Vocational Rehabilitation Program Specialist, GS-0101-13 (DEU)
Occasional travel - Some Travel may be required
Relocation expenses reimbursed No
Applicants are expected to possess the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) listed below to qualify for this position. These KSAs are addressed in the self-assessment questionnaire that you will complete for this announcement. You do not need to respond separately to the KSAs listed below. Your answers to the on-line experience questions will serve as responses to the KSAs. Your application will be evaluated based on your ability to demonstrate the following knowledge, skills, and abilities/competencies (KSAs):
1) Knowledge of evaluation techniques and methods of compliance monitoring, in order to assess and evaluate the quality and effectiveness of State VR agency and other grantee performance, and to assist with corrective actions and program improvements within the scope of federal requirements.
2) Knowledge of federal and State vocational rehabilitation and employment statutes, including the Rehabilitation Act, WIOA and Randolph-Sheppard Act, since all public rehabilitation programs to which the incumbent is assigned derive from this body of law; advanced knowledge of and the ability to interpret related federal regulations, as these regulations form the basis for the development of sub-regulatory guidance and the provision of technical assistance to grantees.
3) Knowledge of mediation skills and techniques that can be used to achieve satisfactory resolution to disagreements, applicability and/or conflicting interpretations of the Rehabilitation Act and other federal laws and regulations which pertain to the rehabilitation and employment needs of people with disabilities; Negotiating changes in State law and practice requires a high level of expertise, professionalism and responsibility.
4) Ability to communicate complex information from multiple sources both orally and in writing, through cohesive, concise, and accurate presentations using well-organized and grammatically correct materials tailored to the audience’s needs, and technology, in a professional, clear and engaging manner.
5) Ability to function independently in a multi-task environment, as well as a member of a functional unit and State team simultaneously, demonstrating leadership and flexibility when addressing complex and changing assignments, while working in a collaborative and supportive manner with other unit and State team members; the ability, to deliver timely and high-quality products consistent with statutory, regulatory and policy interpretation.
Specialized Experience for the GS-13
One year of experience equivalent to the GS-12 performing all three (3) of the following duties or work assignments:
- Experience including employment obtained through work in a state vocational rehabilitation agency, a Client Assistance Program or protection and advocacy system, participation on a State Rehabilitation Council, or employment in a related rehabilitation service provider.
- Experience presenting at conferences on a vocational rehabilitation (VR) or related program to disseminate information on programs impacting people with disabilities.
- Experience working with or drafting policy for programs authorized under Titles I, V, VI, and VII of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.
Degree: behavioral or social science; or related disciplines appropriate to the position.OR
Combination of education and experience that provided the applicant with knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.OR
Four years of appropriate experience that demonstrated that the applicant has acquired knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.
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Student Loan Default: If selected for this position, we will verify that you have not defaulted on any loan funded or guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Education. If you are found to be in default, we will contact you to make arrangements for repayment prior to making an official offer of employment.
Suitability and Investigation: If selected for this position, you will be required to complete the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) to determine your suitability for federal employment and successfully complete a pre-appointment investigation/background check.
Non-Essential: This position is considered non-essential for purposes of reporting to work during federal government closures.
Financial Disclosure: This position requires financial disclosure.
Telework: This position is telework eligible.
Bargaining Unit: This position is not included in the bargaining unit.
Selections: Agencies have broad authority under law to hire from any appropriate source of eligibles and may fill a vacancy in the competitive service by any method authorized. We may make additional selections from this vacancy announcement within 90 days from the date the selection certificates are issued, should vacancies occur. We may also share selection certificates amongst program offices across the agency.
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
We use a multi-step process to review and evaluate applicants:
1. Eligibility and Minimum Qualifications
Once the vacancy announcement closes, we will review your submitted resume and documents to determine if you meet the eligibility and minimum qualification requirements, including any required education, experience, and/or selective placement factors. You will be rated as ineligible if you are outside of the area of consideration (i.e., who may apply) or your application is missing any required documents. You will be rated as not qualified if you do not possess the minimum qualification requirements.
2. Rating and Ranking
If you are found to meet both the eligibility and minimum qualification requirements, we will assess the quality of your experience and the extent to which you possess the required KSAs by comparing your submitted resume and documents against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. (The occupational questionnaire is the list of questions in the automated system that you will have an opportunity to answer once you apply for the position).
Based on the outcome of this evaluation, you will be assigned a numerical score (out of 100 possible). If your responses to the occupational questionnaire are not substantiated by your submitted resume, you may be eliminated from receiving further consideration.
3. Referral and Selection
If you are found to be amongst the most highly qualified applicants, you will be referred to the selecting official. As part of the assessment and selection process, the selecting official may invite you to participate in a structured interview, check your references, and/or request that you submit a writing sample or complete a written assessment or exercise to further evaluate your qualifications for this position.
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