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CERTIFIED VOCATIONAL REHAB COUNSELOR

Date:  Jan 6, 2022
Req ID:  14521
Location: 

Hot Springs, AR, US, 71901

Category:  DEPT CAREER ED - REHAB SRVCS
Anticipated Starting Salary:  $45,010

Position Summary

The Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor/Pre-Employment Transition Counselor will work with juvenile justice students and high school students who are not in an existing vendor program. The Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor/Transition Counselor is responsible for assessing, monitoring, and counseling students that are identified as pre-employment transition participants. 

The Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor/Pre-Employment Transition Counselor serves a diverse population and requires independent work with consistent results. Counselors facilitate the independence, integration, and inclusion of people with disabilities in employment and the community. Arkansas Rehabilitation Services Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor/Transition Counselors must commit to service delivery that emphasizes integrated, comprehensive services through meetings with the client and the rehabilitation counselor that develops their Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE). The IPE serves as a guide throughout their time with ARS to assist with reaching their goal of becoming employed in the state of Arkansas.

The Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor/Transition Counselor is the individual that the clients first meet with for their initial interview to begin the process of the individual becoming eligible for services through Arkansas Rehabilitation Services. Each referral that comes into the office is assigned a Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor immediately. The Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor is responsible for testing, assessing, and counseling students in their vocational goals to maximize the independence and employability of persons coping with personal, social, and vocational difficulties that result from birth defects, illness, disease, accidents, or the stress of daily life. Frequent in-state travel is required.

This individual counsels’ clients to provide vocational rehabilitation services, interviews and evaluates individual to determine eligibility, confers with professional staff to determine appropriate program, and monitors program until it is completed, and client is entered into and maintains employment.

This position is funded with 78.7% federal dollars and 21.3% state dollars and is a position that is required to fulfill State of Arkansas obligations pursuant to the Federal Rehabilitation Act. This position helps ensure that we continue to provide quality services to Arkansans with disabilities.

Minimum Qaulifications

The formal education equivalent of a master's degree in education, counseling, rehabilitation counseling, or counselor education; plus, two years of experience in counseling or a related field. Must be a licensed counselor in accordance with ACA 17-27-301 or certified as a Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor/Transition Counselor in accordance with the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification. Prefer an applicant with CPR Certification.

Preferred Qualifications

This position requires vocational counseling skills and motivational interviewing skills to include the knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance. Excellent oral and written communication skills, creativity, problem-solving, evaluation of services and time management skills are a necessity and must be performed without direct supervision. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

The Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor/Transition Counselor must have the ability to communicate with diverse populations including people who have mental and physical disabilities. This position will act as a representative of the organization for recruitment and must be flexible, maintain professional demeanor, and be able to empathize with all to create meaningful relationships with clients and the community.

The position must have the knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; and psychological research methods. Additionally, they must be able to interpret psychological/medical evaluation reports; understand medical terminology; and analyze this information for the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

Completes all appropriate forms and reporting information in the case management system.

Provides case narratives that explain the progression of the case.

Follows agency procedures regarding service delivery and authorization of payments.

Identifies, documents, and report the credentials achieved, skills gained/achieved while in a credential program, or employment achieved when applicable for the student.

Develops and maintain referral sources, demonstrates collaborative activities including but not limited to Juvenile Justice facilities, High Schools, and other community resources.

Administers or arrange for assessment tools to identify vocational interests and career goals

Provide career counseling to students regarding chosen vocation, by helping student in assessment interpretation and program selection and sharing information on financial aid, social agencies providing support, and other educational institutions, and counseling individuals on time management and goal setting.

Counsel special needs students, and at-risk students, individually or in group sessions, concerning social, civic, personal, and educational problems, and refers to alternate sources for assistance.

Work with instructors to develop an Individual Written Vocational Plan for special needs and disabled students and monitors program by observing student's progress.

Recruit students by developing and making presentations at juvenile justice facilities, school curriculum to regional junior and senior high classes, counselors, civic organizations, social service agencies, and various other interest groups.

Develop and maintain referral sources and community contacts.

Understand and remain compliant to policies and procedures.

Maintain adequate rate of production in their assigned area and required number of closures.

Evaluate job sites, obtain, and utilize current labor market information, establish and maintain rapport with the business community to facilitate work experiences, volunteer opportunities, internships, job shadowing opportunities, or other career exploration activities.

Monitor and document job market information, including local industry needs and vocational skill requirements for employment, and maintains confidential student records.

Provide satisfactory level of counseling, assistance, and supportive services to assist the client in meeting their employment goal.

Assist instructors in obtaining and compiling student follow-up information, attends professional conferences, and workshops, and assists with special school functions.

May supervise a small administrative support staff.

Preserve the integrity of all employees, client, and student information.

Position Information

Class Code: L098C

Grade: GS08

FLSA Status: EXEMPT

Salary Range: $45,010.00 - $65,265.00

Summary

The Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor is responsible for testing, assessing, and counseling students in their vocational goals. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency/institution policy.

Functions

Administers and scores various tests to determine vocational and academic placement of students. Provides career counseling to students regarding chosen vocation, by helping student in assessment interpretation and program selection and sharing information on financial aid, social agencies providing support, and other educational institutions, and counsels individuals on time management and goal setting. Counsels special needs students and at-risk students, individually or in group sessions, concerning social, civic, personal, and educational problems, and refers to alternate sources for assistance. Works with instructors to develop a Individual Written Vocational Plan for special needs and handicapped students and monitors program by observing student's progress. Recruits students by developing and making presentations on school curriculum to regional junior and senior high classes, counselors, civic organizations, social service agencies, and various other interests groups. Monitors and documents job market information, including local industry needs and vocational skill requirements for employment, and maintains confidential student records. Develops extension programs by writing program proposal, hiring instructors, assisting instructors in curriculum development, and establishing admission procedures and standards. Assists instructors in obtaining and compiling student follow-up information, administers Graduate Equivalency Diploma test, attends professional conferences and workshops, and assists with special school functions. May supervise a small administrative support staff. Performs other duties as assigned.

Dimensions

None

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of vocational education, job placement, career opportunities, and evaluation. Knowledge of the principles and practices of counseling and testing assessment. Ability to plan, organize, and direct the work of others. Ability to prepare, present, and review oral and written information. Ability to develop, monitor, and evaluate vocational programs for individual student needs and for the vocational unit. Ability to obtain and provide information, guidance, and counseling to students.

Minimum Qualifications

The formal education equivalent of a master's degree in education, counseling, rehabilitation counseling, or counselor education; plus two years of experience in counseling or a related field. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.

Licenses

Must be licensed as a Professional Counselor by the Board of Examiners in Counseling in accordance with ACA 17-27-301 or certified as a Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor in accordance with the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification.


Nearest Major Market: Little Rock
Nearest Secondary Market: Hot Springs