Vocational Development Specialist

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Washington, DC
Apr 06, 2021
Apr 21, 2021
Full Time
SummaryThe Vocational Development Specialist is special purpose funded by the Homeless Program Office to specifically work within the HUD VASH Program (Housing and Urban Development-VA Supported Housing).Position is located within the Washington DC Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) Program. All duties performed should be consistent with the individual treatment plans and coordinated through and with the clinical team. Learn more about this agency ResponsibilitiesThe incumbent in this position serves as VAMC's Community Employment Coordinator/Employment Specialist for Homeless Veterans. The employee is a central figure (liaison, advocate, technical advisor) responsible for the ongoing orientation and training of the Homeless Services continuum in order to connect Veterans to the most appropriate and least restrictive VA and/or community-based employment services.The incumbent works with the local Compensated Work Therapy (CWT) Manager or designee in orchestrating clinical and administrative staff, within the Medical Center and without, into a cohesive platform with which homeless Veterans can obtain competitive employment with appropriate supports.Provide information, pre-employment assessment and workforce re-entry planning services, linkage, and coordination for VA and non-VA services, and community-based follow-up services to integrate Veterans into the community through competitive employment.The incumbent is expected to establish respectful, effective relationships with Veterans and the clinical and administrative staff from a range of institutions and agencies, including community employers.Major Duties Include but not limited to:Receives and responds in a timely manner to referrals of Veterans who are interested in rehabilitation services.Performs initial vocational assessments examining work history, previous education and training, sources of income, transportation issues, disabling conditions, v0cational needs and goals.Develops individualized vocational service plans based on Veterans' strengths, abilities, needs, preferences, desired outcomes, other factors identified in the assessment process.Documents Veteran encounters in the computerized patient record system (CPRS). Assists veterans in obtaining information about their benefits.May Place Veterans in CWT assignments within the medical center and the community for evaluation and training purposes. May also work with the CWT Program Supervisor to initiate contacts with local businesses and governmental agencies to develop Compensated Work Therapy (CWT) agreements that also provides job opportunities to homeless or formerly homeless VeteransAdvises worksite supervisors as to possible reasonable accommodations that might improve patients' abilities to work aid be productive.one on one and/or group job counseling and coachingMatching Veterans with opportunities within the community, job monitoring for job retention, helping employers understand their needs and the needs of the Veterans .Creates and Maintains a network of employers in the communityFacilitates program participants ability to quickly gain employment and increase their income to sustain housing.Develops and builds partnerships with local employers, employment agencies and specialized training programs and organizations throughout the DC Metro area.Conducts group training to build employment skills for participants and may carry a small case management load of participants who are job seeking.Tracks and updates data in the Homeless Operations and Management Evaluation System (HOMES) employment tracker on a monthly basis.Provides a wide range of vocational services such as, but not limited to,: resume building, job search, interview skills, etcAttend outreach events and other meetings and events in the community related to employmentBuild and manage a employment listing for the DC Metro area that is comprehensive and up to date.Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00 am until 4:30 pmTelework: According to agency policyVirtual: This is not a virtual position.Position Description/PD#: Vocational Development Specialist/PD20034ORelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not AuthorizedFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required Travel Required 25% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.Supervisory status No Promotion Potential None Job family (Series) 1715 Vocational Rehabilitation Help Requirements Conditions of Employment You must be a US 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 Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process Qualifications To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 04/07/2021.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. 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. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one-year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one-year time-in-grade.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:Work with individuals that have chronic and/or severe mental health, substance abuse, and/or physical disabilitiesInterview individuals and determine job readiness.Assist individuals with multiple barriers to employment.Provides advice, counseling, and feedback.Serve as main point of contact for Vocational Rehabilitation Services.Coordinate day-to-day duties among vocation rehabilitation staff.. OR,Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have ): 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or JD, if related. Such education must be in 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 graduate level.You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:Analysis and Problem SolvingComputer SkillsCritical ThinkingInformation ManagementOral CommunicationVeteran and Customer FocusExperience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (eg, Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (eg, 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.Physical Requirements: The physical demands of this position involve listening, reading, observing and evaluating verbal and nonverbal behavior and writing reports. Using office equipment such as, but not limited to, computers, telephones, fax machines, photocopy machines and driving throughout the catchment area. Some work is performed in a clinical setting that exposes the incumbent to the communicable disease common to the homeless population. Strenuous physical activity is not required.For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/. Education 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 US 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: -visitus-forrecog.html. Additional informationReceiving 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. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Contact the Agency Contact for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.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 for this vacancy. To be well-qualified: applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the required competencies of the job. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at -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 document.If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application. Read more How You Will Be EvaluatedYou 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. Read more Background checks and security clearanceSecurity clearance Other Drug test required No Position sensitivity and risk Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk Trust determination process Credentialing, Suitability/Fitness Help Required DocumentsTo apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:ResumeThe 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.Cover LetterDD-214/ Statement of ServiceDisability Letter (Schedule A)Disability Letter (VA)Other supporting documentationPCS OrdersProof of EnrollmentProof of Marriage StatusResumeSeparation Notice (RIF)SF-50/ Notification of Personnel ActionTranscriptSF-50, Notification of Personnel Action (if applicable for Time in Grade and/or Eligibility):Most recent SF-50 if you are a current or former Federal employeeAn SF-50 showing your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one-year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one-year time-in-gradeAward 50's do not provide sufficient information and will not be accepted for the purpose of verifying time-in-grade. Examples of appropriate SF-50's include:Within grade increases at the highest grade held; orPromotions with an effective date more than one year old; orSF-50's at the highest grade held with an effective date more than one year old.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 US 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 US 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. Help BenefitsA career with the US Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Opens in a new windowLearn more about federal benefits. Review our benefits 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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