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Job Title: Blind Rehabilitation Outpatient Specialist
Company Name: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Long Beach, CA
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 10/01/2017
Expire Date: 11/30/2017
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Job Description
Blind Rehabilitation Outpatient Specialist

This position is located in the Blind Rehabilitation Service, of the Geriatric, Rehabilitation Medicine and Extended Care Group, in the VA Long Beach Medical Center, located in Long Beach, California.

The primary purpose of the position is to manage and provide direct blind and vision rehabilitation training services to visually impaired Veterans and Service members.

  • The incumbent identifies, assesses, trains, manages and provides follow-up for Veterans using clinical resources of the facility;
  • Incumbent is a member of the Blind Rehabilitation Service, the interdisciplinary Visual Impairment Services Team, and interacts with Rehabilitation Medicine, Audiology, Social Work, Prosthetic and Sensory Aids, and other Services and agencies of the VA and the community;
  • Incumbent may also be a member of the polytrauma team at polytrauma centers and sites;
  • The Blind Rehabilitation Outpatient Specialist (BROS) functions independently in a number of settings including hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation centers, long-term care facilities, educational institutions and home environments;
  • The work environment may be in an office, clinical setting, classroom, private home, VA grounds, nursing home, community sites, and hospitals;
  • The five skill areas addressed by BROS are orientation and mobility, low vision therapy, vision rehabilitation therapy, computer assisted training and manual skills training.




Work Schedule: 1st Shift 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Functional Statement Title/#:Blind Rehabilitation Outpatient Specialist, GS-0601-12,# 090270

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:


a. U.S. Citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

b. Required Education: The applicant must have earned:

1) A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major field of study in blind or vision rehabilitation, a related program in rehabilitation, special education, family and consumer science education, technology and industrial arts education; or health care;*OR*

2) A master'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*

3) A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university (without a major field of study as outlined in (1)(a) and (b) above) AND obtained a certificate in the core curriculum in orientation in orientation and mobility, vision rehabilitation therapy or low vision therapy from an accredited college or university. For individuals this education must have included supervised practice;*AND*Completion of 1 year of progressively complex experience equivalent to the Blind Rehab Specialist, GS-9;

*OR*

4) Three (3) years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a doctoral degree in blind rehabilitation or a directly related field.

*OR*

5) Foreign Graduates must have proof of a minimum of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university (or foreign equivalent, as verified through an independent credential evaluation company), with a specialization in blind rehabilitation.}

c.Certification: (1) If the applicant has or has ever had a licensure or certification revoked for cause, or voluntarily relinquished such license or certification after being notified in writing by the State of potential revocation for cause, the applicant is ineligible for appointment. This applies even if the applicant possesses one or more valid, unrestricted license or registration (38 U.S.C. 7402(f)). If all certifications are impaired, the individual is also ineligible for appointment in VA.

NOTE: The Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals (ACVREP) administers three certification programs: Low Vision Therapy, Orientation and Mobility, and Vision Rehabilitation Therapy. Once certification candidates are approved, they receive an official letter of acceptance, a certificate, and a logo pin. They may then use the designation for the certification they hold (as listed in subparagraph (2) below).

(2) Blind Rehabilitation Outpatient Specialists (BROS) who provide the following services must obtain and maintain two certifications at the GS-12 level granted by ACVREP as follows:(a) Orientation and mobility training - Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists (COMS);(b) Communication and daily living therapy (formerly Rehabilitation Teaching) - Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapists (CVRT);(c) Low vision therapy - Certified Low Vision Therapists (CLVT).

d. Grade Determinations:

(1) Certification. Candidates must meet the certification requirements in paragraph 'c' above. BROSs at the GS-12 level must achieve two ACVREP certifications to demonstrate full mastery in two areas of blind rehabilitation.

(2) Experience. In addition to meeting the basic requirements, completion of a minimum of 1 year of progressively complex experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, a GS-11 is required.To be creditable, the experience must demonstrate possession of the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics associated with current blind and vision rehabilitation practice as outlined in the following specialized experience as a BRS or BROS: evaluating and assessing needs, capabilities and limitations, goal setting and prescribing a treatment plan for individuals experiencing blindness/visual impairment caused by injury or disease; performing independent evaluation, treatment, and management of a blind and vision rehabilitation program of instruction that teaches veterans with visual impairments to utilize adaptive skills and techniques necessary to cope with the demands of everyday life; studying visual and non-visual barriers and related processes that result in activity limitations, participation restrictions, loss of vocational and avocational opportunities, and psychological distress; providing direct services, using diagnostic and therapeutic techniques and instrumentation to identify and resolve or minimize these problems.

In addition to the specialized experience at the GS-11 level, the candidate must fully demonstrate the following KSAs:

1. Ability to independently develop, plan, and administer complex treatment programs.

2. Ability to act as a subject matter expert in the blind/vision rehabilitation field and as consultant, supervisor and/or mentor in evaluating and treating patients in specialty or program areas.

3. Ability to coordinate, motivate, and effectively manage staff and/or committee members to include organizing work, setting priorities, and delegating tasks and responsibilities.

4. Ability to disseminate appropriate information through various media as a consultant or mentor.

5. Skill in interpersonal relationships in dealing with patients, employees, other team leaders, managers and other stakeholders.

6. Ability to identify team group dynamics, objectively observe, and modify behaviors.

7. Ability to apply decision-making principles to adjust programs on a day-to-day basis, to develop short term and long range goals, and to plan for future utilization of resources.

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.

