Blind Rehabilitation Outpatient Specialist
The VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System is recruiting for a Blind Rehabilitation Outpatient Specialist (BROS). The Blind Rehabilitation Outpatient Specialist will function within the Blind Rehabilitation Section of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service.
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Serving as a member of Blind Rehabilitation Service, the interdisciplinary Visual Impairment Services Team (VIST), and interacts with Rehabilitation Medicine, Optometry, Audiology, Social Work, Prosthetic and Sensory Aids, and other Services and agencies of the VA and the community.
Consulting with VIST, Cleveland Blind Rehabilitation Center, eye clinics, blind and vision rehabilitation services and community resources to locate and service Veterans.
Using objective and subjective assessment tools and methods in home safety, orientation and mobility, low vision therapy, vision rehabilitation therapy, computer assisted training and manual skills training.
Identifying, assessing, training, and managing clinical resources.
Interpreting and adapting traditional strategies in order to meet patient needs.
Scheduling patients according to established medical center guidelines and policies.
Developing individual rehabilitation training plans to include patient and family goals, as well as other care team members such as VIST, Optometrists and Blind Rehabilitation Center staff.
Ensuring documents of assessments, rehabilitation training process, consults, referrals, and recommendations are properly entered into patient charts.
Utilizing outpatient clinical facilities as well as the use of home-based services as needed.
Providing care management for both VA and non-VA outpatient blind and vision rehabilitation activities.
Monitoring and supervising the quality and quantity of non-VA contract or fee-basis services provided to eligible beneficiaries.
Counseling patients in adjustment to visual impairment and the blind and vision rehabilitation process.
Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
nancial Disclosure Report:
* Not required
75% or less - Required to travel between VA Grounds, nuring homes, and community sites.
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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
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
* United States Citizenship:
Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
Must posses 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, or 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 or a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and obtained a certificate in the core curriculum in orientation in orientation and mobility, vision rehabilitation therapy or low vision therapy from an accredited college or university. For individuals this education must have included supervised practice.
Must possess at least two active, current, full and unrestricted certification by Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals (ACVREP).
: GS-12: In addition to the basic requirements, you must possess at least one year of experience in Blind Rehabilitation equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal service.
* Experience in Visual Skills training.
* Experience in Computer Access Technology training.
VA Handbook 5005/48, Part II, Appendix G42, Blind Rehabilitation Outpatient Specialist Qualification Standards.
Physical Requirements: T
he work requires the ability to cope with a variety and complexity of situations due to the diversity of patients, staff, duties and responsibilities. The work environment may be in an office, clinical setting, VA grounds and community. The work requires regular and recurring exertion such as standing, ascending and descending stairs, or walking for up to two continuous hours; frequent bending; reaching above the shoulder; medium lifting and carrying (up to 40 pounds), pushing or pulling objects. The work requires pushing veterans in wheelchairs on a regular basis. This position requires some exposure to blood borne pathogens, body fluids, and other potentially infectious materials.
A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
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.
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.
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If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.
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.
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.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
Resume (when listing previous employment please include month and year).
Your most recent SF-50 that shows title, series, and grade.
If you have previously held a higher grade and are applying based on that grade, you must provide a copy of the SF-50 showing you held the higher grade in addition to your last or most recent SF-50 indicating proof of status. Note: Your SF-50 must reflect the grade and step information equivalent to or greater than the grade lower than the position you are applying to. This may not always be your most recent SF-50. You may need to submit more than one SF-50.
VA Form 10-2850-C Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: ****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), SF-50's, documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).
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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How to Apply
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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 08/29/2018 to receive consideration.
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VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System
10701 East Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44106
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Areas of Consideration - Applicants will be considered based on the following areas of consideration.
First Area of Consideration (facility employees) - Current, permanent VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System employees (this includes CBOC's, permanent employees of the Veteran Canteen Service assigned to this facility, Office of Information & Technology employees assigned to this facility, CPAC bargaining unit employees located at the Cleveland VAMC, and Virtual CBOPC bargaining unit employees under station 741 located at the Cleveland VAMC.
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Open & closing dates:
08/09/2018 to 08/29/2018
Pay scale & grade:
$76,371 to $99,282 per year