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Blind Rehabilitation Outpatient Specialist – Spokane, Washington
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs
Job ID: 5211Start Date: 09/27/2018End Date: 12/31/2018
Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. EDUCATION: You must possess 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 A master’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 A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university (without a major field of study as outlined above) AND obtained a certificate in the core curriculum in orientation and mobility, vision rehabilitation therapy or low vision therapy from an accredited college or university. This education must have included supervised practice. EXPERIENCE: Completion of 1 year of progressively complex experience to the BRS, GS-09; OR Three (3) years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a doctoral degree in blind rehabilitation or a directly related field. **Note: 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: You must possess at least one active, current, full and unrestricted certifications (as shown below) granted by the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals (ACVREP), to be eligible for appointment. Orientation and mobility training – Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists (COMS®). Communication and daily living therapy (formerly Rehabilitation Teaching) – Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapists (CVRT®). Low vision therapy – Certified Low Vision Therapists (CLVT®). Grade Determinations:
Education and Experience. In addition to meeting the basic requirements, the candidate must fully demonstrate the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) below:
1. Knowledge and understanding of highly specialized complex evaluations and diagnostic tests and procedures of blind/vision rehabilitation.
2. Ability to properly assess a wide variety of patients having diverse and multiple disabilities to make recommendations for blind/vision rehabilitation therapeutic interventions.
3. Ability to write a blind/vision rehabilitation plan that includes evaluation information from multiple disciplines with observable, measurable goals and that identifies specific outcomes.
4. Knowledge of teaching methods and learning principles.
5. Ability to employ interventions, unusual motivational techniques and coordinate treatment with other professionals to achieve outcomes of the rehabilitation plan.
6. Ability to recommend appropriate blind/vision rehabilitation prosthetic devices for patients within scope of practice, making adaptations and modifications as required.
7. Ability to plan, direct, and distribute work assignments to volunteers, assistants and, interns and/or BRSs at lower grade levels and perform assigned mentoring duties for staff, students and interns. GS-12
Certification. Blind Rehab Outpatient Specialists at the GS-12 level must achieve two ACVREP certifications to demonstrate full mastery in two areas of blind rehabilitation.
Experience. In addition to meeting the basic requirements, completion of a minimum of 1 year of progressively complex experience equivalent to the next lower grade level. In addition to meeting the KSAs at the GS-11 level, the candidate must fully demonstrate the following KSAs:
1. Ability to independently develop, plan, and administer complex treatment programs.
2. Ability to act as a subject matter expert in the blind/vision rehabilitation field and as consultant, supervisor and/or mentor in evaluating and treating patients in specialty or program areas.
3. Ability to coordinate, motivate, and effectively manage staff and/or committee members to include organizing work, setting priorities, and delegating tasks and responsibilities.
4. Ability to disseminate appropriate information through various media as a consultant or mentor.
5. Skill in interpersonal relationships in dealing with patients, employees, other team leaders, managers and other stakeholders.
6. Ability to identify team group dynamics, objectively observe, and modify behaviors.
7. Ability to apply decision-making principles to adjust programs on a day-to-day basis, to develop short term and long range goals, and to plan for future utilization of resources. References: VA Handbook 5005/48 Part II, Appendix G42 dated 7/22/2011 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-11 to GS-12. Physical Requirements: Physical demands can have potential for the patient’s safety involving training in orientation and mobility, low vision, living skills and manual skills. The incumbent may be exposed to a variety of weather conditions during home visits and outdoor mobility training. While there are no major demands for lifting, the incumbent must be able to safeguard the Veteran from harm and respond to emergency situations involving training activities. These tasks require moderate physical exertion, dexterity, and sustained mental concentration on a regular basis.
The incumbent will also travel in this position and will interact at Veteran’s homes, businesses, streets, malls, public conveyances, neighborhoods, employment sites, school campuses, rural areas, and downtown and/or urban areas. This position requires some exposure to blood borne pathogens, body fluids, and other potentially infections materials.
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