Vocational Rehabiliation Counselor

Spokane, WA


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:

* Responsible for providing 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 program. VBA VRCs conduct 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 problem-solving counseling to a diverse adult population with a wide range of disabilities. This counseling is to facilitate the achievement of rehabilitation objectives.

* When Veterans are determined not to be entitled to services, the incumbent will make recommendations and referrals to other sources which may be able to assist the Veteran in achieving education/vocational objectives. The incumbent may also assist other eligible clients in selecting educational or occupational goals.

* 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.

* Will develop or participate in outreach activities in partnership with schools or military units to ensure service members and Veterans are aware of VA benefits and healthcare available to them. Outreach events may be both on location and off site.

* Represents VA by acting as a liaison with local military installations, particularly with the military personnel involved in the medical evaluations and discharge process and other support activities.

Work schedule:
Monday through Friday (actual times to be determined)

Position Description Title/PD#: Vocational Rehabiliation 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 is:

* Summary

To fulfill President Lincoln's promise "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

This position is being recruited under the Pathways Recent Graduates Program.The Recent Graduates Program affords developmental experiences in the Federal Government intended to promote possible careers in the civil service to individuals who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or programs.To be eligible, applicants must apply within two years of degree or certificate completion (except for veterans precluded from doing so due to their military service obligation, who have up to six years after degree completion to apply).Successful applicants are placed in a dynamic, developmental program with the potential to lead to a civil service career in the Federal Government.

The program lasts for 1 year (unless the training requirements of the position warrant a longer and more structured training program).

For more information on Recent Graduate Program opportunities within the Department of Veterans Affairs, please visit:


* Qualifications & Evaluations

* To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 09/28/2017.

This position is being filled under the Pathways Recent Graduate Program.

For more information concerning this program, please visit /policy-data-oversight/hiring-information/students-recent-graduates/#url=Overview

You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below:


Individual Occupational Requirement (IOR):

You must possess the specific education detailed below to be eligible for this position, 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.


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.

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.IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

You will be rated on the following competencies based on your application for this position:

* Ability to understand and apply a large body of vocational rehabilitation laws, rules and regulations to develop a written plan of vocational rehabilitation.

* Knowledge of different diagnostic assessment processes used in vocational, educational, rehabilitation, or personal adjustment counseling and effect of disabilities on employability.

* Knowledge of career development process, career development theory and job placement and accommodations; current knowledge of labor market conditions and occupational trends.

* Ability to communicate in writing in a clear and concise manner.

* Ability to communicate orally with people from a wide variety of backgrounds and disabilities; and with varying degrees of understanding.

* Knowledge of pertinent laws regulations and procedures pertaining to veterans benefits programs.

* Ability to function effectively working as a team member, as well as work independently with minimal supervision while managing multiple priorities.

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 knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.


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