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Job Title: Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
Company Name: Veterans Benefits Administration
Location: Lakewood, WA
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 02/07/2018
Expire Date: 04/08/2018
Job Categories: Healthcare, Practitioner and Technician, Installation, Maintenance, and Repair, Counseling, Research & Development, Medical, Nonprofit and Volunteer Services
Job Description
Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

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: Monday through Friday (actual times to be determined)
Position Description Title/PD#: Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor/ 37503A
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, 02/14/2018.

This position is being filled under the Pathways Recent Graduate Program. For more information concerning this program, please visit https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/hiring-information/students-recent-graduates/#url=Overview

Individual Occupational Requirement (IOR):
You must possess the specific education detailed below to be eligible for this position, please read the requirement description carefully.

  1. A master's degree in rehabilitation counseling that included an internship; OR
  2. 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
  3. A master's degree listed in 1 or 2 (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) 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.]
NOTE: An applicant within 9 months of completing qualifying education may apply, but he/she must successfully complete academic requirements prior to appointment.

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.

Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.The following documents are required:
  • Resume detailing specialized experience and competencies as they relate to this position
  • A copy of your Vocational Rehabilitation Master's Transcript (or a related degree as described above)
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), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.

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" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
Qualifications & Requirements

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 02/14/2018.

This position is being filled under the Pathways Recent Graduate Program. For more information concerning this program, please visit https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/hiring-information/students-recent-graduates/#url=Overview

Individual Occupational Requirement (IOR):
You must possess the specific education detailed below to be eligible for this position, please read the requirement description carefully.

  1. A master's degree in rehabilitation counseling that included an internship; OR
  2. 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
  3. A master's degree listed in 1 or 2 (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) 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.]
NOTE: An applicant within 9 months of completing qualifying education may apply, but he/she must successfully complete academic requirements prior to appointment.

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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