~This recruitment announcement will remain open until filled. The hiring authority reserves the right and may exercise the option to make a hiring decision at any time. Applicants are encouraged to apply early, as application review will begin immediately~
The goal of DSB is to assist in the increased independence and stable employment of Blind, Deaf Blind and Low Vision customers, many of whom have other disabilities in addition to visual impairment.
Please Note: The Department of Services For the Blind is not a medical rehabilitation agency.
Duties The role of Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor 3 (VRC3) is vital by playing a key role as facilitator for determining and procuring rehabilitation services for a customer's successful independence and/or employment outcome.
The VRC3 works as a member of a multi-disciplinary vocational rehabilitation & independent living work team to provide comprehensive rehabilitation services to visually impaired and blind adults. The South Regional Team shares responsibility for customers in the following counties: Pierce, Thurston, Jefferson, Mason, Kitsap, Clallam, Grays Harbor, Pacific, Lewis, Clark, Skamania, Wahkiakum, and Klickitat. This position is primarily responsible for customers in the Thurston and Lewis.
Some of what you'll enjoy doing:
Conducting an initial assessment interview with the customer and explaining the various programs and processes available to them based on their background and needs.
Securing and interpreting medical and other documentation to best determine the customer's visual and/or disability eligibility for services.
Working with customers to better understand the Vocational Rehabilitation and Independent Living process, as well as the impact of the American's with Disability Act and RSA guidelines.
Counseling and guiding participants and their families through the rehabilitation process, including adjustments to blindness and issues related to secondary disabilities.
Ensuring customers are aware of their responsibilities of active participation in their rehabilitation, and informing them of their rights for appeal.
Conducting comprehensive vocational assessments to identify the customer's skills, experiences, aptitude and interest in selecting an appropriate vocational goal.
Facilitating in the placement of competitive employment opportunities for customers and providing job site recommendations and services as needed.
Establishing collaborative working relationships with partners such as WorkSource.
Monitoring and managing case flow at all stages of the process for optimum rehabilitation services and outcomes.
Coordinating with DSB specialists and staff on providing planned services to assist customer's in working towards successful achievement of their vocational and independence goals.
Reviewing plans on an annual basis with customers ensuring that satisfactory progress is being made and the needs of the participant are being met. Amending plans as needed based on objectives and goals.
Extensively reaching out to the community in an effort to ensure continuous supply of eligible referrals.
Participating in professional development opportunities and staying current with trends in the industry to develop new skills.
A Master's degree in rehabilitation counseling,
A current Certification as a Rehabilitation Counselor by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification,
Four (4) years of paid experience as a vocational rehabilitation counselor or similar paid experience in vocational counseling, job placement, vocational assessment, or other areas of rehabilitation counseling;
Four (4) years experience as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor with the State of Washington.
Demonstration of skill and ability in facilitating specialized vocational rehabilitation needs for a Blind, Low Vision and/or Deaf Blind caseload
Demonstration and skill in DSB specific policy and procedure.
About Washington State Department of Services for the Blind
Washington State’s Department of Services for the Blind (DSB) provides "one front door" for people of all ages who are blind or have low vision in Washington state.
We provide job counseling and teach adaptive skills to people who are blind or have low vision.
We serve children and youth who are blind or have low vision from birth through high school graduation.
We offer a wide range of ...services, tailored to you and committed to our mission—“Inclusion, Independence, and Economic Vitality for People with Visual Disabilities.”