Rehabilitation Counselor I

Augusta, Maine, United States Full-time

Application closes: Oct. 17, 2019

Department of Labor

Opening Date: October 3, 2019

Closing Date:  October 17, 2019 

Job Class Code: 3081
Grade: 19
Salary: $ 34,153 – $45,635 
Location: Augusta

The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation is hiring for a time-limited position focused on the implementation of a grant to improve employment and post-secondary education opportunities for transition-age youth with disabilities. Typical duties of this position include collaboration with grant partners, employer outreach, and delivery of work-based learning, work experience, and other career exploration activities to students. These positions will require regular regional in-state travel.

Primary responsibilities include:  

  • Develops and implements rehabilitation program, and monitors and reports on client progress in order to ensure client needs are met.
  • Evaluates client information, services available, and program needs in order to establish a client/counselor relationship, develop a vocational plan, and identify implementation method to foster exploration.
  • Consults with public school personnel on vocational rehabilitation in order to provide advice and assistance.
  • Contacts business and industry personnel in order to advocate for program and client needs, creates a positive relationship and community presence, with the goal of partnering with employers to fill dual needs of employer and career explorer.
  • Counsels clients in rehabilitation in order to develop supportive relationship, and advise and elicit feedback on client goals.
  • Explains fair hearing and appeal rights, and negotiates solutions and agreements with clients in order to meet client needs, agency goals, and minimize appeals.

Qualifications: 

A four (4) year combination of training, experience, and/or education in vocational rehabilitation program development and implementation.

After meeting the above minimum qualifications, preference may be given to applicants with experience providing services (including group activities) to transition-age youth and/or business development experience. 

Application Instructions:

Interested applicants need to apply online by selecting the "Apply for this opening" button along with uploading a cover letter, current resume, copies of post-secondary transcripts, licensing, registration and certifications.  If you require a paper application, please contact Human Resources at (207) 623-6700. 

Contact Information: 

Questions about this position should be directed to libby.stone-sterling@maine.gov.

Questions about the application process should be directed to Melissa Weiner, Human Resources, at (207)623-6739 or melissa.weiner@maine.gov 

Why work for the State of Maine?

Benefits:

The value of State’s share of Employee’s Retirement Contribution: 14.47% of pay 

The value of State-paid Dental Insurance:  $14.31 biweekly.

The value* of State-paid Health Insurance: 

100% State Contribution = $461.75 biweekly / Employee pays nothing

95%  State Contribution = $438.66 biweekly / Employee pays: 5%  = $23.09 biweekly

90%  State Contribution = $415.58 biweekly / Employee pays:10% = $46.17 biweekly

85%  State Contribution = $392.49 biweekly / Employee pays:15% = $69.26 biweekly

*The level of the actual value of state paid Health Insurance will be based on the employee's wage rate and status with regard to the health credit premium payment.

Maine State Government is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  We provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.