U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide
$61,218.00 to $79,586.00
Open & closing dates
$61,218 to $79,586 per year
Pay scale & grade
1 vacancy in the following location:
Relocation expenses reimbursed
This job is open to
Current or former competitive service employees, including:
Career Transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)
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?
Do you have a talent for communication and demonstrate the potential for leadership? If so, it is with much excitement that we announce that Tennessee Valley Healthcare System is searching for a highly talented, energetic, and motivated Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist to support our Veterans in Mental Health programs seek and sustain employment. This role is pivotal. Therefore, we want to hire and support employees that possesses the characteristics of a positive attitude about the work; coworkers and customers; a strong understanding about the diversity of our Veteran population who have been involved in conflicts that range from long ago to very current; a desire to serve; a high-level of enthusiasm, motivation and optimism about the job; and knowing the work performed is attaining success for our Veterans, their families, and our healthcare system.
Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (TVHS) is the largest facility in VISN 9. TVHS is a tertiary integrated healthcare system comprised of two hospitals, the Alvin C. York campus with a satellite location (Liberty Square) in Murfreesboro, TN, and the Nashville Campus along with three satellite locations (International Plaza, Charlotte Ave, Albion St.) in Nashville, TN, along with and ten community based outpatient clinics located in Tennessee (Chattanooga, Clarksville, Tullahoma, Cookeville, Athens, Dover, Columbia, Harriman), and Kentucky (Hopkinsville and Bowling Green). This position will be assigned to the Nashville Campus located in Nashville, TN. Nashville,is better known as Music City USA is the capital of Tennessee and home of the Tennessee Titans NFL and the Nashville Predators NHL.
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Work schedule: Administrative Day Tour: Monday - Friday 8:00 AM-4:30 PM.
Compressed/Flexible Schedule: Not Available
Telework: Not Available
Virtual: This not a virtual position.
Position Description Title/PD#: Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required
The Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist (VRS) carries out all duties related to attaining competitive employment for Veterans living with severe and prolonged mental illness that are assigned to his/her caseload through the Supported Employment Services Program (SES) within the Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (RRTP).
DETERMINES TRAINING NEEDS
By interviewing the Veteran, the VRS determines their vocational goals and objectives. Determines the extent to which the Veteran possesses the knowledge, skills or abilities necessary to meet the goals or objectives. Training need determinations are difficult, as requirements that meet the Veterans vocational goals and objectives are not always available in standard vocational or training programs. Determinations require the VRS to analyze mental and physical disabilities or other handicaps, in terms of practical effects if such handicaps on motivations, adjustment to training, and difficultly in employment placement.
FINDS SUITABLE TRAINING PROGRAMS
Coordinates with various resources within VA and in the community that will be specifically suitable from the standpoint of the particular needs and problems of the Veteran. This may require modification of an existing program. The VRS establishes training programs to satisfy common needs of the resident base (i.e. literacy training, customer service training, effective communications, etc).
ASSISTS RESIDENT IN OBTAINING EMPLOYMENT
The VRS maintains awareness of and fosters community and internal TVHS contacts. Keeps alert for job and small business opportunities. Maintains day-to-day contact with potential employers, placement personnel, or other likely placement resources. Oversees the placement program. Monitors the work of lower graded Specialist. Approves any new placement facilities proposed. Finds suitable employment opportunities. Monitors placement, promoting successful adjustment. Evaluates the results of the program and make sound professional arguments for recommended changes.
MONITORS RESIDENT ADJUSTMENT
Counsels and guides resident/employee through difficult transition or rough spots in the adjustment on the job. Helps the employer understand the nature of the resident's limitations while maintaining a positive impression of the residents capability to succeed. Oversees the adjustment program. Approves any significant modifications to the placement contacts. Evaluates the results of the program an makes professional arguments for recommended changes.
MONITORS RESIDENT ADJUSTMENT
25% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…
Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)
Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.
Job family (Series)
1715 Vocational Rehabilitation
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 background/security investigation
Must maintain reliable transportation and a valid driver's license.
Physical Demands: Most of the work performed is sedentary in nature. Physical demands routinely required are standing, sitting for extended periods while accessing or inputting data in a computer system, bending, and walking.
Show a Commitment to VA: Selectees must show a commitment to VA and to the Veterans that we serve.
Work Environment: The work generally performed is in an office setting or occasional visits to the facility's work sites. Because of the nature of the workload, the work environment is occasionally volatile but involves routine increased risks of discomfort, which requires ordinary safety precautions appropriate to an office or conference room setting. Regular work is performed in a clean, well-lighted with no more than everyday risks or discomforts.
VA Interchange: If you are in a Hybrid occupation (i.e. Medical Support Assistant) you must meet the requirements for interchange to be considered for a position in the competitive service. What this means to you the applicant that is currently in a VA Hybrid occupation is that you must 1. Be currently serving under an appointment without time limit; AND 2. Be currently serving in a position covered by the interchange agreement (Covers employees who occupy VA medical or medical-related positions and were appointed under Title 38 U.S.C. 7401(1) or Hybrid 7401(3)); AND 3. Have served continuously for at least 1 year under Title 38 U.S.C. 7401(1) or Hybrid 7401(3)). NOTE: IF YOU ARE ON A TITLE 38 OR HYBRID TITLE 38 APPOINTMENT AND DO NOT SUBMIT DOCUMENTATION TO SHOW THAT YOU MEET THIS REQUIREMENT YOU CAN NOT BE REFERRED.
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 03/01/2018.
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-09 or currently hold a grade of GS-11 or higher. 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.
You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below:
Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-09 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: Experience that demonstrated knowledge of the vocational rehabilitation problems characteristic of the disabled, including familiarity with available resources and skill in identifying, evaluating, and making effective use of such resources to serve individuals with disabilities; or of the disadvantaged, including knowledge of adjustment problems of the educationally or culturally disadvantaged, familiarity with available adult education and training resources, and ability to recognize problem areas needing special attention.. OR,
Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have 3 years of post-grad (Graduate) experience: Major study -- vocational rehabilitation, vocational or educational counseling, or other fields related to the position. OR,
Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. You must have an combination of specialized experience and education beyond a bachelors degree.
You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:
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.
A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
PLEASE NOTE: 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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html
. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. 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.
Receiving Service Credit or Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee.
The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal/VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/
Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
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.
For more information on the Who may apply eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions
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 WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
Narrative responses are not required at this time. 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.
Background checks and security clearance
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
Updated and Current Resume
SF-50 showing grade and tenure NOTE: AWARD SF-50's CAN NOT BE ACCEPTED and my lead to disqualification due to not being able to determine status.
Updated and Current Resume
DD-214 Member 4 Copy showing type of discharge AND any disability percentage award granted by the Veteran Benefit Administration if applicable.
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.
Other Veterans Document
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
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
How to Apply
All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the 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 03/01/2018 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10134913
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Agency contact information
Tennessee Valley HCS - Nashville
1310 24th Avenue South
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The Veterans Health Administration is home to the United States’ largest integrated health care system consisting of 152 medical centers, nearly 1,400 community-based outpatient clinics, community living centers, Vet Centers and Domiciliaries. Together these health care facilities and the more than 53,000 independent licensed health care practitioners who work within them provide comprehensive care to more than 8.3 million* Veterans each year.