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CERTIFIED VOCATIONAL REHAB COUNSELOR

Date:  Oct 8, 2021
Req ID:  12647
Location: 

Pine Bluff, AR, US, 71613

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

Position Summary

 

The Certified Vocational Rehab/Pre-Employment Transition Counselor is responsible for testing, assessing, and counseling students in their vocational goals.

The Pre-Employment Transition Counselor is responsible for assessing, monitoring, and counseling students that are identified as pre-employment transition participants. Pre-employment transition will serve clients who are in the high school or post-secondary setting receiving pre-employment transition services to age 21.

 

The Pre-Employment Transition Counselor work under general supervision and is responsible for informing high schools, high school students and their parents of the array of pre-employment transition services provided directly by Arkansas Rehabilitation Services or arranged by Arkansas Rehabilitation Service. The Pre-Employment Transition Counselor uploads clients into the case management system, tracks and records services provisions, provides counseling and referral services within state and federal law, departmental and divisional policies and procedures, and administrative direction. Frequent in-state travel is required.

 

Education and Professional Work Experience

 

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.

 

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS

Must be a licensed counselor in accordance with ACA 17-27-301 or certified as a Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor in accordance with the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification. Prefer an applicant with CPR Certification.

 

KNOWLEDGES, ABILITIES, AND SKILLS

Knowledge of vocational education, vocational rehabilitation, 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.

 

Job Responsibilities and Expected Results

 

CASE DEVELOPMENT

Make routine visits to school and Local Education Area (LEA) supervisors within the assigned coverage area at least twice a year; Attends Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meetings when invited within assigned coverage area.

Arrange for and monitors the 5 core services of Pre-Employment Transition Services through direct services, vendors, or school-based contracts: job exploration counseling, work-based learning experiences, counseling on opportunities for enrollment in comprehensive transition or post-secondary educational programs, workplace readiness training, and instruction in self-advocacy.

 

For students in high school who may be eligible for sub-minimum wage programs, complete the SMW forms 1- 3 before the student exits the secondary setting.

 

Explain services and distributes all available resource information to the school system and the families upon request and at IBP meetings; makes appropriate referrals, provides information and technical assistance; facilitates sessions with clients on the progress of direct or arranged services in the 5 core areas, focusing on career interest and goals and how the services provided connect to a greater understanding or active participation in activities designed to explore the students' career interest.

 

Move client through the pre-employment process, complete WIOA documentation in the case management system.  Obtain parent/guardian signed consent for those under 18; documents action using narratives at least every 90 days.

Maintain confidential records and files; Maintains a minimum caseload of no less than 50 cases at all times.

 

CASE QUALITY

Completes all appropriate forms and reporting information related to Pre-Employment Transition 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 High Schools, Workforce and Centers for Independent Living, and other community resources.

 

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

Conduct career exploration using an array of available job market tools (Department of Labor, Arkansas Workforce); Assist with vocational/technical or college preparations, including applying for, and obtaining financial aid and reasonable accommodations.

 

PARTICIPANT ASSISTANCE

Arrange for work experiences, volunteer opportunities, internships, job shadowing opportunities, or other career exploration activities.

 

Recruit students and participate in the delivery of programs designed to skill build in the core services, including, but not limited to: Youth Leadership Forum, Transitional Education Program, Film Camp, Camps hosted by Arkansas Transition Services, etc.

 

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.

 

PUBLIC AWARENESS & TRAINING ACTIVITIES

Provide core services to consumers in a group setting in the form of job exploration counseling, work-based learning experiences, counseling on opportunities for enrollment in transition or post-secondary educational programs, workplace readiness, and instruction in self-advocacy.

 

Conduct in-service trainings, represents agency on task forces, committees, attends training sessions, including those designed to maintain certification, engages in public speaking activities and bot facilitates and participates in the award and recognition processes, providing mentoring to new non-certified staff and/or interns upon supervisory request.

 

Perform other duties as assigned.

 

 

 

 

***Applicants applications will be reviewed against the minimum qualifications for the Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor position.  If an applicant does not meet the minimum requirements, the application will be reviewed against the minimum qualifications for a Rehabilitation Counselor position, GS06 $36,155 - The formal education equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in psychology, social work, counseling, sociology or a related field; plus, one year of experience in rehabilitation counseling or a related field.**

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: Pine Bluff