Blind Rehab Specialist
Government of the District of Columbia - Washington, DC

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Collective Bargaining Unit (Union): This position is in the collective bargaining unit represented by local union AFSCME 2401and you may be required to pay an agency service fee through direct payroll deduction.

Duration of Appointment: Career Service Appointment

Agency: Department on Disability Services

Number of Vacancies: One (1)

Promotion Potential: NONE

Area of Consideration: Open to the General Public

Tour of Duty: 8:15 am - 4:45 pm, Monday - Friday

Opening Date: December 5, 2012
Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Salary Range: $67,600 - $86,482

"Pay Plan, Series & Grade: CS-1701-12

First Screening Date: December 19, 2012


Brief Description of Duties: This position is located in the Department on Disability Services, Rehabilitation Services Administration, Blind and Visual Impairment Division. The purpose of the position is to provide direct blind rehabilitation training services to DC residents who are blind or visually impaired. The incumbent identifies, assesses, trains, manages and provides follow-up for consumers using resources of the facility. Responsibilities include a comprehensive assessment of the consumers' current level of independence in daily living, communication, orientation and mobility, adaptive technology, job readiness skills and developing a comprehensive rehabilitation/independent living plan.


Certification Requirement: Incumbent in this position must possess certification by the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professional (ACVREP) OR other certifications associated with training blind and visually impaired consumers.

Education Requirement: Degree: that included or was supplemented by major study in education or in a subject-matter field appropriate to the position.


Combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major in education, or in a subject-matter field appropriate to the position, plus appropriate experience or additional course work that provided knowledge comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of the 4-year course of study described in A above.

Basic Requirements: Applicants must have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level. Specialized Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to Rehabilitation Counseling. Examples: knowledge of the vocational rehabilitation problems characteristic of the blind or visually impaired, including familiarity with available resources and skill in identifying, evaluating, and making effective use of such resources to serve those individuals.

Ranking Factors

Submission of Ranking Factors: The following ranking factors will be used in the evaluation process. All applicants MUST respond to the ranking factors. Please respond specifically to the ranking factor(s) by either typing directly into the free form area provided or by pasting from a text document. Please describe specific incidents of sustained achievements from your experience that show evidence of the level at which you are applying. You may refer to any experience, education, training, awards, outside activities, etc. that include the degree to which you possess the job related knowledge, skills and abilities described in the ranking factors. The information given in response to the ranking factors should be complete and accurate to the best of your knowledge. FAILURE TO RESPOND TO ALL RANKING FACTORS WILL ELIMINATE YOU FROM CONSIDERATION.

Ranking Factor #1: Describe in detail & give examples that demonstrate your knowledge of theories, principles and practices of Orientation and Mobility and/or Low Vision skills sufficient to assess and provide the rehabilitation training required to meet the consumer's needs as a sole rehabilitation provider whose practice requires independent decision-making.

Ranking Factor #2: Describe in detail & give examples that demonstrate your knowledge of physiology and function of the eye and common pathologies that may cause blindness, as well as a comprehensive knowledge of visual aids commonly issued and utilized in the blind rehabilitation treatment process.

Ranking Factor #3: Describe in detail & give examples that demonstrate your knowledge of new technology, instructional modalities, treatment methodology community blind rehabilitation resources, and appropriate procedures for making consumer referrals.

Ranking Factor #4: Describe in detail & give examples that demonstrate your skills in the use of a personal computer; software programs such as Word, Excel, Microsoft Outlook E-mail systems and internet access. Also ability to write reports, document workload, schedule clients, and maintain a consumer database.

Priority Consideration

Displaced Employee Priority Placement: Eligibles for the District of Columbia's Displaced Employee Program (DEP) and Agency Reemployment Priority Placement Program (ARPP) will be given priority consideration for this position if found qualified.

Residency Requirement

A person applying for a position in the Career Service, Educational Service, Management Supervisory Service, an attorney position in the Legal Service (series 905) other than in the Senior Executive Attorney Service (SEAS), or an attorney position in the Excepted Service (series 905) who is a bona fide District resident AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION for the position, may be awarded a 10-point residency preference over non-District applicants, unless the person declines the preference points. If selected, the person shall be required to present no less than 8 proofs of bona fide District residency and maintain such residency for 7 consecutive years from the effective date of the appointment. Failure to maintain bona fide District residency for the 7-year period will result in forfeiture of employment.

Information to Applicants

Drug-Free Workplace: Pursuant to the requirements of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, the individual selected to fill this position will, as a condition of employment, be required to notify his/her immediate supervisor, in writing, not later than five (5) days after conviction of or a plea of guilty to a violation of any criminal drug statute occurring in the workplace.

Veterans Preference: Applicants claiming veterans preference must submit official proof at the time of application.

How to Apply

Disposition of Resume: Resumes received outside the area of consideration and/or after the closing date will not be given consideration. You must resubmit your resume to receive consideration for any subsequent advertised position vacancies. For the purpose of employment, resumes are not considered job applications. Therefore a DC 2000 job application or online job application is required to be submitted.

Contact Information: Melonie Buckley, HR Specialist

Where to Apply: The Department on Disability Services encourages all applicants to utilize our online application process, which can be found at ALL COMPLETED DC 2000 applications can be accepted and can be mailed to Department on Disability Services (DDS), Office of Human Resources at 1125 15th Street NW 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20005.

Closing Statement

Notice of Non-Discrimination: In accordance with the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977, as amended, D.C. Official Code, Section 2-1401.01 et. seq., (Act) the District of Columbia does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived: race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, familial status, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, disability, source of income, or place of residence or business. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination which is also prohibited by the Act. In addition, harassment based on any of the above protected categories is prohibited by the Act. Discrimination in violation of the Act will not be tolerated. Violators will be subject to disciplinary action.

Equal Opportunity Employer: All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, matriculation, physical handicap, or political affiliation.

EEO Statement: The District of Columbia Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Job Offers: Official Job Offers are made by the Office of Human Resources Only with the Department on Disability Services (DDS).

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