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Job Title: Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC)
Company Name: Veterans Benefits Administration
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 11/07/2017
Expire Date: 01/06/2018
Job Categories: Healthcare, Practitioner and Technician, Human Resources, Installation, Maintenance, and Repair, Military, Counseling, Research & Development, Medical, Nonprofit and Volunteer Services
Job Description
Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC)

Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors (VRCs) in the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) provide and coordinate a wide range of rehabilitation counseling and case management services to disabled Veterans and other eligible individuals. The primary emphasis of the Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation Program is on achieving an employment outcome for the Veteran. Duties are divided between counseling duties and case management and include, but are not limited to:

  • Provides counseling services to severely disabled Veterans with complicated rehabilitation plans such as those calling for homebound and self-employment services.
  • Provides individual and group counseling sessions to provide information and assistance with the Chapter 31 program.
  • Conducts comprehensive initial evaluations to determine the existence of a vocational impairment and whether this impairment constitutes an employment handicap, the severity of the employment handicap, the feasibility for achieving a vocational goal, 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 case management services including coordination of all rehabilitation services, employment services, documentation of progress and adjustment and maintenance of case records according to VA regulations.
  • Works closely with other services within VA and other public and private agencies to ensure the Veteran receives the full range of services necessary to achieve vocational rehabilitation.
  • Provides comprehensive employment and post-employment services which include assessing employability and assisting in the development of an employment assistance plan. The incumbent will have knowledge of the requirements and needs of the local labor market.
Work Schedule: Full-Time, Monday - Friday, 7:30 am - 4:30 pm.
Compressed/Flexible Schedule: To be discussed during interview process
Telework: To be discussed during interview process
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized
Position Description Title/PD#: Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, 37503A/37502A/37501A
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.
  • The grade progression for this position is: GS-09/11/12.

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement
11/08/2017
INDIVIDUAL OCCUPATIONAL REQUIREMENT (IOR): There is an Individual Occupational Requirement that must be met to be found minimally qualified for this series, please read the requirement description carefully.

  • A master's degree in rehabilitation counseling that included an internship; OR
  • A master's degree in counseling psychology (or related field) that included an internship in rehabilitation counseling and was supplemented by at least 30 semester hours of course work in a majority of the following areas (coursework MUST have an emphasis on vocational rehabilitation counseling): 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; OR
  • A master's degree listed in 1 or 2 WITHOUT a rehabilitation counseling internship. Where the internship was substituted for 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.]
3. SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: In addition to the education requirement above, applicants must also meet the following requirements for each grade level at which they are applying. All transcripts must be submitted with your application.
  • GS-09: There are no additional qualification requirements at this grade level.
  • GS-11: Applicants must have One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-09) performing the following duties: One year of post-master's degree professional vocational rehabilitation counseling experience, equivalent to the GS-9 level. OR
  • Successful completion of 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education or have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in rehabilitation counseling or counseling psychology. OR
  • A combination of specialized experience as described in A, and more than two years but less than three years of education as described in B. (To compute the percentage, divide your total months of qualifying experience by 12. Then divide your semester hours of graduate education beyond two years by 18. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify.) NON-QUALIFYING EXPERIENCE: Vocational rehabilitation experience obtained prior to completion of the requirements for the master's degree is not qualifying. If one year of work experience is credited for the Basic Requirement, that year cannot also be used for qualifying at the GS-11 level.
  • GS-12: In addition to the experience required at the GS-11 level, applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience performing the following duties: Direct delivery of vocational rehabilitation services to adults with disabilities in rehabilitation programs, other than those in correctional facilities.
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.PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: This position is primarily sedentary with some walking, standing, bending, and/or carrying lightweight items.The following documents are required: The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript, documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal/VA employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.
  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214
  • Document(s) to support eligibility for Non-Competitive hiring authority
  • Other Veterans Document
  • Resume
  • SF-50
  • Transcript
Qualifications & Requirements

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement
11/08/2017
INDIVIDUAL OCCUPATIONAL REQUIREMENT (IOR): There is an Individual Occupational Requirement that must be met to be found minimally qualified for this series, please read the requirement description carefully.

  • A master's degree in rehabilitation counseling that included an internship; OR
  • A master's degree in counseling psychology (or related field) that included an internship in rehabilitation counseling and was supplemented by at least 30 semester hours of course work in a majority of the following areas (coursework MUST have an emphasis on vocational rehabilitation counseling): 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; OR
  • A master's degree listed in 1 or 2 WITHOUT a rehabilitation counseling internship. Where the internship was substituted for 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.]
3. SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: In addition to the education requirement above, applicants must also meet the following requirements for each grade level at which they are applying. All transcripts must be submitted with your application.
  • GS-09: There are no additional qualification requirements at this grade level.
  • GS-11: Applicants must have One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-09) performing the following duties: One year of post-master's degree professional vocational rehabilitation counseling experience, equivalent to the GS-9 level. OR
  • Successful completion of 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education or have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in rehabilitation counseling or counseling psychology. OR
  • A combination of specialized experience as described in A, and more than two years but less than three years of education as described in B. (To compute the percentage, divide your total months of qualifying experience by 12. Then divide your semester hours of graduate education beyond two years by 18. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify.) NON-QUALIFYING EXPERIENCE: Vocational rehabilitation experience obtained prior to completion of the requirements for the master's degree is not qualifying. If one year of work experience is credited for the Basic Requirement, that year cannot also be used for qualifying at the GS-11 level.
  • GS-12: In addition to the experience required at the GS-11 level, applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience performing the following duties: Direct delivery of vocational rehabilitation services to adults with disabilities in rehabilitation programs, other than those in correctional facilities.
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.
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