Counsels eligible people with disabilities toward employment in mutually agreed upon vocational goals based on an assessment of interest, values, capabilities, and vocational impediments; provides information concerning rights, federal and state regulations, agency policies and procedures, confidentiality, comparable benefits, community resources and the Client Assistance Program; obtains necessary diagnostic information; consults with other professionals concerning consumer needs/issues; counsels people with disabilities and their families concerning disability and self-awareness; assists people with disabilities to gain insight into perceptions, emotions and behaviors which have vocational relevance; determines eligibility for services; develops with eligible people with disabilities individual written rehabilitation programs based on outcomes of counseling and assessment activities; initiates the program and monitors ongoing progress; coordinates placement or job retention activities to include preparing and assisting eligible people with disabilities individual written rehabilitation programs based on outcomes of counseling and assessment activities; initiates the program and monitors ongoing progress; coordinates placement or job retention activities to include preparing and assisting eligible people with disabilities with job search, the utilization of community resources, marketing and consulting with employers, and determining the need and arranging for assistive devices/job modifications; counsels people with disabilities after job placement to ensure satisfactory work performance and the suitability of job match; manages caseload to ensure timely service provision; maintains case records according to agency policy and federal and state regulations; serves as vocational rehabilitation consultant/trainer to the community at large. May also perform case finding and the development of referral and community sources.
A master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling; OR a master’s degree in a closely related field (e.g., Counseling, Social Work, Psychology, Sociology, Special Education, Communication Disorders, Human Services); OR current certification as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC); OR Current enrollment in a qualifying master’s degree program AND graduation prior to the hire date (March 15, 2013).
Major Worker Characteristics:
Knowledge of public relations, departmental policy & procedures related to vocational programs; eligibility criteria; evaluation & appraisal techniques; available community & governmental resources; human services area (i.e., rehabilitation counseling, psychology, sociology, social work, special education, pre-medicine, guidance & counseling, nursing, occupational or physical therapy, speech & hearing); nature & implications of physical or mental disability. Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts & draw valid conclusions; calculate fractions, decimals & percentages; develop service plans suitable to client needs; gather, collate & classify data, handle sensitive face-to-face contacts & develop good rapport with client.
The completed application is the sole criterion used in determining eligibility for this test. Applicants must address each of the Minimum Qualifications, directly showing how each is met. Assumptions will not be made when reviewing applications. Résumés may accompany the application as supplemental information, but will not be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications. Applicants must submit a copy of an official graduate transcript to document the attainment of a qualifying degree.
Students currently enrolled in a qualifying degree area must provide, with their application materials, a statement from the school/program, signed by a school/program official, confirming a graduation date that is prior to March 15, 2013. All application materials must be received by application deadline. This position will be filled through a multiple part examination process that will be administered in Columbus, Ohio. The first part of this examination will consist of a written test. The objective section will cover the following areas: gathering and processing information, counseling and interviewing, defining problems, establishing facts and drawing valid conclusions, medical terminology and comprehending material of a complex/technical nature, organizing and prioritizing, and disability awareness. The second part of the examination will be a structured interview administered to the applicants who pass the written examination. The structured interview will cover the areas addressed above and decision making, time management, effective communication skills, occupational and labor market information and laws. Candidates will also give a five minute oral presentation on why they should be selected as a vocational rehabilitation counselor. Following the structured/oral interview, candidates will prepare written responses to two questions utilizing Microsoft Word.
There is a one year probationary period. Candidates who do not have counseling theories and techniques coursework as part of their qualifying master's degree are required to take this coursework during their probationary period.
Positions are anticipated to begin in March 2013.
State of Ohio - 18 months ago
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