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VR Counselor I/II - ASL

Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist I/II

Recruitment #24-005165-0003


The Maryland State Department of Education is dedicated to supporting a world-class educational system that prepares all students for college and career success in the 21st century. With excellent stewardship from our divisions, we oversee State and federal programs that support the needs of a diverse population – students, teachers, principals, and other educators throughout Maryland. As part of the Maryland State Department of Education, the Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) provides services to assist students with disabilities prepare for the work world, vocational rehabilitation services to assist adults with significant disabilities who are seeking to enter or reenter the workforce, and the adjudication of Social Security disability claims for the citizens of Maryland.


Level I: ASTD 14
Level II: ASTD 15


MSDE Division of Rehabilitation Services
Office of Field Services
2301 Argonne Drive
Baltimore, MD 21218


This is a contractual position responsible for determining the eligibility of individuals with disabilities for vocational rehabilitation services and Pre-Employment Transition Services (PreETS), including management of those cases in delayed status. This role ensures that services are in compliance with federal and state laws and regulations, as well as with Division and Departmental policies and procedures.

Position Duties Include:

Referrals and Intake 
  • Manage processing of referrals including verification of consumer information, explanation of the referral and application process, and ensuring consumers receive application materials. 
  • Conduct initial interviews within the federally required timeframes. 
  • Provide guidance to consumers concerning the different types of cases and make recommendations as to the most appropriate type. 
  • Provide a job exploration counseling discussion to student applicants. 
  • Ensure all required application documentation is provided and attached or available in the electronic case management system (AWARE).
  • Ensure appropriate Consents for Disclosure are obtained. 
  • Request and compile documentation required for eligibility determination. 
  • Refer consumers for assessments, as needed, to assist with eligibility determination. 

Eligibility Evaluation and Determination 
  • Review and evaluate medical, vocational, educational, and other pertinent consumer records. 
  • Apply federal/state regulations and Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) policies and procedures regarding eligibility for vocational rehabilitation or PreETS programs. 
  • Provide supervisor with draft eligibility decisions for review and approval. 
  • Develop a thorough and accurate transfer summary for the receiving field rehabilitation specialist.  


Education: (Both levels): Possession of a bachelor’s degree

Experience: Level I - None
Level II - Two years of professional experience in a behavioral or social science related field is required. 

Note for Level II: A master’s degree in a Behavioral or Social Science related field may be substituted for one year of the required experience.

Level will be determined based on the candidate's qualifications as listed on the job application.


Applicants must meet the selective qualification to be considered. Include clear and specific information on your application regarding your qualifications.

  • Requires fluency in American Sign Language.


Candidates must consent to State Police Investigation (fingerprinting) as a routine procedure for all employees with this Agency.


Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment. All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date. We will not consider information submitted after this date. Successful candidates will be placed on the eligible (employment) list for at least one year.


Contractual employees who work for an agency covered under the State Employee and Retiree Health and Welfare Benefits Program, have a current employment contract and work 30 or more hours a week (or on average 130 hours per month) may be eligible for subsidized health benefits coverage for themselves and their dependents. As a contractual employee, you will be responsible for paying 25% of the premiums for your medical and prescription coverage, including any eligible dependents you have enrolled. The State of Maryland will subsidize the remaining 75% of the cost for these benefits. You can also elect to enroll in dental coverage, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, and life insurance, but will be responsible to pay the full premium for these benefits.

Leave may be granted to a contractual employee who has worked 120 days in a 12 month period. This leave accrues at a rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked, not to exceed 40 hours per calendar year.


It is preferred that applicants complete the MD State Government online application for employment. The application must clearly demonstrate that the applicant meets the minimum qualifications for the position. If you are unable to apply online, paper applications can be obtained from the link below and be faxed to 410-554-9397 or mailed to DORS Human Resources Department at 2301 Argonne Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218. If there is a supplemental questionnaire, this must be completed and sent in with your paper application, if you are unable to apply online.

All application materials must be received in our office by the closing date. Postmarks will not be accepted. Applications must be complete to be considered including all related job duties, even if those are also listed on an attached resume. Additional required materials may be uploaded with the online application, submitted to the fax number, or mailed to the address listed.

Inquiries can be made to 410-554-9391, TDD (410) 554-9399. Appropriate accommodations can be made for individuals with disabilities.

If you have difficulty with your user account or have general questions about this online application system, please contact the MD Department of Budget and Management, Recruitment and Examination Division at 410-767-4850. TTY Users: Call via Maryland Relay.

Proof of eligibility to work in compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act, and travel throughout the State are required. Any misrepresentation of academic or experience requirements for this position may result in non-selection or termination of employment.

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity. People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

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