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 minimal. - 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 VRC's. - Will provide supervision to assigned work study students as well as develop and oversee mentoring programs, mentors and potential volunteers.
### Travel Required
Occasional travel - You will be expected to travel for this position.
##### Supervisory status
##### Promotion Potential
- #### Job family (Series)
0101 Social Science
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- 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 12/31/1959. - A complete application package MUST contain; Resume and Transcripts. - 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 Department - 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.
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: SUBSTITUTION OF WORK EXPERIENCE ONLY APPLIES TO THE INTERNSHIP REQUIREMENT. IT DOES NOT REPLACE OR SUBSTITUTE THE BASIC EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENT OF A MASTER'S DEGREE. \[NOTE:** If one year of work experience is credited for determining minimum qualifications, that year cannot also be used for determining grade level. For example, for candidates with two years of qualifying work experience, but no internship/practicum, the first year of experience is used to meet the basic requirement and the second year of experience to qualify for GS-11.\]
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 employability.***
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.
**GS-9:** Must meet the basic educational requirements listed above.
**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 required.
**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: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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 https://www.opm.gov/.
**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 vacancies.
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.
**IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.** If your 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 employability. **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 understanding. **Competency 5:** Ability to function effectively working as a team member.
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 ------------------
- 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 http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx. #### 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.
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- 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 consideration.
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, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, 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 process.
**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 https://help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=Alternate\_Application\_Information
### Agency contact information
### VBA Jackson DEU
St Louis Regional Benefit Office 9700 Page Ave Overland, MO 63132 US
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### 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.
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***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***
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### 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.
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### 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.
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/541072300. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
Veterans Benefits Administration
St Louis,MO USA
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