Work Incentive Specialist Advocate/Vocational Counselor - TTW - WISA

The Choice Group - Fairfax, VA4.1

Work Incentive Specialist Advocate/Vocational Counselor TTW - WISA

Fairfax, D.C., Manassas, Arlington, Alexandria, Reston, Other areas of NOVA

Do you have an interest, education or experience in human services? Know the NOVA area? Do you have a WISA certification? Suitability clearance? Put your skills and passions to work helping individuals with disabilities maximize their independence. This is not an office job. Exact hours will depend on your client's need for support. You must have a valid driver’s license, dependable transportation, ability to plan your day and then shift gears, if necessary, to accommodate last-minute developments. Bi-lingual and ASL candidates and are encouraged to apply.

Application Process:
Please apply online. The Choice Group retains submitted resumes and cover letters for 180 days, so candidates who have applied within that period need not reapply.

Job Duties:
Develop, manage and maintain collaborative relationships with DARS and DBVI local field offices to maximize the effectiveness of the WISA program and services;
Communicate proactively with referral sources;
Provide WISA services for clients of The Choice Group being served in vocational programs as assigned throughout The Choice Group’s service areas;
Provide WISA services to Ticket to Work (TTW) clients as assigned by the TTW Coordinator as soon as possible after ticket assignment and ongoing as needed;
Provided WISA services to clients served by other organizations, as authorized, and communicate effectively with those other organizations;
Market the WISA program through outreach at DARS/DBVI meetings, job fairs, transition events, conferences and in other relevant environments.;
Write Individual Service Plans (ISP), for each client outlining all goals, objectives and methods of evaluating goal attainment;
Maintain required documentation on each client;
Prepare written reports in the appropriate format for the referral source on a monthly, quarterly, or as-needed basis; Communicate with employers at local businesses to develop employment opportunities for specific clients with severe/most severe disabilities;
Assist clients with application and interview process and coordinate arrangements for job placement;
Train and counsel clients, in competitive employment using systematic instructional techniques, compensatory strategies, job adaptation/modification and positive behavioral support techniques;
Monitor and evaluate client work performance by collecting skill acquisition and production data and obtaining feedback from client, employer and coworkers, providing additional training or intervention as needed;
Provide on-going assessment and follow-along services as needed and authorized;
Provide Community Support Services, to clients in community based, individual settings;
Prepare written materials for clients, employers and counselors;
Communicate with referral sources and other service providers on an on-going basis in a holistic approach to providing long-term service to persons with severe/most severe disabilities, including the need for (and use of) authorized hours in advance;
Perform intake assessments;
Provide job site consultations and back-up support as needed;
Advocate the employment of persons with severe/most severe disabilities with family members, service providers and employers through one to one and group presentations;
Participate in the process of achieving and maintaining CARF accreditation;
Use a computer and telephone effectively;
Communicate effectively with clients and staff verbally and in written form;
Manage time effectively and have availability to work various hours of the day and night;
Complete paperwork in a timely manner;
Attend and actively engage in Employer Network meetings;
Attend and actively engage in Provider Forums;
Obtain and report relevant ongoing education;
Participate in appropriate rehabilitation professional associations;
Assist Director in training new staff;
Perform other duties as assigned.

EOE/VEVRAA Federal Contractor - All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

Compensation: Compensation is excellent and based on qualifications, education, experience, and additional applicable skills.


Education Requirements:
At least a Bachelor degree in a related field (Rehabilitation Counseling, Social Work, Special Education, Vocational Rehabilitation, Psychology, Sociology, Counseling, Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Human Services) and 2 years related experience is required, or a combination of education and experience that is equivalent.

CERTIFICATION ACCEPTABLE TO THE VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT FOR AGING AND REHABILITATIVE SERVICES to provide Work Incentive Specialist Advocate (WISA) services. This position requires a self-starter with computer and time management skills, who can work a flexible schedule. Good driving record and documentation of adequate insurance required. Compensation based on education, skills, and experience.


Full-time benefits:
401-K/Retirement Plan
Dental Insurance
Health Insurance
Life Insurance
Sick Leave
Short-term disability
Education fund
Mileage reimbursement