Rehabilitation Counselor II-Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Augusta, Maine, United States Full-time

Opening Date: November 29, 2018

 
Closing Date: December 13, 2018 


Job Class Code: 3082AUG

Grade: 22

Salary:  $36,545-$49,524

Department: Maine Department of Labor-Bureau of Rehabilitation Services-Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired

DESCRIPTION:  

This position is located in the Augusta Career Center. This position provides Vocational Rehabilitation services to clients who are Blind or Visually Impaired primarily in Kennebec, Waldo, Lincoln & Knox counties. Typical duties include determining eligibility for rehabilitation services and supporting individuals with disabilities in an employment plan. Activities may include Career Exploration, Summer Employment Programming and supporting other types of work experiences. The position works closely with schools, families, and other blindness rehabilitation professionals  and requires strong interpersonal, organizational and collaborative skills to serve youth and adults who are blind or visually impaired. Frequent regional travel is necessary.

REPRESENTATIVE TASKS:

  • Counsel clients in the rehabilitation process, develops a supportive relationship, and elicits client feedback and participation in order to provide rehabilitation services to clients.
  • Evaluates and interprets client’s medical and physical information, interviews and determines initial and continuing eligibility for services, and assesses client needs and available resources in order to develop and implement a comprehensive and individualized plan for employment.
  • Contacts business and industry groups to promote, advocates for clients, and assistance in order to place clients in jobs.
  • Consults with representatives of schools, public and private agencies and employers.
  • Develops and manages a budget plan to ensure effective delivery of client services.
  • Explains rights of fair hearings and appeals and negotiates solutions and agreements with clients in order to meet client needs, agency goals, and minimize appeals.
  • Works closely with support staff, Case Managers, Rehabilitation Counselors, Job Developers, and Job Coaches to promote employment and ensure needs of the individual clients are met based on Federal and State mandated guidelines, and timeframes

QUALIFICATIONS:

A bachelor's degree in a field related to vocational rehabilitation and 2 years of experience demonstrating knowledges and abilities in assisting individuals with disabilities, employers and other stakeholders with their employment and workforce needs.

Preference will be given to those applicants possessing either a Masters of Rehabilitation Counseling or a CRC.

and/or have experience working in the field of Blindness Rehabilitation and/or have experience working with youths with disabilities

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 623-6700

Contact Information: 

Andrew Birch, Human Resources, at (207)623-6739 or Andrew.Birch@Maine.gov

Benefits: 

The value of State’s share of Employee’s Retirement Contribution: 15.37% of pay for bargaining unit positions.

The value of State-paid Dental Insurance:  $13.13 biweekly.

The value* of State-paid Health Insurance: 

 95%  State Contribution = $422.45 biweekly / Employee pays: 5%  = $22.23 biweekly

 90%  State Contribution = $400.21 biweekly / Employee pays:10% = $44.47 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.