Definition: Under general supervision, the role involves determining vocational eligibility and assessing the severity of disabilities in individuals. This includes planning and coordinating vocational rehabilitation for those with substantial physical and mental impediments to employment. The position also acts as a liaison and resource for employers and community organizations regarding the hiring of individuals with disabilities. It encompasses vocational counseling, rehabilitation assessment, placement, and related tasks.
Wage Rate: $4,636.00 – $6,665.00 per Month
- Conduct interviews and assess applicant information to determine eligibility, disability severity, and the need for vocational rehabilitation services.
- Collect, analyze, and interpret various types of information, including medical, psychological, educational, social, rehabilitation technology, and employment data for each applicant.
- Perform vocational assessments to guide the rehabilitation process.
- Counsel and guide clients through their vocational rehabilitation journey.
- Refer clients for evaluations and arrange essential medical and diagnostic treatments.
- Develop training and placement plans focused on achieving gainful employment or independence.
- Determine clients’ financial contributions to their rehabilitation program.
- Manage a caseload, maintain case records, and control case service expenses.
- Provide or arrange for prevocational training and adjustment services, which may include teaching mobility, communication, and independent living skills.
- Act as a resource to businesses, employers, and representatives of public and private agencies on vocational rehabilitation matters.
- Promote and coordinate the assistance and services of other agencies and organizations involved in the vocational rehabilitation process.
- Serve as a resource person throughout all phases of vocational rehabilitation programs.
- Provide guidance and advice to other Senior Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors in a lead capacity regarding counseling and placement procedures and techniques.
Either I. Possession of a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from a recognized institution.
Or II. Possession of a Master’s Degree in Counseling or a closely related field from a recognized institution and successful completion of one graduate course with a primary focus on the Theories and Techniques of Counseling.
Or III. Possession of a Doctorate Degree with a specific program and doctoral dissertation with an emphasis on rehabilitation from a recognized institution and successful completion of one graduate course with a primary focus on the Theories and Techniques of Counseling.
Or IV. Possession of an active national certification as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor.
Or V. Enrollment in the final academic year, in any of the above Master’s or Doctoral Degree programs, in a recognized institution, will admit applicants to the examination. Proof of possession of a Master’s or Doctorate Degree must be provided before an applicant can be considered eligible for appointment.
In addition, if the Master’s Degree is in Counseling or a related field, or is a Doctorate Degree with a dissertation with an emphasis on rehabilitation, proof of completion of one graduate course with a primary focus on the Theories and Techniques of Counseling must be provided before an applicant can be considered eligible for appointment.
Knowledge and Abilities:
Knowledge of: Disabilities and their impact on a person’s independence and employment opportunities; basic medical and psychiatric conditions, as well as standard tests used in the vocational rehabilitation process; and various State and Federal regulations, as well as departmental policies and procedures.
Ability to: Communicate and write effectively; learn and apply the principles and practices of counseling, vocational guidance, and occupational placement for persons with vocational impediments; learn and adapt to and implement changes to State and Federal regulations, and departmental policies and procedures; learn and apply specific vocational rehabilitation procedures and techniques; analyze and interpret test and evaluation results; work well under pressure; work with difficult people; effectively and accurately analyze a variety of situations and take appropriate action; effectively prioritize, organize, and manage time; and use a variety of computer applications.
Special Personal Characteristics:
Demonstrated interest in and capacity for assuming increased responsibility; the ability to work effectively, independently, or within a group; willingness and ability to make frequent field visits away from established headquarters; and ability to remain objective when faced with difficult or sensitive situations.
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