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Blind Rehabilitation Specialist Job in PHILADELPHIA, PA

Blind Rehabilitation Specialist Job in PHILADELPHIA, PA

Vacancy No. PHL-17-DDS-2004550-BU Department Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Salary $64,820.00 to $84,263.00 Grade 11 to 11
Perm/Temp Permanent FT/PT Full-time
Open Date 8/31/2017 Close Date 9/21/2017
Who may apply Public

Job Description (Please follow all instructions carefully)
  • Open & closing dates

    2017-08-31 to 2017-09-21

  • Salary

    $64,820 to $84,263 / per year

  • Pay scale & grade

    GS 11

  • Series

    0601 General Health Science

  • Appointment type


  • Work schedule

    Full Time

  • Job announcement number


  • Control number



1 vacancy in the following location:

Job Overview

Job Overview


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 2004550

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?


The Crescenz VA Medical Center - Philadelphia is a complex 1b tertiary care facility consisting of acute inpatient beds and long term care beds.  The organization has robust education and research programs and offers treatment for 40 different American Medical Associations recognized medical specialties and sub-specialties including Medicine and Surgery, Intensive Care, General Psychiatry, Substance Abuse Treatment, Long Term Care (Nursing Home Care Units) and Residential Rehabilitation Inpatient Program. The medical center is a teaching facility and is affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and over 50 other colleges and universities.  The organization consists of the main Medical Center, three Community Based Outpatient Clinics, one clinical and administrative annex, a Community Living Center and a 40 bed Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Program.

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.

Current VA and/or Federal employees should apply under [insert applicable JOA#].


The primary purpose of this position is to provide blind and vision rehabilitation services for visually impaired Veterans and Service Members.  Blind Rehabilitation includes the disciplines of low vision therapy, orientation and mobility, vision rehabilitation therapy, manual skills instruction and computer access instruction. The Blind Rehabilitation Specialist possesses professional knowledge of, and skill in applying concepts, principles, and practices of blind and vision rehabilitation to include assessment, treatment and follow-up. 

The Blind Rehabilitation Specialist provides direct patient care and support services to an adult population of patients which is characterized by a very significant number of older male patients.  Within this broad categorization, the employee must tailor patient care and support services to meet the needs of the individual patient.

This includes the responsibility for assessment of each patient's needs and the delivery of services which are responsive to the concerns of individual patients to the extent possible.

Major Duties Include:

*study visual and non-visual barriers and related processes that result in activity limitations, participation restrictions, loss of vocational and avocational opportunities, and psychological distress.

*identify the difficulties confronting the Veteran and the barriers to treatment and then develop and provide intervention designed to enhance the blind and vision rehabilitation process.

*develop a treatment plan in conjunction with an interdisciplinary team to improve the quality of life for blind and visually impaired Veterans through the development of skills and capabilities needed for personal independence, emotional stability and the successful integration into community, family and environment.

*use and maintaintechnology (discipline specific) necessary to assist in the veteran's rehabilitation needs and processes such as electronic travel aids, computer assisted technology, speech output and input devices, large print devices and Braille devices. 

*work with family members and/or significant others to educate and counsel about the ramifications of visual impairment. Family members are taught to recognize and change behaviors and behavior patterns that impede blind and vision rehabilitation progress and how to cope with the psychological and social problems and their own individual stress.

*maintain awareness of new technological developments in the field through research and education. The incumbent serves as a subject matter expert for other medical and allied health staff by providing counseling to healthcare providers and professionals on the nature of visual impairment and blind and vision rehabilitation.

*utilize professional judgment in applying standard theories, procedures and diagnostic measures; knowledge of policies, previous training, and Preferred Practice Patterns to adapt procedures and techniques to be used in accordance with accepted practice.

Work Schedule:Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm
Functional Statement Title/#:  Staff Blind Rehabilitation Specialist GS-0601-11

Supervisory Status


Promotion Potential


Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No

Who May Apply

This job is open to…

United States Citizens

Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

Job Requirements
Additional Information
How to Apply
Required Documents

Department of Veterans Affairs

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration


Diane M. DeSipio
Phone: (215)823-5800


VHA Philadelphia VAMC
Department of Veterans Affairs
3900 Woodland Avenue

Note: We cannot accept applications on behalf of Federal Agencies. Application instructions are listed within the Job Description.

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