Women (and/or) minorities may be under-represented in this position and are encouraged to apply.
The first review of applications will be on March 31, 2020.
The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) currently has a great opportunity within the Pre-Employment Transition Services Bureau with the Disability Employment and Transitions Division in Great Falls.
At the Department of Public Health and Human Services, our mission is to improve and protect the health, well-being and self-reliance of all Montanans. The department has four overreaching goals:
All Montana children are healthy, safe and in permanent, loving homes.
All Montanans have the tools and support to be as self-sufficient as possible.
All Montanans are injury-free, healthy and have access to quality health-care.
All Montanans can contribute to the above through community service.
The Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) Program Specialist is responsible for Contract Management, the delivery of Pre-Employment Transition Services, Pre-ETS Coordination Services and coordination of Vocational Rehabilitation Services to students with disabilities, ages 14-21. Pre-ETS includes delivery of the following services: Workplace Readiness Training, Post-Secondary Counseling, Work Based Learning, Job Exploration Counseling and Instruction in Self Advocacy. This position is housed in a Vocational Rehabilitation and Blind Services (VRBS) office and is required to travel throughout the assigned region of the state up to 50%.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
Oversees the delivery of Pre-ETS contracted services within the assigned region to assure services. purchased are cost effective, efficient and that standards of quality are met.
Serves as negotiator/mediator in disputes between agency and contractors as necessary.
Conducts internal control activities to assure providers are delivering the services in accordance with federal and state law/regulations as well as VRBS policy/procedure.
Reviews and signs off on contractor's quarterly Pre-ETS billing invoices/reports.
Investigates and resolves financial discrepancies with authorized services.
Develops and fosters relationships with Students, School District Personnel, family member, other Government agencies and community stakeholders.
Promotes and recruits participation in the Pre-ETS Program to Students, School District Personnel, families, other Government agencies and community stakeholders.
Verifies re-ETS eligibility of high school students who may qualify.
Maintains confidential student data and regular progress updates and provides reports to leadership as required.
Coordinates services with the Counselor Supervisors in assigned region.
Counseling and Guidance:
Provides counseling and guidance to students regarding vocational choices including providing career exploration and guidance.
Analyzes and interprets the pertinent educational, social, medical, psychological and vocational information relative to an individual in order to determine level of aspiration, interest, motivation, and scholastic achievement.
Provides guidance to help individuals understand disability rights and promotes self-advocacy
Guides students, parents, and education staff preparing students for career development and employment based on the five Pre-Employment Transition Services.
Works collaboratively and cooperatively with community partners to ensure students and project meet all established performance and collaborative expectations and targets.
Assesses and coordinates specialized training, including creating and modifying grade level appropriate curriculum for individual and classroom-based activities.
Identifies and documents functional limitations and barriers to employment.
Provides technical assistance, resources, referral and support to the staff and stakeholders on Pre-Employment Transition Services.
Gives presentations at conferences, meetings and other venues as requested.
Assists in developing Pre-ETS contracts with High Schools, Community Rehabilitation Programs, Independent Living Centers and other vendors in the assigned region of the state.
Communicates program changes; provides training and technical assistance to staff and other organizations regarding Pre-ETS.
Other duties as assigned:
Participates and provides expert testimony in legal settings.
Defends decisions in Administrative Reviews or legal forums.
Provides Public Relations on Vocational Rehabilitation and Blind Services to businesses and organizations.
Physical and Environmental Demands:
Typical office environment with keyboarding responsibilities. Frequent in-state travel with occasional overnight stays (up to 50%). Potential de-escalation may be necessary.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (Behaviors):
Required for the first day of work:
Knowledge of Pre-Employment Transition Services
Knowledge and understanding of how to build program linkages and partnerships with other Departments at the federal, state, local governments
Knowledge of psychosocial assessments and vocational rehabilitation counseling
Knowledge of assistive technology
Skill in operating a computer and various supporting software packages
Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities
Skill in project planning and organization
Skill in working with individuals with disabilities, as well as skill in sensitive, respectful and effective communication with people of diverse backgrounds, cultures, and languages
Ability to interpret and use medical and psychological information to make sound decisions
Ability to be proactive, organized and manage caseloads
Ability to make decisions and be accountable for those decisions
Ability to create a harmonious and team approach to agency goals and program objectives
Ability to work in cooperation with Local Education Agencies and Office of Public Instruction
Ability to speak effectively before large audiences in a variety of situations, including confrontational or delicate situations
To be considered for this position, please submit the following materials online through the State of Montana Careers site:
Supplemental Question: Please describe your experience working with high school students with disabilities.
To be considered for any DPHHS Agency position, applicants must complete and submit their application online, as well as upload any required application materials. Successful applicant(s) are required to successfully pass all DPHHS specific background check(s) relevant to each position.
Minimum Qualifications (Education and Experience):
Master's degree in Rehabilitation Counseling or a related field
One-year experience in transition and/or providing Pre-Employment Transition Services to students with disabilities
Certification by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) is highly preferred.
Equivalent combinations of related education and experience may be considered
Applicants with relevant bachelor's or master's degrees may be considered for a training assignment. An applicant hired under a training assignment would be required to perform the duties of the job while completing a master's degree in Rehabilitation Counseling or a related field that prepared the individual to sit for the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC)
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