New Job Supervisory Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor In North Dakota

Supervisory Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
Supervisory Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

Supervisory Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

Company : US Veterans Benefits Administration
Salary : $92,143 - $119,787 a year
Location : North Dakota

Full Description



The Supervisory Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor position is located at one of the Regional or Outbased Offices, in the Dakotas RO VR&E jurisdictional area. The offices include Fargo RO (Fargo, ND), Sioux Falls RO (Sioux Falls, SD), and Rapid City Outbased Office (Rapid City, SD). This position is the first-line supervisor of assigned professional Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors and other Veteran Readiness and Employment staff as assigned.


  • Serve as first-line supervisor for professional VRE counseling and other VRE staff, and serve as an alternate to the division VREO in their absence.
  • Make decisions on inquiries or issues presented by subordinate VRE professional and other employees, consult and advise the division level management staff, and assess the impact on the VRE program.
  • Take measures, within Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) guidelines, to mitigate negative impact on the mission, with concurrence of division level management.
  • Interview candidates for employment and internal merit promotion, keeping meticulous records of scoring on records review, the written portion of interviews, oral interviews, etc. in compliance with federal and VA human resource policies.
  • Manage and assess professional employee and other staff performance, as assigned. Recommend performance, special contribution, and other awards for subordinate employees, providing full justification in the package.
  • Take disciplinary action when warranted, adhering to agency/local/legal procedure, consulting with senior management and HR/labor management relations, and union national and local agreements (for bargaining unit employees), as applicable.
  • Handle complaints, inquiries, and grievances and brings them to successful resolution (from employees, Veterans, Service Members, and/or dependents). Refer to the VREO only in unique circumstances.
  • Serve as a VRE leave approving official for Dakotas RO VRE professional and other staff as assigned/delegated.
  • Conduct reviews of both staff and VRE operations; Conduct training as needed; Identify and correct deficiencies recognized through systemic analysis

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    0101 Social Science

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  • Requirements


    Conditions of Employment

    • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job
    • Selectees are subject to a background/suitability investigation
    • Selective Service registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
    • A probationary period may be required for employees and supervisors
    • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
    • Selected applicants will be required to complete a Financial Disclosure Report.
    • As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee?s duty location or work arrangement (telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law.
    • If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by November 22, 2021 or before appointment or onboarding with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), if after November 22.
    • VA will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation is needed and how you can request a legally required exception from this requirement.


    Specialized Experience: To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 10/15/2021.

    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    The Office of Personnel Management's group coverage qualification standards, associated individual occupational requirements (IOR), and individual qualification standards covering white collar occupations in the Federal competitive service can be found: here.

    This position is covered by a single agency qualification standard, VA Handbook 5005/6, part II, appendix F2, dated June 3, 2004. All applicants must meet the Basic Educational Requirements and Specialized Experience described below, to qualify.

    BASIC EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENT: Satisfactory completion in an accredited college or university of all the requirements for a master's degree in rehabilitation counseling, including an internship;


    A master's degree in counseling psychology or a related field, including at least 30 semester hours of course work in at least four such areas as foundations of rehabilitation counseling, human growth and development, counseling theories and techniques, vocational assessment, career development, job placement, case management, and medical/psycho-social aspects of disability. Total graduate study must have included or been supplemented by a supervised internship. [For master's degree programs without a supervised internship/practicum, substitution is allowed for successful professional experience following completion of the master's degree. Experience suitable for substitution must be one full year in direct delivery of vocational rehabilitation services to adults with disabilities in rehabilitation programs, other than those in correctional facilities. The experience or internship/practicum must have been supervised by a professional in vocational rehabilitation or a closely related professional field that typically has oversight for vocational rehabilitation programs].The primary degree required under this single-agency standard is Rehabilitation Counseling. For related degree programs other than Rehabilitation Counseling, the focus of the master's degree program must have been on rehabilitation counseling as evidenced by the coursework required for the degree.

