The incumbent in this position oversees, coordinates and manages the Vocational Rehabilitation services for transition-aged individuals with visual impairments and/or other disabilities. Duties include: providing specialized Vocational Rehabilitation counseling and guidance, coordinating and integrating services provided by other stakeholders, interacting with other professionals in an interdisciplinary team atmosphere and representing the Division at various community events.
Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.
- Determine eligibility for vocational rehabilitation program services by applying complex statutory and regulatory standards to relevant medical, psychological, psychiatric, social, educational and vocational data regarding the individual applicant.
- Provide specialized vocational rehabilitation counseling and guidance to enable clients to make informed choices about goals and services, develop plans for employment, select appropriate services, and motivate the client to effect a change in attitude, abilities, and to grow from dependence to independence through employment.
- Develop and approve individualized plan for employment which identifies services and performance measures to achieve an employment goal consistent with the clients abilities, capabilities, priorities, and consistent with the individual's informed choices.
- Determine the availability of comparable services and benefits available without cost from other public and private organizations and utilize such services and benefits when appropriate according to complex statutory standard.
- Coordinate and integrate services provided by other agencies, medical providers, educational institutions, and community resources in order to achieve vocational rehabilitation goals identified in the individualized plan for employment. Locates, develops and maintains referral sources of individuals with disabilities.
- Implement approved individualized plans for employment by procuring identified goods and services, authorizing and encumbering funds, and monitoring clients' progress in achieving identified performance measures.
- Periodically review the individualized plan for employment, monitor clients progress in achieving plan goals, targeted time lines and performance measures, and amend individualized plan for employment to meet changing circumstances and individual needs.
- Provide job development and placement services to include developing relationships with employers and follow up to ensure satisfactory adjustment to job.
- Provides expert testimony in legal proceedings.
- Participates in extended employment reviews of rehabilitation facilities.
JOB REQUIREMENTS for Vocational Rehabilitation Senior Counselor
Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:
- Possession of a Masters degree or higher in Rehabilitation Counseling, Social or Behavioral Science or related field OR Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) designation.
- At least two years experience in vocational rehabilitation.
- Three years experience in analyzing and interpreting medical, psychiatric, psychological, psycho-social, educational and vocational reports from medical, psychological, and other experts to determine eligibility or an individuals vocational rehabilitation needs.
- Three years experience in case management which includes assessing, planning, developing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating options and services to meet an individuals human service needs.
- Six months experience in health or human services work such as applying theories, principles, laws and practices of health or human services programs and services that assist with and improve life for individuals, families, or communities such as financial support, employment, unemployment, housing, health care, disease prevention, substance abuse, child protective services, physical/mental health treatment and prevention or rehabilitation.
- Six months experience in interpreting vocational rehabilitation laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies and procedures.
The application and supplemental questionnaire are evaluated based upon a rating of your education, training and experience as they relate to the job requirements of the position. It is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application and the supplemental questionnaire to include dates of employment, job title and job duties. For education and training, list name of educational provider, training course titles and summary of course content. Narrative information supplied in response to the questions must be supported by the information supplied on the application including your employment, education and training history as it relates to the job requirements.
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