References:VA Handbook 5005/48, Part II, Appendix G42, VA Qualification Standard.This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

Physical Requirements:

Safety:

1. Appropriate use of equipment, supplies.

2. Maintain safe, orderly work areas.

3. Report any accident to self, patient, fill out appropriate form.

4. Educates staff on potential safety hazards and safe practices.

Environment of Care:

  • Follows Life Safety Management (fire protection) procedures. Reports safety hazards, accidents and injuries.
  • Reviews hazardous materials/Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)/waste management.
  • Follows Emergency Preparedness plan.
  • Follows security policies/procedures.
  • Complies with federal, state and local environmental and other requirements preventing pollution, minimizing waste, and conserving cultural and natural resources.

Infection Control:

Demonstrates infection control practices for disease prevention (i.e. hand washing, universal

precautions/isolation procedures, including TB requirement/precautions.

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
*Other(VA Form 10-2850c - 2 of these 3 - COMS - CVRT and CLVT from the ACVREP)
*Resume
*Transcript

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:


*Cover Letter
*DD-214
*Other Veterans Document
*SF-15
*SF-50

VA Form 10-2850c - Application for Associated Health Occupations (required). (Available at the VA Forms Website: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=10-2850&tkey=&Action=Search)

All documents as required in the Qualifications Section of this announcement

Please 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, etc. You will not be contacted for additional information.

Veterans' Preference:
When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), or 10pt (CP/CPS, XPP, XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP), on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section(s) provided. A legible copy of your DD214(s) indicating character of service, disability certification, SF-15 (if claiming 10 pt. preference) or if you are currently serving on active duty and expected to be released or discharged within 120 days; documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Documentation is required for eligibility verification.


Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents: You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options. The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 2014091.

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

Qualifications & Requirements

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:


a. U.S. Citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

b. Required Education: The applicant must have earned:

1) A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major field of study in blind or vision rehabilitation, a related program in rehabilitation, special education, family and consumer science education, technology and industrial arts education; or health care;*OR*

2) A master'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*

3) A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university (without a major field of study as outlined in (1)(a) and (b) above) AND obtained a certificate in the core curriculum in orientation in orientation and mobility, vision rehabilitation therapy or low vision therapy from an accredited college or university. For individuals this education must have included supervised practice;*AND*Completion of 1 year of progressively complex experience equivalent to the Blind Rehab Specialist, GS-9;

*OR*

4) Three (3) years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a doctoral degree in blind rehabilitation or a directly related field.

*OR*

5) Foreign Graduates must have proof of a minimum of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university (or foreign equivalent, as verified through an independent credential evaluation company), with a specialization in blind rehabilitation.}

c.Certification: (1) If the applicant has or has ever had a licensure or certification revoked for cause, or voluntarily relinquished such license or certification after being notified in writing by the State of potential revocation for cause, the applicant is ineligible for appointment. This applies even if the applicant possesses one or more valid, unrestricted license or registration (38 U.S.C. 7402(f)). If all certifications are impaired, the individual is also ineligible for appointment in VA.

NOTE: The Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals (ACVREP) administers three certification programs: Low Vision Therapy, Orientation and Mobility, and Vision Rehabilitation Therapy. Once certification candidates are approved, they receive an official letter of acceptance, a certificate, and a logo pin. They may then use the designation for the certification they hold (as listed in subparagraph (2) below).

(2) Blind Rehabilitation Outpatient Specialists (BROS) who provide the following services must obtain and maintain two certifications at the GS-12 level granted by ACVREP as follows:(a) Orientation and mobility training - Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists (COMS);(b) Communication and daily living therapy (formerly Rehabilitation Teaching) - Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapists (CVRT);(c) Low vision therapy - Certified Low Vision Therapists (CLVT).

d. Grade Determinations:

(1) Certification. Candidates must meet the certification requirements in paragraph 'c' above. BROSs at the GS-12 level must achieve two ACVREP certifications to demonstrate full mastery in two areas of blind rehabilitation.

(2) Experience. In addition to meeting the basic requirements, completion of a minimum of 1 year of progressively complex experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, a GS-11 is required.To be creditable, the experience must demonstrate possession of the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics associated with current blind and vision rehabilitation practice as outlined in the following specialized experience as a BRS or BROS: evaluating and assessing needs, capabilities and limitations, goal setting and prescribing a treatment plan for individuals experiencing blindness/visual impairment caused by injury or disease; performing independent evaluation, treatment, and management of a blind and vision rehabilitation program of instruction that teaches veterans with visual impairments to utilize adaptive skills and techniques necessary to cope with the demands of everyday life; studying visual and non-visual barriers and related processes that result in activity limitations, participation restrictions, loss of vocational and avocational opportunities, and psychological distress; providing direct services, using diagnostic and therapeutic techniques and instrumentation to identify and resolve or minimize these problems.

In addition to the specialized experience at the GS-11 level, the candidate must fully demonstrate the following KSAs:

1. Ability to independently develop, plan, and administer complex treatment programs.

2. Ability to act as a subject matter expert in the blind/vision rehabilitation field and as consultant, supervisor and/or mentor in evaluating and treating patients in specialty or program areas.

3. Ability to coordinate, motivate, and effectively manage staff and/or committee members to include organizing work, setting priorities, and delegating tasks and responsibilities.

4. Ability to disseminate appropriate information through various media as a consultant or mentor.

5. Skill in interpersonal relationships in dealing with patients, employees, other team leaders, managers and other stakeholders.

6. Ability to identify team group dynamics, objectively observe, and modify behaviors.

7. Ability to apply decision-making principles to adjust programs on a day-to-day basis, to develop short term and long range goals, and to plan for future utilization of resources.

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.

References:VA Handbook 5005/48, Part II, Appendix G42, VA Qualification Standard.This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

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