the overall rating.

- Benefits

A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a
comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your
family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to
make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal

Review our benefits

Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold
and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent.
Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific
benefits offered.

- How to Apply

**All applicants are encouraged to apply online.**

**To apply for this position,** you must complete the occupational
questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required
Documents section. The complete application package must be
submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 08/06/2019 to receive

1. To begin, click **Apply Online** to create a USAJOBS account or
log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your
USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the
occupational questionnaire.

2. Click **Submit My Answers** to submit your application package.

**NOTE:** It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and
appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. To
verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the **Application
Status** link and then select the M**ore Information** link for this
position. The Details page will display the status of your
application, the documentation received and processed, and any
correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your
uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan

**To return to an incomplete application**, log into your USAJOBS
account and click **Update Application** in the vacancy
announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents
from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

**Alternate Application:** If you are unable to apply online view
the following Alternate Application Information instructions at\_Application\_Information

### Agency contact information

### VBA Jackson DEU

##### Phone

(601) 364-7271

##### Email


##### Address

St Louis Regional Benefit Office
9700 Page Ave
Overland, MO 63132

Learn more about this agency

### Next steps

After we receive application packages (including all required
documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review
applications to ensure qualification requirements are met. During
our review, if your r?sum? and application package do not support
your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly.
After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued
and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if
provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter
via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as
such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an
interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once
a selection decision has been made.

You may check the status of your application at any time by logging
into your USA Jobs account and clicking on Applications. Information
regarding your application status can be found in the USAJobs Help

***You will be rated on work experience and knowledge obtained in
the last 5 years as it pertains to vocational rehabilitation
counseling, case management techniques, diagnostic assessment
processes used in vocational/educational/rehabilitation, personal
adjustment counseling and effect of disabilities on employability***

- Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent.
Please read the following guidance.

### Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on
the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and
gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual
orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age,
membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental
status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

- Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job

### Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants
with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable
accommodation for any part of the application process should follow
the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part
of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the
hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable
accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work
environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an
individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties
or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide
reasonable accommodations when:

- An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an
equal opportunity to apply for a job.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform
the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive
equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and
office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the
application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are
considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations
or how to contact an agency.

#### Legal and regulatory guidance

- Financial suitability
- Social security number request
- Privacy Act
- Signature and false statements
- Selective Service
- New employee probationary period

This job originated on For the full announcement and to
apply, visit Only resumes
submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed
at will be considered.

Veterans Benefits Administration


St Louis, MO