    Supervised Internship - you must describe the duties and responsibilities performed during your supervised internship. Include the dates of the internship(s), where the internship(s) was performed, number of hours completed, and the name/title/phone number of the individual that supervised your internship.

    There is no substitution of work experience for the basic educational requirement.

    GS-13 LEVEL: Basic educational requirement AND Specialized Experience: In addition to meeting the basic educational requirements stated above, one year of post-graduate level professional vocational rehabilitation counseling experience, equivalent to the GS-12 level is required. Specialized experience may have been gained while working with vocational rehabilitation service programs at the federal, state, local, or private sector levels which required performing initial evaluations; entitlement determination; rehabilitation planning; problem solving; case management, including coordination of all rehabilitation services; case documentation; employment service; administration and interpretation of vocational testing; instructing and interaction with a variety of clients, professionals and potential employers; Interpreting and applying federal and state vocational rehabilitation laws and regulations in the provision of services to disabled clients; Providing individual counseling to emotionally and physically disabled adults; and coordinating the service necessary to prepare mentally and physically disabled adults for suitable employment.

    NON-QUALIFYING EXPERIENCE: Vocational rehabilitation experience obtained prior to completion of the requirements for the master's degree is not qualifying.


    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.

    There is no education substitute at the GS-12 grade level.

    Additional information

    Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm; Hours may vary to effectively carry out the mission.
    Physical Requirements: The position is primarily in an office setting.
    Title/PD#: Supervisory Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor GS - 0101 - 13: #PD395390
    Financial Disclosure Report: After hire, you will be required to file a Financial Disclosure Report.

    Time-in-grade: Applicants who are/were federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements. For a GS-13 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-12 level. To support your claim of time in grade, you must submit your most recent appointment, promotion, or within grade increase SF-50 (not an award or general adjustment SF-50). Some applicants may have to submit more than one SF-50 to demonstrate their eligibility. See the required documents section for more information.

    Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one/combination of these methods to fill the position and any additional vacancies.

    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. Please contact the special placement coordinator or the human resources specialist listed on this vacancy for more information regarding applying for consideration under schedule A or as a 30% disabled Veteran.

    The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified for this vacancy. A well-qualified candidate is defined as meeting all of the minimum qualification standards and eligibility requirements as well as possessing skills that clearly exceed the minimum qualifications requirements for this position. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility can be found: here.

    VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process. Pandemic Telework Program: Due to COVID-19, the VA is currently in an expanded telework posture. If selected, you may be expected to temporarily telework, even if your home is located outside the local commuting area. Once employees are permitted to return to the office, you will be expected to report to the duty station listed on this announcement within 14 days. At that time, you may be eligible to request to continue to telework depending upon the terms of your organization's telework policy and the duties of the position.

    If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    In describing your experience, please be clear and specific. We will not make assumptions regarding your experience. Applicants who do not fully address the specialized experience needed for the position (as described above in the job announcement) in their resume or who do not possess the education to substitute for it will not be referred for consideration.

    After you have met the minimum qualifications, you will be rated on the following competencies based on your application for this position:

    • PROBLEM SOLVING: Identifies and analyzes problems; uses sound reasoning to arrive at conclusions; finds alternative solutions to complex problems; distinguishes between relevant and irrelevant information to make logical judgements.
    • INTERPERSONAL SKILLS: Shows understanding, friendliness, courtesy, tact, empathy, concern, and politeness to others; develops and maintains effective relationships with others; may include effectively dealing with individuals who are difficult, hostile, or distressed; relates well to people from varied backgrounds and different situations; is sensitive to cultural diversity, race, gender, disabilities, and other individual differences.
    • WRITTEN COMMUNICATION: Expresses facts and ideas in writing in a succinct and organized manner.
    • ORAL COMMUNICATION: Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into Account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.
    If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job-related information, which may include, but is not limited to responses to the knowledge, skills, and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or an interview.

    Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

    Notice to Applicants: It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. Information about an individual's employment experience will be used only to determine the person's qualifications and to assess his or her relative level of knowledge, skills, and abilities. Although an individual's personal conduct may be relevant in any employment decision, including conduct during periods of unemployment or evidence of dishonesty in handling financial matters, financial difficulty that has arisen through no fault of the individual will generally not itself be the basis of an unfavorablesuitability or fitness determination.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance


    Drug test required


    Position sensitivity and risk

    Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk

    Trust determination process


  • Required Documents

    Required Documents


    Current Federal Employees: If you are applying using your status as a current federal employee or as a VEOA candidate (who is a current federal employee) you must submit an SF-50. To support your claim that you have the required time-in-grade, you must submit your most recent promotion, within-grade increase, or appointment SF-50 (not an award or general adjustment SF- 50). Some applicants may have to submit more than one SF-50 in order to demonstrate their eligibility. If you previously held a higher grade you must also submit an SF-50 showing that grade.

    Resume: Your resume may be submitted in any format, however we recommend using USA Jobs resume builder as it contains all of the information required on federal resumes. For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week, the dates of employment, and the level of your experience. If your resume does not contain this information you will not receive consideration for this position.
    If you submit more than one copy of your resume, only the most recent version will be reviewed. The latest timestamp will be used to determine which version of your resume is "most recent." It is your responsibility to check the status and timestamp of all documents you submit as part of your application. If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material/content, it will not be used to make eligibility and qualification determinations and you may not be considered for this vacancy.

    Applicants claiming Veterans' preference must also submit: a legible copy of your DD Form 214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty," showing all dates of service, as well as character of service (Honorable, General, etc.). The member 4 copy of your DD Form 214 is preferable. Copies of DD-214's can be requested here. Current active duty members must submit a signed statement of service from their commander dated within the last 120 days that contains their expected discharge date, their release from active duty under honorable conditions, any medals awarded, and the timeframe of their service so eligibility can be determined. Veterans claiming 10 point preference must also submit an SF-15 and all documents indicated on the form as proof of type of preference. This includes a VA letter supporting your disability claim with the overall percentage listed. If you are unsure as to whether you qualify for Veterans' preference, please consult the U.S. Department of Labor's Veterans' Preference Advisor here.

    Transcripts: If you are basing all or some of your qualifications on education or if a degree is required for the position, a transcript must be included as part of your application package. Unofficial transcript(s) may be submitted, however it must contain the course names, levels, credits earned, and grades received. Your transcript must contain the degree conferred date if you are substituting a degree for experience. If you are claiming superior academic achievement (SAA) ensure you submit completed transcript(s) to demonstrate it. The requirements for superior academic achievement can be viewed here. A photocopy of your degree is not acceptable in place of a transcript. An official transcript will be required at a later date if you are selected for the position.

    Applicants claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must also submit: Certification of expected separation, reduction-in-force separation notice, or notice of proposed removal; and your most recent performance evaluation; and an SF-50 demonstrating your separation or the position you will be separated from. Or Worker's compensation separation: agency certification of inability to place employee and notification of separation or a separation SF-50. Or Disability annuity termination: Notification from OPM of disability annuity termination and separation SF-50 of the last position held. Or Military reserve or National Guard technician special disability retirement annuity under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456: Certification of special disability retirement annuity from a military department or National Guard bureau and separation SF-50 of the last position held. Failure to submit any of the above mentioned required documents may result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted. You will not be contacted for additional information.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

  • Benefits


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    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.


This job is open to

  • Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)

    Federal employees who meet the definition of a "surplus" or "displaced" employee.

  • Federal employees - Competitive service

    Current or former competitive service federal employees.

  • Individuals with disabilities

  • Internal to an agency

    Current federal employees of this agency.

  • Military spouses

  • Veterans

Clarification from the agency

This vacancy announcement is open to current, permanent career/career conditional Federal employees, Federal employees eligible for transfer, eligible Military Spouses, Former Federal employees eligible for reinstatement, Schedule A, CTAP/ICTAP/RPL, 30% or more disabled Veterans, and/or Veterans eligible under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA).