Rehabilitation Counselor (Polytrauma Knowledge Translation Specialist) Job in Richmond, Virginia – Department of Veterans Affairs



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Rehabilitation Counselor (Polytrauma Knowledge Translation Specialist) – Richmond, Virginia
Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs
Job ID: 652950
Start Date: 01/19/2023
End Date: 02/10/2023

Qualification Summary
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement. 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. English Language Proficiency. Candidates must be proficient in spoken and written English to be appointed as authorized by 38 U.S.C. § 7403(f). Education. A master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling or clinical rehabilitation counseling from a rehabilitation counseling program accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). If the applicant’s degree was granted prior to July 1, 2017, the program must be accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE). OR A master’s degree in counseling or clinical rehabilitation counseling from a college or university accredited by a national or regional accrediting body accredited by Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). OR A master’s or doctoral degree in a related field of study with course content that emphasized rehabilitation, counseling, disability, therapy, health, employment, wellness, or human development from a college or university accredited by a national or regional accrediting body accredited by CHEA. OR Foreign graduates with a degree acceptable by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC). Certification. Current, full and unrestricted certification as a certified rehabilitation counselor (CRC) from the CRCC to practice vocational rehabilitation counseling. Grade Determinations: Rehabilitation Counselor, GS-12 Experience. Completion of one year of professional experience at the next lower grade level directly related to the position being filled, specifically this year of experience should be consistent with the following description: Personal adjustment counseling, therapeutic rehabilitation interventions and case coordination services, utilizing evidence-informed and evidence-based modalities to aid Veterans with severe disabilities in achieving competitive employment and educational and independent living goals. Conduct biopsychosocial assessments using medical records, pertinent disability documentation, observation and interviews with Veterans and their support systems to generate personal, vocational, and educational histories. Select, administer and interpret vocational instruments to evaluate abilities, aptitudes, interests, values, preferences, transferrable skills and overall work resilience. Customize vocational exploration activities for identification of self-determined rehabilitation needs and goals. Consult with interdisciplinary teams (IDT) to enhance coordination of care, ensure medical clearance, and provide for optimal timing of further interventions. Synthesize assessment information to identify barriers to employment and their vocational implications. Determine clinical need for and capacity to benefit from therapeutic and rehabilitation services to include: work restoration/resilience treatment, transitional work placement and compensation, supported employment, assistive technology, financial benefits counseling and potential benefits protections. Develop patient-centered treatment plans utilizing SMART goals and provides ongoing assessment of Veteran’s progress. Procure and manage transitional work agreements from community, state and federal agencies. Monitor work site compliance with agreements to ensure Veterans are appropriately trained and evaluated consistent with industry standards. ADDITIONALLY Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: Understanding of knowledge translation theory and practice including critical appraisal, knowledge and skills related to the process of evidence-informed decision making. Expertise in outcome data management including data collection, data entry and analysis. Facility with data management platforms. Ability to foster relationships with clinical providers, researchers, decision makers, and Veteran/Service member patient and family groups. Ability to work both independently and within a team environment. Knowledge of content design, delivery, and evaluation. Ability to synthesize information from stakeholders to inform content design, delivery and communication. Knowledge of and ability to conduct project evaluation and incorporate into a variety of knowledge exchange products. Ability to address complexity of psychosocial rehabilitation factors and deliver timely and high-quality outcomes consistent with statutes, regulations, and policies Theoretical and practical knowledge of a range of rehabilitation service delivery systems for the administration and management of a clinical rehabilitation program. Advanced computer skills, including demonstrated familiarity with use of online learning and knowledge exchange platforms. Ability to identify learning needs and develop collaborative knowledge translation strategies/programs. Ability to provide and/or develop resource materials, including education and training materials. Ability to apply decision making and analytical skills. Ability to prioritize, and to plan, coordinate, and organize work. Advanced oral and written communication skills. Ability to travel for meetings as necessary. Assignment. For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, administrative independence, complexity (difficulty) and range of variety as described in this standard at the specified grade level and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time. Assists with the management of a clinical rehabilitation service delivery system within an organization which may include housing, independent living, vocational and educational services. Utilize complex rehabilitation counseling skills and motivational interviewing techniques not typically required in routine practice to assess a Veteran’s self-awareness, adjustment to disability and work resilience. Exhibit clinical expertise through timely application of therapeutic interventions, case coordination, crisis intervention, IDT consultation, rehabilitation plan development and ongoing assessment and job development practices. Exercise professional judgement to arrange for suitable placement of Veterans with the most severe disabilities and employment challenges through skillful analysis of their abilities, aptitudes, preferences, disability conditions and resulting impairments. Provide input and guidance on program evaluations, strategic plans and policy considerations to supervisor as appropriate for all interested VA entities and accrediting bodies. Monitor progress towards accomplishment of program goals and examines the benefits of process improvements. Provide oversight, support and feedback to lower level RCs and student interns on work assignments, time and caseload management and employment outcomes. References: VA Handbook 5005/133 PART II APPENDIX G62 The full performance level of this vacancy is 12. Physical Requirements: The work is primarily sedentary; however, incumbent should be able to perform prolonged walking and standing necessary to conduct worksite visits, employer tours, etc. Incumbent must possess a valid driver’s license in order to transport Veterans in government vehicle to interviews, tours, etc. with employers or other community resources.

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