Rehabilitation Counselor (Open Continuous Announcement) Job

Vacancy No. CBSR-12364698-24-KM Department Veterans Health Administration
Salary $65,782.00 to $104,417.00 Grade 9 to 11
Perm/Temp Permanent FT/PT Full-time
Open Date 3/29/2024 Close Date 9/30/2024
Job Link Apply Online Who may apply Public
Fort Wayne, INMarion, INMishawaka, IN

Job Description (Please follow all instructions carefully)


Rehabilitation Counselors in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) work with persons who experience functional impairments and disabilities associated with mental health, physical, and/or psychosocial challenges affecting employment, independent living, or personal adjustment. Utilizing various professional counseling and clinical modalities to promote and support optimal functioning, independence, personal adjustment, adaptation to disability, community reintegration, and recovery.

This job is open to

Clarification from the agency

If you are a current permanent VA employee or Federal employee from another agency, you should apply under CBSR-12364699-24-KM

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 MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, resume, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

Creditable Experience:

  • Current professional rehabilitation counseling practice. Creditable experience can be obtained through employment as a RC. This may be evidenced by providing direct rehabilitation counseling services to individuals with disabilities in the context of a professional counseling relationship which may include vocational rehabilitation and personal adjustment counseling, case management, assessment, or rehabilitation, training and employment services coordination.
  • Quality of Experience: The quality of creditable experience must have been obtained post-graduate as a professional RC directly related to the duties to be performed. Qualifying experience must also be at a level comparable to professional rehabilitation counseling experience at the next lower level. For all assignments above the journeyman 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.
  • Part-Time Experience: Part-time experience is creditable according to its relationship to the full-time work week. For example, an RC employed 20 hours per week, or on a half time basis would receive one full-time work week of credit for each two weeks of service.
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 Department of Veterans Affairs performs pre-employment reference checks as an assessment method used in the hiring process to verify information provided by a candidate (e.g., on resume or during interview or hiring process); gain additional knowledge regarding a candidate's abilities; and assist a hiring manager with making a final selection for a position.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

Note: We cannot accept applications on behalf of Federal Agencies. Application instructions are listed within the Job Description.