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About the job:
Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Counselors make independent case decisions for the VR program including determination of client eligibility, development of the client service plans and authorization of VR funds for case services, and determination of VR case closure. The VR Counselor provides counseling and guidance to individuals with disabilities to assist them in achieving employment outcomes consistent with their strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests, and informed choice. Some VR Counselors may serve as a specialty Counselor for an area of the state, such as Specialty VR Counselor for a population with hearing loss, low vision, Traumatic Brain Injury, or others.
A day in the life:
Establishes and continues contact with schools (including post-secondary), hospitals, doctors, lawyers, other agencies, and other referral sources.
Serves on committees and councils
Educates referral sources and does public speaking to get appropriate individuals seeking services
Ensures a case record is established for each referral and referral seen in a timely fashion
Refers people to other agencies
Conducts diagnostic interview to obtain medical, psychological, educational, social, vocational, and personal information to assist people with disabilities in making appropriate career choices
Provide VR orientation information
Contact vendors to obtain medical information and monitor responses
Refer individuals to other services, as appropriate
Complete proper documents
Refer customers for appropriate medical, psychological, and psychiatric evaluations
Determines VR and BDDS eligibility based on federal and state regulations
Eligibility determination required to be completed within 60 days
Explain medical results
Explore career choices and counsel on choices so customer makes informed decisions
Develop written plan for employment with customer
Utilize appropriate counseling and case management methods
Arrange and monitor services with multiple providers
Explore comparable benefits
Process customer appeals throughout the VR process
Establish employer contacts and develop jobs in the community
Educate employers on accommodations
Audit fiscal documents for errors
Manage funds within agency guidelines
Justify expenditures in case record
Ensure services are provided prior to payment
Comply with auditor's office requirements
Resolve billing issues
Determine and justify if successful employment is achieved per federal regulations
Determine need for post-employment services
What we're looking for:
Master's degree from an accredited university in rehabilitation counseling, rehabilitation administration, counseling and guidance, social work, special education, sociology, audiology, education, speech pathology, or a closely related human service area or certification as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) is preferred.
In lieu of a Masters Degree, a Bachelors degree from an accredited university in rehabilitation counseling, rehabilitation administration, counseling and guidance, social work, special education, sociology, psychology, audiology, education, speech pathology, or a closely related human service area or certification as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC).
Demonstrated paid or unpaid experience, for not less than (1) one year, consisting of:
Direct work with individuals with disabilities in a setting such as an independent living center
Direct service or advocacy activities that provide such individual with experience and skills in working with individuals with disabilities
Direct experience as an employer, as a small business owner or operator, or in self-employment, or other experience in human resources, recruitment, or experience in supervising employees, training, or other activities that provide experience in competitive integrated employment environment.
Other preferred experience includes:
Vocational counseling skills, motivational interviewing skills, or related counseling skills
Awareness of cultural diversity, medical and psychological aspects of disability, counseling theories, assessment tools, job development and placement, Rehabilitation Act, ADA, IDEA, Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare, other state/federal programs, DWD programs, rehabilitation technology, economic and labor market trends, community organizations, and financial aid
Excellent oral and written communication skills, creativity, problem-solving, evaluation of services, and time management skills
Ability to communicate with diverse populations, flexibility, handling multiple tasks, maintaining professional demeanor, and ability to empathize
Ability to interpret psychological/medical evaluation reports and medical terminology.
Familiarity with Assistive Technology and how to access AT services.
Knowledge of local community and statewide resources preferred
Knowledge of local and statewide job market preferred.
Willingness to obtain necessary continuing training/education for CRC maintenance, or if not a CRC willingness to work toward becoming eligible to sit for CRC examination.
The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package which includes:
New Paid Parental Leave
Medical / Dental / Vision plans
Health Savings Account available - with Employer Contribution
Incentive-based Wellness Program
Employee Assistance Program
Employer-funded Retirement Plan
Deferred Compensation Plan with Employer Match
Flexible Spending Account
Work/life balance: 24 Paid Days Off Annually
12 company Paid Holidays, 14 during election years
Group Life Insurance
Qualified Employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
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Equal Employment Opportunity:
The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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