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Blind Rehabilitaion Specialist

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Department Of Veterans Affairs Hines , IL 60141

Posted 2 months ago

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Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital (, located 12 miles west of downtown Chicago on a 147-acre campus, offers primary, extended and specialty care and serves as a tertiary care referral center for VISN 12.

Specialized clinical programs include Blind Rehabilitation, Spinal Cord Injury, Neurosurgery, Radiation Therapy and Cardiovascular Surgery. The hospital also serves as the VISN 12 southern tier hub for pathology, radiology, radiation therapy and human resource management.

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The Supervisory Blind Rehabilitation Specialist oversees the evaluation and needs assessment, capabilities and limitations, goals and development of a treatment plan for individuals experiencing blindness/visual impairment caused by injury or disease. The Specialist oversees the staff as part of a team supervising and coordinating care for blind and visually impaired veterans.

Participates in the planning, review and evaluation of proposed therapy programs at the inpatient Blind Rehabilitation Center (BRC), manages the weekly/daily staff teaching schedule and patient assignments for the department, supervises a staff of employees to accomplish the work of the organizational unit; assigns and reviews work as well as the administrative and personnel management functions. It is the responsibility of the Supervisor to resolve instructor problems or complaints, and to advise, counsel, and instruct these employees on both work and administrative matters. The Supervisor is also responsible for dealing with grievances, disciplinary problems or conflicts involving other instructors. the Supervisor is a mentor to university trainees and is responsible for orienting them to the BRC and the Computer Access Training program, for organizing internship experiences to enable development of Blind and Vision Rehabilitation teaching skills, and for providing opportunities for both formal and informal evaluation that will enable optimum learning and growth while establishing realistic goals for each individual trainee.

The Blind and Vision Rehabilitation Specialist must maintain certification, as appropriate. Performs other related duties as assigned.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job

  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required

  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

  • You may be required to serve a probationary period

  • Subject to a background/security investigation

  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English


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.
  • GS 12 Education: You must have 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 bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university (without a major field of study as outlined above) that included or was supplemented by at least one of the following:

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).


One full year of directly related graduate level coursework (typically at least 15-18 semester hours).


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.


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.

  • GS 12 Certification: You 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.

You must meet the certification requirements for the Blind Rehabilitation Specialist at the GS-12 level. BRS (GS-12) must have one certification from ACVREP or a related, equivalent, professional certification. (Certificate must be submitted).

You must meet the certification requirements for VIST Coordinators. BRS who are VIST Coordinators may be drawn from traditional blind/vision rehabilitation backgrounds, and also from counseling backgrounds such as social work, vocational rehabilitation counseling, etc. VIST Coordinators may be credentialed/certified through; Certification via the ACVREP, or Licensure via the Social Worker Licensure Board, or Certification via the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRC), or Equivalent, related, relevant professional credential in counseling or rehabilitation.

GS-12 Specialized Experience: In addition to meeting the basic requirements, completion of 1 year of experience as a BRS equivalent to the next lower grade level.

In addition to meeting the KSAs described at the GS-11 level, the candidate must fully demonstrate the KSAs required for the specific assignment and demonstrate the potential to acquire the assignment-specific KSAs. Specialized experience for this position include: Ability to independently develop, plan, and administer complex treatment programs; 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; Ability to coordinate, motivate, and effectively manage staff and/or committee members to include organizing work, setting priorities, and delegating tasks and responsibilities; Ability to disseminate appropriate information through various media as a consultant or mentor; Skill in interpersonal relationships in dealing with patients, employees, other team leaders, managers and other stakeholders; Ability to identify team group dynamics, objectively observe, and modify behaviors; 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.

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12.


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

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. For further information, visit:

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Blind Rehabilitaion Specialist

Expired Job

Department Of Veterans Affairs