Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor 1 (35 Hour)


Recruitment #240613-9150EB-001


Ready to empower individuals who are Monolingual - Spanish Speaking and guide them towards meaningful employment?
Join our team and make a lasting impact by helping individuals achieve their career goals and independence!

The State of Connecticut, Department of Aging and Disability Services (ADS) is seeking qualified individuals to join our team as Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor 1's. These positions will work with and support our Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) in Waterbury and Stamford, providing vocational rehabilitation services to individuals with disabilities and their families that are monolingual Spanish speaking. Find out more information on this great opportunity below!

Due to the nature of this position, the ideal candidate will be bilingual in Spanish and English, including reading, writing and speaking.

  • Providing vocational rehabilitation services individuals with disabilities and their families that are both Monolingual – Spanish speaking and English-speaking.
  • Managing 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.
  • Having ongoing interactions with the public, conduct community outreach and manage referrals from multiple sources including general intake, community organizations, school systems and other community organizations to provide vocational rehabilitation services to individuals with a wide variety of disabilities.

The Mission of the Department of Aging and Disability Services is to maximize opportunities for the independence and well-being of people with disabilities and older adults in Connecticut. Our programs, policies and practices are designed to:

  • Deliver 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
  • Serve as a resource on aging and disability issues at the state level
The Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) helps persons with significant physical and/or mental disabilities prepare for, find, keep or advance in a job. BRS creates opportunities to help individuals with disabilities work competitively. Our team was recently awarded a Disability Innovation Fund Model Demonstration grant through the US Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration. The Connecticut Pathways to Integrated Employment (CTPIE) project is designed to help people with disabilities currently working or considering subminimum wage employment make the choice to prepare, secure, and sustain competitive, integrated employment in growing career clusters. CT/PIE will create viable, sustainable options through a model that builds on existing resources to align consumer assessment and career preparedness activities with structured customized training and employment programs, individualized supports and wraparound services.

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  • 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.
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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, including conducting presentations, to community agencies.
  • Experience with an electronic case management system, Outlook, and video conferencing platforms.
  • Experience working with population diversity or underserved populations.
  • Experience managing competing priorities while meeting deadlines.
  • Experience communicating with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish including reading, writing, and speaking.


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.

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