Lead Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist

Perry Point, Maryland
Nov 30, 2021
Dec 08, 2021
Full Time

Duties include, but are not limited to:
  • Serves as team leader, monitoring the work performed by subordinate team members.
  • Ensures that the organization's mission and vision are communicated to the team and integrated into the
    team's goals, work plans and work products.
  • Articulates and communicate to the team the assignment, project, problem to be solved, actionable events, milestones, and deadlines.
  • Identifies, distributes and balances workload and tasks among employees in accordance with established work flow, skill level and/or occupational specialization; making adjustments to accomplish the workload in accordance with established priorities to ensure timely accomplishment of assigned team tasks.
  • Provides advice on work methods, practices and procedures, and assist the team and/or individual members in identifying the parameters of a viable solution.
  • Trains or arranges for the training of team members in methods and techniques of team building and working in
    teams to accomplish tasks or projects.
  • Coordinates the preparation, presentation and communication of work-related information to the supervisor.
  • Represent the team in dealings with the supervisor or manager for the purpose of obtaining resources (e.g.,
    computer hardware and software, use of overtime or compensatory time), and securing needed information or decisions from the supervisor on major work problems and issues that arise.
  • Reports to the team on progress of team's projects and/or tasks, established milestones and ensure that all team members are aware of team goals and objectives.
  • Determines the extent to which the client possesses the knowledge, skills or abilities necessary to meet the goals or objectives.
  • Provides vocational and readjustment counseling to Veterans.
  • May meet with Veterans' families to assist in counseling activities.
  • Completes vocational counseling consultation requests integrating all data derived from interviews, tests administered, medical records and counseling.
  • Coordinates and/or administers and interprets a full range of standardized objective tests of scholastic aptitude, interests, achievement, motor performance and personality measures.
  • Provides case management for Veterans assigned to CWT or Vocational Assistance, reviewing work evaluations of performance, conducting inventories, assessing Veteran's progress toward rehabilitation goals and monitoring attendance and performance.
  • Coordinates with various resources to locate a training facility in the community that will be specifically suitable from the standpoint of the particular needs and problems of the individual.
  • Finds suitable employment opportunities in the community by visiting employment and educational sites.
  • Maintains awareness and fosters community contacts and contracts.
  • Makes periodic work place visits to help the Veteran adjust to the various vocational settings.
Work Schedule: 8:00 am-4:30 pm, Monday - Friday
Compressed/Flexible: Available
Telework: Available
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Position Description/PD#: Lead Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist/PD20014O
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • 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
  • Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP)
  • Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Personnel
  • Valid Driver's License


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 12/08/2021.

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-12 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-11 level. 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 as described below:
  • Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-11 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 articulating and communicating to the team the assignment, project, problem to be solved, actionable events, milestones, and deadlines.;
    • Experience conducting comprehensive evaluations to determine existence of a vocational impairments, severity, and feasibility of achieving vocational goals.;
    • Experience developing and preparing, with patients' and treatment team input, individualized treatment plans designed to address the patients' vocational, medical, and psychosocial goals.;
    • Experience providing a full range of Vocational Counseling and Rehabilitation Services associated with the daily operations of the Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program.;
    • Experience monitoring the work performed by subordinate team members
(This experience must be supported by your resume to be creditable.)

You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:
  • Technical Competence
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Communications
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.

Physical Requirements: The physical work is sedentary although the stress related to providing services to clients in emotional distress or who may be demanding and uncooperative can be more significant then that of most
sedentary positions. The driving of government vehicles on station and in the community is required. You must have a valid driver's license for this position.

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/ .


There is no educational substitution at this grade level.

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: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/ . 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: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html .

Additional information

VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.

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. 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 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 document.

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 .