Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

State of Iowa Talent Gateway - Decorah, IA3.8

The Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services is looking to fill a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (Rehabilitation Counselor) to assist the state.

**Starting Annual Salary for this position is $48,443.20

Position Overview:

The successful candidate will provide counseling and guidance to adults and students in transition, providing pre-employment transition services to potentially eligible students in transition, serving adults in the counties listed above and the high schools in those counties that do not have a TAP. Serve and develop relationships with business and industry so that job candidates are afforded opportunities to work in a competitive employment setting, while providing services to business to achieve their labor goals. Provide counseling and guidance to persons with disabilities including students regarding adjustment to disability, vocational testing and test interpretation, occupational information and vocational alternatives, job availability and community resources that will lead to employment.

Provide counseling to enhance the client's informed choice of services and employment opportunities. Learn the business culture and business needs in the local area to inform individuals with disabilities on the demands expected by employers. Identify necessary accommodations to enhance the individual's ability to do the work as required by the business or industry. Use the information to counsel and guide individuals with disabilities to make an informed choice. Delegate follow up to team staff once the case is progressing as planned. Provide consultation and technical assistance to community rehabilitation providers facilitating counseling and employment activities. Provide counseling to students at the post-secondary institutions, transition and adult caseloads. Actively work with individuals receiving SSI/SSDI and arrange benefits planning. Consult with business and industry to provide services that will allow individuals with disabilities to work at their maximum potential.

Create opportunities to connect business and industry with IVRS job candidates through on the job trainings and internships. Network with Apprenticeship programs and other resources to advance individuals with disabilities into middle skilled occupations. Develop jobs that match the employment plan and abilities of the client to secure solid and stable employment for clients. Market IVRS services to businesses and develop partnerships with employers so that IVRS becomes an integral part of the businesses hiring process; and so that information can be shared with clients to make informed choices. Provide job placement services to clients to ensure attain and retain employment. Contact employers, Iowa Workforce Development and other resources for client job development and employer development.

Provide disability consultation services to employers. Develop employer accounts and provide consultation and technical assistance to businesses. Provide education and training to employers so that the business environment and culture is conducive to diversity of job candidates. Delegate research on business background to team staff so that initial and subsequent contacts are professional and focused on the employer's needs. Analyze disability information and determine eligibility or ineligibility for applicants. Complete and sign Face Sheet eligibility certification. Complete analysis of disability and determine Significance of Disability classification. Review IRSS for completeness and accuracy. Collaborate with the office team to develop and review progress on the Individual Plans for Employment (IPE). Participate in student IEP/Transition meetings and develop employment plans prior to high school graduation. Develop employment plans with the job candidates that utilizes their talents and abilities, considers their interests and preferences, and addresses accommodation needs to minimize barriers to employment. Develop employment plans within 120 days of eligibility.

Coordinate services needed for the IPE completion to assist the client in attaining their optimal level of employment. This would include assessing the need for assistive technology and enlisting the services of the AT Specialists. Work with office team and delegate work to attain compliance with regulatory requirements. Work with the individuals support systems to maximize support and additional services. Develop employment plans that address disability issues to maximize the potential of the individuals served. Delegate research on employment needs to team staff. Follow and interpret federal regulations in all decision making and apply policies consistently to all cases. Dictate, or communicate case notes and correspondence. Submit files for closure to team. Delegate case management to team staff.

Travel to client contact centers, schools, rehabilitation facilities, businesses and other community locations. Participate in staff meetings, special committees and in-service training activities. Must be able to pass a criminal background check conducted by the Iowa Department of Public Safety.

Minimum Qualification Requirements Applicants must meet at least one of the following minimum requirements to qualify for positions in this job classification:

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master's Degree in rehabilitation counseling, counseling and guidance, or a closely-related major emphasis or in business administration, management, finance, accounting, marketing, or a closely related field.
  • Completion of all coursework in a Master's Degree program in rehabilitation counseling, pending only completion of an internship for graduation.
  • All of the following (a, b, and c):
  • a. Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in a human services-oriented science which provides a knowledge of the theories, principles, and techniques of counseling or business administration, management, finance, accounting, marketing, or a closely related field; and
    b. Twenty-four semester hours of graduate course work in counseling; and
    c. Experience equal to one year of full-time work in professional vocational rehabilitation counseling services.