Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Location: Wytheville, Virginia
Closing Date – Open Until Filled
The Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) is seeking a qualified VR Counselor for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing to provide comprehensive vocational rehabilitation services to eligible persons with physical, mental, and emotional disabilities in the Southwest District. This position will provide coverage for the Christiansburg, Wytheville, Abingdon, Norton, and Pounding Mill offices. The incumbent in this position will be fluent in American Sign Language; familiar with aspects of employment issues related to deafness and hearing loss and must be knowledgeable of specific resources for consumers who are deaf and hard of hearing. The incumbent should be familiar with assistive technology and have the ability to effectively provide counseling assistance related to this specific disability group.
Responsibilities: Provides vocational rehabilitative services including guidance, counseling, training, physical/mental restoration services, and job placement services. Plans, develops, and implements vocationally focused service plans that identify customer goals, services and costs to help them become employed. Coordinates service provision to include training/vocational preparation, job placement services, job development, job seeking skills training and rehabilitation technology services. The agency has the option of filling this job at the Counselor I (Trainee) level if fully qualified applicants are interviewed and not selected. The salary range for a Counselor I (Trainee) is $30,239 – $66,863. The salary range for a Counselor II (fully qualified) is $38,922 – $83,649.
Requirements: Experience with the principles and practices of vocational service delivery to individuals with disabilities. Experience interviewing, evaluating, and counseling individuals with disabilities. Experience with Caseload Management and Case Documentation. Demonstrated knowledge of the methods and tools for career counseling and exploration. Demonstrated ability to handle multiple responsibilities. Demonstrated ability to communicate information effectively in writing and verbally. Fluency in American Sign Language required. Successful candidate must have considerable knowledge of and understanding of the communication, cultural and psychosocial needs of persons who are deaf and hard of hearing. Demonstrated knowledge of Windows based computer software.
Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling or closely related field or current CRC credential are required of fully qualified Counselor II candidates. To be considered as a Counselor I (Trainee), individuals must have a Bachelor’s degree in a human services or related field and applicable work experience. An individual hired as a Counselor Trainee will be required to sign a Conditions of Employment and must enroll within six months of being hired in an academic program to obtain a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling or a closely related field. Successful candidate must pass criminal background investigation. College transcripts must accompany application and must display the date the degree (Master’s or Bachelor’s) was awarded.
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