Supervisory Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

Veterans Benefits Administration - Department of Veterans Affairs

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement. GS-13: Must meet the basic educational requirements listed below and specialized experience: In addition to meeting the Basic educational Requirements stated below, one year of post-graduate level professional vocational rehabilitation counseling experience, equivalent to the GS-12 level is required. BASIC EDUCATION 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 at least 30 semester hours of course work in such areas as 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. 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. If one year of work experience is credited for determining minimum qualifications, that year cannot also be used for determining grade level. You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below: Specialized experience is defined as experience in conducting assessments of veterans’ employability; involvement in the development of appropriate vocational goals and subsequent objectives outlined in rehabilitation plans; providing case management services to veterans while pursuing their rehabilitation plans (e.g. personal contact regarding achievement of vocational goals, referral for medical or ancillary services, and responding efficiently to veterans concerns); and experience in training; and understanding and clearly explaining to veterans, the benefits, and services available through the VR&E program. 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 to qualify. 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. 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.
The Supervisory Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (SVRC) is in the Veteran Readiness and Employment Division at the Waco VBA Regional Office, outbased in Arlington, TX. Position Description Title/PD#: GS-13 – 028310 Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor