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Blind Rehabilitation Specialist (Outpatient)

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    OUR MISSION: 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?

    As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have
    a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most
    technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to
    Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. VA professionals feel good about their careers
    and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and
    flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to
    The VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (VAGLAHS) is one of the largest health care facilities within the
    Department of Veterans Affairs. It is one component of the VA Desert Pacific Healthcare Network (VISN22) offering
    services to Veterans residing in Southern California and Southern Nevada. VAGLAHS consists of two ambulatory care
    centers, a tertiary care facility and 8 community based outpatient clinics. VAGLAHS serves Veterans residing
    throughout five counties: Los Angeles, Ventura, Kern, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo. There are 1.4 million
    Veterans in the VAGLAHS service area. VAGLAHS is affiliated with both UCLA School of Medicine and USC School of
    Medicine, as well as more than 45 colleges, universities and vocational schools in 17 different medical, nursing,
    paramedical and administrative programs.

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    Please Note: This is an OPEN CONTINUOUS announcement- Applications will be accepted until the position is filled and/or the closing date, which ever occurs first; consequently, the position may be filled before the posted closing date.
    The first list of eligible applicants will be pulled for referral the week of January 8, 2018. Subsequent referrals will be made as additional vacancies occur, based on business need. Applications received after the first cut-off date, will be considered for the second cut-off, and so on throughout the life of the announcement, and within your specific period of eligibility.
    All applicants may receive consideration for 3 months from the date of application. If you wish to be considered after that period, and the announcement is still open to receive applicants, you must re-apply to indicate your continued interest.

    This position serves as a member of the Blind Rehabilitation Service, the interdisciplinary Visual Impairment Services Team and interacts with Rehabilitation Medicine, Audiology, Social Work, Prosthetic and Sensory Aids, and other Services and agencies of the VA and the community. The primary purpose of this position is to manage and provide direct blind and vision rehabilitation training services to visually impaired Veterans and Active Duty Service Members.
    Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:
    • Identifies, assesses, trains, manages and provides follow-up for Veterans using clinical resources of the Facility.
    • Functions independently in a number of settings including hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation centers, long-term care facilities, educational institutions and home environments.
    • Provides orientation and mobility, low vision therapy, vision rehabilitation therapy, computer assisted training, living skills, and manual skills training to all visually impaired Veterans.
    • Provides direct services to blind and visually impaired Veterans and Active Duty Service Members which includes basic information and treatment plan updates, identifies functional vision challenges, identifies short and long-term needs as each patient undergoes adjustment to functional vision challenges and expresses interest in vision rehabilitation options.
    • Identifies beneficiaries who have the potential to benefit from blind and vision rehabilitation training.
    • Polytrauma blind rehabilitation outpatient specialist duties may be required of the candidate.
    • Other related duties as assigned.
    Work Schedule: (Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm)
    Functional Statement Title/#: Blind Rehabilitation Outpatient Specialist

    Travel Required
    Occasional travel - Local and for training purposes.

    Supervisory status

    Who May Apply This job is open to… United States Citizens
    Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

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    Help Requirements Conditions of Employment
    • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
    • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
    • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
    • You may be required to serve a probationary period
    • Subject to a background/security investigation
    • Must be proficient in written and spoken English

    Physical Requirements: The population of male and female Veterans served ranges from the adult, age 18, to the elderly adult, age 65 and over. VA Greater Los Angeles Health Care System is a major interdisciplinary teaching facility, serving medical, surgical and neurological inpatients and outpatients. There is a large outpatient mental health/psychiatric population at GLA. The incumbent may be exposed to patients who are aggressive or combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or mental health/psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, individual using critical thinking and capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs. The incumbent must be able to work in close proximity with others. This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This position requires potentially prolonged periods of frequent walking, standing, stooping, sitting, kneeling, and bending for up to 4 to 6 hours. Lifting, pushing and pulling up to 35 pounds. Transferring patients and objects may be required and use of Safe Patient Handling equipment must be used for employee safety. The incumbent may be exposed to patients with infections or communicable diseases or exposed to contaminated or hazardous materials. The incumbent may be exposed to second hand smoke.

    Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.

    Basic Requirements:

    U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

    Education: You must possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major field of study in blind or vision rehabilitation, related program in rehabilitation, special education, family and consumer science education, technology and industrial arts education, or health care;
    A master's degree from an accredited college or university with a major field of study in blind or vision rehabilitation, related program in rehabilitation, special education, family and consumer science education, technology and industrial arts education, or health care;
    A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university (without a major field of study as outlined above) AND obtained a certificate in the core curriculum in orientation and mobility, vision rehabilitation therapy or low vision therapy from an accredited college or university. This education must have included supervised practice.
    Completion of 1 year of progressively complex experience to the BRS, GS-09;
    Three (3) years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a doctoral degree in blind rehabilitation or a directly related field.

    Foreign Graduates must have proof of a minimum of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university (or foreign equivalent, as verified through an independent credential evaluation company), with a specialization in Blind Rehabilitation.

    (1) You must possess at least two active, current, full and unrestricted certifications (as shown below) granted by the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals (ACVREP), to be eligible for appointment.
    (a) Orientation and mobility training - Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists (COMS®).
    (b) Communication and daily living therapy (formerly Rehabilitation Teaching) - Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapists (CVRT®).
    (c) Low vision therapy - Certified Low Vision Therapists (CLVT®).
    In addition to the Basic Requirements, to qualify for this position at the GS-12 you must meet the following Grade Determination Requirement.

    Grade Determinations: One year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-11). Qualifying experience is experience as a Blind Rehabilitation Specialist in a medical setting providing direct patient care and support services to patients.

    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities- Candidates must demonstrate the KSAs below:
    • Knowledge and understanding of highly specialized complex evaluations and diagnostic tests and procedures of blind/vision rehabilitation.
    • Ability to properly assess a wide variety of patients having diverse and multiple disabilities to make recommendations for blind/vision rehabilitation therapeutic interventions.
    • Ability to write a blind/vision rehabilitation plan that includes evaluation information from multiple disciplines with observable, measurable goals and that identifies specific outcomes.
    • Knowledge of teaching methods and learning principles.
    • Ability to employ interventions, unusual motivational techniques and coordinate treatment with other professionals to achieve outcomes of the rehabilitation plan.
    • Ability to recommend appropriate blind/vision rehabilitation prosthetic devices for patients within scope of practice, making adaptations and modifications as required.
    • Ability to plan, direct, and distribute work assignments to volunteers, assistants and, interns and/or BRSs at lower grade levels and perform assigned mentoring duties for staff, students, and interns.
    • Ability to independently develop, plan, and administer complex treatment programs.
    • Ability to act as a subject matter expert in the blind/vision rehabilitation field and as consultant, supervisor and/or mentor in evaluating and treating patients in specialty or program areas.
    • Ability to coordinate, motivate, and effectively manage staff and/or committee members to include organizing work, setting priorities, and delegating tasks and responsibilities.
    • Ability to disseminate appropriate information through various media as a consultant or mentor.
    • Skill in interpersonal relationships in dealing with patients, employees, other team leaders, managers and other stakeholders.
    • Ability to identify team group dynamics, objectively observe, and modify behaviors.
    • Ability to apply decision-making principles to adjust programs on a day-to-day basis, to develop short term and long range goals, and to plan for future utilization of resources.
    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.

    VA Handbook 5005/48 Part II Appendix G41 and G42. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

    IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

    Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: . If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: .

    Additional information

    This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

    It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

    This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

    United States Citizenship Required; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

    VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

    Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

    If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .

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    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

    NOTE: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and salary at which the candidate will be placed. For internal selectees eligible for promotion, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.

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

    • Resume

    VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: .

    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 ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).

    • Cover Letter
    • DD-214
    • OF-306
    • VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations
    • 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 .

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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    All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the full questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 12/13/2018 to receive consideration.
  • To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  • Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.

  • NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

    To verify your application is complete, log into your USA JOBS account, , select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process. To return to an incomplete application, log into your USA JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

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    Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System
    11301 Wilshire Boulevard
    Los Angeles, CA 90073

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    Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

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    The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
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    A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

    Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
    • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
    • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
    • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Full time
Los Angeles, CA, US