Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

State Of Indiana Marion , IN 46952

Posted 4 months ago

Work for Indiana:

Join U.S News & World Report's #1 state government! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering applicants stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana's communities every day.

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.

Benefits:

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

  • Prescription Coverage

  • 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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Note: As a security feature, this application will 'time out' after a period of inactivity. It is recommended that you open the above link and then return immediately to complete the remainder of the application.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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