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Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
Agency: Rehabilitation Services
Office: ARS/ACTI
Section: Counseling and Evaluation
Date Posted: 12/07/2018
Posting Expires: 12/20/2018
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
Work exclusively with students with disabilities in a vocational training setting. Maintain caseload of approximately 70+ students. Conduct interviews on all newly admitted students. Provide career and vocational training guidance. Interpret vocational, medical and psychological records to formulate and generate an Individualized Written Center Plan. Identify reasonable accommodations to ensue student success. Monitor student progress in vocational training. Conduct staff meetings to address student needs or behaviors. Refer students to appropriate ACTI supportive services (i.e Medical, Psychological and Social Services) Document all aspects of case management for assigned caseload through coordinated ACTI services on an ongoing basis. Accurately record all significant contact with students in case management software. Attend professional conferences and workshops. Perform administrative duties to include assisting in training and development of other counselors and support staff. Assist supervisor in review and evaluation of support staff. Responsible for a minimum of 25 employment placements per fiscal year. Also, other language proficiency preferred.
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.
Job Details
Position No.: 22081927
Class Code: L098C
Grade: GS08
Salary Range: $45,010.00 - $65,265.00 per year
Background
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Yes
Job Type: Full Time
Location Information
Job City: Hot Springs
Job County/Region: Garland
Contact Information
Contact name: Karen Pickering
Phone: 501-701-6215
Email: karen.pickering@arkansas.gov
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