Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor 1 (35 Hour)


Recruitment #230531-9150EB-001


Do you want to make a difference while participating in a dynamic and reciprocal human service environment in the public sector? If so, we have an excellent opportunity for you to join our team! 

The State of ConnecticutDepartment of Aging and Disability Services (ADS) is seeking multiple experienced and qualified Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor 1 to join their team. 

  • LOCATIONS: Bridgeport, Middletown, Stamford 
  • UNIT: Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS
  • SCHEDULE: Full-time, 35 hours per week, first shift, Monday through Friday
  • POSITION NUMBER: 32353, 80681, 136914
  • Provide vocational rehabilitation services to individuals with disabilities and their families that are both Monolingual – Spanish speaking and English-speaking
  • Manage referrals from general intake, Latino community organizations, school systems and other community referrals, providing vocational rehabilitation services to individuals with a wide variety of disabilities.
  • To work for a Forbes top company: ‘Forbes’ State of Connecticut Ranked One of the Best Employers of 2023 - State of CT Receives National Recognition for Offering Job Growth, Competitive Benefits, and Flexible Schedule;
  • We offer a competitive benefits plan that includes healthcare coverage, a retirement plan as well as paid time off, including 13 paid holidays per calendar year. 
  • We encourage a strong work/life balance for all state employees. 
  • We offer opportunities for professional and personal growth. 
  • We have limitless areas for you to perform relevant and significant work.
ADS offers a myriad of programs and services to assist older adults and people with disabilities. Our programs, policies and practices are designed to: 
  • Deliver integrated aging and disability services responsive to the needs of Connecticut citizens;
  • Provide leadership on aging and disability issues statewide; 
  • Provide and coordinate aging and disability programs and services in the areas of employment, education, independent living, accessibility and advocacy; 
  • Advocate for the rights of Connecticut residents with disabilities and older adults; and 
  • Serve as a resource on aging and disability issues at the state level.

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Please Note: In order to receive educational credits toward qualification for this job posting, the institution must be accredited.  If the institution of higher learning is located outside of the U.S., you are responsible for providing documentation from a recognized USA accrediting service which specializes in determining foreign education equivalencies to the recruiter listed on this job posting.

  • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening. The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified. 
  • You must specify your qualifications on your application. You will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application for this posting to the JobAps system.
  • In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.
  • All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period. It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception. Requests should be made to
  • This position will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules.
  • Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board on a daily basis to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process.
  • This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs). You can access these RQs via an email that will be sent to you after the posting's closing date or by visiting your JobAps Personal Status Board (Certification Questionnaires section). Your responses to these RQs must be submitted by the question's expiration date. Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders on a daily basis in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam.
  • NOTE: At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: a cover letter, resume, transcripts, diplomas, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.
  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
  • Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position.
  • Candidates who are offered and accept a position with the State of Connecticut are bound by the State Code of Ethics for Public Officials and State Employees which is available at
  • Due to the large volume of applications received, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. 
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In the Department of Aging and Disability Services, Bureau of Rehabilitation Services this class is accountable for performing professional rehabilitation services for individuals with disabilities.


Performs a limited range of professional rehabilitation planning for and services to individuals with disabilities and rehabilitation needs; conducts interviews and explains functions, services and eligibility requirements of the agency; counsels individuals and assists in planning, selecting, preparing for and achieving a vocational goal; obtains sufficient case information from schools, employers, Social Security Administration and other public and private agencies and medical facilities; arranges for services within the agency or other community agencies; prepares written reports to document decisions and assesses vocational rehabilitation potential; establishes community referral sources; prepares case histories and other case records as components of an assigned caseload using an electronic system; coordinates and delivers presentations; may administer vocational tests; performs related duties as required.


Knowledge of the principles and techniques of vocational rehabilitation counseling and interviewing; some knowledge of disability and resulting functional limitation and medical terminology; some knowledge of community resources; interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; ability to relate to different cultural and economic backgrounds; ability to organize time, set priorities and manage workload using an electronic system; some ability to gather, analyze and evaluate significant information pertinent to the rehabilitation of an individual; some ability to establish and maintain an effective counseling relationship with individuals; some ability in report writing.


A Master's degree from an accredited college with a major course of study in vocational rehabilitation counseling, psychology, special education or related behavioral or social sciences.


  • Experience working with high school students or adults with disabilities
  • Experience providing outreach and conducting presentations to community agencies
  • Experience with an electronic case management system, Outlook, and video conferencing platforms
  • Experience working with individuals from diverse or underserved populations
  • Experience applying organizational and time-management skills
  • Experience communicating with internal and external stakeholders
  • Fluent in reading, writing, and speaking Spanish 
  • Experience translating from English to Spanish, and Spanish to English


1. Incumbents in this class will be required to obtain the educational qualification for the Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor 1 and meet the most current national standard for Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) as specified by the Commissioner on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC).
2. Incumbents in this class are required to maintain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator's license or Identification Card.
3. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel with or without accommodation.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.