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Job Title: Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
Company Name: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 09/12/2018
Expire Date: 11/11/2018
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Job Description
Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

This Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor position is assigned to the Compensated Work Therapy (CWT) Program. This position is in support of one of the Vocational Rehabilitation treatment modalities within the Therapeutic and Supported Employment Services (TSES) Program at the Milwaukee VA Medical Center. The primary purpose of this position is to provide vocational rehabilitation, training, and placement for veterans who suffer from serious mental illness.

Duties Include:

  • Coordinates rehabilitation, training and employment services with Veterans.
  • Assesses patients' aptitudes, functional capabilities and transferable skills with the use of psychometric testing and/or interviews.
  • Provides job coaching, job accommodation and adaption services both to patients and to those employers who employ these patients.
  • Applies a variety of counseling techniques to assist Veterans.
  • Serves as a consultant to the interdisciplinary team, providing expertise on vocational rehabilitation.
  • Assesses the feasibility of employment and vocational rehabilitation services to disabled veterans by using knowledge of the client's physical and mental abilities acquired through interviews, medical reports, test results, progress in vocational and rehabilitation treatment, and the job market.
  • Conducts an initial assessment, whichis incorporated into a comprehensive, documented, individualized treatment/rehabilitation plan; revising it when necessary.
  • Modifies or provides guidance in the modification of the job, work environment, or necessary equipment in order that the veterans may be able to produce quality work.
  • Motivates Veterans to pursue rehabilitation services and collaborates with the Veteran and treatment team to establish rehabilitation objective.
Work Schedule: Days (7:00-3:30, 7:30-4:00, or 8:00-4:30). Some evening hours for groups
Compressed/Flexible: Not Available
Telework: Not Available
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Position Description/PD#: 14309A
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement, 09/21/2018.

Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-11 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-9. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment.

BASIC REQUIREMENT:
Master's degree in rehabilitation counseling, including an internship, from an accredited college or university, including an internship. (Transcript Required)
OR
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*. (Transcript Required)
*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 program, other than those in correctional facilities. The experience or internship/practicum must have been supervised by a professional in vocational rehabilitation or closely related professional field that typically has oversight for vocational rehabilitation programs.

In addition to the basic requirements above, applicants must also meet the following grade specific requirements.
GS-11 SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-09) in federal service that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. Specialized experience includes: Performing job coaching, job accommodation and adaptation services to those with psychosis or other mental health diagnosis and to employers. Knowledge of the theories and methodologies of vocational rehabilitation and training concepts. Using computers, programs, software, and assistive technology. Soliciting and developing employment opportunities for those suffering from psychosis or other mental health diagnosis through a wide arrange of employment search approaches and activities.
OR
GS-11 EDUCATION: 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in rehabilitation counseling or counseling psychology. (Transcript Required)

NONQUALIFYING EXPERIENCE: Vocational rehabilitation experience obtained prior to completion of the requirements for the master's degree is not qualifying.

You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:

  • Communication
  • Psychology
  • Speaking
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Veteran and Customer Focus


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.

Physical Requirements: The physical demands of the work are generally minor. The work is primarily sedentary, although the stress involved in dealing continually with persons in emotional distress and who may be uncooperative and occasionally assaultive makes this work notably more demanding than most sedentary positions. The incumbent frequently travels to various outreach locations in the community to conduct outreach efforts aimed at veterans in the local community. The incumbent may be expected to assume an irregular tour of duty, which may include evening hours and weekends.

None

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • Resume
  • Transcript


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 (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.
  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214
  • OF-306
  • Other
  • Other Veterans Document
  • Resume
  • SF-15
  • SF-50
  • Transcript


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 within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement, 09/21/2018.

Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-11 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-9. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment.

BASIC REQUIREMENT:
Master's degree in rehabilitation counseling, including an internship, from an accredited college or university, including an internship. (Transcript Required)
OR
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*. (Transcript Required)
*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 program, other than those in correctional facilities. The experience or internship/practicum must have been supervised by a professional in vocational rehabilitation or closely related professional field that typically has oversight for vocational rehabilitation programs.

In addition to the basic requirements above, applicants must also meet the following grade specific requirements.
GS-11 SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-09) in federal service that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. Specialized experience includes: Performing job coaching, job accommodation and adaptation services to those with psychosis or other mental health diagnosis and to employers. Knowledge of the theories and methodologies of vocational rehabilitation and training concepts. Using computers, programs, software, and assistive technology. Soliciting and developing employment opportunities for those suffering from psychosis or other mental health diagnosis through a wide arrange of employment search approaches and activities.
OR
GS-11 EDUCATION: 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in rehabilitation counseling or counseling psychology. (Transcript Required)

NONQUALIFYING EXPERIENCE: Vocational rehabilitation experience obtained prior to completion of the requirements for the master's degree is not qualifying.

You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:

  • Communication
  • Psychology
  • Speaking
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Veteran and Customer Focus


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.

Physical Requirements: The physical demands of the work are generally minor. The work is primarily sedentary, although the stress involved in dealing continually with persons in emotional distress and who may be uncooperative and occasionally assaultive makes this work notably more demanding than most sedentary positions. The incumbent frequently travels to various outreach locations in the community to conduct outreach efforts aimed at veterans in the local community. The incumbent may be expected to assume an irregular tour of duty, which may include evening hours and weekends.
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