- Bachelor's Degree
- High School Diploma or GED
- Master's Degree
- Public Speaking
- Counseling Certification
Summary The Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor is responsible for testing, assessing, and counseling students in their vocational goals. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency policy. Typical Functions Administers and scores various tests to determine vocational and academic placement of students. Provides career counseling to students regarding chosen vocation, by helping student in assessment interpretation and program selection and sharing information on financial aid, social agencies providing support, and other educational institutions, and counsels individuals on time management and goal setting. Counsels special needs students and at-risk students, individually or in group sessions, concerning social, civic, personal, and educational problems, and refers to alternate sources for assistance. Works with instructors to develop an Individual Written Vocational Plan for special needs and disabled students and monitors program by observing student's progress. Recruits students by developing and making presentations on school curriculum to regional junior and senior high classes, counselors, civic organizations, social service agencies, and various other interests groups. Monitors and documents job market information, including local industry needs and vocational skill requirements for employment, and maintains confidential student records. Develops extension programs by writing program proposal, hiring instructors, assisting instructors in curriculum development, and establishing admission procedures and standards. Assists instructors in obtaining and compiling student follow-up information, administers Graduate Equivalency Diploma test, attends professional conferences and workshops, and assists with special school functions. May supervise a small administrative support staff. Performs other duties as assigned. Special Job Dimensions Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills Knowledge of vocational education, vocational rehabilitation, job placement, career opportunities, and evaluation. Knowledge of the principles and practices of counseling and testing assessment. Ability to plan, organize, and direct the work of others. Ability to prepare, present, and review oral and written information. Ability to develop, monitor, and evaluate vocational programs for individual student needs and for the vocational unit. Ability to obtain and provide information, guidance, and counseling to students. Minimum Education and/or Experience The formal education equivalent of a master's degree in education, counseling, rehabilitation counseling, or counselor education; plus two years of experience in counseling or a related field. Preferred Qualifications Knowledge of vocational education, vocational rehabilitation, job placement, career opportunities, and evaluation. Knowledge of the principles and practices of counseling and testing assessment. Ability to plan, organize, and direct the work of others. Ability to prepare, present, and review oral and written information. Ability to develop, monitor, and evaluate vocational programs for individual student needs and for the vocational unit. Ability to obtain and provide information, guidance, and counseling to students.
Job Responsibilities and Expected Results
Pre-employment Transition Services
Make routine visits to schools and Local Education Area (LEA) supervisors within the assigned
coverage area at least twice a year; Attends Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meetings when invited within assigned coverage area;
Arranges for and monitors the 5 core services of Pre-Employment Transition Services through
direct services, vendors, or school based contracts: job exploration counseling, work-based learning experiences, counseling on opportunities for enrollment in comprehensive transition or post-secondary educational programs, workplace readiness training, and instruction in self advocacy.
For students in high school who may be eligible for sub-minimum wage programs, complete the
SMW forms 1- 3 before the student exits college.
Explains services and distributes all available resource information to the school system and the
families upon request and at IEP meetings; makes appropriate referrals, provides information and technical assistance; facilitates sessions with clients on the progress of direct or arranged services in the 5 core areas, focusing on career interest and goals and how the services provided connect to a greater understanding or active participation in activities designed to explore the students' career interest.
Moves clients through the pre-employment process, complete WIOA documentation in the case management system. Obtains parent/guardian signed consent for those under 18; Documents actions using narratives at least every 90 days;
Maintains confidential records and files; Maintains a minimum case load of no less than 100
cases at all times.
Achieves at least at least 30 paid work experiences per year, 45 new Pre-ETS referrals per year.
30 work experiences paid or unpaid are required at the end of each individual employee's PPES rating year to be considered satisfactory. Additionally, half must occur by the employee's mid-point evaluation each year.
Traditional Transition Services
Completes applications and explains services, rights and responsibilities.
Conducts assessments and makes appropriate referrals.
Determines eligibility for VR services in accordance with policy, provides counseling and guidance, documents actions using narratives at least every 90 days, maintains confidential records and files, develops Individualized Plans for Employment (IPE), and maintains a minimum caseload of no less than 100 cases at all times (in combination with Pre-ETS cases).
Completes all appropriate forms and reporting information related to Pre-Employment Transition in
the case management system.
Provides case narratives that explain the progression of the case.
Follows agency procedures regarding service delivery and authorization of payments.
Identifies, documents and reports the credentials achieved, skills gains achieved while in a
credential program, or employment achieved, when applicable for the student.
Develops and maintains referral sources, demonstrates collaborative activities including but not
limited to High Schools, Workforce and Centers for Independent Living, and other community
Administers or arranges for assessment tools to identify vocational interests and career goals,
conduct career exploration using an array of available job market tools (Department of Labor, Arkansas Workforce); Assist with vocational/technical, or college preparations, including applying for and obtaining financial aid and reasonable accommodations.
Moves the case through the rehabilitation process and gathers clear, detailed information for
application, documentation for eligibility, counsel client and shows documentation on the following: CAP, SSI/SSDI and all required forms are completed and signed.
The determination of the career goal is based on a sound comprehensive assessments and/or
Substantial services were provided to overcome the functional limitations that are noted in the
eligibility and the comprehensive assessment.
Documentation of HS GPA, ACT or IQ score supports the 2 year or 4 years training (if applicable).
Narratives explain the progression of the case. Follows agency procedures regarding service delivery and authorization of payments.
The IPE outlines the services needed and the case record indicates that those services were provided. Goals are measurable and documentation supports progress towards the goal. Identifies, documents and reports the credentials achieved, skills gains achieved while in a credential program, or employment achieved, when applicable for the student.
Timelines are observed. The individual's responsibilities are clear, relevant to the employment goal.
Pre-Employment Transition and Transition
Arranges for work experiences, volunteer opportunities, internships, job shadowing opportunities, or job placement.
Recruits students for and participates in the delivery of programs designed to skills build in the core services, including, but not limited to: the Youth Leadership Forum, Transitional Education Program, Film Camps, Camps hosted by Arkansas Transition Services, etc.
Evaluates job sites, obtains and utilizes current labor market information, establishes and maintains rapport with the business community to facilitate work experiences, volunteer opportunities, internships, job shadowing opportunities, or job placement.
Provides core services to consumers in a group setting in the form of for job exploration counseling, work-based learning experiences, counseling on opportunities for enrollment in transition or post-secondary educational programs, workplace readiness, and instruction in self-advocacy.
Conducts in-service training, represents agency on task forces, committees, attends training
sessions, including those designed to maintain certification, engages in public speaking activities, and both facilitates and participates in the award and recognition processes, provides mentoring to new non-certified staff and/or interns upon supervisory request, other duties as assigned.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations Must be licensed as a Professional Counselor by the Board of Examiners in Counseling in accordance with ACA 17-27-301 or certified as a Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor in accordance with the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE. Agency Specific Information Applicants must complete each item on the State of Arkansas application to be considered for employment. Incomplete applications and Resumes only WILL NOT be accepted.
If a college degree is required for the position for which you are applying, bring a copy of your transcript with you if you are selected for an interview.
Method of pay is direct deposit. Checking or savings account required if hired.
Participation (6%) in contributory Retirement Plan is required if hired.