Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Blind Rehabilitation Specialist (Living Skills Instructor) in Long Beach, California

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Long Beach, CA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Tuesday 10/18/2016 (7 day(s) ago)

** Closes Tuesday 11/8/2016 (14 day(s) away)

Job Overview


Position Description Title: Blind Rehabilitation Specialist (Living Skills Instructor)

Functional Statement #: GS-0601-9/11 #: 02263A

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):VR 1827660 H-16-148 CM**

Salary: Applicant's education and experience will be reviewed by a Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected. The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy. Work Schedule: Full time, Monday-Friday (7:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.)

We are a 24/7 medical center with various tours of duty and incumbent may be required to work off tours, nights, holidays and/or weekends to meet the mission of caring for the Veterans

How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

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 Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service.

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans. The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.


The incumbent is a subject matter expert in Living Skills which involves teaching daily living activities such as eating, cooking and other food management, clothing maintenance and organization, personal grooming and spatial awareness; communication skills such as use of large print and/or Braille, tape recorders and electronic devices, rudimentary computer skills. the incumbent assures that a complete range of skills are available for a diverse patient population in an active in-patient blind rehabilitation center.

The incumbent 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. This work involves evaluating and assessing needs, capabilities and limitations, goal setting and prescribing a treatment plan for individuals experiencing blindness/visual impairment caused by injury or disease. The incumbent also works with family members and/or significant others to educate and counsel about the ramifications of visual impairment, and maintains awareness of new technological developments in the field through research and education.

The incumbent studies visual and non-visual barriers and related processes that result in activity limitations, participation restrictions, loss of vocational and avocational opportunities, and psychological distress. In providing direct services, they use diagnostic and therapeutic techniques and instrumentation to identity and resolve or minimize these problems. The incumbent must 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, is responsible for using and maintaining technology (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. The incumbent also develops a treatment plan in conjunction with an interdisciplinary team to improve the quality of life for blind and visually impaired (Veterans).

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • You must pass a pre-employment physical
  • ### Qualifications


Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses Are Not authorized for this position. Relocation Incentive: Relocation Incentive Is Not authorized for this position. Recruitment Incentive: Recruitment Incentive Is Not authorized for this position.

Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define “who we are,” our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence (“I CARE”).

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Request for reconsideration of ratings will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package. Human Resource Management Service will not go to employee personnel files for this information. If you do not submit the required documents, you will not receive consideration for this position. We cannot be held responsible for incompatible software, fax transmissions, delays in mail service, etc...


  • U.S. citizenship.
  • Selective Service: Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • Background Investigation: A background investigation is required and continued employment is contingent on completion of that process to determine suitability for federal employment.
  • English Language Proficiency: In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), No person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. You must be proficient in basic written and spoken English in order to meet the requirements of this position.


EDUCATION: 1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major field of study in blind or vision rehabilitation, related program in rehabilitation, special education, family and consumer science education, technology and industrial arts education, or health care; OR, 2. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university (without a major field of study as outlined in (1) above that included or was supplemented by at least one of the following: (A) At least 30 semester hours of directly related, upper level undergraduate courses (e.g., at least 200-course level or higher, or as identified by the college or university). (B) One full year of directly related graduate level coursework (typically at least 15-18 semester hours). (C) A certificate in the core curriculum in orientation and mobility, vision rehabilitation therapy or low vision therapy from an accredited college or university and a directly related practicum/internship in the occupation, either included in the degree or post-degree. 3. Foreign Graduates must have proof of a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university (or foreign equivalent, as verified through an independent credential evaluation company), with a specialization in Blind Rehabilitation

CERTIFICATION: Required at the GS-11 and above. Applicants must possess at least one active, current, full and unrestricted certification to be eligible for appointment. Certification must be granted by the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals (ACVREP), or another equivalent, related professional credential in special education, rehabilitation or health care. IF ALL CERTIFICATIONS ARE IMPAIRED, THE INDIVIDUAL IS INELIGIBLE FOR APPOINTMENT IN VA. NOTE: The ACVREP administers three certification programs: Low Vision Therapy (CLVT), Orientation and Mobility (COMS), and Vision Rehabilitation Therapy (CVRT).

NON-CERTIFIED BRS HIRED TEMPORARY: Non-certified BRSs may be given a temporary appointment to positions at or above the GS-11 level not to exceed two years under the authority of 38 U.S.C. 7405(c)(2). Non-certified employees appointed temporarily as BRSs may not be converted to an appointment at or above the GS-11 level under 38 U.S.C. 7401(3) without obtaining a recognized certification.

NOTE: Failure to obtain Certification will lead to termination at the end of the two year period. Once certified, a BRS must maintain a full, valid and unrestricted independent certification to remain qualified for employment.

*SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR GS-09 LEVEL: *In addition to meeting the basic requirements, completion of a minimum of one (1) year of progressively complex experience equivalent to the next lower grade level.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR GS-11 LEVEL: In addition to meeting the basic requirements, completion of a minimum of one (1) year of progressively complex experience equivalent to the next lower grade level; or Three (3) years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Doctoral Degree; or Doctoral Degree in Blind Rehabilitation or a directly related field.

Note: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

PROBATIONARY PERIOD: You may be required to serve a probationary period of 1 year.

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: 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.


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Q - Nonsensitive

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

You will receive e-mail notification as to whether or not you were included on the list of referred candidates. If you do not provide an e-mail address, your notification will be sent via U.S. Postal Service within 2-4 weeks.

Important note: Applicants have the burden of producing all needed information prior to the closing of the announcement Tuesday, November 08, 2016. If this requirement is not met and you are not referred to the hiring facility, you may contact the local HR office for Direct Hiring Authority options.


VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. this link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:

Other Information

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

Salary Range: $54,664.00 to $85,977.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0601-09/11

Promotion Potential: 11

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: U. S. CITIZENS

Control Number: 453644500

Job Announcement Number: VR 1827660 H-16-148 CM