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Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist Compensated Work Therapy Job in SAN ANTONIO, TX

Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist Compensated Work Therapy Job in SAN ANTONIO, TX

Vacancy No. Department Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Salary $60,210.00 to $78,270.00 Grade 11 to 11
Perm/Temp Permanent FT/PT Full-time
Open Date 12/1/2017 Close Date 12/31/2017
Who may apply Status Candidates

Job Description (Please follow all instructions carefully)


  • Open & closing dates

    12/01/2017 to 12/31/2017

  • Salary

    $60,210 to $78,270 per year

  • Pay scale & grade

    GS 11

  • Work schedule

    Full-Time - Full Time

  • Appointment type

    Multiple Appointment Types


2 vacancies in the following location:

Relocation expenses reimbursed


Announcement number


Control number


  • Duties



    The South Texas Veterans Health Care System (STVHCS) is comprised of two inpatient campuses: the Audie L. Murphy Memorial VA Hospital in San Antonio and the Kerrville VA Hospital in Kerrville, Texas. The STVHCS serves one of the largest primary service areas in the nation, with 63 counties, and is part of the VA Heart of Texas Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN 17), with offices located in Arlington, Texas. Providing a service to Veterans with a working staff of more than 3,100 employees, South Texas provides health care services for 93,000 Veterans. The STVHCS is a facility providing primary, secondary and tertiary health care in medicine, surgery, psychiatry, and rehabilitation medicine. It also supports a 90 bed Extended Care Therapy Center, a 30-bed Spinal Cord Injury Center, state of the art poly-trauma center, an eight-bed Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, and a Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center.

    Affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, the system has an active ambulatory care program with numerous satellite outpatient clinics. The system dedicates 28,000 square feet to medical research, and there are more than 150 research investigators conducting over 500 research activities. The system has a National Institute of Health (NIH) funded General Clinical Research Center and the Veterans Evidence-Based Research Dissemination Implementation Center (VERDICT). The Biomedical Research Foundation of South Texas was created in 1990 to support the research mission of the system. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/.

    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 on the last page of the JOA for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.

    For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.

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    The Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist (VRS) position is located at the Audie L. Murphy Memorial Veterans Hospital Division (ALMD), in the Mental Health Product Line, within the Psychology Service department, of the South Texas Veterans Health Care System (STVHCS). The incumbent is assigned vocational rehabilitation duties throughout the hospital, its clinics, and within the community. The Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist falls under the auspices of the Compensated Work Therapy (CWT) programs. The incumbent is under the direct supervision of the Director of Compensated Work Therapy programs. The VRS may be assigned to Transitional Work (TW), Supported Employment (SE), or Community Based Employment Services (CBES) programs within CWT.

    The Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist (VRS) provides therapeutic services to Veterans whose employability or job adjustment is impaired by physical, mental, emotional or other disability, or by lack of basic education or job skills. The focus of services seeks to promote optimal occupational functioning of Veterans within the community by utilizing appropriate interventions that achieve the vocational goals on the Veteran's Individual Employment Plan (IEP).

    Duties performed by the incumbent are consistent with the IEP and coordinated with other members of the treatment team.

    VRS independently carry out wide range of difficult cases involving special procedures. These cases may require more intensive and extensive knowledge of disabilities or of other employment handicaps, and of occupational information, in relation to the more complicated problems involved in the training and job placement of the severely handicapped. Incumbents apply highly specialized knowledge of the situation, the skill requirements, and the job demands, to estimate the probable success that the handicapped individual will have in completing a training program and in being placed in employment in an occupation.

    VRS also work closely with members of the interdisciplinary team; including Physicians, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors, Therapists, Social Workers, and other care providers within the facility and in the community.

    Major duties include, but are not limited to:

    · Determining vocational goals and objectives of the Veteran based on referral from a professional staff member or by interviewing the Veteran.

    · Determining the areas of vocational interests, and deciding what services such as job seeking skills training, resume development, or interview skills training the Veteran may require to successfully obtain suitable employment.

    · Analyzing mental and physical disabilities or other handicaps, in terms of the practical effects of such handicaps on motivations, adjustment to training, and difficulty in employment placement.

    · Counseling and guiding Veterans through difficult transition in the adjustment to employment.

    · Helping employers understand nature of Veteran's limitations while maintaining a positive impression of the Veteran's capability of success.

    · Approving significant modifications to the placement contract, evaluating the results of the program, making sound professional arguments for recommended changes and report program progress.

    · Encouraging and motivating individuals to become self-sufficient.

    · Finding suitable employment opportunities, monitoring placement, and promoting successful adjustment.

    Work Schedule: M-F - 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM (Subject to change, based on needs of the organization)

    Position Description Title/#:

    Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist, GS-1715-11/00441-A

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)

    Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/482386000. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

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

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