Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist

Recruitment #201016-K21A-08


May be filled at Level IV, K21D, Level III, K21C, or Level II, K21B

Location: VR67 – Tulsa

Monthly Salary Range:  Minimum / Midpoint / Maximum
Level IV (Pay Band M)     $4,130.74/ $4,902.56/ $6,053.20
Level III (Pay Band L)      $3,655.37/ $4,431.70/ $5,464.63
Level II (Pay Band K)       $3,161.14/ $4,121.69 /$5,015.64
Level I (Pay Band J)        $2,917.55/ $3,790.28/ $4,601.39

This is a re-announcement of #21-015. PREVIOUS APPLICANTS MUST RE-APPLY TO BE CONSIDERED.

Essential Functions:
This position is responsible for providing vocational rehabilitation and employment services in Tulsa and Creek Counties. Position consults with physicians, psychologists and other disability professionals regarding the functional limitations, treatment and prognosis of eligible applicants; utilizes knowledge of principles and practices of vocational rehabilitation counseling to determine eligibility, completes comprehensive assessments; helps clients develop their Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE); provides vocational counseling and guidance in the  effective delivery of case services; participates in job readiness, job search, and job placement activities to ensure a successful case outcome for the client and follows agency record documentation guidelines throughout the vocational rehabilitation process.

Preference may be given to applicants currently holding a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) certification, Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Certified Vocational Evaluator (CVE) or Professional Vocational Evaluator (PVE).

Applicant must be willing to perform all job related travel.

Probationary period (or trial period if applicable) is required.

Background Check:  The Department of Rehabilitation Services will conduct a criminal background check on new hires as part of an offer of employment that is made contingent upon a successful criminal background check.

Application must include transcript which shows Master’s Degree has been awarded and any current Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), or Professional Vocational Evaluator (PVE) certification or documentation of eligibility to sit for above certifications.


ALL SOURCES – Applicants, without previous classified state service, those that are in the unclassified status OR currently in probationary status, must apply through the Office of Management and Enterprise Services OKJOBS on-line External Listings applicant system (www.jobaps.com/ok/). 

Current State of Oklahoma employees with permanent status in the classified service, or those having reinstatement rights must apply through the Office of Management and Enterprise Services OKJOBS on-line Internal Listings applicant system (www.jobaps.com/OK/promo.asp).

For questions regarding specific duties or details of this job, please contact Human Resources at HR@okdrs.gov

For inquiries on the application process or general application inquiries, please contact Applicant Services at (405) 521-2177.

An Equal Opportunity Employer.


Positions in this job family are assigned responsibilities for performing complex professional work in program consultation and monitoring; in guidance and counseling; client training; and specialized job placement for the vocational rehabilitation of individuals with physical or mental disabilities, blindness or visual impairments.  Assigned responsibilities also include evaluating client work capacities, providing assistive technology services and administering tests to determine vocational aptitudes, interests, abilities, and potential of clients.


This job family consists of four levels of work which are distinguished by the level of complexity and diversity of the specific job assignments, the level of expertise required for the completion of duties assigned and the responsibility assigned for assisting, training and supervising others.
Level I:
This is the basic level where employees are assigned responsibilities for performing entry-level work under direct supervision.  Direct supervision includes, but is not limited to, supervisor’s signature authority on approval on eligibility decisions, Individual Plans for Employment (IPE) and amendments, authorizations for services, evaluations, and case closure.  Under direct supervision and mentoring, the entry-level employee supports the maintenance of a caseload; assists with providing vocational counseling and vocational evaluations; provides information about DVR/DVS process, services and consumer rights and responsibilities; provides community referrals; assists with initial interviews; request and collects consumer records and data; determines eligibility; analyzes and assesses consumers strengths and barriers to employment; completes comprehensive assessments of consumer functional limitations and abilities; analyzes and interprets medical, psychological and financial records/data; assists in the development of IPE; assists and provides job referrals and placement activities; assists  with coordinating services as identified in plan; monitors and evaluates consumer progress toward employment  goal/outcome; completes annual reviews and other case documentations/narratives; and, performs job-related travel and other duties deemed and approved by supervisor for consumers with physical and/ or mental disabilities. 
Level II:
This is the career level where employees are assigned professional responsibilities for the maintenance of a caseload/workload with a moderate level of supervision that includes, but is not limited to, oversight, guidance, mentoring, and signature authority for case closure.  Specialists at this level may have signature authority for eligibility decisions, development and amendment of individualized plans for employment and/or independent living, written evaluation reports, written assistive technology assessments and authorization for services.
Level III:
This is the expert level of this job family where employees will assume full responsibility for a caseload/workload and serve as a subject matter resource person and consultant.  In addition to the subject matter expert functions, individuals working at this level may perform additional functions as a subject matter expert regarding: American Indian VR, Workforce/Navigator, Specific Disabilities, Multi-Cultural Competence, Home/Vehicle/Worksite Modifications, Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Acts, Transition, Public Agency Resources, Independent Living, Community Resources, Outreach, Mentoring, Job Placement/Job Development, Disability Legislation, Self-Employment/Entrepreneurship, Assistive Technology Services, and others.

Level IV:
This is the leadership level of this job family where employees carry a full caseload/workload and act as a team leader.  Employees at this level will function independently and assign work and supervise lower level vocational rehabilitation professionals and/or rehabilitation technicians and/or develop new initiatives and serve as project manager.


Level I:
Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of a bachelor’s degree in vocational rehabilitation, vocational evaluation, or counseling; OR a bachelor’s degree and one year of experience in a disability related field. 
Level II: 
Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling or human resources with a rehabilitation counselor major that has been awarded by a program accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE); OR any master’s degree and is eligible to sit for the certification/licensure exam specific to the professional job duties such as Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC), the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Certified Vocational Evaluator (CVE), or the Professional Vocational Evaluator (PVE) certification.
Level III:
Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of those listed at Level II plus two years of professional experience in counseling, job placement, vocational evaluation or rehabilitation.

NOTE:  Experience which was incidental or not reflective of a major responsibility or duty of the position shall not be accepted as qualifying.

Level IV
Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of those identified in Level III plus two years of professional experience in counseling, job placement, vocational evaluation or rehabilitation.

NOTE:  Experience which was incidental or not reflective of a major responsibility or duty of the position shall not be accepted as qualifying.


Some positions in the Department of Rehabilitation Services will require proficiency in the American Sign Language as demonstrated by the successful completion of a competency test administered by the Deaf and Hearing Impaired Unit of the Department of Rehabilitation Services.

Applicants must be willing and able to perform all job-related travel normally associated with this position.


Applicant must upload a copy of their transcript certifying degree to their application submission

No additional information will be accepted after the application has been submitted.

Selection Plan

Scores based on:  100% Evaluation of Education and Experience listed on the supplemental questionnaire.

***NOTE:  Names of eligible applicants can be made available to State agencies upon their request, immediately following the closing date and time.

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